Apple initiates Reserve and Pickup system for iPhone X units in some countries

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Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 03:31
Category: iPhone, News, retail

Following a successful preorder launch, Apple on Tuesday updated a handful of international websites to reflect new iPhone X Reserve and Pickup options set to begin on Nov. 4, giving customers another route to purchase.

Over in Australia, Belgium, and the U.K., customers will have the option to show up and reserve an iPhone X unit at 6 AM on November 4th. Potential iPhone X buyers in Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland and UAE will be able to place their reservation at 8 a.m. that day as well.

Upon arrival, buyers will complete a short form online, wherein they’ll be issued a unique registration code and have 30 minutes to visit the store they selected to complete the transaction.

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Apple releases iOS 11.1 update

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 03:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

If you were looking for a meaty iOS update, this might be your lucky day. On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system.

The update, a 246 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Emoji:
– Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more.

Photos:
– Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry.

– Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly.

– Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup.

– Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots.

Accessibility:
– Improves braille support for Grade 2 input.

– Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs.

– Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications.

– Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher.

– Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing.

– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail.

– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages.

Other Improvements and Fixes:
– Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch.

– Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen.

– Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps.

– Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data.

– Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation).

– Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch.

To snag the update, head on over to Settings > General > Software Update to install the update over the air or connect your device to your computer and install it manually via iTunes.

If you’ve tried the iOS 11.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 03:46
Category: Bluetooth, High Sierra, macOS, News, Software

It’s not the heftiest update in the world, but it could be helpful. On Tuesday, Apple released its macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update.

The update adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes a bug where Bluetooth appeared as unavailable during Apple Pay transactions.

– Improves the reliability of Microsoft Exchange message sync in Mail.

– Fixes an issue where Spotlight does not accept keyboard input.

– Improves the reliability of SMB printing.

– Makes Touch ID preferences accessible while logged in as a mobile account on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

– Adds support for unlocking a FileVault-encrypted APFS volume using a recovery keychain file. For details, enter man diskutil in Terminal.

As always, the update can be found via the App Store under the “Updates” tab. If you’ve had a chance to try the macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Apple allows YouTube personalities early access to iPhone X, initial video reports posted

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 03:03
Category: Face ID, iPhone, News, Processors, retail

Because, as mentioned before, you literally can’t outrun social media, Apple recently invited a number of YouTube channels to try out the highly-anticipated device at a nondescript building in New York City.

The YouTubers tested out the assorted functions of the iPhone X including the camera, wireless charging, Animoji, Face ID and others, then posted their findings online.

So far, the reviews seem to be largely positive, with users citing the A11 processor, fun with Animoji, minor frustrations with the new interface and the learning curve of not having a Touch ID button on this model

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Initial iPhone X packaging, unboxing pictures and videos begin to surface online

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 03:41
Category: iPhone, News, retail

You can’t beat the speed of social media.

Although the iPhone X has yet to arrive anywhere in the world, Twitter user Benjamin Geskin began shooting images and videos of the new handset to the Internet over the weekend. The resulting images include the iPhone X in its retail handset as well as shared images of the iPhone X stacked and ready to ship.

Unlike the iPhone 8’s rear-focus cover art, the iPhone X packaging depicts the smartphone’s large OLED display.

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Rumor: Apple more likely to meet iPhone X demand in 2018 as component supply improves

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, retail, Rumor

Per a new investor note released recently by the mighty Apple guru that is Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple seems unlikely to repeat the supply and production struggles it experienced with the iPhone X with the new 2018 iPhone models.

Kuo has stated that shipments of the 2018 iPhone models will arrive on time and in stable supply during late Q3 of 2018. He says there will be “no major spec upgrade” of the TrueDepth camera that helps power the Face ID biometric technology, with Apple using the same dot projector and infrared camera.

“We believe the supply of both components are now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions,” Kuo writes.

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Apple announces $279 price for non-AppleCare+ iPhone X screen repairs

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017, 05:48
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, iPhone, News

It’s best not to drop your brand new iPhone X.

Or, if you do, make sure it has an AppleCare+ plan covering it.

Apple has announced that a repair for the iPhone X screen will retail for $279 and $99 for any other damage up to two instances without an AppleCare+ plan.

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Apple posts carrier compatibility specs for upcoming iPhone X launch

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017, 05:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

As with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, the iPhone X won’t have the same carrier compatibility for all variants.

While GSM is the standard for most carriers around the globe, Sprint and Verizon in the U.S. still use CDMA. Apple hasn’t shared the iPhone X’s exact cellular specifications on its website, but it has stated that the AT&T and T-Mobile variants will be GSM only and won’t work with Verizon and Sprint.

The company has also announced that all models are unlocked, but that the Verizon and Sprint models will have the most carrier flexibility, until Apple offers a SIM-free version.

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Rumor: Apple acquires InVisage, purchases possible image technologies for use in upcoming camera systems

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

Apple has reportedly snagged yet another image technology company, or at least hired some of its core staff away.

Per Image Sensors World, two anonymous sources claimed that Apple may have acquired InVisage.

The blog highlighted that InVisage is no longer listed as a current investment in the portfolios of venture capital firms Nokia Growth Partners and InterWest Partners.

InVisage also removed a news page and a list of employee profiles from its website, compared to an archived version from February. Many companies acquired by Apple in the past have simplified or even removed their websites.

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Supposed watchOS 4.1 GM notes released, include music streaming over LTE, other changes

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Apple Music, battery, Developer, iCloud, News, Software, watchOS

The golden master release notes for watchOS 4.1 apparently leaked out on Wednesday, the update list confirming that streaming support will arrive for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library.

The notes, posted to Twitter by developer Guilherme Rambo, include a list of new features, improvements and bug fixes slated to debut when watchOS 4.1 sees release.

Among the more anticipated features, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library will gain the ability to stream over LTE, as was initially promised to arrive this fall. Apple COO Jeff Williams stated these features were in the works, but would not be available when the Apple Watch Series 3 launched last month. Instead, the features would arrive as part of a software update in October.

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