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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.


Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland add Apple Pay support for UK market

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: News, retail


Apple Pay seems to be expanding over on the other side of the pond.

Three of the largest banks in the region have added support for Apple Pay. Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland have recently added support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to use their credit and debit cards through Apple Pay.

In addition, others on social media also indicated that Bank of Scotland is supporting Apple Pay as of Friday. No official announcement has been made from any of the three banks, nor Apple.


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.


iPhone 6s to feature smaller capacity battery, offer same run time as iPhone 6 battery

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Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 07:25
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News


Well, this is both confusing but also reassuring.

One thing Apple didn’t mention during yesterday’s keynote was the iPhone 6s battery life. In the promo video, Apple shows a shot of the iPhone 6s internals. During the video, the viewer can make out the battery’s specifications, which is rated at 1715mAh,down from the 1810mAH packed into the previous iPhone 6.

The smaller capacity battery apparently allows for new features such as the 3D Touch screen and the Taptic Engine, albeit Apple’s specs state that the battery life estimates for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models are identical.


Apple introduces long-awaited iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, iPad mini 4 at media event

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 13:18
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini


You were hankering for the iPad Pro at the media event.

And your wish came true.

Over at the “Hey Siri” media event, Apple introduced its 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet. The unit, which features a 5.6 million pixel display, A9X processor, 10-hour battery and 4-speaker audio system with audio frequency balancing, will arrive in gold, silver and space gray colors.


Apple announces fourth-gen Apple TV, points out enhanced Siri features, new remote control

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 13:03
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, Processors


It looks like the Apple TV just became more than a “hobby” over at 1 Infinite Loop.

Over at today’s media event, Apple announced the fourth-generation Apple TV. The new unit, which appears to be measurably thicker than the previous generations, sports a new user interface, an operating system written for it (known as “tvOS”), a Touch surface to its new remote control, A8 processor, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Lightning connector at the bottom of the remote and full Siri connectivity capable of searching across multiple apps such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO and Showtime to find content via criteria such as cast, director, movie name and age rating.


Apple introduces iPhone 6s, 6s Plus models at media event

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 12:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors


Well, the rumors were mostly right.

As expected, Apple announced the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus handsets at the “Hey Siri” media event today. The new units will ship in silver, gold, space grey and rose gold colors, feature more durable glass, a 3D Touch feature that will calculate the force of a touch and bring up new options to work with and also include an improved Taptic Engine to gauge more accurate responses.


Apple Store web site down in advance of “Hey Siri” media event

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 07:15
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Wearables


As expected, Apple’s online store has been taken offline as of Wednesday morning. With less than six hours before the company’s scheduled media event, Apple is apparently configuring the soon-to-be-announced inventory to go online.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, the fourth-gen Apple TV, iOS 9, watchOS 2 and assorted Apple bands and finishes.


Apple, Cisco, announce collaboration to create “fast lane” for iOS products in enterprise environments

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Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 13:31
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News


You can usually mend the fences when money’s involved.

Apple and Cisco announced on Monday that they have partnered up to integrate iOS products more tightly into the kind of enterprise networks sold by Cisco. Together, they will create a “fast lane” for iOS products in enterprise networks.

The companies also announced a plan to release developer tools that would enable iOS devices to take advantage of Cisco’s products and services.

By tightly integrating iOS and Cisco products, the end result could make iPhones and iPads perform better in corporate environments, as well as kickstart sales for the iPad, which has been experiencing declining sales for six consecutive quarters.


Verizon Wireless to field test 5G network in 2016, cites speeds up to 50 times faster than current 4G/LTE protocol

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Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 08:20
Category: News, wireless


Verizon Wireless is apparently looking to field test its upcoming “5G” network sometime in 2016, the carrier claiming speeds of up to 50 times that of its current 4G LTE network.

The company has laid out plans to test the service with partners such as Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung, and have established working teams to ensure an aggressive pace of innovation.