A growing number of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users are complaining about the Activation Lock issue affecting their brand new smartphones. According to the most popular reports from MacRumors forums and Twitter, many phones are linked to Apple IDs that do not belong to the owners of these devices. Apple removed the Activation Lock from several handsets after getting proofs of ownership from their owners. The company also agreed to replace several affected units. Still, it has to comment on the issue.
Apple has released the second beta of iOS 10.1 to public testers. The release comes one day after the release of the same build to developers.
The update contains a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. In particular, Apple has fixed an issue causing the Notes app quit unexpectedly. The company also recommends the users who face the problem go to Settings - iCloud, disable and then enable the Notes once again. This should help.
iOS 10.1 brought the long-awaited ‘Portrait’ mode to the Camera app on the iPhone 7 Plus. It also contains some fixes for multitasking that make the open apps stay active in the background.
If you have a tester account and a compatible device, you can download iOS 10.1 Beta 2 right now.
Apple has discontinued the third-generation Apple TV and removed the device from its online store. Moreover, the company confirmed that it will no longer produce and officially promote the older set-top box, focusing on the newer Apple TV 4 working on tvOS.
For the fourth year in a row, Apple has become the most valuable company in the world. The rating has been formed by a research firm Interbrand that takes into account a wide range of factors influencing the overall company perception, for example, its financial performance, customers’ feedback, and the strength of the brand.
According to the latest report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will sell fewer Apple Watch units this year compared to 2015. In particular, the expert has reviewed his previous predictions and claimed the smartwatch sales will fall 15-25% in the upcoming quarters. These numbers include the sales of both Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 1. Total shipments in 2016 will reportedly account for 8.5-9.0 million units, down from 10.4 million in 2015.
According to the latest report from reliable insiders, Apple has made macOS Sierra an automatic download. What this means is that the new operating system will be downloaded in the background if you have enabled automatic update downloads on your compatible Mac computer.
Apple Pay has started working in Russia marking the tenth country of the service availability. Since its launch in the USA in 2014, Apple’s contactless payment service has debuted to the United Kingdom, China, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, Singapore, and Russia.
Currently, Apple Pay works only with Mastercard cards issued by Sberbank. With time, however, the service will start working with other major banks and retailers including ATAK, Auchan, Magnit, Azbuka Vkusa, Media Markt, M.Video, and several others. Moreover, soon Apple Pay will start working at Eldorado and Burger King.
Apple is steadily expanding Apple Pay to major markets. Soon the service will debut in New Zealand.
According to the latest report from Makotakara, Apple is planning to release updated 7.9-inch, 10.1-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad models. As for the first two devices, they are expected to replace the current iPad mini and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro respectively. The smaller model will also get the ‘Pro’ naming.
According to the latest report shared by Techtastic, Apple has added the support for ARM processors to macOS Sierra 10.12. The operating system supports new ARM HURRICANE chip family, which indicates that the company may have plans to release a new lower-end laptop with an ARM processor. One of the possible candidates is the next-generation 12-inch MacBook. However, it is too early to talk about the development and release of the new product.
It is Sunday today, which means that I should tell you about the most interesting posts of the last couple of days. Let’s take a look at them now!
Apart from developing and releasing new iPhones and Apple Watches, Apple is working really hard on the construction of its new campus in Cupertino. Below you can watch a new drone video showing us how much work has been done on site over the last couple of weeks.
According to the latest report from Bloomberg, Apple wants Sharp to supply OLED displays for future iPhones. Earlier this week, Sharp announced that it will invest $556 million in the development of new OLED manufacturing facilities. If the company produces enough components for the launch of new iPhone, Apple will surely agree to partner with it as it seeks to diversify its supply chain. This is not the first investment in the new OLED technology, nor the last one.
A security firm called Zerodium has promised $1.5 million to anyone who finds a zero-day vulnerability in iOS 10. The award for finding a similar vulnerability in iOS 9 was previously $1 million.
Apple has released a new iPhone 7 ad highlighting one of the most-used iOS 10 applications and new features added to it. The short commercial is called “Balloons” and it shows us how the updated Messages app can be used to make someone happy. You can watch the ad either below or on Apple’s official YouTube channel.
According to the latest report shared by usually reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next-generation iPhone will get a brand new glass body, metal casing, and a curved OLED display.