Apple’s attempt to bypass Indian rules to open its own retail locations in the country has been rejected, Bloomberg reports. The company was expected to qualify for an exemption from rules forcing single-brand retailers to obtain 30 percent of their products’ materials locally, applying as a provider of cutting-edge technology. But sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board ruled Apple has to comply with the regulations, refusing to certify Apple for the exemption.
The Spotlight search on iOS devices now provides results for certain emoji. Searching with the hamburger emoji, for example, provides a list of nearby burger joints in Maps. Searching using the dress or pants emoji returns Maps results for clothing stores, while a dress shirt with a tie emoji curiously returns results for clothing retailer apps before the Maps listings. Searching the stack of American cash emoji returns results for nearby banks, but searching the stack of yen or Euros only provides web results.
During Startup Fest Europe, Tim Cook compared Apple’s ambitious hopes for improvements to Apple Watch functionality to a car’s computer monitoring system, Bloomberg reports. “If you drive for a while and your car gets too hot, it says pull over. If you need an oil change, it says check your oil. What’s the equivalent for the body?” Cook said to the crowd. The current Apple Watch monitors vital signs and encourages users to move around or exercise at regular intervals, but Cook hopes to see a watch that will know more about the body and even be able to recommend a doctor’s visit when it’s necessary.
The latest alleged leaked iPhone images, dug up by HDBlog off of the Chinese Baidu forum, show schematics and metal casts of what appear to be the rear shells of an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As mentioned in some previous reports, the new images show the larger dual camera setup to be exclusive to the larger phone. Smart Connector holes are also nowhere to be seen on either model.
Belkin’s Travel RockStar ($60) is a battery pack + surge-protected charger. Designed to be a go-to option for travelers, Travel RockStar packs a 3000 mAh USB battery into its blocky frame. Two three-prong surge-protected outlets are included, in addition to a 2A USB output port. A battery meter is located near the USB port. Foldable wall prongs keep the accessory more compact, though no cables are included. Belkin offers a $75,000 connected equipment warranty for “properly connected” devices plugged in to Travel RockStar.
Apple has released the first betas for iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers today. Both betas are likely to be minor updates; we’ll update if there are any major findings. Apple just released iOS 9.3.2 and tvOS 9.2.1 to the public one week ago.
Another alleged iPhone 7 leak from Chinese social network Weibo shows a more refined, similar design to past leaks and schematics (via Nowhereelse.fr), with a protruding circular camera on the rear shell. Antenna lines are also seen once more at the top and bottom of the device. The new leak, however, doesn’t match another recent leak which featured two holes between the camera and the flash. There’s also no Smart Connector seen on the rear of the iPhone on this new leak, which we previously learned was a possibility.
On the heels of last month’s Airmail for iOS update, Bloop has now released Airmail 3.0 for the Mac ($10), bringing it closer to feature parity with the iOS version, with a whole collection of improvements. If you like to heavily configure and customize your email experience or are a power user that likes to integrate your email with a ton of third-party apps, then Airmail is definitely the email app for you, and the new features in version 3 add many of the little things missing from the prior version, making the experience even better.
In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick for only $79.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. This MFi-certified portable storage device lets you easily transfer files between your various devices without needing to resort to wireless connections, providing an additional 64GB of storage to keep your movies, videos, and music files. You can play audio and video files directly from the iMemStick or backup your data using the companion app, and clear plastic covers protect your plugs so you can easily toss it in your pocket or bag without worrying about damaging it.
Apple has pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the 9.7” iPad Pro and is working on a fix, according to a tweet from Rene Ritchie of iMore. A report earlier today at MacRumors noted that they have received a number of reports that the update has been causing an “Error 56” message on some 9.7” iPad Pro devices, although not all iPad Pro users are impacted by the problem and the larger 12.9” iPad Pro also appears to be unaffected. Users who have encountered the problem have found their devices rendered unusable. Users are prompted to plug their devices into iTunes to restore, however, an iTunes restore does not fix the problem, leaving the affected iPad Pro devices bricked. MacRumors notes that they have heard several reports that Apple is replacing iPad Pro devices that have been bricked by the update as no other fix is available for the problem. Users who have not updated to iOS 9.3.2 should see iOS 9.3.1 as the latest version available; other iOS devices appear to be unaffected and the update remains available for all other models.