Apple releases updated version of iOS 9.3 for iPad 2 following activation/bricking complaints

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Date: Friday, March 25th, 2016, 08:40
Category: iOS, iPad, News

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Well, this is awkward.

And good reason to maybe wait a day or two after a major system upgrade to see if there’s any negative feedback.

Apple has both confirmed that its initial release of iOS 9.3 causes problems on the iPad 2 and has released a new build of the operating system for the device. Carrying build number 13E236, the update appears to be rolling out to iPad 2 users now. Presumably, it’s the same build that was released to everyone earlier this week, just with the activation issues fixed.


iPad 2 users can update to the new firmware update by plugging their iPad into iTunes if it’s in a bricked state or by heading into Settings and navigating to the software update menu and updating like they normally would.

Apple offered the following comment regarding the issue:

“Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update. In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.”

If you’ve tried the new build on your iPad 2 and have any feedback, let us know in the comments.

Via 9to5Mac

iPhone SE battery outlasts iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy 7 batteries in testing

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Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016, 08:15
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News

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The iPhone SE may just feature a better battery than you expected.

A recent series of tests shows that the new handset’s battery can last far longer than even flagship phones, including the iPhone 6s.

Under stress tests cycling through websites with uniform brightness, the SE managed 10 hours. That was over two hours better than the iPhone 6s, as well as the iPhone 5s, which like the SE has a 4-inch, 1,136-by-640 display. Screen-on time is often the biggest source of battery drain on a smartphone, with wireless connections being close competition.

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Apple begins accepting pre-orders for iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016, 08:55
Category: iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone SE, News, retail

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After several hours of downtime last night, Apple’s Online Store is back up and allowing customers to pre-order the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The iPhone SE starts at $399 off-contract, while the iPad Pro starts at $599. Deliveries will begin in one week on March 31st.

In terms of carrier availability for the iPhone SE, details are listed below:

T-Mobile – Available at 5AM PT/8AM ET

Verizon – Available Now

AT&T – Available Now

Sprint – To Be Determined

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DisplayMate to study Night Shift

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Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016, 12:22
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro

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The impressively geeky Dr. Ray Soneira and the guys at DisplayMate shall be taking an in-depth look at Apple’s new Night Shift feature which surfaced in iOS 9.3 and has become popular through apps like F.lux.

Here’s what he had to say:

I have been following the effect of displays on sleep for many years. I am not a sleep researcher, but I am a theoretical physicist with extensive knowledge of the displays, light spectra, and human color vision. It is clear that many sleep researchers do not have a very good understanding of displays, light spectra, or human color vision, so many of their conclusions regarding displays are simply not correct.

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iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro each equipped with 2GB of RAM

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Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016, 08:23
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone

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The iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro boast 2GB of RAM.

And that’s significant.

While Apple never announces the amount of RAM in its iOS devices, TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino was able to use a memory checking app to determine the amount of RAM in both devices.

Based on his testing, it appears that both the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro include 2GB of RAM.

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Rumor: FBI reaches out to Israeli mobile forensics company Cellebrite to help unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016, 07:31
Category: iPhone, Rumor, security

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When in doubt, go to the Israelis for help.

The so-far unnamed third party that’s helping the FBI try to unlock the iPhone 5c linked to the San Bernadino shootings is Cellebrite, a mobile forensics company based in Israel.

The FBI has reportedly contacted Cellebrite to help break the encryption on the infamous iPhone according to sources close to the story. Cellebrite has not responded to the report. But if it is indeed the “third party” in question, and it is able to break into the terrorist’s iPhone, it would bring the high-stakes legal showdown between the government and Apple to an abrupt end. Cellebrite, considered one of the leading companies in the world in the field of digital forensics, has been working with the world’s biggest intelligence, defense and law enforcement authorities for many years. The company provides the FBI with decryption technology as part of a contract signed with the bureau in 2013.

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DisplayMate mate offers overview of 9.7-inch iPad Pro screen, promises in-depth review in near future

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 11:49
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News

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For you display freaks out there, the mighty Dr. Ray Soneira will be reviewing the display on the just-announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro this week and has offered the following comments do far:

The new 9.7″ iPad Pro is a welcome return to Apple innovating again in displays. The wide DCI-P3 Color Gamut, with the TrueTone dynamic Ambient Light White Point correction, and the record low 1.8 percent screen Reflectance are all major innovations for Tablets and PCs, and presumably for iPhones in the near future. The 25% boost in brightness to 500 nits is much less important than lowering the screen Reflectance down to an impressively very low 1.8 percent – most other displays reflect 3 times as much ambient light, which reduces image contrast and color saturation.

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Rumor: Apple working on “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks for second quarter

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 08:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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It wasn’t mentioned in the press event yesterday, but Apple may have some “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks en route.

According to the sometimes-very-accurate DigiTimes, Apple may have the new notebooks ready for the end of the second quarter.

The second calendar quarter ends on June 30, meaning that new Macs could feasibly be introduced by WWDC 2016, which will likely take place between June 13-17 based on scheduling information available from the Moscone Center.

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Feds claim they have means of unlocking San Bernadino iPhone, ask judge to delay Apple hearing until April 5th

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 08:54
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The great iPhone Unlocking Controversy of 2016 may have an end in sight.

The United States Justice Department today asked the court overseeing its ongoing iPhone unlocking battle with Apple to postpone a hearing scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 22nd. The DoJ says new leads have been discovered that could provide it with a way to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without involving Apple.

“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking [terrorist Syed] Farook’s iPhone,” federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday afternoon. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.”

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Apple releases 4-inch iPhone SE

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 14:27
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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The iPhone SE has been announced.

And it is both small and mighty.

The 4-inch handset boasts the same A9 chip and the same embedded M9 motion co-processor as Apple’s flagship 4.7-inch phone, for double the CPU performance of the iPhone 5s, which was Apple’s last 4-inch handset. The new phone also packs the same graphics capabilities of the larger iPhone 6s, meaning it has three times faster GPU performance compared to the iPhone 5s.

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