Apple Seeds First Betas iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, tvOS 9.2.1 and watchOS 2.2.1 to Developers
Apple has released first betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, tvOS 9.2.1 and watchOS 2.2.1 to developers for testing. It is not entirely clear what improvements each version contains, but most likely these are minor bug fixes and security enhancements.
Apple has just stopped signing iOS 9.2.1, which means it is no longer possible to update or restore your compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to this version of the operating system. Currently, the company is signing only iOS 9.3 and iOS 9.3.1.
In case you don’t know, iOS 9.3 was released to users worldwide on March 21st. Because of a number of bugs affecting users from different countries, a couple of days after the initial release, Apple had to seed a new build of iOS 9.3 and then iOS 9.3.1 with major fixes and enhancements.
If you haven’t yet updated from an earlier version of iOS, you can do this right now using either the Software Update section on your phone or tablet, or your Mac or PC with iTunes 12.3 or higher on board.
A man named Jose Rodriguez has recently discovered a new iOS 9.3.1 vulnerability that allows to bypass the passcode and get access to contacts and photos stored on the device. Take a look at the video to see how one can get access to someone else’s phone.
Geert van Uffelen has recently created a new iPhone concept based on the most-recent rumors. The device depicted in the video below features a slim body similar to the one iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s have, dual lens camera, new antenna bands, Smart Connector from the iPad Pro lineup and dual speakers. In line with previous rumors, the handset lacks the headphone jack and comes in gold, rose gold, black, silver and space gray colors.
Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation iPhone later this year. Most likely, the media event dedicated to the new handset will take place in September.
What do you think about today’s concept? I’m waiting for your answers in the comments section below.
According to the latest report shared by IHS, it costs Apple about $160 to manufacture and assemble the entry-level 16GB iPhone SE. The total cost of components is equal to $156.20 and the manufacturing cost makes another $4 per handset. In case you don’t know, in the United States, the retail price of the basic 4-inch iPhone SE model is equal to $399.
According to the video that has been posted to YouTube by SquareTrade, the recently-released iPhone SE is less durable than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The experts have recently performed a series of tests including placing the aforementioned devices into the water, dropping them from height and bending with a special machine. The results of these extensive testing procedures revealed that the 4-inch smartphone is the least durable among those tested.
It should be noted that the results of the iPhone SE are not surprising at all, especially if to keep in mind that the device has a design nearly identical to that of the iPhone 5s released back in 2013.
Below you can take a look at the video showing the testing process.
According to the latest report from usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the widely-rumored dual camera will be included only in the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus model to differentiate the device from its smaller sibling.
A couple of days after disassembling the 4-inch iPhone SE, the iFixit team has just performed a teardown of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. As it turns out, the device combines the design of the iPad Air lineup with the internals used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Unfortunately, this device is very difficult to repair, so its repairability score is only 2 out of 10.
It is Sunday today, which means it’s high time I told you about the most popular posts of the past seven days. Most of the articles this week deal with the recent bugs found in iOS 9.3 and the fixes for these bugs. Apart from that, there are some posts that deal with the 4-inch iPhone SE and its internal components as well as with the rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple’s main rival Samsung is planning to release a foldable smartphone or tablet next year. As noted by ETNews, this will be a 5-inch smartphone opening to a 7-inch tablet. The mass-production of foldable displays for the device will start at the end of this year. The new gadget is expected to be officially unveiled next year. Its price and specs remain unknown.
Apple has just released a new Apple Music commercial starring Taylor Swift. The short video, which is available below, is entitled “Taylor vs. Treadmill"’.
Matthew Roberts has recently posted a new drone video to YouTube showing progress on the Campus 2 construction site. Thanks to the video, we can take a closer look at the main building that continues to take its shape, new roof panels, Research and Development facility, fitness center, parking structures and other parts of the would-be headquarters.
As it was reported earlier, Apple is expected to finish the construction of the new campus by the end of 2016.
Check out the video showing the entire Apple Campus 2 construction site and let me know what you think about it in the comments section below this short post.
The iFixit team has posted its iPhone SE teardown, which confirmed most of the details about the device that surfaced yesterday after the Chipworks teardown of the same 4-inch handset. Apple’s updated 4-inch device is stuffed with iPhone 5s internals mixed up with some unique components developed specifically for this model.
Apple has released a new build of iOS 9.3.1 with fixes for the recent web links bug affecting Safari, Mail, Chrome and a number of other applications. Over the past couple of days, iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 users have been reporting about app freezes and crashes after tapping on links inside of these apps. Hopefully, the update resolves the problem.
Here’s what Apple writes about the latest iOS build:
Fixes an issue that caused apps to be unresponsive after tapping on links in Safari and other apps.
If you have a compatible iPhone or iPad and face the aforementioned problem, it is recommended that you update as soon as possible. If your phone or tablet works fine, you can either skip this iOS version or install it, it is all up to you.
The update is available via Software Update section on your device or through iTunes. The size of the new build is 35.3MB.
According to the latest report from a research firm Apteligent, Apple’s iOS 9.3, which was released on March 21st and contained three major bugs affecting thousands of users all over the world, is the most stable version of the mobile operating system over the last couple of years. The experts claim that iOS 9.3 has the lowest crash rate in comparison with iOS 8, iOS 9 and iOS 9.2. In case you don’t know, a crash rate reflects the possibility of a software glitch or any other problem with the operating system.