Apple Launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has launched a repair program for iPhone 6 Plus devices that suffer a flickering display or Multi-Touch issues. The program’s description specifies devices that experience these troubles “after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.”

Apple Opens Registration for 'Hour of Code' Workshops at Apple Stores

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Girl Working with Playgrounds on iPad in Hour Of Code

Apple opened registration for its popular Hour of Code workshops on Thursday. The workshops will take place from December 5th through December 11th at all 487 of Apple’s retail locations, which are now just called “Apple.”

TOMS Straps for Apple Watch Include Solar Power Donation

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

TOMS Apple Watch Straps

TOMS announced Thursday a line of straps for Apple Watch. The straps are part of the Made for Apple Watch program from Apple, and continue TOMS’s philanthropic practice of including a charitable donation with each purchase.

Apple Cuts Mac Automation Manager Sal Soghoian

· Jeff Gamet · News

Mac automation and AppleScript champion Sal Soghoian

Sal Soghoian is the godfather of AppleScript and automation on the Mac, but not for much longer. He announced at MacTech Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday that Apple is eliminating the Product Manager of Automation Technologies he’s held since 1997.

AT&T to Intro Opt-out 'Stream Saver' Video Quality Throttling in 2017

· Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T Stream Saver video streaming

AT&T is launching a new feature in early 2017 called Stream Saver that throttles streaming video quality in the name of saving customers from hitting their wireless data caps. The cell service provider seems to have learned from T-Mobile’s headaches, however, because Stream Saver doesn’t include any streaming partners, and users can easily turn it on or off whenever they like.

Samsung Buying Harman to Take on Apple's CarPlay

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung buying audio company Harman to compete with Apple's CarPlay

Everyone wants a piece of your car’s dashboard, and Samsung is buying Harman to get its slice of driving experience. The US$8 billion deal will give Samsung a platform for linking our smartphones to our cars, along with a way for the company to compete with Apple’s CarPlay platform.

iTunes Store Offers 93 Classic Rock Albums at $7.99

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Classic Rock Album Sale on iTunes

Apple still sells music on the iTunes Store. Who knew, right? On Tursday, the company launched a promotional push for classic rock albums at US$7.99 each. There are 93 albums included in the sale.

iPhone 7 Plus Ship Times Hold at 3-4 Weeks or Higher

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Screenshot Showing iPhone 7 Plus Availability

Wait times for Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus remain at 3-4 weeks or 3-5 weeks, with none showing less than 3 weeks as of this writing. Almost 7 weeks after the initial ship date, that’s an unusual delay for Apple, and the question is why.

Tim Cook's Message to Employees after Election: 'Move Forward Together'

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook during Mac

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a company-wide email to employees Wednesday evening encouraging them to “move forward.” While he didn’t name President Elect Donald Trump or his defeated rival, Hillary Clinton, by name, the theme of the email was that the election shouldn’t divide employees.

Stick It In (or On) Your Ear

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The Klipsch S4i is still my favorite reasonably-priced headset.

Dr. Mac doesn’t care much for Apple’s EarPods, so, he’s always testing alternatives—both earphones (in-the-ear) and headphones (on-the-ear and over-the-ear)—looking for standouts. After testing more than a dozen different brands and models this year, he’s found several that stand above the rest at prices you can afford.

Apple Offers Refurb iPhone 6s/Plus on Apple Store Starting at $449

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Screenshot of iPhone 6s Refurb Models on Apple Store Online

Apple began offering refurbished iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices on the Apple Store Tuesday. Refurbished iPhone 6s models start at US$449 with 16GB of storage, while 16GB iPhone 6s Plus models start at $529. 64GB iPhone 6s Plus are currently priced at $589.

Apple Follows Mystery iTunes 12.5.3 Update with Bonus Mystery iTunes 12.5.3 Update

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

About iTunes

You remember that iTunes 12.5.3 update Apple released a couple of days ago? The one where the patch notes were the same as the patch notes from iTunes 12.5.2? Well good news. There’s a new iTunes 12.5.3 update waiting for you in the Mac App Store. It’s a new build of the same update. And oh yeah, the patch notes explain nothing.

Apple Starts Activating Single Sign-On for Apple TV Beta Users

· Jeff Gamet · News

A view of the Apple TV home screen with apps

Apple TV’s promised single sing-on feature is finally starting to roll out tvOS 10.1 and 10.2 developer beta users. Single sign-on isn’t available to the public yet, but the fact that developers have it means the official release isn’t too far off.

Plugable Claims New MacBook Pro Doesn't Recognize Some Thunderbolt 3 Docks

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

A woman using Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

Device maker Plugable said Thursday that Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is incompatible with Thunderbolt 3 docks that use a particular Texas Instrument chip. If accurate, it means at least some early Thunderbolt 3 docks already on the market will not work with Apple’s newest Mac laptop.

CMRA Adds a Camera to Your Apple Watch Band, But in a Cool Way

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Glide CMRA Apple Watch camera band

Remember Samsung’s watchband camera tumor on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch? The idea was interesting but the execution fell flat—a mistake Glide doesn’t plan on making with its CMRA watchband camera for the Apple Watch. The CRMA goes a step further, too, by including a second FaceTime-style camera.

3 Products with Fatal Flaws (at least for Dr. Mac)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Beddi Clock Radio for iPhone

Dr. Mac looks at three newish products that may suit your needs—an app-controlled alarm clock; tiny wireless earbuds; and a canless canned air system—but have one or more fatal flaws for him.

Apple's AirPods Won't Ship Until 2017

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple AirPods delayed past October

If you were planning on picking up Apple’s AirPods wireless earpods this holiday season, ger ready to be disappointed because it looks like they won’t be shipping until January 2017 at the earliest. Apple originally promised AirPods would ship in late October, but has since changed their status to “Currently unavailable” with no projected ship date.

Function Key MacBook Pro Teardown Shows Smaller Battery, Removable SSD

· Jeff Gamet · News

13inch Retina MacBook Pro tear down

It doesn’t take long after a new Apple product launch for iFixit to strip it down to its frame, and that’s exactly what happened with the late 2016 Retina MacBook Pro with function keys. Inside they found a smaller battery, removable custom SSD, and more.

Apple iTunes 12.5.3 Update Released, Contents Remain a Mystery

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iTunes 12.x Icon

Apple released iTunes 12.5.3 late on Monday. It’s unclear what the update actually changes because the accompanying patch notes are the same as patch notes that came with iTunes 12.5.2, and that’s true both in the Mac App Store and on Apple’s Support site.

Apple Music Reportedly Getting a Big Price Cut

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music price discount

A new report claims Apple Music is getting a big price cut in time for the holiday season with the regular US$9.99 a month deal dropping to $7.99. The family package pricing will drop, too, assuming the tenuous report is right.