Tag - IOS 9.3
On Wednesday, Apple released both developer and public-tester versions the fourth beta for its next current-release update for OS X and iOS, and a developer-only fourth beta for tvOS. Developers are also expecting to gain access to a second beta for the major upgrades to these and watchOS in the near future, as it has been two weeks since the first beta was released at WWDC. The latest updates -- iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, and tvOS 9.2.2 -- are focused on bug fixes, along with security and performance enhancements, as usual.
With just one week to go before its major Worldwide Developers Conference that is -- among other things -- expected to show off the next major upgrades to OS X, iOS, and various other software (and potentially hardware) items, Apple has released second betas of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2, along with a first beta of watchOS 2.2.2 for developers, with public-tester versions of the OS X and iOS betas expected to arrive tomorrow. While no user-facing changes have yet been revealed, each beta brings with it small tweaks and changes to improve stability, performance, and security.
On Wednesday, Apple issued the public-tester version of yesterday's iOS 9.3.2 developer beta, and also updated developer accounts with the third betas for OS X 10.11.5, and tvOS 9.2.2. In addition, Apple updated its Safari Technology Preview browser to a third beta, which is now available for public testing alongside the current stable release of Safari. The Safari TP version is meant to showcase features and speed improvements coming with the next release of OS X. It's unclear if a developer-only third beta of watchOS 2.2.1 will be issued soon.
On Tuesday, one week after the last one, Apple has issued a third developer betas of iOS 9.3.2 for testing. The main obvious change in iOS 9.3.2 over previous versions is the fixing of a frequent Game Center bug that would cause some games to go to a white screen and become unplayable, and which has been a frequently-reported issue for months. The latest iOS beta also re-introduces the ability to use the Night Shift screen-coloring feature in Low Power Mode.
A new exploit has been discovered by a pair of security researchers that could have maliciously exploited an old, previously-thought-patched "date bug" in iPhones and iPads by using common network names (like "attwifi" or other "default" router network names) to substitute a malicious network that the phone would then join because the name is a "trusted" connection. Once substituted, the network could conceivably "brick" (render non-operative) iOS devices running up to iOS 9.3 by setting up a malicious network time server that would reset the device's "clock" to January 1, 1970, causing devices to count time backwards until they crashed at a 1965 date. The NTP flaw was presumed fixed in iOS 9.3, and the entire network exploit has been addressed in the current iOS 9.3.1 release.
Following the introduction of a revamped Maps interface and the new Nearby feature for watchOS 2.2, along with general improvements in iOS 9.3, Apple on Tuesday revealed the expansion of the Nearby service to Austria, Denmark, Japan, and Switzerland, allowing users in those countries to quickly find local businesses and points of interest through the iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch by category, such as "food and drink," "health," "shopping," or "transportation." In addition, Flyover support has been added to three cities in Germany, one in England, and an entire prefecture in Japan.
On Monday, Apple released a second updated version of iOS 9.3 to address remaining issues that some older iPads and iPhones had with authentication problems that could, in some cases, cause the device to become inoperative, also known as "bricked." The new build, 13E5237, is one number higher than the previous fix. Users who have been unable to move past a stuck Activation Lock screen may now be able to restore the device by attaching it to iTunes on a Mac and upgrading to the new release.
Tapping web links after installing iOS 9.3 is causing apps to crash for some users, according to complaints surfacing on the Apple Support Communities pages in the last 24 hours. A limited number of users are finding that trying to open links within some pre-installed apps, including Safari, Messages, Mail, and Notes, as well as some third-party software, with the wide array of apps affected by the issue suggesting it is a bug within iOS that Apple needs to address.
[Update: Apple has shipped another iOS 9.3 release addressing the issue] Apple has yanked the latest iOS 9.3 update, but only for older iPhones and iPads in Software Update, after user complaints about activation errors occurring on attempting to complete the installation process. Affected users include those running iPhone 5s models or earlier compatible iPhones, as well as iPad Air and earlier iPad models, particularly the iPad 2 from 2011. Apple has issued a statement indicating that it is working on a fix, while also posting a support note to help those affected troubleshoot the issue in the interim.
Nobody predicted that the FBI would blink at this point in their dispute with Apple. Certainly Apple didn't: it broke a habit the day before by addressing the issue at its product launch. William Gallagher and guest Charles Martin, editor of MacNN look at what happened and use some first-class hindsight to see why it probably had to happen this way, this time. They're still not buying it, though.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE