Apple says some iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices have a problem that makes it so they can’t turn on, but it says it will fix them for free

If you’re still rocking the four-year-old iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, there’s a slight chance you may have run into a big problem where the phone simply stops turning on.
The silver lining here, if there is one, is that Apple said on Friday that it will fix that problems for free.

“Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on due to a component that may fail,” Apple says on a website dedicated to the issue. “This issue only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between October 2018 to August 2019.”
If you think your iPhone 6 or 6S is subject to the problem, you can go to that site and plug in your serial number, and Apple will set you up with a repair.

The iPhone 6S holds an important distinction in Apple history: It was the last of the numbered iPhone line to come with a headphone jack, before it was taken out in 2016’s iPhone 7.
That’s led to some continued love for a device that’s otherwise getting long in the tooth, specs-wise — and why many were upset when Apple unceremoniously discontinued the iPhone 6S, and the similarly headphone-jacked iPhone SE, in 2018.
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Apple is reportedly bringing back its smaller, cheaper iPhone in early 2020 — but this time it’s rumored to look like the iPhone 8

The original iPhone SE, which launched in 2016, cost just $400 — the iPhone SE 2 could come in around a similar price point, well below the $700 price of Apple’s new iPhone 11.

According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via 9to5Mac, the new iPhone SE will arrive in the first quarter of 2020.

Moreover, Kuo, who has a good track record for reporting about upcoming Apple products, says the new iPhone SE will resemble an iPhone 8 but it’ll have the same chip powering it as the iPhone 11 — Apple’s A13 — and 3GB of RAM.

Apple has yet to officially announce a new iPhone SE model, but this is the second such credible report to suggest one is in the works. In September, the Japanese newspaper Nikkei published a report suggesting Apple was working on the rumored device. 

Representatives for Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment as of publishing.

France has banned all children under 15 from using their phones in school


The ban, passed in July following a campaign pledge made by French President Emmanuel Macron, will affect elementary and junior high schools across the country as they return from the summer break.
The new law, which went into effect on August 5, bans all types of cellphones, as well as tablets and smartwatches.
While a ban on cellphones during class hours was already in place since 2010, the new law extends to breaks and mealtimes.
Schools are free to choose themselves if they will implement the ban for students over 15. There are also some exceptions to the ban, such as for students with disabilities.
Monday is the first day that French schoolchildren under 15 cannot use their cellphones at any point during the school day, thanks to a new nationwide law.

Here’s why HDR, not 4K, is the most important upgrade for your next TV

“4K” is the latest buzzword with TVs.
Most advertising would have you think that 4K is akin to the leap we made from standard to high-definition TVs, but that’s not totally true.
Instead, when you’re buying your next TV, there’s another feature you should be more focused on: HDR.

iOS 13.1.2 now available as Apple continues polishing iOS 13 at rapid pace

Apple is continuing to update iOS 13 at a breakneck pace. On Friday, the company pushed out iOS 13.1.1 with a few bug fixes — and iOS 13.1 had only just launched on September 24th. Fast-forward to today, and Apple is already rolling out iOS 13.1.2 and iPadOS 13.1.2. It’s getting a little hard to keep these things straight.

The newest update addresses a handful of issues impacting iCloud backups, the camera (“fixes an issue where camera may not work”), flashlight, Bluetooth, and the HomePod. It also patches up an unusual bug that “could result in a loss of display calibration data.” You wouldn’t want that happening to your new iPhone 11 Pro display, now would you?

You should be able to find the latest iOS and iPadOS update now by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update. These rapid-fire bug fixes are a key benefit of Apple’s control over both iPhone / iPad hardware and software. It’s unfortunate that iOS 13 shipped with some of these issues for that customers have encountered, but Apple is wasting no time in addressing them.

Apple, Google, and Netflix don’t require employees to have 4-year degrees, and this could soon become an industry norm


Students assume getting a four-year degree — and taking on the thousands of dollars of student-loan debt that comes along with it — is the only way to get your foot in the door at top companies such as Apple, Google, and Netflix.
But that isn’t always true.
Prominent business leaders such as Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton and Apple CEO Tim Cook are already questioning the need for four-year degrees altogether. Cook recently saidthat about half of Apple’s US employment last year included people who did not have four-year degrees. Cook reasoned that many colleges do not teach the skills business leaders need most in their workforce, such as coding.

Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro launch is proof that the smartphone industry is going through a massive change

When Apple executives took the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s campus in California on Tuesday, they spent a lot of time demonstrating how powerful the next iPhone’s camera is.

Apple not only provided a deep dive into the technical specifications — as it usually does during iPhone launches — of the iPhone 11 Pro’s new triple-lens camera system, but spent a significant portion of the presentation showing how the camera is advanced enough to be used by professional cinematographers in new ways.

Sean Baker, a filmmaker, was brought on stage to discuss how he used the iPhone 11 Pro’s triple-lens camera with the Filmic app to shoot through multiple lenses simultaneously. The company also showed a short film by the director Diego Contreras and the filmmaker Guillermo Garza to flaunt the iPhone 11 Pro’s video-recording prowess.