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The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple has started rolling out iOS 12.5.5 to older models of the iPhone and iPad. "This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users," Apple said in the release notes for iOS 12.5.5.
The update is available for the iPad Air, the iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, as well as the 6th gen iPod touch, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. All of these devices were dropped from support with iOS 13. The iOS 12.5.5 update addresses issues related to maliciously crafted PDFs, web content, and apps.
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Apple had previously rolled out iOS 12.5.4 in June with security fixes for WebKit vulnerabilities and other issues. Apple has also started seeded the first betas of iOS 15.1 as well as iPadOS 15.1. After removing SharePlay in iOS 15 beta 2, Apple has re-enabled the feature in the iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, and tvOS 15.1 betas. Apple decided to pull SharePlay from the iOS 15 launch because it was not properly functioning and was still riddled with issues.
It adds features to the Health app like support for storing health-related data for Covid-19 immunisations and test results. With the latest iOS 15.1 Beta, one can now add vaccination cards to the Apple Wallet application. (IANS/ MBI)
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Amid the remote learning times, Apple's annual education offer went live on its India Store Online on Friday, where those buying an eligible Mac or iPad for the college or university needs will get an AirPods for free.
The offer is available to current and newly accepted college/university students, parents buying for them, and teachers and staff at all levels and is available on the special education section of Apple Store Online, the company announced.
One can buy an eligible Mac or iPad for college/university and get AirPods (wired charging) for free. They can also upgrade to AirPods wireless charging for Rs 4,000 or to AirPods Pro for Rs 10,000.
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Eligible products are MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac mini; iPad Pro and iPad Air.
Eligible customers can also get 20 percent off AppleCare, an education discount on Apple Pencil and Keyboard, Apple Music Student Plan for Rs 49/month which includes free Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade gaming free for 3 months (then Rs 99a month).
The eighth-generation iPad, starting at Rs 29,900, brings a huge leap in performance, delivering next-level machine learning capabilities.
The redesigned iPad Air, starting at Rs 54,900 is the most powerful, versatile, and colorful iPad Air ever bringing pro features at a more affordable price, and is available in five gorgeous finishes.
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The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 71,900 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 99,900.
The thin, light, and portable MacBook Air starts at Rs 92,900 and the MacBook Pro begins at Rs 122,900. (IANS/KB)
Amid the ongoing pandemic, Apple has announced not to charge iOS apps providing online classes and group events until December 31, 2021.
The earlier deadline for requiring in-app purchases for such iOS apps was June 30.
Last year, to support apps that adapted services from in-person to digital due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apple temporarily deferred the requirement to offer paid online group event services through in-app purchase.
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“As the world continues to recover from the pandemic, we’d like to support the communities that are still providing digital services in place of in-person group events by extending the deadline further to December 31, 2021,” the company said in an update on Thursday.
The new guidelines allow such apps offering real-time person-to-person services between two individuals (for example, tutoring students, medical consultations, real estate tours, or fitness training) to use purchase methods other than in-app purchases.
Apple last year unveiled a new developer program to reduce the charge by half for small businesses that earn up to $1 million in revenue from January 1, 2021, after facing flak for the App Store’s 30 percent standard commission for paid app revenue and in-app purchases.
The developers in its new small business program now receive 15 percent more from sales of their apps on App Store.
The vast majority of developers on the App Store who sell digital goods and services are eligible for the new program.
If a participating developer surpasses the $1 million thresholds, the standard commission rate will apply for the remainder of the year. (IANS/KB)
Storage solutions major Western Digital on Tuesday announced its first flash drive with dual Lightning and USB Type-C connectors for moving content seamlessly between iPhone and USB Type-C devices including Android phones.
The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe is backed by a 2-year limited warranty and is in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB for Rs 4,449, Rs 5,919, and Rs 8,999, respectively. The flash drive is also available on Amazon India. The device will help move files between iPhone, iPad Pro, Mac, and other USB Type-C devices, including Android phones, the company said in a statement.
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“We are excited to introduce SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe that offers a one-stop solution to make data more accessible across gadgets, so consumers can stop worrying about connectivity or lack of storage space, and live their digital lives to the fullest,” said Khalid Wani, Sales Director, India, Western Digital.
Once files are on the drive, they can be transferred using the high-speed USB 3.0 connector to a USB Type-C-compatible computer. Consumers who want a heightened sense of privacy can password-protect their files and photos with the iXpand Drive app.
The app can also be used to free up space on an iPhone or to automatically back up photos, videos, documents, and contacts without the hassle of a slow internet connection. (IANSSP)