All breaking news of the world of Apple for the last week of March
The last week of March the main topic for discussion was, of course, iOS 9.3 which refused to start working on older devices. However, there were other interesting news for the last seven days – FBI decided to hack a terrorist iPhone itself, iPhone SE broke records of autonomy and performance and the hackers made tvOS 9.2 jailbreak.
All breaking news from the world of Apple in lines:
- Apple presented iPhone SE, 9,7-inch iPad Pro and the new Apple Watch straps.
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro was not as fast as it was expected.
- iPhone SE, on the contrary, has overtaken iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 in performance tests.
- There are the first videos of iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro unpacking.
- iPhone SE bypassed iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 by autonomy.
- The final versions of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2 and watchOS 2.2 were released.
- iOS 9.3 turned out to be an awful upgrade – thousands of users were unable to activate it on their devices.
- OS X 10.11.4 does not differ from iOS 9.3 – operating system has bugs as well.
- Apple admitted to the problems with iOS 9.3 and promised to change the situation for the better in the near future.
- The Expert, “iPhone 7 has to become a revolutionary one, otherwise there will be a failure”.
- Pangu Team has released a jailbreak for Apple TV 4.
- New ultra-thin MacBooks will be presented in summer.
- FBI and Apple did not meet in court. Authorities found a way to hack the iPhone on its own.
As usual, the next week after Apple presentations the web only talks about these updates. This spring after presentation of iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new straps for Apple Watch all turned out differently – the main network topic for discussion was an awful quality of iOS 9.3 update.
It all started on March 21 in the evening when iOS 9.3 became available for download to all the owners of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models supporting the upgrade. After the update was downloaded and seemed to be successfully installed on the users’ devices it began to require activation. It would seem the nominal procedure but in case of iOS 9.3 and older devices this activation never ended on a high note. As a result, tens and even hundreds of thousands of users around the world got the broken devices.
Fortunately, the methods of the devices efficiency restoration have been found. But even with these methods there were a lot of problems – for some users it was enough to connect the device to iTunes, but the others restored their iPhones and iPads only turning back to iOS 9.2.1.
A few days after the error recognition, the situation was commented by the Apple Company. The Company said that work on correcting the problem is being carried out and as evidence of that the company released a modified version of iOS 9.3 for iPad 2 owners who often faced with the problem of the activation impossibility. Apple promised to help all the other users to successfully upgrade their devices to iOS 9.3 in the next few days.
It is better not to hurry Apple and let it fix all the found iOS 9.3 bugs. One of them is quite new – it was discovered by users in Safari and Mail applications. In normal iOS browser the links issued by search engines suddenly became unavailable and the standard Apple Mail application started to hang as soon as the user clicks on a hyperlink in the message body. It is noteworthy that in case of error in activation a great variety of ways to solve problems appeared then to return Safari and “Mail” to the operating state only these two methods help.
It is not all roses with OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan. A lot of Mac owners just cannot log in to iMessage after installing the latest updates. This problem is related only with those users who have completed a full installation of OS X 10.11.4; however their number was so great that Apple has to actively solve this problem.
Starting with not the best news, now we turn to more positive ones. There are a lot of positive things in the new models of iPhone and iPad! In particular, it is about 4- inch iPhone SE which due to its miniature and powerful stuffing managed to outran iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 (for a moment the flagship models) in performance and autonomy tests. The difference between iPhone SE and much more expensive flagships has been particularly impressive in the test on battery life – Apple innovation has worked for two hours longer than iPhone 6s and three hours longer than Galaxy S7.
Not only observers but also analysts positively noted iPhone SE. According to experts, the new 4-inch Apple smart phone due to its low price and top performance literally make buyers interested in purchasing a compact smart phone forget about the devices from other manufacturers. However, predictions of analysts for iPhone SE sales are conservative – it is predicted that by the end of 2016 Apple will sell about 15 million of its new 4-inch smart phones.
It is to be recalled that Apple will start iPhone SE sales in the end of March. The price of iPhone SE with 16 GB of internal memory will be US$399, and for 64 GB model will be US$499. Full specifications of iPhone SE you can find here.
9.7-inch iPad Pro, in turn, brightens only just a mere fact of its existence. Powerful, thin and light 9.7-inch tablet with built-in Smart Connector, support of Apple Pencil and four stereo speakers is praised by analysts despite the fact that he did not copy 12,9-inch iPad Pro in stuffing. Testing the new 9,7-inch iPad Pro in the benchmark Geekbench 3 shows the presence in novelty of Apple «only» two gigabytes of RAM and less productive version of A9X chip. Of course, it does not make the tablet technically weak – according to the results of tests 9.7-inch iPad Pro only slightly comes short of its 12.9-inch predecessor.
The device that simply needs to become the most powerful and attractive to customers is iPhone 7. Well-known columnist Walt Mossberg presented an interesting article last week in which he said that if the new model of iPhone will not be innovative, it will be a real failure. Mossberg voiced his specific expectations fromiPhone 7 among which were watertight, fast charging technology support, advanced software (say “Hi” to iOS 9.3) and much more. As if in reply the American analyst Chetan Sharma said that Apple can afford to release the next update of a “quiet” iPhone – the army of Apple brand loyal fans does not need any special innovations.
In autumn we will know how it will actually be and, most likely, Apple will present some new devices before that. There will be a new MacBook which Apple will present at the WWDC Developers Conference 2016. According to rumors and information of the OS X Server Application three models of Apple laptops will be presented together – all of them will work on the Intel’s sixth-generation processor based on Skylake architecture.
Another good news is from hackers of Pangu Team. The Chinese group has released a tool for jailbreak for the fourth generation of the Apple TV which everyone can use. There are, however, two things with this news. First, the jailbreak can be done only on the Apple TV 4 powered by tvOS 9.0 and tvOS 9.0.1. And, secondly, for ordinary users it is no sense to break their TVs – the release is aimed at experts in the field of security and the developers who will start to more actively search for new bugs in tvOS and to think about the creation of a certain Cydia similarity to the latest generation of Apple TV.
Let`s finish with intrigue. Last month one of the most discussed topics of the technology community was the conflict between Apple and FBI. The parties had to come face to face in court on March 22 and, finally, to clear up the problems, but at the last moment, the FBI has asked the court to adjourn the matter. According to an official statement bodies, they were shown a way to unlock the terrorist iPhone without help of Apple. This method was shown by the third party not associated with the US government. But who is the kind of “third party” and what is this miracle method? There are no answers to these questions yet.