Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 update, offers fix for iPhone X display being unresponsive in cold temperatures

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Date: Friday, November 17th, 2017, 03:08
Category: iOS, News, Software

If nothing else, the iOS 11 updates are arriving fairly quickly.

Apple released its iOS 11.1.2 update on Thursday. The update, which can range from a few hundred megabyte to a 2.43 gigabyte download, offered the following fixes and changes:

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Square Cash App for iOS adds Bitcoin support, company CFO vouches support for cryptocurrencies

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 03:41
Category: Finance, iOS, News

Square Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar wants to prove that cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, can be a genuine financial tool with the latest version of its Cash App for iOS now supporting the protocol.

“We’re a payment innovator. And therefore I think it behooves us to always know, where are our payments going?” Friar told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on Wednesday. “When we develop products at Square, we spend a lot of time listening to what our customers want, and what we heard from individuals – so this isn’t sellers asking to accept bitcoin, this is individuals using Square Cash to make payments… saying, ‘We want an easy way to buy and sell bitcoin.'”

Friar than added that the fastest way to understand a new product is to build products around them.

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New study cites Apple Watch as being able to help accurately predict sleep apnea and hypertension

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 03:30
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Software, Wearables

You can add “helping to detect sleep apnea” and “helping to detect hypertension” to the list of nifty things the Apple Watch can do.

A new study released from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that wearable devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.

Cardiogram and UCSF had previously demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy. The new study states that the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.

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Apple thought to have sold 3.9 million Apple Watch units in Q3, strong LTE sales cited

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Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, 03:11
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Uncategorized, Wearables

At its most recent earnings call, Apple stated that its Apple Watch sales had grown 50 percent year-over-over, although the company has never revealed exact sales numbers. Estimates from Canalys suggest that unit sales almost hit 4 million for Apple Watch in the third quarter.

Canalys stated that the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 3 has proven popular enough for demand to outstrip supply. The company also stated that wireless carriers have been surprised by the demand for the device.

Canalys estimated that roughly 800,000 of the 3.9 million Apple Watch units sold in the third quarter were the LTE model.

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Rumor: Apple to release 6.5-inch iPhone X, 6.1-inch LCD iPhone in late 2018

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, 03:09
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

Because next year’s model is always critical, Apple is said to have three new iPhone models in the works for a late 2018 launch. Two of the new handsets are said to cross the six-inch threshold with edge-to-edge OLED and traditional LCD screens.

Assorted guru and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Industries issued a note to investors on Monday, stating that that Apple has a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone on tap for launch in the second half of 2018. This handset would presumably serve as a sort of “iPhone X Plus,” taking the general size of a Plus-sized iPhone and adding an edge-to-edge OLED display.

Kuo stated that Apple is also working on a new LCD model with a 6.1-inch display. Kuo stated he believes this model will target the low-end and mid-range smartphone markets.

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Hacker group claims iPhone X Face ID feature can be fooled with mask technique

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, 03:16
Category: Face ID, Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

It’s been noted that Apple’s the iPhone X’s Face ID feature can be fooled by an identical twin. Now it looks like a mask might do the trick as well.

On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video showing that—by all appearances—they’d cracked Face ID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which in combination tricked an iPhone X into unlocking. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make.

The hack stands as a proof-of-concept for the time being, so the average iPhone owner isn’t at grave risk.

Bkav, offered the following comments:

“Apple has done this not so well. Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure.”

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Some users experiencing “crackling earpiece” issue with iPhone X units

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017, 03:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

There are always going to be some issues with a brand new handset and the iPhone X doesn’t seem to be exempt from this rule.

A number of users have reported what appears to be crackling and buzzing coming from the iPhone X’s earpiece speaker.

One commenter reported that he notices the crackling when playing stuff at “near max volume or when putting people on speakerphone.” Another commenter references the same issue and says he’s experiencing “fidelity issues and cracking when using the speakerphone at high volumes.”

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Some iPhone X units showing mysterious green lines on OLED display

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017, 03:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

Some users of the new iPhone X have been encountering what could be a hardware-related glitch with the OLED.

A number of users haver reported green lines along the left or right side of the OLED display, according to various accounts on social media.

The lines appear to be developing after use, in at least one case just the space of a day. Complaints have arisen on Reddit, Twitter, Apple’s support forums and elsewhere.

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Forbes posts initial Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on Apple products

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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017, 03:43
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Wearables

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us.

That being said, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has put together a list of shopping tips to help you save this year.

The guide veers away from the Apple Store, which typically doesn’t offer enormous savings, and focuses heavily on Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Sam’s Club. In the case of Kohl’s, Kelly points out that Kohl’s Cash helps provide additional savings, especially after you’ve spent a given amount of money within the store.

Kelly also points out that there are savings to be had through B&H Photo Video, MacMall, and Newegg.

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Rumor: Apple working on augmented reality headset for 2020 release

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017, 03:42
Category: Augmented Reality, Developer, Hardware, Processors, Rumor

It looks like Apple may be betting on an augmented reality headset.

The company is said to be working to have the technology ready for an augmented-reality headset in 2019 and could ship a product as early as 2020.

Unlike the current generation of virtual reality headsets that use a smartphone as the engine and screen, Apple’s device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to sources close to the story. The development timeline is very aggressive and could still change, said the people, who requested anonymity to speak freely about a private matter.

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