Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 update, works to address Wi-Fi/LTE connectivity issues for Apple Watch Series 3 devices

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s watchOS 4.0.1 update is out and it works to improve the reliability of LTE cellular connections without an iPhone nearby.

Apple Watch owners can now download watchOS 4.0.1 via the official Watch app on a paired iPhone. Release notes accompanying the software say that it addresses the Wi-Fi bug that could prevent LTE connectivity when near a public hotspot.

Given that LTE connectivity provides a significant drain on battery life, the Apple Watch tends to opt to use Wi-Fi networks when possible. Prior to the watchOS 4.0.1 update, the Apple Watch failed to identify public Wi-Fi networks with portals, which cannot be accessed without accepting terms and conditions. Without a browser or full-fledged iOS operating system, watchOS is unable to connect to such networks.

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 update, focuses on crackling sound issue

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Archive, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software

You can’t say Apple isn’t quick with its updates.

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.0.2. The update, a 277 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes for supported iOS devices:

– Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices.

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Gray area: Apple changes the definition of ‘on’ and ‘off’ in iOS 11

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 03:29
Category: iOS, iPhone, Wi-Fi, wireless
Gray area: Are they on or are they off?

Gray area: Are they on or are they off?

During the iOS 11 beta I noticed a strange bug: I’d turn off Wi–Fi in Control Center and it would turn itself back on. After doing this multiple times, I filed a bug. Turns out that it wasn’t a bug, it was working as intended.

This is problem for me because I turn Wi–Fi off when I leave the office so that my iPhone won’t try to connect to the building’s Wi–Fi (or that of a passing Google bus). When your iPhone can’t connect reliably to Wi-Fi, it leaves the device in a state of limbo and data packets stop flowing.

When I leave the office I flip up Control Center and turn off Wi–Fi. When my iPhone would inevitably stop receiving data, I’d check Wi–Fi and notice that it had been turned back on. It’s Wi–Fi disobedience, essentially.

Rather than giving us a feature that many have requested (3D Touch the Wi–Fi icon and select from available networks) Apple nerfed the feature and made it worse.

Who asked for this “feature” anyway?

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Apple to hold Q4 2017 earnings call on November 2nd

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Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, 05:18
Category: Finance, News

Apple’s next financial earnings report is slated for November 2nd.

The company announced that it will hold its Q4 2017 earnings call on November 2nd with a call following shortly thereafter at 2PM PT/5PM ET.

Apple reported revenue of $45.5 billion last quarter on sales of 41 million iPhones, 11.4 million iPads, and 4.29 million Macs. The Q4 2017 earnings release will offer a first look at iPhone 8 sales and will see Apple share guidance for the holiday season. That guidance should be notable with the looming iPhone X release and the supply issues that plague it.

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Apple states fix is in progress for “static” sounds on some iPhone 8 devices

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

Apple has announced that it’s working on a fix for some of the “static” and “crackling” sounds some users have experienced from the newly-released iPhone 8’s earpiece.

The company offered the following statement:

“We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases,” an Apple spokesperson said. “Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release.”

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 update, focuses on bug fixes, stability improvements

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 05:55
Category: iOS, News, Software

There’s always a software update to be had.

And this is a good thing.

Only one week after Apple’s release of its iOS 11 operating system, the company has issued its first incremental software update. As of Tuesday, iOS 11.0.1 is now available to install.

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iFixit posts full iPhone 8 teardown

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Date: Monday, September 25th, 2017, 05:29
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

If you’re curious about the internal components of the iPhone 8, the cool humans at iFixit have already performed a full teardown and posted their findings to the Internet.

The teardown revealed a True Tone Retina display, Qi wireless charging support, Touch ID Home button, and improved camera sensors. Other components include an A11 Bionic processor, iFixit found 2 GB RAM, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and Gigabit LTE RF transceiver, Skyworks quad-band GSM power amplifier module, NXP secure NFC module, a Broadcom wireless charging chip, and more.

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Apple quietly extends iTunes Store movie rental viewing times from 24 to 48 hours

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Date: Monday, September 25th, 2017, 05:50
Category: Apple TV, Fun, iPhone, iTunes Store, News, Software

Coinciding with the launch of the new Apple TV 4K and iPhone 8 devices, Apple on Friday updated its website with new information regarding movie rentals, saying viewers now have up to 48 hours to complete their rented titles after first pressing play.

Prior to the change, iTunes Store customers had only a 24-hour period to finish watching or replaying a rented title. The change, though quietly announces, doubles the previous time limit.

Customers can watch and re-watch a rented movie as many times as they like within the 48 hour window. As noted by Apple, users who download movies for offline viewing are still subject to the 48 hour timer.

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First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K units begin to arrive for customers in New Zealand, Australia

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Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone, News, retail

The very first pre-ordered iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K units have begun to arrive in the hands of customers living in Australia, New Zealand and Asia on Friday, local time, while Apple retail stores in those regions began sales of the new hardware.

The sales process appears to be running much more smoothly than past iPhone releases. Of note, Apple stores in Australia are not seeing extremely long queues lining up outside, as they did with last year’s iPhone 7 launch. One reason could be the upcoming launch of iPhone X, Apple’s flagship handset set to debut in November.

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Rumor: iPhone X could face additional delays, see production pushed back to mid-October

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Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017, 05:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

If you’re hankering for an iPhone X, you may have to wait a bit longer.

While Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the handset next month, Raymond James chip analyst Christopher Caso conducted supply chain checks this morning and shared a note stating that while production delays had already delayed the release of the iPhone X, further delays have occurred recently. He says production is set to start in mid-October, later than earlier predictions. With additional delays, full production ramp up will be delayed into the December quarter.

James offered the following comment:

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