Apple already blocked the first malware for non-jailbroken iPhones

With certain exceptions, most iOS-focused malware targets jailbroken devices whose compromised security makes them easy prey. However, there's been concerns that a recent strain of malware, YiSpecter, can attack even 'pure' devices running stock iO…

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The After Math: Long-distance trips, iPhone issues and Twitter n00bs

Such an eventful week! Besides NASA finding water on Mars, Apple releasing El Capitan and Experian exposing data on 15 million T-Mobile users, we saw journeys of unprecedented distance. And don't forget these impressive iPhone battery life savings…

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Display Bug Affecting Some iPhone 6s Users Who Restored From iPhone 5/5s/5c Backup

Since the iPhone became available for purchase on September 25, a growing number of former iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users who transferred their content to their new devices via iCloud are experiencing a display bug that causes certain apps to look zoomed in on the iPhone 6s screen.

Users on both the Apple Support communities and the MacRumors forum have run into this issue, and we’ve also received a number of emails from customers who are affected. The problem appears to be primarily associated with the Wallet, Weather, Watch, Calculator, and Health apps, causing some data to be cut off at the edges of the screen. It seems to happen when an iPhone 5/5c/5s running iOS 9 is backed up to iCloud and then restored to an iPhone 6s.

I just got my iPhone 6s today and tried loading credit cards into the Wallet app only to find that the view (for lack of a better word) is zoomed-in, essentially cutting the sides off of my cards and passes. While this does not affect the functionality of the credit cards and ApplePay, it does create a problem managing passes. It cuts off the toggle button for each pass, allowing me to delete it.

I’ve tried restarting and nothing. I don’t feel like restoring the software on a phone I just got moments ago. Anyone else seeing this problem?

As can be seen in the screenshots below, credit cards and passes stored in the Wallet app are cut off at the sides, preventing them from being displayed properly. Wallet is one of the apps where the zoom problem is most prevalent because it prevents people from deleting cards.

Turning on the Display Zoom feature in the Settings app causes Wallet to appear normal, but it leaves the rest of the iPhone zoomed in. It works as a temporary solution to give users the ability to manage their cards in the app, but it is not a suitable permanent fix. Quitting apps and restarting the iPhone do not appear to solve the problem.

Several users who have contacted Apple have been told that the company is working on a fix, but the problem was not resolved in either iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.0.2. One thread from the MacRumors forum suggests this is potentially an iOS 9 bug that has existed since before the operating system was released. Some users running the iOS 9.1 beta 3 update say the problem is fixed, so a solution may be coming with iOS 9.1.

Ahead of a fix, Wallet can be accessed using the Display Zoom feature as outlined above. Apple Store employees appear to be suggesting customers set their iPhones up as new devices as a solution, but users who do not want to have go through the hassle of setting up a new device might want to hold off until iOS 9.1 is released.

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iPhone 6s Reviews: ‘Performance Beast’ with a ‘Truly Great’ Camera Gives Enough Reasons to Upgrade

With the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus just three days away on September 25, the first round of reviews for the new smartphones have begun showing up online. Most sites have been able to experience the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for about a week, and have largely come away with positive impressions of the devices that bring in some notable improvements to the line, in spite of its “S” generation designation.

The Verge was one of the most positive on their review unit of the iPhone 6s, noting that if it’s Apple’s job to create a reason for customers to upgrade to a new iPhone each year, they’ve “done it again” with the new iPhone. Although they note the premium pricing and odd storage tiers, the site believes that 3D Touch will become as necessary as pinching and zooming, and adds to an experience that overall feels like “the best version ever of the best smartphone on the market.”

This is one of those potentially huge user behaviors — like swiping, or pinching and zooming — that seem odd or minor at first, but which Apple historically is able to make deeply important and useful. And it’s not just a software tweak. It involved serious re-engineering of the display. It’s the kind of thing that’s Apple’s specialty: the company manages to do new things better, apply them broadly, and make them seem natural, because it has control over both the software and hardware platforms on which its products rest. No other big player does.

The iPhone 6S is the best smartphone out there, period.

Mashable got its hands on an iPhone 6s Plus and noted that its specs and new 7000 series aluminum have crafted a “performance beast” of a smartphone. They also were fans of the improved 12 megapixel camera, saying the 6s Plus easily “wins the battle in full-light images” when compared to last year’s iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. In the end, the site noted that the biggest feature additions include 4K video and 3D Touch, and that just may not be enough of a justification for some users.

Is it a must-have upgrade? No, unless you must have gorgeous 4K video and can’t live without the innovative 3D Touch. By sheer volume, iOS 9 probably adds more feature enhancements than the iPhone 6S Plus, and you can get it for free.

This doesn’t diminish Apple’s accomplishment. Take me, for instance: Now that I’ve had a taste of 4K and Peek and Pop, I don’t know if I can go back.

TechCrunch fell in line with most other opinions as well, calling the camera “truly great” and noting the snappiness of the A9 processor in attempting to zoom in on 4K video footage or generally navigating the device. Another fan of 3D Touch, the site also noted that the comparison of the feature to right-clicking on a desktop computer is perhaps shortsighted, stating that right-clicking is for introducing more actions and complexities and 3D Touch is essentially the opposite. TechCrunch also noted the lightning-fast upgrade that Touch ID has received.

Apple says its new Touch ID sensor is twice the speed of the one in the iPhone 6/6 Plus. I’m sure someone will try to measure it, but I think this one metric is enough: the new fingerprint sensor is so fast that you can no longer tap the home button to wake your screen, because it will unlock instantly.

I pull my iPhone out of my pocket with my finger on the home button to tap it and check my notifications. That behavior is out the window now, because by the time it’s out of my pocket, it’s unlocked. It’s incredibly quick. So quick that I think some people will have issues adjusting. Eventually I had to switch to tapping the power button to wake it so I wouldn’t miss my notifications.

Soon everyone will be able to experience the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for themselves, as we get closer and closer to the September 25 launch date. Recently, in fact, one lucky woman got her iPhone 6s order in ahead of time and began posting benchmark scores and photos of the device online. Those customers with tracking numbers already distributed for their order can also begin to see exactly which flight is carrying their brand-new iPhone thanks to FlightAware.

Other Reviews: The Verge‘s Nilay Patel, The Wall Street Journal, Pocket-lint, Bloomberg, and The Telegraph.

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Lucky Customer Receives Rose Gold iPhone 6s Nearly Five Days Early

A visual designer named Adrienne from San Diego, California is among the first customers to receive the brand new iPhone 6s, nearly a whole five days before the latest smartphone launches in the U.S. and eleven other countries.

Adrienne shared photos of the new iPhone 6s on her Twitter account on Monday afternoon, noting that her pre-order from AT&T arrived much earlier than expected. The all-new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus officially launch September 25.

Apple each year requests that couriers like UPS and FedEx hold new iPhone deliveries until the same day the smartphones become available in stores, but a few lucky customers often receive their devices ahead of time due to logistical error.

Adrienne also shared unconfirmed Geekbench 3 screenshots that show the iPhone 6s has a single-core score of 2292 and a multi-core score of 4293. The iPhone 6s is also benchmarked against several other iPhone and iPad models.

iPhone pre-orders in the U.S. can be tracked with FlightAware and UPS.

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FlightAware Once Again Offers Tool to Track iPhone Pre-Order Shipment Flights

Apple began shipping iPhone 6s and 6s Plus pre-orders on Saturday and now FlightAware, a site that offers live flight tracking, has once again begun offering a tool that allows users to track the flights carrying their iPhones after they receive their tracking number. FlightAware also offered the tool last year.

FlightAware says that users who have their UPS tracking number can use their tool to match their “departure scan” with one of the departure times listed in their tool to determine which flight their iPhone is on. The tool will be updated as FlightAware learns more about Apple’s shipping strategy for the new phones.

Currently, many flights are on their way to Louisville, Kentucky’s Worldport, which is UPS’ worldwide air hub. Additional flights are on the way to Ontario, California.

Those who have not received their UPS tracking numbers can track their packages by reference on UPS’ website. To do so, users have to fill out the “track by reference” form and input the phone number listed on their Apple account, the zip code its shipping to and country. This tactic may only work with pre-orders made through Apple.

The first iPhone 6s and 6s Plus shipments are expected to arrive Friday, September 25. However, sometimes lucky customers receive their phones early due to shipping errors. Apple has ended launch-day pre-orders and in-store reservations for the two new phones and will not offer walk-in sales for them at Apple Stores in Delaware, Hawaii, Alaska, New Hampshire, Oregon, China, Hong Kong and Japan.

MacRumors readers may also want to join in on the dedicated pre-order threads on the forums, where users are sharing tracking information and socializing while waiting for their new iPhones.

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Apple Ends Launch Day Online Pre-Orders and In-Store Reservations for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

With four days to go until the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple is no longer offering launch-day delivery of any iPhone 6s or 6s Plus models ordered online and is no longer allowing customers to make reservations for in-store purchases, including through Apple’s new iPhone Upgrade Program, on Friday.

While shipping estimates for iPhones 6s Plus models in particular quickly slipped to 2-3 weeks or longer following the start of pre-orders on September 12, many iPhone 6s models remained available for launch day delivery until today.

Customers looking to place online pre-orders for iPhone 6s models that had until recently remained available for launch day are now being quoted 1-2 week shipping with delivery in the range of September 29 through October 6 or later.

Apple’s in-store reservation system has been shut down entirely for the remainder of this week and will reopen at 8:00 AM on Saturday, September 26 to allow customers to reserve from each store’s daily shipments of iPhones. Apple does still invite customers without reservations on Friday to attempt to purchase an iPhone, but unreserved supplies will likely be tight and lines long.

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iPhone 6s Plus Has Smaller 2750mAh Battery

Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus includes a 2750 mAh battery, according to images shared by Taiwanese site AppleClub [Google Translate]. That means the battery in the iPhone 6s Plus is smaller than the 2915 mAh battery found in the existing iPhone 6 Plus.

We’ve already learned the iPhone 6s has a smaller 1715 mAh battery because it was spotted in a video Apple created to highlight 3D Touch, but there’s been no visual confirmation on the iPhone 6s Plus battery until now.

Ahead of the debut of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, rumors suggested both devices would have smaller batteries, which turned out to be accurate. It appears Apple may have adopted smaller batteries in the new iPhones in order to make room for new internal parts like a dedicated Taptic Engine that enables haptic feedback whenever 3D Touch is used.

Though the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have smaller batteries, overall battery life has not been impacted due to optimizations in the A9 processor in the devices and software improvements. Both devices continue to offer the same battery life as the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will launch this Friday, September 25. Pre-order customers will begin receiving their devices at that time, and Apple retail stores in first wave launch countries will begin selling the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at that time.

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