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A new rumor is making the rounds that claims Apple will change the branding for its high-end iPhone line this year. Leaker CoinX posted via Twitter that the naming convention for the iPhone for 2019 will include "Pro" hinting that high-end versions of the smartphone might be called the iPhone Pro.  Reports indicate that CoinX has a short history of Apple leaks, but has been accurate with leaks in the past. The leaker was accurate on current iPhone naming, the iPad mini coming back, and the iPhone XS Max. The leaker was also correct on symmetry differences between iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. All the leak claimed was that the Pro name would be used. Apple already uses the Pro branding... Read more...
Back when the iPhone X launched in 2017, Apple unveiled its AirPower wireless charging mat, which could top off an iPhone, AirPods and an Apple Watch all at the same time. Months passed, a year passed, and Apple eventually announced that AirPower had been canceled due to engineering challenges. Apple might not have its own multi-device wireless charging solution in place, but it is partnering with Mohpie to make Qi wireless charging mats widely available to customers. The company announced that two of Mophie's latest wireless chargers will be available: one that can charge two devices at once, and one that can charge three at a time. The first device is the Dual Wireless Charging Pad, which... Read more...
There are plenty of vulnerabilities in the biometrics that are commonly used for unlocking devices today, including fingerprint readers and Apple's Face ID. Researchers at the Black Hat USA 2019 conference this week demonstrated a new attack that allowed them to bypass a victim's Face ID and login to the user's phone. However, the method that the hackers had to use is a little disturbing, as they had to use an unconscious victim and place a pair of modified glasses on their face. To pull off the hack, the researchers placed tape carefully over the lenses of a pair of glasses and then put the glasses on the victim's face to show how Face ID could be bypassed in this specific scenario. The exploit... Read more...
Apple has notoriously been against the practice of consumers servicing gadgets on their own, whether it is through their own hands or by an unauthorized third party. Further evidence of this can be seen in a message that some iPhone users are seeing in regards to their batteries. There have been reports of Apple implementing a mechanism to detect if a user has replaced their iPhone battery on their own, and if so, the handset will display a warning message. Source: iFixIt Fortunately, it appears as though the battery icon in the upper-right corner still works normally, showing users how much battery life they have remaining. However, if an affected user navigates to Settings > Battery, there... Read more...
Apple has traditionally been very protective of its iPhone devices and the mechanisms surrounding iOS—just ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has butted heads with the Cupertino company over encryption. Be that as it may, Apple is reportedly set to hand out special iPhone models to security researchers in an effort to make them more secure. This is according to Forbes, which says Apple will be announcing this plan at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas later this week. In addition, Apple is also said to be planning to announce a bug bounty program for macOS, its desktop operating systems for various Mac computers. As it pertains to the iPhone, these special variants... Read more...
Love it or hate it, Apple has a tendency of waiting longer than some of its competition to roll out bleeding edge features. One of those is an in-display fingerprint sensor. While the technology is found on some Android devices, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will finally introduce the feature on its iPhone models starting in 2021. In-display fingerprint readers are already available on various Android phones, such as Samsung's Galaxy S10 series and the OnePlus 7 Pro. The latest iPhone models, however, rely on facial recognition technology (Face ID) to authenticate a user, or an iPhone X series owner can rely on old fashioned methods, such as tapping a PIN code. One reason why Apple might... Read more...
There is no doubt that the deal struck between Apple and Amazon to sell the former's iPhone and other products on the latter's online retail platform had a negative impact on some marketplace sellers. To what extent, however, is something the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now investigating, which could potentially lead to an antitrust complaint. That is getting ahead of things, though. Let's start with the backstory. In November of last year, Apple and Amazon ended a long-standing feud to finally allow Amazon to sell iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products directly, through authorized sellers in the Amazon Marketplace. That in and of itself appeared to be a good thing. However, it was less... Read more...
Roughly 18 months ago, we first brought you news that BMW would start charging an $80/month yearly subscription fee for CarPlay access starting with 2019 model year vehicles. Needless to say, the backlash from tech enthusiasts and BMW owners was swift, as CarPlay and Android Auto access are usually provided as standard equipment on relatively affordable vehicles from the likes of Hyundai and Kia. BMW didn't back down from its decision, and the company's ridiculous move fell off the radar screen for a while. That was until late last month when BMW’s CarPlay powerplay once again drifted into the news after the policy first went into effect -- and it again drew outrage. This time... Read more...
A report surfaced in late July from a whistleblower who worked for Apple that warned contractors can listen to some Siri recordings. The report raised concern among Apple users, and the company has now stated that it is suspending its global internal program for "grading" Siri commands. Apple had said that it employed contractors to listen to less than 1% of Siri commands to improve the assistant. Siri often mishears its wake command and records up to 30 seconds of private conversations without the Apple device user knowing it. The whistleblower said that recordings that the contractors were listening to included things like conversations between patients and doctors, criminal activity, and people... Read more...
It looks as though the 2019 iPhones will get plenty of company on stage at Apple's fall keynote address. In addition to three "iPhone 11" models, Apple is also rumored to debut updated iPad Pro tablets and potentially an Apple Watch Series 5. But we're now learning that Apple could potentially reveal the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro at the same event instead of at a separate October event. This latest declaration comes from DigiTimes, which claims the 16-inch MacBook Pro will have much smaller bezels than its 15-inch MacBook Pro counterpart. Those thinner bezels will reportedly allow the new notebook to feature similar case dimensions to the existing 15-inch MacBook Pro.... Read more...
While the bulk of attention is being focused on Apple's upcoming 2019 iPhone refresh, there is still a lot that we don't know about the company's smartphones that will arrive in 2020. Thankfully, we're getting some additional insight on what Apple has in the pipeline thanks to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It was previously thought that Apple would only introduce 5G connectivity on its two flagship iPhones in 2020 (analogous to today's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max), while the lesser iPhone XR successor would stick to tried and true 4G LTE connectivity. Kuo now claims, however, that all three models with have 5G connectivity. "Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the... Read more...
Apple on Thursday announced that it is acquiring Intel's modem chip business for $1 billion, a move that makes sense for both companies—Apple is dead set on developing as much of its iPhone hardware in-house as humanly possible, and Intel has said on numerous occasions that it is now a datacenter company. What is surprising, however, is Apple's supposed ultra-aggressive timeline for injecting its own 5G modems into some of its hardware. The perhaps unrealistic goal is reportedly set for 2021. Let's take a step back for a moment. As 5G connectivity started coming into view, it looked like Apple and Qualcomm would be partially distracted by years of contentious litigation over 4G LTE and... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm haven't exactly been the best of friends in recent years, but the former needs the latter's modems for its iPhones. The need for modem chips was part of the reason for the settlement reached between the two companies earlier this year that saw both dropping a number of lawsuits hurled at each other. However, A new report is making the rounds that claims that Apple will purchase Intel's modem business for $1 billion. Reports claim that Apple is "in advanced talks" to buy the Intel modem chip division within the next week. The source of the rumor comes from unnamed people who claim to be familiar with the negotiations cited by The Wall Street Journal. Apple made up... Read more...
Apple is widely rumored to launch a new 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year. It will serve as the flagship of Apple's professional notebook lineup and will likely start at around the $3,000 price point compared to a $2,399 for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Now, the ever-reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is indicating that the new 16-inch MacBook Pro will adopt a scissor mechanism for the keyboard to replace the oft-maligned butterfly design employed on the current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro families.  Not only is the new keyboard mechanism expected to provide longer key travel (something that has been missing from Apple's keyboard once it first shifted to the butterfly mechanism in the... Read more...
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