Apple Weekly News Roundup: iPhone 6c video leaks, Apple Pay in China and more

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Speculation surrounding the next generation 4-inch iPhone continues, with more iPhone 6c leaks surfacing online. Existing devices received a minor iOS 9.2.1 update, bringing no new features but fixing a long list of security vulnerabilities in iOS 9.2. Apple Pay already works in China, and in Apple Watch news the exclusive Hermès collection can now be purchased online. Also, the iPhoneFAQ is looking for writers to join our team! Get details in the latest news roundup below.

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Apple seeds minor iOS 9.2.1 update

The fifth update to iOS 9 dropped on Tuesday, bringing a security enhancements and bug fixes to iOS 9.2. Apple engineers fixed over 10 security vulnerabilities and an Mobile Device Management problem in the latest version of iOS. Reports have shown some older devices running iOS 9.2.1 have experienced performance improvements over older firmware. The 9.2.1 update is available for all iOS 9 compatible devices, including the iPhone 4S and later.

Designer Hermès Apple Watch sales launch online

Previously the Hermès flavor of Apple Watch was only available in select stores. Now anyone can purchase the designer version of Apple's wearable watchOS device online. The collection features stainless steel cases in two sizes, and three different handmade watch straps in various colors. Apple even designed a customizable watch face exclusive to the Hermès collection, with three typefaces and three complications. The Hermès Apple Watch collection is available on the Apple Store online and at

New 4-inch iPhone video leaks

More leaks this week surrounding the rumored iPhone 6c (or iPhone 5e) have surfaced from Asia. A video claims to show off the next generation 4-inch iPhone, complete with Touch ID and curved metal back. Some reports are skeptical that the device pictured is actually a new iPhone design. No existing products are compared to the purported iPhone 6c, making it possible the device pictured is just a normal iPhone 6. In any case, Apple is expected to add a new 4-inch iPhone to its lineup in March 2016.

Apple Pay already rolling out in China

In December, Apple announced plans to launch Apple Pay in China starting in early 2016. According to YouTube videos posted by Chinese users, some China UnionPay cards are already operating with Apple Pay ahead of its official launch. One transaction was an NFC purchase at a point-of-sale, and the other shows an in-app purchase. It seems Apple is quietly rolling out Apple Pay in China, the fifth country to receive the service since late 2014. Apple Pay is also slated to launch in Singapore and Spain before the end of this year.