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Apple offers instructions on downgrading from iOS 8.0.1, says 8.0.2 coming soon

Apple has released a new support document that instructs users on how to downgrade from iOS 8.0.1 back to iOS 8. The document is called “Loss of cellular service or ability to use Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1 on iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.” iOS 8.0.1 was pulled only hours after it was released on Wednesday, after many users reported losing cellular service and the ability to use Touch ID on the the company’s newest iPhones. Apple also notes in the document that 8.0.2 will fix the issue and be released “as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.” It’s also noted that the Health app won’t work for users who reinstall iOS 8 after downgrading — that issue will also be fixed in iOS 8.0.2.

UK Apple TV adds Sky Movies, Entertainment to Now TV

Sky Entertainment has augmented its Now TV streaming service for Apple TV for users in the UK, going beyond Sky Sports to add access to Sky Movies and Sky Entertainment. As of now, Sky customers can select from three packages, with Movies and Entertainment requiring a monthly fee and Sports available on an individual 24 hour pass basis. Sky has announced that it will increase the price of its Movies and Entertainment packages next month by £1-£2.

Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after iPhone 6 issues reported

  • September 24, 2014

Apple has retracted its iOS 8.0.1 update released earlier today after a flood of reports from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that the update disabled their devices’ cellular capabilities and Touch ID sensors. The company now notes that it is “actively investigating these reports” but no further information has yet been forthcoming about when or how the problem may be fixed for those users who have already updated.

 

While Apple support initially recommended that affected users simply perform a full erase and restore of their devices via iTunes, the company has obviously decided to remove the update entirely to avoid impacting users who have not yet attempted the over-the-air download. iPad and iPod touch users, as well as users of other iPhone models, have reported having no issues with the update. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users who have been having problems with the iOS 8.0.1 update may be able to restore their iPhone back to 8.0 via iTunes and restore from their pre-8.0.1 iCloud backup, although it is unclear if this will work at this time due to the way in which Apple signs iOS updates. [via MacRumors]

Apple releases iOS 8.0.1 (Update: with serious problems)

Apple has already released a maintenance update only a week following the company’s release of iOS 8. Listed as “containing improvements and bug fixes,” iOS 8.0.1 notably addresses the issue that affected use of HealthKit by third-party apps revealed last week. Other improvements and fixes include issues with third-party keyboards, apps accessing the Photo Library, reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6, fixes for unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages, and more. The update is now available in Settings, General, Software Update.

Update: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users have reported a complete loss of cellular connectivity and Touch ID functionality following the 8.0.1 update. iPhone 5s and other iPhone users appear to be unaffected, but we would advise users to hold off on this update for the time being.

Update 2: Apple has pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update following widespread reports of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus problems.

Peer-to-Peer AirPlay restricted to 2013 Apple TV models

A recent change to Apple’s release notes for the Apple TV Software Update 7.0 indicates that iOS 8’s new Peer-to-Peer AirPlay feature will actually be limited to the “Rev A” third-generation Apple TV released in March 2013. Peer-to-Peer AirPlay is a new feature that allows users to wirelessly stream content to an Apple TV from an iOS 8 device or Mac running OS X Yosemite without having to connect to a host Wi-Fi network.

This is the first time a feature was added solely to this model, and not to earlier, supposedly identical 1080p Apple TVs. The newest Apple TV model was quietly released by Apple last year with relatively minor internal upgrades, and at the time Apple said these component changes would not affect any product features. Further, Apple’s Identifying Apple TV models support document still lists both third-generation models as essentially one class of device that was introduced in “Early 2012.” While it’s unclear why Peer-to-Peer AirPlay would be limited to only the Rev A model, it’s worth noting that we have already noted some wireless performance differences in our testing between the original third-generation Apple TV and the “Rev A” model when running the latest 7.0 software update.

Report: iPhone 6 Plus costs only $15 more to manufacture

  • September 24, 2014

Although Apple sells the iPhone 6 Plus at a $100 premium over its smaller sibling, a new report from research firm IHS cited by Bloomberg suggests that the larger iPhone 6 Plus model actually only costs Apple an additional $15.50 to manufacture. The report notes that main cost increase comes from the larger screen, although the camera and battery components also cost slightly more. It goes on to note that both iPhone 6 models are still more expensive to manufacture than the iPhone 5s, however, despite the decreasing costs of components such as camera and memory chips.

Apple acquires Digital Magazine Platform PRSS

  • September 24, 2014
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Apple has acquired a small Dutch digital magazine startup, according to a new report (translated link) from Dutch Apple blog iCulture. The company, PRSS, launched in 2012 as a way to allow users to easily create digital magazines for the iPad Newsstand platform without requiring iOS coding or development experience. While neither Apple nor PRSS has confirmed the acquisition officially, TechCrunch received a boilerplate statement from Apple that “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Apple’s Newsstand platform has not gained much traction since its launch in 2011, and the PRSS acquisition, which essentially provides a magazine-specific alternative to the textbook app iBooks Author, could be used to encourage publishers to take better advantage of the platform. [via 9to5Mac]

 

 

Apple quietly pulls back on 2014 CarPlay availability

Apple appears to be quietly pulling back on its promise of 2014 availability for CarPlay technology, with an update to its CarPlay page now removing any indications of 2014 availability for specific models. Apple originally announced earlier this year that CarPlay would be “available in select cars shipping in 2014”, and several other manufacturers including Audi, Hyundai, and Volvo had originally indicated that they would be delivering CarPlay in at least some 2015 models due to hit the market this year. However, Mercedes and Volvo have since both announced last month that they are now delaying CarPlay support until 2015. The specific reasons for the delay are unclear at this time. [via 9to5Mac]

iPhone 6 Plus users reporting bending iPhones

  • September 23, 2014

Several MacRumors readers have reported cases of iPhone 6 Plus units actually bending while being carried in pockets, merely days after the device launched. One user reported discovering that his new iPhone 6 Plus had bent slightly after only about 18 hours of sitting in a front suit pocket. While the problem of iPhones bending slightly isn’t new, the much larger but thinner profile of the iPhone 6 Plus increases the likelihood of this occurring, particularly when users attempt to carry the 5.5” device in a typical pants pocket. [Photo by hanzoh, courtesy of MacRumors]

FXNOW channel comes to Apple TV

Apple has added the FXNOW channel to Apple TV. It was reported in July that FXNOW would be arriving on Apple’s set-top box in the next 12 months — that time has already come. FXNOW is the on-demand service for FX, FXX, and FXM, and as such, the channel features a number of FX shows, and a surprising amount of popular movies, as well. Authentication of a cable subscription is required to access the content.

Apple airs two new iPhone 6 ads

Apple has posted two new ads for the iPhone 6, featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The new ads, Huge (above), and Cameras, began airing last night and highlight the larger screens of the new models and the enhanced camera capabilities. [via 9to5Mac]

Apple to reportedly shutter Beats Music? (Update: No)

  • September 22, 2014
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A new report from TechCrunch reveals that Apple may be planning to shut down its Beats Music subscription service. Citing “five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats,” the report notes that a number of engineers from the Beats Music team have already been moved to other projects at Apple such as iTunes. Although it remains unclear when this is expected to happen, all sources point to Apple planning to discontinue the Beats Music brand. Even more surprisingly, this news comes on the heels of an Apple TV Software Update that added the Beats Music channel, as well as promoting the Beats Music app for iOS devices, suggesting at least some commitment to the service by Apple. No information was disclosed about Apple’s future plans for streaming, so it is entirely possible that the company intends to fold Beats Music into some future service under the iTunes brand. [via 9to5Mac]

Updated: Apple has denied the report to Re/code, which suggests that the company may change the name of the service or otherwise integrate it into iTunes.

Report: iOS 8 adoption rate estimated at 30%

Several research and analytics firms have reported that iOS 8 adoption has reached 30% following the first weekend of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, based on in-app analytics reported by Fiksu, Mixpanel, Appsee, and Chitika. While this number is up from the estimated 15% adoption following the initial iOS 8 public release last week, it still falls short of the almost 50% of users that had updated to iOS 7 by this time last year. The higher adoption rates of course include the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which come with iOS 8 preinstalled, which would account for at least some of the increase. Stats from Appsee also notably indicate that 2% of users are still on iOS 6.0. Apple has not yet released any official numbers for iOS 8 adoption. [via 9to5Mac]

 

 

Apple Watch to come in 4GB, 8GB versions?

A new analyst report suggests that the Apple Watch may be released in both 4 GB and 8 GB versions. Based on discussions with Apple’s suppliers, Timothy Arcuri of investment research firm Cowen and Company released a note to investors today outlining that the component makers expect the Watch to include 512 MB of RAM and and 4 GB of storage in the “mainstream” version, with a larger-capacity 8 GB version also expected to be available. Arcuri’s report also stated that he expects the Apple Watch to feature a wireless combination chip similar to that found in the iPhone 5s. The Apple Watch is also expected to incorporate chips and circuitry from many of Apple’s other usual suppliers, including chips from NXP and AMS for NFC its NFC technology, likely similar to those used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. [via AppleInsider]

Apple hits 10 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus sales in first weekend

  • September 22, 2014

Apple today announced the achievement of a new milestone for first-weekend iPhone sales, hitting a record 10 million sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices only three days after their September 19 debut in stores. The record includes over 4 million pre-orders, and was notably achieved despite Apple’s last-minute inability to sell the new iPhones in China due to regulatory delays, as well as significant shortages of the larger iPhone 6 Plus model.

“While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook, “we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.” The new iPhones will go on sale in 20 additional countries at the end of this week, and a total of 115 countries by the end of 2014.

Video First Look: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Check out our new Video First Look focusing on Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. See both devices side by side as we dig into the differences between the two new, bigger iPhones. While you’re at it, take a look at our First Look article, and our unboxing gallery showing off both iPhones, as well. Our official comprehensive review of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also be coming soon.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus support 2.1A charging, ship with 1A adapters

Our preliminary testing of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has revealed that both devices are capable of using 2.1-Amp power under certain circumstances, despite shipping with lower-powered 1-Amp USB Power Adapters shown here.

When connected to a Mac running OS X Yosemite, both models reported drawing 1600 mA of extra power, in addition to the base 500 mA used by the USB standard, suggesting that the new models can be charged more rapidly when using a higher-current power adapter or newer Mac. With 2.1-Amp power, the iPhone 6 Plus appears to be capable of recharging to 90% in around two hours, a number that will be markedly longer with the slower included 1-Amp adapter.

 

iPhone 6, 6 Plus unboxing and comparison gallery posted

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at both devices, along with comparison photos.

The photos illustrate the comparative size differences between the two models, as well as a better look at the less-often seen rear casing, including the slightly protruding camera section at the top.

More pictures will be added as the day progresses, and be sure to check back for our full review of both new models coming soon.

 

iFixit posts teardowns of iPhone 6, 6 Plus

As expected, iFixit has posted its complete teardown of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, confirming some specs while revealing a few new insights. The iPhone 6 has the anticipated prominently visible 0.6mm bump along the top of the device, a compromise required by the improved optics in the new model. Both models include virtually identical camera hardware—an 8 MP ƒ/2.2 aperture rear-facing camera, with the only difference being the optical image stabilization in the 6 Plus, where the lens element is contained in a tiny metal cage with electromagnetic coils surrounding the sensor on the right. The iPhone 6 battery was identified as an 1810 mAh, 3.82 V Lithium-ion Polymer battery with a 6.91 Wh rating, although the rating on the flip side of the battery is listed as 7.01 Wh; the battery weighs in at 28 grams. By comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus packs an 11.1 Wh, 2915 MAh battery.

In terms of chip sets, both models are basically identical, containing an Apple A8 CPU with 1 GB RAM, and a collection of radio and controller chips from Qualcomm, Broadcom, RF Micro Devices, SkyWorks, NXP, and Texas Instruments. Notably, both models contain NXP 65V10 NFC chips, as reported prior to the launch, as well as an AMS chip for the NFC front-end. The iPhone 6 Plus also appears to include an extra EDGE power amplifier module, perhaps due to the need to improve reception with the larger design; two plastic antenna stripes are also featured on the outer case to help with wireless reception. The audio codec in both devices is a Cirrus Logic 338S1201, and notably the headphone jack and Lightning connector now share a single assembly, requiring the entire part to be replaced should a problem develop with one or the other. The teardown noted on the upside, however, that the connector for the Touch ID sensor is now a longer cable that has been rerouted, making it easier to disassemble the new models without breaking the link to the sensor.

Apps of the Week: Epic Zen Garden, OmniFocus, Evernote, Pocket + more

New Apps

Other than the new Health and Tips apps from Apple — check out our recent iOS 8 Instant Expert article for more details — the most notable new apps this week are third-party keyboards which can be used in iOS 8. We’ve started testing the keyboards, but we’ve run into a number of bugs early on. Look for a more detailed piece later.

New Games

Epic Zen Garden (free) — Epic Zen Garden from Epic Games was first seen at Apple’s WWDC in June, meant to show off Unreal Engine 4 and Apple’s Metal, a new system designed to improve graphics and processing in iOS games. We tried Epic Zen Garden on an iPhone 5s, and it did look nice, and the effects were impressive enough, but it’s barely a game. Download it just to get a hint of what Metal might have to offer down the line, but don’t feel bad about deleting it from your iPhone or iPad after 10 minutes or so.

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