8BitDo makes the Mac great for retro games—iPhone? Not so much

The 8BitDo SN30 Pro is now supported on Apple platforms.

Enlarge / The 8BitDo SN30 Pro is now supported on Apple platforms. (credit: 8BitDo)

The 8BitDo SN30 Pro has repeatedly been called one of the best controllers for playing retro console games, particularly those originally made for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)—which makes sense, since its design is based on the SNES controller.

Now that controller works much better on Apple platforms like the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV thanks to new firmware updates from 8BitDo. That’s great news for folks who want to play 16-bit classics on their Macs, but the lack of retro console emulators on the iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV makes it a bit of a waste on those platforms.

Granted, the firmware update applies to more than just the SN30 Pro. 8BitDo’s Ultimate Controller 2.4g, Pro 2, and Lite SE also got the firmware update—as well as the SN30 Pro variants, the SN30 Pro Plus and the SN30 Pro for Android. The Ultimate Controller, Pro 2, and Lite SE aren’t so much meant as retro controllers as just good all-arounders, and so that’s welcome for folks who enjoy games on Apple Arcade and the like.

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How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race

The virtual assistants had more than a decade to become indispensable. But they were hampered by clunky design and miscalculations, leaving room for chatbots to rise.

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How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the AI Race

The virtual assistants had more than a decade to become indispensable. But they were hampered by clunky design and miscalculations, leaving room for chatbots to rise.

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Why Alex Murdaugh’s Quick Conviction Worries Me

The case was built on a trove of digital data. Could the jury have given it due consideration in just three hours?

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Original iPhone from 2007 auctioned for $63,356, topping prior sales

A picture shows the first iPhone which was launched in 2007. Pictured outside the Apple Store in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. 07JAN17 SCMP/Martin Chan

Enlarge / The original iPhone started at $499 for 4GB in 2007. (credit: Getty)

When we reviewed the first iPhone in 2007, one of our top complaints was that the phone was locked to AT&T. At the time, carrier lock-in discouraged Karen Green, a Verizon customer, from opening an iPhone she received as a gift. What was once a limiting inconvenience has led to Green making big bucks, as that unopened iPhone was recently auctioned for $63,356.40—10,477 percent more than the $599 it cost about 16 years ago.

The first iPhone’s specs are laughable by today’s standards and include 8GB of Samsung flash memory storage, a 2MP camera (decent for a camera phone at the time), and a 3.5-inch LCD screen.

As reported by Business Insider on Monday, Green sold the phone via LCG Auctions to fund her business after seeing how much other unopened first-generation iPhones had sold for recently. In August, one auctioned for $35,414, and in October, another unopened 2007 iPhone sold for $39,339.60. The auction for Green’s phone, which closed on Sunday, greatly surpassed those sales.

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‘My Watch Thinks I’m Dead’

911 dispatchers are buried under an avalanche of false, automated distress calls from skiers and other Apple device owners who are very much alive.

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Tech’s Biggest Companies Discover Austerity, to the Relief of Investors

After years of expansion and billions in profits, Big Tech is pulling back from its famously lavish spending as a long boom finally ends.

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Apple Revenue and Profit Down as iPhone Sales Slow

The iPhone maker said sales of its flagship product were down 8 percent as it dealt with a factory shutdown and worries about rising inflation.

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A history of ARM, part 3: Coming full circle

A history of ARM, part 3: Coming full circle

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The story so far: As the 20th century came to a close, ARM was on the precipice of massive change. Under its first CEO, Robin Saxby, the company had grown from 12 engineers in a barn to hundreds of employees and was the preferred choice in RISC chips for the rapidly expanding mobile market. But the mobile and computer worlds were starting to merge, and the titans of the latter industry were not planning to surrender to the upstarts of the former. (This is the final article in a three-part series. Read part 1 and part 2.)

It started, as did many things in the ARM story, with Apple.

Steve Jobs had returned, triumphantly, to the company he had co-founded. The release of the colorful gumdrop iMacs in 1998, an agreement with Microsoft, and the sale of Apple’s ARM stock had brought the company from near-bankruptcy to a solid financial footing. But Apple’s “iCEO” was still searching for the next big thing.

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How to Make Your Smartphone Photos So Much Better

Professional photographers have long used the RAW format and editing software to turn image files into gorgeous pictures — and you can, too.

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Apple raising its non-AppleCare battery replacement costs across devices

iPhone 12 battery being removed by fingers, with white adhesive stretching out beneath battery

Enlarge / If you want an Apple Genius to do this job, it’s going to cost a bit more starting in March 2023. (credit: iFixit)

Starting in March 2023, having Apple replace the battery in your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook will cost a bit more, at least for those who didn’t shell out for AppleCare+.

Battery replacements for the iPhone 12 and 13 lines, when out of warranty and not covered by AppleCare+, will cost $20 more starting March 1, according to a note on Apple’s iPhone repair service page. Those repairs cost $69 until March, then $89. Those who purchased AppleCare+ can replace a battery that reports its maximum battery capacity as below 80 percent.

Several– “older” iPads will also see their battery replacement costs increase by $20. Those cutoffs include the 12.9-inch iPad Pros, fifth generation and older; 11-inch iPad Pro, third generation and older; the 10.5 and 9.7-inch iPad Pros; iPad minis older than sixth generation; and iPad Air older than fifth generation. An iPad Air fourth-generation battery replacement would, for example, cost $99 until March 1, then $119 after that.

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Apple’s business under growing threat from China’s Covid wave

disinfecting in foxconn factory

Enlarge / ZHENGZHOU, CHINA — A staff member wearing personal protective equipment disinfects a factory at Industrial Park of Foxconn on November 6, 2022 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China. (credit: VCG via Getty Images)

Apple’s business is under threat from a widespread coronavirus outbreak in China, with supply chain experts warning of a growing risk of months-long disruption to the production of iPhones.

The US tech giant has had to contend with more than a month of chaos at its main assembler Foxconn’s megafactory in Zhengzhou, China, known as “iPhone City,” following a Covid-19 outbreak that started in October.

Foxconn has moved some of its production to other factories across China, while Apple has worked with components suppliers to alleviate unusually long wait times—about 23 days for customers buying high-end iPhones in the US, according to research by Swiss bank UBS.

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Apple’s Self Service Repair program launches in Europe

Some of the tools and parts offered in Apple's Self Service Repair program appear in this photo.

Enlarge / Some of the tools and parts offered in Apple’s Self Service Repair program appear in this photo. (credit: Apple)

As of Tuesday, Apple’s Self Service Repair program is now available in eight European countries. It had launched in the United States back in April, with promises from the company to expand to other countries by the end of the year.

The countries included in this rollout are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The program allows individual customers to purchase the same repair manuals, parts, and tools that Apple uses to perform repairs. Two hundred individual parts and tools are available through Apple’s Self Service Repair Store. In addition to buying the parts, customers can rent repair kits for £54.90 with free shipping.

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Grandmother sues cop who wrongly targeted her home using “Find My” app

Grandmother sues cop who wrongly targeted her home using “Find My” app

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In January, Colorado police officers confined a 77-year-old grandmother named Ruby Johnson for hours in a squad car without even offering a glass of water during a time when she was due to take her daily medications—why?

Nobody told Johnson what was going on when she opened her front door to a SWAT team assembled on her lawn. Much later, she found out about a stolen truck—reportedly with six guns and an iPhone stashed inside—wrongly believed to be parked in her garage based on no evidence other than her home being located within a wide blue circle drawn by a “Find My” iPhone app. Now she’s suing a Denver cop for conducting what she believes was an illegal search of her home based on what her legal team describes as either an intentionally or recklessly defective application for a search warrant that was “wholly devoid of probable cause.” Because of the allegedly improper raid, the retired US Postal Service worker had to “endure an unreasonable search and seizure, unlawful police confinement, and severe physical and emotional distress.”

“This illegal search has destroyed Ms. Johnson’s sense of safety and security in the home that has been her castle for 40 years,” Johnson’s complaint reads.

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iPhone Factory Protest Challenges China’s ‘Zero Covid’ Rules

Protests are rising as China enacts more lockdowns and quarantines, with no end in sight. The defiance is a test of Xi Jinping’s authoritarian leadership.

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Apple’s satellite emergency service launches in the US and Canada

As previously promised, Apple’s Emergency SOS-via-satellite service launched in the US and Canada on Tuesday. The service allows owners of Apple’s newest iPhones to contact emergency services or share their location and status with emergency contacts via satellite when they are in a place where standard cellular services are not available.

Emergency SOS via satellite works on all of Apple’s most recent flagship iPhone models: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Support for it was added in a recent iOS update, so no additional downloads are necessary.

When you initiate Emergency SOS via satellite, you’ll be presented with a multiple-choice questionnaire that attempts to glean critical information about your situation.

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2022 Apple TV 4K review: HDR10+ rounds out an already excellent streaming box

The new Apple TV 4K is pretty much just like the last one for most people, and that means it’s still the best streaming box you can buy if money is no object—doubly so if you already live in Apple’s ecosystem.

More importantly, a substantial price cut helps make it more appealing. That cut’s still not big enough to make it the best deal in town, though.

When it was first introduced in 2017, the Apple TV 4K was positioned as a rethinking of how we approach TV. As I wrote then, it fell far short of those ambitions as Apple ran up against the entrenched and disparate interests of the various players in the television business. Nonetheless, the Apple TV 4K has a killer interface, outstanding picture quality, a strong stack of features, and impeccable app support.

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Stable Diffusion in your pocket? “Draw Things” brings AI images to iPhone

Generating images using Draw Things on the iPhone.

Enlarge / Generating AI images using “Draw Things” on the iPhone. (credit: Benj Edwards / Apple)

On Wednesday, a San Francisco-based developer named Liu Liu released Draw Things: AI Generation, a free app available in the App Store that lets iPhone owners run the popular Stable Diffusion AI image generator. Type in a description, and the app generates an image within several minutes. It’s a notable step toward bringing image synthesis to a wider audience—with the added privacy of running it on your own hardware.

Introduced in August, Stable Diffusion (SD) is an AI image generator model that creates novel images from text descriptions (called “prompts”). Typically, people run SD through the commercial DreamStudio service, on a remote cloud machine with rented compute time, or locally on a PC using a custom open source implementation. When running locally, SD requires a fairly beefy GPU to generate images quickly, but some developers optimized the model to run on older GPUs with less VRAM (if you don’t mind waiting longer to see results).

In the same vein, Liu Liu has managed to optimize Stable Diffusion to run on the iPhone, a somewhat difficult process that the developer described in a blog post. “The main challenge is to run the app on the 6GiB RAM iPhone devices,” Liu Liu writes. “6GiB sounds a lot, but iOS will start to kill your app if you use more than 2.8GiB on a 6GiB device, and more than 2GiB on a 4GiB device.”

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Apple and Amazon colluded to raise iPhone and iPad prices, class action claims

A class-action lawsuit claims that Apple products, like the iPad mini, are sold almost exclusively by Amazon itself on its own marketplace, harming customers' ability to pay less in a competitive market.

Enlarge / A class-action lawsuit claims that Apple products, like the iPad mini, are sold almost exclusively by Amazon itself on its own marketplace, harming customers’ ability to pay less in a competitive market. (credit: Getty Images)

In early 2018, there were more than 600 companies you could buy Apple products from on Amazon’s marketplace, including independent refurbishers, usually at lower prices than Apple’s own. By July 2019, there were only seven, and a class-action lawsuit says that was the result of an unlawful agreement between the tech giants.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed Wednesday in federal court in Seattle by law firm Hagens Berman on behalf of Steven Floyd. Floyd is a Pennsylvania man who bought an iPad on Amazon for $320 in early 2021 and was denied “a lower price which would have been the case in a normal competitive market,” the suit alleges.

Hagens Berman should be a familiar name to Apple’s counsel and close watchers of the company’s legal history. The firm sued Apple over scratched iPod nano cases in 2005 and ebook price-fixing in 2011 and brokered a settlement for smaller iOS developers in the App Store in 2021. Hagens Berman was also involved in a complicated lawsuit involving iOS touchscreen patents that involved Apple accusing the firm of secretly leaning on an “extra attorney.”

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Apple Built Its Empire With China. Now Its Foundation Is Showing Cracks.

Lawmakers’ objections to an obscure Chinese semiconductor company and tough Covid-19 restrictions are hurting Apple’s ability to make new iPhones in China.

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After Covid Lockdown, Fear and Unrest Sweep iPhone Factory in China

Hundreds of workers are said to have fled, afraid of being forced into quarantine with inadequate food and supplies.

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Apple Earnings: iPhone Powers Growth, but Signs Point to a Slowdown

Consumers showed enthusiasm for the latest version of the phone, but the company said sales in the current quarter are not as strong.

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Apple confirms it will leave Lightning behind in future iPhones

Current iPhones still use the Lightning port instead of the now-industry-standard USB-C.

Enlarge / Current iPhones still use the Lightning port instead of the now-industry-standard USB-C. (credit: Samuel Axon)

An Apple executive publicly stated that the company plans to comply with a new European Union regulation that will require specific devices to have USB-C ports, confirming that the iPhone will soon adopt USB-C.

“Obviously, we’ll have to comply,” Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Greg Joswiak told attendees at The Wall Street Journal Tech Live conference on Tuesday. He took an air of resignation about it, noting that the company still disagrees with the regulation. “We think the approach would have been better environmentally and better for our customers to not have a government be that prescriptive,” he said.

On Monday, the EU gave final approval to a long-under-consideration common charger law that will require all devices within specific categories—smartphones included—to standardize on USB-C. Most devices have already gone that way, including Apple’s MacBook and iPad lines, but the iPhone line has stuck with Apple’s proprietary Lightning connection.

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Apple rushes out patch for iPhone and iPad 0-day reported by anonymous source

The phrase Zero Day can be spotted on a monochrome computer screen clogged with ones and zeros.

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Apple on Monday patched a high-severity zero-day vulnerability that gives attackers the ability to remotely execute malicious code that runs with the highest privileges inside the operating system kernel of fully up-to-date iPhones and iPads.

In an advisory, Apple said that CVE-2022-42827, as the vulnerability is tracked, “may have been actively exploited,” using a phrase that’s industry jargon for indicating a previously unknown vulnerability is being exploited. The memory corruption flaw is the result of an “out-of-bounds write,” meaning Apple software was placing code or data outside a protected buffer. Hackers often exploit such vulnerabilities so they can funnel malicious code into sensitive regions of an OS and then cause it to execute.

The vulnerability was reported by an “anonymous researcher,” Apple said, without elaborating.

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Brazil court orders Apple to reimburse customers for charger-less iPhones

A black smartphone with two cameras.

Enlarge / Apple has been repeatedly fined in Brazil for selling devices like this iPhone 13 Mini without a charger. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple has received its third fine in Brazil for not including chargers with its iPhones. A civil court judge in São Paulo issued the tech giant a 100 million real (about $19 million) fine on Thursday, French news agency Agence France-Presse reported via Barron’s.

Civil court Judge Caramuru Afonso Francisco in São Paulo reportedly issued the fine as damages in a lawsuit from the Brazilian Consumers’ Association.

The judge is also said to have ordered Apple to start selling chargers with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series in Brazil. Further, the judge ordered Apple to provide chargers to customers in Brazil who bought an iPhone 12 or 13 over the last two years.

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iPhone now supports 86-year-old Dvorak keyboard layout natively, delighting Woz

The Dvorak layout is now available for iPhone.

Enlarge / The Dvorak layout is now available for iPhone. (credit: Benj Edwards / Ars Technica)

Tired of QWERTY? Starting with iOS 16—which launched last month—the Apple iPhone now supports the 86-year-old Dvorak keyboard layout natively. Previously, Dvorak typing aficionados needed to install a third-party app to use the layout.

Dvorak uses a different arrangement of keys than the standard QWERTY layout with the aim of improving typing speed and ergonomic comfort. August Dvorak and William Dealey invented the layout in 1936 after studying the deficiencies of the QWERTY typewriter keyboard, which was already 60 years old at that point.

Apple and Dvorak have an interesting history. The company first included native Dvorak support for its computers in the US model of the Apple IIc, released in 1984. It included a special “Keyboard” button that would swap the layout between QWERTY and Dvorak logically, but the physical keycaps would need to be re-arranged to match if you needed a label reference.

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Apple’s new iPhone update fixes bugs in Camera, Mail, and notifications

The back of an iPhone 14, lying on a wood table outdoors

Enlarge / The back of the iPhone 14. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Today, Apple released small software updates for the iPhone and Apple Watch. Dubbed iOS 16.0.3. and watchOS 9.0.2, the updates are mostly focused on addressing a handful of bugs that users have experienced since the launch of iOS 16 and watchOS 9 last month.

iOS 16.0.3 claims to fix an issue where iPhone 14 owners on phone calls via CarPlay could barely be heard by the person on the other end, and another issue where Mail “crashes on launch after receiving a malformed email.”

It also addresses notification delays and Camera app slowdown on iPhone 14 Pro models. Some users were complaining that the Camera app could take multiple seconds to launch in some cases, and they faced similar delays in switching modes within the app once it had launched.

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iOS 16 review: Customization unlocked

The (customized) lock screen in iOS 16.

Enlarge / The (customized) lock screen in iOS 16. (credit: Samuel Axon)

For the past couple of years, Apple’s annual iOS updates have laser focused on one feature for an overhaul while making smaller tweaks to everything else. Last year, Focus was the, well, focus. The year before that, it was the home screen.

This time it’s the lock screen. You can now change fonts, add widgets, customize the information displayed, and pick from a wider variety of wallpaper. Apple has also more deeply integrated the lock screen with the Focus modes that were fleshed out in iOS 15. And it has laid the groundwork for something more than just notifications that third-party apps can show you before you unlock your phone.

Given the increasingly iterative nature of iOS releases today—with many key features not arriving until months after the initial ship date of a new, whole-numbered version—we’re moving to leaner initial iOS reviews, with updates to come in additional articles over time. So today we’re going to look at the main new feature of iOS 16, but we’ll touch on a couple of other key features and changes, too.

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iPhone 14 and 14 Pro review: A picture is worth a thousand dollars

Whether we’re talking about the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro, or the iPhone 14 Pro Max, this year’s update focuses on the cameras.

Yes, the Pro models have always-on displays and an oh-so-very-Apple approach to replacing the controversial screen notch. But as nifty as those perks are, they shouldn’t be the reasons you buy these phones.

The cameras are now so prominent—in the Pro models especially—that it’s starting to feel like we should call these devices “smartcameras” rather than smartphones.

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iPhone 14 teardown: One key change makes it much easier to repair

As has become an annual custom, iFixit has done a teardown of the iPhone 14, Apple’s baseline flagship iPhone for 2022. While the iPhone 14 seems almost identical to its immediate predecessor on the surface, iFixit found one vital difference Apple hasn’t announced publicly: it’s much easier to repair.

iFixit calls it “the most significant design change to the iPhone in a long time,” for their purposes, at least.

In the new design, the bulk of the phone is in a midframe, but the frame can be opened on either side—both the front and the back. Other recent models—including the still-sold iPhone 13, iPhone 12, and iPhone SE, as well as the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max—could only be opened from the front.

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US lawmakers warn Apple on using Chinese group’s chips in new iPhone

Two purple iPhones lying on a table. Both show a lock screen with some live widgets.

Enlarge / On the left: iPhone 14. On the right: iPhone 14 Plus. Each shows a configuration of the new always-on lock screen functionality in iOS 16. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Republican lawmakers have warned Apple that it will face intense scrutiny from Congress if the California company procures memory chips from a controversial Chinese semiconductor manufacturer for the new iPhone 14.

Marco Rubio, Republican vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said they were alarmed following a media report that Apple would add Yangtze Memory Technologies Co to its list of suppliers for Nand flash memory chips that are used to store data on smartphones.

“Apple is playing with fire,” Rubio told the Financial Times. “It knows the security risks posed by YMTC. If it moves forward, it will be subject to scrutiny like it has never seen from the federal government. We cannot allow Chinese companies beholden to the Communist party into our telecommunications networks and millions of Americans’ iPhones.”

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iOS 16 launches September 12

iOS 16 launches September 12

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CUPERTINO, Calif.—iOS 16, the next major annual software update for the iPhone, arrives for supported devices on September 12, Apple announced today. The update didn’t get a release date during Apple’s big keynote, but shortly afterward, the iOS 16 website was updated with release information. The iPhone 8 and newer devices will be supported.

The biggest change in iOS 16 is arguably a total overhaul of the lock screen, which is now much more customizable than it was in iOS 15 and before. Users will be able to add animated wallpapers and custom interactive widgets to several swappable, custom lock screens. Lock screens will also be able to change based on the current Focus mode on the iPhone, building on another recent iOS feature.

Further, the lock screen will get a new feature called Live Activities, which will let you see updates on currently unfolding events like sports games or the news without swiping past the lock screen to interact with apps or widgets.

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Apple Unveils New iPhone and Fitness Watch at Annual Event

For the first time in the pandemic, the company returned to Steve Jobs Theater to release its latest product updates.

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How China Has Added to Its Influence Over the iPhone

Apple is taking small steps toward India. But the production of its latest phone, set for introduction on Wednesday, shows how difficult it will be to make big changes.

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An Apple Watch for Your 5-Year-Old? More Parents Say Yes.

As Apple prepares to unveil new models next week, the smart watch has found an unexpected audience: children as young as 5.

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What to expect from Apple’s September 7 “Far Out” event

Futuristic glass-walled building permits views of surrounding forest.

Enlarge / Inside the Steve Jobs Theater building at Apple’s headquarters. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple announced a new product launch event for September 7, and it’s a safe bet that we’ll see the next wave of flagship iPhone models when the company’s executives and product managers take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater.

Curiously, this is the earliest in the month we can remember Apple recently hosting a September event, and it also might be the earliest the company has announced the event before it happens, given that it’s more than two weeks away.

But those aspects aside, we don’t believe this will be an especially unusual event. Apple always uses the September event to announce new iPhone and Apple Watch models, which is exactly what we expect on September 7.

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“Far out”: Apple confirms iPhone-focused launch event on September 7

“Far out”: Apple confirms iPhone-focused launch event on September 7

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Apple has officially confirmed the date and time for this year’s iPhone-centric product launch event: September 7 at 10am PDT (1pm EST).

This is the same date that was leaked in a Bloomberg report last week, though members of the media are being invited to the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s campus to cover the event and go hands-on with devices in person (the report suggested it would be entirely livestreamed, as many of Apple’s pandemic-era product reveals have been). Apple’s invitation was characteristically cryptic, but it’s safe to assume that the company plans to announce an updated iPhone lineup and a release date for iOS 16.

The Bloomberg report said that Apple would be discontinuing the “mini” iPhone size for the iPhone 14 lineup, and it would be launching a less-expensive 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max for people who want a large screen but don’t want to step all the way up to the Pro iPhones. It sounds like the best new features are being reserved for the higher-end phones, including a notchless display with smaller cutouts for the front-facing camera and sensors, an all-new processor, and a new main camera with a 48-megapixel sensor.

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How Americans Woke Up to the Reality of Digital Life in 2022

Americans have given up their privacy. What comes next?

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Smartphone demand drops for all but the most expensive models

People weren't that interested in new smartphones in Q2 2022—unless they were the kind that cost more than $900.

Enlarge / People weren’t that interested in new smartphones in Q2 2022—unless they were the kind that cost more than $900. (credit: Getty Images)

Smartphone makers are reporting big downturns in smartphone buying, and analysts think it’s because people are holding onto their phones longer. But the market is still high for expensive phones—people still like buying those.

Nearly every smartphone maker besides Samsung and Apple reported lower smartphone shipments in the second quarter (April–June) of 2022. Global smartphone shipments decreased 9 percent last quarter compared to 2021, according to International Data Corp. Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo saw marked downturns. Xiaomi reported a 26 percent drop in smartphone shipments during the second quarter, with a similar drop in revenue.

In a Wall Street Journal report, analysts and company executives pointed to inflation, people leaving their homes more after a long pandemic, and a far softer Chinese market. Chip and component makers had recently reported similar kinds of demand dwindling, just as they were aiming to invest in more production facilities.

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Apple reportedly plans iPhone and Apple Watch event for September 7th

The iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Enlarge / The iPhone 13 Pro Max. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and new iPhones in September. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that this year’s iPhone event will be held on Wednesday, September 7th.

According to Gurman, the non-pro iPhone 14 lineup will axe the 5.4-inch mini display size that Apple has sold for the last couple of generations. The standard 6.1-inch model will instead be joined by a large-screened 6.7-inch version, matching the screen size of the current iPhone Pro Max model. But these phones will also continue to use the current Apple A15 Bionic chip and will look externally similar to the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 14 Pro will reportedly be more exciting, replacing the current camera notch with a pair of pinhole cutouts for the front-facing camera and FaceID scanner; many Android phones have already switched to similar pinhole cutouts to save screen space. The Pro phones will also reportedly get a faster chip and an even-larger three-lens camera assembly anchored by a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera plus 12-megapixel ultra-wide and telephoto cameras.

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Apple ad exec wants to more than double ad revenue with new ads across iOS

Apple's HQ, as seen in Apple Maps.

Enlarge / Apple’s HQ, as seen in Apple Maps. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple is looking into significantly ramping up its ads business, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, and has already internally explored adding ads to the iPhone’s Maps app, with other potential expansions also on the horizon.

The shift may be driven in part by a recent change within the company’s reporting structure: Gurman wrote in his email newsletter this week that Apple advertising VP Todd Teresi began reporting directly to Apple services head Eddie Cue a few months back. He also wrote that Teresi plans to increase Apple’s advertising revenue from $4 billion annually to billions in the double digits.

As Gurman notes, advertising is already a part of Apple’s strategy, but it’s limited in scope and to certain places. The most traditional advertisements you’ll see in an Apple-made app are the ones in the Stocks and News apps. There, you’ll see display ads just like those you see on news websites—both outside of stories and inside of them.

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YouTube begins rolling out picture-in-picture on iPhones and iPads

A blue iPhone 12 lying flat on a table

Enlarge / The iPhone 12. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Two years after the feature was made available to third-party developers on iPhones and seven years after it came to iPad, Google announced it will now roll out picture-in-picture viewing for the YouTube iOS and iPadOS app.

Google says picture-in-picture capability will roll out gradually, though it didn’t name a time frame. However, it clarified that the feature’s availability would vary based on Premium subscriber status and location. Globally, picture-in-picture capability will work for anyone with a YouTube Premium subscription and any video. Users in the US who don’t have YouTube Premium will also be able to take advantage of picture-in-picture, but only for what Google deems non-music content.

That limitation is likely to keep users from simply listening to music in the background on their devices via a free YouTube account instead of subscribing to the company’s music offerings. While picture-in-picture is new, background audio (including for music) for currently playing videos has long been a cornerstone of the YouTube Premium service.

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Avoiding USB-C on iPhones may get harder for Apple as Brazil considers mandate

Close-up shot of USB-C cable plug.

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Brazil is the latest country to consider making USB-C charging a requirement for smartphones. On Tuesday, Anatel, Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency, announced a public consultation for a proposal to make USB-C charging a requirement for all cell phones sold in the country.

Anatel’s announcement said it was following in the European Union’s footsteps. The EU’s USB-C policy will require all smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and some other consumer electronics with wired charging to receive power over USB-C in order to be sold in the region. Laptops will eventually have to meet the requirement, too. Anatel is currently only discussing a mandate for phones in Brazil.

The regulator also noted that some US senators are seeking a universal charger strategy similar to the EU’s policy.

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iPhones will be required to use USB-C charging by 2024 under EU policy

Extreme close-up photograph of USB cable.

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The European Union (EU) has reached an agreement that will make USB-C charging no longer just a convenience but a requirement for iPhones and all other mobile phones by the fall of 2024. The plan extends to additional consumer electronics using wired charging, including digital cameras, tablets, and, at a later date, laptops.

Today’s announcement shows the EU Parliament and Council agreeing to terms for universal USB-C charging, something the parliament has spent 10 years arguing for. In September, the European Commission announced its intent to enact legislation requiring USB-C charging. The next step will be for the EU Parliament and Council to formally approve the agreement.

Once approved, the policy will also apply to handheld video game consoles, e-readers, earbuds, headphones, and headsets. Products in the named categories “that are rechargeable via a wired cable will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacturer,” the EU Parliament said in today’s announcement.

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Apple takes cues from Watch UI for iOS 16

Apple takes cues from Watch UI for iOS 16

CUPERTINO, Calif.—iOS 16 will reach iPhones later this year, and as expected, it’s loaded with major changes.

Apple executives and product managers took the stage at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote to outline the upcoming features and changes, which include a focus on the lock screen.

iOS 16 brings more personalization options to the lock screen, like a “depth effect” where you can make a selected photo appear in front of the time. You can also press and hold to customize the lock screen and swipe to try out different styles, like black-and-white and other color filters, and font and color options for the text and time.

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I Tried Apple’s Self-Repair Program With My iPhone. Disaster Ensued.

Apple’s do-it-yourself tools and instructions are far from ideal for most of us. I know this because I broke my phone trying to use them.

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Apple details new iPhone features like door detection, live captions

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is Thursday, so Apple took to its newsroom blog this week to announce several major new accessibility features headed to the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac.

One of the most widely used will likely be Live Captions, which is coming to iPhone, Mac, and iPad. The feature shows AI-driven, live-updating subtitles for speech coming from any audio source on the phone, whether the user is “on a phone or FaceTime call, using a video conferencing or social media app, streaming media content, or having a conversation with someone next to them.”

The text (which users can resize at will) appears at the top of the screen and ticks along as the subject speaks. Additionally, Mac users will be able to type responses and have them read aloud to others on the call. Live Captions will enter public beta on supported devices (“iPhone 11 and later, iPad models with A12 Bionic and later, and Macs with Apple silicon”) later this year.

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iOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4 bring updates to Podcasts, digital payments, and more

Apple's Studio Display received a firmware update today to improve its webcam performance.

Enlarge / Apple’s Studio Display received a firmware update today to improve its webcam performance. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple released new software updates for all of its platforms on Tuesday. That includes the following:

  • iOS 15.5 for iPhones and the iPod touch
  • iPadOS 15.5 for iPads
  • macOS 12.4 for Macs
  • watchOS 8.6 for the Apple Watch
  • tvOS 15.5 for the Apple TV
  • HomePod Software 15.5 for HomePods
  • Studio Display Firmware 15.5 for the Studio Display
  • Switch Playgrounds 4.1 for iPad and Mac

These are almost certainly the last updates before the company’s annual developer conference, which is scheduled to kick off on June 6. Among other things, Apple will announce iOS and iPadOS 16, macOS 13, and watchOS 9 at the conference, but those updates won’t arrive until later this year.

iOS 15.5

Today’s iOS update offers just enough new user-facing features to earn that 15.x label instead of 15.x.x, which is usually reserved for bug fixes and the like.

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Researchers devise iPhone malware that runs even when device is turned off

Researchers devise iPhone malware that runs even when device is turned off

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When you turn off an iPhone, it doesn’t fully power down. Chips inside the device continue to run in a low-power mode that makes it possible to locate lost or stolen devices using the Find My feature or use credit cards and car keys after the battery dies. Now researchers have devised a way to abuse this always-on mechanism to run malware that remains active even when an iPhone appears to be powered down.

It turns out that the iPhone’s Bluetooth chip—which is key to making features like Find My work—has no mechanism for digitally signing or even encrypting the firmware it runs. Academics at Germany’s Technical University of Darmstadt figured out how to exploit this lack of hardening to run malicious firmware that allows the attacker to track the phone’s location or run new features when the device is turned off.

This video provides a high overview of some of the ways an attack can work.

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Report: Apple is testing USB-C iPhone models for 2023

2021's iPhone 13 still uses Apple's proprietary Lightning port.

Enlarge / 2021’s iPhone 13 still uses Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple is testing iPhones that use the industry-standard USB-C port, according to a new report in Bloomberg citing people with knowledge of the situation.

Since 2012, Apple’s smartphones have used the company’s proprietary Lightning connector. But more recently, the slightly larger USB-C port has come to dominate consumer electronics, including most of Apple’s other products. Consumers, reviewers, and even government regulators have called for Apple to drop Lightning in favor of USB-C in recent years.

This has led Apple to a tough spot, with three possible paths forward, each of which has some major downsides.

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