Day: February 6, 2018

Apple Explains Why Power Management Features Were Introduced in January 2017 But Not Disclosed Until February 2017

iOS 10.2.1, introduced on January 23, 2017, has become one of Apple’s most infamous iOS updates as it marked the introduction of power management features that slow down older iPhones with degraded batteries. Apple introduced the update, and designed the power management features, to fix unexpected shutdowns that were impacting iPhone 6 and 6s devices. …

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Target Launches iTunes Digital Card Sale: Buy One, Get One 20% Off

Target this week has launched one of the first notable App Store and iTunes gift card discounts since the holidays, offering shoppers the chance to buy one iTunes card at regular price and get a second one for 20 percent off. While not as good as the straight 15 percent discounts for a single card …

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iOS 11.3 Beta 2 Introduces New 'Battery Health' Feature

The iOS 11.3 beta 2 update, seeded to developers this morning, introduces a new “Battery Health” feature that’s designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries. Located in the Battery section of the Settings app, the new Battery Health feature tells you the maximum capacity of your battery and whether or not …

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Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first beta and two weeks after releasing iOS 11.2.5, an update that focused primarily on bug fixes and security improvements. Registered developers can download the iOS 11.3 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or …

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Apple Considering Offering Rebates to Customers Who Purchased Full-Price iPhone Batteries

Apple is considering providing rebates to customers who purchased full-price iPhones before its reduced-cost $29 battery replacements were made available, reports Recode. Apple confirmed that it is exploring the option following an inquiry from U.S. Senator John Thune, who asked whether Apple would offer rebates to customers who had already purchased new batteries at higher …

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European Regulators to Review if Apple Acquiring Shazam Will Significantly Hurt Competition

The European Commission today announced it has accepted requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Sweden to assess Apple’s proposed acquisition of Shazam. The agreement is still pending approval. The regulatory body will consider whether the transaction may lead to a significant adverse affect on competition in Europe:On the basis of the elements …

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Apple Watch Had Record Year With Estimated 18M Shipments in 2017, Topped Entire Swiss Watch Industry Last Quarter

Not only did the Apple Watch just have its best quarter ever in terms of sales, but it also had a record-breaking year overall, capped off by topping shipments from the entire Swiss watch industry combined last quarter. Apple Watch shipments topped an all-time high of 18 million units in 2017, according to estimated data …

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Apple Plans Second Data Center for iCloud Services in China

Apple is planning to build a second data center in China, with an operation date set for 2020 and location in Ulanqab City, according to a report today by Xinhua Net (via Reuters). Located in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the second center is said to provide various iCloud services for users on the …

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Apple Allows Behind-the-Scenes Look Into Audio Lab Used to Test HomePod, AirPods, and More

At the same time that reviews launched this morning for Apple’s upcoming HomePod smart speaker, a few websites also shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the audio lab where Apple tested the device. Apple invited journalists into the lab last week, and Jim Dalrymple of The Loop shared his experience in a post today. Images via …

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HomePod's Stereo-Like Sound is Called 'FullRoom' and Coming Soon, Multi-Room Audio Available Later

Apple has given a name to its technology that will enable a pair of HomePods to automatically detect and balance each other to create stereo-like sound following an upcoming software update: FullRoom. Emphasis should be placed on stereo-like sound, as HomePod reviews published today confirm that users won’t be able to set one speaker as …

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HomePod Reviews: Outstanding Sound Quality, but Siri 'Struggles at Smart'

Three days ahead of the HomePod’s launch in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, Apple has now allowed the first full reviews of the device to be shared online. While opinions regarding specific features of the smart speaker fluctuate among reviewers, it appears that one constant remains: HomePod provides great, high-quality sound that beats …

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HomePod Availability is Tightening Ahead of Friday's Launch

HomePod supply is beginning to dwindle ahead of the speaker’s launch this Friday across the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Apple Store pickup is now unavailable for the HomePod in all three countries, following several days of launch day availability, while delivery estimates for online orders of the speaker in Space Gray and White …

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Apple's Planned Flagship Store in Melbourne, Australia Faces Backlash From City Council Over its Design

In December, Apple announced its plans to open a new flagship retail location at the Federation Square shopping center in Melbourne, Australia in 2020. Since that announcement, many locals have come out against the store and the demolition of the existing Yarra building, arguing that the public space in Federation Square should stay that way …

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Apple Sending Ad Spend and Install Reports to the Wrong Developers

Apple this morning has apparently sent several developers report emails for Search Ads Basics that belong to other developers. The reports, which relate to promoted ads that show up in App Store search queries, have been received in error by several developers this morning, as noted on Twitter. Um Apple you might want to check …

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