Newly-released iOS 11.3 beta firmware hints at next-gen iPad with Face ID feature

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2018, 03:42
Category: Developer, Face ID, Hardware, iOS, iPad, News

The newly-released iOS 11.3 beta seems to contain hints as to Apple’s releasing a next-generation iPad Pro this year equipped with both slim bezels and Face ID.

According to iHelpBR editor Filipe Espósito and developer Guilherme Rambo, strings in the first iOS 11.3 beta refer to a “modern iPad,” which is notable since Apple’s software engineers referred to the iPhone X as the “modern iPhone” in older firmware.

While the term “modern iPad” could be a placeholder, as is commonly found in Apple’s code, the discovery hints towards an iPad Pro with Face ID, which would certainly be a logical next step in Apple’s product roadmap.

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Apple releases Security Update 2018-001 Sierra and Security Update 2018-001 El Capitan, works to help prevent fallout from Meltdown and Spectre bugs in previous operating systems

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 03:03
Category: High Sierra, iOS, macOS, News, Processors, security, Software

If you’re running either macOS 10.11 El Capitan or macOS 10.12 Sierra, you’re going to want to snag the current security update now.

On Tuesday, Apple released Security Update 2018-001 Sierra and Security Update 2018-001 El Capitan, which addressed assorted security concerns as well as helped mitigate potential risks from the Meltdown and Spectre issues..

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First iOS 11.3 developer beta out the door, offers improved power management, iCloud Messages, additional Animoji units, other changes

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 03:07
Category: Developer, Health, HomeKit, iCloud, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

Following Tuesday’s release of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has offered preview access to iOS 11.3, which will include assorted nifty new features, including a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries.

Following the iOS 11.3 update, Apple says users will now be able to see their overall battery health, and will recommend if it needs to be serviced. You will also be told if your battery is triggering a chip slowdown, and can choose to turn that feature off. The switch will only be available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, 03:39
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 just hit the streets and it could come in handy.

The update, a 2.17 download via the App Store (and its associated “Update” tab), offers the following fixes and changes:

– The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Update improves the stability and security of your Mac and is recommended for all users.

– Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order.

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 update, adds HomePod support, security fixes, other changes

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Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, 03:08
Category: Bluetooth, HomePod, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, News, security, Software

This should come in handy.

Apple pm Tuesday released iOS 11.2.5 for its iPhones and iPads. The release “includes support for HomePod and introduces the ability for Siri to read the news (US, UK and Australia only).”

The company also announced earlier in the day that preorders for the HomePod will begin on Friday, January 26th, with shipping on February 9th.

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Rumor: Apple to discontinue first-gen iPhone X upon release of second-gen iPhone X later this year

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Date: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, 03:06
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

The first-gen iPhone X may not hang around once the second generation of the handset is out the door.

This is the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has stated that Apple will discontinue the first-generation iPhone X when the second-generation model launches later this year, rather than bump the device down its smartphone lineup for lower than $999, in a research note released today.

Kuo said that Apple keeping the current iPhone X in its smartphone lineup for a reduced price, such as $899, would likely cannibalize sales of the mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID and a LCD display that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018 for between $650 and $750 in the United States.

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Apple expected to release fix for chaiOS bug this week

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 03:04
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Apple is presently working on a fix for the chaiOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific URL in a chat.

The fix is expected to arrive this week.

chaiOS is a bug that crashes Messages on iOS-based devices when a specific Github link is shared in a chat. It can also cause the iOS springboard to crash and relaunch.

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HomePod receives FCC approval, appears ready to launch soon

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Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 03:03
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iOS, Legal, News

Apple’s HomePod just snagged FCC approval and is that much closer to launch.

The smart speaker received approval on January 19th, which likely means a launch is imminent. Details on the filing include an image of the bottom of the smart speaker where the FCC label will be located.

Interestingly, many of the FCC documents are dated September 27th, but have just now been released, which suggests that the hardware may not have changed much in the past months.

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Microsoft releases Office 2016 16.9, offers real-time collaboration, automatic cloud saves

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:22
Category: Google, Microsoft, News, Software

Microsoft Office 2016 reached version 16.9 today, the update bringing some nifty features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

In Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the 16.9 update displays thumbnails in the upper-right corner, indicating who else is working on a document. In Word and PowerPoint specifically, flag icons show where edits are taking place — PowerPoint will also highlight any modified slides.

Users can now see each others’ updates via the cloud functionality as well as roll back to a previous version if someone makes a mistake or otherwise unwanted change.

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“Hey Siri” feature now works with updated news providers, including NPR, Fox News, ABC and the Washington Post

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:46
Category: Amazon, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

As the arms race with Amazon’s Alexa continues, Apple’s “Hey Siri” feature has been improved upon in the iOS 11.2.5 beta and is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia.

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” wherein Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

Siri can also switch news sources to other providers such as Fox News, CNN and the Washington Post. In the UK, the audio news digest defaults to the BBC but can be switched to Sky News or LBC. Australians choose from ABC, SBS, or Seven Network.

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