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Last week brought the release of the iPhone 4S, iCloud, iOS 5, Mac OS X 10.7.2, and a slew of smaller releases, and like everyone else we’ve been struggling to wrap our heads around it all. To start, Glenn Fleishman reports on the record sales of the iPhone 4S, Michael Cohen looks at what iCloud means to BusyCal users, and Adam notes that you can buy AppleCare+ for the iPhone after purchase (for a while). But then we bring in the big guns with Jeff Carlson sharing our favorite hidden and overlooked features in iOS 5 and Matt Neuburg running down the major changes in Mac OS X 10.7.2. Matt also contributes a thought-provoking look at what we users can expect from iOS apps once developers start taking advantage of iOS 5’s new capabilities. Notable software releases this week include iPhoto ’11 9.2, Aperture 3.2, Safari 5.1.1 (Snow Leopard), Security Update 2011-006 (Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server), Lion Recovery Update, GraphicConverter 7.4, and Sparrow 1.4.

Glenn Fleishman 1 comment

Apple Sells 4 Million Units of the iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S is a ridiculous hit right out of the gate, despite widespread press coverage of anecdotal disappointment that it wasn’t an iPhone 5. Apple sold 4 million of the new model in the first three days of sales. Also, 25 million users upgraded to iOS 5 and 20 million iCloud accounts were set up.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Add AppleCare+ Through 14 November 2011

If you weren’t offered AppleCare+ when you bought your new iPhone 4S, never fear, it’s available through 14 November 2011. But after that point, you’ll need to buy it at the same time as the iPhone, or perhaps within 24 hours of activation.

Michael E. Cohen 7 comments

iPhone 4S: A Very Palpable Hit

A number of reviewers have now wrapped their hands around the latest of Apple’s iPhones (without, it should be noted, causing antenna reception problems), and the consensus is that the iPhone 4S is a worthy update. Ask Siri if you should be surprised.

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ExtraBITS for 17 October 2011

Steve Jobs wasn’t the only industry giant to pass away the first week in October — we also note the passing of Dennis Ritchie, father of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system. Plus, we direct you to an important article by Instapaper developer Marco Arment, pointing out a potentially serious failing of iOS 5.