iPhone & iPad
Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on due to a component that may fail. This issue only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between October 2018 to August 2019.
As always with such programs, the repair is free in authorized service providers and Apple Stores. Take a look at the link to check if your model is eligible.
I tend to avoid rumors, preferring to report on things that actually happened (also known as facts), yet iPhone SE is a super-popular model and I know many people would like to see a refreshed version of it. Often people like SE due to its size – at least that’s my take from conversations with SE users. However, either Apple uses different data or they don’t bother with that. As Ming-Chi Kuo reported, Apple prepares iPhone SE 2 to be released in the first quarter of 2020. It is said to be the size of iPhone 8 (you can compare different iPhone sizes here) and be fitted with A13, the latest chip you can also find in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models. However, maybe it’s not about the current SE users, but about the iPhone 6 users? As Joe Rossignol commented:
Kuo believes the „iPhone SE 2” will be the „best upgrade choice” for an estimated 100 million remaining iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, serving as a „key growth driver” for Apple in 2020. He believes these customers have low desire for new features like Face ID and multiple cameras, suggesting the „iPhone SE 2” will stick with Touch ID and a single-lens rear camera.
In last week’s issue, I linked to an article about UWB, which stands for Ultra Wideband, a technology that allows locating an item with 5 millimeters accuracy. The same chips can also be found in some Bluetooth beacons, which are then installed by retail stores, for example. On the other end, there are the apps of retail stores on our devices – before iOS 13, they could use Bluetooth to locate our phones, and thus us – recording our movement as we walk around the shop. On that note, it is worth mentioning that it was Apple that created the iBeacon protocol, a Bluetooth technology behind the beacons. It is about time we finally got a way to monitor how Bluetooth is used by the apps on our iPhones. Although iOS developers don’t have access to the UWB chip found in both iPhone 11 and the 11 Pro, it’s good to know that Bluetooth alone can be used to track location.
Take a look at Chris Welch’s article at The Verge and at issue 79’s iOS 13 Limits Background Activity For VoIP Apps for more commentary about Bluetooth on iOS 13 and privacy.
Mark Gurman reported for Bloomberg:
Apple Inc. said it will ease some restrictions on developers of third-party apps. The disclosure comes after a Bloomberg News story about the rise of in-house software that gets prized default status on iPhones and iPads.
The Cupertino, California-based company plans to release a software update later this year that will help outside messaging applications work better with the Siri digital assistant.
Right now, when iPhone users ask Siri to call or message a friend, the system defaults to Apple’s Phone or iMessage apps. If you want to use WhatsApp or Skype, you have to specifically say that.
When the software refresh kicks in, Siri will default to the apps that people use frequently to communicate with their contacts. (…) It will decide which service to use based on interactions with specific contacts. Developers will need to enable the new Siri functionality in their apps.
It looks like comments about Apple being anti-competitive are starting to pay off. Maybe it will lead to a possibility to set default apps on iOS someday?
Did you know iPadOS has a floating keyboard? Or notifications that can be opened as another window? Or App Exposé? These are only three from a total of 15 interesting features Juli Clover put together in one article. Take a look – some of them may seriously improve your iPad workflow.
With the iPhone XR premiere, Apple started to pull out 3D Touch, and this year’s models confirm this process is ongoing. Haptic Touch, which is basically tap & hold with vibration, is the new thing, and the lack of 3D Touch allows for the same type of interaction with a long-press on iPadOS, even for devices without the Haptic Engine.
In this article, Juli Clover takes a closer look at the difference between those two features.