While the text messaging supposed to make communication easier, however, other people and companies can also send spam through unwanted texts. Over the years, Apple kept on improving the security features provided by the iOS, with iOS 10 and 11 you can now block these annoying text messages, here is how to do it!
  1. Tap the Messages app on the Home screen.
  2. Tap on the message you received from a spammer.
  3. Tap on details. You’ll see it in the top right corner.
  4. Tap on the “i” icon.
  5. Tap on the Block This Caller option by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

If you want to block a specific phone number (or numbers) from your iPhone Contacts that sending your texts, calling you, or even trying to Facetime with you. You all need to do is go to stock Phone app, then tap on the person you wish to block, you'll see the "Block this Caller" option, tap it, and confirm the action.

How to block the texts if both methods won't work, then you should contact your wireless carrier as they normally have phone spam tools. Now, we hope unknown person can't send you text messages, make phone calls, etc.

It seems that multiple reports suggest that Apple has decided to focus for improving the software quality of the upcoming iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 update, which will delay some new features until next year, but the company still aims to introduce the ability for Macs to run iPhone and iPad apps later this year.

Bloomberg News and Axios respectively, both claiming this framework for combined apps remains on Apple's software roadmap for 2018. The plan was revealed by Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi during a meeting with employees earlier this month.

Once Apple published the framework to developers, so they will be able to design a single third-party app that works with both a touchscreen, and a mouse or trackpad, depending on whether it's running on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Apple could releasing a new SDK with new APIs that enable true cross-platform functionality.

Axios says that Apple is working on a new project around security as well as improvements in performance when waking and unlocking the system, meaning you can wake and unlock your Mac faster than ever before.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, iOS 12 will likely to bring smaller enhancements such as a multiplayer mode for augmented reality games powered by ARKit and FaceTime improvements, plus expanded parental controls. Sadly, a major Home screen and CaPlay redesign will not on the track for release this year.

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Yesterday, we reported that both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are investigating iPhone CPU throttling. And now, Apple has responded to the news with its official response from Axios.

Interestingly, a tidbit came from this statement disclosure that an iOS software update to bring CPU throttling switch to select iPhone models. When they previews iOS 11.3, they only says the feature will coming in a later beta release, and now Apple confirmed it will be included in a developer release next month.

About a year ago, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on certain iPhones with older batteries. We know that iPhones have become an important part of the daily lives of our customers and our intention was to improve the customer experience.

We sought to further improve the customer experience in December by announcing a significant discount on replacement batteries for certain iPhones. We also announced that we began developing a new iOS feature to show battery health and which would recommend when the user should consider replacing their battery.

These actions were taken to further assist our customers and help extend the life of their iPhones. In addition, users will be able to see if the power management feature is being used to prevent unexpected shutdowns, and turn if off if they so choose. These features will be included in a developer release next month and a user release this Spring.

As we told our customers in December, we have never—and would never—do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love. Making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.

You will find the setting along with battery health information directly under Setting - Battery. It will recommend user if their battery needs to get replaced. Customers should able to choose to turn CPU throttling off if they wanted to.

Battery health information will be available for iPhone 6 and later. The CPU throttling Switch is said to work on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. If your iPhone battery needs to be replaced badly, then go to your local Apple Store for a discount battery replacement program.

The U.S. government is investigating whether or not if Apple has broke federal laws with a software update last year that throttled older iPhones. The investigating said to led by the U.S Department of Justice and the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a Bloomberg report.

Specifically, the DoJ and the SEC are aiming to determine whether Apple violated security laws "concerning its disclosures" when they launched an iOS 10.2.1 update which throttled some older iPhones with degraded batteries in order to prevent from unexpected device shutdowns.

At this point, the government has only requested information from Apple, according to the source familiar with the matter, and added that the probe is private, and since it’s still in its early stages, it’s too soon to tell whether the DoJ and SEC will come down on Apple for anything.

In addition to the new SEC and DOJ probe, more than two dozen class action lawsuits have been filed against Apple both in the US and around the world, including China, Italy, South Korea, France, and more! Currently, DOJ, SEC, and Apple are declined to comment it.

The admission followed the discovery of power management feature implemented into iOS 10.2.1 that wasn't explained until benchmark testing revealed older iPhones with degraded batteries were being deliberately slowed down. The company has since apologized to users with the discount battery replacement program and a trotting switch in upcoming iOS 11.3 update.

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As the public release of HomePod is a step and step closer, we begin to learn more about the smart speaker. According to a report by 9to5Mac which revealed that updates will be available via Apple's dedicated Home app for HomeKit devices.

When a user received a new software update for the HomePod, an alert will tell to install the update directly on the Home app, similar to how an Apple Watch update are installed through the Watch app. HomePod will be listed as an HomeKit device in the Home app.

HomePod users will also have the option to enable automatic updates. These updates can be installed on a single HomePod, all of HomePods in the home or to specific stereo pairs, However, if your HomePods running different versions, stereo pairing will not be available.

It's widely believed that the first update to the HomePod may be iOS 11.3, which expected to bring multi-room audio and support for pairing two or more HomePods together for the stereo sound. AirPlay 2 has been founded in iOS 11.3, which suggesting the feature will be introduced with the update also.

At present, HomePod is available for preorder on Apple.com for $349 in the US. First HomePod orders will be in the hands of customers on the official launch day - February 9. Are you buying this product? Please let us know in the comment below!

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Apple will delay some new features in iOS 11.2 until next year as to focus on addressing performance and quality issues, the plan will similarly extend to the Mac, although to a lesser degree, according to both Bloomberg News and AXiOS.

Firstly, the Axios report said Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi announced the revised plans to employees at a meeting earlier this month. A number of features have been delayed until 2019, such as the iOS and CarPlay Home screen refresh, improvements to Mails and Photo.

While for the Bloomberg report, a source says that Apple has told its software engineering groups about the change this month, that they will delay a revamped photo-management app that used new algorithms for better automatically sort pictures, and more features.

In addition, the article also corroborates that Apple was planning a redesigned grid of app icons on the home screen in iOS 12. Fortunately, enhancements to the Health app, better parental controls, and the combined apps platform are still planned for release this year.

Apple's plans to focus on the quality of its current software platforms will presumably result in a greater emphasis on bug fixes, performance improvements, and the general stability of its operating systems. In that regard, both iOS 12 and the upcoming macOS update could be one of the fastest, most stable versions for the two operating systems.

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Apple kicked off pre-orders for HomePod, the company's first wireless speaker with built-in Siri controls last Friday, and three days after the device went live on Apple.com it looks like that the speaker is still widely available for launch day delivery, which suggesting this product at low consumer demand.

While it appears that Apple has enough stock to for-fill orders and keep up with demand, a report even points out that a million HomePods started shipping before pre-orders opened. Polls and social media responses also indicating HomePod’s steep price tag and lateness to the market will deter many potential customers. – HomePod delivers and in-stock pick-ups start on Friday, February 9th.

According to iMore's Serenity Caldwell that a user using the same iCloud account will allow HomePod's Siri access to Apple Music, tracks that were purchased to the iCloud Library and the iTunes Store, but Siri itself can not control the content streamed by other devices over AirPlay. 

Apple has claimed that the HomePod consumes less power than an averages ENERGY STAR certified LED household light bulb during music playback. For comparison, a classic-shaped A-series LED bulb typically draws around 9-10 watts, but the HomePod draws around 8.74 watts with 115V of line voltage during music playback at 50 percent volume.

In addition, the smart speaker also comes with a two-meter power cable in the box that is color matched in Space Gray or White, the cable is removable and user replaceable, as for pricing of the power cable is not known.

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According to KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo, who frequently shares research notes about Apple's supply chain in Asia, cast doubt on the iPhone SE 2 rumors, he believes Apple doesn't have enough spare development resources to focus on launching another iPhone. 

Given that three new models already in the pipeline, including a second-generation iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch version dubbed iPhone X Plus, and a lower-priced 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with Face ID but lacks 3D Touch, he claims that Apple may have used up its development resources, plus it can cause shipment delay for these new models, so the company unlikely to launch iPhone SE 2 in 2Q 2018.

The announcement of three new iPhone models in the same quarter in the second half of 2017 was the first time Apple made such a major endeavor, and we believe the delay of iPhone X, which had the most complicated design yet, shows that Apple doesn't have enough resources available for development.

With three new models in the pipeline for the second half of 2018, we believe Apple may have used up its development resources. Also, we think the firm will do all it can to avoid repeating the mistake of a shipment delay for the three.

Otherwise, Kuo predicts the device would likely have a faster processor to run iOS 12 more smoothly but with a lower price. Sadly, KGI don't expected that iPhone SE 2 would feature any form factor change, full-screen design, 3D sensing features, or even wireless charging.

Rumors for iPhone SE 2 first seen by us in the summer of 2017, when the report says a new model would come this year with an A10 chip. The most recent one published by DigiTimes has confirmed Apple is working on an iPhone SE successor with wireless charging, could be launch in the second quarter and ship in May or June of 2018.

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According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is developing on a new generation of coprocessors for the new Mac laptops and a desktop, similar to the T2 chip seen in the iMac Pro and the T1 chip introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro.

Even though the report does not specify which lines will be getting the significant internal upgrades. It only says Apple is working on ‘at least’ three new models with accompanying Apple-designed silicon, including two laptops and a new desktop. But there is still a good chance that modular Mac Pro would be the "desktop", given as T2 chip already existed in iMac Pro.

As reported by Digitimes, this year's MacBook Pro will not receive any major upgrades, an update for the Retina MacBook is very much expected though, so this could be one of the models being referred to. It is possible the notebook could be updated with a newer chip that offloads even more tasks from the main Intel processor.

When talking about the upcoming iPad model, the publication says Apple is working on a new tablet for a fall introduction that would feature in-house designed GPUs and custom artificial intelligence chips also designed by the company. The new device is also said to feature TrueDepth sensor for Face ID and Animoji.
Much rest of the Bloomberg News report is focused on Apple's shift towards in-house chip design, reducing its dependence on companies like Qualcomm and Imagination Tech, so one day, Apple could make the actual CPUs inside Mac computers. Click here to read the full article.

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We know that there are plenty of jailbreak tools for iDevice users to choose from, but we have never really seen one for the Apple Watch since it first debuted in 2015. And a good news is that iOS developer PsychoTea has released first beta of an Apple Watch jailbreak to GitHub last Friday, called OverCl0ck.

The jailbreak tool is an early prototype but it could potentially change how users interact with the best-selling wearable device. Although no further details about OverCl0ck, but we do know that it supports watchOS 3 and that it utilizes Seguza’s V0rtex kernel exploit to work its magic.

As for the device compatibility or if the tool even works, PsychoTea admits that he isn't entirely sure yet. So with that being said, it might ended up only works on specific Apple Watch models that with watchOS 3, of course, Series 3 won't work because it ships with watchOS 4.

OverCl0ck could be a way for curious developers to tinker with watchOS and discover new and exciting ways to customize the user experience. However, it's important to note that it's not intended for average or novice jailbreakers to use in its current form.

Moreover, PsychoTea said that he could develop some sort of package manager for install Apple Watch-based tweaks. something just like Cydia in many ways but on a much smaller scale. It's not clear if the tool will become the next big thing or that it will support future watchOS versions.

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According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who rolled out with a trio of new investor notes that offer some additional info on the supplier breakdown for this year’s new iPhone models, the new-generation of iPhone X, and bigger iPhone X so-called iPhone X Plus, and a lower-priced 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

Kuo says in terms of battery tech on this year’s iPhone lineup, the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus will pack an L-shaped battery between 3,3000 and 3,400mAh, up to 25 percent larger battery capacity than current iPhone X. As for the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, is said to include a 2,700 to 2,800mAh battery, will be supplied primarily by Unimicron.

Meanwhile, for the 6.1-inch model that expected to be priced around $700-$800 in the US, KGI predicts it will pack 2,850 to 2,950mAh battery in rectangular shape, up to 8.5 percent larger than current iPhone X. It makes sense that the increased capacity will be the result of a smaller logic board given manufacturing advancements.

According to Kuo, the second-generation iPhone X and a larger 6.5-inch version of iPhone X Plus will each have an increased 4GB of RAM. The analyst predicts that the 6.1-inch iPhone will be continue to use 3GB of RAM but featured with a 3D sensing for Face ID and Animoji, and to lacks 3D Touch.

KGI claims there will be no improvements to be made to TrueDepth camera system until 2019. Nevertheless, he expects the devices to sell well, especially the lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone, which he says will account for around 50 percent of the new models sold in the second half of 2018.

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Today, Apple opened their first retail location in South Korea with a public grand opening. The company has shown some photos and video of the festivities from those who attended the grand opening, more interestingly Apple’s retail SVP Angela Ahrendts in attendance to welcome the location’s first visitors.

The opening of Apple Garosugil is a particularly important milestone because it embodies the vision of modern Apple stores as community spaces, but also located in a region that was previously served only by third-party retailers that typically place less importance on customer experience. 

The building has a lower level meeting area called the boardroom, which features wooden Maruni chairs similar to those found at Apple Park’s Visitor Center, and Apple Park themed decor. The boardroom is also outfitted with custom furniture designed to hold and charge Apple’s entire line of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Apple Watches.

Apple notes that the new store is home to 140 Apple Store employees who will collectively speak 15 languages. The new store located in Garosu-gil, is a premium shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, this will be the company's 500th retail location in the world.

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According to Korean publication The Investor, LG will be responsible for producing a new generation L-shaped battery for the 2018 iPhones, in addition, the electronics company is also said to making the OLED displays for this years iPhones. 

The report claims that the brand new “L-shaped” battery will be produced by LG Chem, is the battery-making unit of LG Group. The battery comes in a single cell and has increased capacity over current rectangle iPhone batteries with two battery cells.

The brand new “L-shaped” battery will be produced by LG Chem, the battery-making unit of LG Group. The battery comes in a single cell and has increased capacity over current rectangle iPhone batteries with two battery cells. 

Back July of last year, where another South Korean news outlet The Korea Economic Daily, which wrote the same report, LG Chemical is expected to be the sole supplier of batteries for Apple's iPhone 9. Citing from industry insiders, which LG has made a sizable investment and production is expected to begin in 2018.

Altogether the new generation L-shaped battery plus a more efficient A-series system on a chip could mean that Apple is trying to find better battery design that can prevent iPhones from unexpected shutdown rather than be slowing down these smartphones.

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According to Digitimes Research analyst Luke Lin, Apple is working on a smartphone model similar to the iPhone SE that will support wireless charging but but will lack the 3D sensing capabilities, which is said to be released in time for summer 2018, perhaps in WWDC 2018.

Even through Lin doesn't specifically mention the size of the entry-level model, but some of the details match up with previous rumors about a forthcoming four-inch 'iPhone SE 2' with a glass back. Some earlier speculation said the device would ship in the first quarter of 2018, rather than the second quarter.

For the entry-level sector, Apple is preparing a new inexpensive smartphone similar to the iPhone SE for 2018, featuring the wireless charging functionality, but not 3D sensing. The smartphone will begin mass production in the second quarter with the official launch in May or June, Lin noted.

Rumors for the specifications of Apple's next small form factor smartphone first surfaced back to August last year, when Indian tech website Tekz24 claimed Apple's next iPhone SE model would have an A10 Fusion chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB and 128GB storage option, 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, and a larger 1,700 mAh battery.

China's Economic Daily News has claimed that Apple's second-generation iPhone SE was set for the first half of 2018 and would assembled by Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India, where some assembly of the current iPhone SE occurs. Apple did a small update for iPhone SE model in March of 2017, when they add storage capacities to 64GB and 128GB.

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Apple is now officially accepting HomePod orders through its online store and Apple Store app for iOS in the United States, Australia, and United Kingdom, with in-store availability and the first deliveries to customers beginning February 9, the cost will be $349 in the US.

Apple has primarily positioned the HomePod as a speaker that can stream Apple Music, but with built-in Siri, allows users to take advantage of “Hey, Siri” to listening news, sending a message, controlling HomeKit accessories, and more.

Apple explains that HomePod is not just a smart speaker, it also encompasses killer sound quality and seamless integration with iOS. HomePods are featured with a large woofer and seven tweeters for room-filling sound, along with a powerful A8 Chip.

At launch, HomePod won’t support stereo or multi-room playback. However, iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 do include support for AirPlay 2 with multi-room, so it appears that the feature is not far from launching

HomePod currently supports American, Australian, and British English only. More languages will be supported in future software updates, including French and German this spring. It's available in two colors, white and space gray, $349 in the United States, $499 in Australia, and £319 in the United Kingdom.

Apple has released the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3 update to developers, just two days after releasing watchOS 4.2.2, which is a mirror updates for bug fixes. Once the proper configuration profile has been installed, the new beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on your iPhone by going to General - Software update.

The watchOS 4.3 update brings support for Nightstand mode when in portrait orientation, it includes a new charging animation when placing the Apple Watch on the charger that's clearly for AirPower, and it adds Activity information to the Siri watch face.

Other changes also include return of a much-desired feature that allows music playing on the iPhone to be controlled using the Music app on the Apple Watch. As in prior versions of watchOS, the Music app could only be used for control music playing from the watch itself. The wearable device can now also connected to the speaker through AirPlay.

watchOS 4.3 features build version 15T5165e. The update comes in at 341MB. Aside from releasing watchOS 4.3 beta 1, Apple has also seeded iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 public beta 1. All these updates will be released to the public in the Spring.

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According to both KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg that Apple plans to release a next-generation iPad Pro this year with slim bezels and Face ID. And now codes uncovered in iOS 11.3 seems to support the claims.

iHelpBR's editor Filipe Espósito has discovered strings in the first iOS 11.3 beta that refers to a "modern iPad," which is notable since Apple's software engineers referred to iPhone X as the "modern iPhone" in older firmware, says Espósito and developer Guilherme Rambo.

While the "modern iPhone" strings allude to iPhone X, then the discovery lends credence to rumors of an iPad Pro with Face ID, which would certainly be a logical next step for Apple's product roadmap.

The tablet reportedly lacks a Home button, although it will likely still have an LCD instead of OLED display due to supply, cost, and technological constraints. It's not clear if the iPad Pro will have a notch for the TrueDepth system, or it will have uniformly slim bezels on all four sides with enough room for the Face ID sensors.

The TrueDepth Camera system enables unlocking iPads with facial recognition, support for Animoji, and even Portrait mode selfies. Face ID is also expected on a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch version dubbed iPhone X Plus, and a new larger 6.1-inch LCD model.

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In addition to iOS 11.3 beta 1, Apple has released the first beta of tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K. The update can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that is installed using Xcode. 

According to Apple's release notes, tvOS 11.3 including new features like fourth-generation of Apple TV now supports frame rate matching, previously required Apple TV 4K, improved Match Content, Apple TV location now pulls from HomeKit rooms. As for AirPlay 2 can turn speakers into AirPlay 2 speakers, will come out later this year.

Along with tvOS 11.3 beta 1, Apple's macOS High Sierra is going even higher with the first developer beta version of macOS 10.13.4 now available. The new developer beta comes a day after the release of macOS 10.13.3 which includes security improvements and a fix for Messages bugs.

According to Apple's release notes, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 will begin warning users if they open up a 32-bit app in preparation for phasing out 32-bit apps on the Mac.  macOS 10.13.4 also introduces the new "Ink Cloud" wallpaper that was previously only available on the iMac Pro.

Lastly, Apple today seeded the first beta of a new Xcode 9.3 update to developers. Xcode 9.3 introduces a new Energy organizer that's designed to help developers detect when an app or app extension is using up too much battery life on a user's device.
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Apple has released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to developers, just a day after releasing iOS 11.2.5, an update that focused on bug fixes and security improvements. Developers who registered from Developer Center able to download the iOS 11.3 beta once a proper configuration profile has been installed on your devices.

Apple this morning shared a preview of iOS 11.3, outlining all of the new features we can expect to see in the update. Four new Animoji characters will be added, giving iPhone X users the ability to express themselves as a lion, bear, dragon or skull. Business Chat will be launching in beta in iOS 11.3, a new way for field customer support sessions.

Apple is also updating ARKit to 1.5 with iOS 11.3, which will be recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables as well. In addition, the view of the "real world" will now be in 1080p HD, up from 720p currently.

Users will be able to disable the throttling in Settings - Battery, but also learn more about the health of their device's battery. In the Health app on the update, users will be able to view health records.

Today's update also seems to introduces Messages in iCloud, it will allow you to store your messages in the iCloud and freed up with the bulk of older message. Messages in the Cloud is automatically enabled for users who have two-factor authentication and iCloud Backup enabled, says Apple.

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Apple has announced that iOS 11.3 coming this spring to bring tons exciting new features, such as new augmented reality experiences on iPhone and iPad, new Animoji on iPhone X, Business chat for iMessage, ability to switch off power management feature, and view the health records in the Health app. The Developer beta is rolled out for developers.

iOS 11.3 will adding four new Animoji characters, giving iPhone X customers the ability to express themselves as a lion, bear, dragon or skull. When the update come out, there will be a total or 16 characters to choose from in total, including existing ones like a pig, fox, chicken, pile of poo, and robot.

First announced at WWDC - Business Chat will be launching in beta in iOS 11.3, a new ways for users to field customer support sessions with businesses from within the iMessages app. Apple says it will be testing its partnerships with Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo.

Apple is also updating ARKit to 1.5 with iOS 10.3. The updated augmented reality platform will now be able to recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.

It will also be able to detect signs and posters in the real world and seamlessly mesh with 3D augmented reality experiences on the iPhone screen. In addition, the view of the "real world" will now be in 1080p HD, up from 720p currently.

In the Health app on the forthcoming update, users will be able to view health records, including available medical data from multiple providers like Johns Hopkins and Cedars-Sinai. The data is encrypted and protected with a passcode.

iOS 11.3 will provide users with an iPhone 6 or newer with more information about the health of their device's battery. It will also include the aforementioned battery health statistics features. Users will be able to disable the throttling in Settings - Battery, we may see more unexpected shutdowns in exchange for full performance.

Other new iOS 11.3 features include music videos in Apple Music, a new Video section in the "For You" tab of Apple News, support for Advanced Mobile Location to automatically send a user's current location when making a call to emergency services where supported, as well as support for HomeKit software authentication.

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Alongside iOS 11.2.5, Apple today also released macOS 10.13.3 for all users now. You can download the macOS High Sierra of 10.13.2 directly through the Mac App Store's Software Update function. Release notes for the new software update specifically call out a fix for Messages.

The company has also rolled out watchOS 4.2.2 for Apple Watch users. The watchOS 4.2.2 is downloadable through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General - Software Update.

And of course, tvOS 11.2.5 also available for all users with an Apple TV 4 and later models, tvOS 11.2.5 can be downloaded through the Settings app on the Apple TV by go to System - Software Update.

All updates listed above are focus on performance improvements and bug fixes to address issues that were discovered previously versions. Aside from releasing all of these software updates, Apple has also patched Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan with new Security Update

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Apple has released iOS 11.2.5, and mark the tenth official update to the iOS 11 operating system. The iOS 11.2.5 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices via OTA in the Settings app-  General - Software Update.

The update introduces support for the HomePod, which will be released on February 9, it also brings fixes for several bugs in CarPlay, Messages, and Mail. The update also includes audio-based podcast news delivered via Siri, a feature was already unveiled in iOS 11.2.2 last week.

There are some more new features coming into future iOS updates, the company promised that more details about battery life will be coming in early 2018. Apple is also supposed to launch iCloud in Messages and AirPlay 2, but those are missing from iOS 11.2.5, so we may instead see them in the next iOS updates.

HomePod support

- Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod.

Siri News

- Siri can now read the news, just ask, "Hey Siri, play the news". You can also ask for specific news categories including Sports, Business or Music.

Other improvements and fixes

- Addresses an issue that could cause the Phone app to display incomplete information in the call list
- Fixes an issue that caused Mail notifications from some Exchange accounts to disappear from the Lock screen when unlocking iPhone X with Face ID
- Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order
- Fixes an issue in CarPlay where Now Playing controls become unresponsive after multiple track changes
- Adds ability for VoiceOver to announce playback destinations and AirPod battery level

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Apple has announced that its $349 HomePod speaker will be released on Friday, February 9, with orders beginning this Friday via Apple's online store or the Apple Store app in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, will be launch for France and Germany at some point "this spring."

Apple has primarily positioned the HomePod as a speaker capable stream Apple Music, and built-in with Siri, Users can ask Siri to send messages, check the weather, listen the latest news headlines, get trivia answers, play podcasts, to control HomeKit-enabled smart home accessories, and complete other tasks without needing to take out their iPhone.

The high-fidelity speaker is equipped an Apple A8 chip, a large woofer and seven tweeters, Apple says the HomePod can deliver a ‘wide, spacious soundstage’. It's smart enough as it can automatically sense the surrounding room and adjust its internal speakers to optimize how it sounds.

You can theoretically buy multiple HomePods to effortlessly setup multi-room music, and if there's more than one HomePod placed in the same room, the speakers will be able to detect each other and deliver stereo sound. However, the functionalities will be available later this year with a software update.

HomePod is compatible with devces that running by iOS 11 or later software versions, once you upated devices to iOS 11.2.5, the smart speaker can be configured via Home app. 

HomePod is priced for $349 in the United States, £319 in the United Kingdom, and $499 in Australia. It will be available in White or Space Gray from an Apple Store or an authorized resellers.

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According to DigiTimes, Apple is planning to launch a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook in the second half of 2018. The report claims General Interface Solution (GIS) is expected to win more LCD display orders from Apple for the unnamed laptop after it begins to supply the modules for existing MacBooks in the fourth quarter of last year.

Furthermore, it's reported Apple's next entry-level MacBook will likely replace the 13-inch MacBook Air, the company's lowest-cost notebook starting at $999. In 2016, Apple tried to position the 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar as the viable MacBook Air alternative, but the Pro starts at $1,299, which is $300 more than the entry-level Air model.

Touch panel maker General Interface Solution (GIS) is expected to land more LCM (LCD module) orders from Apple, which reportedly plans to release an entry-level 13-inch MacBook in the second half of 2018, according to industry sources.

The report does not say whether the LCD screen orders would be on display with a Retina-level of pixel density. Comparable Windows laptops introduced high-resolution displays to sub-$1000 price points years ago. But based on Apple is still exploring OLED for MacBook that we could see the company retain LCD display in a new entry-level machine.

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Apple is launching a new dashboard that designed specifically for musicians called Apple Music for Artists. The new dashboard has been created to give “deep analytical insight” about fans’ buying and listening habits. As outlined by Billboard, the feature is meant to provide artists and bands with insight into the listening and buying habits of their fans.

Moreover, the dashboard home page offers an artist's current number of plays, spins, song purchases, and album purchases, with built-in tools able to provide data that dating back to June of 2015, which is when Apple Music first launched. Billboard noted it has a clean and simple interface (see below) that is easy to use.

An Insights panel available from the dashboard highlights milestones like all-time number of plays, purchases of specific songs, and cumulative purchases, while the global map is designed to allow musicians to click on any of the 115 countries where Apple Music/iTunes is available to see purchase history.

Another feature is allowing artists to see data on their tracks that are included in Apple-curated playlists. At present, a few thousand artists have been invited to join Apple Music for Artists as part of a beta test, and later, the feature will expand to all artists that have content on the iTunes and Apple Music platforms.

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Since the HomePod now has finally received a official approval from the FCC, and to given iOS impending 11.2.5’s launch later this week, further more details about the device have continued to trickle out, as first screenshots from iGeneration revealed the setup process for the wireless speaker.

These images visualized the HomePod setup process and reveal some of the settings you’ll be able to adjust through the Home app on an iPhone or iPad. Unlike an Apple Watch, the HomePod will not have a standalone management app, this made a think of it more like a HomeKit accessory.

Some of the more rudimentary settings include the ability to turn on and off HomePod’s LED touch surface, press to speak to Siri, and toggle Siri sound effects, which suggesting HomePod will be highly configurable, with granular settings for speed of voice, pressure sensitivity, and more.

While HomePod will probably support multiple user accounts, and will allow the device to differentiate between a primary voice, only the person whose Apple ID is associated with the speaker will be able to send messages through Siri, although everyone would have the ability to control music.

First announced back to last June, HomePod, was the smart speaker that powered by Siri, aiming to compete with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. It was supposed to be released for everyone in December, but for certain reasons, Apple delayed the product into earlier this year, and now supplier Inventec is said to be now shipping first million units to Apple, soon the accessory will be enter in the market.

According to well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple to discounting the first-generation iPhone X when the second-generation model launches later this year, rather than bump it down its smartphone lineup at a price lower than $999, he believes Apple will introduce new models at the current prices.

He said that if Apple keeping the current iPhone X in its smartphone lineup for a reduced price, such as $899, will likely to cannibalize sales of the mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID and an LCD display that is expected to launch in the fall of 2018 for between $650 and $750 in the United States.

iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch:Lowering iPhone Xs price after the 2H18 new models launch would be a negative to product brand value given 3D sensing and OLED display are features of the new high-price model. Additionally, to sell iPhone X at a lower price may have a negative impact on shipments of the new 6.1" LCD iPhone in 2H18. Thus, we estimate iPhone X will reach end-of-life (EOL) around the middle of 2018.

Kuo, on the other hand, said iPhone X has been a "strategic success" for Apple, cementing long-term competitive advantages for the company with Face ID and TrueDepth cameras. In his view, the 3D sensing capabilities in the iPhone X to pave the way for more advanced augmented reality and artificial intelligence applications.

It's widely believed that Apple is expected to expand the iPhone X lineup with a so-called "iPhone X Plus," boasting the size of a larger Plus-sized iPhone model with an edge-to-edge OLED screen. The company could also consist of the second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, which will likely remain $999, alongside the mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone.

It appears that in latest iOS 11.2.5 beta, a developer named Filipe Espósito found some of new HomePod icons in Apple's Home app that reveal some of the new features which may appear on the smart speaker. Specifically, user may be able to create custom scenes with support for muting the speaker’s “Hey Siri” capabilities. 

Like many other Apple devices, HomePod also supports on-call "Hey Siri" functionality that allows users to activate Siri with simple voice commands. However, for certain situations, users may want to disable this feature for privacy reasons. For example, in a "party" scene, when the lights at home may be constantly changing, the room temperature changes, and Siri is muted for the living room HomePod.

In addition to discovering HomePod can mutes Siri, Espósito also found that HomePod will capable supporting multiple unique voices, and suggesting that at least one person could control Siri and expect personalized results.

Apple released the HomePod during last June's WWDC, which was originally scheduled for release in December of 2017, but Apple subsequently delayed shipments, A recent rumor says that 1 million HomePods was being delivered to Apple from its supply chain, At same time, the device approved by FCC, so we should see the product soon.

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Duke University has announced that Tim Cook to deliver the 2018 commencement address on May 13 in Wallace Wade Stadium on the university's campus in Durham, North Carolina. Cook, of course, is a Duke alum himself, having graduated from the school’s Fuqua School of Business with his MBA.

Duke University President Vincent E. Price made the announcement, touting that Cook’s accomplishments at both Apple and in his advocacy for social justice. Duke’s graduation will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

"I am absolutely delighted that Tim Cook will be returning to campus as this spring's commencement speaker," said [Duke President Vincent E.] Price. "Throughout his career, Tim has embodied Duke's values of innovation and service to society, whether through his contributions to Apple's groundbreaking technology or his advocacy for social justice. I can imagine no better person, and no bigger Duke fan, to inspire the Class of 2018."

In addition to the press release, however, Price, along with its commencement speakers Kavya Sekar, Matthew King, shared an Animoji video to make the announcement. Cook also makes a surprise in the video, with he making an appearance as the fox, saying he's thrilled to be joining Duke students on their big day.

Aside from this year's upcoming appearance at Duke, Cook has been delivered a number of other commencement addresses. The Apple CEO gave his commencement addresses at MIT in 2017. In recent years which he delivered the address at Auburn and George Washington University.

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The developer of the Electra jailbreak toolkit, CoolStarr recently confirmed that the iOS 11.2.x can be jailbroken with his tool which released a few weeks ago. He tweeted that those who are using 11.2. x should not upgrade and have a little patience.

According to Alibaba's Pandora Lab, they were able to jailbreak iOS 11.2.1 and iOS 11.2 on iPhone X. Unfortunately, Alibaba also declared that their work was only done for research purposes and the jailbreak will not be released. This lead CoolStar believe that iOS 11.2.2 can be jailbroken, those who are patient will soon hear news on this.

For anyone on 11.2.x, stay there. Although a new exploit is required for 11.2.x, most of the patches in Electra will work on 11.2.x

With that being said, it is still not clear if they were able to jailbreak iOS 11.2.2 as well or Apple has patched the security vulnerability utilized to jailbreak iOS 11.2.1. It remains to be perceived if hackers and jailbreak developers like CoolStar can find out the weaknesses utilized by the researchers.

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On your Mac, Dock gives you a handy way of launching applications that you use the most frequently with a single click. So what if you want to dividing your apps up by category? Fortunately, You can add blank spacers to the Mac OS X Dock by issuing a defaults write command in the Terminal. And here is how!

  1. Go to Spotlight Search and then type Terminal
  2. Click on Terminal when the search result pops up.
  3. After enter the following command then press return:
defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock

That'll create a single space in your Dock. Click and drag that space wherever you'd like it to go, just as if it were a standard app icon. It is important to noted here that If you want additional spaces, just to repeat the same command in Terminal. which means each time you do, another space will be created.

Want to change it back? Just simply drag the blank icons off the dock until the “remove” bubble shows up—it’s just like removing any other app! The thing is you don't want miss out this feaure since Spaces break up the apps by function will definitely makes it easier for user to locate them at a glance.

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It appears that Apple’s HomePod launch is closer than ever as the smart speaker has now received FCC approval. Since the FCC approval has been obtained, Apple is free to begin selling the devices at any time.

To compare with iPhone X, Apple received FCC approval for the flagship on October 4, just under one month before the device was released to the public on November 3. Plus today's FCC clearance of the HomePod follows a rumor earlier this week that suggested HomePod supplier Inventec has already started shipping HomePod units to Apple, so we expeted to see the product under a month.

The same rumor says that Apple’s suppliers have shipped the first million units, a total of 10-12 million HomePods is expected to be produced this year. Apple originally planned to release the HomePod in December, but the company ended up for additional development time, delaying its debut until 2018.

When it's released, it will be interesting to see if Apple can make HomePod be successful after its delay. With the new competition that has popped up in the past months like the smart Sonos One at $199, the $349 HomePod may be a tough sell or maybe a hit just like AirPods, a wireless earphones when most people question about it.

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Apple has released the seventh beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2.5 update to developers, two days after seeding the fourth beta. Developers who registered from Developer Center can download the iOS 11.2.5 beta over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed on your devices.

The iOS 11.2.5 update introduces a new feature that allows Siri to instantly stream a news podcast when asked about the news related questions. This new feature defaults to a daily news recap podcast by The Washington Post, users can also be switch to Fox News, NPR, or CNN shows upon request. The update also appears to fixed a bug that allowed a malicious link to freeze the Messages app on iOS devices.

Apple has also updated with the new statistics for iOS 11 on its App Store support page for developers, which shows that iOS 11 is now installed on 65 percent of iOS devices, only up six percentage points since December 5, as iOS 11 was installed on 59 percent of devices.

Ever Since iOS 11 was released, its adoption rate has been quite a bit slower than iOS 10 adoption rates in 2017. In January 2017, for example, iOS 10 was installed on 76 percent of iOS devices. Currently, 28 percent of devices continue to use iOS 10, while only seven percent of iOS devices countiue power by Eailer version.

The company also seeded watchOS 4.2.2 beta 5 and macOS 10.13.3 beta 6 to developers. The macOS update offers additional fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that were discovered and publicized in early January and fixed initially in macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. As for watchOS 4.2.2, no major feature were found.

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According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that weaker-than-expected demand for iPhone X in China has led market analysts to revise down shipments for the first half of 2018. Larger-sized iPhone models in the pipeline should see Apple grow its overall worldwide shipments year-on-year.

The primary reason given it says Chinese customers are holding on to their existing phones for a longer time, quoting that lower shipment forecasts from vendors such as Huawei and Oppo, iPhone X's notch screen design has turned away potential Chinese customers.

According to Kuo, Apple will ship around 18 million iPhone X units in Q1 2018 and about 13 million in Q2 2018. The analyst expects the iPhone X to ‘go to end of life around mid-2018’ which it would mean the device would sell around 62 million units total, that's significantly lower than its previous forecast of 80 million.

Whilst iPhone X sales are weaker than they expected, KGI says that older models-iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s continue to sell well as the lower-tier phones in Apple’s lineup. Kuo believes overall iPhone shipments will maintain year-on-year growth of 0-5 percent over the first half of 2018, mainly thanks to Apple's corrected supply chain share.

The reliable analyst is also bullish on the fall 2018 iPhone lineup that the real super cycle will kick in. Repeating claims from last year, Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will introduce new 6.5-inch OLED and 6.1-inch LCD iPhones with an iPhone X-esque design. 

We believe the addition of 6.5-inch OLED and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone models will boost Apple's market share in China, and that the US$650-750 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will make it easier for users worldwide to own a 3D sensing and full-screen design iPhone which offers an innovative user experience.

Based on the strength of the fall lineup, It's believed that iPhone shipments will grow 5-10 percent year on year over 2018. The Good news is Apple will report its fiscal Q1 earnings results on February, and that will allow us to see if iPhone X indeed is in a weaker demand or not.

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Microsoft has announced a major update to Office for Mac, with the company updating the software to version 16 and introducing new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Outlook.

First of all, for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft introduced real-time collaborative editing, that allowing multiple people to working on the same document at the same time. Users will now see a thumbnail in the upper-right corner of the apps when they’re working with someone else on a shared document.

Furthermore, Changes to documents, worksheets, and presentations stored in the cloud will be saved automatically, and updates will be synced in seconds. A version history will let you roll back to earlier versions of a document if necessary, while you can also see the updates others make instantly.

Each app is also adding its own specific new features. Excel, for instance, are gaining new chart types, additional functions, much improved support for PivotTable charts, and multi-threaded calculation for faster formula updating when values are changed.

PowerPoint now includes a QuickStarter function that helps you create an outline of your content with suggested speaking topics and more. PowerPoint also includes basic video editing tools, allowing you to trim the beginning and end of video clips.

Outlook, Microsoft's email app starts to supporting Google Calendar and Contacts. There’s also more seamless archiving and deleting, allowing you to swipe across your trackpad to delete or archive a message.

With today’s update, Word makes it easy to access sites and groups. But overall, this's a massive update to Microsoft’s entire suite of applications. Full details on what's new in Office for Mac can be found in the release notes shared on Microsoft's Office 2016 for Mac support site.

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Apple has redesigned its App Store web interface. The new redesign replaces the outdated and clunky interface that previously housed the App Store on the web. The decision of new web interface comes following Apple removed the App Store section from the new iTunes desktop application.

The new redesign implements lot of elements from the all new App Store in iOS 11, which offers larger images, a focus on curation and reviews, and more. On the all new webpage, you’ll see a larger app heading, preceded by “This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.”

Apple is showcasing app screenshots from the iPhone X. In the case of screenshots from apps that are not optimized for iPhone X, Apple still shows the screenshots from older iPhone devices. Beneath the screenshots are the app description, update information, reviews, and specific details such as app size, device compatibility, etc. `

What do you think of the new webpage experiences? Please let us know in the comment section below.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook did a interview with Rebecca Jarvis from ABC News in his visiting the Apple data center located in Reno, Nevada. Ge discussed Apple's economic announcements and touched on the ongoing controversy over power management feature designed for the older iPhones, and users will be able to turned off in a future iOS update.

Apple did indeed mention that the shutdown issue was caused by uneven power delivery and explained that its power management system had been tweaked, but there was no clear notice that it could cause devices to operate more slowly at times. Cook says that they should made it clear what was happen at that time.

When we did put it out, we did say what it was, but I don't think a lot of people were paying attention and maybe we should have been clearer as well. And so we deeply apologize for anybody that thinks we had some other kind of motivation. Our motivation is always the user. The user is at the center of everything that we do.

The company is promised to introducing better battery monitoring features in a future iOS update, and Cook says Apple will also allow customers to turn off the power management feature. He also revealed a developer beta including these features will be released next month, with a public release to follow after.

We're also going to... first in a developer release that happens next month, we're going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery. So it's very, very transparent. This hasn't been done before, but we've thought through this whole thing and learned everything we can learn from it.

Apple will not recommend users disable the throttling as it may mean that they will not be able to use their device in emergency situations. As a developer beta in February probably means a public release of this update will be available in March. 

Interestingly, when asked about whether Apple would introduce a cheaper iPhone due to the new policies, the CEO respond it was unlikely, telling the interviewer Jarvis that "the phone costs what the innovation inside of it costs."

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