Top iOS news of the week: AppleCare refunds, HandyCase, News blocked in China

This week in iOS we saw Apple block News in China, a case that allows touch operation on the back of iPhones and iPads, and you can get refunds for AppleCare+.

Apple disables News app in China

Citing concerns over censorship, Apple has disabled its News app in China. The News app is distributed as part of iOS 9, and it is unusual for Apple to actively block an app like this.

Apple has declined to comment on the blockage.

Source: Apple Insider

Get pro-rated refunds on unused AppleCare+

You probably aren't aware that when you trade up from one Apple device you are entitled to a refund for the unused portion of your AppleCare+ warranty. You have to go through the proper process to get that credit.

Apple World Today has outlined the steps to follow to get what's coming to you.

Source: Apple World Today

Apple rolls out major update to iWorks apps

Those using iWorks apps for the iPhone or iPad should update them as soon as possible. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote have been updated to fully support iOS 9, including multitasking on the iPad.

The new apps work with SlideOver and Split View for multitasking, and take advantage of the onscreen keyboard improvements in iOS 9.

Source: MacStories

HandyCase turns back of iPhone, iPad into a touch screen

The touch screens on iPhones and iPads work well, but at times it can be problematic that the user's hands block the controls on the screen. The HandyCase looks to eliminate that annoyance by enabling operating the touch display using the case on the back of the device.

What makes this so unique is that the HandyCase shows the user's hands superimposed on the display while letting the full screen show through. It looks that with a little practice users could get adept at running the device without touching the main touch screen. This would eliminate those pesky smudges, too.

Source: Discovery News