NYC iPhone 6s Deliveries May be Delayed Thanks to Pope’s Visit

10:35 AM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 · · iObserver

Pope's visit to delay iPhone 6s deliveries in NYC

Holy iPhone delay, New York City residents! Your iPhone 6s pre-order may not show up on Friday, September 25, because of traffic restrictions for Pope Francis' visit. Apple is notifying iPhone 6s buyers of the potential delay via email, and is promising to deliver their brand new smartphone on Saturday if roadblocks keep UPS away on Friday.

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The Pope. The iPhone was nicknamed "Jesus Phone." The jokes practically write themselves. Also, the NYC iPhone 6s delivery delays do kind of suck.

XcodeGhost Prompts Apple to Host Xcode Installers on China Servers

9:17 AM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple: We'll put Xcode on servers in China

After developers in China inadvertently exposed the App Store to a slew of malware-laden iPhone and iPad apps, Apple has confirmed it will start hosting copies of its Xcode installer on servers inside the country. Developers had been downloading unofficial Xcode installers from in-country servers to avoid the poor bandwidth the experience when trying to deal with China's Internet content filtering system.

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China's Great Firewall is a big problem: Not only does it filter news and other content the government doesn't want its people seeing, it also makes downloads from servers outside the country painfully slow. That led to developers feeling OK downloading what turned out to be a malware laced version of Xcode that ultimately exposed thousands of iPhone and iPad users to XcodeGhost. Well done, China.

RIAA Says Streaming Music Outsells Physical Media for First Time

10:01 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · · iObserver

RIAA Sales Chart

Revenues from streaming music services surpassed that of sales of physical media for the first time ever in 2015, and that was before the launch of Apple Music. The Recording Industry Association of America issued a mid-year report that said overall revenues were up, pushed in part by streaming revenues that made up for declines in other formats, including downloads and physical media.

T-Mobile Teases iPhone 6s Promo for $5, $10, or $15 Per Month

9:37 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · · iObserver

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

T-Mobile CEO John Legere teased an upcoming promotional offer for iPhone 6s that would let some customers get Apple's new newest device for as little as $5 per month. Part of the company's JUMP on Demand plan, Mr. Legere tweeted that users who turn in an iPhone 6 or other device can get an iPhone 6s for $5, $10, or $15 per month.

So, What About Apple TV and iPad Pro?

2:35 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Last week Dr. Mac had so much to say about the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and how cool he thought 3D Touch was going to be that he ran out of space without mentioning Apple TV or iPad Pro. He rectifies that in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves.  

iOS 9 Adoption Rate Hits 50% in Less Than a Week, Fastest Ever

4:00 PM, Sep. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS Adoption Rate

Apple announced Monday that iOS 9 adoption has already topped 50 percent, just a few days after it was released. While Apple always enjoys best-in-industry adoption rates for its operating system updates, the company said this is the fastest adoption ever.

TMO’s Big iOS 9 Content Blocker FAQ

1:44 PM, Sep. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

What you need to know about Apple's content blocker feature for the iPhone and iPad

Apple's Content Blocker feature is probably the most controversial addition to to iOS 9, and it also has the potential to be a great asset for mobile Web browsing if it's used responsibly. What are content blockers, and what's the right way to use them, you ask? Read on to find out.

watchOS 2 Available with Native Apple Watch App Support

1:06 PM, Sep. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple releases watchOS 2.0

Along with iOS 9, Apple released watchOS 2.0 for the Apple Watch on Monday following an unexpected delay that prevented its rollout along side iOS 9 last week. The update improves overall watch performance, and adds support for native third-party apps.

Tainted Xcode gets Malware onto App Store, Apps Pulled

9:39 AM, Sep. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

Unofficial Xcode installers led to the biggest App Store malware incident to date

Apple has pulled a long list of iPhone and iPad apps from the App Store after discovering they contained malware that could steal personal data. The titles—including the popular WeChat— were created using versions of Xcode downloaded outside of Apple's developer site that injected the malware, dubbed XcodeGhost, into apps without developer's knowledge.

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You'd think developers, of all people, would understand the importance of making sure the tools for coding apps come from safe and legit sources.