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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.
Apple has shipped software updates for iOS and tvOS at the same time, making changes to the fourth-generation Apple TV at the same time as its mobile device range. Arriving just under a month after the latest betas and the fourth iOS 9 update, version 9.2 is being made available as an over-the-air update to all iOS devices, while tvOS 9.1 is the first major update released to the public since the set-top box's launch.
Apple today announced that the new iPad Pro will be available to order online on Wednesday, November 11, from the Apple website. The larger format tablet will arrive at Apple's retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. Accessories for the tablet, the Apple Pencil and Apple's new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order on Wednesday.
A standalone version of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac has been released, on the same day Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Windows. Already available to download for Mac users since July as part of Office 365 suite, today's release is the first time the most recent version of Office is being offered for purchase on Mac without requiring the subscription, with both Office Home & Student 2016 and Office Home & Business 2016 versions being offered.