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The chief of the Apple Watch, Kevin Lynch, unveiled a first look at watchOS 3.0, which introduced a number of new features -- chief among them is dramatically faster app launches through the used of background updates and favorites apps remaining in memory. Also new is a dock-like setup, and a swipe up to bring up an iOS-like Control Center. Apple has made general speed improvements throughout, and included some new watch faces -- including an "activity face" that shows both the activity rings and the clock face.
Alongside its various OS platform updates on Monday, Apple also issued a new version of iTunes for OS X designed to address a potential bug Apple has been unable to nail down that reportedly causes some music-file deletions in rare cases. The new update also makes the sidebar in iTunes on by default (by user request), and streamlines navigation and media picking by allowing use of the Back and Forward buttons. Menus are generally simpler and easier to use, as well.
The makers of the handy auto-text utility TextExpander, Smile Software, have announced a dramatic change in plans for the recently-announced TextExpander 6 for Mac, which unexpectedly emerged as a subscription-only upgrade that required a cloud account and mandatory paid plans in order to upgrade to the latest version of the software last Thursday. Following widespread press and customer unhappiness over both the forced move to subscription and the substantial jump in average yearly cost, the company has revised its subscription pricing downwards and reinstated the previous standalone versions of the applications for Mac and iOS. Previous customers will receive a lifetime 50 percent discount on the new TextExpander, rather than just for the first year, and the annual subscription cost for new individual users has been lowered from $60 per year to $40 per year.
Apple has extended its iPhone range with a new, smaller addition that has been the subject of many rumors over the last few weeks. Replacing the iPhone 5s as the 'budget' option for customers, the iPhone SE is a reduced-in-stature version of the larger iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, bringing the iPhone collection up to three different distinct sizes, and despite being smaller than its two stablemates, it still manages to retain most of the functionality iPhone users have previously seen.
Apple is not going to give in to FBI demands to produce a backdoor for security used in iOS devices, with the company continuing to resist government requests for weaker device security. A "Message to Our Customers" from CEO Tim Cook advises Apple has already complied with some of the FBI's demands relating to one case where it can, but will not produce a workaround of important security aspects of iOS that "would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone's physical possession."
Apple has issued notice for a voluntary recall of some AC adapters used outside the United States, for safety concerns. AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, continental Europe, New Zealand, and South Korea are said by the company to, in "very rare cases," break and "create a risk of electrical shock if touched," with Apple offering a newer, redesigned wall plug in exchange for faulty versions.
On Tuesday, Apple released a final version of 10.11.3, the third free update to OS X El Capitan. The focus of the update, which has no noticeable interface changes or new features, is said to be on the "stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac," according to Apple's release notes. The latest update was in beta since last month, and briefly shared beta status with the next update, 10.11.4, which is currently being tested by developers. The 10.11.3 update is available exclusively through the software update section of the Mac App Store.
After a relatively short beta period, Apple has released iOS 9.2.1 to the public. As indicated by the version number, the update is primarily intended for bug fixes to the existing iOS 9.2 without addition of new features, which are being currently being tested on the recent beta of iOS 9.3.
Apple today announced that customers around the world made this holiday season the biggest ever for the App Store, setting new records during the weeks of Christmas and New Year's. In the two weeks ending January 3, customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. January 1, 2016 marked the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $144 million. It broke the previous single-day record set just a week earlier on Christmas Day.