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Apple TV 6.0 update pulled after bricking complaints

Apple has pulled Apple TV Software Update 6.0, which was released last Friday. The software update — which provided support for iTunes Radio, among other enhancements — caused some Apple TVs to fail during the update process, requiring an iTunes restore. According to reports, some Apple TVs have been “bricked” (rendered inoperable) due to the update, while others were unable to download any content. Apple TV 5.3 is currently shown as the “up to date” software once more. [via 9to5Mac]

Apple says 9m iPhone 5s, 5c units sold in first 3 days

Despite concerns that Apple’s latest iPhones might not be selling as briskly as their predecessors, Apple announced this morning that the iPhone 5s and 5c have cumulatively sold nine million units over their first three days of availability—“a new record for first weekend sales,” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the company does not provide per-model sales breakdowns, Apple notes that demand for the iPhone 5s specifically is in excess of initial supply; iPhone 5c inventories have apparently remained high despite an international pre-order process that began 10 days ago. The new models notably have yet to go on sale in most countries throughout the world.

Apple also said that over 200 million iOS devices are already running iOS 7, which the company describes as “the fastest software upgrade in history.” The total number of iOS devices has continued to grow radically since 2007, and Apple has reportedly projected a rough doubling each year of the iPhone install base. The nine million iPhones sold in the opening weekend nearly doubles the five million iPhone 5 units sold during their 2012 launch, while the 200 million iOS updates double the 100 million updates to iOS 6 reported one year ago yesterday.

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Apple releases Apple TV Software Update 6.0

Apple has released Apple TV Software Update 6.0, the latest feature and content update for its set-top box. The new version provides support for Apple’s new iTunes Radio streaming service, introduced in iOS 7 and iTunes 11.1 for users in the U.S., along with several other enhancement, including the ability to browse and purchase from the iTunes Store, sync Podcast stations across multiple Apple TV and iOS devices, and access videos from the new Shared Streams feature in iOS 7.

The update also lists support for AirPlay from iCloud, a new feature that will allow users to play videos from iTunes in the Cloud using an iOS device, and highlights the new content channels that were added at the end of August. Apple TV Software Update 6.0 is available now for the second- and third-generation Apple TV and can be downloaded by selecting Settings, General, Check for Updates.

iOS 7.0.1 available for iPhone 5s/5c

As reported earlier this week, Apple has already released iOS 7.0.1 for the new iPhone 5s and 5c models that went on sale today. New iPhones appear to be shipping with iOS 7.0, and users are being immediately prompted to update to iOS 7.0.1 following the initial setup process. The update reportedly addresses issues with Touch ID on the iPhone 5s as well as making other “bug fixes and improvements” for the new devices.

Apple notes “incredible” demand, iPhone 5s in short supply

Apple has indicated that it is already sold out of some iPhone 5s models, citing “incredible” demand for the new device, according to report this morning by AllThingsD. Although Apple typically does not provide specific sales information until after the initial launch weekend, it has revealed that it many iPhone 5S models are already in limited supply at some stores.

iLounge’s editors have noted that the gold iPhone 5s seems to have been in extremely limited supply in the first place, with some Apple Stores receiving few to no units in their initial shipments at all. By comparison, the space grey colour still seems to be quite widely available, as are supplies of the iPhone 5c.

Some Verizon iPhone 5s units having SIM issues?

iLounge and a number of readers are experiencing SIM card issues with just-delivered Verizon iPhone 5s units. Affected iPhones display a message reading, “The SIM card that you currently have inserted in this iPhone is from a carrier that is not supported under the activation policy that is currently assigned by the activation server.” The message suggests that the iPhone needs to be used with another SIM card, or unlocked by a carrier, pointing users to Apple for additional information.

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Telephone calls to Apple have led to mystified AppleCare personnel, and follow-ups with Verizon have had the same results. One reader noted that the Verizon SIM card shipped with the iPhone 5s works in a Verizon iPhone 5.

Update: After seeking solutions throughout the day, a number of users have reported that performing a complete iPhone restore through iTunes may work to resolve the issue. Alternately, phones that reported SIM failures may not have been registered properly in Verizon’s system, leading users to be locked out from activating their phones. Some iPhones, including our unit, spontaneously activated roughly 12 hours after initial purchase. If you’re continuing to have issues, please let us know in the comments.

iPhone 5s, 5c, space gray iPod touch unboxing gallery posted

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for Apple’s new iPhone 5s and space gray iPod touch. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at both devices, along with comparison photos.

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iLounge has also posted iPhone 5c color comparison photos with classic iPod and iPhone models in the same gallery, showing off the iPhone 5c’s colors by contrast with prior versions. More pictures will be added as the day progresses.

Apple to increase gold iPhone 5s production

Apple has already asked suppliers to ramp up production of the gold-colored iPhone 5s by one-third, according to the Wall Street Journal. The gold iPhone 5s has already seen heavy demand, which Apple doesn’t have the available stock to meet at this point. Within a half hour of the gold iPhone 5s going up for sale on Apple’s website, shipping times slipped to October for all models on all carriers. Buyers going to stores won’t fare much better, as a report from yesterday noted non-Apple stores would have very few, if any, gold units in stock today. Even Apple Stores have a very limited amount of gold and silver iPhone 5s units — iLounge visited a store that had just one gold iPhone 5s in stock when doors opened this morning.

iPhone 5s online orders slip quickly into October

Less than one hour after beginning to offer online orders for the iPhone 5s, the Apple Store is already seeing significant delivery delays for some models, particularly gold iPhone 5s units and contract-free T-Mobile phones. Regardless of capacity, the gold iPhone 5s is currently listed with October shipment dates, while the AT&T Space Gray color is on a 7-10 day shipment delay in 64GB capacity; all Space Gray and silver capacities are on 7-10 day delays through T-Mobile.

Notably, Apple is not offering iPhone 5s pick-up options at its retail stores at this time. Orders placed immediately after Apple began online iPhone 5s sales were being offered for September 30 to October 2 standard delivery, with the option of upgrading to faster September 27 to October 1 delivery for a fee. The limited online availability appears to confirm reports that Apple has experienced difficulties in the iPhone 5s manufacturing process, specifically with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and was unable to produce adequate supplies of the phone to meet anticipated initial demand.

ClamCase unveils iOS GameCase controller

GameCase from ClamCase is the first MFi iOS game controller to be unveiled. The controller comes with two analog sticks, a d-pad, four gamepad buttons, and what looks to be four shoulder buttons. According to the website, GameCase controllers will be compatible with second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5/5s/5c, and iPhone 4/4s. No pricing or availability is known at this time.

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Additionally, Logitech Gaming has teased an iOS controller on its Facebook page. A promo features empty hands near an iPhone. [via MacRumors]

5s, 5c teardown: Compact logic boards, Touch ID cable

A teardown of the iPhone 5s and 5c was done by iExperts, an Australian phone repair site. Both the iPhone 5s and 5c have more compact logic boards than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s has an extra cable connecting the Touch ID sensor to the charging port assembly.

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The iPhone 5s battery is slightly smaller than what was previously reported based on FCC disclosures — 5.92 Wh, instead of 5.96 — and the iPhone 5c battery is 5.73 Wh, as expected. Apple Japan is printed on the batteries for the new phones, a first. Switches in the new phones now have extra coating “that should help hold them together to prevent the failures prevalent in the other models.”

Gold, silver iPhone 5s stock very limited tomorrow?

A new report suggests very few gold or silver iPhone 5s units will be available in U.S. stores at launch tomorrow, not including Apple Stores. 9to5Mac reports that “every carrier source we’ve talked to and every US retail outlet we’ve heard from” has said they’re only getting space gray iPhone 5s devices at this point. The report does note that stock of the gold and silver phones could come in later tonight or tomorrow, but buying online may be the best way to get a gold or silver iPhone 5s at launch. It was previously reported that iPhone 5s stock would be constrained at launch.

Phiaton debuts Chord, Fusion headphones

Phiaton has announced two new headphones — the Chord MS 530 ($349) and Fusion MS 430 ($179). The Chord MS 530 headphones use Bluetooth 4.0, and two Bluetooth-enabled devices can be connected at the same time. A 40mm titanium driver powers the sound, which benefits from active noise canceling. Phiaton claims up to 30 hours of talk/music time — up to 18 hours while using active noise canceling. Additionally, Chord’s EverPlay-X technology lets users continue calling or listening to music if the battery runs out, or if an audio device isn’t Bluetooth compatible, using the supplied microphone cable.

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Phiaton’s Fusion MS 430 is made of carbon fiber. The headphones use 40mm drivers. Fusion MS 430 also features a folding design and audio cable inputs on both the left and right side of the headphones. The Fusion MS 430 will be available Oct. 1, and the Chord MS 530 will be available Oct. 8.

Apps: Angry Birds Star Wars II, Evernote 7.0, Kindle 4.0 + Pocket 4.6

Rovio’s Angry Birds Star Wars II ($1) has arrived in the App Store. The anticipated game lets users “join the Pork Side” by letting them fling pigs — like Darth Vader and Darth Maul pigs — into the birds. More than 30 playable characters are featured in the game. Achievements are another big part of Angry Birds Star Wars II, as players can work their way up to becoming a Jedi or Sith Master. The previously announced Telepods can bring characters into the game using physical toys, but that feature is strictly optional.

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Evernote has updated to version 7.0. The free app has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 with a new layout. A new audio recorder gives users space to type while listening, and it’s easier and quicker to access some of the app’s most used features. Most notably, notes are always kept up-to-date now, as the app syncs in the background. AirDrop also allows users to share notes with others around them. It’s also possible to add arrows, shapes, and text to images and PDFs with the Markup feature.

Apple lets developers decide on legacy app downloads

Apple has told developers they can now manage the availability of previous versions of their apps. As noted earlier this week, the iOS App Store is now allowing users of older versions of iOS to download specific legacy versions of apps. Users are asked if they would like to download the “last compatible version” of an app. However, developers of these apps are now able to choose whether or not they want to make these older versions available.

Apple’s Cook talks new iPhones

  • September 19, 2013
  • Apple

In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed the company’s new iPhones, most notably the iPhone 5c, which isn’t as inexpensive as some observers anticipated. “We never had an objective to sell a low-cost phone,” Cook said. “Our primary objective is to sell a great phone and provide a great experience, and we figured out a way to do it at a lower cost.” Cook reiterated that Apple has no intention of releasing cheaper products just to grab more of the market. “There’s always a large junk part of the market,” he said. “We’re not in the junk business.”

Apple chief designer Jonathan Ive and software head Craig Federighi were also interviewed — the story notes their desks are “a one-minute walk from one another.” Ive said of the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner, “There are so many problems that had to be solved to enable one big idea.” He noted that it wasn’t a goal of Apple to merely add to the iPhone’s features list. Federighi added, “New? New is easy. Right is hard.”

Update: Bloomberg Businessweek has released a complete transcript of the interview with Jony Ive and Craig Federighi. Ive notes the fingerprint sensor took a long time to develop, and was specifically developed around a chip to prevent malicious scanning or data theft. A full transcript of the Tim Cook interview was also released.

iOS 7 blocking non-certified Lightning cables

iOS 7 is blocking non-certified Lightning cables from charging devices. In the first beta version of iOS 7, users were already being prompted to the presence of a cable or accessory that wasn’t certified. It’s now been verified that the final OS is actually preventing non-certified cables from charging. There’s a workaround involving a specific sequence of connecting and disconnecting the Lightning cable, but Apple could block that method in a future iOS 7 update. [via 9to5Mac]

Apple increases cellular app download bar to 100MB

Apple now allows App Store downloads up to 100MB over cellular in iOS 7—the limit was previously 50MB. Apps larger than 100MB must be downloaded over Wi-Fi. [via MacRumors]

Apple sets iOS 7.0.1 update for new iPhones

Apple has released iOS 7 today, and iOS 7.0.1 is already in the queue for the upcoming iPhone 5s and 5c. iOS 7.0.1 reportedly aims to fix issues with Touch ID and iTunes purchases. It’s unclear if the two new devices will ship with iOS 7.0.1 on Friday, or whether buyers of those phones will be prompted to update to 7.0.1; the latter is more likely. [via 9to5Mac]

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