Apple took us off guard on Thursday by releasing iOS 11.3, the latest major update to iOS 11.
Among the many new features included in the update are the long-awaited “Battery Health” feature that arose after the whole performance-throttling furore of the past few months, and which will notify you about your battery’s state of health. You’ll be able to view details about your iPhone’s maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability, and if you have an already-degraded battery, you’ll be able to see if the phone’s performance is being throttled. You will also be able to turn off performance management altogether, if you so wish. The default setting sees performance management disabled, and it will only be enabled if your phone shuts down unexpectedly.
MacRumors reports that Mazda has announced at the New York International Auto Show that it is finally bringing Apple CarPlay to one of its vehicles.
The first Mazda vehicle to have CarPlay support is the new 2018 Mazda6, and it is set to get the feature this summer.
All 2018 Mazda6 models with Touring trim level and higher will be able to get CarPlay as an upgrade option. Anyone who has already bought their Mazda6 prior to the rollout of CarPlay compatibility will then be able to get it added later to the car once it arrives.
As far as CarPlay coming to other Mazda vehicles is concerned, the New York press event did not make any mention of this, and some Mazda owners have been complaining that Mazda is not providing enough information about when the service might...
9to5 Mac reports today that Apple Music customers have noticed that a new “Music Videos” section has started appearing in their Music app. Music video updates in the Music app were previously announced as one of the new features to be included in iOS 11.3, but this has not appeared in any of the iOS 11.3 betas, so it’s quite a surprise to find it turning up now unannounced.
In order to access the new feature you need to have an Apple Music subscription, paying the $9.99-per-month fee. You can then find the “Music Videos” section under the “Browse” menu.
The new section includes curated playlists of music videos, such as “Today’s Video Hits,” plus brand new videos and artist spotlights. Unlimited, ad-free music videos have always been included in the Apple Music...
MacRumors reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook has today told Recode’s Kara Swisher that “I wouldn’t be in this situation” when he was asked what he would do if he were Mark Zuckerberg at the moment.
During the interview, which took place at the Lane Tech College Prep High School where Apple held its education even yesterday, Cook emphasised how much Apple values personal privacy, stating that Facebook should have regulated itself in order to avoid the current data protection storm that it has found itself in the middle of.
“It’s clear to me that something, some large profound change is needed… I’m personally not a big fan of regulation because sometimes regulation can have unexpected consequences to it, however I think this certain situation is so dire and has...
Following its education event in Chicago yesterday, during which it launched a new iPad, Apple has today announced a collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University to provide free professional education to teachers in Chicago, for the purpose of enabling the teachers to bring coding and computer science to their classrooms.
“Teachers make a world of difference in their students’ lives, and we owe so much of our own success to their creativity, hard work and dedication,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “At Apple, we believe every student should have the opportunity to learn to code and we are thrilled to help provide new learning opportunities for Chicago-area teachers so they can bring coding into their classrooms.”
According to a new note to investors from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, via 9to5 Mac, Apple is set to release a redesigned Apple Watch Series 4 this fall.
Kuo says that the new model, which will launch in the third quarter of 2018, will have a 15% larger display, as well as improved health monitoring and increased battery life. Kuo does not say if the overall size of the watch will be bigger as well as the display. With a bigger battery promised as well, it’s entirely possible that the whole watch will indeed be larger.
Kuo adds that the Apple Watch Series 4’s “more trendy form factor design,” as well as new health sensor technology and reduced prices for older Apple Watch models, will all help to push Apple Watch sales to record-breaking levels.
BGR writes today that the original TV content that Apple has been working on developing over the past couple of years will not launch until March 2019. The original report in The New York Times says that Apple’s approach to its original programming is to keep “its bright, optimistic brand identity.” This would mean that Apple will avoid getting involved in “dark” projects, or those that are “heavy on the social issues.”
With this in mind, Apple has already dispensed with the services of Bryan Fuller, who was intended to be the executive producer of Steven Spielberg’s revamped version of Amazing Stories. This was because Amblin Television, Apple, and Universal Television thought that Fuller’s vision for the show was “too dark” and too costly to produce. As yet, 7...
MacRumors reports today that according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, this year’s version of the iPhone X is set to have a $100 price cut, retailing for a starting price of $899, with the new 6.5-inch iPhone X costing from $999.
The reason for the price cut, says Daryanani, is because the iPhone X has had “limited success” when priced at $999 and upwards, and it’s thought that lowering the price by $100 could help to get sales of the 5.8-inch iPhone moving again.
Recent rumours and reports from Apple’s supply chain have suggested that iPhone X sales have slowed considerably in the past few months. However, official figures on this won’t be revealed until late April or early May, when Apple issues its latest earnings report.
According to a new report on MacRumors today, a newly discovered vulnerability in iOS 11 was reported by Infosec over the weekend. The security flaw is said to affect the QR code scanner that is a new software feature introduced in iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad.
The vulnerability that has just been discovered means that QR codes associated with website links can fool users by displaying an “unsuspicious” link in the notification that appears when you scan a code with the camera, even though the link could actually be one that leads to a malicious site. Infosec demonstrated how this works by creating a QR code with a notification that said “Open ‘facebook.com,’ but in fact took the user to Infosec’s own website.
“The URL parser of the camera app has a problem here...