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Apple Watch bug causing restarts when Siri’s asked about the weather

Questions to Siri about the weather have been causing many Apple Watches running watchOS 4.1 to restart according to multiple MacRumors readers and Reddit posters. The issue affected both LTE and GPS-only Apple Watch Series 3 devices and older models as well, but not all users have been affected, and in fact we haven’t encountered or been able to reproduce the issue here. The weather app itself appears to be working well, and questions about future weather forecasts seem to work fine, but queries about current weather conditions like “Is it raining” or ‘What is the temperature right now?” can result in a restart. Apple hasn’t commented on the issue publicly, but one user seems to think it was related to the end of Daylight Saving Time, as many users saw an end to the problem after the switch occurred.

iPhone X teardown reveals most efficient device yet; some drop tests find it to be very breakable

In its full teardown of the iPhone X, iFixit found the device to be drastically reconfigured inside to maximize performance in the smallest space possible. The stacked logic board is of special interest, taking up only around 70 percent of the space of the iPhone 8 Plus’ board but cramming in even more chips and connectors by being folded in half. That design leaves more room for the two battery cells that give the iPhone X a small edge on the iPhone 8 Plus despite coming in a much smaller footprint. Internal brackets, spot welds and foam hold the front-facing cameras firmly in place so they can pull off delicate features like Portrait Mode, and the rear-facing Face ID camera technology comes out of the display when it’s separated, making the OLED display replaceable without fiddling with the cameras embedded within it.

Siblings who aren’t even twins finding ways to break Face ID; other methods are hit or miss

Apple admitted from the start that its one-in-a-million figure for the odds that someone other than you could unlock your iPhone X with Face ID comes down substantially when you start facoring in twins and siblings, and users have wasted no time putting it to the test. One Reddit video shows that even non-identical siblings who just look enough alike can fool the face scanning technology. While the second brother’s face wasn’t able to open the iPhone X on several failed attempts, after repeated tries and passcode entries after failure, the second brother adding a pair of black-rimmed glasses did the trick, allowing him to unlock the device. That leaves the question open as to whether the iPhone X was actually fooled or whether it was trained to recognize the second brother’s face as close enough by all of the repeated failures, and Apple hasn’t shed any light on whether the Face ID technology can be taught to accept a greater degree of variation. Another video shows two half-brothers breaking Face ID, but one of the brothers is 14 and Apple has warned that kids who don’t have “fully developed facial features” will be somewhat problematic for the Face ID scans as well, so that could be a contributing factor.

Animoji Karaoke videos produced on iPhone X take Twitter by storm

With last week’s release of the iPhone X, the much-ridiculed Animoji got a serious boost when Fast Company’s Harry McCracken invented a new use for the feature in the form of Animoji Karaoke. The simple premise — lip-sync a song as one of the Animoji avatars using the iPhone X’s 3D camera — immediately took off, even spawning an @animojikaraoke Twitter page. McCracken even has some tips on how to hack the experience to get the highest quality videos, subverting the usual 10-second limit to Animoji recordings by using iOS 11’s screen-recording feature and bringing two videos into iMovie on a Mac to create a duet. He even took it to a new level by using iMovie to add in a high quality version of his songs, but the iPhone X’s microphone will do just fine for those who want to belt out a tune with the face of a cartoon without too much fuss. Let us know if you’ve tried to make your own Animoji Karaoke or found any epic productions in the comments below.

Apple acknowledges autocorrect bug in iOS 11.1

In a blog post, Apple has acknowledged a problem with the autocorrect feature in iOS 11.1 that is replacing the letter “i” with an “A” accompanied by a symbol. So far it’s the only autocorrect problem that Apple has specifically addressed, but we’ve seen other problems as well — like the word “it” being converted to “I.T.” or “I’d” being changed to “I.D.” — and there’s an entire Reddit thread dedicated to the issue where users have seen everything from strange capitalization suggestions to missing punctuation fixes like changing “im” to “I’m” as it usually does.

Apple releases iOS 11.2 developer beta for iPhone X

After developers complained that the iOS 11.2 beta wasn’t available for their new iPhone X devices, Apple pushed out a compatible version late Friday afternoon. Developers who had already updated to the iOS 11.2 beta on their older devices initially had no way to restore their iCloud or iTunes backups onto Apple’s newest iPhone, as a backup cannot be restored onto an iPhone running an older iOS version. The quick fix issued by Apple ensures that developers can now load their backups onto the iPhone X and proceed with their work.

iOS developers stuck waiting for iOS 11.2 beta release for iPhone X

Despite releasing iOS 11.2 earlier this week for all current iPhone models, Apple has not actually yet pushed out a build of the latest beta for the iPhone X. Numerous iOS developers who received the new iPhone X today who had already updated to the iOS 11.2 beta are now discovering that they have no way to restore their iCloud or iTunes backups onto Apple’s newest iPhone, as a backup cannot be restored onto an iPhone running an older iOS version. While some have reported success in downgrading their older iPhones to iOS 11.1, others have reported the loss of some data such as health and activity information and iCloud keychain entries. Apple has provided no information on when an iOS 11.2 beta build will be released for the iPhone X.

iPhone X: Unboxing + comparison photos

We’ve just gotten our hands on Apple’s new iPhone X, and have a quick first look with some unboxing and comparison photos. With all of the news around the iPhone X, there aren’t a lot of surprises here, and it looks pretty much like you’d expect it to on the surface, with the edge-to-edge OLED screen looking as impressive first-hand as it does in the photos. As with the iPhone 8 models, Apple is also still bundling only its 5W power adapter alongside the usual wired EarPods and standard Lightning cable. Surprisingly, the iPhone X doesn’t appear to include iOS 11.1 — the version we received came with iOS 11.0.1 installed. Keep your eyes out for our full, independent, comprehensive review of the new iPhone X next week once we’ve had a chance to put it through its paces.

Third-party apps will be able to collect facial data on iPhone X

Third party developers will be able to fully utilize the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X to collect advanced facial data, according to a new report by Reuters. Although Apple has promised that the facial profiles used for Face ID will be securely stored in the iPhone X Secure Enclave — in the same way that fingerprints are stored for Touch ID authentication on other iPhone models — third-party app developers will be permitted to access the advanced features of the TrueDepth camera to access facial recognition features that would allow them to build entertainment apps for the iPhone X, such as pinning three-dimensional masks for selfies or mirroring real-world facial expressions on an in-game character.

Report: Apple to unlock all Canadian iPhones over-the-air on Dec. 1

Apple is planning to remotely unlock all Canadian iPhones over-the-air on Dec. 1 to comply with new government regulations banning locked iPhones as of that date, according to a leaked document obtained by MobileSyrup. A document obtained from smartphone retailer WOW! Mobile notes that locked iPhones will be “automatically be unlocked over-the-air effective December 1st.”

Report: Apple replacing GPS-only Apple Watch models showing ‘display edge stripes’

Apple has responded to a problem with discolored Apple Watch displays by ordering retail locations to send the affected devices in for replacement, 9to5Mac reports. The issue seems to be affecting just the GPS-only Apple Watch Series 3 models so far, with the device showing small lines around the edge of the screen that become more obvious when it’s turned off. The problem isn’t widespread, but Apple has told Apple Store employees and third-party repair locations to mail devices in for complete replacements rather than attempting repairs.

Apple going after press, YouTube stars ahead of iPhone X launch in uncharacteristic move

Instead of its usual method of sending a few products to tech reviewers and mostly letting the device speak for itself, Apple is taking a decidedly different approach with the iPhone X, sending the new phone out to a wide swath of publications and angering some of the dedicated tech bloggers. John Gruber over at Daring Fireball seemed particularly bent out of shape, ripping reviews from publications and YouTube celebrities that he didn’t find up to the usual standards. Recode remarked on Apple letting YouTubers jump the line as well, saying “For many of us, they won’t replace the utility of more sophisticated reviews, which are supposed to tell us whether the iPhone X is worth our $1,000. They’re not great videos, frankly.”

Ikea releases update to make Tradfri smart lights HomeKit compatible

After a false start this summer, Ikea has released the firmware update necessary to integrate its Tradfri smart lights with HomeKit. Once the Tradfri hub is updated, users can generate a HomeKit code for the attached lights and add them to the Home app. Ikea was poised to be the first to retroactively add HomeKit support to its products, but Philips beat them to the punch early last month. Ikea’s offerings are far less expensive, but unfortunately the bulbs are currently only sold as part of a bundle with a remote, so it’s unclear when (or if) Ikea will sell them by themselves for users who just want to add the bulbs to an existing smarthome configuration.

Apple releases iTunes 12.7.1 with minor updates

Alongside the release of new versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS, Apple has rolled out iTunes 12.7.1, featuring only “minor app and performance improvements.” The small update continues the program’s more focused emphasis “on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks” after a redesign that saw the removal of the App Store. For those looking to keep the App Store within iTunes, Apple has released a standalone version of the program that won’t update to a newer version.

Apple releases iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, tvOS 11.1

Apple has released iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, and tvOS 11.1, featuring some notable improvements. The new version of iOS brings back the 3D Touch gesture for multitasking, much more fluid scroll-to-top animations and more than 70 new emoji options. The new watchOS gets an improved Music app with full iCloud Music Library access and support for Apple Music and Apple Radio streaming on the Series 3, taking the next step toward making the Apple Watch less dependent on the iPhone. GymKit support for syncing the Apple Watch with smart gym equipment also landed, but the accompanying equipment hasn’t made its way out into the world yet. The update for Apple TV was the least impressive, offering only bug fixes and no real new features.

Identical twins can’t fool iPhone X’s Face ID in new video

The first video of the iPhone X’s Face ID being tested by twins has emerged, and the Business Insider test found the device could tell them apart. Brian Fieber successfully used the Face ID feature while wearing sunglasses, a scarf, a hat, or all three, while his twin brother Greg wasn’t able to access the device. “I was pretty shocked that the iPhone X could really pick apart the details between me and my brother considering some of our own family members can’t tell us apart,” Greg said after the experiment.

YouTube TV rolling out Apple TV app ‘in the coming weeks’

After launching its own cable subscription service a few months ago, YouTube will soon be rolling out a YouTube TV app for Apple TV, The Verge reports. The package includes network broadcasters ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox alongside major cable networks like ESPN, MSNBC and Fox News, and the new TV app will include some things the mobile version doesn’t, like an in-depth program guide to see what’s in in the next few hours the the ability to browse a transparent sidebar of other channels while keeping on the show you’re watching.

Apple designing iPhones, iPads that ditch Qualcomm modem chips

Amid its bitter legal fight with Qualcomm over patent royalties, Apple is moving to eliminate Qualcomm’s components from the iPhone and iPad as early as next year, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sources familiar with the matter said Apple is considering using modem chips from Intel and possibly MediaTek exclusively since Qualcomm has been withholding key software used to test its chips in prototype iPads and iPhones. Qualcomm disputes that claim, saying its “modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple.”

Apple adds SiriKit support for HomePod in iOS 11.2 beta, releases betas for watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

With the release of iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 likely imminent given the limited updates in the last round of betas, Apple has moved on and released betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, and tvOS 11.2 to developers. The beta version of iOS 11.2 is of particular interest as it adds SiriKit support for the upcoming HomePod speaker. In a blog post, Apple encouraged developers to make sure that their app’s use of SiriKit — which has been available since iOS 10 — is up to date. The HomePod will include support for Siri commands to third-party apps and send those requests over to a connected iPhone or iPad (where the app is actually hosted) for processing.

Apple asks SEC to exclude shareholder diversity proposal from next meeting

Apple has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to allow the company to exclude a shareholder proposal demanding more diversity in the company’s senior leadership from its upcoming shareholder meeting, SiliconBeat reports. The small group of shareholders has issued repeated demands for moves to mandate diversity requirements for Apple’s top positions and now wants to tie mandatory diversity numbers to CEO Tim Cook’s compensation. In a letter to the SEC, the company asked the SEC for permission to exclude the proposal, arguing that since it has been proposed twice in the past five years and received less than 6 percent of the shareholder vote, under SEC rules the motion can be left off the proxy materials for the next meeting.

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