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2016

AppleInsider podcast talks iPhone SE launch, stackable Smart Connectors, OLED iPhones & more

Friday April 01, 2016

This week on the Appleinsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk about the FBI cracking the iPhone on their own, what's inside Apple's new 4-inch iPhone SE, what form a 2017 iPhone might take, and much more.

New teardown reveals iPhone SE contains display identical to iPhone 5s, larger battery

Thursday March 31, 2016

Following Chipworks' teardown of Apple's new iPhone SE, iFixit on Thursday posted a comprehensive dismantling that shows the next-gen 4-inch iPhone's display is identical to its iPhone 5s predecessor, among other interesting finds.

Sprint promises fix for iPhone LTE woes after iOS 9.3 update

Thursday March 31, 2016

In text messages sent out Thursday, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint said it is working to fix an apparent LTE connectivity issue affecting iPhone users who updated to Apple's iOS 9.3 last week.

Apple's Siri updated to understand sexual assault queries, provide help

Thursday March 31, 2016

Apple in March updated its Siri virtual assistant to better handle questions about sexual assault and other emergencies, with some queries now leading to responses developed in cooperation with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).

Apple begins collecting ResearchKit data to further platform integration

Thursday March 31, 2016

In a change to its data collection practices, Apple is now listing itself as a "secondary" researcher on two active ResearchKit studies, allowing the company to skim anonymized data in efforts to improve its health technology platform.

'iPhone 7' may use new 'fan-out' packaging tech to save internal space

Thursday March 31, 2016

Apple is expected to use a new "fan-out" packaging technology for some components to maximize the amount of room in its next-generation iPhone, a Korean report said on Thursday.

iPhone SE generating low traffic at Apple Stores, in line with predictions, analyst says

Thursday March 31, 2016

The iPhone SE -- which officially went on sale earlier on Thursday -- is still easy to find in stock at Apple Stores in the U.S., according to checks by a well-known analyst.

Roundup: The best cases you can buy for Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro right now

Thursday March 31, 2016

With next-generation technology like a magnetic Smart Connector for Smart Keyboard and support for Apple Pencil, Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro marks a new era in portable productivity. To take full advantage of the new features, prospective buyers will want to have cases. Here's a rundown of some of the best options available.

Verizon planning $20 upgrade fee even for customers of Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program, leak suggests

Thursday March 31, 2016

Starting April 4, Verizon will be charging a flat $20 fee to upgrade most devices bought for its network -- even when a customer is using Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program, according to a leaked memo.

Apple releases iOS 9.3.1 to fix Web link crashing bug

Thursday March 31, 2016

Just a few days after promising to fix a bug that caused major crashing issues on iPhones and iPads, Apple has delivered and released iOS 9.3.1 to address the lingering issue.

Reversing track, Kanye West's full 'Life of Pablo' may come to Apple Music on Friday

Thursday March 31, 2016

Despite earlier promises by the rapper, Kanye West's complete The Life of Pablo album should appear on Apple Music and Spotify on April 1, a report said on Thursday.

FBI's iPhone unlock technique could be kept secret by White House review group

Thursday March 31, 2016

The FBI may be entitled to keep secret the technique it used to break into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, as a result of a special White House group designed to review digital security flaws uncovered by federal agencies.

Rumor: Apple targeting 4-5M iPhone SE shipments in second quarter

Thursday March 31, 2016

Apple is hoping to ship between 4 to 5 million iPhone SE units during the second quarter of 2016, which won't be enough to compensate for a decline in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales, supply chain sources indicated on Thursday.

Only months after launch, 'Disney Infinity' ditches support for Apple TV

Thursday March 31, 2016

Disney has revealed it no longer plans to update "Disney Infinity 3.0" for Apple TV, meaning new content and compatibility with new figurines will arrive only on competing platforms.

Apple invents modular Apple Watch accessories that link together, connect via diagnostics port

Thursday March 31, 2016

A trio of Apple inventions published Thursday detail advanced strap designs with embedded electronic devices that connect via Apple Watch's diagnostics port, suggesting the wearable might soon support wireless charging battery packs, GPS receivers and more.

First shipments of Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro arrive, are promptly unboxed

Wednesday March 30, 2016

As scheduled, customers who purchased Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro last week began to receive shipments on Thursday local time, with pictures of the new tablet now flooding social media outlets.

FBI agrees to help crack iPhone 6 and iPod tied to Arkansas murder trial, but method unknown

Wednesday March 30, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday agreed to assist prosecutors in unlocking an iPhone 6 and iPod linked to an Arkansas murder trial, but whether the agency is is leveraging its newfound iPhone exploit is unclear. in cases beyond San Bernardino.

Apple iPhone SE teardown reveals mashup of iPhone 5 & 6 series chips, few new parts

Wednesday March 30, 2016

The first teardown of Apple's iPhone SE was posted to the Web on Wednesday, and as expected the handset's logic board is an amalgamation of parts mostly borrowed from iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6s, with a few new chips thrown in to keep the platform fresh.

Microsoft adds info-hunting 'Bot' assistants to Skype for iPhone & iPad

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Microsoft on Wednesday launched "Bots" for Skype, allowing people to search for information and content through the app's messaging functions.

Google launches Cardboard SDK for iOS, Microsoft begins shipping HoloLens to developers

Wednesday March 30, 2016

It's been a big week for virtual and augmented reality technology, thanks to the newly shipping Oculus Rift, the debut of a Google Cardboard development kit for iOS, and initial availability of developer hardware for Microsoft HoloLens.