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Apple releases iTunes 12.3, adds support for iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 13:54
Category: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, iTunes, News, Software


Amid a day of muchos updates, it should come as no surprised that iTunes has also been boosted a it.

Apple on Wednesday released iTunes 12.3. The new version adds support for iOS 9 and is also designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which is scheduled to arrive later this month.

Other changes include the following:
– Improved Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver.

-Resolved a problem that prevented ordering of songs within Up Next.


Apple releases iOS 9 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 12:53
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


You’ve been waiting for iOS 9.

And it’s here.

Apple released its iOS 9 operating system update today. The update, a 1 gigabyte download available over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:
– New multitasking features on iPad make you even more productive.

– Siri can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask.


Apple discovers watchOS 2 bug, delays operating system release

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 12:39
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables


If you were hankering for watchOS 2 today, you might have to wait a bit.

“We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson was quoted as saying. “We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”

Not the best news you want to hear, but it’s still better than the operating system heading out into the wild – and onto your Apple Watch – without it being fixed.


Assorted customers report iPhone 6s pre-order status changing to “Preparing for Shipment”

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 08:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail


If you ordered an iPhone 6s, it’s on its way.

A number of pre-order customers are seeing their statuses change from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment” on Apple’s website. There have been no specific reports of order status changes on the iPhone 6s Plus yet, but the larger smartphone should also begin seeing movement soon as the September 25th launch approaches.

Recently, customers living outside the United States reported that their order statuses had changed, the changes occurring in Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Apple has also begun charging credit cards for some of these customers, which is common at this point in the pre-order process but earlier than usual this year.


3D Touch screen components add almost 11% weight increase to iPhone 6s, 6s Plus models

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Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 08:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


Not that the current iPhone in your pocket is a weighty brick that threatens your spine every moment of every day, but the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units may be a bit heavier.

According to Apple the 3D Touch display components account for the bulk of an 11 percent increase in weight over last year’s models, not the use of 7000 series aluminum as some have speculated.

The findings were located through Apple’s environmental reports for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which break down materials used by respective component weight.


Line rules, details for Apple Store iPhone 6s, 6s Plus surface

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Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 07:03
Category: iPhone, News, retail


If you’re looking to snag an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus from an Apple Store during its launch next Friday, there are some rules you need to follow.

First off, like previous years, Apple will limit customers to purchasing only two new iPhones per day and you can only buy two per store reservation.

On the big day, Apple will once again close normal Genius Bar appointment services to dedicate as many people as possible, about 50% of specialists and Geniuses, to iPhone sales. Other initiatives like Personal Training will also be shut down for the launch period.


iPhone 6s, 6s Plus pre-orders begin, ship times slip to 2-3 weeks for several configurations

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Date: Monday, September 14th, 2015, 07:28
Category: iPhone, News, retail


The good news is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets are now available for pre-order.

The bad news is that the one you wanted is selling like hotcakes and shipping times have slipped.

Several of the new iPhone models are now displaying shipping estimates of 2-3 weeks. Models in the new Rose Gold color are the most heavily affected, particularly in the United States.


Developer confirms 2 GB of RAM for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets, 4 GB of RAM for iPad Pro

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Date: Monday, September 14th, 2015, 07:56
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News


This is pretty clever.

Developer Hamza Sood was able to use asset catalogs associated with the Xcode 7 Golden Master to confirm the rumors around the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro RAM specifications. The catalogs confirm that the iPhone 6s has 2 GB of RAM, up from 1 GB in the iPhone 6, and the iPad Pro has 4 GB RAM, a 100% increase from the 2 GB in the iPad Air 2’s A8X chip.

RAM upgrades for the iPhones has been somewhat overdue, with many complaining apps have to relaunch too frequently on current hardware, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus. RAM affects how much app data the device can keep in memory at once. This is often seen through the number of tabs Safari can open before having to reload a website. More RAM provides a better experience across the system. The iPhone has been stuck with 1 GB of RAM since the iPhone 5 in 2012.


Beta testers point out possible “Hey Siri” feature, individualized voice recognition possible in iOS 9.1

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Siri, Software


This could be interesting.

A number of users who had the chance to test the first public beta of iOS 9.1 on Thursday, along with the GM version on Wednesday, have stated that the operating system allows for a set-up process for voice customization with Siri. A new “Hey Siri” feature coming to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, thanks to a built-in M9 motion coprocessor, enables the phones’ always-on functionality.

Although unconfirmed by Apple, the discovery in iOS 9.1 suggests that Siri will be able to begin detecting specific user voices and determine whether or not the owner of the iPhone in question is speaking to her. Similar in vein to the way Apple aimed its Touch ID feature to work better and better the more you unlocked an iPhone using the fingerprint scanning sensor, it seems the set-up process will guide users into stating words or phrases to better acclimate Siri with each iPhone owner.


Apple boosts AppleCare+ price for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets, offers preorder preparation guide

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Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 07:45
Category: AppleCare, iPhone, News


AppleCare+ just got a bit more expensive if you’re looking to cover an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus handset.

On Wednesday, Apple released the more expensive rates as well as a preparation guide and preorder tool for those looking to pick up one of the new models this weekend.

The new pricing has two years of AppleCare+ for the handsets at US$129.99 for two years of coverage. The program provides coverage for two accidental damage claims with a per-incident service fee of US$99.99.