The Problem-Acknowledged Edition Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Apple Officially Acknowledges iPhone Bricking ‘1970 Date’ Bug, Says Upcoming Software Update Will Fix, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple has officially acknowledged the problem on its Apple Support website. The company says it will release an upcoming software update to prevent this issue from affecting iOS devices in the future.

What “Error 53” Means For The Future Of Apple Repairs, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Sadly, it seems that the era of repairing your own Apple devices continues to wane; if you can repair an Apple device yourself, it’s likely either because it’s an older model or a design accident. And as Apple struggles to maintain its revenue growth in the face of slowing sales, the company will try to extract money wherever it can, with repairs and service plans as another means to that goal (ask any auto dealer).

Instagramming Your Food

They’re Just Like Us! Bon Appétit Shot Its Latest Food Pics On An iPhone, by Liz Stinson, Wired

Thank the tools at hand—literally. The phone you’re clutching is about as capable of capturing those barbacoa tacos as most basic point-and-shoots on the market. It’s still no substitute for a multi-thousand-dollar DSLR, but with the right lighting and post-production know-how, your phone’s camera can definitely hold its own. For proof, check out Bon Appétit’s March issue. As part of its culture issue, the food magazine asked its photographers to swap out their fancy DSLR cameras for the iPhone. Almost every photo in the feature well (aka the big, visual stories in the middle of the magazine), was shot on an iPhone 6s.

Around The World

Apple Confirms Opening Of Development Centre In Hyderabad, by Times Of India

"We are looking forward to opening a new development office in Hyderabad that will be home to over 150 Apple employees supporting maps development. The office will also have space for many contractors who will support our ambitious efforts locally.


The company also said that it will also expand the programme to other countries around the world.

Apple Pay Is Launching In China On Thursday, Payment Partner Leaks, by C. Custer, TechInAsia

That information comes via the public WeChat account of China Guangfa Bank credit cards. Since those cards, like all UnionPay cards, will be able to connect with Apple Pay, the bank’s WeChat account is dispensing information about Apple Pay, and the available menu options include a query about when Apple Pay will be available. If you select that option, the account will tell you it’s coming to China on February 18, at 5:00 am. It also says you’ll need iOS 9.2 or later or Watch OS 2.1 or later to be able to use it.


How To Create Email Groups In iOS, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld


Apple Got Into The TV Business So It Could Make TV Commercials For Apple Music, by Peter Kafka, Re/code

Apple has already been financing video content it uses to market Apple Music — “to extend Apple Music,” in the words of an insider. And it’s doing that with the Dre show. Full stop.

Microsoft "Evaluating Options" For The Office For Mac And iOS Accreditation Program, by Steven Sande, Apple World Today

“Microsoft remains committed to IT Pros on the Mac platform and we recognize that the Accreditation Program has historically proved an important venue. We’re in the process of evaluating options for 2016, but don’t have anything to share at this time. We will keep you posted as we learn more.”

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': A History Of The Windows Start Menu, by Tom Warren, The Verge

Microsoft’s Start menu is a big deal. It’s the first thing many people think of when they think of Windows, or even Microsoft. The simple Start menu has existed for more than 20 years now. It started off as a way to make Windows easier to use, and now it’s the center of how we interact with Windows on a daily basis. Whether it’s launching apps, searching for documents, or simply shutting down your PC, you probably use the Start menu more than you think.

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