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A security researcher has discovered an Apple AirTags vulnerability that can effectively turn an affordable tracker into a cheap phishing lure. This is made possible through the tracker's "Lost Mode," where the intention is that if a user loses their AirTag, they can mark it as missing. Supposing an honest individual comes across the lost tracker, a custom link will send them to a website with the owner's phone number and whatever message they might want to leave. Good intentions can lead to bad deeds, however, and this same feature can be used against people who are trying to do the right thing. In what seems like a glaring oversight on Apple's part, it is entirely possible for an unscrupulous... Read more...
Another Apple iPhone launch event has come and gone, with the company's latest flagship and mid-range phones already shipping to customers, arriving on front porches just a few short days ago. In a second consecutive year of component shortages, Apple's deep resources and influence seemed to mitigate any potential issues securing chip fab space, which means there's plenty of iPhone supply to go around. This year's devices bring a mix of needed catch-up features, improvements and interesting bonuses that are designed to set the company's smartphones apart from its Android-bearing rivals.  Despite that, it kind of feels like some of the magic has worn off. These days it's easy to get... Read more...
Does something feel off when scrolling webpages on your shiny new iPad mini? Maybe you're holding it wrong (not really). Complaints have surfaced that when holding the latest iPad mini in portrait mode, there is an ever-so-slight delay between how fast the left and right sides of the screen get refreshed, in what is known as a jelly scroll effect. Apple's answer? Everything is normal. For those who notice it, the effect is certainly not normal, though. And it seems to be most noticeable when scrolling through text on a webpage or document. The text and lines on one side of the iPad mini adjusts its respective position just a tick before the other side, and becomes more prevalent when scrolling... Read more...
In case you haven't heard, China is trying to puzzle out its pollution problem, and one way it's doing that is by rationing power. The Chinese government has started selectively requiring energy producers to cool off in an effort to reduce emissions, although those organizations are also dealing with rising coal and natural gas prices, too—all amid ever-increasing energy demands. Unsurprisingly, this has had an effect on the semiconductor industry. Reports from Reuters, AP, and Nikkei Asia all indicate that factories in no less than five provinces have had to shut down due to exceeding local energy use quotas. These quotas were put in place by the Chinese government to stifle smog and preserve... Read more...
The right-to-repair movement has been gaining momentum in the past year, but that doesn't mean every device is easy to crack open and fix, should the need arise. Naturally, we're curious where Apple's latest iPhone 13 series stands in the realm of do-it-yourself (DIY) repair. The answer can be found in a thorough teardown. First let's talk specs. The iPhone 13 Pro, which is what just went onto the teardown operating table, is equipped with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display (2523x1170) powered by a custom A15 Bionic system-on-chip (SoC). It also has 6GB of RAM, between 128GB and 1TB of internal storage, and an arrangement of cameras. There's also an iPhone Pro Max, though it's mostly the... Read more...
Misery loves company, right? Just ask Google—the company is seething over a massive fine over Android abuses that was imposed by the European Union three years ago, and has lashed out at the group for essentially turning a blind eye to the "real competitive dynamic" that exists between it and rival Apple. The EU has so far not been swayed. Back in 2018, the EU fined Google 4.34 billion euros, which converts to more than $5 billion in US currency. The EU's ruling took issue with some of Google's requirements for device makers who want to sell Android phones and tablets. It was not on board with Google making it mandatory that Chrome and its on Search be included if allowing access to the... Read more...
When it comes to the Right-to-Repair movement, Apple has been one of the staunchest opponents, doing everything in its power to wrest control away from customers (and third-party repair shops). If given the option, some customers would prefer to perform simple device repairs on their own or at least take them to a third-party repair shop to save a few bucks. Unfortunately, according to a new report, Apple is making that process even harder with its new iPhone 13 family of smartphones. Cracked screens are probably the most frequent repair performed on smartphones of all brands, and the iPhone 13 will be no different (despite what Apple says about strengthening the glass). Unfortunately, the company... Read more...
Did you pick up a shiny new iPhone 13 Pro expecting silky-smooth 120-Hz animations and seamless integration with an Apple Watch? I know I sure did, but things haven't gone as expected on Apple's new smartphone platform right out of the gate. One would think that Apple tested its APIs with the Pro Motion Display and paired an Apple Watch with the phone at some point, but two big bugs have sullied the iPhone 13 Pro experience for new owners right out of the gate.  First up is that the adaptive refresh display in the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max may not always run animations as smoothly as it possibly can. Apple's most commonly-used graphics frameworks -- UIKit, SwiftUI, CoreAnimation.CAAnimation,... Read more...
Like many big tech companies including Microsoft and Google, Apple has a bug bounty program that pays big bucks for newly-discovered security vulnerabilities. The fees for confirmed reports of issues range from $25,000 for "limited" unauthorized control of an iCloud account, to a cool million bucks for a zero-click remote chain with full kernel access without requiring user interaction. Of course companies build good will by following through on their promises of payment in these programs. When a researcher feels ignored, however, that can break trust in the program and leave vulnerabilities unpatched and exposed.  In a recent Washington Post article, several security researchers shared... Read more...
With the iPhone 13 launch out of the way, all attention is diverting towards Apple’s next big release. If the rumors are accurate, Apple’s next big keynote will introduce the all-new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Fortunately for us, Apple’s upcoming macOS Monterey is already leaking details surrounding the new laptops. The folks over at MacRumors discovered code in macOS Monterey Beta 7 that references two new display resolutions. Unfortunately, the resolutions do not coincide with any existing products in Apple’s portfolio, which has everyone zeroing in on the new MacBook Pros. The current 13-inch MacBook Pro has a native resolution of... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Apple has begun trending towards a future where USB Type-C is the default charging standard, though not on its iPhone devices. That could change with the iPhone 14 (or whatever comes after the newly announced iPhone 13 series—perhaps an iPhone 13s lineup?), if the European Commission pushes through proposed legislation to make it a requirement. This appears not to be an 'if' and rather a 'when' type scenario. The European Commission wants to see USB Type-C become the common charging format for electronic devices, calling the initiative "an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience." And indeed, it can be both frustrating and inconvenient to upgrade a gadget,... Read more...
Apple is among the largest tech companies globally, and the appetite for any details surrounding unreleased products is voracious. Over the years, credible leaks have sprung up concerning nearly every product Apple makes, and even some drama surrounding internal politics has bubbled to the surface in recent months. Needless to say, CEO Tim Cook is more than a bit peeved about the leaks, something that he vowed to "double down" nearly a decade ago. Unfortunately, Cook's most recent rant about leaks has leaked. Apple held an all-hands meeting last week where plans were it outlined to "infrequently" test unvaccinated employees for COVID-19 and talked about the company's willingness to adapt to a... Read more...
A court ruling earlier this month wasn't a decisive victory for either Apple or Epic Games regarding the pair's legal battle over App Store payments. While Epic scored a win in allowing app developers to choose alternative payment methods for in-app purchases, it also had to pay Apple 30 percent of its revenues for directing iOS users to the Epic Direct Payment System. In addition, presiding Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers found that Apple was not behaving as an illegal monopolist. Despite the "win" on in-app purchases, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney defiantly stated shortly after the ruling, "Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with... Read more...
Mental health is a topic that has been gaining some much-needed attention in recent years, including some interesting research being conducted by Apple, according to a new report. It is said Apple is working with the University of California, Los Angeles and a pharmaceutical company called Biogen on research that could find its way to future iPhone devices. Up to this point, Apple's focus on health has mostly been centered on its Apple Watch devices, with various monitoring sensors and related software tools. However, Apple is said to be looking into ways its iPhone handsets could detect mental states such as depression, as well pick up on signs of cognitive decline that could be a precursor... Read more...
After going through numerous betas during the summer, Apple today released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for iPhones and iPads (and just days ahead of the iPhone 13 launch). As is typical for most recent new Apple software releases, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are all about steady refinements instead of bringing drastic changes to the familiar operating systems. From this point on, we'll refer to the two operating systems as simply iOS 15 (except where noted). Some of the new features that Apple brings to the table include SharePlay, which allows you to maintain FaceTime video chats with friends/family as you watch TV and movies or listen to music. FaceTime has also been enhanced with Spatial Audio, a feature... Read more...
Preorders for Apple's iPhone 13 family kicked off this morning, with prices starting at $699 for the iPhone 13 mini on up to $1,099 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. However, Walmart and Amazon are getting in on the Apple frenzy today with discounts on additional hardware, including the newly announced 9th generation iPad and 6th generation iPad mini. The latest iPad was upgraded with an A13 Bionic SoC, a new 12MP rear camera, and a 12MP FaceTime HD camera with Center Stage support. The iPad starts at $329 with 64GB of storage, but Walmart currently has the tablet available for preorder in Space Gray and Silver at $299 (a $30 discount). Apple 10.2-inch iPad (2021) Wi-Fi 64GB Space Grey $299 @ Walmart... Read more...
Apple this week unveiled its iPhone 13 lineup (among other products) powered by its new A15 Bionic processor, and will open up preorders tomorrow. Then it will be another week before the latest iPhone handsets ship out. While we wait for official benchmarks to arrive, a handful of leaked benchmarks suggest the A15 Bionic is a worthy upgrade to the A14 Bionic. The A15 Bionic is built on TSMC's advanced 5-nanometer node. It features a six-core design consisting of two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores that Apple says is up to 50 percent faster than the "leading competition)," as well as a new five-core GPU in the Pro line that Apple claims "brings the fastest graphics performance... Read more...
Apple announced its all-new iPad mini yesterday, and it represents the most extensive design revamp to date for the company’s smallest tablet. Whereas the current-generation iPad mini has a 7.9-inch display, the new model expands to 8.9 inches while maintaining the same footprint. When Apple first brought the new iPad mini out on stage, it didn’t detail what hardware was powering the device. However, Mac Rumors was able to find out that the iPad mini uses the same A15 Bionic SoC that powers the iPhone 13 family (likely with a 4-core GPU). The A15 Bionic also features 4GB of RAM, while the current generation tablet features an A12 Bionic SoC and 3GB of RAM. In addition to the new SoC,... Read more...
The iPhone 13 family isn't the only big news from Apple today; the company also announced the Apple Watch Series 7. The Apple Watch family has been around since Spring 2015 and has maintained the same overall design ever since. Sure, the displays have become a smidge larger, and the bezels have shrunk slightly over the years, but the same rounded design has remained. That was all supposed to change with the Series 7, according to numerous reports. It was claimed that the flat-sided aesthetic that Apple introduced last year with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro would transfer to the Series 7. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and what we have here today is another warmed-over refresh that looks... Read more...
Given the numerous leaks that have sprung during 2021, there was no way that Apple would have been able to keep all information surrounding its new iPhone 13 lineup a secret. With that said, it's still an exciting time for the Apple faithful when a new iPhone launches. iPhone 13 And iPhone 13 Mini: Revised Styling, Faster A15 Bionic, Longer Battery Life This time around, things haven't changed much on the outside -- as we've previously reported -- as the design introduced with the iPhone 12 family remains relatively fresh. That means you'll find flat surfaces all around and displays ranging in size from 5.4 inches for the iPhone 13 mini to 6.7 inches for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Speaking of the... Read more...
Apple’s iPad mini has always been a popular device, and it is now getting its most significant upgrade ever. Like the fourth-generation iPad Air that came before it, the new iPad mini brings the iPad Pro design language (complete with its thin bezels) down to the consumer market. The screen now measures 8.3 inches while keeping the same footprint as its 7.9-inch predecessor. The Liquid Retina display features True Tone support and can reach 500 nits for brightness. Given that the home button is now gone, Touch ID has moved to the power button (just like the iPad Air). The Lightning port on the bottom of the device has been tossed in favor of USB-C, and optional 5G cellular connectivity... Read more...
On the eve of its big iPhone 13 unveil, Apple was forced to issue a new software update for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac product lines. As a result, iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 are now available for the iPhone and iPad, respectively, while Apple issued macOS 11.6 for Macs. One of the driving factors behind the release of the software updates is a so-called "zero-click" security exploit developed by NSO Group. Citizen Lab has labeled the exploit FORCEDENTRY, and it uses iMessage as an attack vector. Victims were sent files with a .gif extension through iMessage that were actually "maliciously crafted" PDF files that could result in arbitrary code execution. FORCEDENTRY is so dangerous because it's considered... Read more...
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