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Apple Places iPhone 13 On Motorbike In Ad, Days After Warning Against Doing That

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On Tuesday, Apple unveiled its 2021 iPhone lineup, and included in its presentation was a promotional video of a delivery rider mounting the all-new iPhone 13 onto his motorbike.

By publishing a potentially viral advertisement greenlighting the use of an iPhone on a motorcycle, Apple appears to make it okay for people to do that, possibly encouraging more to follow suit. Perhaps foreseeing this, the company released a note on its support website saying it is not okay to do that… just days before the iPhone 13 commercial.

For context, last Friday, the Cupertino tech giant divulged that exposing iPhones to certain vibrations in “high-power or high-volume motorcycle engines” might weaken their cameras. This affects iPhone 6 Plus and newer, and it likely applies for the iPhone 13 series too.

Specifically, Apple said that “high-amplitude” motorcycle vibrations “transmitted through the chassis and handlebars” can harm iPhone cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS) and closed-loop autofocus (AF).

“It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate,” the company noted.

The timing strikes as odd, because look what Apple instructed its leading man to do:

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Video screenshot via Apple

As Mashable points out, Apple also mentioned that iPhones on “small-volume or electric engines, such as mopeds and scooters,” aren’t as susceptible to this risk, but they’ll still be affected at a smaller degree. Attached to these engines, it’s recommended to use “a vibration dampening mount… to lessen the risk of damage to your iPhone and its OIS and AF systems.” The vehicle in the clip could be a scooter, so it’s generally safer.

In the video, Apple did disclaim in small lettering to “always use a dampener with your iPhone when riding as shown” on low-powered bikes, and that riders should “avoid prolonged use.” The advertisement is entitled “EVERYDAY HERO,” so it’s improbable that the delivery rider is following the advice, either.

[via Mashable, video and images via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415752/Apple-Places-iPhone-13-On-Motorbike-In-Ad-Days-After-Warning-Against-Doing-That/

Another ‘Apple Event’ Took Place On Launch Day Protesting Photo-Scanning Tech

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Prior to Apple’s California Streaming launch event this week, activists took to Apple Stores across the US to protest the tech giant’s new on-device photo-checking system.

Named NeuralHash, the company has said it plans to scan iPhones for child sex abuse material (CSAM) and report users with such content to the authorities.

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Organized by Fight for the Future and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), these protests took place in New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Minneapolis, Aventura, Florida, Houston, Tucson, and Boston.

“As a purported champion of privacy, Apple should use its position in the industry to protect more people, including children, by encrypting iCloud, and addressing security vulnerabilities in iMessage,” the groups stated in a press release.

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The announcement of NeuralHash led to intense backlash from the public, privacy watchdogs, and some in-house employees. Apple backtracked on its release, and didn’t announce the update with the latest iPhone 13 lineup.

Instead, the company said it will continue working to improve the technology, though protesters want Apple to call a halt to the entire project. They feel that despite the firm’s explanation that the tool would be used to scan only CSAM, it could easily be co-opted for other types of surveillance in the future.

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“This software will almost certainly make mistakes, and when it does, the results could be deadly, particularly for LGBTQ+ youth. Apple’s software can be hijacked by authoritarian governments in the future to scan users’ devices, giving repressive regimes unprecedented powers to suppress dissent,” explained Albert Fox Can, Executive Director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP).

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Image via Fight for the Future

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Everything Apple Revealed At The Flagship ‘California Streaming’ Event

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Apple’s highly-anticipated fall event has finally taken place, with the tech giant revealing a new iPad Mini, iPhone 13 lineup, and Apple Watch Series 7.

While most of the new gadgets didn’t stray too far from insiders’ leaks, the AirPods 3 didn’t appear. Here’s a roundup of all the latest updates.

iPad & iPad Mini

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Apple’s base-model iPad saw an upgrade in its processing power, with the new version sporting a much quicker A13 Bionic processor. It now boasts 20% faster CPU, GPU, and machine learning performance than last year’s version. Plus, it comes with improved camera functions great for work-from-home days.

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Software upgrades include Center Stage, which promises better video call quality, especially with the iPad’s new 12MP front-facing camera. The storage space also sees an increase from 32GB to 64GB. The new-generation iPad is available in silver and space gray, and goes on pre-order today from US$329.

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The iPad Mini saw a huge upgrade, with a brand-new design resembling an iPad Air. The new device comes with flat-edged sides, a new power button, a built-in fingerprint scanner for Touch ID, and finally: note-taking support for Apple Pencil.

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Additionally, the new version includes a USB-C port, allowing for faster charges. Its display has also been upgraded, now capable of up to 500 nits of brightness, along with Apple’s True Tone feature. The re-designed iPad Mini starts from US$499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi-only model, and from US$649 for one with 5G/LTE.

iPhone 13 & iPhone 13 Mini

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With regards to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, the new devices come with a smaller notch. Its screen sizes remain the same as last year’s model, measuring 6.1 inches and 5.4 inches respectively. However, Apple has upgraded its display, with the new lineup capable of brightness up to 1,200 nits.

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The biggest update lies in the devices’ cameras. Both models sport improved dual lenses, now positioned diagonally on the back of the smartphone, with a 12MP main and 12MP ultra-wide camera. Software-wise, Apple also introduced Cinematic Mode, which allows users to shoot portrait-style footage with auto-adjustment functions.

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Both models also boast better battery life, with the iPhone 13 gaining an additional 2.5 hours of use, and the iPhone 13 Mini with an additional 1.5 hours. The tech giant also said that with the company’s latest A15 Bionic processor, the devices will run 50% faster than the competition. For those looking for a change of color, this year’s hues include blue, pink, midnight, starlight, and red.

The iPhone 13 starts at US$799 and the iPhone Mini 13 starts at US$699 for 128GB storage. The smartphones will be available for pre-order on September 17 before launching in stores on September 24.

iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max

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The new iPhone 13 Pro sports the same size as the regular iPhone 13, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max by far the largest of the lineup at 6.7 inches. Apple has upgraded both devices’ screens to feature a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, along with the brand-new A15 Bionic processor. As compared to the 4-core GPU in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, the Pro models sport an even faster 5-core GPU.

The main highlights are, once again, the cameras. With three lenses instead of two, all lenses offer Night Mode support, and allow users to shoot in ProRes from higher quality pictures. Apple has also added a new macro feature, so photographers can capture amazing closeups.

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If you were hoping to snag the Pro models in pink, you’re out of luck. The models only come in silver, sierra blue, graphite, and gold. The iPhone 13 Pro retails from US$999, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max starting at US$1,099. Both models come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options, and Apple’s first-ever 1TB version.

Apple Watch Series 7

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The Apple Watch Series 7 boasts a larger screen size, with 41mm and 45mm compared to the previous models’ 40mm and 4mm displays. The watch bezels have been reduced by 1.7mm, offering 20% more display area than before.

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With the new S7 chip, the Series 7 watches are expected to run faster. Its battery life remains the same at the 18-hour mark, though Apple has made improvements to the charging capabilities. The Apple Watch can now harvest eight hours of battery life from just an eight-minute charge.

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The S7 also comes with new software in watchOS 8, which highlights including fall detection for cyclists, and an updated calorie burn algorithm. However, there’s still no blood pressure sensor, so you may have to wait till next year for that one.

The Apple Watch Series 7 starts from US$399, with its lower-cost SE version available for US$279.

And there you have it – all of the most important updates from Apple’s latest launch event. Got your eye on anything? Be sure to place an order before they run out!

[via Gizmodo, video via Engadget, images via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415734/Everything-Apple-Revealed-At-The-Flagship-California-Streaming-Event/

Apple Rolls Out Emergency iOS Fix For Spyware Hack Costing Millions To Develop

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Apple has just released an urgent software update for its devices to fix a vulnerability that has been exploited by surveillance software.

A gap in iMessage allowed hackers to access the user’s phone without the user having to click on any links. This was made possible by Pegasus, a spyware crafted by Israeli firm NSO Group, which allows for the surveillance of journalists and human rights advocates across the world.

CNN reports that the NSO Group had said that its software was only developed and sold to “vetted” customers for law enforcement or to combat terrorism. However, previous evidence has indicated that it has been used against journalists for years.

In a statement, Ivan Krstić, head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture, details that attacks like these are “highly sophisticated” and can cost millions of dollars to develop despite their “short shelf life.” They’re most commonly used to specifically target an individual.

This one in particular was created to keep watch over a Saudi activist, who chooses to remain anonymous. A team from the Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto was investigating their Pegasus-infected phone when they discovered this flaw.

Dubbed ‘FORCEDENTRY’, it was a zero-day, zero-click exploit that targeted Apple’s image rendering library across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS.

When made aware of this, Apple rolled out the new software update—14.8 for iOS and iPadOS—and described the impact as “processing a maliciously crafted PDF [that] may lead to arbitrary code execution.” The company also states that it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.”

Although the software was made to target one person and a majority of users shouldn’t face any specific threat, Krstić and the Citizen Lab still recommend that the update be downloaded immediately for enhanced security.

More details about this update and another security fix, alongside a list of compatible devices, can be found on Apple’s update report.


FORCEDENTRY: NSO Group iMessage Zero-Click Exploit captured in the Wildhttps://t.co/IrtsNRVPGS

— Citizen Lab (@citizenlab) September 13, 2021

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Apple Lawsuit Ends In Court Ruling It Can’t Force Apps To Use Payment System

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Apple’s long-drawn-out lawsuit with Fortnite creator Epic Games has finally come to a conclusion (for now), with a judge ruling that the tech giant can no longer force app developers to only use the company’s payment system.

On September 10, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the US District Court in the Northern District of California ruled that Apple had violated the state’s Unfair Competition Law, as it had forced Epic Games to use its payment system on the App Store, which sees the tech firm pocketing 30% commission on every in-app purchase.

Following the new injunction, Apple will no longer be able to stop developers from adding links to external payment options. This means that apps will now be able to allow users to pay for a subscription via their web browser, instead of directly through the app.

However, the court did stop short of ruling that Apple had a monopoly, as reported by CNN.

“Given the trial record, the Court cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist under either federal or state antitrust laws. Success is not illegal. The final trial record did not include evidence of other critical factors, such as barriers to entry, and conduct decreasing output or decreasing innovation in the relevant market,” said court documents.

The iPhone maker was pleased by the ruling, saying it proved the app store wasn’t in violation of antitrust laws, and wasn’t running a monopoly.

Epic Games, however, said it hadn’t reached a win for developers or consumers, though it “will fight on.”

“Epic is fighting for fair competition among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion customers. Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment, passing along the savings to consumers,” said Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney.

While this trial is over, it really is just the beginning. Epic Games has already filed an appeal to the ruling, as per 9to5Mac. By the looks of it, this battle with Apple will probably continue for years.

Today’s ruling isn't a win for developers or for consumers. Epic is fighting for fair competition among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion consumers. https://t.co/cGTBxThnsP

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 10, 2021

Thanks to everyone who put so much time and effort into the battle over fair competition on digital platforms, and thanks especially to the court for managing a very complex case on a speedy timeline. We will fight on.

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 10, 2021

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Apple Warns To Keep Your iPhone Off Motorcycles If You Want Its Camera To Work

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Recently, Apple added a new page to its support website, warning iPhone users that exposing their devices to certain vibrations found in “high-power or high-volume motorcycle engines” could cause damages.

First spotted on MacRumors, the tech giant said placing smartphones too close to such engines could cause issues for iPhone cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS) or closed-loop autofocus (AF) technology.

The former helps to ensure pictures are less blurry, especially when snapped in motion. The latter then aids the camera in maintaining focus.

According to Mashable, every device since the iPhone 7 has at least one of those features, so almost all iPhone owners could be at risk.

To be extra safe, it’s suggested motorcycle riders keep their iPhones in their bags while riding, instead of attaching the phone onto the bike’s chassis or handlebars—which are still susceptible to vibrations.

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Apple Users With Cracked MacBook Screens Are Gathered For Class-Action Lawsuit

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Reports have recently emerged that Apple could be facing a major class-action lawsuit over its newest MacBook line.

According to Input, law firm Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is gathering owners of M1 MacBooks and MacBook Airs whose devices have had screen cracks out of the blue.

This isn’t the first time the cracks have been brought up. In fact, in August, many users had already tried to bring this issue to the brand’s attention.

Many complaints of a similar nature have also been spotted on the company’s Support Communities, as well as Reddit threads, suggesting the laptops suddenly developed large cracks and lines of dead pixels.

At times, Apple has replaced some of the devices for free, though most customers have had to pay for their repairs, as per 9to5Mac.

“Many suspect that the display is simply not sturdy enough to withstand the normal pressures of opening, closing, or adjusting its position,” Migliaccio & Rathod said in a statement addressing the lawsuit.

“Whatever the case, users are left with little choice but to spend upwards of US$600 to have their display repaired, with no guarantee that the screen crack defect won’t reoccur at a later date.”

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New Products Apple Might Reveal Next Week Besides iPhone 13 — AirPods 3, Anyone?

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After Apple announced that its next Keynote event would be taking place on September 14, Max Weinbach posted on his PineLeaks Twitter account that the company was planning to reveal the third generation of AirPods.

Weinbach, a writer at the Android Police and seasoned leaker of Apple products, said the product would be showcased alongside the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7, two hotly anticipated new lineups.

Fitting to the annoucement of Apple's September event, we are publishing our report on Apple's upcoming products, including the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 and 3rd Generation AirPods.

Here's what we've got to share

— Pine (@PineLeaks) September 7, 2021

AirPods 3 will reportedly have a battery of similar size to the current AirPods Pro, and will come in a reworked charging case with “around 20% larger battery”. Wireless charging has also become a “standard” feature.

The headphones will boast “noticeably better bass and low ends” in terms of sound quality, but this is a bit contradictory to his sentiment that the “overall sound should be about the same as you’ve seen on the 2nd Generation.”

Leaks on the AirPods aren’t the only goodies Weinbach has graced us with; teasers for the new iPhone 13 include a slightly heavier and thicker device with around a 10% increase in battery capacity in the regular sized phones.

The Pro Max, however, will “see a 18-20% larger battery.” Even the Mini variant of the phone will see around an hour of additional battery life, apparently.

The Displays on the Pro Series will throttle to a 60hz refresh rate when Low Power Mode is enabled. This cannot be changed.

All sensors across the board now receive at least 15% more light, while the Ultra Wide sees the biggest change with up to 40% more light.

— Pine (@PineLeaks) September 7, 2021

In its cameras, Night Mode will purportedly have the ability to detect and capture stars in the night sky and “internally adjusts itself accordingly.” Cinematic Video will also keep a subject close to the center while “ensuring that it does not come off as unnatural.”

The OIS system also switches to a less aggressive and more "smooth" operating mode.

Night Mode now recognizes when stars are in the scene and internally adjusts itself accordingly.

A new algorithm analyzes structures, resharpens and adjusts shadows in night time shots.

— Pine (@PineLeaks) September 7, 2021

The Apple Watch 7 will also see improvements to its battery life, with Weinbach stating that it will be the first “real” improvement since the original model.

Batteries inside the AirPods themselves should be around the same size as the ones found on the current AirPods Pro.

Speaking of batteries, the Apple Watch Series 7 is bound to see its first real battery life improvement since the original Apple Watch.

— Pine (@PineLeaks) September 7, 2021

It must be noted that no additional source was cited in the tweets and not all predictions are guaranteed to be entirely accurate. However, with the clock ticking down to the next Keynote event, the hype is certainly there—we’ll have to wait and see what Apple has in store next.

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Apple iPhone 14 Leak Envisions 2022 Model Without The Notch & Camera Bump

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We’re less than a week away from Apple’s latest event, where the tech giant is expected to launch its latest iPhone 13 lineup, along with other devices.

However, in an unprecedented unveiling, renowned tech leaker Jon Prosser has released renders of what next year’s iPhone 14 could look like.

The renders, which were produced by Ian Zelbo, show several key features of the iPhone 14 that could become major talking points.

Firstly, the supposed 2022 version shows no notch at all, just with a single hole-punch front camera. According to MacRumors, this feature is in line with information shared by another Apple insider, Ming-Chi Kuo.

Secondly, and most prominently, the camera bump on the back of the iPhone is gone. Instead, the camera lenses, LED flash, and LiDAR Scanner are all flushed against the smartphone’s rear glass. It’s also expected that next year’s iPhone will don a titanium frame.

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Smaller details such as the volume buttons will seemingly also change, with them looking more similar to the rounded ones on iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

The phone’s speaker and microphone grilles on the iPhone 14 could now be placed with elongated mesh cutouts, instead of holes on the bottom of the device such as on the iPhone 12.

Prosser has said that while there could be small design changes to the iPhone 14 between now and it’s launch next year, he’s confident most of the device will look similar to the newly-released renders.

Take a look at Prosser’s and Zelbo’s renders below in the video.

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Image via Jon Prosser / Front Page Tech (for press use)

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Image via Jon Prosser / Front Page Tech (for press use)

Image via Jon Prosser / Front Page Tech (for press use)

Image via Jon Prosser / Front Page Tech (for press use)

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Apple’s Future iMacs Could ‘Float’ On A Single Strip Of Clear Glass, Per Patent

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Although Apple only released the iMac in a range of fun colors earlier this year, it doesn’t look like the tech giant will be stopping its redesigning efforts there.

A patent filed in May 2019, titled “Electronic device with glass housing member,” was only just granted to the company. Instead of using a stand to hold the monitor up, the potential iMac may appear to “hover” in the air with only a curved sheet of glass to hold it all up.

“The display area extends along the upper portion, the transition portion, and the lower portion; and the display has a curvature that corresponds to a curvature of the glass housing member,” the document writes.

“An electronic device comprising: a slumped glass housing member defining: a continuous exterior surface of the electronic device; and an opening extending through the slumped glass housing member; a support structure coupled to a back side.”

Illustrations in the patent show the idea of using an L-shaped “transparent or translucent” panel to host the screen on a large flat section. The idea is to insert the monitor from behind so the glass sheet can double as a screen protector of sorts.

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This flows into to a shorter flat area, which can hold a keyboard and mouse or trackpad. If the company is deciding to proceed with a dual-display keyboard-less MacBook, there’s a possibility that this could be integrated here as well.

The curve has the option to be supported by a wedge for extra security. Otherwise, an opening could be incorporated to allow the lower section of a MacBook to slot in from behind to “dock.”

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Although patents are filed regularly, not all ideas make it to the final stage. They’re mainly there to express interest the company has in potentially developing something like this.

So, we might not get this futuristic “floating” iMac in the future, but it’s always nice to dream.

[via AppleInsider, images via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415643/Apple-s-Future-iMacs-Could-Float-On-A-Single-Strip-Of-Clear-Glass-Per-Patent/

Apple Announces iPhone 13 Event With An Enthralling Invite You Can Walk Into

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Even though most of us already had an inkling, Apple has officially announced its next launch event will take place on September 14.

It’s likely the iPhone 13 lineup will be revealed during the event, even without the tech giant explicitly saying it.

“We’re California Streaming on September 14th. See you real soon,” tweeted Senior Vice-President Greg Joswiak, along with a video of the invite.

In the video, you’ll see an Apple logo-shaped artificial reality (AR) portal cast on the background. The camera then takes you “inside” the portal, to a shadowy landscape of a lake.

We’re California Streaming on September 14th. See you real soon. 🏞 #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/OjOvJFXlHd

— Greg Joswiak (@gregjoz) September 7, 2021

While Apple hasn’t explained the meaning of the invite, many people feel it’s a signal that the company will be releasing more AR or mixed-reality capabilities together with its iPhone 13 launch.

Here’s how to see the AR portal for yourself, as per TechRadar. First, open Apple’s event page on your mobile browser (only Safari or Firefox), and click on the image for the September 14 event. Your camera app will then pop up with an Apple icon, which you can tap to activate the portal.

After which, feel free to move your phone around to see more of the portal. Inside, you’ll be the date of the event written. Plus, according to app developer Guilherme Rambo, you can even look back at your own surroundings through the portal!

While that’s all the Easter egg has to offer at the moment, it’s by far the most exciting invite Apple has released thus far. Will the iPhone 13 boast serious AR features? We’ll find out soon enough.

Try it for yourself here.

Definitely the best #AppleEvent AR Easter egg so far pic.twitter.com/RxEMEGCTEN

— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) September 7, 2021

Yes! pic.twitter.com/Wo9BgMQVvb

— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) September 7, 2021

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Apple’s Classic Mac OS X Wallpapers, Remastered To 6K For Modern Devices

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As of this year, your 12-inch Retina MacBook from 2015 is now—in Apple’s own words—a “vintage” product. But don’t feel too old yet.

As a side project and an ode to a beloved chunk of Apple history, designer and developer Rafael Conde remastered built-in Mac OS X and OS X wallpapers into full 6K resolution and added support for the entire P3 wide color gamut.

I made a tiny little thing over the weekend…

🪐Mac OS X Remastered Wallpapers (Galaxy Edition):

Classic desktop pictures modernized in 6K and P3 Color Gamut
https://t.co/UM9A3MuFEx pic.twitter.com/50z9SgrFRF

— Rafa (@rafahari) September 6, 2021

The refined versions are now available for free on OSX.photo. As a bonus, there are compatible sizes for the iPhone and iPad, too.

Conde told 9to5Mac that, to remaster the imagery, he used machine learning to upscale the original backgrounds, which he had to track down, before applying a P3 color space. Finally, he used machine learning again to denoise the images and “manually tweaked them to more closely match how I remembered them.”

It might be the enhancements, or the skyrocketing appeal of space travel, but the wallpapers are looking futuristic as ever. In truth, the newest of them is almost 10 years old.

You can find the selection—which includes Leopard and Snow Leopard’s aurora backgrounds, as well as Lion and Mountain Lion’s galaxy wallpapers—here.

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Image via OSX.photo

It was super nostalgic designing the landing page with Myriad, and trying to recreate the look of 2008’s buttons ✨ pic.twitter.com/Cgn44sX1nk

— Rafa (@rafahari) September 6, 2021

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Apple Products Could Potentially Get Sharp Price Hike Due To Higher Costs

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A global chip supply shortage has already seen delays in devices and rising inflation. But Apple’s main chip supplier, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), is now saying that the company will need to pay even more, and these costs could be passed right on to the consumer.

TSMC is reported to already be controlling more than half of the global foundry market, according to Nikkei Asia. Its most formidable clients include Apple, Nvidia, and Qualcomm. Due to its high-profile reputation in the industry, its chips are already up to 20% pricier than rival brands, reports MacRumors.

Some of the factors that led to its existing higher prices include materials and logistics costs. Ever since the pandemic hit last year, device manufacturers have also begun to scramble for supplies, driving prices up even further.

Additionally, TSMC recently pledged around US$100 billion in spending and investments over the next three years. This price spike might be, in part, due to ensure the company can keep covering these costs despite the chip shortage.

Sources have also explained to Nikkei Asia that this comes in part to stop clients from “double-booking,” or placing orders for an excess of chips, trying to secure supply for their own devices. But, this leads to a warped picture of what demand is truly like.

It has also been said that it’s expected that chip developers, such as Qualcomm, will pass this extra cost on to the device makers, like Apple. In turn, Apple is possibly handing off the cost to its consumers, who don’t appear to have a choice in the matter.

Prices are officially expected to rise from October 1. Since TSMC is already working on existing orders, consumer wallets won’t feel the pinch until next year when the new orders begin to be fulfilled.

The devices most likely to be slapped with a heftier price tag appear to be the high-end models. There’s a high possibility that major electronics brands will attempt to lessen the “noticeable” impact on entry-level or even mid-range products, trying to keep them as affordable as they were always meant to be.

[via MacRumors, image via Burin P / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415612/Apple-Products-Could-Potentially-Get-Sharp-Price-Hike-Due-To-Higher-Costs/

Apple Relocates Homeless Encampment, Spends Millions On Lodging For Residents

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Back in 2018, Apple purchased a large plot of land in the South Bay to turn it into its North San Jose campus. While there are no public plans on the building’s completion yet, Mercury News reports that the company has begun construction work.

One thing, though: 55 acres of that property are inhabited by at least 30 homeless people, who have possibly relocated from the nearby Mineta San Jose International Airport, since it was cleared in late June.

KPIX 5 notes that the site is among the “most prominent homeless encampments” in the Bay Area’s South Bay.

Instead of forcing occupants out, like most companies would, Apple proactively found dozens of residents a new place to stay, working with nonprofit HomeFirst to provide lodging for them in a motel for nine months.

The outreach—which also includes counseling and 12 months of case-management services for campers to assist them with addiction, mental health, long-term housing, and more—will apparently cost Apple millions of dollars, according to HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton.

It’s part of a US$2.5 billion pledge that Apple made in 2019 to address California’s housing problem. It also vowed then to dedicate some of its land to building affordable living quarters, though this part of the promise hasn’t materialized.

Nevertheless, Urton said that what Apple is doing should set the bar for how other companies could handle the homelessness crisis. It is estimated that 30,000 people in the Bay Area do not have a roof over their heads.

Although some campers were hesitant to take up Apple’s offer, 53-year-old Frank Pacheco expressed his thanks and was delighted to accept it. Pacheco is a former mechanic who is recovering from a work-related head injury, and had been based in an RV on the site for two years.

“It’s a wonderful thing that Apple’s doing for us,” said Pacheco. “They don’t have to do anything for us. They could just kick us off the property. They could just feed us to the wolves.”

The man said he will use his Apple-sponsored motel stay to nurse his injury and hopefully find a job.

Echoing the sentiment, Urton praised Apple for taking the effort to search for suitable lodgings and reform resources for the campers. “I think the level of Apple’s involvement is amazing, to be quite frank,” she noted. “They could just kick these people off, throw away their belongings and displace them. That’s not what they chose to do.”

With the tech giant taking these first steps, Urton hopes companies, and even governments, would follow suit. And if they don’t have the resources to do it, they could even partner with others to help out—just like what Apple has done with HomeFirst, which specializes in providing shelter and housing for the homeless.

“If every company took responsibility for what’s happening with homelessness in their neighborhood, I think we’d nail it,” said Urton.

[via Mercury News, KPIX 5, Archinect, VICE, cover image via Google Maps] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415606/Apple-Relocates-Homeless-Encampment-Spends-Millions-On-Lodging-For-Residents/

Apple Indefinitely Pauses Controversial Photo-Scanning Tech For ‘Improvements’

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Apple was planning to take on a strict and highly controversial approach of scanning users’ devices for photos of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). After much backlash, the company says it will put the feature on hold. The detection tool is still coming, though.

On Friday, the tech giant sent out a statement to news outlets that read: “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 [CSAM]. Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features.”

This comes after heated concerns about privacy invasion arose, most audibly from 90 policy groups around the world, who banded together and penned an open letter to CEO Tim Cook expressing worries about potential government intervention and—ultimately, manipulation. “Once this capability is built into Apple products, the company and its competitors will face enormous pressure—and potentially legal requirements—from governments around the world to scan photos not just for CSAM, but also for other images a government finds objectionable,” they wrote.

Privacy and security advocates feared that—while Apple stressed that it would only extend the feature for CSAM—it might eventually fall to government pressures to ban imagery of “human rights abuses, political protests, images companies have tagged as ‘terrorist’ or violent extremist content, or even unflattering images of the very politicians” for personal gain.

“And that pressure could extend to all images stored on the device, not just those uploaded to iCloud,” the policy groups added. “Thus, Apple will have laid the foundation for censorship, surveillance and persecution on a global basis.”

The measure was intended for rollout as part of updates in iOS 15, iPad OS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey this year to help parents take on “a more informed role in helping their children navigate communication online,” but it will now be delayed indefinitely.

Apple did not elaborate how it would “improve” on the image detection tool, or where it would further “collect input” from.

The company previously explained that images would be determined as abusive if they matched overlapping hashes from two or more child protection agencies. It also clarified that, to prevent unfair and manipulative censorship, the organizations it would draw these red flags from wouldn’t be controlled by the same local governments. An added layer of verification by human checkers would prevent photos mistakenly flagged by AI from being banned.

[via Ars Technica, cover image via Framesira / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415601/Apple-Indefinitely-Pauses-Controversial-Photo-Scanning-Tech-For-Improvements/

Apple’s Anticipated Mixed-Reality Headset Might Only Work If You Have An iPhone

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Rumors have emerged that Apple is working on virtual reality (VR) headset, which will display a 360-degree 3D digital environment for gaming, viewing, and communicating.

It’s also likely to have some augmented reality (AR) features, according to an earlier report by Mark Gurman for Bloomberg.

As Apple goes up against Facebook’s Oculus and Sony’s PlayStation VR, its mixed-reality headset is touted to be far more high-end. While competitors’ headsets sell for US$300 to US$900, speculated prices of Apple’s could start at a staggering US$3,000.

Now, new details have surfaced that the headset would potentially support dual 8K displays for each eye. It’ll also contain a LiDAR sensor, which already features in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

An updated report from The Information said it won’t be used completely independently, as it’ll need to be wirelessly connected to an iPhone or Apple device.

This could be due to the headset being powered by five-nanometer AR/VR chips, which lack the neural engine needed to support all AI capabilities. It will most probably require communication with a host device, in order to make use of the host’s computing power to display VR and AR images.

According to Input, Apple’s headset will stand out from competitors by offering better wireless data transmission, compression, decompression, and energy efficiency capabilities.

Plus, even though it’ll require a host device to access all its functions, there’s a chance the headset could still have limited functionality by itself.

With its hefty price tag and need for integration with other Apple products, the headset is likely to appeal to consumers who are already well-versed with the Apple ecosystem.

Production is rumored to be at least a year away, but it’s more or less confirmed the futuristic headset will be coming to Apple’s lineup in the near future.

[via Input, cover image via DenPhotos / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415585/Apple-s-Anticipated-Mixed-Reality-Headset-Might-Only-Work-If-You-Have-An-iPhone/

Apple Wallet To Carry IDs & Driver’s Licenses In 8 States, Will Be Touch-Free

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Eight US states are about to enable the storing of driver’s licenses or state IDs on iPhones or Apple Watches for even more ease of access, with the tech giant working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Arizona and Georgia will implement the feature first, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah.

In its news release, Apple writes that “select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports” will be the first locations to allow commuters to use their IDs stored in Wallet to travel.

“This new and innovative mobile driver’s license and state ID initiative with Apple and states around the country will enable a more seamless airport security screening experience for travelers,” says David Pekoske, TSA Administrator, in a statement.

“An additional level of convenience” is provided, he adds, “by enabling more opportunities for touchless TSA airport security screening.” As seen over the last year and a half of the pandemic, anything contactless is bound to be welcomed with open arms.

Users will be able to add their IDs to Wallet in a similar way to adding payment cards to the app. A selfie needs to be uploaded to verify identity, too.

When the information needs to be accessed at a TSA checkpoint, users will have to use Face ID or Touch ID to unlock the information, ensuring security and peace of mind.

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This feature offers “superior security” to a physical wallet, which we’re seeing less of nowadays as mobile payments continually rise in popularity. It takes advantage of Wallet’s existing security features, while allowing ID information to be encrypted and transferred between the device and identity reader.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont declares that the new addition to the state’s “modernization efforts” will “make residents’ lives easier, and keep their identities secure.”

“We’re pleased to be one of the first states working with Apple to deploy driver’s licenses and state identification cards in Apple Wallet, and we’re looking forward to taking the next steps to make sure this new feature benefits our residents.”

“This function will be available alongside the iOS 15 update, which is scheduled for release later this month.

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[via Engadget, images via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415559/Apple-Wallet-To-Carry-IDs-Driver-s-Licenses-In-8-States-Will-Be-Touch-Free/

Apple’s Upcoming Watch 7 Could Face Delays Due To Its Complex Design

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Earlier this week, Bloomberg tech insider Mark Gurman revealed new details coming to the Apple Watch 7 lineup in his newsletter. Among standout features to expect are larger case sizes, with Apple adding more watch faces to match them.

Instead of the current 40mm and 44mm sizes, Series 7 will potentially offer 41mm and 45mm cases instead. It’s a significant update, considering that it’s only the second time the company has increased the size of its watch displays.

However, if you’ve been planning to get your hands on the brand-new Apple Watch 7, there may be a longer wait than expected. According to Nikkei Asia, Apple has delayed the production of its new watch models due to manufacturing challenges.

It was reported that after a small scale test run, the company found the quality of the finished watches to be sub-standard. Insiders told Nikkei the new, more complex design—including new blood-pressure sensors and water-resistance features—could be to blame.

Although it’s widely expected that Apple will introduce the Watch 7 at its launch event this month, customers may not get their hands on the wearable so soon after.

Last year, Apple faced production issues with the iPhone 12 lineup, causing two models to be released in October and the other two in November. In 2017, the iPhone X had also been in short supply following its release, due to production issues with the then-new Face ID feature, as per CNBC.

While the company has yet to comment on these rumors, it wouldn’t be the first tech company to face major production problems this year, considering that Sony had to change the design of its PlayStation 5 to keep up with demand.

[via CNBC, cover image via ID 140100443 © Prykhodov | Dreamstime.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415533/Apple-s-Upcoming-Watch-7-Could-Face-Delays-Due-To-Its-Complex-Design/

Apple To Launch Dedicated Classical Music App To Make The Genre More Accessible

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On Monday, it was reported that Apple closed a deal with classical music streaming service Primephonic. The service will be integrated into Apple Music on September 7, as part of the expansion of the tech giant’s artistic offerings.

Apple Music is set to offer its subscribers a “significantly improved classical music experience” with this acquisition, the company writes in its news release. This will begin with the pre-existing Primephonic playlists and exclusive audio content.

Fans of the genre will also enjoy more features over the coming months. A “dedicated experience with the best features of Primephonic” is being planned, which will include improved browsing capabilities and detailed metadata displays, among others.

Thankfully, this signifies that the existing service won’t be reworked completely, and users can still enjoy what they have known and loved before the acquisition.

This partnership is “a tremendous development for the classical music industry,” states Thomas Steffens, Primephonic’s co-founder and CEO. “Artists love the Primephonic service and what we’ve done in classical, and now we have the ability to join with Apple to deliver the absolute best experience to millions of listeners.”

“We get to bring classical music to the mainstream and connect a new generation of musicians with the next generation of audience,” Steffens adds.

This sentiment is backed up by Gordon P. Getty, a major shareholder of Primephonic. The service “was founded to ensure that classical music will stay relevant for future generations,” he states, saying this move will “take classical to a worldwide audience.”

There are already plans in place for Apple to launch an external app for the classical music genre, Bloomberg details. However, the company hasn’t mentioned this yet, so it looks to be still in the making.

For now, existing Primephonic users will need to bear the September 7 transformation. But they’ll get six months of Apple Music for free, and the amazing experience that the company is promising will come along with it.

[via Gizmodo, image via mirtmirt / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415519/Apple-To-Launch-Dedicated-Classical-Music-App-To-Make-The-Genre-More-Accessible/

Apple CEO Tim Cook Could Retire By 2025, But Not Before 1 Last Radical Category

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While Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview that he probably wouldn’t still be helming the company in 10 years, it’s unlikely that he will part ways with his present job anytime soon. And with how much he’s achieved in his decade at the top, Apple probably isn’t keen to let him go, either.

According to TechSpot, in the 10 years Cook has been head of Apple, the company has transformed into a US$2.5 trillion behemoth, and the most valuable company in the world. In total, Apple boasts nearly 150,000 employees, and makes a staggering US$10,000 per second on average.

Plus, as per Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his Power On newsletter, there’s a chance Cook will wait till Apple launches a major product category before stepping down.

Gurman said he believes Cook is currently focusing on creating Apple’s mixed-reality headset, as well as augmented-reality glasses, which are expected to be launched before 2025.

There are also rumors that Apple is working on an autonomous car, though that seems to be in its infancy. Speculation as to who will succeed Cook is still rife, though Gurman thinks the company will select someone with a tech or operations background for the role.

Will we get Apple’s first augmented reality products before Cook retires? Watch this space.

[via TechSpot, cover image via John Gress Media Inc / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415512/Apple-CEO-Tim-Cook-Could-Retire-By-2025-But-Not-Before-1-Last-Radical-Category/

Apple’s iPhone 13 Might Use Satellite Tech So You Can Text/Call Without Signal

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Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the highly anticipated iPhone 13 will come with low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity. This, essentially, allows users to send texts and make calls even in areas without 4G or 5G signal.

In an investor note, as seen by MacRumors, Kuo detailed how the “simplest scenario” for LEO connectivity would only work if individual network operators work with Globalstar, an American satellite communications company.

Essentially, customers would be able to take advantage of Globalstar’s existing satellite communication service on their new phone through their usual network operator. Therefore, no other contracts or fees would be needed.

It has been said that the new iPhone will feature a customized Qualcomm X60 chip that supports satellite communications. This puts it ahead of other smartphone competitors, who are reportedly waiting until next year to implement an X65 chip, usually crucial for satellite communications.

He also compared LEO communications to mmWave 5G with regards to both technologies’ impact on the industry. Apple may move on to leverage both, he states, and the company has been looking to expand into satellite communications for a while. It even set up a special department for research and development “some time ago.”

Apple also purportedly has more LEO communications plans in store. More of its devices—including the not-yet-released, such as the rumored electric vehicle—will also work to implement this into their systems, Kuo said. Perhaps it’s waiting to see how it will fare on the new lineup of phones before further investigating its potential.

[via MacRumors, cover image via Vividrange / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415511/Apple-s-iPhone-13-Might-Use-Satellite-Tech-So-You-Can-Text-Call-Without-Signal/

Apple TV+’s ‘Ted Lasso’ Seemingly Showcases A Notch-Free iPhone Design

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Step aside, shortbread biscuits, a new rectangle block could take over as the face of Ted Lasso—besides Jason Sudeikis, of course.

The comedy series, Apple TV+’s pride and joy, once again got people talking when a radically designed iPhone appeared on The Signal, episode six of season two. Two questions came to mind: “Is this the new iPhone 13?” and “Will Apple start sharing first glimpses of its products through its streaming platform?”

According to AppleInsider, two scenes in the episode showcased the notchless iPhone, along with the usual iOS interface.

Anyone else notice the notchless iPhone in the latest @TedLasso episode? #iphone12 #iphone12s #iphone13 @jon_prosser @frontpagetech @TailosiveTech @LukeMiani @reneritchie 😅 Why, @Apple? pic.twitter.com/FL4tv2SfKz

— Paul Bailey 😷, 🅾️+ (@paulofthebailey) August 28, 2021

However, rather than an accidental or purposeful leak, the device just seems to be the result of a post-production editing gaffe.

As you might have already observed, the tech giant loathes it when the public gets its hands on details about future products it hasn’t confirmed. “Apple has made every effort to take strict measures to maintain confidentiality for any information about Apple’s products before their official release,” it wrote in recent court filings, explaining that the element of surprise is “an important part of the company DNA.”

Furthermore, a closeup of the device reveals a digital overlay, suggesting that this was nothing more than an error. Or it could be an opportunity to throw off any scent.

Most of all, a notchless design defies a whole bunch of reports hinting that the iPhone 13 would have a smaller notch. If you’re waiting for Apple to completely ditch the feature that houses Face ID technology, that will come at a later time.

The company is reportedly experimenting with moving its sensors under the display, allowing iPhones to support both Face ID and Touch ID. However, renowned tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo projects that this technology might only appear in Apple’s smartphones in 2023.

And another… pic.twitter.com/yDkDDjhJRR

— Paul Bailey 😷, 🅾️+ (@paulofthebailey) August 28, 2021

[via AppleInsider, cover image via Apple TV+] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415506/Apple-TV-s-Ted-Lasso-Seemingly-Showcases-A-Notch-Free-iPhone-Design/

Apple Watch 7 To Have Larger Displays, With New Watch Faces To Match Them

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In a recent update, Bloomberg Apple news reporter Mark Gurman said that Apple’s upcoming Watch 7 lineup will feature larger case sizes, and that the company will be adding new watch faces to accommodate them.

As cited by MacRumors, while the Apple Watch 6 lineup comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes, rumors are that the Series 7 will offer 41mm and 45mm instead. Gurman also said in his Power On newsletter that due to the larger display sizes, Apple will also be releasing new watch faces to complement the extra space.

“I’m told that Apple will bundle multiple new watch faces to take advantage of the bigger screen, including an updated Infograph Modular face. This will be the second time in the Apple Watch’s history that the company has increased the display size, following the Apple Watch Series 4 in 2017,” Gurman said.

Other than a larger display, the Series 7 has also been rumored to have a sleeker look, with the display stretching right to the edges of the watch. It’s also said to feature rounded corners and a dial.

Plus, Apple could extend its colorful iMac color scheme to the series, too, though which colors remains to be seen.

The new Apple Watch is expected to be revealed alongside the new iPhone 13 lineup at the next Apple Event, which will take place sometime in September.

[via MacRumors, cover photo 102458077 © Siempreverde22 | Dreamstime.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415498/Apple-Watch-7-To-Have-Larger-Displays-With-New-Watch-Faces-To-Match-Them/

Apple Announces Free Global Service To Fix iPhone 12 Receiver Issues

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Recently, users have reported that some iPhone 12 models aren’t emitting any sound when making or receiving calls. In response, Apple is introducing a new worldwide service, and its very first for the iPhone 12 lineup, to fix the issue.

Apple explained that “a very small percentage” of the devices globally may have experienced sound issues due to a faulty component on the receiver module.

The free repair service will only be extended to iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, not the iPhone 12 Mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max. Affected smartphones were likely manufactured between October 2020 and April 2021.

If you’ve been encountering such issues, service members at the Apple Store will check to see if your smartphone is eligible for the free repair. Customers can also send in their iPhones to Apple using its mail-in service.

According to Gizmodo, the service program will only be valid for devices up to two years after the purchase date.

For more information on the service program, head here.

[via Gizmodo, cover image via ID 226858622 © Yuliasis | Dreamstime.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415492/Apple-Announces-Free-Global-Service-To-Fix-iPhone-12-Receiver-Issues/

Fake Apple Employee Steals Nearly 630K Photos & Videos From iCloud Accounts

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A Los Angeles man was charged for conning Apple customers and stealing 620,000 photos and 9,000 videos from iCloud accounts. Posing as an Apple support employee, he accessed 4,700 accounts and obtained sensitive photos of 306 users from the US, the majority of them being young women, the FBI estimates.

Hao Kuo Chi, a 40-year-old man from La Puente who goes by the name of David, has pleaded guilty to four counts, including computer fraud and conspiracy. He faces five years in prison.

Under the moniker “icloudripper4you,” Chi had advertised his services to break into others’ iCloud accounts for a fee, the Los Angeles Times reports.

He would then begin the so-called “hack” by sending out emails—under the Gmail addresses “applebackupicloud” and “backupagenticloud”—to dupe unwitting Apple users into sharing their iCloud usernames and passwords.

The FBI found 500,000 emails in the two Gmail accounts Chi had used, with 4,700 exchanges containing iCloud login information that victims had volunteered to him.

With the victims giving up their iCloud credentials, Chi was able to get into accounts without actually “hacking” them. He then pilfered 620,000 photos and 9,000 videos and uploaded them in a Dropbox account, sorting images by whether they were nudes of women he deemed attractive—which he’d label as “wins.”

Chi would send a Dropbox link to those who hired his services.

His downfall came after a celebrity’s private photos were posted on an adult content website in 2018, and the subject recruited an agency to have the images taken down. The firm traced the pictures to Chi’s house and got law enforcement involved, an FBI raid found mounting evidence against the man.

The fact that Chi was able to get thousands of login credentials without hacking is alarming. Take this as a precautionary tale and a reminder to always check the email address of anyone claiming to represent a company. Legitimate Apple email addresses end with @apple.com and @icloud.com, for instance.

“Never share your Apple ID password or verification codes with anyone,” the company warns. “Apple never asks for this information to provide support.”

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