Customers Being Charged for Previously Free iPhone 7 Mic Fix

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In May, Apple recognized that some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices running iOS 11.3 or later had a problem with their microphones. For a time, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers would fix the problem for free. However, since July, MacRumors has been contacted by a number of people complaining that they are now being charged for the repair. The repair costs $300 on out-of-warranty devices.

The exemptions abruptly ended in July of 2018, though, when Apple deleted its internal document related to the microphone issue and prevented free repairs from being processed through its service portal. Since then, many Apple retail and support employees have refused to acknowledge the policy ever existed. MacRumors has received several emails from affected customers since we published our article in July, but there has been little we can do to help. Apple did not respond to our original request for comment, so we’ve followed up today.

 

Apple Considered Having Both Face ID and Touch ID on iPhones

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Apple pondered having both Face ID and Touch ID on the same iPhone, a European patent reported by AppleInsider revealed. Having multiple forms of biometric authentication is not considered particularly efficient for either the user or the device. Ultimately, Apple decided against having both touch and facial recognition on the same iPhone model. Face ID was introduced in 2017 with the iPhone X, and Touch ID was not available on the device.

Text buried in the filing mentions the use of an “alternative form of authentication than that associated with the biometric feature.” In effect, this means if one biometric authentication check fails, such as Face ID, an alternative like Touch ID could still be used to log in, instead of using the passcode. The passage suggests that Apple at least thought about including both Face ID and Touch ID mechanisms on the iPhone or iPad before deciding against the prospect.

Reminder: Tumblr's Raw Chicken Ban Goes Into Effect Today

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Tumblr’s ban on pornography goes into effect today. The company is using algorithms to automatically flag adult content. This has resulted in some hilarious missteps, like having images of raw chicken flagged for porn.

Starting December 17 Tumblr’s algorithms will start removing content that meet the following criteria: Any photo, video, or GIF that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.

Apple Hires Former Tesla Designer Andrew Kim, Probably Not for an Apple Car

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Apple has hired designer Andrew Kim. Mr. Kim first got traction back in 2012 for creating a design language for Microsoft as an experiment.

His LinkedIn profile says that he joined the company in December of this year, while his Instagram confirms that his first day working at Apple Park was last Tuesday. Along with the recent news of Tesla’s chief vehicle engineer returning to Apple, Kim’s move will certainly stoke speculation that Apple is once again working on an actual car.

While his hiring is certainly interesting, I personally don’t see this as evidence of Apple’s car project, at least not a consumer car. I think the project was for their fleet of Apple Maps vehicles.

Here's How iOS Push Notifications Work

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There’s a short article on Medium where the author explains how iOS push notifications work. Apple added push notifications in 2009.

Push notifications were introduced to the greater public by Apple in 2009 to solve the problem of wanting to receive messages in real time without having to run the entire app in the background. Until then, there were two predominant methods of sending notifications to applications.

There aren’t a lot of technical details but that makes it easier for people to understand.

The End of an Era: Cydia App Store Shut Down

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If you’ve ever had a jailbroken iOS device you’ll be familiar with the Cydia app store. But Cydia’s creator Saurik says it’s being shut down after a bug was discovered on the platform that put user data at risk.

The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report (to this weekend); this service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain…

Nowadays I’m surprised to hear that people still jailbreak. But back in the day it was a bit more relevant. I remember jailbreaking my 5th gen iPod touch back in 2011.

Why Apple Computers are no Longer Built in the U.S.

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Steve Jobs was fascinated by the automobile manufacturing process masterminded by Henry Ford in Detroit. He was similarly taken with the Japan-based system implemented by Sony. Jobs tried to build a similarly successful domestic manufacturing system at both Apple and Next, but it turned into one of his rare failures. On Saturday, the New York Times explained what went wrong.

So, the story of Silicon Valley’s success turned out to be the ability of a company like Apple to devise manufacturing supply chains that stretch all the way around the globe, taking advantage of both low-cost labor and lax environmental regulations. “We don’t have a manufacturing culture,” [former Apple executive Jean-Louis] Gassée said of the nation’s high-technology heartland, “meaning the substrate, the schooling, the apprentices, the subcontractors.” It took Mr. Jobs a bit longer to grasp that idea, however.

HQ Triva CEO Colin Kroll Found Dead

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Colin Kroll, the co-founder and CEO of HQ Trivia and Vine was found dead on Sunday, aged 34. He founded the daily quiz app with Rus Yusupov. Kroll also founded the video app Vine, which Twitter bought in 2012. He was found dead in his home in New York by police.

Police discovered Kroll in his apartment in New York City early Sunday morning. Kroll, 34, had recently been named the CEO of HQ Trivia, a company he co-founded alongside Rus Yusupov that runs a daily live trivia show with cash prizes. The duo also created the once-popular video app Vine, which Twitter acquired in 2012.

The Full-Length Trailer for 'Star Trek: Discovery,' Season 2

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Space.com writes: “CBS is certainly providing enough fodder for Star Trek excitement to hit full-on fever pitch come January. Fans had a new teaser only two weeks ago, and then, last week, it was the penultimate “Short Trek” (we get the final episode on Jan. 3) — and now we have a new full-length trailer for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2.” Image credit: CBS All Access.

Mujjo Folio Sleeve for the New 13″ MacBook Air and Pro

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Mujjo released a very smart leather-folio case for the new 13″ MacBook Air and MacBook Pro on Wednesday. It has a single-leather panel on the outside and zips that go around three sides to make accessing the interior easier. The inside is felt-lined and contains a variety of compartments, including some for bank cards. The case is treated to be water-repellant. The Mujjo folio sleeve comes in black and is available online for €119.90 ($134.38) with free worldwide shipping.

Mujjo Folio Sleeve for the New 13″ MacBook Air and Pro