Apple has officially announced that sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will begin in China on Friday, October 17. Handsets will be available via Apple’s online store, Apple retail stores, Apple authorized sellers, and all three major wireless carriers.
Apple’s iCloud is down for some users, with reports of issues logging into iCloud.com and gaining access to iCloud services such as Calendar, Mail, and Notes.
Apple has seeded the first beta of iOS 8.1 to developers. The update has a build number of 12B401. Apple is also reported to be working on iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3.
Apple on Monday released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks. The update fixes a vulnerability in the bash UNIX shell. The “Shellshock” security flaw was uncovered last week by security researchers. The exploit in the bash command shell in Linux and OS X could be used to deploy malicious code.
iClarified reports that Apple stopped signing the iOS 7.1.2 firmware on Friday, which means iOS 8 users not satisfied with the new version of iOS will not be allowed to downgrade their devices back to iOS 7.1.2.
Recent web traffic shows Apple may be stepping up its iOS 8 update schedule, as 9to5Mac reports seeing visitors running iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3 in their web analytics logs.
The Financial Times reports the European Commission will accuse Ireland of providing illegal state aid to Apple via “illegal tax deals” for more than two decades.
Apple took a few jabs from the Internet this week over the “bendability” of the iPhone 6 Plus. Even though Consumer Reports finally weighed in by showing that the new “HUGE!” iPhone was just as durable as competitor’s handsets, that didn’t stop competitors – and even brewers and candy bar makers – from taking a jab or two.
Apple on Friday attempted to reassure OS X users who felt they were at risk from a widespread security flaw in the UNIX command interpreter bash – which is a part of Apple’s UNIX-based Mac operating system – telling them that most users aren’t at risk, and a patch will be available soon for advanced users who might actually be exposed to the risks of the vulnerability.
FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday that he is “very concerned” that the latest attempts by Apple and Google to lock down their mobile operating systems limits the ability of the government to ensure national security.
Apple’s recent iOS 8.0.1 FUBAR and the 2012 Apple Maps mess reportedly have something in common: the same mid-level manager, who was in charge of overseeing both projects. The Peter Principle is alive and well in corporate America.
The FUBAR’ed public launch of iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to enable the release of HealthKit connected apps in Apple’s App Store. Now that Apple has finally gotten it right with iOS 8.0.2, we’re seeing the first of the HealthKit-enabled apps beginning to show up.
Friday saw the rollout of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to 22 new countries. The devices debuted in the United States and nine other countries on September 19th.
In addition to releasing a statement in response to reports about the iPhone 6 Plus reportedly bending in users’ pockets, Apple also invited reporters from CNBC and The Verge to its testing facility for a demonstration of the machines used to test the durability of its handsets.
Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 to address the issues that arose in yesterday’s 8.0.1 update on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. The new release includes all of the fixes from 8.0.1, as well as fixing the cellular connection and Touch ID issues on Apple’s newest handsets.
The Mac mini has long appeared to be Apple’s “redheaded step-child,” as it has been almost two years since the little computer that could has seen any kind of update. Now a new report says the Mac mini may finally get some update love come October.