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Apple announces iPad Pro availability via online store this Wednesday, November 11th

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Date: Monday, November 9th, 2015, 07:09
Category: iPad, News, retail


Well, this is straight from the equine’s mouth.

Late last week, Apple announced that the iPad Pro will go on sale in 40 countries on Wednesday, November 11th. The 12.9-inch tablet will also be available in Apple Retail Stores later in the week.

The iPad Pro retails for US$799 for the 32 GB base model and maxes out at US$1,079 for the WiFi + Cellular 128 GB version. The iPad Pro will be available to buy in 40 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, China and Japan.


Some users complain of Touch ID slowness, unreliability after iOS 9.1 update

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2015, 08:47
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software


This is why bug fixes exist.

An increasing number of reports have surfaced stating that iPhones running iOS 9.1 are experiencing Touch ID problems wherein Touch ID has become slow or unreliable.

The complaints are similar: users running iOS 9.1 find Touch ID either refuses to recognise a user’s fingerprint, has become highly unreliable or doesn’t even register a fingerprint pressed against it. Users have tried hard resets (holding in the power and home button for 10 seconds) and complete factory resets without any success.


Updated Apple Watch estimates place unit sales at just under 7 million

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


The current guesstimate is that Apple has sold almost 7 million Apple Watch units since the device’s launch in late April, thereby trouncing competing smartwatch products from firms like Pebble, Samsung and Motorola.

This figure comes from analyst Daniel Matte of Canalys, who said that “After experiencing significant supply chain constraints early on, Apple managed to overcome its production struggles with the Apple Watch and is building momentum going into Q4.”


Walgreens becomes first retailer to merge Apple Pay with rewards card systems

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables


You may love or hate Walgreens, but they’re now the first to offer a rewards program via Apple Pay.

Walgreens announced on Thursday that the pharmacy chain has begun running its rewards program via Apple Pay. The company has long supported this through QR codes, but can now do this through NFC thanks to features in iOS 9.

In addition to Walgreens turning on support for its Balance Rewards card through Apple Pay, Kohl’s recently became the first retailer to enable its store credit card for use with Apple Pay. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week.


Rumor: Apple places LCD display driver chips order with Synaptics for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


When in doubt, go with an outside supplier for help.

Apple has apparently placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the company’s in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule.

Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and other smartphone makers.


Apple looking into potential 4.15 million square foot site north of San Jose

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 13:37
Category: Finance, News


You can do a lot with 4.15 million square feet.

Or at least that’s what Apple might be up to given its inquiry into a campus north of San Jose. The new structure, if completed, would be larger than the “spaceship” campus Apple has underway.

The draft agreement between Apple Inc. and the city of San Jose, which is not yet completed, will come before the city’s Planning Commission later this month, officials said. It would lock in development rights — and expectations for both sides — for the next 15 years in an area that sprawls across 86 acres north of Highway 101 across from the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The area Apple has been focused on now sprawls over roughly 86 acres in north San Jose. The sites would be subject to a development agreement between Apple and the city, spelling out how the land could sprout buildings. But the deal does not signify an actual project.


Security firm FireEye reports updated XcodeGhost loose in the wild, possibly infecting genuine iOS apps with malware

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 08:23
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


The XcodeGhost thing may have reared its ugly head again, this time in a different form.

Security firm FireEye stated via a blog post that a variant of the XcodeGhost code, which has been known to inject malware into genuine apps, is still out there. The firm stated that it has identified a more advanced version of the compromised app development tool, XcodeGhost S, which has been designed to infect iOS 9 apps and allow compromised apps to escape detection by Apple.

The company offered the following statement:

XcodeGhost is planted in different versions of Xcode, including Xcode 7 (released for iOS 9 development). In the latest version, which we call XcodeGhost S, features have been added to infect iOS 9 and bypass static detection.

We have worked with Apple to have all XcodeGhost and XcodeGhost samples we have detected removed from the App Store.


Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature 3 GB of RAM, A10 processor

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor


Now that you’ve gotten used to your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, why not begin talking about the iPhone 7?

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has stated that the next-gen iPhone 7 will be boosted to 3 gigabytes of RAM as well as an A10 processor.

Kuo’s latest details from Apple suppliers were published in a research note Tuesday evening. In it, he revealed that while the 4.7-inch “iPhone 7” is expected to have the same 2 gigabytes of RAM as the iPhone 6s, the larger “iPhone 7 Plus” will add another gigabyte for even greater performance.


QuickShot 2.0 app adds multiple folder support, search and sorting options

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Date: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 07:45
Category: News, Software


ThinkDev’s QuickShot was nifty and version 2.0.1 might be niftier still.

Per developer comments, the company has added the following new bells and whistles to its screenshot and image management application for OS X:

We’ve got a lot of feedback from users who liked our app, but simply wanted it to do more. So, with this release we’re introducing a boatload of new features. To start, QuickShot now has multiple folder support, so you can load images from any folder you want and switch between them right in your menubar. Along with that, we’ve now added custom filters, search, sorting options, and themes to make QuickShot even more customizable.


T-Mobile begins offering 4G LTE CellSpot tower to boost wireless signals within homes

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Date: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 07:27
Category: Hardware, News, wireless


This could be helpful.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is taking another crack at beefing up users’ connections by providing miniature cell towers that can be installed in homes.

The company is now providing its 4G LTE CellSpot tower, which operates in a range of 3,000 square feet and allows up to 16 devices on T-Mobile’s network to connect automatically for voice calls (including voice over LTE), text messages, and data.