How to download iOS 11: Apple releases the first public beta of its new software

Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 11 less than a month since the grand unveiling at this year’s WWDC 2017. Highlights include person-to-person payments using Apple Pay, a new design for the Control Center and a completely overhauled App Store. But it was iOS 11 on iPad that received the most significant updates, showing once again Apple is keen to turn the iPad into a genuine alternative to a laptop. As with all iOS releases, registered developers have been trialling the software since WWDC to iron out any initial…

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Apple Blames Third-Party Batteries for Case of Exploding Beats Headphones

In a new development, Apple has reportedly refused to grant any compensation to a women whose Beats headphones were said to have exploded mid-flight. Apple claims that the explosion was due to a defect in third-party AAA batteries, and not the headphones. In February, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous, faced burns on face and hair when her headphones caught fire during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. The headphones in question were Apple’s Beats headphones running on AAA batteries. When the explosion happened, the woman was asleep, and…

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Apple sued over fatal ‘FaceTime crash’

An American couple, whose daughter was killed by a driver allegedly using FaceTime on his iPhone, have launched a lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit alleges that the firm should have introduced a feature that disabled use of the video-chat application while driving. It points to a patent for a such feature for drivers filed by Apple in 2008. The iPhone maker has not yet responded to requests for comment. The accident happened on a Texan road on Christmas Eve 2014. Five-year-old Moriah Modisette subsequently died. The lawsuit states that the…

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Russian Regulators Scoop Apple Into Price-Fixing Probe

A Russian regulatory authority earlier this week named Apple, along with more than a dozen Russian retailers, as a target for an investigation into price-fixing activities. The Federal Antimonopoly Service, or FAS, has seen signs of price-setting coordination among iPhone resellers in Russia, according to a notice published on the agency’s website. A preliminary investigation revealed that since last fall, when Apple introduced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in Russia, a majority of resellers have maintained the same prices for the phones for “a certain period of time,” the…

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Is Apple Working On A Tank? Bizarre New Patent

Sketches filed in a patent bearing the company’s name show an articulated vehicle which runs on tracks. The vehicle is in two parts and is joined in the middle, similar to a bendy bus. The application is specifically for the steering mechanism, but the tank design itself caused a flutter of excitement in the tech world. But since the patent was spotted the law firm that handles Apple’s patents says the patent is not Apple’s at all, and blamed a typing error. Law firm Morrison and Foerster said the patent instead…

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Apple Co-Founder Compares Cyber Crime To Nukes

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has likened the fear of cyber crime to the levels of panic seen during Cold War. Speaking in Sydney, Australia, he said: “We used to fear the atomic bomb when I was young, and you used to come home from school and sirens would go off for a test on every corner. “Now we fear all the cyber attacks and hacking. What’s the next one we’re going to hear about? “Is one going to come close to me? Is it going to hit me? Could they…

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It costs Rs. 10,000 to make an Apple iPhone SE: IHS Report

A teardown press report by research firm IHS reveals that for Apple, it costs only Rs. 10,563 to manufacture the iPhone SE. Apple priced the 16GB iPhone SE at $399 in the U.S., and has a margin of $230 to tackle logistics, distribution, and other expenses and profits. In India, a price of Rs. 39,000 leaves a margin of Rs. 29,000 to take care of necessary details. Apple aims to expand its presence at lower cost categories with the iPhone SEas it did with the iPhone 5C. On this note, an…

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Hands On: the New, Siri-Enabled Apple TV

Don’t call it a comeback. Apple TV has been here for years. And yet, here is Apple, launching an upgraded Apple TV with a new interface, remote, and plan to dominate your living room and grow its ever-expanding universe of technology and entertainment offerings. That new plan? Apps. That would seem a bit flip, except for the fact that Apple made one of the most successful consumer-technology products of all time, the iPhone, by expertly leveraging third-party apps. Can Apple do it again? I got the chance to use the new…

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Hands On With Apple’s WatchOS 2

I’ve been wearing an Apple Watch for a month now, and to tell the truth, I’m not sold. It’s a great-looking device, but it’s an expensive way to wear my notifications. At Apple’s iPhone launch event this week, I got to check out some of the features in the new Watch OS 2. It makes the watch even more fashionable, but it doesn’t solve the utility question. Let’s start with the new watch faces. There’s a “time lapse” face, which shows a timelapse animation of one of six world locations,…

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Microsoft Office Apps to Play Nice With New Apple Gadgets

One company Apple watchers perhaps did not expect to see at Wednesday’s iPhone event was Microsoft, but Redmond was there to show off how its updated Office software will play well with Apple devices. In a blog post, the Office team said it has “developed a number of new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Translator” to take advantage of iPad Pro, iOS 9, and WatchOS 2. The Slide Over and Split View multi-tasking functions in iOS 9, for example, will make it easier to switch between Office…

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