It Sunday today, which means it’s time to tell you about the most interesting articles of the past seven days. Most of these posts deal with Apple’s iOS 9 and its bugs, new iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the worldwide Mac sales. There are also several articles that tell us about the new releases of iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan, however, if you are not a developer, this is not very important to you. What is important, though, is that soon we may see the jailbreak of iOS 8.4.1.
Apple is blocking access to the News app in China. This issue has already been spotted by a number of iPhone and iPad users in this country and a software developer named Larry Salibra. The decision to disable the long-awaited News app introduced in September as a part of iOS 9 in the aforementioned Asian country is probably caused by the strict censorship rules. In case you don’t know, China is a very reserved country with lots of popular media resources blocked or unavailable for users.
Apple’s iOS 9 is quite a glitchy update. In addition to the issues with 3D Touch, speakers, power and Touch ID on a wide number of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units and the ‘Slide to Upgrade’ bug making compatible iPhones and iPads useless bricks that can be restored only in the DFU mode, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is reported to be the reason for various problems with POP email accounts and opening attachments added to the emails. Even though Apple has already released two updates, namely, iOS 9.0.1 and iOS 9.0.2, the problem is still present and the number of users facing it continues to rise steadily from day to day.
Apple has updated the specs for several devices, namely, the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2 to show that these gadgets now support Bluetooth 4.2. In case you don’t know, earlier the aforementioned Apple-branded portable devices could boast of the support of an earlier standard, Bluetooth 4.0.
According to the latest reports from well-known and reliable IDC and Gartner analysts, Apple’s Mac sales in the third quarter of this year demonstrate the weakest results in the course of the last two years. Still, PC sales fell by 7.7% (Gartner) or 10.8% (IDC), and the market share of Mac computers grew from 6.9% to either 7.6% (Gartner) or 7.5% (IDC). It is currently unclear how many Macs Apple actually shipped to customers in Q3 2015 as Gartner reports about 5.6 million units and IDC claims the number was equal to 5.3 million units.
As it was reported earlier this month, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are equipped with A9 chips manufactured by either Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), or Samsung. After some benchmarks and research, several reliable sources claimed there’s a noticeable difference in performance and battery life between the handsets with different processors inside. To make things clear, Apple released a statement explaining how different processors may impact the battery life of new handsets. As it turns out, the battery life of Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus may vary within 2-3% range. The company also claimed that the benchmarks don’t represent the real-world results as they put a heavy burden on the processor during a long period of time, which quite unrealistic.
Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus sales have just gone live in additional 40 countries around the world. Most of the countries where the handsets are currently available for purchase, are European countries. If you find your country in the list below, this means that you can purchase a brand new handset either at your local Apple retail store, or from an Apple Authorized Reseller.
An Italian student named Luca Todesco has recently released source code for iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak. The developer has called his jailbreak Yalu and although it’s not yet finalized, it can jailbreak your iPhone and most likely iPad and iPod touch running iOS 8.4.1 and let you install OpenSSH. For some reason, Todesco warns users not to install Cydia right now, but I believe soon it would be possible to use Yalu as a fully functional tool for untethered jailbreak. Especially since the developer plans to make a public release of his utility in the near future.
Apple on Wednesday seeded the third OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta to developers and public testers. The release took place one week after the release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Beta 2 and the public release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple is planning to launch a 21.5-inch iMac with Retina display as soon as next week. The updated lineup of devices may hit the store shelves on October, 13th, however, the first batch is said to be limited due to unknown manufacturing difficulties. The same sources claim that Apple will not update the lineup of 27-inch iMacs this year.
Apple on Tuesday seeded the fourth iOS 9.1 beta to developers and the member of the public beta testing program. The release took place one week after the release of the previous iOS 9.1 beta and iOS 9.0.2 with fixes and minor tweaks. Just like previous betas, this one contains a number of stability, security and performance improvements.
As you know, Apple is currently working on the construction of the new ‘spaceship’ campus. The new headquarters is expected to open its doors to about 13,000 employees by the end of the next year. With this thing in mind, it’s not strange that the construction workers building the Campus 2 are doing their job incredibly fast.
Following the acquisition of a firm called VocalIQ, Apple has purchased another startup - Perceptio. This company is working on a technology that allows to use artificial intelligence on portable devices like smartphones or tablets, but without the need to utilize large amounts of user’s information and store it in the cloud. The report about Apple’s latest acquisition comes from Bloomberg, which is a very reliable source.
As the long-awaited Apple Watch continues to appear at the stores in new countries, the company has released a series of new commercials showcasing the wearable device and its features.
In particular, the ads, which are available either on Apple’s official YouTube channel, or below, demonstrate such features as messaging, fitness, Maps and Apple Pay.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has earlier today sent an email to employees to commemorate Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away four years ago. The internal company email has been obtained by The Telegraph reporters and then reposted by a number of tech websites across the world. It is currently unclear how the email sent to employees has become available for public.