Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update, chases after headphone audio control, other bugs

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 12:40
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Look at it this way: Bug fixes are a good thing.

On Friday, Apple released the iOS 10.0.2 update for its newly-released iOS 10 operating system.

The update, a 56.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

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Rumor: Apple purchases TupleJump, expands machine learning resources

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 05:03
Category: Rumor, Software

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Machine learning is the hip new thing and Apple wants to be as large a part of it as humanly possible.

Adding to its collection of machine learning acquisitions, following a buyout of Perceptio at the end of 2015 and Turi just a few months ago, Apple has now acquired an India/US-based machine learning team, Tuplejump.

While Apple has yet to confirm the purchase and offered the standard line about occasionally buying other outfits without discussing its purposes or plans, the company offered the previous description of itself on its web site a while back:

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IHS completes initial teardown, estimates iPhone 7 component costs around $220

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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They’ve run the numbers and after a preliminary teardown, iPhone 7 component costs are estimated to start at $219.80, which is $36.89 higher than iPhone 6s, according to a preliminary teardown of a 32GB model by IHS Markit.

According to the report, the display remains the most expensive component, clocking in at an estimated $43 while the Intel modem and other baseband chips retail for about $33.90.

Apple’s quad-core A10 Fusion chip is the third most expensive item on the bill of materials, costing an estimated $26.90. Meanwhile, the larger 1,920 mAh battery is said to cost just $2.50.

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Rumor: Apple in talks to acquire Lit Motors, may be focusing on two-wheeled vehicle technologies

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 05:39
Category: Hardware, Rumor

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Moving beyond the McLaren rumor, Apple is also said to be talking to Lit Motors, a small company that participated in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF back in 2012, a contest they finished second in.

The San Francisco-based startup is developing a new kind of electric vehicle vehicle that seems something like a two-wheeled motorcycle that can’t tip over thanks to built-in stabilization technologies.

Lit is said to have only raised $2.2 million in total in venture capital and it’s unclear if the company still has money today to survive as an independent entity or if it has been looking for an acquirer.

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Rumor: Apple looking into acquisition, strategic investment of McLaren for car project

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 11:56
Category: Apple, Hardware, Rumor

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If you’ve ever drooled a bit over a parked McLaren on the street, then you’ve got something in common with Apple.

The current rumor has it that Apple has approached British supercar-maker McLaren to discuss an acquisition or a strategic investment in the firm. The talks are said to have been in progress for several months.

McLaren is best known for its Formula One racing team and also has a fast-growing road cars division that started up less than a year ago. The company has also received accolades for its million-dollar P1 hybrid hypercar and its line of supercars. McLaren also has a large consulting division and a technologies group that acts as a parts supplier to other carmakers and race teams.

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Apple updates iWork, begins adding real-time collaboration features to beta

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 05:00
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Some nifty stuff might in be coming down the pipe for iWork.

On Tuesday, Apple released Pages 6.0, Keynote 7.0 and Numbers 4.0 via the Mac App Store. The updates deliver the real-time, cross-platform iWork collaboration that the company promised earlier this month.

In addition to the updates, Apple is apparently working on real-time collaboration features for the suite. This would allow users to edit presentations, documents or spreadsheets with others at the same time across iOS, macOS and web.

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Some users experiencing connectivity glitches with Lightning-based EarPods, Apple promises forthcoming fix

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor

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Well, this is sort of a mess.

Apple is presently working on a fix for an issue that can cause the new Lightning EarPods designed for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to stop working properly, the company said in a statement issued on Monday

When using the EarPods, there’s an occasional bug that can cause the remote portion of the accessory to become unresponsive. While audio will continue to play, the remote does not work, so there’s no way to control the volume, access Siri, or answer a phone call.

As of now, the glitch seems to be intermittent and random and it’s been reported that unplugging the Earpods and plugging them back in seems to temporarily resolve the issue.

Apple plans to issue a fix in an upcoming software update, albeit there’s no word on when it might be released. It’s not known if third-party Lightning-based headphones are affected, but there have been reports of similar bugs with the Lightning adapter. Some headphones, such as Beats headphones with a 3.5mm connector, appear to have a non-functional remote when plugged into an iPhone with the Lightning adapter.

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DisplayMate publishes full review of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus cameras, gives new hardware top marks

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016, 13:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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Every so often, Dr. Raymond Soneira tests a new display and/or camera system.

The man goes thoroughly bananas with his tests.

And this time he focused on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays and cameras, especially compares to the iPhone 6 and 6s cameras and displays.

His new review points out the following:

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Some iPhone 7 users report hissing sounds, no clear cause named as of yet

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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The iPhone 7 may, in fact, hiss at you.

A number of early iPhone 7 adopters have reported that both the regular iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus producing hissing sounds when they’re subjected to a heavy processor workload, such as a game. They continue to function, but it’s a bit disconcerting when most phones are virtually silent.

It’s currently unknown as to what’s causing the hissing sound and suspected causes include coil whine or similar electromagnetic effects.

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Conan pokes fun at Apple’s new wireless AirPods

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2016, 10:57
Category: Accessory, Fun

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Before you start taking anything too seriously on this, another iPhone launch day, the killer writers over at Conan came up with this to poke fun at the new AirPods, Apple’s new wireless headphones.

The results speak for themselves.

A brief warning, some of the language isn’t entirely safe for work, so you may want to have your own wired or wireless headphones in before you fire up the video.

As always, please let us know what you think of the new AirPods in the comments.