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Apple adds ‘native banner’ advertisements to Apple News

Next time you tap on a story in Apple News, you might want to make sure it isn’t ‘Sponsored.’ In a March 2016 update to News Ad Specifications for iAd, Apple has added specifications for a new category of advertisement in Apple News: native banner ads. You may be familiar with this type of advertisement on many websites, where ads are injected…

Beats 1 Radio tab now shows schedule and artwork inside iOS Music app

This morning Apple has enhanced the radio tab inside its Music app on iOS, which further promotes Beats 1 as a 24/7 “always on” station. Rather than showing a static image of the Beats 1 logo, and a Listen Now button, the radio tab now shows a live schedule with show titles, hosts, descriptions and artwork for the current show. This allows users to figure…

Apple seeds iOS 9.3 beta 6 to developers and public beta testers

It’s been less than a week since Apple seeded the fifth iOS 9.3 beta to developers and public beta testers, Apple today has seeded its second iOS 9.3 beta to developers. iOS 9.3 is the third major revision for iOS 9. iOS 9.3 beta is now available for download via Apple’s Developer Center. The latest beta is also available for public beta…

iOS 9.3 makes it clear if your work iPhone is being tracked by employer

In an effort to ramp up security and privacy on all fronts, Apple has now made it obvious if your work-provided iOS device is being tracked by your employer, via Reddit. If your device is being provided by your employer, head over to the About page in the settings app, as you’ll see a new indicator noting that your device may be tracked and monitored. You…

Apple seeds iOS 9.3 beta 5 to developers

It’s been a few weeks since Apple seeded the fourth iOS 9.3 beta to developers and public beta testers, Apple today has seeded its second iOS 9.3 beta to developers. iOS 9.3 is the third major revision for iOS 9. iOS 9.3 beta is now available for download via Apple’s Developer Center. We assume a public beta for the firmware will soon be available…

Apple Pay to come to France this year, slow 3-5 month rollout

Apple Pay will be launching in France by the end of the year, but with a much slower rollout, starting with the major banks, according to French site LesEchos (via iPhon.fr). We’re expecting it to take roughly 3-5 months for the initial rollout, with a possible September launch. Bank negotiations seem to be proceeding slowly, with Apple’s transaction…

Apple faces staggered Apple Pay rollout in China

With the millions of iPhone customers in China, some are reporting that they are unable to register for Apple Pay. Apparently, Apple planned to have a gradual rollout throughout the day, according to an Apple representative. Mashable notes that 38 million bank cards have been linked to Apple Pay by 5PM on launch day. While 10 million of them were…

Apple releases modified iOS 9.2.1 build to fix ‘Error 53’

On Thursday Apple published a new version of its current iOS 9.2.1 software with a new build number. The update fixes devices that were being bricked by “error 53,” Apple has also released a support document telling customers how to resolve the issue. In case you were unaware, error 53 appeared when the Touch ID validation check failed during an iOS…