Apple faces growth hurdles with MagSafe battery pack accent

Bloomberg has printed one more report sharing particulars of a deliberate Apple product launch. This time, the publication’s sources say Apple is engaged on a magnetically hooked up battery pack for iPhones—it might be the primary Apple-designed iPhone battery pack that doesn’t double as a case.

The accent would use the MagSafe function launched with the iPhone 12 lineup in October. It will magnetically connect to the again of recent iPhones and presumably present energy wirelessly through the Qi commonplace that iPhones have adopted. Based on Bloomberg’s sources, the primary prototypes have a “white rubber exterior.”

Apple has additionally already shipped some MagSafe equipment for the iPhone, together with a charging cable that makes use of the magnets and different parts to optimally align the charging coils and produce quicker charging speeds than had been potential with earlier iPhone fashions with non-MagSafe Qi charging functionality.

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Fb makes the case for exercise monitoring to iOS 14 customers in new pop-ups

The two messages Facebook users will see in this test. On the left, Facebook's prompt, and on the right, the one required by Apple.

Enlarge / The 2 messages Fb customers will see on this take a look at. On the left, Fb’s immediate, and on the suitable, the one required by Apple. (credit score: CNBC)

Right this moment, Fb started testing prompts to iPhone and iPad customers championing the significance of being tracked by the social community for the good thing about small companies that use its promoting instruments.

The take a look at is in response to Apple’s plan to require consumer opt-in to IDFA (ID for advertisers) monitoring throughout all iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS apps beginning with new software program updates anticipated within the spring.

In response to CNBC, Fb will pre-empt Apple’s required pop-up with its personal on affected units. Fb’s message is supposed to influence customers to not choose out of monitoring.

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Each loopy factor that occurred in Apple and Fb’s privateness feud right now

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Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner delivers a speech on privateness at a digital convention. (credit score: CPDP)

At this time, Apple introduced plans to lastly roll out its beforehand delayed change in coverage on apps’ use of IDFA (ID for Advertisers) to trace customers for focused promoting. The characteristic can be within the subsequent beta launch of iOS 14 (the corporate simply rolled out the general public launch of iOS 14.four this week) and can attain all iOS units supported by iOS 14 “in early spring.”

Apple made the announcement with a white paper and Q&A focused at its customers. For instance the advantages Apple claims the change will provide to customers, the doc describes intimately a typical state of affairs the place a father and daughter would have knowledge about them tracked and up to date whereas doing regular, on a regular basis issues within the present digital ecosystem.

Apple’s doc goes on to clarify Apple’s said philosophy on consumer knowledge safety and privateness, and it broadcasts the discharge window for this upcoming change. The doc explains the change this manner:

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Report: This yr’s iPhones could have in-screen Contact ID

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. The next iPhones aren't expected to change looks very much.

Enlarge / The iPhone 12 and 12 Professional. The following iPhones aren’t anticipated to vary seems to be very a lot. (credit score: Samuel Axon)

This weekend, enterprise publication Bloomberg ran a plethora of articles sharing particulars about numerous upcoming Apple merchandise. We beforehand lined what Bloomberg’s sources stated in regards to the Mac lineup, however one other report particulars upcoming iPhones.

In keeping with “an individual acquainted with” Apple’s work, the 2021 iPhone can be a small, iterative replace and should carry the “S” label, which Apple has used to indicate smaller upgrades to the iPhone prior to now (for instance, iPhone 6S or iPhone XS). That is partially as a result of the iPhone 12 lineup launched final fall was notably loaded with new options and design modifications, but it surely was additionally as a result of COVID-19 restrictions have slowed Apple’s engineers down, in accordance with the report.

Whereas the iPhone 13 would not have a radically new design, the report does describe one potential change of word that Apple is testing internally: the addition of an in-screen fingerprint reader.

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Zero-click iMessage zero-day used to hack the iPhones of 36 journalists

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Three dozen journalists had their iPhones hacked in July and August utilizing what on the time was an iMessage zero-day exploit that didn’t require the victims to take any motion to be contaminated, researchers mentioned.

The exploit and the payload it put in had been developed and offered by NSO Group, in line with a report revealed Sunday by Citizen Lab, a bunch on the College of Toronto that researches and exposes hacks on dissidents and journalists. NSO is a maker of offensive hacking instruments that has come beneath hearth over the previous few years for promoting its merchandise to teams and governments with poor human rights data. NSO has disputed among the conclusions within the Citizen Lab report.

The assaults contaminated the targets’ telephones with Pegasus, an NSO-made implant for each iOS and Android that has a full vary of capabilities, together with recording each ambient audio and telephone conversations, taking photos, and accessing passwords and saved credentials. The hacks exploited a vital vulnerability within the iMessage app that Apple researchers weren’t conscious of on the time. Apple has since fastened the bug with the rollout of iOS 14.

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Apple is full-steam forward on changing Qualcomm modems with its personal

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

As rumored many months in the past, Apple’s silicon ambitions do not finish with changing Intel CPUs with its personal in Macs—it plans to ditch Qualcomm modems in favor of its personal custom-designed chips for iPhones, in keeping with Apple {hardware} tech lead Johny Srouji.

Srouji confirmed the corporate’s plans when talking to workers throughout an inside city corridor assembly, as reported by Bloomberg at the moment. Apple acquired Intel’s 5G smartphone modem enterprise final summer time. That acquisition of Intel’s mental property and assets was key for Apple’s new efforts.

Quoted within the Bloomberg story, Srouji instructed Apple workers:

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iPhone zero-click Wi-Fi exploit is without doubt one of the most breathtaking hacks ever

The screen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max

Enlarge / That is quite a lot of display. (credit score: Samuel Axon)

Earlier this yr, Apple patched probably the most breathtaking iPhone vulnerabilities ever: a reminiscence corruption bug within the iOS kernel that gave attackers distant entry to the whole machine—over Wi-Fi, with no person interplay required in any respect. Oh, and exploits have been wormable—which means radio-proximity exploits might unfold from one near-by machine to a different, as soon as once more, with no person interplay wanted.

This Wi-Fi packet of loss of life exploit was devised by Ian Beer, a researcher at Venture Zero, Google’s vulnerability analysis arm. In a 30,000-word put up printed on Tuesday afternoon, Beer described the vulnerability and the proof-of-concept exploit he spent six months creating single handedly. Nearly instantly, fellow safety researchers took discover.

Watch out for dodgy Wi-Fi packets

“This can be a incredible piece of labor,” Chris Evans, a semi-retired safety researcher and govt and the founding father of Venture Zero, stated in an interview. “It truly is fairly severe. The very fact you don’t have to actually work together along with your cellphone for this to be set off on you is de facto fairly scary. This assault is simply you’re strolling alongside, the cellphone is in your pocket, and over Wi-Fi somebody simply worms in with some dodgy Wi-Fi packets.”

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Apple pushes out iOS 14.2.1, and it’s principally bug fixes

The iPhone 12 mini. iOS 14.2.1 fixes an issue that affected the lock screen on this phone.

Enlarge / The iPhone 12 mini. iOS 14.2.1 fixes a problem that affected the lock display on this telephone. (credit score: Samuel Axon)

Yesterday, Apple launched iOS 14.2.1 to repair bugs customers have encountered on new iPhones since iOS 14.2 launched on November 5. In contrast to many different iOS releases, this launch was not accompanied by updates to the entire firm’s different working programs.

The replace fixes a bug that triggered an unresponsive lock display particularly on the iPhone 12 mini, and it addressed a problem that prevented MMS messages from coming in. Additional, 14.2.1 fixes an issue with sound high quality on related listening to gadgets.

Listed here are Apple’s launch notes for iOS 14.2.1:

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Apple settles with states for $113M over iPhone battery throttling

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Enlarge / An iPhone 6. (credit score: Getty Pictures | NurPhoto)

The attorneys basic for 33 states and the District of Columbia have reached a $113 million settlement with Apple over allegations that the iPhone maker throttled efficiency in a number of generations of the system to hide a design defect within the battery.

The states alleged that Apple throttled efficiency in ageing iPhones with out telling shoppers it was doing it or why. That concealment violated states’ shopper safety legal guidelines, the attorneys basic argued.

“Apple withheld details about their batteries that slowed down iPhone efficiency, all whereas passing it off as an replace,” California Lawyer Normal Xavier Becerra mentioned when asserting the settlement. “Right now’s settlement ensures shoppers may have entry to the data they should make a well-informed determination when buying and utilizing Apple merchandise.”

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Apple earnings present sturdy iPad and Mac gross sales can’t make up for the iPhone

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Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner. (credit score: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg by way of Getty Photos)

Apple introduced its fourth-quarter earnings at the moment after the bell, and it was one thing of a wierd quarter as a result of, not like some earlier years (together with final 12 months), this quarter’s numbers didn’t embody an iPhone launch. The iPhone 12’s varied fashions ship in October and November as an alternative of September this 12 months.

CEO Tim Cook dinner proudly introduced double-digit YOY progress in all product classes in addition to iPhone on the decision, however the iPhone is necessary: Apple’s complete income was up only one p.c year-over-year, with iPhone income down virtually 21 p.c.

Whereas the iPhone did not assist push up the underside line, Apple did launch different merchandise through the interval, together with the redesigned iPad Air and two Apple Watches: the Apple Watch Collection 6 and the Apple Watch SE. iPad income was up a considerable 46 p.c YOY (it totaled $6.eight billion), and Mac income was additionally sturdy at $9 billion, or 28 p.c greater than the identical quarter final 12 months.

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