Apple releases iOS 16.3.1 and iPadOS 16.3.1 updates

iOS 16.3.1 is out

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Apple has released iOS 16.3.1 and iPadOS 16.3.1 with bug fixes and other performance improvements.

Users can download iOS 16.3.1 and iPadOS 16.3.1 to their respective devices. The new releases contain the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, though Apple has singled out some changes.

A fix has been included for iCloud settings, which can be “unresponsive or incorrectly display if apps are using iCloud.” There’s a second fix for instances where Siri requests to Find My failed.

The beta testing cycle for iOS 16.4 and the rest is expected to start soon. There are a number of features Apple has promised for impending release, but no official release windows have been provided.

How to update to the latest releases

Devices update automatically within a day or two depending on the user’s settings. Those who want to install the update sooner can do so manually.

For iOS and iPadOS, users can navigate to the Settings app, select General, then Software Update. Apple Watch users can update via the Watch app by selecting General, then Software Update.

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The beta versions of Xcode 14.1, iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, tvOS 16.1, and watchOS 9.1 are now available. Get your apps ready by confirming they work as expected on these releases. And to take advantage of the advancements in the latest SDKs, make sure to build and test with Xcode 14.1 beta.

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OtterBox releases new colorful cases for the iPhone 14 lineup

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OtterBox has teased two lines of colorful cases for the iPhone 14 product line that are compatible with MagSafe.

The Figura series are clear cases that have hydrographic patterns made using a special paint-pouring process. Alcohol ink is poured into rubbing alcohol, then gently directed using airflow.

“I was looking for a medium that you can’t control too much, and I wanted to have a hazy transparency to really let the design of the new iPhone 14 shine,” Samantha Fowler, OtterBox graphic illustrator and artist explained.

The Lumen series are clear cases with subtle coloring on the edges, along with an ombre gradient and metallic MagSafe ring to complement the new iPhones.

Figura Series

Here are a few examples from the Figura line.

  • Argent Black case for iPhone 14: $49.95
  • Figura Io Orange case for iPhone 14 Plus: $49.95
  • Agrias Purple case for iPhone 14 Pro: $49.95
  • Birdwing Blue case for iPhone 14 Pro Max: $49.95

Lumen Series

Here are a few examples from the Lumen line.

  • Obsidian Black case for iPhone 14: $49.95
  • Tiara Metallic Beige for iPhone 14 Plus: $49.95
  • Regalia Blue case for iPhone 14 Pro: $49.95
  • Gallant Silver case for iPhone 14 Pro Max: $49.95

Each product listing says the new cases are coming soon, and customers can sign up for email notifications when they launch.

Ye releases MP3 Player designed to “challenge what an album can be”

American musician Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and design technology company Kano have launched Stem Player, a pebble-shaped device that allows users to customise songs in the palm of their hand.

Stem Player lets users control the vocals, drums, bass and samples – the “stems” of a track – by swiping their fingers across the grooves of the device as they listen to music.

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Stem Player is an MP3 player that allows users to customise songs

“We wanted to create a living album that allows you to remix the songs, add effects and listen to the music differently each time you repeat use,” Bruno Schillinger, lead product designer at Kano, told Dezeen.

“It is a way to be a participant in the listening experience and it really challenges the idea of what an album can be.”

Stem Player connected to headphones
The Stem Player can be connected to headphones or speakers

The device gets its name from the music production term “stems” – individual sections that make up a song. Stem Player allows users to speed up or slow down different sections of a track, as well as reverse and loop parts of the song.

It also incorporates haptic feedback, as users slide their fingertips over the silicone-covered object and the lights flash in real-time to changes in the song.

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Users can download music onto the device and then remix the stems

The designers see this “return to primal interactions” as an antidote to popular MP3 players on the market, which are usually controlled by users tapping or scrolling on black screens.

“One thing that we set out to do from the beginning was to use very primary dots of light and colour to signify function,” explained Schillinger.

“The grooves in it – the channels that you slide your finger across – are supposed to be a little bit like meditation stones that you can stroke to make you feel calm,” he added.

A man putting a Stem Player into his pocket
The portable device can fit in pockets

With this brief in mind, the team set about creating something that could be intuitively used by children. The interface is designed so that it reveals itself as you watch it, with the stems pulsing to the data.

For example, you can watch the vocal stem move up and down as the artist speaks, and the speed of your loops is mirrored by the pace at which the lights move.

Users can listen to music directly from the MP3 player, which can also be connected to headphones and speakers using bluetooth or cable.

In their quest for simplicity Ye and Kano looked to nature for inspiration, which is why the Stem Player resembles a smooth pebble.

“Kanye has this mantra where nothing should have sharp edges and everything should be rounded as it is in nature,” explained Schillinger.

“As a result, we also looked beyond stones and pebbles and were really inspired by ancient artefacts.”

A hand holding a Stem Player against the sky
Users slide their fingers across the grooves and lights to alter tracks

Ye and Kano have been working together on the device since meeting at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2019 and believe that the Stem Player has the potential to revolutionise music in a similar way to the iPod.

“[It] lets you go from listening to music to creating and then you’re building new creations – but then at a press of a button, you go back to listening,” James Hicks, lead designer at Kano, told Dezeen.

“I think that way to move from consuming something to creating something in single seamless transition is something that doesn’t really exist anywhere else in music.”

A Stem Player on sand
The beige device looks similar to a round pebble

Playing it on the device will also be the only way people will be able to listen to Ye’s upcoming album Donda 2, in a move that Ye and Kano believe will give control back to the artist – especially when compared to releasing the album on a streaming site like Spotify.

This is Ye’s first music-playing device, but the musician is no stranger to product design. His previous projects include footwear line Yeezy and an ongoing partnership with high street retailer Gap.

Valve releases new beta that completely revamps its Steam mobile app

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  • Valve has released a limited beta version of its updated Steam mobile app.
  • The beta modernizes the app by overhauling the UI and framework.
  • Included in the beta are a few new features like a new notification system, authenticator, library view, and more.

For years, Steam has been one of the go-to platforms for PC games. While Valve’s desktop app is widely popular, its mobile app is another story. However, that may change as users get their hands on the new beta version of the Steam mobile app.

In a news post on the Steam website, Valve states that it is rolling out a limited beta of the updated app. According to the company, it has, “rebuilt the app on a new framework and modernized the design.” Although major changes are being made, Valve confirms users will still be able to do things like browse the store, get Steam Guard codes, and confirm trades.

In addition to the makeover, the update will bring a number of improvements to the user experience. These improvements include:

  • A smarter notification system
  • A new Steam authenticator
  • Support for multiple accounts
  • Improved library view
  • Improved trade confirmation
  • A customized news feed based on your library
  • Better store browsing

In its news post, Valve explained its reasoning behind updating the app:

The sooner we get your feedback on a product, the better. So when we’re far enough along, we ask invested Steam users to try something out and provide feedback. This helps us test our assumptions, learn what you like and don’t like, and find things that need to be fixed. This is especially important when the app can be used on so many different phones and devices.

If you’d like to try the revamped mobile app for yourself and see how it’s been improved, Valve encourages users to download it and provide feedback. The Steam mobile app beta is available for both Android and iOS.

For Android owners, just visit this link on your phone and the Google Play Store will provide a link to join the beta.

As for iOS users, clicking on this link will ask you to install Apple’s TestFlight app first. Once installed, the beta will automatically install itself. Valve notes that “per Apple guidelines, iOS beta participants will be limited to 10,000 and those slots will fill up quickly. We’ll add more slots as the beta progresses, so check back if slots are full.”

Although it’s a limited beta, we managed to successfully join the beta right away using a Google Pixel 6 Pro. From what we’ve seen so far, the UI looks streamlined, notifications are easier to find, and logging in is much simpler with the QR code login option.

Apple releases new firmware update for redesigned Siri Remote

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Apple has released a new firmware version for its Apple TV Siri Remote, though it isn’t clear what the update contains.

The firmware update, which brings the software to version 10M1103, is meant for the redesigned Siri Remote released in 2021.

As mentioned, Apple does not state what features or fixes are contained in the new software update. However, given the lack of detail, it’s likely that the update is a minor one focused on bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.

Apple also fails to specify how users can update their Siri Remote, though the process is likely similar to other accessories — like AirPods — that carry out the process automatically. In other words, the update will just happen in the background and can’t be manually installed.

Apple last updated its Siri Remote firmware in August 2021. The previous version was numbered 9M6772.

Apple releases M2-specific macOS Monterey 12.4 update ahead of MacBook Pro release

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Ahead of the 13-inch MacBook Pro release, Apple has updated macOS Monterey with a small revision specifically for the Apple Silicon M2 processor.

The macOS Monterey update arrives a full month after macOS 12.4 was first released to the public. However, it appears to be an updated directed at Macs running an M2 processor, which aren’t available for purchase yet.

Only those with the M2 processor will receive the update. Presumably, pre-release review models are the only active M2 Macs outside of Apple.

The update uses the same macOS 12.4 version number, but it has an increased build number. It is build number 21F2092, up from 21F79.

Revolut Releases Simple App in Five Countries

Digital banking platform Revolut is introducing a streamlined version of its app in Sri Lanka, Chile, Ecuador, Azerbaijan and Oman, which will give users the ability to transfer money to 50-plus countries in more than 30 currencies, according to multiple reports.

Headquartered in London and founded in 2015 by CEO Nikolay Storonsky and Chief Technology Officer Vlad Yatsenko, Revolut’s digital banking platform has expanded its product suite to include payments services, crypto trading, savings and stock trading. 

The FinTech offers no-fee money transfers from one Revolut customer to another and a 1% fee with a $1 minimum for sending money to non-Revolut accounts. 

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“Revolut is redefining how to send and receive money by simplifying the process of international transfers, offering competitive fees, and always providing the best possible exchange rate,” Yatsenko said, according to a Wednesday (June 15) report in FinTech and Finance News. 

He added that launching in another five countries is part of the company’s plan to expand access to Revolut and its services around the world. 

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Revolut works with over 18 million customers and 500,000 businesses and said it has its sights set on expanding to as many as 90 countries by the end of this year, per reports.

“Traditional transfers can sting customers with hidden fees, but we’re waiving all our transfer fees if you’re both on Revolut — no matter where you are. Additionally, we’re always offering the best possible exchange rate that we can — something we’re extremely proud of,” Yatsenko said.

Related: Lack of UK Bank License Thwarts Revolut’s Super App Ambition

Revolut is striving to become a global financial super app and has been working on getting a U.K. banking license. The FinTech already offers money transfers, store purchases, share trading and pet insurance in the U.K.; a bank license, however, would enable Revolut to offer loans and overdraft protection, PYMNTS reported last month. 

Revolut was granted a bank license for the European Union last year and operates as a bank in 10 markets—Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. 

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Apple releases iTunes 12.12.4 for Windows with security fixes

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Apple has released a new version of iTunes for Windows with patches that mitigate several security vulnerabilities, including issues in WebKit and Mobile Device Service.

The iTunes 12.12.4, released on Wednesday, contains at least five fixes for security flaws in Apple’s underlying software. Users can download the update from the Windows Store or Apple’s website.

iTunes 12.12.4 specifically fixes issues in AppleGraphicsControl that could lead to arbitrary code execution, an issue in ImageIO that could cause unexpected application termination, and an iTunes vulnerability that could allow an attacker to elevate their privileges.

An issue with Mobile Device Service could have allowed attackers to delete files without the necessary permissions, and a WebKit flaw could allow arbitrary code execution through maliciously crafted web content. Both of those flaws have also been fixed.

Other information about the fixed vulnerabilities can be found on Apple’s website.

None of the flaws appear to have been exploited in the wild, but an update is still recommended.

Apple releases new firmware for AirPods, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max

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Apple has updated the second-generation AirPods, AirPods Max, and AirPods Pro, releasing a firmware update for the personal audio accessories on Tuesday.

Apple doesn’t usually provide any release notes for AirPods firmware, making it difficult to work out what has actually changed in each release. It is likely that each update includes bug fixes and performance improvements at a minimum.

The firmware release is 4e71, and applies to the AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, and both the second-generation and third-generation AirPods.

There is no official method to manually update the firmware of AirPods, but instead it is an automatically-installing firmware update. This occurs when your AirPods are connected to an iOS device, and are stored in the charging case with sufficient power.

How to check your AirPods firmware version

AirPods users can check the current firmware for their audio accessories within the Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings App
  2. Select General
  3. Select About
  4. Select the AirPods you wish to view
  5. A menu will appear showing relevant device information