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Apple has today announced that they are aware of the text message bug that caused phones to crash. They have said in a statement that they are also working on a fix, which will be published in a future update. Apple has also shared a temporary fix on what to do if you get a message containing the string of text.
Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app.
1. Ask Siri to "read unread messages."
2. Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again
3. In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.
On top of the fix that Apple has provided, there are others that can be done, as stated in our previous article on this matter.
Apple has today released a new update for the WWDC app. This includes the new schedule for WWDC 2015. This update also has support for the Apple Watch. This will allow those going to WWDC to have the map right on their phone. You can download the app for free here.
Apple has confirmed the time and date of the keynote for WWDC 2015. This can be found within the update to the WWDC app. They have also sent out emails for media invites. That too confirms the time. The keynote where Apple will announce iOS 9, OS X 10.11, and more SDKs will be held on Monday, June 8 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We're also expecting to learn more about their new streaming service and TVKit.
We have learned today that a certain string of text messages sent by a contract can cause your iPhone to crash and reboot. This works by having the word "power" followed by a certain string of Arabic characters sent to you either via SMS or iMessage. Once the message is opened, the phone will respring. When the phone restarts and the messages app is opened again, the process will start over.
While we haven't heard anything from Apple on this matter, there are a few fixes for now. If the person that sent you the initial message sends you another message, this should fix it. Other fixes include sending yourself a message via Siri or sending a picture to the contact.
Apple has today seeded the fourth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers. This bets comes just over two weeks after the last version. This update to Yosemite mainly adds bug fixes and improvements.
Developers and beta testers can update to beta 4 in the Mac App Store > Updates > Software updates > OS X 10.10.4 seed 4. If you don’t have it yet you can download it for the first time from the Mac Developer center.
Bands for the Apple Watch are starting to show up in some stores. Customers have confirmed that bands are starting to show up in stores in the United States, United Kingdom, and other countries. The type of bands vary greatly by store. All sports bands cost $49. The Classic Buckle, Milanese Loop, and Leather Loop cost $149. The Modern Buckle costs $249 and $449 for the Link Bracelet.
With the launch of their new Lightning dock on Tuesday, Apple shared some images of iPhones connected to it. There was one photo of what looked like an iPhone 5c connected. However, upon further inspection, it looks like there is a Touch ID home button on it, rather than the normal home button. This is a little strange since there is no Touch ID on the iPhone 5c.
While this images was shared by Apple themselves, it seems unlikely that this could be the next generation cheaper iPhone. If they were going to make a new, cheaper iPhone, it would likely be called the iPhone 6c and have all of the same features as the iPhone 6. It would just have a plastic back. From the image, everything looks the same as the current iPhone 5c. The only difference is that it has a Touch ID home button. If this is the future cheaper iPhone, it should have a larger screen and a lock button on the side, not the top. From this we can conclude that this was just some weird mistake and is not going to be the upcoming cheaper iPhone.
Apple is planning on switching the main font of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 to San Francisco, says 9to5Mac. Currently, Apple uses Helvetica Neue as the main font for iOS 7-8 and OS X Yosemite. San Francisco is used as the main font for the Apple Watch. The only problem with this rumor is that it's going against the overall look of the operating systems. San Francisco is a much thicker font than Helvetica Neue. Apple wanted to go with a more simple look with iOS 7 and it seems a little strange that they'll pick a thicker font for iOS 9. Above you can see a comparison between the current system wide font and the rumored one to be announced in three weeks.
While it seems a little strange, this does make sense because this font was developed by Apple and where better to use it than in your own operating systems.
Apple will finally start carrying the Apple Watch in stores starting in June. In a meeting, Tim Cook told 9to5Mac that they have been working with employees for a June launch. When the Apple Watch launched in May, many were surprised that this was an online exclusive item. That’s also how it is now. Even when it launches in the stores, stock is still going to be really limited, as many watches are still shipping in July. There’s going to be very limited quantity and only the more expensive ones will be left over.
Apple has today released the first update to the Apple Watch. This is version 1.0.1 of what Apple calls "Watch OS". This version includes bug fixes and improvements. Some of these include Siri fixes, more accuracy with standing time, ability to display more emojis on the screen, and more language support.
Those with an Apple Watch can update in the Apple Watch app > General > Software update > Watch OS 1.0.1. This is only about 50MB so it won't take long to download.