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by Maura at Sep 26, 2017
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iOS 11.0.1 update released to fix bugs.JPG

Macworld reports that Apple has today released iOS 11.0.1, which is a typical post-release update that features various “bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone and iPad” to quote Apple’s release notes.

While Apple did not mention any specific bugs that the update fixes, Ars Technica reports that the Exchange e-mail server bug that affected users of Outlook.com, Office 365, and some other users, has been fixed by the update. The widely reported battery drain issues with phones older than the newly released iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also seem to have been addressed in the patch, although Apple makes no mention of this in its notes.

However, Ars Technica adds that some of the other reported iOS 11 bugs, such as the way in which Control Center Bluetooth and Wi-Fi buttons only disable current connections and do not turn off the features altogether, will not be fixed in the update, although Apple will be patching this issue very soon, apparently, just not this time.

Sources: Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 software update to improve iOS 11 performance

Apple’s iOS 11.0.1 update addresses Exchange e-mail server issue
by Maura at Sep 25, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that Nintendo is hoping to revive interest in Super Mario Run with a huge new update that includes a new world, as well as a temporary 50% price cut.

Due on September 29, the update includes World Star, a new world that features nine new levels, as well as support for playing as Daisy. World Star, which can only be accessed after you’ve completed worlds one to six, includes new enemies and “cool gameplay mechanics” according to Nintendo, as well as the usual pink, purple, and black coin-collecting challenges.

Also included in the biggest update yet for Super Mario Run is a new mode entitled Remix 10, which, as you might expect from the name, remixes and randomizes the game’s previous levels.

“Remix 10 is a frenetic new mode in which you play a set of 10 super-short sections from Super Mario Run’s existing levels in quick succession,” said Nintendo. “The stages are remixed with each attempt, and with rainbow-coloured bonus medals strewn across these bite-sized stages, it’s a fresh challenge every time.”

You’ll also now be able to listen to your own music while playing the game.

To coincide with the update Apple will also be reducing the game’s price by 50%, down to $4.99 from $9.99.

Source: Super Mario Run update to bring new world and characters, temporary 50% price cut
by Maura at Sep 25, 2017
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MacRumors reports that according to new data from mobile engagement firm Localytics, just as expected, adoption of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus over the first three days of availability is lower than in recent years. The figures show that the two devices represented an estimated 0.7% market share of all iPhone models, which is the lowest since the iPhone 5s was released in 2013.

Of course, this was always expected as many would-be early adopters are waiting for the iPhone X to launch in November.

“Apple is betting big on the iPhone X, and so far it looks like consumers may be doing the same,” said Localytics.

Meanwhile, MacRumors also reports that those customers who have bought either an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8Plus have been singing the praises of the new phones, and in particular the glass-backed casing and TrueTone display, with one MacRumors reader, John, referring to the glass back of his iPhone 8 Plus as “a thing of beautiful.” Another reader, borgeindergaard, said “I really appreciate the glass back, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 were just way too slippery, which made it impossible to use them without a case.” Finally, MacRumors forum member cleebrown93 said of his gold iPhone 8 Plus, “Glass back is a welcome change back from the iPhone 4. True Tone display works great.”

Sources: iPhone 8 Adoption Expectedly Lower After First Weekend of Sales as Customers Await iPhone X

Early Adopters of iPhone 8 Impressed With Glass-Backed Design and True Tone Display
by Maura at Sep 25, 2017
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According to a new note to investors issued by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today, as reported on by AppleInsider, pre-orders for Apple’s forthcoming flagship iPhone X could exceed 50 million units.

Kuo is particularly positive about the new Face ID log-in system, which he thinks will be hugely popular as it is the best experience of its type currently available on the market, by far.

However, as Kuo points out, the ground-breaking new Face ID feature is the main reason why iPhone X production is currently said to be slower than expected.

“The 3D sensing (TrueDepth camera) on iPhone X is composed of a structured-light system, time-of-flight system and a front-facing camera, which represents a far more complex structure than those of rivals,” said Kuo. “It will therefore be harder to achieve mass production.”

Kuo expects iPhone X production to start picking up steam at the end of October, ready for launch at the beginning of November. Even so, he doesn’t believe that the iPhone X availability will begin to improve until at least the first half of 2018.

Source: iPhone X preorders could top 50 million, but TrueDepth camera is bottleneck for Apple
by Maura at Sep 22, 2017
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While it initially seemed that the launch of iOS last week was pretty uneventful as Apple software launches go, some of you may have noticed that it appears to be draining your iPads and iPhones way too fast. While this is normal when a new iOS version is launched, and something that usually settles down within a couple of days, this latest issue with iOS 11 seems to be sticking around a little longer than expected.

BGR writes that many users are experiencing this widespread problem, and that according to mobile security firm Wandera, iOS 11 is draining iPhone and iPad batteries more than twice as fast as iOS 10 did. Wandera arrived at this information by looking at “a subset of 50,000 moderate-to-heavy iPhone and iPad users” on its networks who were running iOS 11 and iOS 10, and comparing the average battery decay rate since iOS 11 was launched.

Wandera’s data shows that it takes an iOS 10 device 240 minutes on average to drop to 0% battery life from 100%, and just 96 minutes for an iOS 11 device, which represents a drop-off of 60%. Fingers crossed that this is something that can be solved with a software fix. Would you have upgraded to iOS 11 if you’d known that your battery life was going to take such a big hit?

Source: iOS 11 is draining iPhone and iPad batteries more than twice as fast as iOS 10
by Maura at Sep 22, 2017
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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K are all available today to early pre-order customers and Apple retail stores in various territories around the world, including Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, the UK and the US.

The UK press has made much of the fact that lines of customers outside the Apple Stores in the UK and Australia are much shorter than in previous years, but this is likely due to the way in which the iPhone X has very much overshadowed the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. AppleInsider reports that more people seem lined up in major cities in the US, including New York, California, and other major cities.

And just as you might expect, the stress test and unboxing videos have already started to appear, including YouTubers JerryRigEverything giving a brand new iPhone 8 a severe battering with all manner of objects, and it seems from this video at least that Apple’s claims that the iPhone 8 glass case is the strongest ever may well be true, with some very impressive results.

Sources: First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K pre-orders arrive, now on sale at international Apple stores

Apple's iPhone 8 survives harsh scratch and bend test in new video
by Maura at Sep 21, 2017
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According to new figures from analytics company Mixpanel, via MacRumors, iOS 11 is being adopted by users at a slightly slower rate than iOS 10, having been installed on 10.01 percent of devices 1 day after launch. In comparison, iOS 10 was installed on 14.45 percent of devices in the same time period, and iOS 9 on 12.6 percent of devices. iOS 8 was also very similar.

And while this might be somewhat surprising, given the relatively smooth experience of installing iOS 11, as MacRumors notes, people might have initially been a little reticent to download iOS 11 without waiting a little while due to problems experienced in previous years. I know that I definitely waited to make sure that there were no major bugs reported before taking the plunge.

Also, as MacRumors mentions, another factor behind the slightly lower uptake of iOS 11 could be that all 32-bit apps will be disabled once iOS 11 is installed, so people might be wanting to check if they have any such apps that they might rely on before installing the software.

Source: iOS 11 Installed on 10% of Devices 24 Hours After Launch
by Maura at Sep 21, 2017
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According to a new investor note from Raymond James’ chip analyst Christopher Caso, via Barron’s and 9to5 Mac, production of the iPhone X has yet to start. Caso has been travelling throughout Asia and meeting up with sources in Apple’s handset, networking, and PC supply chain, and says that his checks show that “final production of iPhone X has not yet begun.”

Caso says that he expects production to start in mid-October, which is a month later than was thought last month, and two months later than was expected at the end of June. He doesn’t give any specific reason for the delay.

Caso notes that pushing production back even further will put more of a dent in Apple’s holiday season numbers. And let’s not forget that anticipation for the iPhone X is also affecting iPhone 8 pre-orders. It will also serve to make the phone even more scarce when it finally does become available.

Source: iPhone X reportedly suffers another production delay, now slated to start in mid-October
by Maura at Sep 21, 2017
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MacRumors reports that Apple’s software engineering head, Craig Federighi, has told a MacRumors reader that the popular 3D Touch App Switcher access gesture will be returning in a future iOS 11 update.

Replying to Adam Zahn’s email, Federighi explained that support for the gesture was only dropped temporarily due to a “technical constraint,” further details of which he didn’t elaborate on, and that it would be returning “in an upcoming iOS 11.x update.”

Replying to another question from a MacRumors reader about a possible Nightstand Mode for iPhone X, Federighi said that it was “definitely something we’ve considered. This probably makes the most sense for customers who charge their phone in a dock that tilts up the phone.”

However, Federighi did go on to say that “it’s not currently super common” for people to charge their phones in that position, so it’s possible that having thought about the idea, Apple decided not to implement it, and he made no mention of it being implemented in a future update.

Sources: Craig Federighi Says 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return in Future Update to iOS 11

Craig Federighi: Apple Has Considered Nightstand Mode for iPhone X
by Maura at Sep 20, 2017
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Pages, Numbers and Keynote get new iOS 11 features iPhone.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today that Apple has updated its Pages, Numbers and Keynotes apps with new iOS 11 features.

First off, Pages has a new look for its document manager to make it easier to view files from third-party service providers and iCloud Drive. Drag and drop support for iPad has also been added, among many other new enhancements, such as being able to select a paragraph of text with a triple-tap gesture. Also, improved PDF export means that you can view a document’s table of contents in the sidebar in PDF viewing apps.

Secondly, Numbers gets many of the same updates as Pages, including document manager, drag and drop, and Files app integration. New Numbers-specific features include new date, time, and duration keyboards to make it easier to enter values, as well as new “smart steppers” that let you make minor adjustments to existing data, time and duration values faster.

And finally, Keynote also has many of the same common features added as Pages and Numbers, as well as other features such as support for Break Apart command for complex shapes from the shapes library, and being able to use Unite, Intersect, Subtract, and Exclude commands to create new shapes.

Source: Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with new iOS 11 features