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Apple TV expands search options in US, other countries gain networks and Apple Music support

And yet - still no Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5 or any other channels apart from BBC (with a sub-rate app) - the UK has a hell of a lot of catching up to do. Makes it a very frustrating device to own for anything apart from Netflix and iTunes content.

Posted by Chopdog on October 18, 2017 at 1:45 AM (CDT)

Apple reportedly moving to Face ID for all 2018 iPhones, getting rid of Touch ID

I’m inclined to agree, although I’m taking a “wait and see” approach on Face ID for now — if it works as well as some have been suggesting, it has the potential to be a good solution for most typical use-cases, although I’ll agree there’s still something to be said for being able to pull the iPhone out and authenticate for things like Apple Pay without having to specifically look at it (which I often do with Apple Pay).
However, I don’t imagine that any of this will affect Apple Pay on the Apple Watch… That already uses Wrist Detection so it has nothing to do with Touch ID now, so I can’t see that Face ID would change that in any way.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 16, 2017 at 12:06 PM (CDT)

Apple reportedly moving to Face ID for all 2018 iPhones, getting rid of Touch ID

My opinion is an “and/or” approach rather than FaceID only. It just seems easier to touch that home button (or screen in future), than holding up to view your face. So at least, I’d like the option to use either approach. Perhaps the technical hurdles of the OLED touchscreen is the issue for TouchID, but it seems short-sighted at this point (no pun).
And where does this leave Apple Pay, or more specifically, Apple Pay on Apple Watch?

Posted by David_SC on October 16, 2017 at 11:54 AM (CDT)

Cook shows signs of being open to EU tax reforms that keep revenue in countries where it's earned

I think people can stop reading the article after “French officials claim”.
They are politicians and will clean having scored what their electorate wants. But if you don’t see similar comments comming from the other side (here Apple) it means precisely nothing and is just cheap electoral talk (I remember this same French administration having already made claims of agreeing on things with the German government which were not followed by similar comments from the other party and lead to nothing)

Posted by jeupsy on October 11, 2017 at 3:27 PM (CDT)

Report: iPad Pro may be next device to get TrueDepth camera, Face ID

Hey, yeah… oh! While you are at it? Throw it into the Apple Watch… Series 4, too.

Posted by Soundjudgment ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ on October 11, 2017 at 3:12 PM (CDT)

Happy Columbus Day + Canadian Thanksgiving!

Oh no, your life is so without purpose that you must attempt to belittle others to give it some meaning.
I suspect you’re a douchebag.

Posted by Thomas on October 10, 2017 at 7:25 PM (CDT)

Happy Columbus Day + Canadian Thanksgiving!

Oh no, you’re upset they mentioned a current US national holiday that is still on the books as Columbus Day IN ADDITION to the Canadian Thanksgiving?
I suspect they’re heartbroken.

Posted by Dave on October 10, 2017 at 1:16 PM (CDT)

Happy Columbus Day + Canadian Thanksgiving!

Just want you to know I will no longer read/support your site since you feel it is appropriate to celebrate a murderer/plunderer/rapist (Columbus).

Posted by Thomas on October 9, 2017 at 12:52 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

The latest update is for me a disaster. For years - with iPods and then iPhones - I listened to podcasts. I used iTunes on my iMac to add podcasts to a playlist. This playlist with my chosen podcasts would then easily sync to my iPhone. You CAN NO LONGER CREATE A PLAYLIST FOR PODCASTS. I have spoken to several “senior” people at Applecare and they have confirmed that this function is lost. This makes it much more difficult to organize and listen to the podcasts that I want to listen to. Why did Apple decide to remove playlists from podcasts? Is Apple Help wrong? Is there a way to still use playlists? My podcast playlist now syncs with Music, BUT since podcast files are different from podcast files, the playlist in Music is empty. I have tried to substitute Overcast but it is not nearly as functional as the iTunes podcast playlist had been. I really wish Apple would enable playlists for podcasts. It would make my use of my iPhone much more enjoyable. Right now I am investigating whether Android phones would enable me to have a podcast list that I can update daily and change the place of podcasts in the list.

Posted by shb on October 6, 2017 at 2:36 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 with fix for iPhone 8 speaker problems

How about they fix they battery drain? I kept my jailbreak on my iPhone but updated my iPad Pro… the only reason I regret it is because I went from 3 days battery life to only a few hours! I’m so disgusted… I lose 50% and more while it’s sleeping at night.

Posted by Susie on October 4, 2017 at 10:57 AM (CDT)

Apple registers international trademark for Apple Pay Cash, expected to launch later in fall

Limiting the use of Apple PayCash to just… Apple/iOS products.. will curtail any possibility of long-term growth.

Posted by Soundjudgment ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ on October 2, 2017 at 5:10 PM (CDT)

Apple ditches two-step authentication for two-factor in iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

Actually, they started the shift to 2-Factor Authentication in iOS 10. Once iOS 10 was installed it keeps nagging you to enable 2-Factor Authentication, whether you were using 2-Factor verification or not.

Posted by James on September 26, 2017 at 3:34 PM (CDT)

Apple increases iTunes movie rental time to 48 hours for US users

Since every other country got 48 hours, I can only guess that it was the studios tying Apple’s hands for whatever reason, and now somehow Apple has managed to negotiate better terms, perhaps as part and parcel of the new 4K movie deals.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 25, 2017 at 3:43 PM (CDT)

Apple increases iTunes movie rental time to 48 hours for US users

Yes, I totally agree

Posted by Bob Atchison on September 25, 2017 at 2:44 PM (CDT)

Apple increases iTunes movie rental time to 48 hours for US users

Long overdue.  The 24-hour thing was truly annoying, and made no sense.

Posted by Svender on September 25, 2017 at 2:29 PM (CDT)

Apple discontinues iPod nano and iPod shuffle, updates iPod touch prices and capacities

Still LOVE my old, cracked Nano 6th Gen so much I’m about to buy another on eBay. Still prefer it to my phone for running & the gym - easy to clip on anywhere and just so light.

Posted by Nancy Loeser Jacobs on September 25, 2017 at 10:14 AM (CDT)

Apple still working bugs out of Apple Watch Series 3 Wi-Fi connectivity, iOS 11 Mail app

It’s due to a Bug in the new watchOS 4 update. So a software fix should easily clear it up.

Posted by Soundjudgment ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ on September 20, 2017 at 1:20 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

Actually, you can still back up your iPhone or other iOS device to iTunes — that feature hasn’t been removed, and works almost the same way that it did before, with the only difference being that your apps will be restored directly over-the-air from the App Store rather than re-transferred from your iTunes library.
The apps themselves have never been a direct part of the backups made by iTunes — only the app data gets backed up — so even before when restoring an iOS device, the app data would all be transferred, and then the device would reboot and the apps would be reinstalled from iTunes in the same way as if you were installing them from scratch. So all that’s really changed now is that after your iPhone/iPad/iPod reboots, the apps will be downloaded directly from the App Store.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 19, 2017 at 3:52 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

Not happy that this update removed the ability to add PDF files from my Win10 PC to my iPad. I have hundreds of work related manuals that I use, what am I supposed to do now. I’m also pretty pissed off that I only found out about this after I’d updated and had to spend an evening working out how to go back to a previous version of iTunes.

Posted by David Robinson on September 19, 2017 at 3:10 AM (CDT)

4K Movies begin appearing on iTunes

Yes in the US too but running 10.3.3, so obviously I need to upgrade tomorrow to iOS 11.

Posted by Jean-Claude Landau on September 18, 2017 at 9:16 PM (CDT)

4K Movies begin appearing on iTunes

Interesting. What country are you located in? I’m definitely seeing it here on my iPhone 7 Plus on the Canadian and U.S. Stores, but I’m also running iOS 11, so I suspect that might be a requirement as well.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 18, 2017 at 11:16 AM (CDT)

4K Movies begin appearing on iTunes

Not seeing 4K option for Wonder Woman using iPhone 7+ on iTunes store app. :(

Posted by Jean-Claude Landau on September 18, 2017 at 11:09 AM (CDT)

Logitech adds HomeKit support to Circle 2 Home Security Camera

I have this camera.  As far as I can tell, there is really no benefit of the current Homekit features in this camera.  The only thing it can do is turn on your Homekit lights when motion is detected.  Nothing more.  I already had a Homekit Motion detector, so this “feature” was of no use to me.  Further, it appears that you cannot view the feed remotely without an Apple TV, or an iPad, acting as a hub.  While, the non-Homekit Circle 2 allows you to view the feed remotely, without any other hardware.
I can’t arm and disarm the camera using scenes, so I can’t arm and disarm the camera using schedules.  Essentially, do not buy this camera for Homekit, because the current features are not useful.  Buy it if you believe the non-Homekit features are better than any other security camera out on the market today, which they are not.

Posted by James B on September 17, 2017 at 8:31 PM (CDT)

Apple discontinues iPod nano and iPod shuffle, updates iPod touch prices and capacities

I still love and use my iPod classic 160Gb almost everyday.

Posted by Stealthdiggers on September 17, 2017 at 6:49 AM (CDT)

4K Movies begin appearing on iTunes

Well, in this context “iTunes” refers to the iTunes Store, which is where they’re appearing on the Apple TV and on iOS devices.
I’ve long wished Apple would divorce the app name from the store name, but I suspect it’s too late for that. Even the name “iTunes” stopped making logical sense a long time ago.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 16, 2017 at 8:19 AM (CDT)

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