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This may come as a surprise to some people (and not to others), but the iPhone XR was the best selling smartphone in all of 2019, and by a big margin, according to data corralled by Omdia. The tracking firm says Apple shipped 46.3 million iPhone XR models last year, beating the best selling Android phone, Samsung's Galaxy A10, by 16 million units. These figures are not coming directly from Apple, which no longer offers up iPhone sales data. However, Omdia is not as obscure as the name might seem at first glance. It was recently established following the merger of the research division of Informa Tech and the acquired IHS Markit technology research portfolio. IHS Markit is a stalwart in the market... Read more...
The Arm-powered Mac – it’s an elusive hardware beast that has been rumored for around 4 years or so, with new reports resurfacing roughly every six months. It seems inevitable that Apple will ditch Intel as a processor supplier as it strives to bring more hardware design in-house, but it’s always been a question of “When?” Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo is now the latest to throw his hat in the ring with a prediction on initial availability for an Arm-powered Mac. According to Kuo, the first breakthrough device will land during the second half of 2021, which is more than a year away.  The motivation for Apple moving away from Intel processors is obvious... Read more...
It seems as though Apple is getting ready to launch a set of over-the-ear headphones under its AirPods label, with a premium price tag attached. It is not entirely clear what is going on, only that a product database listing at Target points to a new AirPods (X Generation) item, priced at $399. If that is the case, it would be Apple's most expensive AirPods yet. Tech analyst and YouTuber Jon Prosser spotted the database entry, and promptly posted his finding to Twitter. Multiple Target employees have started reaching out to me about this 🤔 Showing up in their systems and on UPC scanners is this mysterious “Apple AirPods (X Generation)” listing, priced at $399. 👀 Potentially Apple’s... Read more...
U.S. lawmakers have been on a mission to kill end-to-end encryption as we known it. And we're not just talking about killing encryption (or at least providing backdoors) on devices like iPhones or the Google Pixel 4, but also online software platforms from Facebook and Google. The bill is entitled "The Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2019,” which of course has to work out to some hip catchphrase, which in this case is the "EARN IT Act". Sponsors of the bill include Senators Lindsay Graham (R) and Richard Blumenthal (D). At its heart, the senators claim that the legislation is aimed at stopping child sexual abuse and the exploitation of... Read more...
The number of preinstalled apps on iPhone devices has steadily risen over the years—it started out at 16 on the original iPhone, and has skyrocketed to 38 on the latest models. Users have never been able to change certain default apps, like Safari and Mail, but after all these years, Apple may finally allow users to choose third-party alternatives. If this comes to pass, Safari and Mail would likely be the most affected, as they are the two most widely used apps on iPhone and iPad devices. As things stand, when a user clicks on a link, iOS devices automatically fire up the built-in Safari web browser. Users can download other browsers, like Chrome and Firefox, but are not able to set them... Read more...
Late last year, Apple performed a major update to its flagship MacBook Pro family with the release of a new 16-inch model. The company kept the same Intel Coffee Lake processors, but included a number of key updates including a replacement for the failure-prone and unloved butterfly keyboard. Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro family is also due for an update, and the company is expected to launch it sometime this year. According to this latest 3DMark benchmark result unearthed by @_rogame, Intel is switching to Ice Lake processors for the 13-inch model, replacing the current Coffee Lake options. Time Spy i5-8279U 4C/8T 2.4GHz base 4.1GHz boost + Iris Plus 655 with 128MB eDRAM 28W (2019... Read more...
TSMC has been critical to AMD’s resurgence as a dominant force in the processor market, and the company has also been beneficial in ensuring that Apple has a steady flow of A12 and A13 SoCs on hand for its hot-selling iPhone and iPad product lines. As TSMC is looking to grapple with the demands of these high-profile customers while shifting to smaller process nodes, it needs to invest in its fabs. Luckily for the company, its board this week approved approximately $6.7 billion to expand it facilities used to produce chips. The capital appropriations have been narrowed down to these five areas according to TSMC: Fab construction and installation of fab facility systems Installation... Read more...
Tax season is upon us, and one thing nobody wants to deal with is getting audited. In a sense, however, that is what some major tech corporations have to deal with, as the Federal Trade Commission announced it is looking into hundreds of prior acquisitions made by Alphabet (including Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft. The FTC is essentially asking major tech companies to open their books and make sure that everything is on the up and up. It also wants to "deepen its understanding" of how large technology handle acquisitions, including they get reported to federal antitrust agencies, and whether some of the smaller mergers fall under the radar of potentially being anti-competitive.... Read more...
Microsoft launched its Project xCloud game streaming for Android devices back in October, but at the time it left out those running iOS (i.e. iPhones and iPads). Apple is notorious for placing a lot of restrictions on app developers for acceptance into its App Store walled garden, so Microsoft had to navigate those landmines before launching on the platform. Today, Microsoft is ready to make available a beta version of Project xCloud for iOS users, and it’s doing so through Apple’s TestFlight service. Given that Project xCloud is still in beta; that it is only available right now through TestFlight; and that this is Apple that we’re dealing with, there are some key... Read more...
If you are in the market of set of Apple's AirPods Pro earbuds, you're looking at spending $249, a premium price for sure. The non-Pro models run $159 with charging case, or $199 with a wireless charging case. A cheaper version might be around the corner, ago, according to the latest unconfirmed chatter. It's said Apple is working on an AirPods Pro Lite variant. Depending on where pricing lands, and what features get stripped for a cheaper price tag, an AirPods Pro Lite SKU could have mass appeal. No information on potential pricing is available, however, so we are left to guess where the new earbuds could end up. The rumor comes from a Digitimes report that is mainly focused on Apple shifting... Read more...
After winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film "Jojo Rabbit," Taika Waititi threw some comedic shade at Apple's laptop keyboards, saying "they are impossible to write on" and makes him want to go back to using PCs. Incidentally, the film director, writer, and actor was not referring to the troubled history of Apple's keyboards. "Apple needs to fix those keyboards, "They are impossible to write on—they’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs. Because PC keyboards, the bounce-back for your fingers is way better. Hands up who still uses a PC? You know what I’m talking about. It’s a way better keyboard. Those Apple keyboards are horrendous," Waititi... Read more...
Could Apple be ready to break free of Intel exclusivity for its Macs? It's certainly seems possible thanks to references that were found in Apple’s latest macOS 10.15.4 beta.  As you know, all modern Macs for well over a decade have used Intel Core processors. For example, the latest 16-inch MacBook Pros use 9th generation Coffee Lake processors. But the references found in the macOS 10.15.4 beta suggest that Apple may be at least be looking to add AMD as a second supplier of processors for its computers. In addition to familiar codenames like Navi -- the 16-inch MacBook Pro makes uses of Radeon Pro GPUs with Navi architecture -- there are also references to Picasso,... Read more...
Most people would probably agree that having standards is a good thing. If anyone needs proof of this, just look at USB. The connector is one of the best innovations to ever happen to PCs, and is found on billions of keyboards, mice, digital cameras, flash drives, and practically everything else. So why is Apple protesting the European Parliament's push for a standard charger? Parliament's stance is that "a standard for a common charger must be adopted urgently," and it has called on the European Commission to implement "beef-ed rules on common chargers" no later than July of this year. "According to estimates, around 50 million metric tons of e-waste are generated globally per year, with an... Read more...
A jury has awarded $1.1 billion in damages to the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) after finding Apple and Broadcom guilty of infringing on its Wi-Fi patents. Apple bears the brunt of the penalty, as it has been ordered to pay $837.8 million in damages, while Broadcom is now legally compelled to fork over $270.2 billion (barring an appeal). Coming off a $91.8 billion quarter, it's best ever, Apple will be just fine after writing a check (if it comes to that). After paying the bills, Apple was left a massive $22.2 billion profit in the three-month period ended December 29. Meanwhile, Broadcom is coming of a quarter in which it earned $5.78 billion in revenue for a profit of $874 million.... Read more...
In what is like to come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the latest market research data shows Apple and Samsung shipping around the same number of smartphones, putting the two technology behemoths on relatively equal footing (in terms of market share). It's a little hard to gauge, though, because Apple no longer provides specific sales data for its iPhone lineup. How exactly the numbers are split depends entirely on which market research firm you believe is the most accurate. Same goes for which company comes out ahead of the other—both Strategy Analytics and Canalys counted more iPhone shipments than Galaxy handsets, while IHS Markit gives the edge to Samung by a few million units.... Read more...
Curved glass and folding form factors are gaining a bit of traction as panel makers figure out ways to break from the mold of traditional, straight panel designs. This creates opportunities for hardware makers to explore new form factors. We've seen this from Samsung with the Galaxy Fold, and if a new patent application comes to fruition, Apple will try something brand new with its iMac all-in-one systems. Apple filed the patent application in question (20200026327) on May 1, 2019, and it was published last Thursday. It describes a "glass housing" with a display area up top, an input area on the bottom (basically a keyboard), and a "curved surface between the upper portion and lower portion"... Read more...
Anyone whoever required proof that malware didn't have to be sophisticated to be prolific should look at the macOS malware known as Shlayer. The malware found its way onto the victim computers by tricking them into installing a fake Adobe Flash update. The malware lures the users to install the fake Flash Player update by promising pirated videos, which are also said to be fake. Despite the simple attack method, Shlayer continues to be so common that it's the number one threat encountered by macOS users of Kaspersky antivirus software. The malware first surfaced in February 2018. Since that debut, about 32,000 variants have been collected by researchers at Kaspersky, along with 143... Read more...
There have been numerous leaks regarding Samsung's next round of flagship phones, and namely the Galaxy S20 series, and they do not appear to be slowing down. Ahead of the launch, it has come to light that Samsung will bring a file sharing feature to Galaxy owners, likely starting with the introduction of the Galaxy S20+. The file sharing feature is called Quick Share, and it is similar to AirDrop on iOS, in that it will allow Galaxy owners to easy transfer photos and files to nearby Galaxy handsets. It conjures up memories of S Beam introduced with the Galaxy S III, but without necessitating bumping phones (or holding them real close to one another). According to the folks at XDA Developers,... Read more...
Up until last month, an anti-tracking featured introduced to Apple's Safari browser in 2017 actually left users potentially more susceptible to being tracked by hackers due to multiple vulnerabilities discovered by Google's engineers. Fortunately, Apple patched the security holes in December, though it's a bit of an unsettling situation. The feature in question is called Intelligent Tracking Prevention. It leverages a machine learning model to classify which top privately-controlled domains are able to track users from one site to another, based on a set of collected statistics. If the site is one the user frequently visits, it is allowed to perform cross-site tracking. But if it's a site the... Read more...
President Donald Trump has butted heads with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the past, but when it comes to  use of encryption on iPhone handsets, he is squarely in the FBI's corner. Both he and the FBI want Apple to build a backdoor into iOS that would allow law enforcement officials to access locked iPhone devices, a notion he reiterated in a recent interview. Apple has so far resisted appeasing the FBI in such a manner, due to concerns that such a backdoor would compromise the security of every iPhone and iPad owner on the planet. In lieu of relenting on its stance, Apple helps law enforcement in other ways during criminal investigations where iPhones come into play, such... Read more...
Apple and the FBI have clashed over encryption policies on numerous occasions, with the latter pressuring the former to build a backdoor into iOS to make it easier for authorities to crack into locked iPhone handsets. To this point, Apple has not wavered, or so we thought. New information suggests Apple had planned to support fully encrypted iCloud backups, but relented after objections from the FBI. In case you have not been following this saga, Apple and FBI butted heads publicly following the deadly San Bernardino shooting in late 2015. The FBI recovered an iPhone 5C that belonged to one of the terrorists involved in the shooting, who was killed in a showdown with police. It then sought Apple's... Read more...
Apple has found itself in trouble more times than we could count over privacy issues with its iPhones and other products. Apple recently issued an iOS 13.3.1 beta that is aimed in part at patching a flaw in location tracking on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Apple had promised to bring a toggle switch to allow customers to turn off this tracking feature specifically. The toggle can be found in Privacy > Location Services > System Services, and it is labeled "Networking & Wireless." Apple warns that turning off location services for Networking & Wireless could affect Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ultra wideband performance. Those particularly concerned about having their location tracked... Read more...
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