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Apple Releases iOS 10.2.1 With Bug Fixes, Performance Improvements

Apple today released iOS 10.2.1 to the public following several weeks of testing. iOS 10.2.1 also comes more than a month after the release of iOS 10.2, the second major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

iOS 10.2.1 is a free over-the-air update available to all iOS 10 users. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC. The update is still rolling out and may not be immediately available on all devices.


No outward-facing changes or new features were discovered during the beta testing process, suggesting the update focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements.

The iOS 10.2.1 update will soon be followed by a new iOS 10.3 beta, if rumors are correct. The first iOS 10.3 beta, with a new “Theatre Mode” was rumored to be coming out on January 10, but has not yet appeared.

By Juli Clover – MacRumors

Prank crashes iPhones with rainbow emoji messages

Jokers are exploiting a bug in iOS and are sending messages stuffed with 🌈 emojis which cause recipients’ iPhones or iPads to freeze

Boobytrapped emoji messages filled with white flags and rainbows are causing Apple iPhones and iPads to crash. Photograph: Alvy / Microsiervos/Flickr


A bug in iOS is being exploited in a prank aimed at crashing iPhones and iPads using the power of simple text, flag and rainbow emojis.

The bug has two variants. One text string includes a waving white flag emoji, a zero, a rainbow and a hidden character called a variation selector, which can be copied into an iMessage conversation and sent to anyone. The other is the same string of characters, but embedded within a contacts file, which can be shared via iCloud Drive to an iMessage contact.

Both will crash and iPhone or iPad to varying degrees, although the text string sent via a standard iMessage only appears to affect iPhones and iPads with iOS 10.1 or below. The boobytrapped contact card affects all versions of iOS 10, including the latest iOS 10.2, the Guardian can confirm.

The bug was originally reported by YouTuber EverythingApplePro, which has a history of reporting on iPhone crash pranks.

Watch here to see how it’s done
French iOS developer Vincent Desmurs, who claims to have discovered the bug, suggested that the issue is caused by Apple’s handling of the variation selector and the emojis beside it. He said: “What variation selector 16 (VS16) does in this case essentially is tell the device to combine the two surrounding characters into one emoji, yielding the rainbow flag.

“The text you’re copying is actually a waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. What I’m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously can’t be done.”

Users sent either the emojis via iMessage or the contact card see their iPhone or iPad crash after a short period of time, either resulting in a full lock up requiring a reboot, or a partial lockup that triggers a quick reboot. The irony of the prank this time is that by using the contact card it is quite difficult to avoid crashing the sender’s smartphone or even Mac computer, if sent through the desktop Messages app.

Users will need to delete their iMessage conversation with whichever prankster sent them the booby-trapped emoji to avoid repeated crashes on opening the messages. Some users have reported having their iPhones repeatedly lock up without being able to delete the conversation. Some have reported being sent a new message, or creating one with Siri before opening Messages to clear the block.

Apple’s iOS has a history of abnormal strings of text or videos causing crashes, which are then used to prank iPhone and iPad users, crashing their devices and in some cases preventing them from re-opening certain apps without clearing the prank messages.

Apple declined to comment.

By Samuel Gibbs – The Guardian

The iPhone 7s might also get the iPhone 8’s biggest new feature

By Amy Huerta
about 13 hours ago


Apple is widely expected to adopt OLED displays for the iPhone, a first for its flagship product. Multiple reports said so far that only one of Apple’s three anticipated new iPhones for 2017 will have an OLED screen, the iPhone 8. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the logical successors of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, should still use LCD screens, the same reports said.

However, there’s a chance that some iPhone 7s versions will also have OLED screens.

The new development comes from a research note from Cowen and Company seen by Apple Insider.

Analyst Timothy Arcuri said that Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature a 5.8-inch OLED screen with a wraparound screen unlike anything else seen on a phone so far. The iPhone 7s will retain the expected 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 7s Plus will have a 5.5-inch display.

Arcuri says that Apple may yet choose to use OLED displays in the iPhone 7s models. Two factors may influence this decision, including Samsung’s capacity to deliver the enough OLED screens that match Apple’s requirements, and consumption of Apple’s existing LCD inventory.

Recent reports said that Samsung will be the only OLED display manufacturer for the iPhone, but even the South Korean giant can’t possibly meet Apple’s demand. That’s why only the iPhone 8 will get the new OLED screens.

Furthermore, reports claimed that other smartphone makers have been taking notice of iPhone 8 OLED rumors and are looking to secure OLED supply for their own handsets.

Apple’s switch to OLED for the iPhone should significantly improve the overall screen performance. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 have been widely praised for their OLED screens, which offer superior features to the iPhone’s LCD screen.

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Apple Might Offer iPhone 6 Users Replacement Due To Faulty Battery

There are rumours swirling about that tech giant Apple might be planning to offer replacements to iPhone 6 users.
Lots of people have complained that their battery died at only 30 per cent and I think we all know that misery.
The Five Worst Times Your Battery Can Die

1. When you’re lost, it’s dark and late and using Google Maps to find your way. It’s not that you’re scared or anything but WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT NOISE?!

2. When it’s 3am and you’ve locked yourself out of your flat. It’s so cold outside, sniff.

3. When you’re about to swipe right on your perfect woman on Tinder. Shit, you’ll never find her again! You were sure to be a match.
4. Following the live updates of a match on the train – someone was about to score! You’ll have to wait until you get home to find out who won.

5. When you lose your friends at a music festival. Oh well, you’ll just have to make new friends.
Apple admitted last year there was a problem with the 6s, and set up a programme to replace iPhone 6s with battery problems. The issue was only in China, however, and Apple said it was only a few phones.

Apple said: “We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs.

“As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur.”

I think we can all agree that all Apple iPhone batteries “degrade faster” than they should do.

In 2014, there was a similar problem with the iPhone 5 and Apple set up a scheme to replace faulty phones. It seems that it’s only the iPhone 6 that doesn’t have its own programme to replace phones – but now that people are reporting battery issues, that might be set to change.


The rumours are allegedly coming from within Apple itself – so we’ll have to wait to see if they officially say anything.
Words by Laura Hamilton

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone

By Joe Rossignol- MacRumors

 

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the day Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco. In what has become one of the most iconic moments in Apple’s storied history, Jobs teased the device as if it were three separate products: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the day Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco. In what has become one of the most iconic moments in Apple’s storied history, Jobs teased the device as if it were three separate products: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device.
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Apple began selling the iPhone six months later, and nearly a decade later, the company has now sold well over 1 billion of them to customers around the world. iPhone sales continued to rise on an annual basis until 2016, when the smartphone experienced its first-ever year-over-year sales decline amid a down year for Apple. Nevertheless, the iPhone remains Apple’s most successful product ever, accounting for 60% of the company’s overall revenue last quarter.
“iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”

Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone Video

Apple upended the mobile phone industry that was then dominated by earlier entrants such as Nokia and BlackBerry, two companies that are effectively out of the market today. Jobs poked fun at “smartphones” of the era, quipping they were “not so smart” and “not so easy to use,” while criticizing outdated hardware features such as physical keyboards and styli. In turn, he introduced revolutionary new features such as Multi-Touch to big rounds of applause

Since then, Apple has improved the iPhone each year by adding several new features:

• 2008: App Store and 3G network support

• 2009: Video recording and Personal Hotspot

• 2010: Retina display

• 2011: Siri and iCloud

• 2012: Taller 4-inch screen, Lightning connector, and LTE

• 2013: Touch ID

• 2014: Larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens

• 2015: 3D Touch, Live Photos, and 4K video recording

• 2016: Waterproofing and dual-lens camera on iPhone 7 Plus

“It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today’s newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged. For many of us, iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing.
2017 is expected to be a big year for the iPhone, with rumors suggesting at least one new model will feature glass casing with a curved OLED display. The device may sport a nearly bezel-less edge-to-edge design with no physical Home button, but rather Touch ID embedded directly into the display as both patented by Apple and technologically possible. Other rumored features include wireless charging, facial or iris recognition, and a vertical dual-lens camera capable of 3D photography effects.

TrackR Announces New Tracking Devices and Home-Mapping Smart Plug


With CES gearing up in a few days, some companies have begun revealing new products ahead of the show, and today TrackR has unveiled new updates to its range of Bluetooth tracking devices that help users keep tabs on where their most precious items are located (via The Verge).

One of the new additions is the TrackR pixel, which the company is introducing as a cheaper and more colorful entry to the aluminum-cased TrackR bravo that is already on sale. Like the bravo, the pixel can be attached to an important personal item — such as a key ring — and with a connected iPhone and Android app, users can find anything lost with a GPS locator that shows when they are getting closer or farther away. When TrackR is far out of range, the company’s “crowd GPS network” of users will anonymously help in rediscovery of the item in question.


The original TrackR wallet has also been updated to a 2.0 version, making the Bluetooth tracker visually similar to a credit card and the “thinnest item-finder on the market,” according to TrackR. Otherwise, the wallet functions the same as the pixel, offering users close-range Bluetooth tracking through a smartphone app, and long-range crowd-sourced discovery. Each TrackR device includes a battery that lasts for about a year, but unlike Tile, users can replace the battery without having to purchase an entirely new tracker.

iOS 10.3 might introduce an intriguing new ‘theatre mode’ 

Apple may have just released iOS 10.2 just a few weeks ago, but iOS 10.3 already appears to be looming on the horizon. In a pair of tweets sent out over the weekend — which you might want to take with the requisite grain of salt — noted leaker Sonny Dickson dropped some interesting tidbits about what seems like a very intriguing and forthcoming update to iOS 10.
Per Dickson, Apple plans to release the first beta of iOS 10.3 to developers on January 10. What’s more, iOS 10.3 is said to include a new Theatre mode that will be granted its own unique icon in the Control Center.
iOS 10.3 to feature a new Theatre mode – will include a new popcorn-shaped Control Center icon.
— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) December 30, 2016
Now as for what this rumored ‘Theatre mode’ will be all about, well, that’s anybody’s guess. Still, the name itself has led some to speculate that the alleged popcorn-shaped icon will trigger a specialized phone-mode ideal for environments like movie theaters where discretion is paramount. That said, an iPhone in Theatre mode might be similar to the Do Not Disturb feature already present in iOS, which is to say that the phone would mute all forms of alerts when enabled.
Some have taken this a step further and believe that Theatre mode will finally usher in Apple’s long-rumored Dark Mode. Originally rumored to be part of iOS 10 based on evidence found in the first beta of iOS 10, an official system-wide Dark Mode option has yet to be incorporated into iOS. To this point, Dickson clarified via correspondence with 9to5Mac that his information regarding Theatre mode might “very well might be [an] enhanced version of Dark Mode.”
On a related note, it’s worth pointing out that we saw quite a few Dark Mode concepts emerge over the summer. As evidenced below, most of these concepts were incredibly sleek and certainly have us curious about whatever Apple has up its sleeve for iOS 10.3