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Apple has faced a number of embarrassing security mishaps over the past few months, with most of them affecting macOS. However, iOS is not immune to annoying glitches as witnessed by the latest chaiOS bug. Software developer Abraham Masri first discovered the exploit, which affects iOS devices, and can cause them to freeze, respring or reboot. The exploit is made possible by the fact that the Messages app in iOS preloads website links, which allows the app to show users a preview. However, this has the unwelcome side effect of executing code that could otherwise be harmful to the operating system.... Read more...
Apple created quite the firestorm when it was revealed that the company was throttling the performance of iPhones with older and "well worn" batteries. The company wasn't upfront about the practice, and it only came to light due to some sleuth work by customers and app developers. Now, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that customers will be given the choice to disable processor throttling in a future iOS update. At first, Cook tried to explain the reasoning behind throttling in the first place, telling ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis in an interview: And so you can imagine if you’re making an emergency call... Read more...
They say that we all have a doppelganger out there; someone who looks almost just like we do. Google recently updated its Arts & Culture app and it suddenly went viral. The update lets users of the app snap a selfie and then it uses AI to search famous artworks for your artsy doppelganger. For some people, the app did a very good job matching them up. If you have never used the Arts & Culture app, it has been around since last year and was originally meant to let users browse famous art from hundreds of museums around the world. The portrait feature launched in an update last month and... Read more...
Apple angered man of its fans when it finally admitted that it had been throttling devices with older batteries. Apple said that the slowdown was to keep devices with batteries that are older and have lost performance from shutting down prematurely. Eventually Apple decided that the way to appease customers was to offer significant discounts on replacing the old batteries in some devices with a price decrease down to $29. Apple is now facing a potential inquiry from House Republicans who want answers from on its throttling policy. Four of the U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the... Read more...
Apple has been in some very rough waters over the last several weeks after the realization that the company was throttling devices with older batteries. Apple naturally says that the throttling of the devices was in the name of what's best for consumers, but some aren't buying that response. To appease the angry mob of iPhone owners, Apple announced a new battery replacement program that drastically cut the price for battery replacement. This was certainly the right move for consumers, but it could hurt the bottom line in Cupertino according to Barclays. Analyst Mark Moskowitz says that the new... Read more...
Apple today has clarified its policy regarding battery replacements on iPhone 6 and newer smartphones that are affected by performance throttling in iOS. Apple acknowledged last month that once battery performance deteriorated below a set threshold, performance would be throttled in certain situations to avoid unexpected device shutdowns. Apple's secrecy surrounding the practice is what truly embroiled the company in controversy (and made the company subject to class-action lawsuits), so it slashed the price of battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer devices from $79 to $29. However, there... Read more...
Apple has moved quite swiftly to implement its new pricing policy for iPhone battery replacements. Last week, Apple announced that it would be slashing the price of in-store battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer devices from $79 to $29. This move was one of a few steps that Apple has taken to appease customers that were upset over the revelation that it throttles the performance of older iPhones with significant battery degradation. The new pricing is already in effect at most of Apple Store locations across the United States, with a company spokesperson stating, “We expected to... Read more...
After getting caught with its hand in the cookie jar, Apple came out and offered an apology of sorts for anyone who felt "let down" by its decision to throttle performance on iPhone devices with degraded batteries. As part of its mea culpa, Apple also slashed the price of its battery replacement service to $29, down from $79, which is good through the end of next year. But is it enough? Not everyone thinks so. "This public outcry, and the hard work of journalists around the world, has caused Apple to blink. That’s great, but their proposed fix is only temporary. Battery prices are going back... Read more...
Late last week, Apple issued its first official statement on the brewing controversy over iPhone throttling. Today, the company has greatly expounded upon those comments with an open letter to its customers. Apple starts off by addressing customers directly, writing, "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making." The company goes on to state that it is not intentionally shortening the life of its iPhones (which some have indicated... Read more...
If you've been following the tech world over the past two weeks, Apple hasn't had this much negative attention aimed at its products since the MacBook Pro battery life fiasco stirred by Consumer Reports, or perhaps the iPhone 4 "Antennagate". Apple's decision to throttle older iPhones with degraded batteries -- while not informing customers of the practice -- has invited swift backlash. Not surprisingly, some of Apple's competitors are latching on to its misery, while at the same time reassuring current -- and potentially, future -- customers that they would never use such secretive tactics. The... Read more...
Apple has come under fire here in the United States after the company confirmed a practice that had long been suspected by iPhone owners. Starting with the iOS 10.1.2, Apple began throttling the CPU on certain older iPhones whose batteries had been degraded beyond an optimal level. This practice was meant to prevent iPhones from shutting down unexpectedly, but had the side effect of reducing performance for customers. While the practice is understandable, Apple's decision to keep customers in the dark about the practice is what has most upset customers. As a result, the company is facing multiple... Read more...
It was only a matter of time before the lawsuits would start raining down after Apple admitted to throttling CPU performance on older iPhones. Apple confirmed the practice after users complained on reddit about degraded battery performance leading to slowdowns, which was later confirmed by analysis from Primate Labs. In fact, Apple has been hit by not one, but two lawsuits that are seeking class-action status. The first lawsuit was filed by Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, both of which own an iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 was first launched in September 2016, and was subject to Apple's throttling... Read more...
Apple has a controversy brewing on its hands, and it all started because of a reddit thread that gained traction earlier this month. One redditor complained of poor CPU performance on his iPhone 6s (which was confirmed with multiple Geekbench runs), that was magically "cured" when he installed a new battery. He along with other redditors in the thread surmised that Apple was purposefully throttling CPU performance on iPhones whose batteries had fallen below a certain threshold. Primate Labs founder John Poole (and the brains behind Geekbench) basically confirmed these initial findings with some... Read more...
One week ago, we brought you news of an exploit discovered by a Google Project Zero researcher that had the potential to jailbreak iPhones. Jailbreaking allows users to install unsupported and unauthorized applications and services on an iPhone, but also leaves the devices more vulnerability to malware and other security risks. At the time, it was thought that the exploit would allow for a tethered jailbreak, meaning that the device would need to be hooked up to a computer with a USB cable each time that it was rebooted (to reinject the code). Earlier this week, the Project Zero researcher, Ian... Read more...
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