As a gesture of goodwill to customers, Apple has convinced one of its carrier partners AT&T to unlock the older iPhone 3GS for customers to use when travelling outside of U.S. A customer had approached AT&T personally prior to reaching out to Apple CEO Tim Cook who is similar to the late Steve Jobs and adds personal touches of customer service to his responsibilities.
The unnamed customer reported to 9to5 Mac, said that while Cook himself did not respond to his request, Cook’s office worked with AT&T regarding the issue and followed up with the customer after the unlocking was complete to ensure that the process was complete before letting the cat out the bag, even if it was to the person who suggested it in the first place.
To perform the unlocking procedure, AT&T acquired the customer’s IMEI number, which is an unique serial number issued to every phone with a SIM card giving instructions on how to perform the unlock through the iTunes software. In the past however, AT&T has usually placed the blame on Apple when the issue about unlocking devices arose. Now that story does not hold much water as it seems that AT&T is very familiar with the obtaining and the unlocking procedure.
Prior to this AT&T advised customers to jailbreak their devices if they were going overseas but Apple which was fighting jailbreakers in court were not happy with that that decision and as of late last year, Apple had begun to sell unlocked GSM iPhone models so that customers could travel with them and not be bound by any AT&T contract. AT&T has not provided customers with a legal method to SIM unlock their iPhones since it first launched the iPhone so this would be the first known incident.
OnePlus Has iPhone 6S Case Now
Now here’s an iPhone 6S case that will certainly turn heads, especially when you take into consideration its name which is known as the OnePlus iPhone 6S case. That’s rather weird, don’t you think so? It will certainly take some getting used to before the name rolls off your tongue naturally. Well, we do know that The OnePlus iPhone 6S case can now be purchased for $19.99 a pop, and no, you do not need any kind of invite before you can snag one for yourself.
Each purchase will also be accompanied by an invitation to purchase a OnePlus X, just in case, you know, you would like to tread the Android waters. All in all, it comes in the kind of material as found on the OnePlus One and OnePlus X, which makes it a whole lot harder to lose grip of when you hold it – which is good!
iPhone 6S Prepares For September 18th Release Date
If you are on the lookout for either the iPhone 6S or the iPhone 6S Plus, then here is news for you – chances are pretty high that you can pick up either one, or perhaps even both if you are feeling fat in the pocket, this coming September 18th. First of all, there was a leaked internal memo from Vodafone alongside Japanese site ITHome and German tech experts Macerkopf claiming that the new iPhones 6S models will roll out this coming September 18th in their respective countries
With Japan, Germany and the UK being tier one Apple launch countries, this means that those living in the mentioned countries will receive the iPhones at the same time as folks living over in the US – traditionally speaking, of course. There really isn’t that much time left to wait, as it is less than a month away, and I am quite sure that the time will pass by sooner than you think.
iPad Air 3 Not Coming This Year According To Rumors
It looks like the folks over at Digitimes have come up with their own interpretation of things to come – that there will be no iPad Air 3 released, at least for this year. Digitimes has had their fair share of hits and misses in the past, so it would be best to take this rumor concerning the non-release of the iPad Air 3 in 2015 with a pinch of salt.
Digitimes also laid claim that the iPad mini 4 will not be as supercharged as some of the rumors that had been going around, as it will bring with it only small and incremental upgrades when compared to its predecessor, the iPad mini 3. This does not seem to bode well for fans of the compact tablet, taking into consideration how the iPad mini 3 itself was improved over its predecessor with a new Touch ID fingerprint reader.
Since Apple tends to roll out a new iPad in October, we will just have to sit tight and see whether this particular rumor has enough “legs” to run.