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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...
Apple's big iPhone keynote event is tomorrow, and there are some last-minute details coming to light on what the company will announce. According to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the final storage lineup for the iPhone 13 family has been revealed, and there aren't too many surprises. When it comes to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, base storage will come in at 128GB. Compared to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, this represents a 2x uplift in capacity. To be honest, this change probably should have happened a long time ago, given that 128GB has long been the bare minimum for Android flagships. 128GB will continue as the base configuration for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Moving... Read more...
If you're an iPhone user that also happens to ride a motorcycle, Apple has a stern warning for you. In a new support document posted to Apple's website, the company tells iPhone users not to directly mount their iPhones to a motorcycle due to issues that can arise from high amplitude vibrations caused by "high-power engines." The issue stems from the optical image stabilization (OIS) and closed-loop autofocus (AF) systems used on iPhones. The magnetic sensors and gyroscopes used in conjunction with the tiny motors that power these systems are highly susceptible to high-frequency vibrations, resulting in component failure. Apple writes: The OIS and closed-loop AF systems in iPhone are designed... Read more...
Fortnite developer Epic Games filed lawsuits against Apple and Google last year to force changes in how both companies control the method of payment within their respective app stores. Epic claimed at the time that it wasn't just taking this course of action for its sake but also for smaller developers forced to hand over a significant portion of their in-app revenue to Apple/Google. Today, Epic scored a significant legal victory, as presiding Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers issued a permanent injunction in the highly-watched Epic v. Apple case. The ruling shut down Apple's "anti-steering" policy, which prevents app developers from providing links to other forms of payment for in-app purchases.... Read more...
Earlier this week, we brought you everything we knew (at that point) regarding the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and the AirPods 3. However, we stipulated that the information could change, as there would undoubtedly be additional leaks leading up to Apple's official keynote event, which is scheduled for September 14th. Frequent gadget leaker Max Weinbach is back again with some last-minute details on all three new product families. Weinbach listed his findings in a flurry of tweets, but we'll just summarize them here in bulleted form for brevity: The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will offer 120Hz ProMotion displays, which will throttle back to 60Hz in Low Power Mode. The iPhone 13 Pro... Read more...
Just yesterday, we gave you some last-minute details on the products expected to launch at Apple's September keynote. Today, we have an actual date set for the keynote: September 14th at 1 pm ET, which is a week from today. Like all Apple keynotes since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe last year, this event will be streamed online, and there won't be in-person festivities like in previous years. In addition, the official tagline for the event is "California Streaming," which could be a play on the hit song "California Dreamin'." New products on deck for the event are almost guaranteed to be the iPhone 13 family, which will consist of the following: iPhone 13 mini (5.4-inch) iPhone 13 (6.1-inch)... Read more...
There's no question that the 4th generation iPad Air is one of Apple's most popular tablets. While the iPad and iPad mini may be available at lower price points, the iPad Air steals the styling cues from the more expensive iPad Pro along with its relatively thin bezels all around (instead of being stuck with the old-fashioned Home button). It also helps that Apple's retail partners frequently discount the iPad Air, making it an attractive buy. That's the case right now at Amazon, where the iPad Air returns to its all-time low price of just $499.99 with free shipping. So when you head over to the Amazon product page for the iPad Air, you'll see that it's priced at $539. However, a coupon with... Read more...
Apple is getting ready to introduce a new round of iPhone devices, and it is widely believed the iPhone 13 lineup will wield a next-generation A15 Bionic system-on-chip. The question is, what kind of performance uplift will it deliver over the A14 Bionic? Perhaps a quite a sizable one, at least in graphics, if a leaked benchmark score turns out to be true. We have often said that Apple manages to do more with less, when it comes to squeezing performance out of its handsets that don't necessarily boast the most cores or memory. That's not to say Apple should get a pass when it skimps on specs, especially for its priciest handsets. But regardless of where any platform and brand loyalties may reside,... Read more...
Apple is likely to send out invites for its upcoming September keynote within the next few days. As usual, a next-generation iPhone will be the primary focus of the event. However, it's widely expected that the iPhone 13 family will be joined by the Apple Watch Series 7 and the AirPods 3. With this in mind, here's a quick rundown of what we expect to see from the three product lines later this month. iPhone 13 And iPhone 13 Pro: Another "S" Upgrade Year For Apple's Flagships The iPhone 12 family represented a dramatic shift in iPhone design, moving from years of curved body shapes to flat sides all around. The iPhone 13 family won't bring any significant changes compared to last year, but some... Read more...
Do you possess detailed knowledge of RISC-V Instruction Set Architectures (ISAs) and fancy yourself someone who can manage multiple tasks and self-prioritize? If so, then you may be a good candidate for a job opening at Apple, one that suggests the company might be dipping its toe into an open-source alternative to Arm's processor core architecture for future Mac and iPhone devices. Admittedly, It would be a bit of a reach to connect a simple job listing for a "RISC-V High Performance Programmer" and Apple breaking up with Arm, as it is in the process of doing with Intel. But the endgame of not only designing its own chips, but also sidestepping Arm core license royalties is certainly within... Read more...
Apple announced this morning that it would delay a planned rollout of new protections aimed at minimizing the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The move comes after the company received high-profile backlash for the initiatives, and Apple executives even admitted that the initial messaging was bungled. "Last month, we announced plans for features intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them, and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material," said Apple in a statement. "Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input... Read more...
Apple has made a concession that effectively ends a five-year investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) into anti-monopoly behavior. Beginning early next year, Apple will allow so-called "reader" apps to include a single external link to their website, where users can sign up for subscription services and manage their accounts. It's technically a win for services like Netflix and Spotify. How so? Apple charges a 30 percent commission on apps sold through its App Store, and the same goes for in-app purchases made from within an app on iOS. This is at the heart of the ongoing dispute between Apple and Epic Games, the latter of which spurred a legal battle after bypassing Apple's commission... Read more...
Apple has teamed up with a handful of states to roll out digital driver's license and state ID support for the upcoming iOS 15 software update. iOS 15 will likely launch later this month with the iPhone 13 family and supports devices dating back to the first-generation iPhone SE and iPhone 6s/6s Plus. With this new feature, iPhone users will be able to, for example, easily add their driver's license to the Apple Wallet. The process is similar to how you currently add a credit card to the Wallet in that you'll first need to scan the front of your driver's license with your iPhone's camera. You'll also be required to take a selfie and complete a "series of facial and head movements" during setup.... Read more...
Apple typically likes to launch its next-generation Apple Watch lineup alongside its new iPhones. That is expected to still be the case this year with the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7, but the latter might end up reaching the market later than the former. The first publication to report on this delay was Nikkei Asia, which claims that the all-new design of the Apple Watch Series 7 is causing some trouble for Cupertino's manufacturing partners. Manufacturers reportedly "encountered critical challenges in reaching satisfactory production performance," which is directly attributed to "the complexity of design, which is significantly different from that of previous generations of the watch."... Read more...
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