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The antitrust trial between Apple and Epic Games continues today, and Apple is stepping up its defense of iOS, even if it means knocking some of its other products. Last week, the company made an interestingly timed announcement about how the App Store prevented $1.5 billion in fraud through 2020. Now Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior VP of software engineering, has been brought to the stand to defend the iOS ecosystem’s practices…by throwing macOS under the bus? As a quick refresher, back in August of 2020, Apple kicked Fortnite and subsequently Epic Games out of the App Store for some admittedly deceptive practices. In short, Epic changed Fortnite by adding its own payment... Read more...
It's kind of hard to believe, but the Apple Watch has been around for over six years. The first-generation model launched in April 2015, and the overall look of the device has remained pretty much the same ever since then. Sure, the display bezels shrunk with the release of the Apple Watch Series 4, but the overall design aesthetic remains the same with the current Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. However, that is all about to change, according to information obtained by Jon Prosser. The gadget leaker claims to have gotten his hands on images of prototype Apple Watch Series 7 devices out in the wild and confidential CAD files. Using that information, he commissioned Ian Zelbo to produce... Read more...
It seems as though Apple’s all-new, next-generation MacBook Pro laptops are always “right around the corner.” Ever since Apple launched the first wave of M1-powered Macs, all eyes have been trained on when the higher-end versions of the MacBook Pro would receive a complete makeover. A new report is plotting a more definite timeline for the release of the machines, and they could arrive as soon as this summer. According to Mark Gurman, the 14-inch MacBook Pro carries the internal designation J314, while its 16-inch counterpart is referred to as the J316. Powering these machines will be the company’s second-generation, Arm-based Apple Silicon. Whereas the currently shipping... Read more...
After weeks of rumors and leaks, Apple today announced that some significant updates are coming to its popular Apple Music subscription service. Apple is adding multiple lossless audio options for starters, using the proprietary Apple Lossless Audio Code (ALAC). The lossless audio option is available for the entire Apple Music catalog, which is currently in excess of 75 million songs. Users will be able to enable this feature by navigating to Settings --> Music --> Audio Quality. From there, you’ll be able to opt for CD-quality (16-bit at 44.1 kHz or 24-bit at 48 kHz) natively on Apple devices. However, Apple Music also offers a 24-bit at 192 kHz Hi-Resolution Lossless option... Read more...
When Apple launched the iPhone X back in 2017, it brought a new design quirk to the table: a large display notch. The notch housed the ear speaker, selfie camera, Face ID hardware, and various other sensors. Unfortunately, the notch has remained for successive generations of iPhones and hasn't gotten any smaller with the current iPhone 12 family. However, that could change with the iPhone 13, according to a new report. Apple reportedly was able to reduce the size of the VCSEL chip necessary for the Face ID. According to the report, the VCSEL's size has been reduced by up to 50 percent compared to previous iterations. This change allows Apple to get twice as many parts on a single wafer, which... Read more...
While the Epic Games trial rages on in the background, it seems Apple may be trying to deflect blame or guilt. Yesterday, the Cupertino-based company announced that the App Store stopped “more than $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions in 2020.” Perhaps this is just a coincidence, or it is a good way to make Apple look high and mighty. The Apple blog post opens with the claim that the company “helps keep the App Store a safe and trusted place for users to discover apps by detecting and taking action against fraudulent developers and users.” This action purportedly takes quite a bit of legwork behind the scenes, but they managed to protect customers from more... Read more...
Right to repair arguments often fall on deaf ears, especially at companies like Apple that are tight-lipped and only allow certain people to [officially] repair its products. What if Apple's hands were forced, though, and nearly anyone could look at device's schematics? We may find out shortly as hackers have leaked some files about Apple products, and repair shops are taking advantage of this, legality aside. In late April, Apple supplier Quanta was hit with a $50 million ransomware attack carried out by hacker group REvil. Apple schematics were stolen and leaked when Quanta refused to pay the exorbitant fee. These schematics included a future line of MacBook devices and likely much more that... Read more...
Well, that was incredibly fast. Apple released its AirTag trackers to retail less than two weeks ago, and someone has already hacked the tiny gadget. Security researcher Thomas Roth did the deed, as he managed to crack into the microcontroller and re-flash it with his own custom firmware, essentially resulting in a jailbroken AirTag. The tiny devices are clever and affordable ways of keeping track of items you really do not want to lose. They sell for $29 a pop (or $99 for a four-pack), and provide a private and secure way of finding lost items by leveraging Apple's immense Find My ecosystem. Users can see a lost item's last known location on a map, then when they are within Bluetooth range,... Read more...
While Qualcomm and Apple buried the [legal] hatchet in 2019 concerning lawsuits regarding licensing and copyright infringement over 4G LTE modems, the latter is still far along with the development of its own next-generation hardware. In years past, Apple used a mixture of Intel and Qualcomm modems (its current iPhones and iPads exclusively use Qualcomm hardware). But we all know that Apple is quickly bringing major component design in-house, and the modem is a pricey piece of the smartphone puzzle. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's first in-house 5G modems will debut in 2023 iPhones. That means that Qualcomm will have just two more years of exclusivity before Apple charts its... Read more...
When people think of tracking someone, they may imagine someone stealthy walking up to a car and plonking a hefty magnet with a tracker attached on the undercarriage. However, that is not always the case, as all it takes to track someone within a couple of hundred feet is a $29 Apple AirTag. Back in April, Apple grew the Find My lineup with the AirTag, an “iPhone accessory that provides a private and secure way to easily locate the items that matter most.” The device leverages the billion-device Find My network to help users located any lost item if an AirTag is separated from its owner and leaves Bluetooth range. The issue with this comes into play when someone tries to track another... Read more...
The antitrust trial pitting Epic Games versus Apple got off to an explosive start, with lawyers for each company issuing passionate opening remarks on why they think their clients should prevail. As part of her opening statement, Apple lawyer Karen Dunn accused Epic Games of wanting Apple to be like Android, which is something Tim Cook and the gang have no interest in becoming. "Epic wants us to be Android, but we don't want to be. And our consumers don't want that either. They want the choice," Dunn said, according to CNBC. The statement was in reference to being able to install apps from outside Google's Play Store onto Android devices, a practice known as side-loading. This is not something... Read more...
Once again, word from the rumor mill is that Apple is working on a foldable version of its popular iPhone, though it will not be ready for release this year or even next year. Instead, it bound for a launch sometime in 2023, according to notorious Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. No announcement has been made, but Kuo has been somewhat reliable in the past. Folding smartphones are a new concept, though the segment is in its relative infancy. They can also be tricky to build, as Samsung discovered with its first attempt at making one—issues plagued the original Galaxy Fold, prompting Samsung CEO DJ Koh to admit, "I pushed it through before it was ready." The Galaxy Z Fold 2 was a better attempt.... Read more...
A preliminary investigation into a complaint raised by Spotify over Apple's App Store polices has led the European Commission to issue a 'Statement of Objections' against Apple, saying the company "is in breach of EU competition law." It essentially amounts to an antitrust violation, with Apple having 12 weeks to issue a response to the charges. These charges come a little over two years after Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the European Union. The streaming music service cried foul over Apple's 30 percent royalty rate for purchases made through its payment system, including when users upgrade from Spotify's free tier to a premium subscription. That was not the only gripe, however.... Read more...
The Apple Watch Series 6 launched during the fall of 2020 alongside the iPhone 12 family. It brought the latest advancements in the Apple Watch progression and started at $399 for the 40nm Wi-Fi model with an aluminum casing. In recent days, that price dropped to just $299 at various retailers, which is a stellar deal by itself for a current-generation Apple product. However, Apple and its retail partners are at it again with an even deeper discount on the Apple Watch Series 6. Right now, Amazon and Best Buy are selling the Apple Watch Series 6 (Product) Red 40mm for just $249. That's a savings of $150 off the regular price or a 38 percent discount. Apple Watch Series 6 (Product) RED 40mm w/Sport... Read more...
Last week, the CEO of messaging app Signal got his hands on Cellebrite software, which is typically used for extracting data from mobile devices. Several security vulnerabilities were discovered with this acquisition, leading to Signal including files in its app that would corrupt all present and future data collected by the Cellebrite utility. Now, the Cellebrite Physical Analyzer, or “the most intrusive phone cracking tool offered by the company,” is no longer fully supporting iPhones. Cellebrite is an Israeli digital forensics and intelligence company that provides both hardware and software to crack phones. These products are used by law enforcement agencies around the world and... Read more...
Apple's M1 "Apple Silicon" hit the market with a big splash in late 2020 when it launched inside the refreshed MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. The SoC is currently available in an 8-core CPU configuration with either a 7- or 8-core GPU onboard paired with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. The M1 has since found its way to the all-new Mac mini and even the new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. However, a new report coming out of Japan alleges that second-generation Apple Silicon is already in production. The next-generation SoC is reportedly called the M2 and will be based on TSMC's 5-nanometer plus (N5P) process node. The M1 is currently in use in everything from the iPad Pro to the new iMac.... Read more...
It seems as though Microsoft isn't done with ripping Apple's popular line of devices, as the MacBook Air is now in the Redmond giant's crosshairs. The MacBook Air is one of Apple's best-selling Macs and was refreshed late last year with the much-ballyhooed M1 SoC. With its ideal balance of performance and efficiency, the MacBook Air is a potent go-to for mobile warriors. However, Microsoft just launched its refreshed Surface Laptop 4, which means that it is coming out with guns blasting. The new Surface Laptop 4 is available with either 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake-U or AMD's Ryzen 4000 mobile processors. The actors in the ad start right out of the gate praising the Surface Laptop 4's touch... Read more...
From time to time, malware will pop up that affects Apple devices which are typically touted as the superior option to other PCs for their security. This happened earlier this year with the mysterious Silver Sparrow malware that caught thousands of M1 Macs. Now, Mac users are being urged to patch again to prevent actively used malware, bypassing many of Apple’s core security measures with ease. File quarantine, Gatekeeper, and Application Notarization are three utilities that have been introduced over the years to help protect users. Effectively, these tools make it so Apple must essentially sign off on all software that could make it to a Mac. If some software somehow managed to sneak... Read more...
As part of an effort to accelerate its investments in the United States, Apple announced it is committing more than $430 billion over the next five years towards different projects across the country, including a new high-tech campus being built in North Carolina. According to Apple, these investments will lead to the creation of 20,000 jobs across the country. It is a massive commitment of funds for sure, though Apple is in position to do it. At the end of December, Apple posted record revenue of a little over $111.4 billion, resulting in a profit of $28.7 billion for the quarter. And at present, the company's market capitalization sits at $2.25 trillion, based on its current share price of... Read more...
We're closing out the workweek, and just in time for the weekend fun-rush comes some excellent tech deals for those in need. Amazon is currently running some hot promotions on Apple's AirPods Pro, the current-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 convertible. Apple AirPods Pro The AirPods Pro are pricey, with a $249 MSRP. Luckily, the wireless earbuds regularly go on sale for much less. Such is the case today, where Amazon is selling the accessories for a low $197. That's not as low as the $190 price that we saw over the holidays, but it's pretty darn close. If you do decide to pick up the AirPods Pro, you'll receive excellent active noise cancellation, 3D spatial audio... Read more...
Apple's AirDrop can be an incredibly useful utility or just something to send memes to friends sitting nearby. Either way, it is possible that you could be sending more than you bargained for, as researchers have found that an attacker could glean the phone number and email of AirDrop users. Evidently, the researchers reported this privacy issue in 2019, but a reported 1.5 billion users are still vulnerable as Apple has seemingly done nothing. Earlier this week, researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt published a blog outlining their findings about AirDrop. To preface, AirDrop allows users to share files with address book contacts. To verify that someone is in an address book, AirDrop... Read more...
When Apple announced the iPad Pro earlier this week, the company gave it a significant internal upgrade with an M1 Apple Silicon processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of internal storage. The M1 is already used in devices like the Mac mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and even the all-new iMac. It is a potent processor offering performance comparable to recent mobile processors from Intel and AMD while drawing comparatively little power. The iPad Pro's hardware is quite capable of running macOS, so many people wonder why Apple isn't giving users the option of installing its Mac-centric operating system. "On the one hand, people say that they are in conflict with each other. That somebody has to... Read more...
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