Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 With Bug Fixes, Performance Improvements.

ios_9_iconApple today released iOS 9.0.2, a minor update that introduces bug fixes and performance improvements to iOS 9. The iOS 9.0.2 update comes one week after the release of iOS 9.0.1, the first update to iOS 9, and two weeks after iOS 9 was released to the public on September 16.

iOS 9.0.2 is available immediately to all iOS 9 users as an over-the-air update.

Like iOS 9.0.1, iOS 9.0.2 is a minor update that focuses on introducing some much-needed bug fixes and performance enhancements to Apple’s newest operating system.

This update contains bug fixes and improvements including:

– Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage
– Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
– Resolves an issue where an iCloud backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
– Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
– Improves the stability of Podcasts

iOS 9 has been available since September and focuses on proactivity and intelligence with some major updates to Siri and Search. iOS 9 also includes updates to several Apple-branded apps and it includes a split-screen multitasking feature for the iPad.

Today’s iOS 9.0.2 update precedes iOS 9.1, which will be the first significant update to iOS 9. iOS 9.1 includes new emoji and an option to disable contact photos in Messages. It also focuses on introducing compatibility for upcoming Apple products like the iPad Pro and the Apple TV.

Update: According to the security notes for iOS 9.0.2, the update fixes a Lock Screen vulnerability that allowed Siri to be used to bypass the lock screen to access photos and contacts on a locked device.

Zane Lowe on Beats 1: ‘Time will tell’ if Apple Music really needs us.

In a Radio Festival interview in London by Zane Lowe‘s former boss, Lowe told Radio 1 head Ben Cooper that Beats 1 is like a new-born baby.

We’ll grow up, but right now we’re three months old, and babies make a lot of noise, they look at the world all wide-eyed and they shit everywhere. That’s kind of what Beats 1 is, it’s very, very new, 13 weeks man, it’s crazy. It’s all new and weird – and no rules man, no rules.

He said that despite the high-profile nature of the station, he wasn’t taking its future for granted. Asked why Apple Music needs Beats 1, Lowe said he wasn’t sure that it did …

Time will tell. We’ve been going three months. For me to sit here and go, Here are 10 reasons why Apple needs Beats 1 would be to suggest that we have the answers. I don’t have the answers. We’re making it up as we’re going along. I hope there’s a place for it, I feel right now there is, it’s absolutely working right now, but this is a work in progress and overtime we’ll find out why Apple Music needs Beats 1

The decision to leave Radio 1 had not, he said, been an easy one.

I said yes, and then I said no, and then I said yes, and then I said I’m not sure. Because relocation isn’t cut and dry, and leaving the BBC is not cut and dry; you don’t take that decision lightly at all.

One difference had been that at Radio 1 he was given daily listener numbers, while Apple doesn’t do that. The company told him not to worry about numbers, but simply to “go out and make noise.”

The key to making a station work globally, said Lowe, was to make it all about the music.

We know Tokyo and Mexico City love Beats 1, so we’ve found a language that is common, and I believe that language is music. I loved waking up and listening to a good breakfast show when I was living in London, but every time I hear someone talk to a reality TV star, or talk about what’s in the papers, you’re off message from what I want, which is music. So I put the spotlight entirely on music. I’m bringing it back to music every single time.

The full interview, over at Music Week, is well worth a read.

Apple Music is facing its biggest test to date, as initial three-month free trials end and the company will find out how many of its customers choose to pay for the service. Poll suggests around half of you are – but that’s of course a sample heavily skewed toward Apple fans.

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Apple Announces Record-Breaking Sales for iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s During Opening Weekend

Apple has announced that it sold over 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets during the device’s debut weekend. The figure is a new record, easily beating out the previous record of 10 million units sold, set last year by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Announces Record-Breaking Sales for iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s During Opening Weekend

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

As Cook mentions in his undoubtedly off-the-cuff quote, the new handsets will be available in 40 additional countries as of Friday, October 9th. The countries include: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. On October 10, countries include Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in India, Malaysia and Turkey on Friday, October 16 and in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

Apple notes that sales completed by Saturday, September 26 will be included in Apple’s 2015 fourth fiscal quarter results, to be released next month, and sales completed on Sunday, September 27 will be included in Apple’s 2016 first fiscal quarter results.

Comprehensive Comparison Shows Camera Improvements From Original iPhone to iPhone 6s

With each iteration of the iPhone, Apple improves camera quality, which has led to the iPhone being one of the most popular camera choices in the world. The iPhone 6s introduces the company’s first 12-megapixel camera, an improvement over the 8-megapixel cameras Apple has used since the iPhone 4s and the most advanced iPhone camera yet.

Camera+ co-founder Lisa Bettany has taken a series of comparison shots that demonstrate how the iPhone has improved over the years, with photographs taken with every model of iPhone beginning with the original iPhone and ending with the iPhone 6s.

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Her photographs provide a fascinating look not only at how the iPhone 6s has improved over the iPhone 6, but also at how smartphone camera technology has progressed over the last eight years.

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Bettany compares images taken with each iPhone and the Camera+ app across eight categories, including Macro, Backlit, Backlit Macro, Daylight, Portrait, Sunset, Low-Light, and Low-Light Sunrise. There are, of course, striking differences between the original iPhone and the iPhone 6s, but even between the iPhone 6 and Apple’s newest device, there are noticeable improvements, especially when it comes to detail.

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Along with a jump in megapixels, Apple’s iPhone 6s also includes several other improvements. “Deep Trench Isolation” prevents the color bleeding and artifacts that often come with an increase in megapixels, plus Apple’s also introduced faster autofocusing speeds and a new image signal processor for better noise reduction and improved tone mapping.

In Bettany’s opinion, the camera improvements combined with software updates and the A9 processor on the iPhone 6s make it the best iPhone camera yet. “There is an apparent increase in the speed of auto focus and improvements to colour accuracy, details and sharpness, especially in low light,” she writes.

Bettany’s full selection of image comparisons are well worth checking out and can be found on her website.

Wallpapers of the week: urban sprawl

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Another edition of the Wallpapers of the Week section comes to you this Sunday with city life. While having nature shots and blurry bokeh backgrounds are excellent, it is time to give the city some time in the spotlight. With tall illuminated buildings and articulately complex infrastructure, the city makes an intriguing image for your favorite devices.

Inside, take a look at four new wallpapers and enjoy the different images captured of the city. Depending on the camera’s point of view, the beauty of the city changes every time.

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Video Shows Benefits of 2GB RAM in iPhone 6s

When Apple announced the iPhone 6s, they didn’t mention that the new iPhones carry 2GB of RAM, an increase from 1GB on the iPhone 6. The 2GB RAM was later confirmed in Xcode and benchmarks. This increased RAM allows the iPhone to keep more Apps and data active in memory.

This video showing the difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s after loading several websites in Safari:

The iPhone 6s is able to keep more websites active in memory without requiring a reload when returning to the tab. The additional RAM should also allow more apps to remain active in memory without relaunching.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus just launched on Friday.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hold up surprisingly well in waterproof test..

We’ve already seen how well the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hold up in bend tests and drop tests, and now a new video from YouTuber Zach Straley shows how well the devices fare when submerged in water.

In the video, Straley submerges both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in bowls of water, pulling them out every so often to check if they are still correctly functioning. After an hour of being submerged in the water, Starley removes the devices and dries them off for a more in-depth look at how the devices held up.

After being submerged for an hour, both devices still work correctly. The screens are still fully functional, without any water spots present. 3D Touch also still works perfectly, as do the home and power buttons. The cameras also still work as they should, with no water appearing to have snuck into the sensors. Perhaps most surprisingly, the speakers still sound normal, as well.

The two things that remain unclear when it comes to functionality are the Lightning port and headphone jack. Starley doesn’t address those features in his video and you’d think they would be the most prone to water damage.

Either way, it’s still incredibly impressive that both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were able to be submerged in water for an hour and still function properly. Watch the video below: