Thursday Morning News
It must be Update Thursday, because Apple just released a trio of updates. For starters, iOS 9.1 brings a plethora of new Emoji (over 150 in total), changes to how Live Photos are recorded that now detect when the iPhone has been raised or lowered, as well as security updates that break the latest iOS 9 jailbreak, as covered by MacRumors.
WatchOS 2.0.1 is also out, fixing issues to do with Apple Watch apps failing to install as well as issues that impacted battery performance. The Apple Watch gets the same support for the new Emoji found in iOS 9.1, as well as other miscellaneous fixes and improvements. Along with watchOS 2.0.1, 9to5Mac says Apple also seeded the GM version of tvOS to developers.
The first update for OS X El Cap is also out the door, with OS X 10.11.1 released to resolve issues with Office 2016. You’ll get more reliability when installing the El Cap upgrade (presumably if you download a new copy of the installer via the Mac App Store), and yes, the same emoji also make an appearance on the Mac, just to keep things on Emoji-parity, if you will.
Last but not least, iTunes 12.3.1 has stability improvements, and presumably, compatibility with all of the above updates.
As much as you or I want to know how many Apple Watch units Apple has sold, analysts haven’t been able to reach any kind of consensus regarding Watch sales. Estimates range from 2.5 million units to 6 million, with an average of just under 4 million units. As one commenter points out, the analysis is all but useless anyway — without hard and fast numbers from Apple, estimating the average selling price and unit sales is a complete stab in the dark.
Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biography has been criticised by Walt Mossberg, who says the Steve Jobs he knew wasn’t in portrayed in the movie. Mossberg admits the film is certainly entertaining, however.
Apple has added a Find My Friends web app to the iCloud website, in addition to the Find My iPhone app that already exists.
The Mac Observer writes an Apple employee has been arrested when it was revealed he had stolen $1 million in Apple Gift Cards, by using fraudulent credit cards to buy Apple Store Gift Cards.
After kicking off a conference by apologising to developers, Twitter has teased a new Twitter for Mac on-stage at its Flight conference.
Apple has opposed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act in the US, which, if passed, would allow sharing traffic information between the US Government and major technology and manufacturing companies. Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously said he’s against security backdoors, so this news comes as no real surprise.