It’s holiday shopping season now that this week’s news is dominated by Black Friday deals that started popping up early in the week and will run into next week, so be sure to check out our coverage to find the best prices on gear for Apple fans.
Black Friday wasn’t the only topic of discussion this week, though other popular stories including Apple revealed that the launch of digital IDs in the Wallet app has been pushed back to early 2022, Android users are getting an update to improve handling of iMessage feedback, and Tim Cook discusses Apple’s recently announced self-service repair program. Read on for details on these stories and more!
Best Black Friday deals on Apple Watch, AirPods Pro, MacBook Pro, and more
Black Friday has unofficially kicked off the holiday shopping season with many discounts on Apple products available from sellers like Amazon and Target. We’ve collected noteworthy sales on AirPods, AirPods Pro, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, Macs, Apple Gift Cards, accessories, and more. For additional deals, be sure to check out our Black Friday Deals Report.
Apple also runs the annual four-day Black Friday through Cyber Monday shopping event in the US and several other countries, where customers can get a free Apple Gift Card with the purchase of select products until November 29.
Apple delays iOS 15 feature to add your driver’s license to your iPhone until early 2022
Apple has revealed that an upcoming iOS 15 and watchOS 8 feature that will let you add a driver’s license or status ID to your iPhone and Apple Watch has been delayed until early 2022.
The feature will only be available in the US at launch, as Apple previously announced the first instances it plans to support for the feature. Our story covers everything we know about Apple’s digital ID feature so far.
iMessage reactions won’t bother Android users anymore thanks to emoji change
Android users will finally be able to properly see iMessage interactions such as the heart or thumb thanks to the recent change to the Google Messages app that displays the reactions as emojis.
Before the change, iMessage reactions will appear as a subsequent text message on Android devices, such as [Contact Name] “lovable” [Text of the Original Message], which was confusing and repetitive.
Tim Cook discusses Apple’s new DIY program and more
Apple recently announced a new self-service repair program that will provide customers with access to original Apple parts, tools and manuals to complete their own repairs for select devices, starting with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models early next year.
The Apple Self-Service Repair Program will include repair manuals on the Apple Support website and an online parts and tool store for customers that will be operated by a third party.
Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his thoughts on the self-service repair program in an interview with KTLARich DeMuro.
Spotify users getting impatient and canceling subscriptions due to lack of native HomePod support
Spotify users are getting impatient with the music streaming service due to its lack of native HomePod support, which has led many customers to cancel their subscriptions entirely and switch to alternative platforms, such as Apple Music.
Apple has allowed third-party music streaming services to natively support HomePod since 2020, but Spotify has not yet enabled the feature, which will allow users to use Siri to play Spotify content from HomePod without opening the app.
Apple sues NSO Group over state-sponsored spyware targeting iOS users
Apple this week sued the NSO Group to “hold it accountable” for state-sponsored spyware targeting Apple users. Apple said it is also contributing $10 million to organizations pursuing electronic surveillance research and advocacy.
Apple said it is notifying a “small number of users” around the world that it may be targeted. Apple has shared a support document that explains how to notify these users “in accordance with industry best practices.”
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