Tuesday Morning News
Continuing the Error 53 coverage from yesterday, one lawyer firm in Seattle is investigating a class-action lawsuit against Apple for disabling devices repaired with non-genuine parts. The case would focus on how Apple is violating consumer laws by forcing customers to use Apple-sanctioned repair services, which generally come at a higher cost than third-party counterparts.
TvOS 9.2 beta 3 was released to developers overnight, and comes with a new feature enabling voice dictation in text fields. ICloud Photo Library also makes an appearance on the streaming TV box, as well as Siri’s ability to search the App Store for apps and games.
The third beta of OS X 10.11.4 has arrived, bringing with it Live Photos in Messages, as well as the ability to password protect individual notes. Like previous developer betas, there’s a good chance we’ll see all of these betas become available to members of Apple’s public beta testing program tomorrow.
Both iOS 9.3 beta 3 and watchOS 2.2 beta 3 have also arrived, but there are no notable features in these releases. Instead, the updates seem to be focused around bug fixes and some Maps improvements in watchOS 2.2.
You asked for it, and Instagram has answered with official support for multiple accounts. The latest update of the Instagram for iOS app brings multiple account support to the app, letting you switch accounts by tapping on the username section in the header of the app. There appears to be some contention whether the official announcement means multiple accounts will be available to all immediately, or whether there is some kind of staggered rollout, but either way: multiple Instagram accounts are here. Now, about that iPad app…
IDownloadBlog tells us about the 3D Touch shortcuts for Apple Maps.
In life, there are three certainties. Death, taxes, and the fact that Facebook’s iOS app runs in the background far more often that you might like, even when you haven’t used it in a while. So much so that uninstalling the Facebook app altogether can do wonders for your battery life, if that’s something you’re worried about these days.
9to5Mac has previously reported on rumours claiming there will be an 4-inch iPhone 5se released this year, but why isn’t that a 4-inch model of the next iPhone, instead? They claim it’s because of a higher average selling price for the “premium” iPhone lineup, while everything else can be priced however it likes. I wonder if the 4-inch iPhone will see the same kind of mediocre success as the iPhone 5c did.
IMore covers questions wondering if the next iPhone should be waterproof. While the Apple Watch is waterproof, getting a device that’s much larger to be waterproof may prove more challenging.
Speaking of which, I wonder if Apple is going to offer some kind of adapter for the headphone jack-less iPhone. If the do offer some kind of adapter, I’d hope it’s a cool-looking Bluetooth unit that can potentially clip onto clothing, like this one.
The news returns next Monday.