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Once upon a time, if you had a question about something and hoped to find the answer on the web, you might have been compelled to Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com) for the answer. These days, Google is so popular that its search functionality has become a verb, as in, "Why don't you Google it?" Bing is the other big search engine, but could Apple—and by extension Siri—be next? Quite possibly. We already know that Apple loves to have control everything, from the custom iPhone and iPad chips it builds, to whatever else it can manufacturer and manage in-house. Even its Mac systems are moving away from Intel chips, in favor of Apple's own custom silicon (based on Arm). And on the software side,... Read more...
We know that Apple Silicon is on the way, and a new report today is giving us some additional insight into what Apple has in store for its first PC-centric SoC. Apple for the past decade and a half has relied on Intel to power to its laptops and desktops, but Apple Silicon is [hopefully] ushering in a new wave of performance and efficiency for Macs. According to China Times, the first custom, desktop-centric Apple Silicon chip will be the A14T. It's based on TSMC's 5nm process -- like the A14 found in the iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Air -- and is reportedly being developed under the codename Mt. Jade. According to the report, this A14T-powered iMac will debut in the first... Read more...
When Apple announced its iPhone 12 family earlier this month, the company took the "courageous" step of removing not only the familiar EarPods from the box (no big deal to most), and the USB-C charging brick. At the time, the company patted itself on the back by stating that it was being environmentally-friendly by not contributing to additional e-waste, considering that that many people already have a gaggle of wall chargers littered around the house (or office). More discerning pundits, however, saw the move as Apple's way to cut costs and help offset the additional expense of the 5G connectivity that is standard across the iPhone 12 family. And one other curious wrinkle is that while... Read more...
We've been hearing quite a bit about next-generation AirPods for the past few months, and the iPhone 12 event came and went with no mention of the wireless headphones. This was definitely disappointing for some, but a new report from Bloomberg suggests that they are still on the way and will arrive just a little later than previously thought. According to Mark Gurman, Apple is working on third-generation AirPods, which are expected to adopt a similar design to the current-generation AirPods Pro. This means that the cylindrical "stems" that attach to the actual "buds" will be smaller this time around and battery life will be boosted compared to the current models. They'll also be equipped... Read more...
The Epic Games versus Apple saga is continuing as the Fortnite creator filed another case against Apple on October 24th. Epic Games says that “Apple has no right to the fruits of Epic’s labor,” further claiming that “Apple’s contractual restrictions are anti-competitive.” Epic's filing is just one more on top of many in the back-and-forth war, which will end with a trial by judge. In yesterday’s filing, Epic Games stated that Apple had no rights to Epic’s Fortnite goodies, “other than the rights arising under a contract.” This seems somewhat off, as Epic Games did sign a contract with Apple agreeing to those contractual terms. Epic... Read more...
Smartphones have never been all that easy to repair, but that hasn't stopped owners from fixing (or attempting to fix) broken screens, dead charging ports, speakers that don't make sound, and a host of other issues. There's nothing quite like the feeling of using a heat gun to melt some adhesive underneath a screen and then using a suction cup to pick up the front of a thousand-dollar smartphone to replace a broken part. Thankfully, we have guides on the internet, and very few are more helpful than the ones from the folks at iFixIt. They're at it again, too, as they've published a teardown guide for Apple's newly-released iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.  Interestingly, the two iPhones, released just... Read more...
When it comes to tablets that are currently available on the market, there's Apple's iPad family, and then there's everyone else. Apple has the market cornered with a wide variety of tablets covering multiple price points including the iPad mini, iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro. The latest entry is the 4th generation iPad Air, and it is currently available for preorder. The tablet starts at $599, but is currently available from Amazon with a $40 discount. It's not often that we see such discounts on new Apple products, especially for one that hasn't even been released yet, but we're not going to argue with saving money. Unfortunately, the discount only applies to a single color... Read more...
Back in 2018, Apple had some troubles with swollen batteries in the Apple Watch Series 2. Since then, we had not heard of continuing batteries or other widespread hardware defects. Now, the Apple Watch SE may have become the hottest watch on the market, burning customers and destroying the watch display due to an alleged defect. A user on reddit by the name cozyplanes created a post highlighting six different cases of the Apple Watch SE overheating in South Korea. The user claims that “They seem to be all Apple Watch SE 40mm models, both GPS and cellular, and in Silver and Space Gray. Nike Edition seems to be affected, as well.” There have not been any device teardowns as of writing,... Read more...
One of the major selling points of Apple's new iPhone 12 models is support for 5G connectivity, which is offered on its entire lineup (iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max). But apparently it might come with a pretty big caveat for some people. A supposed internal sales document suggests 5G will not work if using dual SIM cards. It is not uncommon for people to have multiple phone numbers, which allows them to keep their work and personal lines separate from each other, but still use the same handset. Using two SIM card in a single device is simply more convenient than lugging around two smartphones, for those who need to have distinct phone numbers for whatever reason.... Read more...
When Apple announced its iPhone 12 family early last week, the iPhone 12 Pro Max was no doubt the most feature-filled and impressive model on display. The smartphone features a massive 6.7-inch OLED display, triple rear cameras (including sensor shift optical image stabilization for the wide-angle lens), and a LIDAR sensor among other enhancements. However, equally as important was the new iPhone 12 mini, which reverses a trend that has become commonplace in today's smartphones. Smartphones today seem to have at least a 6-inch display, with most measuring in at 6.4 to 6.7 inches in size. Smartphone OEMs claim that most people want larger screens for gaming, watching movies, and looking... Read more...
Apple today opened preorders for its half of its upcoming 2020 smartphone family: the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. Both smartphones come with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, 5G connectivity, and an A14 Bionic, but the difference is in the details. The iPhone 12 is the cheaper of the two, priced from $799*, and features an aluminum body, dual cameras (wide, ultra-wide), and 4GB of RAM to feed the A14 Bionic SoC. The iPhone 12 Pro, on the other hand, is priced from $999, features a stainless-steel body, triple cameras (wide, ultra-wide, telephone), a LIDAR sensor and 6GB of RAM. Apple iPhone 12 It should be noted that the iPhone 12 comes with just 64GB of internal storage, while the... Read more...
Yesterday, we brought you news of the new 3DMark WildLife graphics benchmark, which is the latest cross-platform test from the folks at UL Benchmarks. UL explains that WildLife is primarily tasked with measuring GPU performance across platforms, and two distinct tests are available.  The standard WildLife test is designed to give feedback on how a game performs over a short period of time. With mobile games, people typically play in brief spurts when they find some free time; be it on the bus, on the subway, or a quick battle royale session on your lunch break, but not always. The 3DMark WildLife Stress Test, on the other hand, shows how a device performs over a longer stretch... Read more...
Earlier this year, Apple announced its intentions to move away from Intel x86-64 based processors to its own Apple Silicon using Arm architecture. The company stated that the first Macs running Apple Silicon would arrive by the end of 2020 – which would kick off a 2-year transition process for the whole Mac family -- and we're now getting a more dialed-in date according to a familiar source. While talking about the upcoming iPhone 12 launch, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman threw in just a single sentence that sets into motion what Apple has planned: "The first Mac laptop with Apple’s own processor, among other products, will emerge at another launch in November."... Read more...
When Apple announced the iPhone 12 family earlier this week, the company was quick to tout the new 5nm A14 Bionic SoC that is powering the smartphones. The A14 Bionic is a 6-core chip, with two high-performance cores coupled with four low-power efficiency cores. More importantly, Apple boldly claimed that the A14 Bionic is up to 50 percent faster than SoCs found in competing Android flagships with regards to CPU and graphics performance. A listing for the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro has been discovered in Geekbench 5, and it does show some strong performance gains compared to the outgoing A13 Bionic. The iPhone 12 Pro was able to pull down a single-core score of 1597, while its multi-core... Read more...
Last week, a security researcher team claimed Apple’s T2 security chip onboard many Macs was vulnerable to an exploit that could not be patched. This exploit would give an attacker full root access and kernel execution privileges. Now, another group has showcased a real-world method of this attack over USB-C. Apple’s devices all have a debug tool that is created in-house for diagnosing issues with the OS. These can sometimes be leaked or reverse engineered so that users can jailbreak devices. With the exploit reported last week, attackers would use the checkm8/checkra1n exploit along with the blackbird vulnerability while in device firmware update (DFU) mode to get into a system.... Read more...
Apple seems to be rubbing a lot of people the wrong way with its iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro family that was announced this afternoon. While there are kudos all around for standard 5G connectivity, the faster A14 Bionic SoC, and improved cameras, Apple also took the USB-C wall charger and EarPods out of the box. And now, Apple is sure to leave many people scratching their heads with the revelation that it is essentially placing an additional $30 fee on top of the MSRP for certain models of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. Apple announced that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini will start at $699 in the 64GB configuration, while the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will be priced at $799 for the same amount... Read more...
After months of leaks and speculation, Apple iPhone 12 family has finally been officially announced. Given how much ink has been spilled about the smartphones up to this point, most of you should already be pretty familiar with Apple has to offer. As in previous years, the iPhone 12 lineup is being split into two distinct families: the mainstream iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12, along with the flagship iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12  These are the entry-level models in the new smartphone family, and they are both powered by Apple’s new A14 Bionic SoC. Apple’s new A14 Bionic SoC is a 6-core design that is claimed to be 50 percent faster than any... Read more...
Apple has struggled to get its foot in the door with the HomePod. When the smart speaker was first announced, it was priced at $349, and was later reduced to $299. However, it can regularly be found on sale for $199. But even that hasn't been enough to result in any meaningful market share for Apple. The company hopes to change this with the HomePod mini, which brings most of the good stuff found in the larger HomePod, but in a smaller form-factor. The new HomePod mini features a single main driver, two passive radiators and an acoustic waveguide that is mounted in the bottom of the speaker housing. As the rumors predicted, the HomePod mini is powered by the S5 SoC, which was first... Read more...
Apple is holding its iPhone 12 event later today (1pm EST to be exact), but serial leaker Evan Blass has already provided us with the first official photos of the smartphones (along with a bonus). The images don’t really tell us what we didn’t already know, but they at least confirm the design of the smartphones along with the colors that they will be available in. The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will be available in Black, Blue, Green, (Product) Red, and White. We can also confirmation of dual rear cameras on the back of the smartphones, which is in keeping with last year’s best-selling iPhone 11. iPhone 12 Pro Moving on to the “pro”... Read more...
In life, sports, and the court of law, you win some and you lose some. Case in point (literally). Epic Games has, for the time being, lost its legal battle with Apple, in which the developer sought a preliminary injunction that would prevent the Cupertino company from continuing to ban Fortnite from the App Store, in its current state that sidesteps royalty payments from in-game purchases. However, Unreal Engine can remain. It is more of an Epic loss than an Epic win, so to speak, because Fortnite is the bigger play and the cause for this legal showdown between Epic Games and Apple. It started when Epic Games suddenly decided it was tired of paying Apple a 30 percent royalty for in-game purchases,... Read more...
It looks like someone else is trying to circumvent Apple’s obtuse rules for their App Store. Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate streaming subscription service -- namely, Project xCloud -- was blocked from the App Store because each game could not be individually reviewed. However, this will not stop Microsoft from developing a web-based application for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. In August, Apple explained why Xbox Game Pass Ultimate got the boot from the App Store. Besides the rule for Apple to individually review games on the App Store, all games are required to appear in charts and search, which would likely not be possible for a streamed game. More recently, game streaming... Read more...
Apple announced earlier this week that it will be revealing its iPhone 12 family on Tuesday, October 13th. The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models are arriving later in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are highly anticipated among the Apple faithful. Apple leaker Kang, who has a generally reliable track record when it comes to leaks, is giving us a final rundown of details for the upcoming smartphone family including pricing ahead of the official reveal. There aren't many surprises here compared to previous leaks, but we do get some revised pricing details for the cheapest member of the family: the iPhone 12 mini. iPhone 12 mini  5.4-inch OLED display A14... Read more...
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