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With the recent cancellation of the HomePod smart speaker, Apple has abandoned the high-end smart speaker market, leaving just the HomePod mini to tackle the entry-level sector. This loss does not appear to be stopping the Cupertino-based company quite yet, though, as rumors swirl of a revival in the smart home space courtesy of an Apple TV set-top box with a speaker and camera built-in. According to anonymous sources who spoke to Bloomberg, the new Apple set-top box would utilize the camera and speaker to allow for “video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions.” Furthermore, it would include the standard gamut of Apple TV functionality such as... Read more...
Apple has just reported its earnings for fiscal Q1 2021, and they were nothing less than impressive. The company booked over $100 billion in revenue for the first time ever in company history. More specifically, it reported revenue of $111.44 billion versus a consensus of $103.28 billion. This represented a significant 21 percent increase year-over-year (YoY) for the company. Likewise, earnings per share (EPS) came in at $1.68 versus a consensus of $1.41; marking a 35 percent increase YoY. While Apple is headquartered in the United States, the company said that a 64 percent of its revenue was generated through international sales. “This quarter for Apple wouldn’t have been possible... Read more...
When Apple launches new point releases for iOS and iPadOS, we usually ignore them as they typically have just a few minor improvements or feature additions. This time around, however, there's really a very good reason to shine a light on iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4. Apple announced that the new software updates address three zero-day security flaws that were discovered in its mobile operating systems. One exploit is a kernel level vulnerability (CVE-2021-1782) that would allow a malicious app to gain elevated privileges on a device. Two additional vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-1871 and CVE-2021-1870) are related to Apple's WebKit browser engine, and allow remote attackers to remotely execute code on... Read more...
Apple is reportedly preparing to launch another entry in its popular iPad family of tablets. The next device to get refreshed will be the entry-level iPad, which will allegedly once again see its display size increased. According to the report from CnBeta, the new 9th generation iPad will increase its display size to 10.5 inches, and it will incorporate the A13 Bionic processor that was first introduced last year with the iPhone 11 family of smartphones. It's also reported that there will be 4GB of RAM onboard. The current 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch display and uses the A12 Bionic SoC paired with 3GB of RAM.  Although these upgrades sound nice, we've got some bad... Read more...
In an investigation into the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, four people have now been indicted for bribery associated with obtaining a concealed carry gun license. One of those four people indicted is Apple’s Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer. The court date is set for January 11, 2021, and all four could face prison time, should they be convicted. Thomas Moyer joined Apple in January of 2006 and worked up the ranks to Head of Global Security in November of 2018. On his LinkedIn, he describes his position as being “responsible for strategic management of Apple's corporate and retail security, crisis management, executive protection, investigations, and new product... Read more...
Do you have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? Need a quick gift for someone and want to get a deal at the same time? Amazon has you covered with some deals on Apple and Amazon tech to keep you or your giftee entertained. The priciest item we have on the list is the recently released 4th Generation iPad Air with 64GB of storage. This powerful device packs an A14 Bionic SoC that drives the 2360x1640 Liquid Retina display. You can pair the display with a set of accessories that make the iPad a powerful work and play device. If you are in the market for a new iPad, this is certainly a good choice. The iPad Air 4th Gen can be had in either the Silver or Sky-Blue variants for $40 off at... 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...
It looks as though Adobe is in hot water over its latest Lightroom update for iOS and iPadOS. Adobe has widely embraced Apple's mobile platforms, especially with regards to iPadOS given that many people like to use the incredibly powerful iPad Pro to manage and edit photos on-the-go. The latest Lightroom 5.4 update, however, featured a destructive bug that has caused some customers to lose not only their app presets, but also their photos. Mohamad Alif Eqnur wrote on the Lightroom Mobile support community about his issues, stating, "After I updated the apps on Apps Store, all of my pictures and presets gone. I really need this to be fix as soon as possible. Please help me as I really... Read more...
Epic Games be “taking one for the team” by standing up to Apple’s App Store policies, which it has deemed anticompetitive. Epic says that it isn’t seeking money in its lawsuits against Apple (and to a lesser extent, Google), but it is instead seeking a new fee structure for app developers that doesn’t result in a 30 percent cut for Apple. Epic’s revolt against Apple has resulted in Fortnite being removed from the App Store, but there’s still a way for you to reinstall the game… with one big caveat attached. First of all, it should be noted that when Apple kicks an app or game out of the App Store, it’s not actually... Read more...
Roughly two weeks ago, Apple gave us our first look at iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, which are the latest versions of the company's mobile operating systems. After iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were announced, Apple immediately made beta 1 versions available to developers. On Tuesday, the company followed up with beta 2 for developers. When it initially announced iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple said that the first public beta would be available in July, and true to its word, that time has come. Devices Eligible For The iOS 14/iPadOS 14 Public Beta These are the current devices that are eligible for the public beta (and the final release this fall). iOS 14 iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone XS iPhone... Read more...
Apple is always out to save some money with its products and increase accessory sales on the backend. In the past, Apple has pushed accessory sales with iPhone models when it did things like move away from the 3.5 mm headphone jack to Lightning port for connecting headphones (which prompted the meteoric rise fo AirPods). According to notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple won't even include a wall charger in the box with the iPhone 12 models. The new 20W power adapter, which is the charger that plugs into the wall and features a USB-C port, will be sold separately according to Kuo. While many iPhone users will be moving to the iPhone 12 from previous generations of Apple devices and will have chargers... Read more...
iPhone users who want to jailbreak their devices have a new option that reportedly works with all iPhones and iPads running iOS 13.5. The jailbreak is called Unc0ver 5.0.0, and its developers say that it works with iOS 11.0 through 13.5 with a couple of caveats. The jailbreak won't work on iOS 12.3-12.3.2 or 12.4.2-12.4.5. Unc0ver 5.0.0 promises to use "proper and deterministic techniques" for guaranteed stability. It's also secure with native system sandbox exceptions allowing security to remain intact while enabling access to jailbreak files. Security layers are preserved with developers promising that personal information is protected, allowing users to run jailbreak apps and tweaks while... Read more...
The Apple iPad remains the most popular tablet on the market these days, and has been available in various iterations over the past decade. Today, there're are a few deals to be had on the latest entry-level iPad along with a killer smartphone accessory. Starting with the iPad deal, Best Buy is selling the current generation 10.2-inch iPad for just $249, which represents an $80 discount compared to its usual retail price. The tablet features an A10 Fusion SoC, a Touch ID sensor for biometric authentication, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity, and up to 10 hours of battery life. We should mention that this particular SKU comes with a rather stingy 32GB of internal storage along with... Read more...
For what feels like the umpteenth time this has happened, a string of specific text is causing iOS devices to crash when received, including iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. The malicious text is going viral, and as of this writing, has not been addressed with an iOS update (we imagine one will arrive soon). Even worse, it doesn't have to be sent as a direct text message like past incidents. The string of text that is causing problems on iOS devices consists of certain characters in the Sindhi language. It was originally thought that emojis of the Italian flag needed to accompany the text as well, but was later discovered that the Sindhi text string is all that is needed to freeze and/or crash... Read more...
Earlier this week, it was reported that a zero-day exploit has been running in the wild that targets the iOS Mail app. First discovered by the researchers at ZecOps, the vulnerability has been labeled as "zero-click" because it allegedly needs no intervention from the user to attack an iPhone or iPad running even the most recent versions of iOS 13. A total of two vulnerabilities were found by ZecOps, which included the possibility for remote code execution. Now, Apple is responding, and it is trying to throw some cold water on the severity of these exploits. The company released the following statement to news organizations on Friday: Apple takes all reports of security threats seriously.... Read more...
When Apple introduced the first iPhone way back in 2007, it was a device that was very much married to a PC or Mac. You needed a computer to activate the device, perform OS updates, install music, transfer contacts, etc. However, over the years, the iPhone has grown so independent that it doesn't need a computer for much of anything at all. Well, unless you need to restore the firmware of your device in the case of a system failure, or if you want to rid yourself of beta software and get back on a "production" iOS track. Fortunately, the code sleuths over at 9to5Mac have uncovered evidence that Apple is working on over-the-air (OTA) mechanism for restoring iOS/iPadOS software/device... Read more...
If you're a school that makes use of Chromebooks in the classroom instead of iPads, Apple's Phil Schiller would like a word with you. Apple's iPad were once the "darling" of classrooms around the United States as kids could use the tablets for interactive lessons and as digital textbooks. However, in recent years, Chromebooks have begun to flood classrooms due to their cheaper pricing and built-in keyboard/touchpad threatening Apple’s long stronghold on the education market. With Chromebooks being the go-to choice for many school districts, Schiller slammed the initiative as not being beneficial to students or their learning. In an interview with CNET that focused primarily on... Read more...
Apple has a new patent application that has turned up at the USPTO that outlines a new system of haptic feedback that aims to make on-screen keyboards feel more like the real thing. The haptic tech described in the patent is called "Static Pattern Electrostatic Haptic Electrodes," and the goal is to to provide more tactile feedback like a computer keyboard. The patent relates to haptics that use multiple static pattern electrostatic haptic electrodes that are driven by different voltages, which allows a range of different haptic outputs. The static pattern electrostatic haptic electrode could include conductive material and voids inside the conductive material that allows the material to be the... Read more...
Well, that was fast—there is already a discount available on Apple's newest generation 10.2-inch iPad, the one that was just announced earlier this week and is not yet shipping. While not yet available to bring home, Amazon is accepting preorders for the latest iPad models, and you can snag a 10.2-inch iPad with Wi-Fi connectivity and 128GB of onboard storage for $399.99. The savings amounts to a 7 percent discount (save $29.01) over the $429 MSRP. While we have seen Amazon (and other retailers) offer price cuts on iPad models, it is a bit unusual for there to be a deal on a brand new version before it even starts shipping. It is the only the 128GB Wi-Fi model that is on sale, albeit all... Read more...
Apple today announced the new Apple Watch Series 5, which looks very much like its predecessors -- especially the Series 4. However, the big change with the Series 5 is the addition of an always-on display (finally), which is made possible with Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxid (LTPO) technology. So instead of having to raise your wrist to provoke the Apple Watch to turn on, you can always see the time and all of your complications no matter what you're doing. Apple says that even though the display is now always visible, the battery life remains at 18 hours. It also features a built-in compass (alongside a new compass app). Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399, while the LTE models will be... Read more...
If you're in the market for a new tablet, Best Buy is running some rather remarkable deals on consumer and professional tablets from Apple. Both the standard 9.7-inch iPad and the 11-inch iPad Pro are available with a steep discount with free shipping or free in-store pickup. First up is the 9.7-inch iPad, which normally rings in at $329 for the 32GB model. However, Best Buy is currently selling the upgraded 128GB iPad for an even lower price of $299 (available in Silver, Space Gray or Gold). The regular price for the 256GB SKU is $429, so this represents a $130 discount. Amazon is currently selling the 32GB iPad for $249, but this deal from Best Buy is a far better deal in our opinion --... Read more...
When it comes to the tablet market, Apple gets the bulk of the attention (and market share) with its iPad family. While numerous Android OEMs have simply given up on the form-factor in favor of large-screen smartphones, Samsung remains a staunch support of dedicated tablets. After launching the Galaxy Tab S5e earlier this year, Samsung’s upcoming entry into the fray is the Galaxy Tab S6. Real life shots of the tablet have been spied, and it shows a device with a 10.5-inch display and dual cameras on the rear (something that isn't yet the norm for a tablet, but quite common on smartphones). Powering the tablet will be Qualcomm's potent Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM.... Read more...
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