AppleInsider reports that Apple’s Environment and Government Affairs head, Lisa Jackson, has visited a school in Rajasthan in India and talked to a group of women known as the “solar mamas,” who have been trained to manufacture and assemble solar lamps.

Jackson visited a school in Tilonia in the Ajmer region of Rajasthan that is known as “The Barefoot College.” The non-profit organisation is both a community outreach centre as well as a school.

Although in a very remote location, Barefoot College uses iPads as part of the training programme for students, who attend the college to learn about various technological disciplines such as photovoltaic engineering. Apple has already donated 20 iPads and 10 Macs to the college this year alone.

The solar mamas themselves not only build solar lanterns, they also set up local electronic workshops in their home towns based on what they learn at Barefoot College on their iPads and other equipment.

Source: Apple environment chief visits rural Indian school where donated iPads are part of curriculum

AppleInsider reports that Apple has announced that it is opening an office in Hyderabad, India, for the purposes of developing Maps products for iOS, Mac, and Apple Watch.

The new centre will provide jobs for up to 4,000 employees, who will concentrate on developing Maps updates as well as new features for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.

Apple will not be building a purpose-built office block for the new centre, rather, it will be setting up its office in the Waverock campus in Hyderabad’s tech district. Apple also announced that it currently supports more than 640,000 app developer jobs and other similar positions in India.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in the middle of a tour of India, and is expected to meet Indian prime minister Narendra Modi before he leaves on Saturday.

Source: Apple opens Maps development center in Hyderabad, India
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A few days ago we shared the multiple reports of random crashing of iPad Pro 9.7-inch models. There were even instances where users devices were "bricked." These problems have actually been persisting for about 6 weeks now, and both iOS 9.3.1 and iOS 9.3.2 versions appear to be affected.

We are disheartened to report the issue persists, and although Apple is reportedly working on a fix, in the mean-time, more users are being affected by the problems. In a few isolated situations, a few customers have reported that Apple is even swapping out some iPad Pro 9.7-inch models if users take them into a local Apple Store, although now that it is a known issue, your mileage may vary regarding getting that to happen now.

The thing that's so strange about the issue is that the causes are variant and random, so it will be a tough bug for Apple to track down. Stay tuned and we will continue to update you folks as the situation develops.

Tim Cook continues on his travels this week, moving on from Beijing to India, where MacRumors reports he made a pre-dawn visit to the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai today. New Apple India head Sanjay Kaul joined the Apple CEO on his visit.

Aside from visiting the famous temple, Cook also met various business executives, including Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood, Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, and TCS CEO Natarajan Chandrasekaran, at the glamorous Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai where Cook is staying for the duration of his 5-day visit.

Indian website Mid-Day also reported that Cook is to visit Hyderabad on Thursday, where it is thought he will announce the building of a $25 million technology development centre that will have Apple Maps development as its main focus, and jobs for more than 150 employees.

Before he leaves on Saturday, Cook is also due to meet with India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, where they may well discuss Apple’s newly announced first retail stores to be built in India, which have just been approved by the Indian government.

With sales in the US and China slowing, Apple is looking increasingly to India, with the company’s revenue in that country growing by 56% in the last quarter, for the first time topping $1 billion.

Source: Tim Cook Starts India Trip With Temple Visit and Meetings in Mumbai

MacRumors reports on a number of complaints from owners of 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets that are being aired on MacRumors and also via Twitter, with those who are posting claiming that iOS 9.3.2 appears to be bricking some of their iPad Pros.

Apparently the problems are evident after installing the update over the air, with users getting an “Error 56” message that tells them to connect their device to iTunes.

MacRumors says that the problem is widespread, although not all 9.7-inch iPad Pros have been affected. One MacRumors user, NewtypeCJ, said that following the instructions and trying to restore the iPad Pro via iTunes simply didn’t work.

“Mine is bricked. Says it needs to be plugged into iTunes, won’t restore or update, just a big look. Fantastic. :/”

Error 56 is apparently a hardware issue, according to Apple’s support documents, which recommend installing the latest version of iTunes, then seeing if there are any issues with third-party security software, and then trying to restore another two times.

If, after all that, you still see the error message, then it’s time to contact Apple Support. Hopefully Apple will be releasing a fix for this issue very soon.

Image credit: @ivanmorote

Source: iOS 9.3.2 Bricking Some 9.7-inch iPad Pro Devices With 'Error 56' Message

Tim Cook has been having a busy time during his trip to China, with MacRumors reporting that the Apple CEO spent his first day in the country taking a ride to a Beijing Apple store in a cab provided by Didi Chuxing, an Uber rival that Apple has just invested $1 billion in.

Cook shared his journey with Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu, who then hosted a seminar at the Beijing Apple store. Cook attended Liu’s seminar, as did founders and CEOs of some of China’s biggest app producers, giving Cook the opportunity to also network with the app developers.

Cook has been posting photos of his trip on Twitter and Chinese networking platform Weibo. It’s no surprise that Cook is making such a high-profile trip, as greater China is Apple’s second biggest market as far as revenue is concerned, and saw sales drop there by 26% in the second quarter.

Source: Tim Cook Visits Beijing, Shares Ride to Apple Store Using Didi Chuxing


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