Apple is officially holding its next event on Thursday, October 27 at its Cupertino campus. The event invites hand-picked members of media, asking to "join us for a special event".
Unlike last month's iPhone, Apple Watch and iOS-focused event, the event with the tagline "hello again" will focus on Mac hardware. Whether the event will brings to light any new iOS features or hardware, like new iPad models, is something we're still unsure about.
It's been a rumor for some time that Apple is planning to add an OLED bar to its redesigned MacBook Pro models. The illuminated bar would replace most of options found on macOS's status bar.
Best of all, our favorite fruit company will be live-streaming its keynote at 10AM on October 27.
On Wednesday, Apple seeded iOS 10.1 beta 5, exclusively to developers. The latest beta firmware likely addresses the cellular connectivity bug on iPhone, found earlier this week.
iOS 10.1 includes Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, which works pretty well...until it doesn't. Users have reported that the phone is unable to manage the bokeh effect in some situations. Having personally tested the feature, I have yet to have a problem with it.
The new beta firmware also includes a new option within the Settings app that allows users to turn on Reduce Motion without disabling animations in Messages.
Other than that, on the outside iOS 10.1 contains the same ingredients as previous betas. We expect this to be more of an internal update for various bug fixes and improvements users have reported and requested.
MacRumors has some words of warning for anyone using full-device skins with their Jet Black iPhone 7, as according to some reports from MacRumors forum members, the skins are transferring some of the text and graphics from the back of those particular phones.
MacRumors forum member “ksyu” posted that when he peeled a full-device skin from his iPhone 7 Plus, he saw that the lettering and regulatory labels had all been removed by the plastic. Another forum member, Keith, said that the same thing happened when he removed Slickwraps from his iPhone 7 Plus, describing it as “just like pulling silly putty off of a newspaper comic strip.”
Apparently the text and decals are not completely removed when peeling off the full-device skin, but it does become more faded than usual, which is not at all what you want to happen when using something that you purchased in order to protect your iPhone.
It appears that this is the only iPhone model where such problems have been reported (albeit currently only in very small numbers).
AppleInsider reports that sources in Japan are saying that Apple Pay could be coming to that country on October 25, as part of the release of iOS 10. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that maintenance downtimes for Japanese mobile carrier Docomo’s iD payment system and JR East’s Suica transit card are both also on October 25. Coincidence? Most likely not, as both services will be adopting Apple Pay when it launches.
All iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2 models available in Japan support the FeliCa Type-F NFC technology.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in all things Apple Pay, AppleInsider also reports that 24 more banks and credit unions in the US now offer support for Apple Pay, and British Airways also now offers some Apple Pay features in its iOS app for those who want to use the Apple payment system to book and pay for flights with the airline. It’s only available to customers that are based in the UK, however, and you must pay with either Visa or MasterCard, although British Airways says that more card types will be added in future.
Back in December 2014, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said offline viewing for the service was "never going to happen". Since then, services like Amazon and Comcast have launched offline viewing capabilities, and now it seems Netflix might have a change of heart.
A few days ago, Streaming Observer learned that Netflix will be adding offline mode by the end of this year:
"Netflix users would download a specific video to their device while connected to Wi-Fi or data, and then pull up the videos later with no connection needed. It’s not clear if the downloaded content would be able to be transferred anywhere else."
On Tuesday, COO of Taitz has confirmed that Netflix will in fact bring the feature by 2016's end. However, it is unclear how the feature will work and what content it will support. If other business models are anything to go by, offline mode would only be available for Netflix original series content.
Snapchat has become one of the must have apps for mobile users, when it comes to checking out what your friends or family are up to. Snapchat Stories have become such a huge hit, Instagram saw the value, and launched its own version of the feature back in August.
It looks like Instagram's parent company Facebook is not finished basking in Snapchat's success. The social network giant just soft-launched a feature called Messenger Day in Poland and Australia.
Messenger Day uses Facebook's Messenger app and works pretty much how you'd expect a Snapchat clone to work. Users can upload photos or videos and add stickers or doodle on them. The media will expire in 24 hours, which should give plenty of time for friends and family to see what you've been doing.
Other than the two countries listed above, Facebook has enrolled a small amount of other users to test out the feature. Let us know if the feature has appeared in your Messenger app.
Touch Arcade has great news if you’re someone that has been wanting to play Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode but didn’t want to pay the $6.99 per episode asking price, as Telltale has just made the first installment, “The Order of the Stone,” available as a free download from the App Store.
There’s no indication from Telltale as to whether the episode will be permanently available as a free download, but it’s fair to say that with the series having been launched a little over one year ago today, this is the sort of time period when Telltale usually does start giving away free episodes for its series.
Of course there’s method in Telltale’s madness, as they’re hoping that you’ll be hooked once you get to play the free instalment, and then you won’t be able to resist downloading the complete eight-episode game pack complete with Adventure Pass for $24.99. The Season Pass on its own, complete with the first five episodes, costs $14.99, and the Adventure Pass costs $11.99 to buy on its own.
If you’re one of the Pokémon Go players that have been using the Pokémon Go Plus accessory to help you catch Pokémon, Niantic has just updated the software for the device with some improvements.
Firstly, Trainers will now be able to choose from multiple notification modes. By default, your Pokémon Go Plus will still scan for PokéStops or Pokémon simultaneously, but now with the update you will be able to individually enable or disable each of the notifications as you prefer.
Also, when you are out walking with your Buddy Pokémon, you can select not to receive notifications at all and simply record how far you walk.
Finally, the Pokémon Go Plus accessory will still remain paired with the Pokémon Go app if you are using the app when interacting with Pokémon or Gyms.
The Pokémon Go Plus accessory is still in very short supply, and is currently out of stock in the UK Nintendo online store.
9to5 Mac reports that Apple has today officially confirmed that the iPhone 7 will be launching in seven more countries later this month. The new countries that will be getting Apple’s latest flagship phone include Egypt on October 20, Korea and Colombia on October 21, and several other countries, including Cameroon, Botswana, Kenya, and Mozambique on October 28.
Korea and Colombia will also be getting the new Apple Watch Series 2 on October 21 as well as the iPhone 7.
Amidst all these new launches, and Samsung’s troubles with the permanent withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7, Apple is due to report its fiscal Q4 earnings on October 25, which will be the first report to show something of the first month of iPhone 7 sales, following on from the device’s launch in September. Industry watchers are therefore eagerly awaiting these first figures, which should make very interesting reading, what with Apple not having provided opening weekend figures for the iPhone 7 because of supply constraints.
MacRumors reports that Apple has built a fail-safe software workaround into the iPhone 7 in case the new Taptic Engine home button fails. The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone not to have a physical home button, replacing the old click-enabled home button with a “solid-state” pressure sensitive button that works using haptic feedback instead of button presses.
The iPhone 7’s Taptic Engine feedback is an integral part of iOS 10, and so in case of failure, the phone will automatically prompt you about a temporary workaround if it should fail.
A MacRumors forum member, “iwayne,” discovered the workaround when his haptic feedback button started glitching after his phone switched itself off when it was charging. A notification dialogue alerted iwayne that “The Home Button May Need Service. In the meantime, you can use the onscreen Home button below.” Below the notification is an onscreen Home button that can be used until the phone is fixed.