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As the rivalry between Apple and Epic Games continues, more effects are starting to be seen. Epic Games this week reported that they would be ending support for and refunding purchases of Fortnite: Save the World on macOS. According to Epic Games, Apple is preventing them from providing updates to games on Mac. Epic’s “upcoming v14.20 release will cause bugs for players on v13.40, resulting in a very poor experience” which led them to make the game unplayable after September 23rd. This does not come as a surprise, however, as it falls in line with iOS ban of Epic Games following the lawsuits against Apple. What does come as a surprise, though, it how Epic is handling the disabling... Read more...
As of late, Apple has been under siege for its business practices with respect to the App Store. Now that Apple is creating a bundled subscription service for their products, Spotify is joining the dogpile by denouncing Apple as “anti-competitive.” Yesterday, Apple hosted their online event showcasing a new device and a new subscription service called Apple One. This lowest tier subscription, coming in at $15 a month, bundles iCloud, Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. It appears Spotify has taken issue with this bundle though. Journalist Peter Kafka received a statement from Spotify during the Apple Event which claimed that Apple was being anti-competitive and “threatens... Read more...
There have been rumors for months that Apple is set to launch premium over-the-ear headphones this year called the AirPods Studio. Although we haven't heard much by way of specifications for the AirPods Studio since then, the rumors have yet to slow down. Today, leaker Jon Prosser is throwing more fuel on the fire with both conceptual renders of the AirPods Studio and some alleged features. Although we can't say for sure if the AirPods Studio will end up looking like these renders, this is the closest approximation based on Prosser's sources. We see rounded, rectangular ear cups that are supposedly constructed of metal, along with high-quality leather for the headband. The AirPods Studio,... Read more...
I am just going to say it—Apple is winning the war of words in its skirmish with Epic Games over Fortnite, and is likely to emerge victorious in court when all is said and done as well. It already has, to some extent. However, Epic is seeking a preliminary injunction that would legally compel Apple to let Fortnite back into the App Store, to which Apple has responded with some very strong language. Usually it is not very entertaining to read through a legal document (no offense, lawyers). This is not one of those times. Apple did not hold back in accusing Epic of creating this messy situation it now finds itself in, and basically says the developer is "holding its own [Fortnite] customers... Read more...
In addition to the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, Apple today announced the all-new iPad Air. As we learned from previous leaks, the new iPad Air shares its overall design language with the more expensive iPad Pro. That means that there are minimal bezels all-around due to the lack of a Home button. Just as the leaks forecast, Touch ID, which was previously found within the Home button, has been moved to the top-mounted power button. The iPad Air also gains USB-C connectivity, which is another carryover from iPad Pro. Likewise, the iPad Air supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which magnetically attaches to the side of the case (again, cribbed from the iPad Pro).... Read more...
Well, my Apple Watch Series 5 is about to obsolete, how fantastic. I'm kidding, of course—I'm sure it will be remain relevant after today, but that said, Apple is expected to introduce the Apple Watch Series 6 today during a scheduled event, which currently sports the caption "Time flies." Yes it does, Apple, it surely does (especially in tech). Watch The Scheduled Apple Event Right Here Apple will be livestreaming the event from Apple Park. It is scheduled to commence today at 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET). You can catch it on Apple's YouTube channel, or stick around right here at HotHardware, as we have embedded the video below... Apple has not provided many details about the event, other... Read more...
It has been widely expected that at least two members of the upcoming iPhone 12 family would feature 120Hz displays. Those devices were rumored to be the flagship 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, a late report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that no iPhone 12 models will include 120Hz display; instead, all models will still support a maximum of 60Hz. This is a big letdown for Apple fans that have sat by and watched Android smartphones ship with 90Hz and 120Hz displays for quite some time now.  This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of trouble in 120Hz land for the iPhone 12 Pro models, however. Back in late... Read more...
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has quite a bit of egg on its face this evening after a tweet that it posted went viral. The Washington, D.C. based agency’s mission — as stated on its Twitter profile — is to “[Secure] our nation's borders”  “facilitating lawful international travel & trade.” As part of this mission, the CBP gleefully explained that it seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods that arrived in the United States from Hong Kong on August 31st. The counterfeit goods were discovered at an air cargo facility on a layover at JKF International Airport in New York, enroute to their final destination in Las Vegas, Nevada,... Read more...
Apple has come under first in recent weeks from companies like Microsoft and Facebook for its onerous App Store policies regarding game streaming apps. This week, Apple updated their App Store Review Guidelines and subsequently made things more confusing. A few weeks ago, an app developer fought the Apple guidelines with respect to subscriptions. Now, Apple made an update to that rule with a subheading that both allows and does not allow for game streaming services like Project xCloud and Stadia. According to the rule: 3.1.2(a) Permissibles: (sub-point) You may offer a single subscription that is shared across your own apps and services. Games offered in a streaming game service subscription... Read more...
It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the launch of the 14th iteration of iOS, and users are just now gaining the ability to set third-party apps to launch by default (for certain actions). Android has had this feature since its inception, but we digress. Apple first announced this change at its virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this year. The first app to take advantage of this new feature right now in the iOS 14 beta (and by extension, the iPadOS 14 beta) is Google Chrome. The change came with the most recent version of Google Chrome which landed in the App Store yesterday, version 85.0.4183.109.  Now, when you click a link in... Read more...
Tim Sweeney is not one to mince words, and if he has a strong opinion on something, he will let it be known. That includes speaking out against big companies and their practices. Microsoft has mostly caught his verbal wrath, though more recently, Sweeney has turned his attention to Apple and Google, saying they exploit Epic Games and other developers, and must be stopped. His comments are rooted in the current dispute between Epic Games and both Apple and Google, over their respective app stores and the royalties associated with them. The dispute with Apple has dominated the headlines, as the two spar in court. It started when Epic Games suddenly decided to update Fortnite so that players could... Read more...
On this update to Days of Our Lives the Epic Games versus Apple saga, logins for Epic Games users are going to look a little different. Starting on September 11, 2020, users will not be able to sign into their Epic Games account using an Apple account. Back in 2019, Apple required developers to use Apple sign-in if they also offered third-party sign-ins. This was Apple’s way of keeping the system alive at the time, and Epic had to adhere to that policy. Now that Epic have largely been abolished from the App Store, things are changing.  According to a tweet from the Fortnite creator, Apple is no longer allowing users to sign into Epic Games accounts on September 11. Now who is... Read more...
Just a few days ago, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney likened Apple's power to banish apps from its App Store to a "death sentence" for the product in question, a notable description considering Fortnite was recently given the boot. While perhaps the banishment does not sound the death knell for Epic Games or Fortnite, the developer is projected to lose a lot money from Apple's decision—nearly $27 million each month. Fortnite is free to play, but rakes in a ridiculous amount of revenue through in-game purchases on cosmetics and other items. Players can optionally buy in-game currency called V-Bucks using real-world currency. Regular pricing for Fortnite's in-game currency ranges from... Read more...
Updated 9/8/2020 @ 2:15pm EST Apple's event has been updated with the title "Time Flies" which sees to suggest that this event will solely be about the Apple Watch Series 6, and perhaps the iPad Air 4. The original story continues below: We finally have an announcement date for Apple’s fall lineup of devices: September 15th. The event will take place exactly one week from today and will be livestreamed starting at 1pm EST. Apple typically announces its new iPhones earlier in September, but the COVID-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench into those plans by delaying production and testing of certain critical components. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t providing many details on what it will... Read more...
"Epic" might be the best word to describe what's sure to be a prolonged, dramatic court battle between gaming heavyweight Epic Games and iOS App Store walled garden builder Apple. By now you're familiar with the somewhat sneaky direct payment method Epic hid from Apple inside the iOS version of Fortnite during the review process. Following Apple's subsequent removal of Fortnite from the app store and ultimately a termination of Epic's developer contract, the developer has struck back. Epic has asked the U.S. District Court of Northern to step in and force Apple to roll back what the Unreal creator calls "Apple's retaliation" to prop up its iOS App Store monopoly. The developer's filing states... Read more...
Apple is on track to announce its new iPhone 12 family sometime this month, or perhaps in early October. Given testing delays that cropped up due to COVID-19, the latest iPhones are launching a few weeks later than previous models. With that being said, one spec that has seemingly been confirmed for all of the upcoming iPhones is 5G support, but a new report is shedding light on to what exactly that will entail. According to sources for Fast Company, only the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have mmWave support. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest of the incoming smartphones, and features a 6.7-inch OLED display (1242 x 2688). Allegedly, only the iPhone 12 Pro Max has enough space inside its chassis... Read more...
It’s no secret that Apple is working on Macs powered by its own family of Arm-based processors, currently dubbed Apple Silicon. We’ve heard rumors that among the first devices that will debut with Apple Silicon will be a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air. However, a new report suggests that we could see the resurgence of an Apple laptop that was recently discontinued: the 12-inch MacBook. The China Times is reporting that a MacBook revival will be powered by a version of Apple’s upcoming A14X processor, which will also be used in the next-generation iPad Pro. The A14X (which will be built on TSMC's 5nm process node) is allegedly being developed under... Read more...
If Apple went nuclear several days back, they have now gone thermonuclear by terminating a developer account owned by Epic Games. Apple claims it is not included in the legal ruling amid the court battle, but this just kicks things up a notch. Earlier in August, Apple gave Fortnite the boot when Epic Games implemented a way of paying for Fortnite items without going through the Apple payment ecosystem. When it originally happened, Apple said that “Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.”... Read more...
Epic Games is gambling that it will win its lawsuit against Apple over a tweak to in-game payments in Fortnite, which enables players to make direct payments, allowing the developer to effectively bypass sharing a 30 percent cut with Apple. Maybe it will, probably it won't. It is also trying to win in the court of public opinion, by sending emails to Fortnite players on iOS who will not receive the latest update. Before we get to the emailed text, let's quickly recap. The Cliff Notes version is, Apple collects a 30 percent royalty on sales from apps in its App Store, including in-game purchases. Epic Games agreed to this when it put Fortnite in the App Store. Then earlier this month, Epic Games... Read more...
There’s been a lot of courtroom drama surrounding Apple over the past two weeks, but at least one ongoing case involving the company has finally been [preliminarily] settled. The class action lawsuit was brought against Apple way back in 2017 regarding a defect in its Powerbeats 2 headphones, which first entered the market in 2015. There were multiple issues raised in the class action lawsuit including claims that Apple misrepresented the battery life of the headphones. It was alleged that the Powerbeats 2 would fail to hold a significant charge after just “minimal” usage. It was also pointed out that Apple’s claims of sweat and water resistance for the Powerbeats... Read more...
Apple is widely expected to launch a new iPhone 12 family next month with an A14 Bionic SoC, OLED displays, and 5G support. However, the company is also planning to launch a new Apple Watch Series 6 and fresh iPad tablets. A new leak today is shedding light on the new iPad Air 4, and it’s a pretty big leak. A manual for the iPad Air 4 has reportedly been spotted, and it shows an all-new design for Apple’s “middle child” iPad tablet. What’s immediately visible is that Apple has completely abandoned the old school Home button in favor of thinner bezels and a design more in keeping with the flagship iPad Pro family. While the new iPad Air doesn’t have a Home button... Read more...
Apple is expected to unveil its full iPhone 12 lineup next month, which will consist of two iPhone 12 and two iPhone 12 Pro SKUs. However, it’s the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max that will be the focus of our attention this morning. Serial leaker Jon Prosser first posted screens shots taken from within the Settings app of an alleged 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. The device in question is a production validation test (PVT), or prototype. There’s an enable LiDAR toggle, which is labeled “This enables LiDAR assisted auto focus and subject detection for Video and Night Mode.” LiDAR functionality for Apple was first introduced earlier this year with the fourth generation... Read more...
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