MacRumor reports that Apple has today released iOS 11.2.6, primarily to fix the bug that crashes various iOS apps, such as Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, among others, when a particular Indian-language Telugu character is sent, received or even simply input.
Simply receiving the Telugu character in Messages will completely freeze up the whole Messages app on all of your Mac and iOS devices. It will continue to create problems with the Messages app, which will not work properly until the Telugu character is deleted from the conversation in which it was first sent.
Aside from this fix, the new update also solves an issue where some third-party apps are failing to connect to external accessories.
Apple has also fixed the Telugu character bug in iOS...
Shape.com reports today on how a woman used her Apple Watch SOS feature to call for help for her and her 9-month-old baby son after her car was hit by a drunk driver.
Twenty-four-year-old Kacie Anderson from Hannover, PA, wrote a letter to Apple telling them how the device saved the life of her and her baby, explaining how her car was stationary at a red light when it was hit by a drunk driver.
“The moment he hit us everything inside the car went airborne…I blacked out for about a minute and could not see. My eyes were wide open but all I saw was black,” she told Shape. “My hands flew around to feel for my phone and then I realised I had my watch on and commanded it to call 911.”
When the ambulance came and took Kacie and her son to hospital, the baby escaped...
Business Insider has been talking to industrial design experts about the issue that Apple is currently having with HomePods leaving white rings on certain treated wood surfaces.
While the problem is not specific to Apple’s product, with reports appearing last week that the Sonos One speaker also left a similar residue, it’s not the sort of thing that you’d normally expect from Apple’s usually very strict design standards.
“I’m actually very surprised,” commented Cesar Viramontes, senior industrial designer at Y Studios in San Francisco, adding that this was not an issue that he had come across before in his work.
“They didn’t test the product enough and in the right variety of circumstances, especially considering that a wood surface is a very likely support for...
MacRumors reports that Google Maps has just been updated with three new quick-access tabs that have already been available on Android for more than a year, namely Explore, Driving, and Transit tabs.
Situated at the bottom of the screen, the new tabs will provide more details when you swipe up on them.
Swiping up on the Explore tab reveals details about the surrounding area, places to eat and drink, and the location of nearby gas stations, ATMs, convenience stores, drug stores and so on.
Swiping up on the Driving tab provides you with a local area traffic summary that includes the latest news on any delays that might affect how long it will take you to reach your destination. The tab also shows you the ETA for your home or work address, but you have to save those...
AppleInsider reports that according to research from TechInsights, Apple’s HomePod costs around $216 to build. With HomePod costing $349, this translates to margins of around 38%, which is lower than Apple’s margins for iPhone and iPad, and also lower than HomePod’s rivals such as Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, with margins of 56% and 66% respectively.
TechInsights’ HomePod component breakdown shows that the microphones, tweeters, woofer and power management hardware cost $58 to build, with other parts such as the OLED panel costing $60. According to TechInsight, the A8 chip costs $25.50 to make, and the casing and various other components cost $25. Manufacturing, testing, and packaging together cost a further $17.50.
According to a new research note from Barclays analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf, and Blayne Curtis, Apple is set to release three new iPhones this year (this is also the opinion of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo), all of which will have a second-generation TrueDepth camera system that should be smaller than the current version, meaning that the notorious “notch” will be smaller. However, they add that not much else will be changing for the 2018 version of the iPhone X.
The Barclays analysts say that “given the complexity and multiple years spent developing the current generation of module, combined with supplier comments over the past month regarding multi-year customer commitments, we do not envisage a major change to the architectural...
MacRumors reports that many users have been posting pictures of white ring markings that have been left by their HomePods on wood surfaces. Following many complaints on social media and in various reviews, Apple has now been prompted to issue a statement on the matter.
The problem first came to the attention of the wider media after it was mentioned in HomePod reviews from Wirecutter and Pocket-lint.
9to5 Mac reports today on a new note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in which he offers more details about Apple’s 2018 iPhone line-up. In particular, Kuo has more details about the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that he thinks Apple will be releasing alongside 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED phones.
Kuo says that this new LCD iPhone will have a similar design to the current iPhone X, including an edge-to-edge screen, but will be much more competitively priced at around $699, as a replacement for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
According to Kuo, Apple will be able to achieve this lower price point by using slightly less expensive components that in the current iPhone line-up, replacing the stainless steel frame with aluminium, for example. However, because...
AppleInsider reports today that according to a new chart published by Statista, Apple sold more watches in Q4 2017 than the entire Swiss watch industry.
Statista used Apple Watch shipment estimates recently published by research firm Canalys as the basis for its chart, whereby it compared them with official shipment figures from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, which encapsulates all watch exports produced in Switzerland, not just for a particular manufacturer.
The result is that Statista’s chart shows that there were an estimated 8 million Apple Watch units shipped in Q4 2017, beating the 6.8 million Swiss watch shipments in the same period. The figures also reveal that Apple Watch shipments grew by 5 million year-on-year, or 33%, whereas Swiss watch...
CNET reports that Verizon has announced that it will no longer sell unlocked smartphones in order to deter theft. From today, all Verizon devices will be locked in to the Verizon network, but only until the customer signs up and activates their service, after which they will be unlocked. However, later in the spring, Verizon will keep phones locked to its network for a set period of time, just as other carriers currently do.
“We’re taking steps to combat this theft and reduce fraud,” said executive vice president of Wireless Operations for Verizon, Tami Erwin. “These steps will make our phones exponentially less desirable to criminals.”
Hopefully, this move by Verizon will discourage thieves from stealing the phones either on the way to the retail store or just...