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Peace ad-blocker app pulled, developer offers refunds, explanation

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Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015, 11:43
Category: iOS, News, Software


One of the top apps on the App Store was just rescinded by its developer.

Developer Marco Arment has just pulled the Peace ad-blocker application from the App Store. Arment went on to offer the following explanation via his web site:


Apple now accepting Red Cross donations for migrant crisis via iTunes Store

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Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015, 08:02
Category: News


In the wake of the migrant crisis, Apple has Apple has added a banner to its U.S. website that allows customers to donate to the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store to support the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.

Users can donate in tiers of US$5, US$10, US$25, US$50, US$100 and US$200.


iFixit posts iPad mini 4 teardown, notes iPad Air 2 components, space-saving tricks

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Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015, 08:26
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, News


The cool cats at iFixit just tore into the newly-released iPad mini 4 and found that it’s essentially the iPad Air 2 components squeezed into a smaller form factor.

The new tablet uses the iPad Air 2’s fully laminated screen technology, which lends itself to a thinner design. The glass and display are adhered together, giving it a more rigid design and making screen repairs more difficult. iFixit also notes that the iPad mini has retained a battery design that makes it easy to disconnect, unlike the battery found in the larger iPads. Another small similarity between the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 is that the Touch ID cable is now integrated directly into the display cable.


Best Buy quietly rolls out support for Apple Pay, begins accepting transactions within some of its locations

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Date: Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 08:59
Category: News, retail


Best Buy and in-store Apple Pay finally tied the knot, albeit Best Buy has yet to officially announce it.

Best Buy recently began rolling out full Apple Pay support within its stores, a new YouTube video and Reddit thread confirming that customers have made successful debit and credit card purchases using both Apple Pay and Android Pay at separate Best Buy stores in California.


Apple adjusts iCloud storage plans, bumps 500 GB users to 1 TB

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Date: Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 08:13
Category: iCloud, News, Software


This is kind of a nice bonus.

Apple on Wednesday made its updated iCloud storage plans active, improving some tiers while eliminating another and leaving the free default plan unchanged.

The free tier remained at 5 gigabytes of storage while the US$0.99/month option was bumped from 20 gigabytes of storage to 50. The 200 gigabyte tier is down to US$2.99 a month, the 500 gigabyte plan was eliminated and the 1 terabyte tier went down to US$9.99/month.


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.


AT&T eases constrictions, now allows for 22GB per month of data use prior to throttling

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 08:26
Category: News, wireless


It looks like AT&T will allow unlimited data plan customers more leeway before beginning to throttle their data.

Users with legacy unlimited data plans can use up to 22GB of data per month without getting throttled. After that, users will see slower speeds in congested areas, with the degree of throttling depending on the amount of congestion. Users will also get a warning when they’ve exceeded 16.5GB, which is 75 percent of 22GB.

This represents a significant chance in AT&T’s policies, which began throttling unlimited data users at 5GB in a congested area. In an even older policy, AT&T throttled users at just 3GB for 3G/4G HSPA+ networks and 5GB for 4G LTE networks, whether they were in a congested site or not. In addition, some users complained that throttling began at just 2GB.


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.