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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus rolls out in India

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Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 08:24
Category: iPhone, News, retail


It never hurts to release the new iPhone into one of the largest target markets on the planet.

Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available for purchase in India. The rollout, the fastest to date for India, prices the new iPhone at ₹62,000 (US$960) for the 16GB entry model, or ₹72,000 (US$1,100) and ₹82,000 (US$1,300) for the 64GB and 128GB variants. As for the iPhone 6s Plus, prices for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models are ₹72,000 (US$1,100), ₹82,000 (US$1,300) and ₹92,000 (US$1,400) respectively.


Apple removes hundreds of apps from App Store, third-party APIs found to collect private information

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Date: Monday, October 19th, 2015, 08:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, privacy, Software


Well, this is a bit of a mess.

Code analytics platform SourceDNA has found hundreds of apps on the App Store that used private APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to collect private user data, like email addresses and device identifiers, slipping under Apple’s radar in the approval process. The code got into these apps through the inclusion of a mischievous third-party advertising SDK, which secretly stored this data and sent it off to its own servers.

Apple has confirmed that the SourceDNA report contributed to its removing all of the apps that included the advertising SDK from the store, as using private API calls is a breach of App Review Guidelines. Apple has also patched its approval processes to prevent any more apps that use this technique to make it onto the App Store.


Facebook iOS app draining inordinate amounts of battery life, Facebook says it’s aware of the issue

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:02
Category: iOS, News, Software


It’ll probably get a fix soon, but in the meantime, the Facebook app for iOS appears to be draining an inordinate amount of battery life as it runs. In a recent interview, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company’s awareness of the bug and promised a fix would be in place “soon.”

“We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon,” the spokesperson said.


Apple posts support document to address iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist complaints

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Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 13:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software


In the wake of complaints about iOS 9’s new Wi-Fi Assist feature and the fact that it can add to a monthly cellular bill, Apple has posted a support document to help deal with the issue.

“Because you’ll stay connected to the Internet over cellular when you have a poor Wi-Fi connection, you might use more cellular data,” Apple cautions in one part of the document. “For most users, this should only be a small percentage higher than previous usage.”

Wi-Fi Assist is turned on by default, and is meant to ensure a smooth Internet experience. Because it switches over to cellular whenever it decides that a Wi-Fi signal is weak and not simply absent, however, this can potentially cause people to exceed carrier data caps without realizing.


Ars Technica puts iPhone 6s units through their paces to test battery life differences between Samsung, TSMC models

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 08:29
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software


In the wake of the controversy surrounding the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ battery life and how this might change depending on whether the battery was sourced from Samsung or TSMC, some research has been done that has discovered the battery life difference in “real-world usage” to be about 2 to 3 percent.

The cool cats at Ars Technica ran two iPhone 6s models, one with a Samsung chip and one with a TSMC chip, through their paces, to find the following results:


Facebook iOS app updated to 41.0, now includes 3D Touch support

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015, 10:48
Category: iOS, News, Software


It wasn’t in the release notes, but Facebook quietly added it anyway.

The Facebook iOS app, which just hit version 41.0, added full 3D Touch features this morning.

The new version allows you to use a long, sustained tap on any iOS device with a 3D Touch screen to perform functions like writing a post of uploading photos or videos.


Some users report email-based issues after iOS 9 update

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015, 08:38
Category: iOS, News, Software


A bug fix may be in order.

Since its release on September 16th, a number of iOS 9 users have reported having trouble opening emails with attachments. There’s currently a 22 page thread on the Apple discussion forums covering the issue, which currently has more than 200 replies from users who are all experiencing the same problem.

The issues, which cover a wide range of devices, often report a “Message not yet downloaded from server” error whenever they attempt to open an email message with an attachment. The problem appears to be affecting Apple customers who have POP email accounts and is causing issues with both new and old emails.

Deleting email accounts and adding them back in does not fix the issue, but downloading an alternate email program from the App Store seems to have worked for many users as a temporary fix. Turning off Wi-Fi also allows some users to read their previously downloaded emails and access attachments, but images are not viewable.


Apple adds Bluetooth support to assorted iPhone, iPad models

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015, 08:50
Category: Bluetooth, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, News, Software


It’s not unexpected by any means.

And it’s a cool bell and whistle.

Apple has published changes to its tech specs following its September 9th announcement of the 2015 iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and iPad mini 4. With these changes, Apple quietly modified the tech specs and comparison pages for 2014’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2 to bump them all from Bluetooth 4.0 to Bluetooth 4.2, the latest version of the increasingly popular wireless standard. While the sixth-generation iPod touch shipped with Bluetooth 4.1, the original iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPhone 5s all remain on Bluetooth 4.0.


Developer Marco Arment releases Overcast 2 podcast app

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 10:40
Category: iOS, News, Software


In the wake of his pulling the Peace ad-blocking app from the App Store, Apple offering a full refund to Peace’s customers and the fallout from this, developer Marco Arment has just released something else that looks pretty slick.

Overcast 2, Arment’s podcast player, has just been released. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

– Streaming

– Chapters

– Storage management


AT&T activates Wi-Fi calling feature for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus handsets running iOS 9

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 08:46
Category: iPhone, News, wireless


At long last, AT&T has activated Wi-Fi calling.

The carrier has apparently activated this feature, assorted customers having stated they were able to activate Wi-Fi calling on their iPhones.

Wi-Fi calling is a feature that lets calls be placed over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor, functioning much like an AT&T M-Cell does now. It’s similar to Apple’s own FaceTime Audio feature, which also routes calls over a Wi-Fi connection.

The feature can be activated by going into Settings, then the Phone section, then toggling on the Wi-Fi calling feature. From there, there are a set of steps to walk through, including entering an emergency 911 address. Wi-Fi calling is available on the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus running iOS 9.