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AppleCare+ purchase period extended to one year

AppleCare+

Apple provides a 60-day window after the initial purchase date for owners to add AppleCare+ coverage to their devices. Although an inspection is sometimes required, this gives customers additional time to decide whether they want the extra peace of mind. This purchase period will be extended to one year for US and Canadian customers.

Apple Watch gets National Parks challenge for 2020

National Parks activity challenge

For the third year running, Apple is holding an Apple Watch Activity Challenge to help celebrate National Parks. Last year's workout was designed to mark the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. This year, users are asked to earn awards on August 30th by hiking, walking, riding, or running a mile or more. The activity can be logged by any app that adds workouts to Health.

Apple releases iOS 13.6.1 with green tint fix

iOS 13.6.1 update dark

The latest version of iOS arrived this week to little fanfare. Apple always recommends keeping your devices running the most recent software at all times. iOS 13.6.1 is likely one of the last updates to come ahead of the iOS 14 rollout this fall. So what's included in the download for iPhone owners?

Twitter still testing new reply settings for iOS

Twitter reply options

Changes to conversations are coming to the Twitter app on iPhone and iPad. The company has begun testing out a new setting which can limit who replies to a tweet. By default, anyone can reply to a tweet. The new settings change this, making it possible for a user to limit who can reply. The new conversation settings have undergone testing for months and may soon come to the entire user population.

COVID Nearby app delivers virus tracking and privacy

COVID Nearby app

Another way to track and view cases of COVID-19 in your local area has arrived free on the App Store. COVID Nearby can be launched on the iPhone or iPad to log coronavirus symptoms and test results. Privacy is guaranteed thanks to differential privacy, a method which keeps users anonymous and reports secure. The project has been developed at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

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