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September 24, 2015

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Apple has announced that one of iOS 9’s big new features, App Thinning (or “app slicing”), has been delayed due to an issue with iOS 9. App Thinning was announced at WWDC as a way to help trim down the size of large applications by letting developers mark assets for each specific type of device. When users download the app, the App Store will determine which device they have and only require them to download the assets necessary to run on their device.

While TestFlight has supported the feature for a few weeks, Apple says the public version of iOS 9 will not support it until a later update due to a problem with the way iCloud handles backups.

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With no users reporting crippling issues on the developer version released yesterday, Apple has pushed out a second public beta of iOS 9.1 to users running the pre-release OS. The software update includes the new emojis from the first beta, and a new setting introduced in this build that allows users to disable contact photos in Messages.

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September 23, 2015

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Apple has pushed out an iOS update to address issues users have experienced with the Setup Assistant app getting stuck on “Slide to Upgrade.” The 9.0.1 update also fixes a problem with alarms and timers failing to play, and setting up a cutom APN could disable cellular connections. There’s also a fix for Safari and Photos could distort a video if it was paused during playback.

iOS 9.0.1 is available from the Software Update section of the Settings app. Apple also released new betas of iOS 9.1 and tvOS today.

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September 21, 2015

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Apple has reportedly hit the gas on its plans to launch an electric car and added another 1,200 employees to the development team, according to the Wall Street Journal. The team working on the electric vehicle has now tripled in size. The reason behind the push? Apple wants to finalize the project in 2019, a full year ahead of the originally-reported 2020 production date.

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Apple first showed off the next-generation software for its smartwatch earlier this year, revealing that it would allow the wearable devices to run native applications directly on the watch, vastly improving performance and allowing apps to interact with the watch hardware in new ways.

Following a significant delay due to a critical bug, watchOS 2 is out now and can be downloaded for all Apple Watches through the companion app on the iPhone. The update seems to have an new build number, indicating that, like iOS 9, it was updated after the GM build was seeded to fix whatever issue held up release.

While a lot of the new watchOS 2.0 update will be familiar, there are some new features throughout the update that will help make your life with the Apple Watch even easier. Check out the video below from 9to5’s Dom Esposito for a rundown of some of the best new additions.

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September 16, 2015

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September 15, 2015

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With the release of the latest iPhone models, Apple brought the rose gold color from the watch to its mobile devices. The newest-generation MacBook is currently available in space gray, silver, and gold—the three iPhone 6 colors—so 9to5Mac reader Carlos Nuila decided to mock up what the computer might look like with the addition of this fourth color.

You can check out Carlos’ images in the gallery below.

September 14, 2015

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9to5google 

September 13, 2015

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I don’t plan on subscribing to Apple Music when my free trial of the service runs out. It’s not really something I care to pay $10 a month for. I’m not an avid music listener; I sometimes put some hip hop on in the car, but that’s about it. For me, paying $10 every month for access to a large library of music that I don’t plan to use to the fullest extent just isn’t worth it, and I prefer to own what music I do listen to.

I also hate the idea of subscription software, like Adobe’s current Creative Cloud offering. Like my music, I’d rather own my software outright than pay a monthly fee to have access to it. The same is true for just about every other subscription service that’s out there.

So it might surprise you to find out that I think Apple should get into the TV and movie subscription business. What’s more, I’d be willing to pay every single month for access to that service. Why the difference of opinion on this topic? Keep reading and find out.

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September 11, 2015

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While most shoppers won’t be able to get their hands on the revamped, Siri-powered Apple TV until next month, YouTuber Andru Edwards managed to get his hands on one today and has posted the first unboxing video for the new device.

Edwards shows off the included peripherals, including the all-new remote with voice control functions. The video reveals that the remote is actually metal, not plastic, as it appeared to be during the event, and comes with a Lightning cable for charging (which is unfortunately not black to match the Apple TV).

You can check out the full video below the break.

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With iPhone 6s pre-orders set to start in just a few short hours, Apple has pulled down its online shop for the update. While you wait in eager anticipation for the store to return, be sure to vote in our poll and let us know which model you’re planning on picking up.

Haven’t decided whether you want to upgrade yet? Our Ben Lovejoy examines whether the latest and greatest model is enough of an improvement to justify the purchase. And, of course, if you’re not quite sure what the iPhone 6s has to offer, be sure to check out our full coverage of Wednesday’s announcement.

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