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Regarding the data corruption, Apple have put out a firmware update to fix the laptop’s flash storage component. It is the 15″ mid-range 2015 Retina model that has shown signs of corruption.
This follows a lot of complaints about MacBooks that have knackered screens. Marks, or ‘stains’ are appearing on the laptops in such volumes that someone bothered to set up a website dedicated to the problem. It is called staingate.org, and shows a number of botched screens.
Just shy of 3,000 people (and counting) have joined a Facebook group about this issue too.
Obviously, one of the big concerns is that they’re going to be rinsed with expensive service fees that they’ll have to fork out for once the warranties or protection plans expire.
Considering that the MacBooks are considerably more expensive than the rest of the market, you can see why people have the hump.
Apple haven’t confirmed whether there’s an issue or not (there clearly is) and it seems to be models from 2013 that are causing the most grief for people.
Google and Apple don’t like each other. They both want to rule the world, but sadly, this Earth isn’t big enough for the both of them. And they’re probably going to squabble about that new Earth that NASA have found, too.
Anyway, onto smaller things and it looks like Apple have pulled the plug on Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat from its physical and online stores.
The people at Nest have said that they consider Apple to be a valuable partner for their company, and they intend to sell their wares through Apple’s channels, even though Apple have taken all the product pages down.
This isn’t the first time Apple have walked away from the Nest – they removed both physical and online listings of the device from their stores earlier in July. However, this time, it looks like they’re doing it for good.
Even though Apple were one of the early adopters of Nest and were willing to promote it, they’re now trying to do their own thing, obviously. They created their own smarthome stuff, with the arrival of HomeKit. Of course, within that range, there’s ecobee3, which is the smart thermostat which is compatible with HomeKit.
Of course, Google showed off Brillo, which is their own version of the HomeKit platform.
Former Apple executives Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers are the co-founders of Nest, with Fadell being dubbed ‘the godfather of the iPod’, but it seems that tech companies just can’t play nicely together, despite what their penchant for twee adverts and ukulele music might suggest.
You probably know that a lot of Apple services went down last night, meaning that people couldn’t buy apps and albums or whatever it is they do with their phones.
Well, the company have said that the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes Store and others, are back online after their 3 hour downtime. Ever the coy gits, Apple didn’t really divulge any more than that, but for the sake of scandal and gossip, we’re hoping that this was part of the recent spate of hacks that have been doing the rounds.
These outages happened all over the world, but didn’t affect all users. We’ve checked all the various Apple sites and everything seems to be back to normal, with all issues resolved.
The problems started just as Apple’s radio station – Beats 1 – was meant to tell everyone, exclusively, about the nominations for MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards.
“We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available,” Apple said yesterday, on their support site.
Anyway, everything is fine now, but rest assured, a load of Apple Fanboys will be getting it in the neck from Android Fanboys, with the tried and tested trolling of ‘just works’.
Oh dear! Ahead of Apple this evening announcing their 3rd Quarter financial results they’re experiencing a huge outage across many of their services including iTunes, App Store and iBooks.
There’s been no word yet when the services will be restored but you can keep an eye on the status of all Apple services on this link. They have of course already provided the obligatory “We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available.” line.
After this Apple might want to rethink their tagline for Beats 1 radio station…”worldwide, always on”. Yeh. No.
Apple are getting set to drop their latest operating system – the iOS 9 – which will be available some time in Autumn… but you can get it now. Apple have released the public beta version (which means it might have some things in it that need ironing out), which means you can get stuck into it while Apple put the finishing touches to it.
What’s new? Well, iOS 9 has a bunch of new things, including the much welcomed addition of highlighting when you’ve put the capslock on, when composing text on your iPhone or iPad. There’s also a souped-up version of the Notes app, where you can doodle things with your finger and an improved in-built Maps app, which shows you public transport maps and the like.
Nothing revolutionary, but it looks like the additions will be useful enough.
On the iPad, iOS9 will allow you to multitask, by allowing you to use multiple programs and apps at the same time.Video playback will sits in the corner of other opened apps, and there’ll be a shortcut bar for other applications.
The whole thing looks a little tidier too, which means a new font and new logos for all the apps.
So how to do get the beta version? Well, the first thing you should do, is back up your iPhone or iPad. Seeing as this is a work-in-progress version of the operating system, it means that it could be a little temperamental; that means you should have a back-up to revert to, should it end up doing your head in.
It should be very stable, but don’t take any chances.
Sign yourself up for Apple’s testing programme at beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram and click the blue sign up button. Put your Apple ID in there and you’re nearly on your way. Make sure you are using the same ID you use on the iOS device you will be installing the new software on.
Then, on your chosen device, go to beta.apple.com and, using Safari, sign-in. Then, you can scroll to the ‘step two’ bit of the page and hit ‘download profile’. There, you’ll be redirected to your device’s Settings app, where you can tap the ‘install’ button. Stick in the pin for your device, agree to the T&Cs, and then restart your device.
Once it has restarted, launch the Settings app, hit ‘general’ then ‘software update’ and iOS 9 will waiting there, to install once you press ‘update’.
While Spotify have made a pretty penny through people subscribing to them on iPads and iPhones, but now, they’d rather you didn’t do it through the AppStore. Why? Well, they’d rather you subscribe directly via web.
Spotify has begun emailing iPhone customers, telling them that they can save $3 a month if they end their subscriptions via the App Store, and start a new one via the web. The reason behind this, is that the price paid through the app is higher because they have to compensate for Apple taking a 30% cut of all sales.
Now that Apple have AppleMusic, Spotify aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with them. This is what happens when you become a rival.
With the Apple £1/$1 conversion, Spotify Premium currently costs $13/£13 a month from the App Store. Through Spotfiy’s website, that’ll drop to $10/£10 a month.
Spotify’s email includes a breakdown of how you can switch over billing, which also means you’ll have to stop your automatic renewal via iTunes.
Of course, if you’d rather go with AppleMusic, this is no use to you. However, if you think Spotify is better (and indeed, would rather use a service that works across all the formats, which is great for sharing playlists and the like), then this is definitely worth looking into.
Keep an eye out for Spotify deals over at HUKD, for an even cheaper experience.
Now it is here, what do you need to know about it? If you said ‘nothing’, then feel free to stop reading this article and watch a video of people doing idiotic things instead. If you do want to know what’s going on, here’s the lowdown.
What is it?
Well, Apple Music is like Spotify. There’s a load of tunes on a service and you can listen to them and it is all very straightforward. However, one slight difference is that Apple Music has a thing called Beats 1, which is a radio station with some famous DJs on it like Zane Lowe who used to be on Radio 1 and Ebro from NYC’s Hot 97.
It’ll cost you £9.99 per month. There’s no free version like Spotify. There is a 3 month trial which is free. There’ll also be a family plan, which allows six people to use Apple Music for £15 a month. Spotify have exactly the same family plan.
What’s so special about it?
Well, some people will like it because it looks and feels so Apple-y. They’ve also managed to negotiate with Taylor Swift and have permission to stream her new album ’1989′. If you don’t like Apple or Taylor Swift, these aren’t going to draw you in. However, if Apple can get exclusives that say, Spotify can’t, that could sway some music nuts.
When is it available?
Update your iPhone or iPad and it is available, right now. Later in the year, it’ll be available on Android too. You’ll also have to wait for it to become available on OS X.
What else do I need to know?
Nothing. That’s basically it. It is a streaming service like the other streaming services.
At some point next month, people in the UK will be able to use Apple Pay, which is backed by a shedload of merchants and retailers. However, the crappy news is that customers will only be able to spend £20 at a time.
It won’t be forever though, because when September comes around, you’ll be able to spend a whopping £30!
This is all a bit of a damp squib, as most people can make contactless payments for these amounts with their cards, but hey ho, some might want to show off that they’ve got an iPhone to everyone else for some reason.
Most people won’t be affected by all this, but it is definitely something to keep in mind, say, if you’re travelling to the UK and intent on using your phone as a payment option – get back-up.
It is worth noting though, that merchants with terminals “capable and configured properly” will be able to support larger transactions.
“To accept Apple Pay for transactions over £20, your payment terminal must be capable and configured properly, and your payment provider needs to support the latest network contactless specifications”, says Apple in its FAQ.
Have you been having trouble with your iPhone? Don’t all shout at once. It seems like there’s a number of problems with Apple devices, and the latest one sees iPhone users complaining that the iMessage system went down.
Not everyone has been affected by this and will be wondering what everyone is moaning about, however, others have moaned that their messages are sending slowly or not sending images. It is all a bit of a mess, especially when some iPhone users have noted that their phones keep randomly switching themselves off.
Well, we’ve had a look into it and it seems that, if you want to get things working again, there’s a rather unsophisticated way of fixing this.
If you haven’t, trying restarting your phone. This has been a successful fix for a number of iPhone users. If that doesn’t work, then you should try turning iMessage off and then on again in the Settings. Again, this isn’t the most fancy way of getting it working again, but it seems to have worked for a number of people with this problem.
Apple haven’t said anything about the problem, even though it has been trending on Twitter.
This follows some outages for Apple’s iCloud, which bothered a number of people earlier this month. Anyway, feel free to add your own ‘just works’ comments below.
Fancy buying one of them Apple Watches? Well done – you’ve got a lot of disposable income. Also, you can now pick one up from an actual shop! That’s right. Walk right in and… well… here’s the thing – you can’t buy one without reserving it first, because Apple are absolutely determined to make this whole process slightly fiddly.
If you didn’t know, Apple have been asking customers to order all of their smartwatches online, and have it delivered to them. Of course, this will put some people off as they’ll want to hold one in their hand before parting with their money.
Well, now, Apple Stores will now be stocking them, allowing customers to book online and then head into an actual shop to pick it up. If you still want to hold one first, swap some watches and straps around before paying any money, you’re still screwed. Then again, if you’re an Apple devotee, you invariably trust them more than your own family.
The in-store orders began on June 17 in Apple Stores in the UK as well as Germany, France, US, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan.
This new system requires you to go to the Apple Store website, pick your case and band and then choose where to pick it up from a list of shops. You might as well get it delivered to your house really.
Apple stores do have some stock, which you can try on the watches as a demo, so if you’re really keep to get one and want to give it a poke first, get down to the shops and weigh it all up.
Attorney generals from America have conducted investigations into potential antitrust violations relating to this, with investigators wanting to know whether Apple have been unduly pressuring or conspiring with other music labels to withdraw their artists from other platforms.
Apple are also going after unknown numbers, which is more useful to the world. The iOS 9 update is going to include a feature that will help identify these numbers that keep bothering us. It seems that iOS 9 will anonymously use information from your email, and match it up with numbers, so you can see who has been pestering you.
If they manage to use this, with information drawn from the internet, rather than just your own correspondence, then this could see an end to mystery callers.
They’re also sending vans out around the world, mounted with cameras, as they gather images for their street map, which is the same thing as Google’s version.
However, Apple got a dig in against their rivals, saying: ”We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication.”
This is according to blabber mouth Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, so blorted the secret to guests at the Midem Music Industry Festival. He said, yesterday, that Apple’s announcement of the Beats-based service is “happening tomorrow”.
Of course, there’s no chat about prices or what features it’ll have, but Apple have a lot of money to throw around, so this should be of some concern to Spotify and Tidal. And of course, with so many people feeling some kind of brand-loyalty to Apple, there’s millions of people who might want to jump ship from another service, to theirs.
However, one thing that could make or break Apple’s music service, is whether or not it is open to everyone. One of Spotify’s successes is that it wasn’t restricted to one platform, meaning the Android users and Apple users could share playlists with one another. And artists won’t want to sign any exclusivity deals if it means they’re cutting out loads of listeners.
Imagine a band in the ’90s saying that their new album would only be playable through Sony stereos and no other – that’d be madness. Either way, Apple aren’t daft, so they’ll have something up their sleeves to get their fans excited – users of torrents, you can carry on ignoring absolutely everything relating to the above.
Do you have some Beats’ Pill XL speakers? Have you been thinking that the mixtapes you’ve been playing through them are absolute fire? Have you been listening to Heat Wave and thinking it is actually getting Hot in Herre?
Well, that might have something to do with the fact that your speakers are a massive fire hazard and you should stop using them immediately. No. This is not a drill.
Apple are recalling Beats’ largest Pill speaker because the batteries are overheating and it might cause the device to set on fire.
“Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the battery in the Beats Pill XL Speaker may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,” says Apple’s recall website. “If you have a Beats Pill XL Speaker, please stop using it.”
You don’t want to be listening to ‘Burning Down The House’ through it and then end up a desperately ironic and amusing footnote in a local newspaper, do you?
To sort this out, click here and submit a request to return it to Apple. You have to do it through the website, so don’t think about taking it to an Apple shop, because they won’t take the speakers off your hands. Via the website, you’ll get sent a box to return it in and then you’ll get £215 in Apple Store credit or they’ll wire you the cash.
People get very giddy with every murmur and whisper about new Apple products. So what’s the fuss this time? Well, it looks like Apple may have leaked their next phone by accident, in what is being referred to as the iPhone 6C.
As you can see in the image below, swiped from Apple’s website, there’s three phones on show and one of them looks a lot like the iPhone 5S but with the coloured plastic backing of an iPhone 5C.
Apple-haters will be absolutely mystified why anyone would care. Don’t worry – everyone’s heard you tutting.
Super Apple fans will have noticed that the phone in question looks a lot like an iPhone 5C, however, this one features a Touch ID sensor. Apple have replaced the image on their site to feature a 5C, which means this could be an accidental leak.
Or Apple could just be trolling.
It would make sense for the 5C to be phased out in favour of something new, but similar. It is the only Apple phone they’re selling that isn’t equipped with the security. A new 6C would see the inclusion of that, as well as Apple Pay.
Touch ID and the NFC chip are needed for Apple Pay, and with rumours that Apple Pay will be launching in the UK this summer, Apple will be keen to have all their newest phones rigged up to use it. How do we know about Apple Pay? Well, in a now-deleted tweet, Belgium’s KBC Bank said that it would be available in Europe this summer and Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference is going to happen in June, and they’ll need something to announce.
A lot of hearsay and pinches of salt are to be added to all this, but it all seems very plausible indeed.
According to The Verge, they’ve heard all manner of things from sources, and it is being suggested that Apple wants to throw around their power and influence to put an end to free streaming. ”All the way up to [Apple CEO] Tim Cook, these guys are cutthroat,” said one music industry mole.
If Apple get their way, Spotify will lose a huge chunk of their customers – 15 million currently pay for the service, of their 60 million customer base. Playing hardball, Apple will reportedly be offering their service for $7.99 per month, which is less than Spotify’s $9.99 fee.
But will the swathes of people who don’t own any Apple products – and indeed, those who object to the company as a whole on some principal (be it tribal or other) – want to sign up with them? It would be a risky move for the record companies, but then, they’ll go wherever the money is.
The sources said that Apple are also going after Google, saying that the iSalesmen offered to pay YouTube’s music licensing fee to Universal Music Group if they stopped allowing their songs on the video platform.
One hurdle is that the US Department of Justice have apparently already started interviews with music industry executives regarding Apple’s business practices. If the sources are right, the whole thing is a bit suspect, eh?
We’re sure to find out more when Apple launch Beats Music, which is widely thought to be on 8th June.