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It may sound odd to incorporate light sensors into components that you end up jamming into your ear, but that is exactly what Apple might decide to do with its AirPods, at some point. For now, it is just a rumor. However, if Apple does go that route with a future version of its AirPods, it would potentially give the earbuds a neat health monitoring feature. Let's start with the initial rumor. The folks at MacRumors spotted a Digitimes report (that is hidden behind a paywall) claiming Apple will inject ambient light sensors (ALS) into a next-generation version of its AirPods. According to the report, Taiwan's ASE Technology might be handling the "backend process" for the new component, which could... 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...
A surprising number of leaks concerning iOS 14 and the coming iPhone models have been turning up over the last few months. Leaks concerning Apple hardware and software are certainly not new, but they seem to be occurring more frequently recently. A new report claims that a leaked version of iOS 14 that has been circulating among security researchers and hackers since at least February. While it's unclear how the leaked version of iOS 14 made it into the wild, Vice reports that five sources in the jailbreaking community who are familiar with the leaked version of iOS have said that they believe someone obtained a development iPhone 11 running a version of iOS 14 dated December 2019. That device... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple's new iPhone 12 family is roughly four months away from its big unveil, and we've heard plenty of news regarding the specifications for the 2020 smartphone lineup. However, a new report is giving some details on what to expect inside the retail box with the iPhone 12; or rather, what's not going to be in the box. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is indicating that Apple is looking to remove an accessory that has been included in the box with every new iPhone purchase: EarPods. EarPods are Apple's "value-added" wired headphones that plug into the Lightning port on the bottom of all iPhones. They aren't the greatest-sounding earbuds on the planet, but they... Read more...
While the news concerning Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 family of smartphones has been barreling in at a rapid pace in recent weeks, there hasn't been much by way of information on the company's rumored augmented reality (AR) glasses. However, a fresh leak today coming from tipster Jon Prosser is giving us the motherlode on what Apple has in store for customers. First of all, Prosser alleges that the specs will be called "Apple Glass", and will come with a starting price of $499. That's roughly one-third the price that Google Glass debuted at when it was launched back in 2013, and Apple Glass is expected to be much more advanced.  It's also reported that the glasses will be compatible... Read more...
The information surrounding the iPhone 12 family has been leaking at a furious pace in the past few weeks. Today, however, we're getting our most detailed look at one of the most important components of Apple's new, four-phone lineup: the displays. Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) has confirmed details that we've already gleaned on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, including the fact that the former will be available in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch sizes, while the latter will be available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes. The new information comes with respect to who will supply these panels, and what resolution each will carry. According to DSCC, the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will feature... Read more...
Typically, when Apple has a new version of a product coming, the old version gets marked down to clear out stock. Currently, one of the lowest prices we've seen for the current-generation Apple HomePod smart speaker is available. The discount is currently knocking $100 off the regular price (which was already discounted from its launch price). The $100 discount mentioned comes from Best Buy, and the price cut puts the speaker at $199.99. The $199 price is significantly lower than the $349 price point the speaker launched at in 2018. In April 2019, Apple dropped the price to $299. Apple HomePod in Space Gray or White at Best Buy - $100 discount at $199.99 With the significant discount offered... Read more...
Apple definitely had a hit on its hands when it launched the original AirPods alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus back in 2016. The now iconic earbuds have become fashionable for iPhone users, and were slightly updated with a second-generation release, and improved even further with the AirPods Pro. Now, it looks like Apple is looking to bring that same experience with AirPods Studio. Rather than taking on an in-ear "buds" form-factor, the AirPods Studio will be over-the-ear cans like Apple's popular Beats-branded headphones. According to previously leaked glyphs in the iOS 14 beta, the AirPods Studio will be available in both black and white, unlike the AirPods/AirPods Pro which are only... Read more...
Each passing week has brought us new information on Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 family, and this week is no different. According to previous leaks, we're fairly confident that the 2020 smartphone lineup will include 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models along with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro models The latest leak claims that Apple will finally increase the base storage on its smartphones from 64GB to 128GB. Apple has notoriously been stingy when it comes to base storage on its devices (the latest iPad still comes saddled with 32GB for the entry-level SKU), and it's a slap in the face to customers paying $999 for a current-generation iPhone 11 Pro to only get 64GB. Apple's... Read more...
The rumormill has been working overtime when it comes to the iPhone 12 family, as this is about the time that leaks start coming more into focus as production gears up. This time around, we're getting some clarification on the smallest member of the upcoming iPhone 12 family: the 5.4-inch model. According to Filip Koroy of EverythingApplePro, he was "completely wrong on the size of the 5.4-inch" on his previous iPhone 12 renders, adding "ours was way too big". He went on to indicate that his latest mockups have been reimagined using dimensions from Japanese website Macotakara. According to Macotakara, the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will truly offer flagship performance in a pint-sized... Read more...
Apple seems like a company divided these days. While the technology juggernaut's Mac lineup continually stagnates between long-overdue updates, Cupertino's iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch families march ahead to a yearly cadence of updated designs, new features, and enhanced performance. It's almost like Apple is really two different companies—one that produces the latest in personal electronics, and another that takes long naps as the PC market passes it by. At any rate, older iPhone designs also stick around, to serve additional market segments. Last September's iPhone 11 release merely relegated older devices to lower price points, rather than outright retire them like many Android makers... 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...
As expected, Apple has announced the latest update to its entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it's pretty much a mixed bag if you been hanging on to every leaked spec that has been churned out by the rumormill. However, it's still a pretty solid upgrade for those that are firmly within the Apple camp. The biggest change, however, is the move to Apple's Magic Keyboard, which uses butterfly-style switches instead of the hated and failure-prone scissor switches that the company first introduced back in 2015. This update means that all of Apple’s MacBooks -- starting with last year’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, and then proceeding to the refreshed MacBook Air -- now have... Read more...
Things on the smartwatch front have been relatively quiet for the past few months, but Best Buy is looking to generate some buzz this week with a rather hot deal on the current generation Apple Watch Series 5. The Apple Watch has gone from being mocked as an unnecessary accessory for the iPhone to becoming the best-selling device in its class, and now Best Buy is lopping $100 off the MSRP of the smartwatches. We should note that the $100 discount applies to all models of the Apple Watch Series 5, from the “lowly” aluminum-bodied models with a sport band, to the LTE-equipped stainless-steel models with the Milanese Loop band. If you’re looking at the low-end, you can... Read more...
Apple earlier this month gave a short in the arm to its mid-range smartphone lineup with the iPhone SE. Putting a current-generation A13 Bionic SoC into the chassis of the popular iPhone 8 form-factor at the $399 price point has proven to be a popular move for the company. Now that the iPhone SE introduction has come and gone, everyone is turning their attention to how the upcoming iPhone 12 family with square up with respect to pricing and features. These will be the first smartphones from Apple with 5G connectivity, so many are rightfully concerned that we might see yet another price hike from Apple (as we've seen from Android OEMs like Samsung and OnePlus). That might not actually... Read more...
In what is a humorous turn of event, an 8-year-old has seemingly found a bug in Apple’s parental controls that allowed her to view YouTube videos despite the fact that Screen Time was enabled. Screen Time allows parents/guardians to block off access to certain apps, or all apps on an iPhone or iPad after a set amount of time has passed, or during a certain time block (i.e. between 10pm and 7am). The bug involves using the Messages app, which for some reason is allowing unauthorized access to flow through its pearly gates. Pulling off this trick is relatively simple if you follow these steps. Open the Messages app Start a new text message Using the iMessages mini app bar, slide over and... Read more...
Any hope that Apple would be able to escape delays with its upcoming iPhone 12 family have been dashed according to a new report. We've heard plenty of rumors concerning supplier issues that could force a delay, and now we're receiving further confirmation from a new credible report. The information comes from The Wall Street Journal, which indicates that Apple will delay the mass production of the iPhone 12 family by at least a month, primarily due to manufacturing disruptions that have occurred across Asia. Apple typically begins its initial ramp of iPhone mass production in July of each year, but that has been pushed back to August according to the publication's sources. ... Read more...
Each time a new smartphone hits the market, we look forward to seeing the adventurous gang over at iFixit rip it apart so we can see what it looks like on the inside. Many people have been particularly interested to see a teardown of the new iPhone SE as it's essentially an iPhone 8 with a faster A13 Bionic SoC. Many have wondered precisely which components inside can be easily swapped between the two smartphones. Backwards compatibility isn't common for iPhone models, but in the case of the iPhone SE and iPhone 8, several parts can swap between the two devices. Components such as the display assembly, cameras, and Taptic Engine are swappable. Since the display assembly is swappable between the... Read more...
If you're of the Apple persuasion, Best Buy is currently running an excellent deal on last year's 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop. Earlier this month, the retailer was running a promotion on three different 2019 MacBook Pros, but the cheapest of those models still rung in at a hefty $2,400. Today's deal is a lot easier on your wallet, and still gets you a pretty potent machine at a steep discount. Best Buy is selling the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (MV922LL/A) for $1,799 with free shipping, which represents a $600 discount from its MSRP. This is the base configuration with a 9th generation hex-core 2.6GHz Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. For storage duties, you’ll find a 256GB... Read more...
Two weeks ago, Apple and Google announced a unique and very rare partnership in an effort to help track the spread of COVID-19 around the globe. The pair revealed a common API that would be used on both iOS and Android platforms, leveraging Bluetooth Low-Energy rather than GPS to track the spread of coronavirus infections. Despite the use of Bluetooth beacons, completely optional participation in the program by users, the optional uploading of positive coronavirus test results, and strict controls put in place by both companies, there have been many that feel that the new Contract Tracing Bluetooth Specification is a privacy nightmare waiting to unfold. To help cut through some of the... Read more...
If you are not feeling the ultra-high price tags that flagship smartphones command, don't worry, there are capable handsets available for much cheaper prices. The iPhone SE is one of them, and we recently wrote about several Android alternatives that are worth checking out. If you are intent on getting an iPhone, though, there are a couple of smoking hot deals worth looking into—one for an iPhone SE and the other for an iPhone 8 Plus. Over at Visible, you can snag and iPhone SE (64GB) for $384. That's already a few bucks below MSRP, but the deal gets even better—significantly better. Visible is running a promotion whereby you will also receive a $200 via a prepaid Mastercard virtual... 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...
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