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An anonymous security researcher who goes by the handle Sick Codes is gaining attention again. The last time we saw them, they found a backdoor into TCL Android TVs, but now they have moved onto Apple devices. The researcher created a tool that generates "macOS valid serials, uuids, and board serials" and posted it to GitHub. This could help speed up development and research in the Apple ecosystem, although it totally flies in the face of Apple licensing guidelines. macOS is not an operating system people typically think of when it comes to scaling or even virtualization. Developers and researchers would typically need to buy an Apple product to get their hands on macOS, unlike Windows or Linux,... Read more...
Apple yesterday made a somewhat surprising cancellation in its hardware lineup. The HomePod smart speaker initially launched in early 2018 and was never the big sales hit Apple expected. As a result, the HomePod is getting kicked out of the Apple family. The company issued the following statement to TechCrunch last night regarding the HomePod after the Space Gray version of the speaker showed up as unavailable on its website: HomePod mini has been a hit since its debut last fall, offering customers amazing sound, an intelligent assistant, and smart home control all for just $99. We are focusing our efforts on HomePod mini. We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will... Read more...
Apple’s AirPods have become runaway sales hit for the Cupertino-based company, ever since the first-generation launch alongside the iPhone 7. Interestingly, it has been nearly two years since the last generation of AirPods was released, so perhaps it is time for something new. Recently, leaked renders popped up showcasing the design of the third-generation AirPods ahead of a rumored launch later this month. Earlier today, GizmoChina got its hands on leaked AirPods 3 renders from “suppliers,” according to the article. The renders (below) of the rumored AirPods 3 resemble the AirPods Pro with a shorter stem. Moreover, it appears that Apple has shrunk the charging case down significantly... Read more...
A month ago, reports claimed that the iPhone 12 mini has not exactly been the breakthrough sales success Apple had initially envisioned. The iPhone 12 mini manages to cram in flagship-caliber specs into a relatively small smartphone -- in today's climate -- with a 5.4-inch display.  The latest report alleges that iPhone 12 mini sales have been "far lower than Apple initially expected." Apple is reportedly cutting output for all iPhones by 20 percent versus what it projected in December 2020, with the company now expecting to produce 75 million units during the first half of 2021. The bulk of that reduction is coming from the iPhone 12 mini. According to Nikkei Asia, Apple... Read more...
In August of last year, Apple gave the iMac a much-needed Comet Lake-H and Radeon Pro Navi refresh, which boosted the sleek all-in-one's performance. Concurrently, Apple sold the iMac Pro, which touted slightly better upgrades for more intensive computing tasks, but it seems people did not necessarily need all that horsepower. Putting the final nail in the coffin, Apple has finally updated the iMac Pro webpage with a “While Supplies Last” notice and is only allowing the sale of the machine's base configuration. Comparing the updated iMac and iMac Pro side by side, it is not hard to see why anyone would prefer the iMac over the Pro variant. When configuring an iMac, you can select... Read more...
You can never have too many backups of important data, including photos, videos, secret recipes, spy documents, and whatever else you deem valuable. Apple may not be able to help much with the latter two, but when it comes to all those photos and videos sitting in iCloud, the company has quietly released a new tool that makes it easy (though not necessarily quick) to shuttle copies over to Google Photos. The silent roll-out is not really surprising—Apple is probably loathe to draw attention to a service that sits outside of its own ecosystem. And that being the case, it is all the more appreciated that Apple would release a tool like this. So, kudos to Cook and the rest of the Cupertino... Read more...
As the Apple and Epic Games battle rages on, regular consumers and even lawmakers are starting to notice and weigh in on the situation. This includes the Arizona House, which introduced House Bill 2005 making it illegal to force an Arizona-based developer to use an app store’s payment processing service.  According to the Arizonan bill, digital application distribution platforms cannot do the following: Require a developer that is domiciled in this state to use a particular in-application payment system as the exclusive mode of accepting payments from a user to download a software application or purchase a digital or physical product or service through a software application. There... Read more...
Apple made the significant shift to 5G wireless with its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro product families in late 2020. The rumor mill is still churning up fresh fodder on the incoming iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Pro successors with two new incoming features. The latest salvo comes from Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives, who claims that all iPhone 13 models will come with LiDAR. In today's current-generation smartphones, only the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max get LiDAR. LiDAR can be used for augmented reality applications and enhancing photography (it can enable faster focusing in low-light conditions). LiDAR can also be used to improve portrait shots taken at night. Apple is looking to democratize LiDAR... Read more...
Last week, Apple attempted to drag Valve into the legal standoff with Epic Games by requesting a large quantity of data from the PC games creator and seller. While this request appeared out of place, the subpoena seems to have worked, as a judge has told Valve Corp. to hand over certain data from the request. During a Zoom court hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixon ordered Valve to produce “aggregate historical sales, pricing and other data on 436 games sold on the virtual game store Steam,” according to Law360. This is significantly less than the original request for information on every Steam game dating back to 2015. Thankfully, the judge saw the flaws in this request... Read more...
A consumer rights group in the United Kingdom is suing Qualcomm, a major chipmaker in the United States, for allegedly abusing its position to overcharge for chip and patent licensing. According to the lawsuit, Qualcomm's actions led to consumers paying too much for smartphones produced by Apple and Samsung, and is seeking £482.5 million (around $680 million in US currency) in damages. "We believe Qualcomm’s practices are anticompetitive and have so far taken around £480 million from UK consumers’ pockets—this needs to stop. We are sending a clear warning that if companies like Qualcomm indulge in manipulative practices which harm consumers, Which? is prepared to... Read more...
Apple's latest M1 Macs -- and many Intel-based ones, for that matter -- all use the company's T2 security chip, which encrypts the system's built-in storage. The issue with highly-integrated motherboards with onboard storage is that if the onboard SSD wears out, the whole system becomes a brick of e-waste. And as flash density increases by storing more bits per cell (for example, Samsung's QVO drives with QLC NAND), its longevity decreases, since it can't handle as many write operations. That's why it might be a good idea to keep track of whether a system with built-in storage is wearing itself down.  Hector Martin, one of the developers responsible for porting the Linux kernel to Apple... Read more...
Just over a month ago, we started hearing rumblings about Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro models. According to the reports, Apple will unveil an all-new 14-inch MacBook Pro and a larger 16-inch MacBook Pro using its homegrown Apple Silicon. At the time, Mark Gurman added some rather vague information regarding ports. He stated that the MacBook Pros would feature additional ports; current high-end MacBook Pros only come with a maximum of four Thunderbolt 3. We're now getting some added clarity from reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that the new MacBook Pros will see not only the return of an HDMI port but also an SD card reader. Apple removed both of those ports when it last... Read more...
Both Apple and Samsung are the world's leading smartphone manufacturers, and they have been duking it out on global sales leader boards. Quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, Samsung has had a death-grip on the number one spot. But in an interesting turn of events, a new report found that Apple took the number one spot for Q4 sales in 2020. Is it clever marketing and sales from Apple that pushed them to the top or just the luck of the draw? Gartner is a research, advisory, and data collection company for enterprise customers to provide accurate information and insights into many industries. Today, it released a brief report on the smartphone market's current state, which found that smartphone... Read more...
If there is one thing I learned from cartoons in the 1980s, it is that knowing is the half the battle. Thank you G.I. Joe for that tidbit. Fast forward several decades later and that lesson is playing out right before our very eyes, in relation to another malware strain that is able to run natively on Apple's fancy new custom M1 processor. Apple knows about it and has taken steps to stop it from spreading (more on that in a bit). Apple is embarking on a two-year transition phase, in which it is moving completely away from using Intel's CPUs in its Mac systems, in favor of in-house designs based on Arm. The first of those is the M1 chip. We have already spent some hands-on time with the M1 as... Read more...
While users may never want to have to rely on them, it's comforting to know that PCs running modern operating systems have fail-safes and recovery modes that can help get the system back up and running when disaster strikes. Back in the day, PCs came with a collection of floppy disks or a recovery CD that would reinstall the OS from scratch. These days it's a partition on the computer's primary storage that helps get back up and running. Every manufacturer does it a little differently, and with the advent of Apple Silicon M1 Macs, the procedure has gotten even easier. Every Mac that relies on a built-in SSD and has Apple's T2 security chip ships with a secure vault that prevents booting from... Read more...
While the Fortnite battle continues, now internationally, Apple is attempting to gather ammunition for the courtroom showdown sometime in the future. A court filing from this week reports that Apple subpoenaed Valve Software in November 2020, "simply requesting" Valve’s revenues and the name, price, and availability of every product on Steam to show competition. That is one tall order, and it appears that Valve is not playing ball. In short, Apple believes data from Valve could bolster its legal position against Epic Games, and subsequently requested a plethora of data. According to the record [PDF], in “Request 2,” Apple wanted documents “sufficient” to show... Read more...
For the past few generations of iPhones, Apple has released Smart Battery Cases that allow you to extend the runtime of your device. The Smart Battery Case introduced for the iPhone 11 family featured a silicon case that wrapped around the device and an integrated battery that charged the device via Qi wireless technology. Apple is reportedly taking a different approach with the battery case for this year's iPhone 12 family. According to a new report from Bloomberg, this new battery case won't add any additional protection to the iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro, and is simply meant to give you boosted runtimes. And given that the iPhone 12 introduced MagSafe to the equation for charging... Read more...
Apple made quite the splash with its first homegrown processor for Macs: the M1. This Apple Silicon SoC is based on the 5nm process node and includes an 8-core CPU, 7-core or 8-Core GPU, and up to 16GB of on-package LPDDR4x memory. While the M1 is perfectly fine for the three Macs that it launched in -- MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini -- it's not nearly enough to handle the needs of power users currently rocking the 16-inch MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro. To that end, the engineers in Cupertino are working on even more powerful Apple Silicon, with the next chip in the pipeline reportedly being called the M1X. According to specifications being reported by CPU Monkey,... Read more...
Apple is embarking on a two-year plan to transition away from using Intel processors across its laptop and desktop families, in favor of its own Arm-based silicon. The venture begins with the M1, an impressive piece of hardware that is generally garnering favorable reviews (including our own Mac mini 2020 review with an M1 chip inside). However, it's not all peaches and cream—a security researcher has discovered the first bit of malware in the wild that is native to the M1 chip. Patrick Wardle, a former researcher for the US National Security Agency (NSA) and currently an independent macOS security researcher, came upon a malicious Safari browser extension called GoSearch22. It was originally... Read more...
Though the Epic Games spat with Apple quieted down some, that does not mean the war is over. We are slowly creeping toward the May court date, where the two companies will face off before a judge. In the meantime, Epic Games is taking the battle across the pond after filing an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union. Epic Games published a blog called Europe Free Fortnite today, sparking a movement in efforts to “advance fairer digital platform practices for developers and consumers.” The complaint filed with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition alleges “anti-competitive restrictions” imposed by Apple. In the complaint, Epic... Read more...
This year, apps that let users listen or talk to live broadcasts over the internet are becoming more popular. One such app, Clubhouse, is sitting at number 6 in Social Networking on the Apple App store, and it only seems to be growing. However, just because it is popular does not mean it is safe and secure, as we are now finding out. According to the App Store's description, "Clubhouse is a space for casual, drop-in audio conversations—with friends and other interesting people around the world." Unabated free speech is a luxury most westernized nations have; however, countries like China do not. Thus, as the Snapchat of audio, Clubhouse took off for Chinese iPhone users leading to discussions... Read more...
Tell us if you've heard this one before: a next-generation iPhone is up on deck with a 120Hz display option. We heard these rumors in the months leading up to the launch of the iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max, and we even saw some engineering prototypes with the feature enabled, but alleged supply channel and battery life concerns nixed the feature from production devices. Apple is now allegedly taking another stab at 120Hz displays with the upcoming iPhone 13 family along other generational improvements. According to Max Weinbach of EverythingApplePro, the iPhone 13 is set to use an always-on LTPO display, which is something that quite a few Android smartphones have featured for years.... Read more...
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