Apple Will Fix ‘January 1, 1970’ Date Bug in Upcoming iOS Update

Apple has officially acknowledged the „1970“ date bug affecting 64-bit iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The support document does not identify a current fix, but Apple said that an upcoming iOS software update will prevent the issue from occurring in the future.

Manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier can prevent your iOS device from turning on after a restart. An upcoming software update will prevent this issue from affecting iOS devices. If you have this issue, contact Apple Support.

Manually changing an iOS device’s date to January 1, 1970 results in a continuous reboot cycle, effectively bricking the device. Restoring through iTunes in DFU Mode also does not appear to work.

Apple has not provided a reason for the bug, but YouTube video maker and programmer Tom Scott speculates that setting the date close to January 1, 1970, which is 0 in Unix time, may be resulting in an integer underflow – in this case, a date prior to January 1, 1970.

iOS then handles the underflow by returning the negative integrer to the maximum value, which Scott says results in a date that is some 20 times longer than the universe is expected to last. Scott believes iOS may have difficulties handling this large number, resulting in affected devices crashing.

German website Apfelpage.de shared a second YouTube video showing that opening an iPhone and resetting its battery could fix the problem, but this method could damage your smartphone and void your warranty if done incorrectly. The safer option may be to visit a Genius Bar or contact Apple Support online or by phone.

iOS is a Unix-based operating system, and Unix time starts at 00:00:00 UTC on January 1, 1970. Apple does not allow you to manually set your iOS device to a date prior to then, likely in an effort to prevent a bug like this, but changing the date to May 1970 or earlier still causes issues on 64-bit devices.
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How to find out which Mac apps are using your location

As our digital lives converge across mobile and desktop devices like our iPhones and Macbooks, we rely on them knowing where we are at any given time. Safari suggestions, for example, count on knowing your location, as do any Maps searches or such. You might want to know when your Location data is being used, […]

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What’s New in iOS 9.3: Night Shift, New Quick Actions, Improvements to Apple News, Notes, CarPlay and Health

Apple’s iOS 9.2.1 update is still in testing, but that didn’t stop the company from surprising us with an iOS 9.3 beta this morning. The iOS 9.3 beta is one of the biggest updates to iOS 9 yet, introducing a new Night Shift feature and improving several existing apps, including Notes, Apple News, Health, CarPlay, and more.

We’ve gathered up a full list of the changes and new features in iOS 9.3, to give MacRumors readers a clear picture of what they can expect to see when iOS 9.3 is released to the public.

Night Shift – Night Shift is a new feature that’s designed to automatically cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS user is exposed to at night by shifting to more yellow tones for the iPhone or iPad’s display. Studies have suggested blue light exposure at night can disrupt the circadian rhythm, making it more difficult to fall asleep.

Night Shift settings are available in the „Display & Brightness“ section of the Settings app. In this section, there’s a new option to toggle on „Blue Light Reduction“ and set the display to be Cooler or Warmer. A Schedule option lets users set a custom schedule or choose to turn on Night Shift from sunset to sunrise.

Quick Actions – On the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, there are new 3D Touch Quick Actions for several of the stock apps, including Weather, Settings, Compass, and Health. Weather’s Quick Actions allow you to see the weather at your current location or for saved locations in the app. Settings includes useful shortcuts for accessing Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Battery, and Wallpaper options. Health’s Quick Actions provide access to the Medical ID or a user’s dashboard, while Compass now features options to open directly to the compass or the level.

There are also new Quick Action options for the App Store and iTunes Store apps. For the App Store app, Quick Actions now include „Update All“ to update all apps at once from the Home screen, and „Purchased“ for opening up to a list of all purchased apps. For the iTunes Store, new options include „View Downloads“ and „Purchased.“

Notes – There’s a new option to use Touch ID or a password to protect notes within the Notes app. With this enabled, Notes will ask for either the user’s password or a fingerprint when opening Notes that have been protected with a password. Password Protection for Notes can be set on a note-by-note basis within the Notes app. There are also new options in Settings to organize notes by Date Edited, Date Created, or Title.

News – Apple has improved the news app in iOS 9.3 to make it more tailored to each person’s interests. The For You section is also incorporating trending topics and specific picks from Apple editors to help users better discover content. Other new features include a new landscape view for News on the iPhone, in-line video playback for videos in news stories, and faster content updating when opening the news app.

Health – In the Health app, when viewing the Weight, Workouts, and Sleep categories, Health now links to apps you can download that will allow you to collect this data. Health also mirrors the Apple Watch move, exercise, and stand data in a new „Activity“ interface, and it displays your goals. The new Health features in iOS 9.3 may not be functional yet, as the new interface and the app suggestions were not available on our iOS devices running iOS 9.3.

CarPlay – Several CarPlay apps have been updated to bring them in line with iOS apps on iOS 9. The Apple Music CarPlay app now includes New and For You sections for better music discovery, and a Nearby feature in Maps offers better access to information about what’s close by, providing suggestions for local gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.

Alongside iOS 9.3, Apple’s also provided a comprehensive list of all the cars in the United States and other countries that offer CarPlay support. Apple’s list includes more than 100 2016 and 2017 models from 22 auto manufacturers like Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Škoda, Suzuki, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Education – iOS 9.3 includes multiple Education-oriented features including shared iPads for students, a new Classroom app, an Apple School Manager, and improved Apple ID management features.

Apple Watch – With iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, the iPhone is able to pair with more than one Apple Watch. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and the iPhone running iOS 9.3. WatchOS 2.2 was seeded to developers alongside iOS 9.3.

Live Photos – On the iPhone 6s, there’s a new option to save a full resolution photo from a Live Photo. When using the Share Sheet, choosing „Duplicate“ now gives an option to create a Still Photo duplicate of a Live Photo.

Wallet/Apple Pay – In Wallet and when using Apple Pay, there’s now an option to open an app that’s linked to a pass or credit card. For example, on a Southwest boarding pass, there’s a new icon that will open the Southwest app when tapped.

Siri – Siri has been updated in iOS 9.3 to include the following languages: Malay (Malaysia), Finnish (Finland), and Hebrew (Israel).

App Switcher – iOS 9.3 includes haptic feedback when using the Force Touch app switcher on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. „Peek“ feedback is provided when first opening the app switcher, and a full „Pop“ feedback is given when pressing further to open it fully.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Earned $10.3M in Fiscal 2015, Up From $9.2M in 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s compensation for fiscal 2015 was $10,281,327, according to a newly released SEC filing. That breaks down to a salary of $2 million, non-equity incentive compensation of $8 million, and other compensation of $280k. Cook earned approximately $1 million more than he did in fiscal 2014, when he brought in $9.2 million.

Last year, with stock awards and hiring bonuses, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts earned $73 million, but in 2015, her compensation was $25.8 million, in line with other Apple executives, all of whom received $20 million in stock awards and $4 million in non-equity incentive compensation in addition to their $1 million salaries.

Senior executives Bruce Sewell, Dan Riccio, Eddy Cue, and Luca Maestri all earned more than $25 million in 2015, numbers that do not include restricted stock units that vested in 2015. Over the course of the year, Tim Cook received 560,000 shares of stock worth over $57 million, Angela Ahrendts received 391,634 shares worth $50 million. Eddy Cue, Dan Riccio, Bruce Sewell, and Luca Maestri also had shares worth between $11 million and $38 million vest.

Under the guidance of Tim Cook, Apple had another record year, generating $233.7 billion in sales, an increase of 28 percent over 2014 and a new high for the company. Earnings per diluted share were at $9.22, up 43 percent from 2014. According to its October forecast, Apple expects to continue its record earnings streak into 2016, with projected revenue between $75.5 and $77.5 billion for the first quarter of 2016.

Apple will announce its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 on Tuesday, January 26. MacRumors will provide live coverage of both the earnings release and the conference call.
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Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple’s best and worst of 2015, must-have apps, and more

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We take a look at them all from 2015 in this end-of-year issue of the delightful and informative Cult of Mac Magazine. We’ve got Apple’s best and worst wins and fails of the year, the must-have apps on Apple TV, Mac, iOS, and […]

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Apple Refreshes ‘Start Something New’ Campaign Worldwide

Apple has reintroduced its „Start Something New“ campaign ahead of New Year’s Day in the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., Vietnam and several other countries worldwide.

„Start Something New“ features a gallery of nearly a dozen paintings, photos, drawings, short films and other pieces of creative work made by artists using Apple products and apps, ranging from the Apple Pencil, iMac and iPad Air 2 to Adobe After Effects, Darkroom and Procreate.

Apple has also shared individual profiles for each new work and artist on its website:

Painting fluid landscapes by Lu Jun, China

Painting with dots by Lieu Nguyen, Vietnam

Chasing wild vistas by Emma Phillips, Australia

Illustrating nature through its details by Tiffany Bozic, USA

Drawing with light by Darren Pearson, USA

Shooting from a new perspective by Bernhard Lang, Germany

Visualizing the power of gravity by Greg Barth, UK

Cultivating a different kind of rose by Kahori Maki, Japan

Composing a sense of wonder by Jake Sargeant, USA

Seeking color in the streets by Brian Lotti, USA

Capturing the texture of movement by William Hundley, USA

Apple ran a nearly identical campaign in December 2014, starting in Japan and later expanding to the U.S. and other countries.
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Apple Obsoletes Select Early 2008 to Late 2009 Macs

Apple has updated its vintage and obsolete products list with various older products that have not been manufactured for at least five years, including select Macs manufactured between early 2008 and late 2009, the second-generation Time Capsule and the 32GB original iPod touch.

Apple products on the vintage and obsolete list are no longer eligible for hardware service, with a few exceptions. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five and less than seven years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago.

Only the new additions are reflected below.

Macintosh products vintage in the U.S. and Turkey and obsolete in Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Latin America

iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)

MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

Mac Pro (Early 2009)

Time Capsule 802.11n (2nd generation)

Macintosh products obsolete in the U.S., Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Latin America

Apple Cinema Display (23-inch, DVI, Early 2007)

Apple Cinema Display (30-inch DVI)

MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)

Time Capsule 802.11n (1st generation)

iPod products obsolete in the U.S., Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Latin America

iPod touch with Jan SW UPG 32GB
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Apple Releases iTunes 12.3.2 With Improved Browsing of Classical Music in Apple Music

Apple today released a minor iTunes update for OS X El Capitan users, which brings the desktop version of Apple Music in line with the recently released iOS 9.2 version of Apple Music. The update adds support for works, composers, and performers when listening to Classical music in Apple Music, and it brings general stability and performance improvements.

This update allows you to see works, composers, and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catalog. It also includes stability and performance improvements.

Today’s update is available for all OS X El Capitan users and follows iTunes 12.3.1, a minor update that was released in October.
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Here’s how Mac and iOS absolutely dominated the enterprise in 2015

Apple didn’t just see a standard year-over-year improvement in the enterprise market in 2015. iPhones, iPads and Macs all saw significant growth and adoption rates over the competition. JAMF Software published its annual survey for 2015 that reveals trends about Apple products and their role in the enterprise. The findings are excellent news for the folks […]

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El Capitan 10.11.2 update improves Mac stability and security

Apple has dropped a big new update on Mac users today with the release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2. This is the second big update for El Capitan since the desktop operating system was made public two months ago. OS X 10.11.2 brings with it a number of stability and security improvements for Mac, […]

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