Update for iTunes 10.6 for macOS:
Rent once, watch anywhere. Now you can enjoy your iTunes movie rentals across your devices with iOS 10.3 or tvOS 10.2.
It seems the feature will be supported in upcoming release of iOS and tvOS. Currently you can only go across platforms using beta releases of those operating systems.
The feature basically allow you to rent a movie on one device and continuing watching it on another device.
Anonymous Twitter attacker tied to iCloud account via SIM card
While AT&T didn't have any directly identifying data, the company's toll records showed that the SIM card had been used by an iPhone 6. That sent investigators looking for an iCloud account linked to the same number. After another search warrant to Apple, they got what they were looking for. According to the complaint, the number was linked to a five-year-old iCloud account owned by John Rivello of Salisbury, Maryland.
The individual allegedly sent a reporter a tweet intended to trigger an a seizure.
It's interesting the individual apparently went lengths to conceal their identity with an untraceable phone, but set up the SIM SIM in their iPhone. That set up process indicated the device type, which then gave info they needed to find more evidence with Apple. Presumably since iCloud accounts are tied to phone numbers, and using that SIM registered that number, there was a thread linking the individual's iCloud account and the phone used to send a malicious tweet.
Apple revamps regular 9.7-inch iPad
Tuesday Apple boosted its entry level 9.7-inch iPad and also trimmed the price. Not to be confused with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the regular iPad 9.7-inch replaces the iPad Air 2 as an entry model. Pricing starts out at $329 for a WiFi-only model with 32 GB and $459 for the cellular model also with 32 GB.
The key features between the regular iPad and iPad Pro is's the lack of Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support. Also the regular iPad lacks higher end screen technology and comes with the A9 CPU, while the iPad Pro ships with faster A9X processor.
The new iPad will be available Friday March 24th.
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition
Apple Tuesday added an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Editions to its lineup of iPhone options. Purchases of (PRODUCT)RED products feature a striking red color and portion of the sale is contributed to AIDS charity the Global Fund.
To date, Apple has donated over $130 million to the charity, which makes it the largest corporate donor.
The new iPhone color joins jet black, black, silver, gold, and rose gold colors. The (PRODUCT)RED model goes on sale Friday March 24th.
Apple announces Clips video editing app for sharing videos
Apple announced an upcoming app for iOS geared towards quickly creating short videos for sharing. The app appears to streamlined way to make sharable content using a simple interface and animated captions.
Clips lets users create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools. Touch and hold a single button to shoot live video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji. Users can also add full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text. Clips has dozens of music soundtracks to choose from, and they automatically adjust to match the length of a video.
The app is expected to for free in April. It will require an iPhone 5s or later, and iPad Air or later iPad mini 2 or later, an iPod touch 6th Gen or later and iOS 10.3.
Report: Apple pursuing VR
...no technology has fired up Cook quite like augmented reality, which overlays images, video and games on the real world. Cook has likened AR's game-changing potential to that of the smartphone. At some point, he said last year, we will all "have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you."
Reportedly Apple is working on various gadgets to supplement the iPhone and even some day supplant it. Apple is rumored to be working on some kind of wearable glasses for sometime in the future. Most likely, however, we'll probably sooner see features built into the iPhone using the device's cameras.
AppleCare+ now available for iPhones up to 1 year after purchase
A customer that purchases a new iPhone now has up to one year to purchase AppleCare+ for the device, compared to 60 days previously, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. Apple has yet to update the fine print on its website, but MacRumors confirmed the extension with a senior AppleCare advisor.
To qualify, the device must be inspected by an Apple sales/service rep and you must have proof of purchase. This will likely help Apple boost sales of lucrative extended warrantees.
Amazon Alexa arrives on iOS
Inside of the Amazon App for iOS, there will be a microphone icon near the top of the screen that you can press to call up Alexa. You'll be able to ask the assistant almost anything you'd normally be able to ask through a device like the Echo. That includes everything from having it make purchases for you, look up facts, or control smart home products.
The feature is a part of Amazon's main app and is rolling out to customers over the coming days. Similar to Siri, Alexa can field a number of questions and requests. Unlike Siri, however, Alexa requires you to launch the Amazon app rather than embedded throughout the device.
Carnegie Mellon University help crack iPhone for government agency
The FBI reportedly collaborated with a prominent university to unlock an iPhone connected to a terrorism case.
researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Software Engineering Institute (SEI) discovered an iPhone vulnerability that a government agency used in a high profile terrorism case, a source told Motherboard. It is not clear which terrorism case this referred to, nor how useful the iPhone vulnerability proved in the case.
It's not known if this is the iPhone from last year's high-profile San Bernardino shooter case. The FBI pressured Apple to create and install a backdoor into the phone, but the FBI found an alternative means of unlocking the device. It's still publicly unknown how the FBI bypassed the device's security.
iOS 11 may require 64-bit apps
Since February 2015, Apple has required submitted apps to be 64-bit compliant. iOS 11 could potentially be the inevitable cut off for old apps that have not since been updated.
With the first iOS 10.3 beta, Apple inserted a message warning that 32-bit apps "will not work with future versions of iOS." Previously iOS only cautioned that 32-bit apps might slow down a device.
It's speculated this could affect as many as 187,000 apps in the App Store. That number though could be reduced if Apple continues culling the App Store of outdated apps. Either way, if an app hasn't be updated by time iOS 11 launches (2.5 years), odds are it's abandoned by the developer and it's time to move on.