2017 Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ & 12.9″ UK Release Date

Preorders have already started for the new iPad Pro, and lead times for some combinations are already touching 10 days for dispatch – but when can you go into an actual store, have a look at the new devices and walk out (hopefully) with one?

That is a much harder question to find the answer to, no where seems to have that date in black and white.

Well I do.

It is today – Tuesday 13th June 2017.

So get yourself down to the Apple Store and have a go.  (Pickup at this moment 00:00 hrs is not currently available).

The reviews have already started coming in and they are very positive, however one thing shines through in every review I have seen… iOS11 is when we will truly know the true potential for the new iPad Pro and it won’t be with us until the Autumn (Fall for all you guys and girls stateside).

Apple iPad Pro (2017) UK Release Date
Apple iPad Pro (2017) UK Release Date

iOS 10.3 is out with Find My AirPods, Apple File System and more

iOS10.3 Released Today
iOS10.3 Released Today

Apple released iOS 10.3 to the public today after completion of beta testing the new software. iOS 10.3 can be downloaded now as an over-the-air update, or installed via iTunes. iPhone and iPad owners can expect a rash of new features that not only make iPhone and iPad easier to use, but also more secure.

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IOS 10.2 – The Important Stuff – The New Emoji…

For us in the UK, who aren’t yet getting the TV app for our iOS devices, the most important update in relation to the newly released iOS 10.2 is without a doubt – Emoji. 

And if you are curious what all these new emoji are, wonder no more because here they are…

🤣 Rolling On The Floor Laughing

🤠 Face With Cowboy Hat

🤡 Clown Face

🤥 Lying Face

🤤 Drooling Face

🤢 Nauseated Face

🤧 Sneezing Face

🤴 Prince

🤶 Mother Christmas

🤵 Man In Tuxedo

🤷 Shrug

🤦 Face Palm

🤰 Pregnant Woman

🕺 Man Dancing

🤳 Selfie

🤞 Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed

🤙 Call Me Hand

🤛 Left-Facing Fist

🤜 Right-Facing Fist

🤚 Raised Back Of Hand

🤝 Handshake

🖤 Black Heart

🦍 Gorilla

🦊 Fox Face

🦌 Deer

🦏 Rhinoceros

🦇 Bat

🦅 Eagle

🦆 Duck

🦉 Owl

🦎 Lizard

🦈 Shark

🦐 Shrimp

🦑 Squid

🦋 Butterfly

🥀 Wilted Flower

🥝 Kiwifruit

🥑 Avocado

🥔 Potato

🥕 Carrot

🥒 Cucumber

🥜 Peanuts

🥐 Croissant

🥖 Baguette Bread

🥞 Pancakes

🥓 Bacon

🥙 Stuffed Flatbread

🥚 Egg

🥘 Shallow Pan Of Food

🥗 Green Salad

🥛 Glass of Milk

🥂 Clinking Glasses

🥃 Tumbler Glass

🥄 Spoon

🛑 Octagonal Sign

🛴 Scooter

🛵 Motor Scooter

🛶 Canoe

🥇 First Place Medal

🥈 Second Place Medal

🥉 Third Place Medal

🥊 Boxing Glove

🥋 Martial Arts Uniform

🤸 Person Doing Cartwheel

🤼 Wrestlers

🤽 Water Polo

🤾 Handball

🤺 Fencer

🥅 Goal Net

🤹 Juggling

🥁 Drum With Drumsticks

🛒 Shopping Trolley
Enjoy!

iOS 9.1 now available – Activates Apple News App for the UK

If you live in the UK, are an Apple user and have updated your gear to iOS9 you have probably been left wondering where on Earth is this news app I heard all about?

Apple released it to the US in iOS9 but to ensure it worked, allegedly, the rest of the world had to wait. (Workarounds did exist such as changing your phone’s region). 

Well now the wait is officially over. Download and install iOS9.1 and you will be greater by that nice new shiny News app sitting right there on your homescreen!
  

Apple Acknowledge ‘Staingate’ and Will Repair Affected MacBook / MacBook Pros

If you are a MAcBook Pro with Retina Display owner you are probably aware of and may have even been affected by ‘Staingate.’

A deterioration / degradation of the anti reflective coating found on MacBook Pro Models with the Retina Display. Many theories have been bandied about in relation to how this occurs, but the important factor is that it does occur! However more importantly Apple have now accepted that it happens, and that it shouldn’t.

Retina MacBook Pro Anti Reflective Coating Staingate - Apple now offering Repairs
Retina MacBook Pro Anti Reflective Coating Staingate – Apple now offering Repairs

A repair program is now in place although not advertised in the way many other such programs are. Regardless it is there and if your MBP has been a victim of this, Apple should repair it, within three years from the date of original purchase, or one year from October 16, 2015, whichever is longer. Affected customers that have already incurred out-of-warranty costs may be eligible for a refund through AppleCare support.

Affected customers can book an appointment with a Genius Bar or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to determine if their MacBook is eligible for coverage. Apple will not be posting the new Quality Program publicly on its support website, but should contact some potentially affected customers directly, according to sources.

This problem first surfaced around March 2015, but the good news is at least anyone affected will now be set right!

Add iCloud Drive to your Home Screen on iOS9

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

If you use iOS9 and iCloud, it is really easy to have the icon for your iCloud Drive pop up on your home screen, just follow these simple steps and enjoy some easy App convenience.

  1.  Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. In Settings select iCloud.
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 93.  If you are already logged in to your iCloud account you will see the account name and how much storage you have left. Select  to continue.

3.  If you are already logged in to your iCloud account you will see the account name and how much storage you have left. Select iCloud Drive to continue.

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

4.  Flick on the Show in Home Screen option…

Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9
Putting iCloud Drive on your Home Screen iOS 9

5.  Job Done, check out your Home Screen, it is there!

iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

Try iTunes : iiOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

The web is frantically reporting the following error :

iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.
iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

At the moment there seems to be nothing you can do to get this update over the air other than keep trying.

In the meantime make sure your phone is backed up and all your important data saved by either preforming an iCloud Backup or a iTunes Backup, preferably both!

When you have got yourself backed up get yourself over to iTunes and try the software update from there, it is currently downloading without issue for me and numerous other users are reporting the same…

Try iTunes : iiOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.
iOS9 Software Update Failed : An Error Occurred Downloading iOS 9.

What time to download iOS9?

So what time should the world expect to be able to download iOS9?

Big question, and the truth is no one has that answer outside of Apple HQ. 

However going in recent form here are my predictions :

USA :

Apple Inc. normally seeds iOS updates between 9 and 10 a.m. PST. 

Eastern and Central time zones can then expect to get the updates from about 12 noon to about 1 p.m.

The Mountain time zone should be ok to start downloading the newest iOS update from about 11 a.m. up to 12 noon. 
OUTSIDE USA :

London – 5 to 6 p.m.

Moscow – 8 to 9 p.m.

New Delhi – 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Shanghai – 12 midnight to 1 a.m.

Tokyo – 1 to 2 a.m.

Melbourne – 2 to 3 a.m.

Auckland – 4 to 5 a.m. 

Apple Watch Sport UnBoxing

Apple Watch Sport 42mm UnBoxing Review

Being one of the customers who didn’t preorder a watch I had to wait until the instore reservation and pickup service started. I was a bit more clued in for this than I was for the preorder so on Day One I reserved an Apple Watch Sport, with a silver bezel and blue strap. I went down to the Apple Store in Belfast, where for the first time I was met with little to no enthusiasm and it seemed like a chore for me to be trying on a Watch. So removing this first poor customer service experience from the equation I tried on an Apple Watch Sport, with the Space Grey bezel and realised I had made a mistake in the watch I ordered. There was allegedly no watches to swap my reservation out with, and I would just have to try again when the reservations opened if I wanted a Space Grey 42mm watch. That was the explanation I was given however it was muffled by sighs and grunts from the sales person. I deliberately have not used the title Apple Genius, because this person was more like a bored TV Sales person, not at all what I have come accustomed to from the Apple Store in my many years of being a customer. Anyway that’s all I have to or need to say on that. I went back home and at 6am the following morning tried out for a reservation of the 42mm Space Grey Apple Watch Sport and low and behold it was available. There must have been a late night or very early morning stock delivery, as my collection appointment the following night was for 20:30 hrs to 21:00 hrs and the store closed at 21:00 hrs. I scheduled in for collection the later that afternoon, went in, collected it and thankfully was met by the usual impeccable customer service from the Genius who helped me out this time. I get it, sometimes people have a bad day, and thats fine, all is forgiven, we’ll put it down as a bad day. So I got home, did my usual unboxing gallery and have been playing with it for the last 10 days (ish). Thoughts and Opinions :

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