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Why would Apple release a new 4-inch iPhone 5se this spring?

Posted by Irish_Man , in iPhone, Apple 26 January 2016 · 336 views

Initial iPhone growth was in leaps and bounds. Adding lower up-front prices via carrier subsidies, adding international carriers, adding Verizon and additional U.S. carriers, experimenting with pop-art colours and packaging, adding China Mobile, and adding larger display sizes.
Now that the iPhone is one of the most popular products on earth, growth is a matter of steps. Adding payment plans — essentially low-cost leasing — helps make the flagship iPhones as affordable as possible. Adding a smaller iPhone helps expand addressable markets.

 

The demand for diminution

 

Apple sells iPhones to people who are buying their first phone or smartphone, to people who are upgrading from a previous iPhone, and to people who are switching from a non-iPhone smartphone (mostly Android phones).
If low price is the most important feature to a new buyer — if all they're looking for is the modern equivalent of a free-on-contract feature phone — then they're probably not going with Apple, at least not for their first smartphone. If ease-of-use is a primary concern, though, then iPhone is hugely attractive, including the entry-level models. (Which are typically older hardware running current software.)
Upgrades are driven by new features, like better cameras and more desirable display sizes. Conversely, the lack of a feature — including a desirable display size — can postpone an upgrade.
Incredibly compelling features can also drive switching, as can sharp pain or prolonged frustration experienced by those contemplating a switch. Lack of timely updates, security concerns, and the absence of smaller display sizes could all cause a switch.
Enter the iPhone 5se.

 

Everything old...

 

The current iPhone Plus models all cost $100 more than the regular models. Bigger meaning more expensive is easy for consumers to understand, but comes with the equal and opposite perception of smaller meaning less expensive.
So, if you're going to make a smaller iPhone and people are going to expect it to cost $100 less that the regular iPhone, unless you want to work really hard to change those expectations, how do you do it?

 

Previously, Apple kept the older generation models around and dropped their price by $100. That let the iPhones 5 occupy the entry-level slot for the last couple of years, including the iPhone 5s as of September 2015.
Following that pattern, though, the iPhone 5s would drop off this year, in 2016, and the iPhone 6 would take its place. That would be a feature improvement but it would leave Apple without a smaller, more highly differentiated phone in the lineup.
Again, enter the iPhone 5se.

 

... Is newish again

 

Instead of price-dropping the iPhone 6 or coming up with a variant of that platform, like an iPhone 6c, Apple would simply update the iPhone 5s. Depending on how much differentiation and margin Apple wanted to maintain, the company could go with an A8 "Typhoon" processor like the iPhone 6 or an A9 "Twister" processor like the iPhone 6s.
Given the relatively low pixel count on a 4-inch iPhone, performance and power-efficiency likely wouldn't suffer much, even on the older platform. (The most observable customer-facing difference would be the always-listening "Hey, Siri!" enabled by the integrated coprocessor on the A9.) Likewise memory and camera components could keep costs down, even if an iPhone 5se does include some splurging on design and the addition of NFC for Apple Pay.
The rumored release date of the rumored device — this March instead of the traditional September — would then have several benefits:

  • It would bifurcate iPhone launches. So, instead of a massive September spike and then a slow drop off for the rest of the year, there'd be something of interest in March as well.
  • It would get a newer 4-inch device out sooner. That could prompt upgrades during what's traditionally been the slower mid-cycle period for iPhone.
  • It would clear the September event, allowing Apple to focus on the iPhone 7 story without any complications or distractions.
  • It would help the 4-inch iPhone seem fresher, since its specs would be compared to the previous flagship rather than the next one.
For people who've been waiting for an updated device with the 4-inch display size, they no longer have to wait. For people who want an iPhone but at the lowest cost of entry possible, they get a better-than-ever version of just that. In other words, Apple gets to better serve both upgraders and first time buyers.
It's a growth step rather than a leap, and it doesn't serve those who want a 4-inch iPhone flagship. At the bleeding edge, though, smaller isn't cheaper. It's often more expensive.

 

 

 

iPhone 5se bottom line

 

If updating the 4-inch iPhone size gets even a small percentage of the market to upgrade or cross-grade, that's a large amount of sales at iPhone scale.
If it gets a significant percentage, then it's huge.
If you've been waiting for a smaller, perhaps less-expensive iPhone with more modern specs, would an iPhone 5se interest you?




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Second watchOS 2.2 beta now available for developers

Posted by Irish_Man , in Uncategorized, Apple, Software, iOS 26 January 2016 · 233 views

Apple has released the second beta of watchOS 2.2 for the Apple Watch to developers. break The first watchOS 2.2 beta was released to developers earlier in January shortly after watchOS 2.1 was officially pushed to all Apple Watch owners.
This release is strictly for developers, so you'll have to be registered in Apple's developer program and running the latest iOS 9.3 beta release on your iPhone to grab this update.
Otherwise, you can head to the Apple Watch app on your phone, then tap "General" and "Software Update" to start downloading the latest beta release.




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iOS 9.3 beta 2 heads out to developers

Posted by Irish_Man , in iPhone, iOS 26 January 2016 · 254 views

Apple has released the second beta version of iOS 9.3 to developers.
Those interested can grab this new build from the iOS Developer Resource Center.
It can also be downloaded as an over-the-air update on an iPhone or iPad running the previous beta.

 

iOS 9.3 will bring a number of new features and improvements to iOS, including a new Night Shift mode for better nighttime use, along with changes to Notes, News, CarPlay, and more.




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Apple seeds OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 2 to developers

Posted by Irish_Man , 26 January 2016 · 229 views

Apple has released the second beta version of OS X ElCapitan 10.11.4 to developers.
It can be found now at the Developer Resource Center, or in the Updates section of the Mac App Store on a machine with the previous beta installed.

It's not yet clear what we'll find in OS X 10.11.4 when it launches publicly.

While this is currently a developer-only beta, members of the Beta Software Program should be on the lookout for a public beta version to hit soon.




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Apple is looking into a fix for the JavaScript code that crashes browsers, including Safari, but you can avoid it for now.

Posted by Irish_Man , in iPhone, Mac, Apple, iOS 26 January 2016 · 268 views

There's a web page out there called Crash Safari that uses JavaScript to put your browser into a loop, crash it, and potentially crash your device as well. Apple is aware of the page — and more importantly, the code — and is looking into a fix.
The internet being the internet, however, pranksters are already circulating the prank using URL shorteners and redirects through social networks, links, and email, to try and deliberately crash other people's browsers. So, until the fix is released, make sure you follow the same safety tips that apply to any form of phishing attack:

  • On iOS, touch-and-hold (long press) on a text link to see the full URL. If you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, don't press hard enough to open the 3D Touch preview, as that will execute the code and crash Safari.
  • On OS X, hover over a text link to see the full URL.
  • Avoid shortened links. You never know what might be behind them.
  • Don't tap or click on any link that seems suspicious in any way — that's just good safety practice anyway.

As always, there's no need to worry, just be aware. Hopefully the fix will be out shortly. In the meantime, surf safe!




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iOS 9.2.1 official changelog!

Posted by iHomer , 20 January 2016 · 523 views

iOS 9.2.1

 

Disk Images

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
Description: A memory corruption issue existed in the parsing of disk images. This issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

 

IOHIDFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
Description: A memory corruption issue existed in an IOHIDFamily API. This issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

 

IOKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

 

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

 

libxslt

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A type confusion issue existed in libxslt. This issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

 

syslog

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with root privileges
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

 

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

 

WebKit CSS

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: Websites may know if the user has visited a given link
Description: A privacy issue existed in the handling of the "a:visited button" CSS selector when evaluating the containing element's height. This was addressed through improved validation.

 

WebSheet

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A malicious captive portal may be able to access the user's cookies
Description: An issue existed that allowed some captive portals to read or write cookies. The issue was addressed through an isolated cookie store for all captive portals.




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75% of Apple Devices now running iOS 9!

Posted by iHomer , in iPhone, Software 20 January 2016 · 340 views

Three quarters of Apple devices now run iOS 9, just four months after it was released.

 

This is according to Apple's own App Store stats, based on which OSes are connecting to it, but if they are to be believed, the latest operating system is growing steadily, up from 70 per cent last month and 66 per cent the previous month.




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Apple Admits iOS 9.2 has problems!

Posted by iHomer , in iPhone, Software 19 January 2016 · 561 views

Taking to its official support pages, Apple has admitted iOS 9.2 is causing a battery problem for both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The glitch causes the battery percentage to freeze and neither further battery drain nor charging will be reflected in the displayed charge level.
To be clear: the batteries still work, iOS just doesn’t report it correctly.

 

For now Apple suggests this temporary fix:

  • Restart your iPhone.
  • Go to Settings > General > Date & Time and make sure that Set Automatically is turned on. Learn more about the date and time on your device.
If this happens again and you didn’t change the time or time zone on your device, contact Apple Support and see what they say!
Meanwhile Apple says it “is aware of this issue and is investigating the cause and a [permanent] solution.”

 

 

[Apple's support page on this topic]https://support.appl.../en-us/HT205727

 

~iHomer




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Want to try iOS 9.3 beta 1? Take a look at this...

Posted by iHomer , in iPhone, Apple, Software, iOS 12 January 2016 · 340 views

Disclaimer- if you are currently jailbrocken I would not recommend that you update to iOS 9.3 beta 1

 

Steps to Download & Install iOS 9.3 Beta in your iOS Device:
To get iOS 9.3 Beta in your device, you have to install iOS 9.2 Beta by following these steps:

 

1- First, go to this URL: http://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/or click here and sign up for Apple’s Public Beta Testers using your Apple ID.
2-After you complete your registration, you can Download the iOS 9 Beta Software Profile from the page provided above.
3-Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General – Software Update.
4-Tap on Download and Install and perform the OTA update as you do with any other regular iOS upgrade.

 

After you install iOS 9.2 Beta Version, go to Settings – General – Software Update and Press Update. If iOS 9.3 Beta doesn’t show, then you keep checking regularly because Apple will make it available for everyone in a few hours, depending on your location.




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What's new in iOS 9.3 beta 1?

Posted by iHomer , in iPhone, Apple, Software, iPod, iPad, iOS 12 January 2016 · 216 views

With iOS 9.3 beta 1 released to those who are enrolled in Apple's dev program. Let's see what's new

 

Night Shift
A new 'Night Shift' mode will automatically adjust the colours on iPhone and iPad screens when night falls, becoming warmer and less eye-straining so that Apple users won't be disturbed by interruptions to their sleep caused by harsh blue screen light.
A similar feature, called f.lux, has been offered in the jailbroken app store Cydia since 2011. F.lux developers unsuccessfully attempted to release the app into Apple's App Store in 2015. Apple's new 'Night Shift' mode will operate as a built-in feature in iOS 9.3, instead of as a separate app.

Improved 3D Touch
iOS 9.3 will come with advanced 3D Touch capabilities, meaning there are advancements to the way users can interact with their Apple device using pressure commands. These include new 'Quick Shortcuts' for the App store, Compass, Health, iTunes Store and Weather.

Pair multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone
With iOS 9.3, users will be able to pair multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone so that pictures and other data can be shared with a number of people each with their own Watch. To link multiple Apple Watches to an iPhone, users will need watchOS 2.2, which also went into beta this week.

Others
The iOS 9.3 system update will also offer a Fingerprint Lock for the Notes application and additional features for CarPlay including recommendations from Apple Music and improvements to Maps so that users will be told where to find nearby petrol stations, restaurants, available parking and more.

~iHomer