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iPhone users should be aware that there is an unpatched security vulnerability that impacts iOS 13.3.1 and later versions of the operating system (including the newly released iOS 13.4). This unpatched security vulnerability prevents VPN networks from encrypting all traffic and can cause some Internet connections to bypass VPN encryption exposing the user's data or IP address. Connections that are made after connecting to a VPN on the iOS device are unaffected by the bug, but previously established connections bypass the VPN secure tunnel. The security vulnerability was discovered by a security consultant that is part of the Proton community, and ProtonVPN disclosed the issue. ProtonVPN said... Read more...
We last visited the long-running saga of Apple's rumored switch from Intel x86 chips to its own Arm chips for Macs back in February. At the time, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Ch Kuo alleged that the first of these new machines would arrive during the second half of 2021. Today, however, we're getting some additional insight into these launches, with Kuo further alleging that "several" Arm-based Macs will launch in 2021 including both laptop and desktop models. Arm-powered desktops haven't really been on the radar for PC manufacturers as power consumption for a device that is constantly plugged in isn't usually as much of a concern for regular consumers.  However, Kuo is indicating... Read more...
Apple might consider itself to be a company that produces premium hardware that is a notch above garden-variety PCs on the market, but the company has had its fair share of high-profile hardware/design failures in recent years. The most embarrassing stain on Apple’s reputation in recent years is no doubt the troublesome butterfly keyboard, which proliferated throughout the company’s entire MacBook family for four years. Now, it appears that Apple is admitting to another design defect with its hardware, and this time it involves the Retina MacBook Air laptops. In this instance, the anti-reflective coating can wear off or “delaminate” from the display. Once this happens,... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple announced a refreshed MacBook Air with double the storage and faster Intel Ice Lake processors along with a new iPad Pro family with dual rear cameras and LiDAR scanning support. If a new rumor is accurate, we could soon be seeing an official announcement for the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus entry-level smartphones. This news comes from Jon Prosser (via Twitter), who has a pretty good track record when it comes to Apple rumors. He posted a simple tweet which stated, “iPhone 9 has just entered mass production”. If that is indeed the case, Apple is currently making sure that it has ample supply of the new phones available for the inevitable launch.... Read more...
As far as Apple is concerned, your next computer is not a computer, it is a high-tech tablet, and specifically the new iPad Pro. Powered by an also-new 8-core A12Z Bionic system-on-chip (SoC), Apple claims its latest iPad Pro is "faster and more powerful than most Windows PC laptops." Does the bold claim stack up? Well, it's certainly a versatile tablet. "The new iPad Pro introduces advanced technologies never before available in mobile computing," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Combining the most advanced mobile display with powerful performance, pro cameras, pro audio, the breakthrough LiDAR scanner and new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, this... Read more...
Apple has refreshed its popular 13-inch MacBook Air entry-level laptop, and there's a lot to like about this new model. Apple has seemingly addressed nearly every complaint about the previous generation with some very useful upgrades. For starters, Apple has tossed the unreliable and hated (by nearly everyone) butterfly-style keyboard mechanism in favor of the Magic Keyboard found in the 16-inch MacBook Pro (which uses a scissor-style mechanism). Not only does this result in longer key travel, but it should also make the keyboard more reliable in the long run.  Apple also upgraded the hardware inside, equipping the new 2020 MacBook Air family with 10th generation Intel Ice Lake processors.... Read more...
Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro might separate themselves from the regular iPhone 12 by incorporating a 3D time of flight (ToF) sensor into the mix. There will likely be other differences between the Pro models and regular model, but if a breakdown of Apple's iOS 14 code is any indication, the ToF sensor will be one of the major distinctions. An increasingly number of flagship phones have been adopting 3D ToF cameras. They are not used for taking pictures in the traditional sense, but to map out a 3D space. Using a light signal, a ToF camera can provide more accurate depth mapping compared to an ordinary camera lens, with distance and volume measurements. The folks at 9To5Mac... Read more...
Details have surfaced about the rumored iPhone 9 (or iPhone SE 2 depending on who you talk to) that indicates Apple is working on a Plus version of the smartphone. The rumored Plus version would bring a larger screen to the mix, giving people more space than what has been reported in the supply chain for the smaller device.  Code tidbits from iOS 14 suggest that the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus will replace the iPhone 8 line, which includes a 4.7 and a 5.5-inch version. The code suggests that both devices will run the Apple A13 Bionic chip, which is the same processor used in the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. Future high-end iPhone models are rumored to use an all-new 5nm A14 SoC. Such... Read more...
The custom chip that ends up in the next round of iPhone models could be one of the fastest-clocked ARM-based processors to date. That's according to a new report, which points to a leaked benchmark entry for what is presumed to be an Apple A14 system-on-chip (SoC) clocked at 3.1GHz. If true, it will be the quite the peppy processor. For reference, Apple's hexa-core A13 Bionic processor is built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process and runs at up to 2.65GHz. It is found in the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro. Sitting below that is the A12X, an octa-core processor found in some of Apple's iPad models, with a max CPU clockspeed of 2.49GHz. If the information about the A14 is accurate,... Read more...
Apple is looking to make lemonade out of the lemons that it has been dealt due to the coronavirus. Like many other tech conferences past (and future), Apple is not willing to take any chances when it comes so the spreading the coronavirus with a mass grouping of people from all over the world huddled together in close quarters. Also, California regulations regarding the coronavirus would have nixed the conference anyway. As a result, the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be online-only this year. Apple made the announcement via its website this morning. Rather than lament the loss of the on-stage keynote with thousands in attendance, or the individual breakout sessions,... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Apple is moving on from using keyboards with a flawed butterfly mechanism, and outfitting new products with scissor switches like the ones it used on MacBook Pro models prior to the 2015 redesign. As such, it's expected that a couple of upcoming products—a new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air—will implement a so-called "Magic Keyboard" as well. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlined his predictions in a research note to investors. According to his note, Apple will release new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models in the second quarter of 2020, both with Magic Keyboards, which is how Apple dubs the return to scissor switches (it has a better ring to it, we suppose). His prediction... Read more...
Each time a new version of watchOS for the Apple Watch turns up, people get excited about the upcoming new features. Further details have surfaced for the Apple wearable that come from hints in leaked iOS 14 code. The leaked code gives information on new watch faces, sleep tracking, and parental control features for the Apple Watch that are expected to land later this fall. One of the fundamental changes for the wearable comes in watch faces. WatchOS 7 has three key differences in the watch face arena, with the most interesting being shareable watch faces. This will allow users to share their custom watch faces with other users. Each watch face is treated like an individual file in watchOS 7.... Read more...
Health has always been a focus of the Apple Watch and other wearables, and at minimum you can typically expect there to be a built-in heart rate monitor on today's smartwatches and fitness bands. FitBit went the extra mile, though, and rolled out a software update that added blood oxygen tracking on some of its devices. Now it looks like Apple is working on the same thing. In case you are wondering, a normal blood oxygen level is between 75 and 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). There are various symptoms of a low blood oxygen level, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, chest pain, rapid heartbeats, high blood pressure, and so forth. According to the Mayo Clinic, values under 60mm... Read more...
Manufacturing in China has been in turmoil with the country hard hit by the coronavirus over the last several months. Apple has warned retail employees that there are shortages of iPhone replacement devices, indicating the slowdown in China is impacting its supply chain. Recently support staff in stores were told that replacement iPhones for heavily damaged devices would be in short supply for up to the next four weeks. Word of the shortage comes from Apple Store employees who report they were advised in a memo that they can offer to mail replacement iPhones to customers and provide loaner devices to help ease delays. Some Apple store workers are also reporting that there is a shortage of individual... Read more...
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