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Apple says customers must wait to pick up repairs locked inside its retail stores

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Apple prospects who didn’t choose up units dropped off for repairs inside two days of the corporate closing all of its retail shops should wait to choose them up till the shops reopen, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.

When Apple introduced on March 14th that it will be closing all retail shops outdoors China because of the coronavirus pandemic, the corporate mentioned prospects had a two-day window to retrieve any repairs. Apple tried to contact prospects through cellphone and e-mail to inform them they wanted to choose up their units, however any merchandise that didn’t get retrieved in that window can’t be picked up till the shops reopen, the spokesperson instructed Enterprise Insider.

Apple initially mentioned it will reopen its shops on March 27th. However on March 17th, simply three days after the preliminary announcement, Apple determined it will hold all of its retail shops closed “till additional discover.” The corporate has already reopened all 42 of its locations in China.

Apple hasn’t shared any further details about when it’d reopen the places. The corporate was not instantly accessible for remark. Apple might start reopening some shops within the first half of April, in line with a memo written by Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s head of HR and its retail shops, that was obtained by Bloomberg.

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Apple Store leaks 4.7-inch ‘iPhone SE’ name

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Apple’s upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone is prone to be introduced imminently and appears set to be referred to as the iPhone SE. A Belkin display screen protector is presently dwell on the Apple Retailer and listed for the iPhone SE in addition to the Eight and seven, matching studies that the brand new telephone would function an identical design to these fashions.

Earlier as we speak 9to5Mac reported the iPhone SE name, in addition to particulars together with that it’ll are available in white, black, and purple shade choices with storage tiers of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The system is anticipated to return with an A13 processor, although pricing info remains to be unknown.

The Belkin accent known as the “InvisiGlass Extremely Display screen Safety for iPhone SE/8/7.” It’s on sale now for $39.95, although in-store pickup is unavailable since Apple has closed all its shops outdoors China. The product can also be accessible in a 5.5-inch measurement, however that itemizing solely makes reference to the iPhone 7 Plus and eight Plus. 9to5Mac’s earlier reporting has recommended a brand new 5.5-inch iPhone can also be on the best way.

There have been rumors a few new 4.7-inch iPhone for a lot of months now, however whereas supply-chain analysts are sometimes in a position to glean {hardware} particulars forward of time, it’s uncommon that anybody could make correct predictions on product advertising and marketing choices just like the identify of a specific iPhone. Apple shares that info with only a few folks internally, and naturally it’s simpler to determine on nearer to launch than a tool’s core {hardware}.

The unique iPhone SE got here out in March 2016 for $399 and primarily crammed 2015’s iPhone 6S specs into an iPhone 5 physique. Some rumors referred to this upcoming 4.7-inch telephone as an “iPhone 9,” since it could immediately comply with on from the 8, however “SE” would technically be in line with the prior use of the identify.

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Apple accidentally confirms Tile-like AirTags name in deleted support video

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We’ve recognized that Apple has been engaged on a Tile-like monitoring tag system for months, however the greatest affirmation of the upcoming product but has come in a since-deleted support video posted by Apple immediately. The video straight-up confirms each the existence of the monitoring tags and the “AirTag” identify, as spotted by Appleosophy.

The AirTag identify has come up earlier than in earlier leaks, however immediately’s information marks the clearest affirmation of the branding. (Different leaks have speculated that the trackers is likely to be referred to as Apple Tags, which seems to not be the case.)

The video — which reveals the “Discover My iPhone” menu — doesn’t simply reveal the identify, but in addition the truth that AirTags will supply some kind of offline discovering characteristic that can allow them to be tracked even and not using a connection to Wi-Fi or mobile knowledge. That gels with different rumors that speculated that the brand new chips will characteristic ultra-wideband radio know-how, much like what Apple’s iPhone 11 fashions use with their U1 chips for higher native location knowledge.

The AirTags are anticipated to be round discs that can characteristic U1 chips and work with iPhones and iPads to supply an augmented actuality interface to assist discover lacking objects, in keeping with code present in earlier iOS beta builds.

Whereas Apple has but to formally announce the AirTags, the truth that references to the product are displaying up in help movies might imply that we’re not removed from a launch.

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Spotify now works with Siri on the Apple Watch

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Apple Watch customers can now ask Siri to play music by means of Spotify. With an update to Spotify’s app in the present day, spotted by 9to5Mac, now you can ask Siri to play music by means of Spotify by ending a music request with “on Spotify.” The instance Spotify provides is one thing so simple as “Hey Siri, play music on Spotify.”

It’s a small replace, nevertheless it’s an overdue one for the Apple Watch. Apple solely began permitting third-party music apps to combine with Siri final 12 months with the launch of iOS 13 and watchOS 6. Spotify instantly started supporting the characteristic on iPhones, nevertheless it’s taken till now to broaden to the Apple Watch.

By default, Siri serves music requests by means of Apple Music. The combination has supplied a bonus of Apple Music because it’s the best service to achieve by voice. Whereas there’s nonetheless a slight hurdle in having to specify “on Spotify” — Android, for example, lets customers set their most popular streaming service and routinely makes use of that for future voice requests — it’s a significant step ahead. That’s significantly true on the Apple Watch, the place you could want to remain hands-free whereas altering what you’re listening to.

Spotify has criticized Apple previously over anti-competitive conduct. Whereas Spotify’s fundamental focus has been the App Retailer, the place Apple topics almost all different firms to a 30 p.c lower of sale (or 15 p.c on ongoing subscriptions), it’s additionally talked about being locked out of Siri. At present’s replace reveals how Apple is beginning to ease up, although nonetheless not fairly as a lot because it might.

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