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If you got a battery replacement from a repair shop, it’s now eligible for official Apple repairs at Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers.
Brokerage company TD Ameritrade adds support for Apple Pay and Apple Business Chat. This gives customers immediate access to funds transferred to their account.
UC San Diego Health recently sent a survey to its first 425 patients who activated Apple Health Records. Results of the survey were positive.
After it was revealed that older iPhone batteries were throttled, Apple created a battery replacement program for customers.
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 would build the software needed, as well as offer engineering support to the department.
Certain models of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s had issues with the battery. Apple started a battery replacement program last year ending soon.
There seems to be a new epidemic among iPhone users. Called “iPhone 7 loop disease,” it can affect older iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.
Apple Business Chat, which the company unveiled with iOS 11.3, is expanding to 10 new partners and five new platforms.
HomeKit support without a bridge device is coming to Belkin’s Wemo Mini Smart Plug thanks to a free firmware update rolling out on Thursday. The change comes thanks to the HomeKit software authentication feature Apple introduced with iOS 11.3. That means once the firmware update is installed you can start using your Mini Smart Plugs with Siri and the Home app. For your other Wemo devices, including the discontinued—and much bigger—Wemo Smart Plug, you’ll still need the Wemo Bridge. You can get the Wemo Mini Smart Plug on Amazon for US$29.99.
A new rumor is out just ahead of next weeks Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation: ARKit is going to add the ability to let two people see the same virtual scene at the same time.
Video content for Apple News was part of the iOS 11.3 update
Back in October Sonos announced that AirPlay 2 would be supported on some of their speakers this year, but didn’t detail which ones. We made some guesses back then, and recently did some digging. Sonos now knows which speakers will natively support AirPlay 2: the Playbase, the current-generation Play:5, and the Sonos One.
Along with iOS 11.3.1 for the iPhone and iPad, Apple released macOS 10.13.4 Security Update 2018-001 on Tuesday. The Mac update fixes security issues related to privileges and UI spoofing.
Apple released macOS 10.13.4 this week and, well, it changes some things. No worries, your two favorite geeks talk through it all. Then it’s on to managing duplicate contacts and properly migrating your data. There are other questions, too, as well as a few other Quick Tips and some Cool Stuff(s) Found. Press play and enjoy!
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple letting us download the data associated with our Apple ID, plus they take a look at Business Chat in Messages.
In addition to going hand in hand with iOS 11.3, which was released earlier in the day, the update features Business Chat, support for external GPUs (eGPUs), Messages on iCloud, and more.
Apple released watchOS 4.3 on Thursday with support for controlling HomePod playback and volume from your Apple Watch, as well as adding back the ability to control iPhone music playback from your wrist.
Along with iOS 11.3, Apple released the first HomePod software update on Thursday. The update, HomePod 11.3, includes what Apple calls “general improvements for stability and quality.”
Infosec says that it reported the vulnerability to Apple on December 23. Now after waiting the standard 90 days, the website says that Apple still hasn’t fixed the bug.