Category Archives: iPhone/iPad News

Current iOS version and update news, apps, rumours, trends and projections for iPhone, iMac and iPad.

Apple shares and iPhone 8, blocking annoying requests, Pay for Poland and Holland, iPhone FM, managing email


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Apple shares fall due to worries on iPhone 8 sales — Apple’s shares fell 1.5% in premarket trading on Thursday as brokers and traders speculated over poor demand and cuts in production of iPhone 8, ahead of the launch of the iPhone X, reports Reuters.
The article says indications from supply channels, phone operators and analysts who track the sector have fueled talk of poor sales for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang said he believed Apple could cut iPhone 8 production and shift capacity toward iPhone X as the premium phone is expected to sell out quickly. [We just bought one for my partner, but honestly, I think it’s too expensive – and wait till X arrives!]

How to block in-app Ratings and Reviews requests in iOS — In-app review reminders are important for developers because they get more users to enter App Store reviews, which are critical for boosting visibility and helping other users decide if an app is right for them. If you have, say, a jillion apps on your iPhone, however, those review pop-ups can get a little overwhelming – or at least annoying. Luckily, there’s a way to turn them off for all apps in iOS 11with just a couple taps.

Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this year — Apple may be preparing a large European expansion for Apple Pay later this year, as new rumours point to Poland and the Netherlands joining a list of rollouts.

NAB calls for activation of iPhone FM radio feature Apple says does not exist — Less than a month after U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai called on Apple to activate FM radio functionality in its iPhone devices, the National Association of Broadcasters on Wednesday issued a similar call to action, saying the company could easily integrate such features if it so desired.
But Apple has gone on record as saying iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 do not include FM radio chips or antennas designed to support FM signals.

Manage email and internet accounts in iOS 11 — You’ve gotten your feet wet with iOS 11, but one nagging problem is still eating at you: how do you manage your email and Internet accounts? You used to see all of your Mail accounts in a specific place within the Settings app, but that option just isn’t there anymore. Not to worry. You still have an easy and quick way to configure new and existing email accounts, once you know where to look.

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Apple and GE partner, iPad Drag and Drop, Apple IS phishing scam, sync Watch music, unlock Macs


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Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad — Apple and GE today announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to iPhone and iPad.
The two companies have unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps.
The new Predix SDK for iOS will be available to download on Thursday, 26 October. The SDK gives developers the ability to make powerful, native apps that take full advantage of the industrial analytics from Predix and tap into the power and ease of use of iOS.
As a result of the partnership, GE will standardise on iPhone and iPad for mobile devices and promote Mac as a choice for its global workforce of more than 330,000 employees.
Apple in return will promote GE’s Predix as the industrial IoT analytics platform of choice to its customers and developers.

Top iPad apps adding Drag and Drop support within the first month of iOS 11 — This summer, Apple unveiled a series of new iOS 11 features specific to iPad, including new Dock navigation and support for Drag and Drop, enabling sophisticated new ways to work with documents between apps. Within its first month of availability, scores of third party developers have already added support to their iPad apps.

An Apple ID Phishing Scam is going around — Some users on Reddit are receiving a phishing scam aimed at Apple customers. It’s a text message saying your Apple ID is expiring, requiring you to click on a link. This scam isn’t new, and has made its way around before. Here’s what you can do.
For a start, Apple IDs don’t expire. Even if you forgot your username and password, your Apple ID is still floating around in the ether. Apple doesn’t shut down IDs after a certain period of inactivity.

How to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with watchOS 4 — If you exercise with an Apple Watch, you’ll want to load some music onto it. Thankfully with watchOS 4, Apple now lets you load multiple playlists and albums onto the wrist-worn device. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch — Starting with macOS Sierra and above, Apple implemented the ability to unlock your Mac when you are in proximity, and wearing your Apple Watch. Sounds simple enough – but there are a few prerequisites to fulfill before it works reliably. AppleInsider spells it all out.

Universal texts, Bear notes, Sylvania smart bulbs, Apple TV Universal Search expanded


Make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices — One of the advantages of Apple’s iMessage system is the ability to see and respond to iPhone texts across multiple Apple devices. AppleInsider shows you how to set up the feature and get messaging on your iPad, Mac and more [except this feature was not available on my New Zealand Vodafone iPhone 6].

Bear enables text editing, notes on any device from Apple Watch to Mac — The note-taking app Bear is free to try, but to enable such important features as iCloud syncing, themes, and exporting files in certain formats there is a monthly (US$1.49) or annual (US$14.99) subscription fee paid through an in-app purchase. The monthly subscription includes a free one-week trial, while the annual subscription gives you a month to try out the features of Bear.
[Er, the completely free Notes app on Apple devices and Macs already syncs without having to pay a subscription …]

Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White bulb & Full Colour Indoor Flex Strip — LEDVANCE’s Sylvania brand has announced two new Smart+ lights supporting HomeKit: the Soft White A19 bulb, and the Full Colour Indoor Flex Strip.

Apple TV gets new universal search options in US, Canada, many other countries — Apple has significantly expanded the universal search options present on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the US, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.
Apple has also expanded the number of countries with Apple Music search beyond the US, covering Australia [but not NZ?], Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

A crack at KRACK


The WPA2 encryption your Wi-Fi basestation uses isn’t as secure as you thought. Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef revealed a flaw that makes any WPA2 encrypted data on a WiFi network hackable, regardless of what operating system you use.
KRACK flaw makes WPA2 hackable on any WiFi network. The flaw, called Key Reinstallation attack (KRACK) takes advantage of a flaw in the WPA2 standard that lets an attacker decrypt the data flowing through the wireless network.

Here’s my advice: OK, so Apple is the least vulnerable here, but still – it depends what serves your WiFi, an Apple AirPort or something else, do you know? If it has been updated recently, it should be OK, but if you installed it a couple of years back and have never looked at it since, maybe not.
If it’s an Apple AirPort, the updates should appear and be installable should you launch the AirPort Utility in the Utilities folder in your Applications folder (or Finder, Go menu>Utilities).
Either way, if any new security updates come for whatever devices you use to create your WiFi zone, you should update them immediately. 
On the upside, it’s extremely unlikely you are a target considering whoever tries to hack into your zone needs to be within 50 metres of your WiFi server (modem, AirPort, whatever) and have the know-how to do it.
This would be much, much more likely if:
1/ You are known or suspected to have something people would really want to steal, and
2/ You were in a highly built-up area, say in an urban apartment complex. 
Another vulnerability is WiFi-ready environments including cafes, libraries and airports. Who knows how good they are at updating their stuff, and who else is sharing that network?
Your home network is probably pretty much off the radar – of course, if you’re a well-known currency trader working from home, with easy access to someone sitting in a car with a laptop or iPad within 50 metres, that might be a different story.

For now: I would be more inclined to make sure the Firewall is on (System Preferences>Security and Privacy, Firewall tab) and keep monitoring the Apple news. I mean, it’s easy to imagine swarms of hackers out there converging on your house, butit’s SO unlikely in real life, Busy internet cafes, sure.
Also, using a VPN neatly sidesteps the issue completely, although it slows things down to a quarter speed.
For example, this deal at Apple World Today couldn’t be more timely.

iPhone X limitations, Maps gets Irish transit


First shipment of Apple’s iPhone X may be limited to just 46,500 units — Apple’s main assembly partner, Foxconn, recently sent out its first shipment of the iPhone X —but that batch included just 46,500 units, according to one report.

iPhone X, pent up demand predicted to drive Apple sales for years to come, if all factors line up — An analyst has mixed feelings about the iPhone X pricing and release schedule, and believes it may drive Apple’s valuation to new heights, but if it is not well accepted, then it will eat into the company’s earnings for years to come. [That market of rich people who only need a device this expensive to show off with must be somewhat limited.]

Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Ireland — Apple has introduced public transit directions for Maps users in Ireland, confirming recent signs that it was about to do so.

TrueDepth AR, Visual Inertial Odometry, GarageBand fix, Movies Anywhere, better photos


The Mac Observer has tips for better photos

How Apple’s iPhone X TrueDepth AR waltzed ahead of Google’s Tango — Apple’s iOS 11 brings Augmented Reality to a huge installed base of over 350 million iOS devices with powerful A9, A10 Fusion or A11 Bionic chips. However, another form of AR is about to be introduced, exclusive to the company’s new iPhone X. Here’s a deeper look at Apple’s big AR surprise.

Inside Apple’s ARKit and Visual Inertial Odometry, new in iOS 11 — When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no videos. Today’s iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth, AI Vision and Machine Learning. In parallel, it hosts a new platform for Augmented Reality, which integrates what the camera sees and graphics created by the device. Here’s a look at how it works.
Apple’s ARKit has been installed more than three million times through a host of ARKit-powered apps and games since iOS 11 launched on September 19.

Apple promises fix for GarageBand failing to open after iOS 11 update — Apple is working to fix a glitch preventing some people from launching GarageBand – the company’s simplified music creation tool – after updating to iOS 11, according to an online support document.

7 ways to watch your Movies Anywhere collection — Movies Anywhere is unifying our digital movie purchases from iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu. Read on to see a few ways you can watch your newly combined movie library.
[Updated — this only works for those in the US and Canada so far.]

6 ways to better photos — No matter which iPhone you have, you can make use of these tips and tricks to make your iPhone photos look great.

iPhone interest, Nix colour sensor, turning off WiFi, Yale supports HomeKit, moving app


Teen interest in iPhone hits new high of 82%, Apple Music on the rise — Apple products like iPhone and Apple Watch continue enjoy healthy demand from young US consumers, as new data from Piper Jaffray shows a record 82% of teens have iPhone in mind as their next smartphone.

Nix Mini Color Sensor works with Your iPhone — The US$69 Nix Mini Color Sensor is a little device is a colour sensor that reports to your iPhone (or Android device). More specifically, it will match a given color to an existing colour library of more than 28,000 brand name paint colors, as well as RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colours. It’s US$69 through The Mac Observer at the moment.

How to: turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11 — Apple recently caught flak from the Electronic Freedom Foundation for misleading consumers by incorporating “off-ish” Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings in its iOS 11 operating system, a byproduct of decisions that favor user experience. Apple Insider shows you how to completely turn off the radios.

Yale’s Assure smart lock family gets HomeKit support with iM1 Network Module upgrade — Long-time lock producer Yale has added HomeKit support to its Assure lock family, in the form of the iM1 Network Module that provides support for Siri controls through Apple’s Home app. [Ah, ‘Unlock the door’?] 

Top 5 Apple Watch fitness and health apps to get you moving — It can be a bit difficult to find new apps for the Watch. In the Watch app on iPhone, Apple doesn’t provide a list of categories like the App Store. Mac Observer shows you the top Apple Watch fitness and health apps.

 

iOS 11.03, Ive on X, Airplane Mode, Smart Halo for bikes


The Smart Halo is an iPhone-connected bike accessory. Apple is selling the SmartHalo for US$149.95 in the US and Canada. Compatible iPhones range back to the iPhone 4S.

Apple iOS 11.0.3 update available, fixes iPhone 7 haptic feedback, iPhone 6s screen service issue — Apple has issued a third update to iOS 11, with the latest fix sorting out haptics and audio on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, plus one involving non-genuine display replacement on the iPhone 6s.

iPhone X took over two years to develop, marks new chapter in iPhone design, says Jony Ive — In a brief interview with Japanese design magazine Casa Brutus, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive dropped a few interesting tidbits about the development, future technological implications and public reception of iPhone X. [So, rich people will no doubt delight.]

Here’s how Airplane Mode is different in iOS 11 — Airplane Mode on your iPhone and iPad is pretty straight forward: activate it to turn off the radios in your device, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
iOS 11 still does what you expect with Airplane Mode, unlike Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles, but you can change its behaviour. When you enable Airplane Mode on your iPhone or iPad from Settings or Control Center the device’s radios are turned off. You can then selectively turn Wi-Fi and Bluetooth back on while leaving the rest of the radios in their disabled state. The Mac Observer has more.

OnePlus’ OxygenOS found to be linking device IDs to collected analytics data — Smartphone maker OnePlus, a competitor against Apple’s iPhone, is collecting a lot of analytics data from users and linking it to personally identifiable information, according to one security researcher.

How to Scan QR Codes in iOS 11 — You used to need a special app for this, but no longer. With iOS 11 that’s built in so you don’t need any special tools. Here’s how to make sure QR code scanning is turned on and ready to use.

SmartHalo bike navigation & tracking accessory comes to Apple stores — The SmartHalo, an iPhone-compatible bicycle accessory, aimed at navigation, fitness, and safety, is now available through Apple’s web and brick-and-mortar stores across the US and Canada.
The device locks to a bike’s handlebar, and communicates with a dedicated app via Bluetooth 4.0. Its signature ring light tells riders how to get to a selected destination via either turn-by-turn or compass-style modes. [I want one! Mind you, the app Cyclemeter records the same info on my iPhone as long as I activate it and take it with me.]

BNZ Apple Pay, iPhone 8+ camera, Reachability quirk


Apple Insider directly compares the iPhone 8 Plus camera iPhone 7 Plus

BNZ second bank to support Apple Pay in New Zealand — The Bank of New Zealand, better known as BNZ, has announced it will become the second major financial institution to support Apple Pay in New Zealand, further expanding the fledgling payment solution’s reach into smaller international markets. BNZ has yet to announce a date for its introduction, though.

Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus cameras compared in a video — Though the cameras in Apple’s latest iPhones boast the same megapixel count as last year’s models, the new devices sport greatly improved internal components, from ‘deeper’ pixels to an upgraded image signal processor. See how the new hardware compares to its predecessor in this video.

Apple to fix iOS 11 Reachability quirk that restricts Cover Sheet pulldown, report says — Apple is reportedly working on a fix for an iOS 11 behaviour that prohibits users from easily accessing the new Cover Sheet screen, a melding of the Lock Screen and Notification Center, when in Reachability mode.

No free apps, free app, Microsoft ditches Windows 10 Mobile


Free iOS App of the Week Promotion Gone in iOS 11 — It seems the Free iOS App of the Week is gone in iOS 11. Apple started this back in 2012 as a way to paid apps that people may not otherwise buy. Apple showcased the app on the front page of the App Store. Once you downloaded it for free, it was in your purchased history. Even when the promotion ended you could still re-download it.
The App Store saw a big design overhaul in iOS 11. Games and apps are now in different categories, and there is a new Today tab. It shows behind-the-scenes app details, tips and tricks, and more. Instead of a free iOS app of the week, there is now an App of the Day, and a Game of the Day.

AR Tape Measure 2.0 is free from It’s About Time Products — Apple’s ARKit is a framework that’s part of iOS 11 that lets developers create augmented reality (AR) experiences for the iPhone and iPad. One of the first developers we knew of that created AR apps was this week’s sponsor, It’s About Time Products, and Apple World Today is happy to tell you about the free AR Tape Measure 2.0 app. However, it only works on newer iPhones (not my 6, but 6s-on) so I can’t even tell you if it does metric.

Microsoft pulls plug on Windows 10 Mobile, says userbase too small to support apps — Having long struggled for marketshare versus the Apple iPhone and Google Android devices, Microsoft is effectively giving up on Windows 10 Mobile for the time being, a company executive said over the weekend.

True Depth, update slowness, 3D house tours, Star Wars fun-bots, Beats Studio3, Uber controversy, Apple TV 4K gaming, baseball Apple Watch


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iPhone X True Depth supply issues likely to clear up in early 2018, ‘super cycle’ still coming — KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo sees the TrueDepth camera (which Apple Insider has a Part 2 about) and Face ID as the real driving force behind a ‘super cycle’ for the iPhone, with it ultimately growing iPhone sales for the entirety of fiscal year 2018. [Ming-Chi lives in hope. Mind you, he’s also highly rated as a predictor.]
And Android makers are now shifting focus from under-display fingerprint readers to 3D sensing after the iPhone X debut. [No surprise there, from the expert copyists.]

Futuremark analysis debunks rumour that Apple slows older iPhones down on purpose with iOS updates — Benchmarking firm Futuremark has weighed in on claims that Apple is intentionally slowing down older iPhones to encourage upgrades, with analysis of benchmark results indicating iPhones maintain their performance over time instead of deteriorating. [My iPhone 6 is definitely slower with iOS 11, with significant lags between launching apps and the first screen appearing, especially with Camera, whereas my work iPhone 5 seems virtually unaffected … go figure.]

Zillow to offer easy 3D house tour creation, viewing with new iPhone app — House hunting app Zillow is working on a new iOS app that will allow real estate professionals and homeowners to easily create 3D house tours using iPhones, media designed to expedite house rentals and purchases. This may or may not be related to Apple urging developers to create and promote ARKit apps.

Hands-on: Fighting the Empire with our iPhone and Sphero’s ‘Star Wars’ BB-8, R2-D2, and BB-9E droids — Disney now owns LucasFilm, and with that the Star Wars franchise. Part and parcel of that is merchandise, with Sphero cranking out four models of app-controlled droids in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and AppleInsider has three of them.

Apple Insider review: Beats Studio3 Wireless offer noise cancellation & Apple’s W1, at a premium price — The Beats Studio3 Wireless is Apple’s answer to high-end noise-cancelling headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony. While they’re a solid product, it’s debatable as to whether they’re worth a premium over other Beats models.

Apple allowed Uber use of API to record iPhone screens, feature to be removed — Security researchers recently discovered Uber’s app leveraged a powerful API to record users’ iPhone screens in a bid to improve interoperability with its Apple Watch app, a permission only Apple could grant. In a statement to Gizmodo, Uber said the permission is no longer in use and will be removed from the app. [But it’s still in there? Right! I have dropped Uber for NZ use; I only use Zoomy.]

Video: Apple TV 4K and the SteelSeries Nimbus controller brings tvOS gaming back to life — The new Apple TV 4K is now available and thanks to an ultra-powerful A10X Fusion CPU, it can output beautiful images with both High Dynamic Range and 4K resolution. Though Apple is touting higher quality movies and video with 4K HDR support, the new processor promises huge potential in terms of gaming, and here’s a list of the best games so far.

MLB fines team for using Apple Watch in dugout, determines device not used to cheat — Major League Baseball fined the Arizona Diamondbacks after one of the team’s coaches was seen wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout during a game Wednesday night, violating league rules regarding the use of electronic communications, even though there has been no evidence of suspicious activity.

Future photography, Microsoft Edge browser, Apple Music profile, code signing, watchOS 4.0.1


Apple and the future of photography in Depth: iPhone 8 Plus — When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no video. Apple has since rapidly advanced its capabilities in mobile photography to the point where iPhone is now globally recognized for its billboard-sized artwork and has been used to shoot feature length films for cinematic release. iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth. Here’s at look at the future of photos, with a focus on new features debuted in iPhone 8 Plus.

Microsoft brings Windows 10’s Edge browser to Apple’s iPhone in early preview form — Microsoft on Thursday launched a preview version of its Edge Web browser for iPhone, intended to let Windows 10 users move more seamlessly between desktop and mobile.

How to set up Apple Music Social Profile — Let’s look at how to set up your Apple Music social profile. With iOS 11, Cupertino is making another effort to turn Apple Music more social. After all, the service claims more than 30 million subscribers. It’s a ripe opportunity for social networking [and there might be good things about it, too].

Apple ceases iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11 code signing following iOS 11.0.2 update — Apple has stopped signing code for iOS 10.3.3 and the first version of iOS 11, preventing users from installing potentially vulnerable legacy operating systems in favor of the latest iOS 11.0.2 update.

Watch HEIF vs. JPEG on iPhone 8 comparison — Apple announced support for the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) photo format at WWDC in June, a standard that supposedly retains image quality while boasting better compression that results in files half the size of past formats. Apple Insider has tested Apple’s claims by using an iPhone 8 Plus to take photos in the legacy JPEG format and HEIF, then comparing them side by side.

Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 with fix for LTE/Wi-Fi connectivity bug on Apple Watch Series 3 — A widely publicised bug that shipped with the new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has been addressed with a new software update, in the form of watchOS 4.0.1, which should improve the reliability of LTE cellular connections without an iPhone nearby.

Parker the Bear, freeing space, Camera+, Sonos AirPlay 2, Stranger Things, Google devices


Apple is exclusive retailer of ‘Parker,’ world’s first AR teddy bear — Children’s toy startup Seedling on Tuesday launched Parker the Bear, an Apple store exclusive plush teddy bear that comes to life through iOS augmented reality effects.

Apple makes it easier than ever to free up space on your iPhone inside iOS 11 — In Apple’s newly released iOS 11, people needing a quick way of freeing up space on an iPhone or iPad can receive suggested options that can give more storage on your device, often immediately.

Camera+ 10 is released, adds depth editing, “smile to shoot”, and more — Of all of the camera apps on the App Store, probably none has been around longer or been used as much as Camera+ (NZ$4.49/US$2.99). The app, which boasts over 10 million users, has been developed by LateNiteSoft for a while, and the company has now taken over marketing of Camera+ from Taptaptap. Camera+ 10 is a major update that was released today, adding a pile of features to what was already a powerful app.

Sonos announces support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless standard coming in 2018 — Speaker maker Sonos on Wednesday announced it will create an open platform, not only giving any music services access to its hardware, but also integrating with Apple’s forthcoming AirPlay 2 wireless standard. [I’m curious: does Apple plan to reply AirPlay 2 over non-Apple wifi hardware? As Apple has seemingly suspended AirPort devices.]

Netflix’s free ‘Stranger Things: The Game’ offers retro-themed hype for upcoming season 2 — With a retro art design harkening back to the heyday of console gaming, the new and free Stranger Things: The Game leans heavily on nostalgia, just like the blockbuster series on which it is based.

Google ramps up the device wars — Google Home Mini offers affordable voice assistant, music streaming for US$49, Google’s US$649 5″ Pixel 2, US$849 6″ Pixel 2 XL smartphones want to be your main squeeze, without headphone jacks; and Google has announced US$999 Pixelbook touchscreen hybrid notebook, optional US$99 pen accessory. The US$399 Google Home Max with SmartSound takes aim at Apple’s HomePod.