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Apple Pay Cash starts rolling out to iPhone users in the U.S.


Apple Pay Cash is finally starting to roll out to users in the States, bringing the ability to send other iOS users payments directly through iMessage. The update is arriving piece by piece to those who’ve downloaded iOS 11.2, which launched two days back with a not-yet-live version of the feature.

Apple Pay Cash was announced back in June at WWDC. However, the company added ahead of iOS 11’s September launch that the feature would be “coming this fall with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4,” and while it was intended to launch alongside 11.2, this weekend’s early arrival of operating system left it behind, as the company worked to push the software live, seemingly in order to address an issue that was causing some iPhones to randomly reboot.

The new feature is a proprietary take on mobile payment apps like Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash, allowing money to be transferred to friends and family in a message or using Siri. Money sent is drawn from the credit or debit card tied to a user’s Apple Wallet. When it’s received on the other side, it shows up as an Apple Pay Cash card — sort of a virtual gift card, also stored in the Apple Wallet.

That money can then be transferred to the bank or kept on the device as a gift card, where it can be spent anywhere that accepts Apple Pay. It’s an added convince, bringing all of that functionality directly to iMessage, rather than having to mess about with a third-party app. But for Apple, it’s also a way to rope in users who have been reluctant to install Apple Pay, and keep people in the iMessage ecosystem.

The feature appears to still be rolling out in pieces here in the States. No word yet on a timeframe for international expansion.

Apple releases iOS 11.2 with ‘I.T’ autocorrect fix, faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash


Apple released an iOS update in the middle of the night (Cupertino time). iOS 11.2 brings Apple Pay Cash, but the feature is not live yet. The company still needs to flip a switch on its servers to enable it.

Today’s update also enables support for faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging. If you have an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X as well as a wireless charger that supports 7.5W or more, your phone will now charge more quickly as Apple first limited wireless charging to 5W.

Some users have had some issues with the autocorrect feature. The default iOS keyboard would change ‘it’ into ‘I.T’ for no apparent reason. iOS 11.2 should fix that too.

In iOS 11, if you tap on the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icons in Control Center, iOS doesn’t disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Instead, your phone disconnects itself from Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories until the next day at 5 AM (or you restart your device, or you go to a new place for Wi-Fi).

Apple doesn’t disable those features so that you can connect your Apple Watch or Apple Pencil, enable Personal Hotspot from another device and use Wi-Fi for more accurate location features. With iOS 11.2, the icons are no longer greyed out. You’ll now see white icons to indicate that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth still work, you’re just not connected to any network or accessory.

In smaller news, iOS 11.2 brings a couple of revamped emojis, new wallpapers, a new indicator at the top right of the lock screen to help you find Control Center and better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth indications.

Releasing iOS 11.2 on a Friday night is a bit odd, but that might be because some iPhones keep rebooting themselves because of a time bug. After your device’s clock passes 12:15 AM on December 2nd, 2017, apps with local notifications crash your phone (workout or meditation apps for instance). Apple may have rushed iOS 11.2 to fix this bug. You can probably expect a macOS, tvOS and watchOS update next week.

So you should update your phone when you get a minute before you encounter this weird clock crash. Head over to the Settings app, then hit General, then Software Update.

Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix your chilly iPhone X

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Apple finally has a cure for your frozen iPhone X.

Users of Apple’s newest smartphone took to social media shortly following its launch complaining that their $999+ devices’ touchscreens stopped responding in cold weather conditions, essentially “freezing” their phones. The company acknowledged it was aware of the issue, and promised a fix in the near future.   

True to its word, Apple just pushed out the latest version of iOS, 11.1.2. The new update promises to solve the screen responsiveness problems, along with another fix to a problem with the camera. 

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To update your phone (which you should), head to: Settings->General->Software Update.

Apple has already patched a few annoying iOS bugs in the early days of iOS 11, from an issue that affected Outlook email users to the I/A[?] keyboard glitch that screwed up everyone’s digital communications for a week and inspired some truly fantastic memes.  

Once you update your software, feel free to use your fancy new iPhone X as much as you want in the frigid winter weather. Just know that your battery might not last as long as usual — and even if you phone doesn’t freeze, your fingers probably will.

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Apple’s iOS App Store adds weekend deals to boost app downloads


With the introduction of iOS 11, Apple redesigned the App Store with a heavier focus on editorial content, including articles, interviews, how-to’s, lists and other round-ups with app recommendations. Now, it’s adding another feature, as well, called “This Weekend Only.” The new section lists deals that can be found inside apps, as opposed to discounts on downloads of apps themselves.

As Apple’s editors explain in the feature’s introduction:

Today, we’re kicking off a new way to save using your favorite apps. You’ll get great deals, available only through these apps, on everything from apparel to food delivery, hotel reservations to movie tickets.

To see the discounts, head to the Apps tab each Thursday. There you’ll find an app labeled “This Weekend Only” with an exclusively promotion that’s valid through Sunday.

The note also adds that Apple is offering five deals instead of just one to kick of the promotion.

This weekend’s list includes a 40 percent discount on HotelTonight bookings, a free case from Warby Parker, $20 off Under Armour orders, free Chips & Queso from Chipotle, and 15 percent on orders at Shoptiques.

9to5Mac and other sites first discovered the new App Store section when it debuted on Thursday.

The launch has likely been timed to capitalize on the busy holiday shopping season ahead, where it’s being forecast that mobile holiday shopping visits in the U.S. will surpass desktop for the first time.

It makes sense that Apple would want to capture some of consumers’ interest in mobile commerce by pointing people to apps where they could save on purchases, as well as on other holiday expenses, like travel.

But more broadly, a recent analysis of the revamped App Store found that its new “App of the Day” and “Game of the Day” features – though notable in terms of driving downloads – did better on weekdays than on weekends.

For example, the weekday download boost from being featured was 2,172 percent compared to weekends’ 580 percent boost.

That leaves room for a different type of app promotion to target weekend iPhone users.

“This Weekend Only” gets started before the weekend begins, however. Apple’s note indicates that the deals will pop-up starting on Thursdays and run through Sundays.

Apple has finally released a patch for that annoying iOS keyboard bug

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Calm down, everyone: Apple has finally done something to fix that annoying iOS keyboard glitch that has been driving us all up the wall. 

The glitch, which first appeared earlier this month, replaced the letter “I” and other vowels with an off-putting combo of “A[?].” The bug seemed to spread to more users from the initial small number affected, but Apple, until now, has only offered frustrated iPhone users directions to set up a text replacement shortcut as a temporary fix.

Luckily, a permanent patch is now available with the latest version of the software, iOS 11.1.1. If you’re sick of messaging on your iPhone without the use of the letter “I,” just follow this path to update your device: Settings->General->Software Update

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The patch should bring your predictive texting feature back to normal, and fix Siri if you’re also having issues with the AI assistant.

The iOS bug was annoying, but the texts and tweets riddled with the weird “A[?]” symbol and the various workarounds and parodies were, at the very least, endearing after the initial frustration wore off. 

If you decide to keep the habit of typing out your iPhone communiqués using the “royal we” instead of going back to the standard “I” now that it’s back, more power to you.

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