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Apple Daily: Tim Cook Calls Teen Saved by Apple Watch; iOS 9 Patch; Pope Delays

It’s a happy day for one lucky teen in Massachusetts — not only was his life probably saved by his Apple Watch’s heart monitor, but he also now has an amazing offer from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Elsewhere, the pope’s visit to New York City and Philadelphia may force some iPhone preorder customers to wait an extra day for their devices, and Apple has already released a patch for the infant iOS 9.

Apple Releases Bug-Fixing Patch for iOS 9

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have yet to officially hit shelves, but Apple has already released a new patch for iOS 9 that fixes several bugs. It’s officially called iOS 9.0.1, and you can download it through your iPhone or iPad as an over-the-air update via the Settings app.

Apple’s official announcement of the patch focuses on four key issues. As of the new update, users should no longer have problems completing the setup assistant while downloading iOS 9, and they should no longer have to worry about alarms and timers failing to play.

In addition, pausing videos in Safari and Photos should no longer cause the paused frame to look distorted, and users with a custom APN setup should no longer lose cellular data.

On the whole, those are some pretty significant bugs, so it’s probably a good idea to download the patch soon if you already have iOS 9 installed. And if all goes well, those are four fewer headaches that the Cupertino company has to worry about when their next big release hits in a couple of days.


Tim Cook Offers iPhone, Internship to Teen Saved By Apple Watch Heart Monitor

The Apple Watch may not focus on health to the extent that the earliest rumors claimed it would, but the features that it does have are already saving lives and leading to happy endings. Take the case of 17-year-old Paul Houle of Massachusetts, who noticed last week that his Apple Watch was telling him that his heart rate was still 145 two hours after football practice. The readings promoted Houle to visit the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a muscle-injury condition that releases a harmful toxin into the heart, liver, and kidneys.

“At the hospital, they told me that if I had gone to practice the next day that I would have lost all control of my muscles, and there was a good chance I would have fallen down on the field and died right there,” Houle told Cape Cod.com on Friday. “I’m very grateful for that heart rate monitor.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook learned about the incident over the weekend, and as CBS Local in San Francisco reports, he personally called Houle and told him that he’s offering him one of the brand new iPhones and (much, much better) a sunny summer internship to Apple next year.

Not too shabby, especially considering that Business Insider reported earlier this year that Apple interns make around ,700 per month along with the potential for overtime pay.


Pope’s Visit May Delay Preorder Pickups in NYC, Philly

Of all the things that could delay an iPhone launch, the pope probably seems relatively low on the list. But that’s just what Apple believes several zip codes in Philadelphia and New York City will be facing on Thursday and Friday when the pontiff visits the cities. In anticipation of the related delays, Apple is sending out messages to pre-order customers who might be affected.

Source: The Independent

One of the first to share the message was Gawker writer Sam Biddle, who showed in a tweet that his iPhone may not be ready for pickup on Friday on account of “traffic restrictions.” (Biddle didn’t seem too bothered by the announcement, as his accompanying commentary read “LOL COOL :) ”.) Apple told Biddle and other users that it would make Saturday deliveries if their phones weren’t ready for pickup by September 25.

If you happen to live in New York City or Philadelphia, here is a list of the affected zip codes:

New York City: 10001, 10007, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10029

Philadelphia: 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19109, 19123, 19130, 19146, 19147

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Apple Daily: ‘Truly Great’ iPhone 6s Reviews, iFixit on Apple TV, XcodeGhost Q&A

If you can’t stop refreshing the UPS website in anticipation of your shiny new iPhone 6s moving closer to home, our Tuesday edition of Apple Daily will point you in the direction of some early reviews to keep your mind occupied for a little bit. We’ve also got a first look at what’s powering the new Apple TV, along with official word from Apple on that XcodeGhost iOS malware that recently affected Chinese App Store customers. 

Early iPhone 6s Reviews Published, Apple Has “Done It Again”

Apple’s latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models are winging their way around the globe and across the country to land on the doorsteps of preorder and retail customers this Friday, September 25, but those hankering for some independent criticism on the new smartphones won’t have to travel very far to find them right now.

iPhone 6s website tumble

Naturally, our first stop is techradar, where the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have already been lovingly detailed, each with a four-star rating hailing 3D Touch, the “bright, vibrant display” and “fuss-free camera,” while noting the battery life falls a bit short, Live Photos don’t always work, and there’s still room for improvement even after the release of iOS 9.

Next, MacRumors has assembled highlights of other key reviews from tech websites such as The Verge, Mashable, and TechCrunch, and the mid-cycle refresh appears to be worthy of consideration — especially for those interested in the new 3D Touch technology or the expanded capabilities of the dual cameras.

The Verge wasted no time exclaiming that Apple has “done it again” and referring to the iPhone 6s “the best smartphone out there, period,” praising Apple for managing to “do new things better, apply them broadly, and make them seem natural” in reference to the new 3D Touch feature. Mashable also gushed over the iPhone 6s Plus hardware, calling it a “performance beast” whose 12-megapixel camera easily bests both last year’s iPhone 6 Plus as well as its closest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.

TechCrunch also summed up the iPhone 6s camera as “truly great” while noting the second-generation Touch ID sensor is “so fast that you can no longer tap the home button to wake your screen, because it will unlock instantly.” Last but not least, Apple’s new 4K video recording and Live Photos feature was also singled out for particular praise in this first round of embargoed reviews.

iFixit Nabs New Apple TV, Promptly Tears It Apart

Last week, a select number of developers began receiving fourth-generation Apple TV units following a lottery to determine who would receive the brand-new hardware before its public release next month. Apparently, one of those developers have handed the unit over to the folks at iFixit, who summarily began tearing it down to see what makes it — and the accompanying Siri-powered remote — tick.

iFixit 2015 Apple TV teardown

Not surprisingly, the little black box is powered by a dual-core, 64-bit A8 chip with 2GB of SDRAM that retains the aging 10/100 Ethernet port found on earlier models. Perhaps contributing to the slightly taller dimensions, the latest Apple TV includes a larger heat sink than previous models, while the Siri Remote features a Broadcom-manufactured touch screen controller also used in iPhone 5s and iPad Air devices.

On a positive note, iFixit has awarded the fourth-gen Apple TV a repairability score of eight out of 10, suggesting that users won’t have a very difficult time trying to fix the media streaming box should anything go wrong with it in the future. Apple TV is scheduled to begin shipping sometime in late October.

Apple Posts XcodeGhost Q&A for Developers

Over the weekend, Apple removed dozens of apps from the Chinese App Store, all of which were infected with a new form of iOS malware called “XcodeGhost.” Apparently, the afflicted developers used a counterfeit version of the developer tool Xcode hosted on third-party servers to compile these apps, but has since acted quickly with instructions on how to fix the problem, which does not affect apps compiled with the official Xcode versions found on the Mac App Store and Apple’s own website.


Earlier today, Apple posted a question-and-answer page in both Chinese and English to address any further concerns about the XcodeGhost malware, noting there is no evidence to suggest any malicious intent thus far, nor has any “personally identifiable customer data” been impacted.

Apple plans to list the top 25 most popular apps affected by Xcode Ghost, and will be notifying customers who have downloaded one or more of these apps. Once developers submit an update for the issue, customers will then be able to apply it to the copy on their device. Finally, it’s important to note this issue only affected Chinese customers — those in other regions were not impacted.

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Announcement: Techradar is the New Home of MacLife.com

As you’ve probably noticed over the past couple months, many of our stories are now hosted at techradar.com, our sister site here at Future US. MacLife.com will move fully into the techradar fold later this week, adding our brand of Apple-related content to the trusted reviews, news, and how-tos that have made techradar one of the world’s top tech sites.

So, how will you continue to get great articles about the Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc.? It’s easy: when the change takes effect, MacLife.com will redirect you to its new home — all you have to do is bookmark it. (For the MacLife.com staff, the change is even less noticeable: we already sit with the techradar folks.)

With the massive global reach of techradar, we hope to introduce MacLife.com content and Mac|Life magazine to a bigger audience than ever before. We hope you’ll come with us and enjoy not only our Apple articles, but the broader range of tech reporting techradar brings to you every day.

We’ll see you there!


Apple Daily: Apple Car 2019 Launch, iPhone 6s Sold Out, New El Capitan Public Beta

In case you missed it, Apple released watchOS 2 to the masses earlier today, no doubt making Apple Watch owners everywhere quite happy. But the iPhone maker didn’t stop there — our Monday edition of Apple Daily has the story on the latest Apple Car rumors (along with a potential release date), what to expect from Friday’s iPhone 6s launch, and a public beta for the first OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 update.

watchOS 2 Is Here

After being delayed last week to an undetermined time, watchOS 2 — the updated operating system for Apple Watch — was released by Apple earlier today. You can get it now by going to the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone (make sure it’s been updated to iOS 9), then selecting General, then Software Update, then Download and Install.

watchOS 2 includes many new features, such as third-party complications, the ability to run native apps, Time Travel mode to easily see your schedule, a nightstand mode, and new watch faces.

Apple Eyeing 2019 Launch for Rumored Automobile

MacRumors today reported the so-called Apple Car has supposedly achieved “committed project” status inside of Cupertino headquarters, with 2019 pegged as a prospective release date. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has ramped up the number of employees working on the project in order to hit that target date.

Apple Car front end mockup

“The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California,” the report elaborated. “Leaders of the project, code-named Titan, have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.”

Of note, the report claims Apple’s car may not be autonomous (or self-driving) after all, but such functionality could arrive at a later date.

iPhone 6s Models Sold Out Online, Apple Details Friday Launch

Apple issued a press release Monday morning to remind everyone the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are arriving in retail stores this Friday, September 25 at 8AM local time. The announcement confirmed “stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early,” adding in a footnote that reservations will be required in four tax-free US states — Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Oregon — as well as China, Hong Kong, and Japan, presumably to keep scalpers at bay.

iPhone 6s

Those hoping to saunter in and grab an iPhone 6s on Friday will apparently have no choice now: 9to5Mac today reported that preorders for both new models are completely sold out worldwide from Apple’s online store, with the earliest delivery date now estimated for September 29. That’s still a big improvement over last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch, but Apple had a little more lead time with the new models, presumably to build up additional inventory for the masses later this week.

Apple Releases First Public Beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1

In addition to releasing watch OS 2 on Monday, Apple has also issued the first public beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, a maintenance update for the company’s new Mac operating system arriving next Wednesday, September 30.

OS X El Capitan Mission Control

According to AppleInsider, the beta build which is already in the hands of developers offers “support for new emoji characters and improved overall system stability,” suggesting Apple could schedule a public release soon after the debut of OS X El Capitan 10.11 itself.

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