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$6.6 Million Worth of Apple Products Stolen on M1 Highway in the UK

Tuesday November 17, 2020 8:46 am PST by
Almost seven million dollars worth of Apple products have been dramatically stolen from a truck in the UK, Northamptonshire Police reports. A truck driver and security guard were transporting a large number of Apple devices in cargo before being accosted by thieves. The incident took place at around 8pm on Tuesday, November 10, on a slip road off the M1 highway, where the driver and...

iPhone 12 Upgrade Program Now Available in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

Friday November 13, 2020 5:32 am PST by
Reservations for Apple's iPhone 12 Upgrade Program are once again available in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The program has been unavailable in the United Kingdom since November 5 due to lockdown restrictions in England. Unfortunately, because of the way Apple's retail system operates, this meant the program was also temporarily unavailable in the UK's other three constituent...

Second Lockdown to Close All Apple Stores in England for At Least Four Weeks

Monday November 2, 2020 3:51 am PST by
England will enter a new lockdown from Thursday, November 5 to curb a steep rise in coronavirus cases, the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. The lockdown will last for at least four weeks, closing all non-essential shops, including all Apple stores in the country, just over one week before Apple launches the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max on Friday, November 13. In his...

UK Ban on Sale of Locked Handsets to Come into Effect December 2021

Tuesday October 27, 2020 3:32 am PDT by
British telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed it is to ban mobile phone operators from selling locked handsets in order to make switching networks easier for customers (via Sky News). The watchdog says the current rules hurt some consumers because locked handsets can't be used on other mobile networks until the owner pays for them to be unlocked – usually around £10. Ofcom, which...

iPhone 12 Upgrades Interfering With COVID-19 Contact-Tracing App Notifications, How to Fix

Sunday October 25, 2020 12:40 pm PDT by
Some iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro users in the UK have reported that their new devices are recieving an error message in the "NHS COVID-19" contact-tracing app, rendering it unusable (via BBC News). 'Unfortunately, You Can't Run This App' Similar errors and issues have been reported in other regions contact tracing apps that also use Apple's Exposure Notification API. The error appears to...

UK to Close Loophole That Allows Phone Users to Take Photos or Play Games While Driving

Monday October 19, 2020 4:11 am PDT by
The British government is closing a loophole in U.K. driving laws that allowed some smartphone users to escape punishment for picking up and using their mobile device to take a photo or play a game while driving (via BBC News). As it stands, making phone calls and sending text messages are banned while driving on roads in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Drivers can get six...

UK to Investigate Apple Music and Spotify Over Fair Pay for Artists

Friday October 16, 2020 8:02 am PDT by
The UK Department of Culture, Media, and Sport is launching an inquiry into music streaming services, including Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube, to ascertain whether musicians are paid fairly (via BBC News). The inquiry comes after complaints from artists that the payments they receive for their work are "negligible." The growth of the streaming market "cannot come at the expense of...

Apple Offering iPhone 12 Pre-Approval for UK Monthly Payment Plan Customers

Thursday October 15, 2020 8:03 am PDT by
Following the debut of the iPhone 12 series, Apple is offering U.K. customers pre-approval for its monthly payment plan ahead of when first pre-orders begin this Friday. Customers planning to make 24 monthly payments of £54.12 at 0% APR can use the Apple Store app on the ‌iPhone‌ to go through all of the pre-approval steps to get ready to purchase an 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ or 6.1-inch iPhone...

iPhone 12 May See 5G Connectivity Issues in the UK

Sunday October 11, 2020 11:43 am PDT by
The upcoming iPhone 12 may have serious issues connecting to 5G in the United Kingdom, reports The Telegraph. The report cites "industry insiders" who say that ‌iPhone 12‌ models may not support the 700MHz 5G band. Lower-spectrum bands such as 700MHz are crucial to 5G coverage since they are far-reaching and penetrate well through walls and buildings, and 700MHz is expected to be the most...

Apple Brings Health Records on iPhone to the UK and Canada

Wednesday October 7, 2020 7:28 am PDT by
Apple has today announced that access to Health Records on the iPhone is now available in the UK and Canada, providing a fuller, more secure picture of patient health. The existing Health app on the ‌iPhone‌ can now display full health records, enabling users to securely view and store their medical records from healthcare institutions in the UK and Canada. Oxford University Hospitals in...

Apple's 'Environmental Obligations Are Not Taken Seriously Enough,' Say British Lawmakers

Tuesday September 15, 2020 8:07 am PDT by
After failing to appear before British lawmakers, Apple has been accused of not taking its environmental obligations seriously enough, particularly on e-waste, reports Bloomberg. Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked to appear before the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the House of Commons, but failed to respond before a September 4 deadline. Apple was previously asked to put forward a...

EE Offers First Plan Bundling Apple Subscription Services in the UK

Wednesday September 2, 2020 7:27 am PDT by
UK carrier EE has launched a new package called the "Full Works" plan for iPhone, which includes subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. It is the first carrier plan to bundle multiple Apple subscription services. As a result of a new collaboration with Apple, the plan includes subscriptions to Apple services such as ‌Apple Music‌, ‌Apple TV+‌, and ‌Apple Arcade‌, as...

Samsung Launches Apple Card Competitor Starting in the UK

Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:15 am PDT by
Samsung's answer to Apple Card, Samsung Pay Card, has launched in the UK. Samsung has paired with Mastercard and fintech company "Curve" to power the new service. Curve allows users to link existing cards together and then decide which accounts should be used for different purchases. For reasons that are not entirely clear, existing Curve customers are ineligible to apply for Samsung Pay Card. ...

Microsoft Confirms Plan to Acquire TikTok, Trump Gives Consent

Monday August 3, 2020 7:22 am PDT by
After rumors of a potential deal arose last week, Microsoft has publicly confirmed its intention to purchase TikTok in the United States and several other territories. The company has outlined its intention to "move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks." The two companies have provided formal notice of their intent to explore a...

Apple Asks UK Retail Landlords for 50% Rent Cut Despite Record Sales

Sunday August 2, 2020 12:20 pm PDT by
Apple has asked landlords of its retail stores in the UK for a 50 percent cut to rent, reports The Sunday Times. If landlords agree to cut rent by up to 50 percent and offer a "rent-free period" of an undisclosed duration, Apple is supposedly offering a considerable lease extension in return. The proposal is understood to relate to stores with several years left to run on their leases,...

Apple Highcross in Leicester Reopens Wednesday, First Time Since March All UK Stores Will Be Open

Tuesday July 28, 2020 8:06 am PDT by
Apple Highcross in the British city of Leicester is set to reopen on Wednesday, which will mark the first time every Apple retail store in the United Kingdom has been open since the country's lockdown began in March in response to the global health crisis. Michael Steeber on Twitter noted the change on Apple's Highcross store web page, which indicates the retail location will open on July 29 ...

Brydge iPad Keyboards Now Available From UK Apple Store

Monday July 13, 2020 3:35 am PDT by
Apple is now offering the popular Brydge line of keyboards designed for the newest iPads in retail and online stores across the United Kingdom. As of today, Apple UK is selling the Brydge 10.2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the seventh-generation iPad, the Brydge 10.5 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the third-generation ‌‌iPad‌‌ Air, and the Bridge 7.9 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for...

U.K. Smart Home Firm Hive Rolls Out HomeKit Support for Active Line of Products

Tuesday May 19, 2020 4:59 am PDT by
Hive, the U.K. smart connected home company backed by British Gas, has quietly added Apple HomeKit support to its range of smart home products. First spotted by iMore, the support is part of a software update that began rolling out late last week. When the soft launch is complete, Hive's ‌HomeKit‌ compatible accessories include all its Active Smart Plug, Heating, and Connected Lighting...

'BBC Together' Service Lets UK Users Enjoy BBC Content With Others Remotely

Tuesday May 19, 2020 3:01 am PDT by
The BBC has launched a new experimental online service that lets users watch or listen to BBC programs, prodcasts, and radio with others over the internet at the same time. Called BBC Together, the online tool is available on Taster, the BBC's experimental platform, which can be accessed via any web browser. The way it works is that one user finds the link of a program or video clip they...

Apple and Google in 'Standoff' With UK Health Service Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

Friday April 17, 2020 5:39 am PDT by
Apple and Google are said to be in a "standoff" with the UK's health service over its plans to build an app that alerts users when they have been in contact with someone with coronavirus. Apple and Google announced on Friday that they are working together on Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus around the world. Apple says...