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AppleCare+ now covers users internationally

AppleCare+, Apple’s two-year extended warranty and damage protection plan for certain devices, now allows users to receive iPhone, iPad, or iPod service in any country offering the service. Coverage is limited depending on which countries cover which device models. For example, the CDMA iPhone 5 can’t be replaced in Brazil, where it isn’t available. AppleCare+ for iPad, iPhone, and iPod is now available in 15 different countries. [via TechCrunch]

Report: Apple working with Quanta on 12-inch iPad

Apple is rumored to be working with Taiwanese computer manufacturer Quanta on a 12-inch iPad, according to a report from Taiwan. A July report noted Apple was working on tablet devices “measuring slightly less than 13 inches,” and a more recent report claimed Apple was working on a 17-watt power supply for an unknown product — possibly a larger iPad, considering the wattage. [via UDN (translated link)]

Apple offers credit for Breaking Bad season passes

Apple is offering a $22.99 credit to customers who purchased the fifth season of Breaking Bad via the iTunes Season Pass. Customers expecting to get the full final season found the 16 episodes were split into separate “seasons” by iTunes, requiring separate purchases — the episodes were split into two parts by AMC, but they were still considered part of the same season. One man recently filed a class action lawsuit seeking $14.99 or $22.99 depending on whether viewers purchased the Season Pass in standard or high definition. Apple’s credit is enough for viewers to purchase the high definition pass.

Apple’s email reads, “We apologize for any confusion the naming of ‘Season 5’ and ‘The Final Season’ of Breaking Bad might have caused you. While the names of the seasons and episodes associated with them were not chosen by iTunes, we’d like to offer you ‘The Final Season’ on us by providing you with the iTunes code below in the amount of $22.99. This credit can also be used for any other content on the iTunes Store. Thank you for your purchase.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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]

Apple releases iOS 7 to the public

As expected, Apple released its iOS 7 operating system to the public just ahead of 1 p.m. Eastern today. iOS 7 is currently available as an over-the-air software update in the Settings app.

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iLounge has posted a full review of iOS 7 here, and an Instant Expert: Secrets and Features of iOS 7 tutorial, as well.

Apple releases iTunes 11.1, updates iTunes terms

Apple has released iTunes 11.1 to the public, including new features such as iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, and customizable Podcast Stations. The update also is required for syncing with iOS 7, which should be released shortly. iTunes terms and conditions have also changed, with “additional information regarding authenticating your account for purchases,” information on automatic delivery of app updates, and Popular Near Me information all included now. The iTunes update can be downloaded from Apple’s website.

Apple updates first-party apps for iOS 7

Apple is currently in the process of releasing iOS 7-focused updates to its own apps, and we’re expecting a bunch to hit the App Store today. Here’s what’s now available.

The Apple Store app has been updated to version 2.8 — it’s been optimized for iOS 7 with a new UI.

Apple updated its AirPort Utility app to version 1.3.2. The app added support for iOS 7.

This story will continue to be updated as more Apple apps get iOS 7 updates over the course of the day.

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