Rumor: Significant changes to Apple’s four operating systems, no new hardware announcements in works for WWDC 2016

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016, 08:29
Category: Apple Music, Apple Pay, Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iTunes, MacBook, MacBook Pro, OS X, Rumor, Siri, Software, Touch ID, Watch OS, WWDC

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The days leading up to WWDC 2016 are a mix of facts and rumors, but there’s some interesting stuff that’s being mentioned.

On that note, the mighty Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farad Show podcast and offered the following predictions:

– There literally won’t be any new hardware product announcements at WWDC, but there will be announcements regarding iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS.

– MacOS will receive a Siri upgrade and have it integrated in the top right corner. Photos will also see upgrades.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.4.1 update, offers assorted bug fixes

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Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 07:56
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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It’s more a bug fix than anything.

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.4.1, the latest version of its media player.

The update address a variety of small problems and bugs, including compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature.

According to Apple’s release notes, iTunes version 12.4.1 for Mac includes a grab bag of fixes that might in some cases negatively impact software usability. In particular, the update addresses a problem that caused VoiceOver, Mac’s automated screen reader technology, to operate unexpectedly.

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Apple releases revamped iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 07:28
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, Software

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Apple on Thursday released a revamped version of iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The update, termed build 13F72, can be downloaded over-the-air on any 9.7-inch iPad Pro that has not previously been updated to the latest version of iOS 9.

iOS 9.3.2 was originally released to the public on Monday, May 16, but shortly after it came out, some users issued complaints that the update was bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices with an “error 56” message.

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Apple releases Swift 3.0 preview 1 ahead of WWDC

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Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 13:34
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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If you’re a Mac or iOS developer, this is huge.

Prior to the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has release Swift 3.0 preview 1, the tech preview for the latest version of its Swift programming language.

According to the Swift-Evolution GitHub page, the primary goal of Swift 3.0 is to “solidify and mature the Swift language and development experience.” As it turns out, this also means that there will be source breaking changes this time around, but Swift 3.x and 4+ are said to hopefully remain as source compatible as possible.

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Rumor: iPhone 7, 7 Plus could see storage capacities increase to 256 GB

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Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 06:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple’s next-gen iPhone may see an increased storage capacity up to 256 gigabytes.

The rumor comes from research firm TrendForce, which reported on Wednesday that Apple has “settled on most of the specs for the next iPhone.” Most of the details they shared have already been reported, including 3 gigabytes of RAM exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch “iPhone 7 Plus.”

The report revealed that Apple is looking to offer a high-end 256 gigabyte capacity for the next-gen iPhone. In addition, the 256-gigabyte option will reportedly be available for both the “iPhone 7” and the larger Plus variant.

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Chinese accessory company advertises Lightning-to-headphone adapters, strengthens rumors of changes for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, 08:31
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor

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Sometimes it’s the accessory makers that show what’s coming around the bend for a major new Apple product.

Chinese accessory maker Tama Electric is now advertising a series of Lightning-to-headphone adapters with separate volume controls, thereby lending credence that Apple is ditching the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack in exchange for a Lightning-based equivalent.

The company is currently advertising three Lightning-to-headphone adapters, two of which also include a micro USB port for charging while using headphones.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to start at 32 GB of storage, Apple to drop 16 GB baseline

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Date: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, 07:59
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It’s a rumor, but if it’s true, it could be pretty useful.

A post on a Chinese social media site cites supply chain research indicates that the iPhone 7 will feature 32 GB storage as the $199 base model, which would mean Apple would finally drop the 16 GB SKU from its lineup with its new flagship smartphone expected in the fall.

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Apple releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule units

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 08:11
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s been a while since Apple released one of these.

On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for its 802.11ac AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule units.

The update resolves the following security issues with the devices:

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Rumor: Apple working on Echo competitor, may release Siri SDK to developer community

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 07:50
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Rumor, Siri, Software

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When in doubt, you can compete with Amazon by building your own device.

And you can make Siri that much better by throwing the developer community at it.

An anonymous source has stated that Apple is looking to build a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo as well as open up Siri to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

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Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, says fix is forthcoming

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Date: Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 08:34
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Software

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Well, this is a bit of a mess.

As of Friday, Apple has effectively pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The company has promised that a fix is in the works, albeit some users complained that the update effectively “bricked” their tablets in some cases while others were able to install the update without issue.

Upon attempting to install the update, affected iPad Pro units displayed an “Error 56” message, which Apple identifies as a generic hardware effort. Early reports suggested there was no immediate workaround other than taking the tablet to an Apple Store for help or a replacement.

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