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  1. Microsoft Announces New Translator App Update for iPhone Microsoft has just released a new update to the official Translator app for iPhone, and this time the company hasn’t necessarily focused on new features, but on refining the performance of the existing ones. As a result, Microsoft Translator for iOS version 3.2.12 features improvements for visual accessibility, with Microsoft explaining that it added additional labeling, localization, and support for screen-readers. This will certainly come in handy for users with accessibility features enabled on their devices, so the translation process should be greatly enhanced. Additionally, this new version of Microsoft Translator includes improved support for landscape mode in the conversation feature, translation history, phrasebook, and settings. This means that if you use the app in landscape mode, the Translator app should adapt to your settings much faster and the experience overall should be smoother.More bug fixes under the hoodAnd last but not least, the Translator app is being updated with bug fixes, including a patch for the language selection issue on larger sizes of the Apple Watch. So if you used the Translator app on an Apple Watch, selecting the language should now work correctly regardless of the smartwatch version that you own. Microsoft Translator is quite a popular app on both Android and iOS, and the rating that it has in both stores speaks for itself. For example, the app has an overall rating of 4.7 points out of a maximum of 5 in the App Store, with nearly 47,000 ratings at the time of writing this article. The Translator app requires iOS 10 or later, and it supports a wide array of languages, including not only the most popular ones, like English, Spanish, French, and German, but also less widespread languages such as Hungarian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, and Turkish. You can download the Microsoft Translator app for iOS from the App Store using this link. Source
  2. To celebrate World Backup Day, Digiarty is launching a grand giveaway to offer their an ultimate iPhone iPad manager for Mac Macx MediaTrans V6.4 for free ($59.95 valued). As one of the best iTunes alternative, Macx MediaTrans is the best way to transfer photo, video & music between iPhone iPad and Mac. Check here: https://www.macxdvd.com/mobile/best-itunes-alternative-mac.htm How to get: Simply go to the campaign page, submit an email address and click "Get License & Win Prize" button, a zip file including license code & setup of the program is automatically downloaded! Please note that the giveaway version doesn't support a free upgrade.
  3. How to stop your iPhone from tracking and storing the locations of where you live, work, and visit Did you know that your iPhone is keeping a detailed history of places you visit on a regular basis? A feature built into iOS is constantly tracking your movements and storing a detailed history of places you visit on a regular basis on your iPhone. The feature, called Significant Locations, is described by Apple as follows: Allows your iPhone to learn places significant to you in order to provide useful location-related information in Maps, Calendar, Photos, and more. Significant Locations are encrypted and cannot be read by Apple. For some, this is going to be no big deal. For others, this will be seen as overreach on Apple's part, and an invasion of privacy. So how do you find what information this feature has collected avbout you? Well, good luck finding it on your own because Apple has done an amazing job of burying it deep within the bowels of iOS. This feature is located at Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Significant Locations. Note that you have to scroll to the bottom of the list in Location Services to find System Services, and Significant Locations is also at the bottom of the list. In order to gain access to this data you will need to authenticate yourself using the iPhone's passcode, or using Touch ID or Face ID, so it's not like this information is available to anyone who has access to your iPhone. Once you're in the Significant Locations screen, you will be greeted with a list of places you have visited, which is then further broken down into more detailed locations, along with dates you were at that place. Tapping on any of the entries brings up a map showing the precise location, along with the times that you were at that location. To delete the data already collected you have two options: Selectively delete the data by going into each entry, tapping Edit in the top-right of the screen, and removing the entries one at a time Bulk deleting the data scrolling to the bottom of the listing on the Significant Locations page and tapping Clear History You can turn off this feature completely by toggling the switch in the Significant Locations page in Settings. This prevents new data being collected, but it's important to note that it does not delete data already collected and stored. Source
  4. Hackers use stolen Apple prototypes to break into iPhone Apple's production lines are so massive that it's easy to imagine iPhones being smuggled out of there. We all know the story of the prototype iPhone 4 that was left at a bar, spoiling what could have been one of the biggest surprises in Apple history. But have you heard the one about the stolen prototype iPhones that are still winding up in unintended hands — in this case, hackers bent on finding ways to break into Apple’s operating system? As per a report, some of the most prominent iOS hackers have made use of prototype iPhones to break into iOS. Just like every smartphone maker, Apple also develops a prototype or 'dev-fused' iPhone for testing different technologies, modems, chips. If you are an iPhone user, chances are that you know about Cydia, the jailbroken app store for iPhone and iPads. While Jailbreaking is a type of hack that is mostly used to sideload paid apps for free, there are other types of hacks as well. Hacks that are either much more problematic or useful, depending on which side of the hack one is in. Apple phones come with a Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) that encrypts sensitive data on the phone and is set-up as a separate entity. Motherboard investigated how some of the best hackers were able to get study the chip and the answer is said to be a “dev-fused” iPhone, which is an iPhone that was lifted before finishing the production process. As per the report, these dev-fused iPhones are pre-jailbroken devices in which many security features are disabled. This is so that researchers can test them easily but these devices were never intended to get out of Apple’s reach. The Motherboard report says there’s now a gray market for “dev-fused” iPhones and each product sells for thousands of dollars. Why? Because they help hackers, security researchers crack iPhones and find critical vulnerabilities in them. Gaining root access to these pre-production iPhones is said to be much easier than doing the same on a commercially available iPhone. Source
  5. iPhone Users Now Complaining They Accidentally Turn on the Flashlight It’s never quiet in the Apple world, especially right now when the company is getting through some very difficult times due to lower than anticipated iPhone sales. But when it comes to customers, they always find the most unexpected problems in Apple’s products, so it shouldn’t be such a big surprise that some are now complaining of accidentally turning on the flashlight on their iPhones. A report from USA Today cites a number of iPhone users who claim this feature is too easy to enable from the lock screen because Apple has placed a shortcut right on the main screen. In other words, a feature that was supposed to be super useful is turning into an annoying thing, all because enabling the flashlight is too easy to do by accident.Apple hasn’t yet acknowledged the problemThe cited report claims that many users ended up walking on the street with the flashlight turned on in their pocket, only to be warned by others that the light shines behind their clothes. It looks like nearly 500 iPhone users have already reported the problem to Apple, but an official statement from the company isn’t yet available. And I guess there will never be one, as the Cupertino tech giant doesn’t typically acknowledge such issues, but instead fixes them quietly if this ever happens. By the looks of things, the problem is mostly experienced on new-generation iPhones, starting with the iPhone X and continuing with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. USA Today says the first reports of flashlight accidentally enabled made the rounds last year, just after the debut of the iPhone X, but the number of complaints is significantly higher this year after the introduction of the new models. For now, if you end up with the flashlight enabled in your pocket, there are several ways to disable it, including touching the icon on the lock screen or by asking Siri to do it. Source
  6. Apple’s declining revenue from iPhone sales fueled concerns about the company’s smartphone business, but CEO Tim Cook used Tuesday’s earnings conference call to highlight Apple’s success in other areas, including wearables. Apple said its iPhone revenue declined 15% while revenue from other areas grew by 19%. Services revenue reached an all-time high of $10.9 billion, up 19% over the prior year, and revenue from Mac and Wearables, Home and Accessories also reached all-time highs, growing 9% and 33%, respectively. Revenue from iPad grew 17%. In prepared statements, Cook referenced the Jan. 2 letter he sent to shareholders signaling Apple’s revenue for the quarter would be lower than originally guided. He reiterated the factors that went into that assessment, including a drop in revenue in parts of China where it saw declines across iPhone, Mac and iPad products. However, he emphasized that the company remains optimistic about its business in China and areas in which it sees growth there. Asked whether perhaps Apple priced the latest iPhones too high and might have to bring prices down in the future, Cook said the iPhone XS initially cost the same in the U.S. as the iPhone X was priced a year prior. It priced the XR in the middle of where the entry iPhone 8 and 8+ had been listed, so it was a small difference in the U.S. compared to the year-ago period. However, a foreign exchange issue amplified the difference in international markets and in emerging markets in particular, he said. “What we have done in January, in some locations in some products, is essentially absorb part or all of the foreign currency” moves and get close to or right on the local price from a year ago. “So yes, I do think price is a factor,” Cook said. In some developed markets, such as Japan and the U.S., even though the subsidy has gone away for a period of time, the subsidy is probably the bigger of the issues. “We are working through those and we’ve got a number of actions to address that,” including trade-ins and installment payments, Cook said. Of course, some people are just holding onto their iPhones longer. “We do design our products to last as long as possible,” Cook said, noting the some people hang onto their phones for the life of the product and others trade them in. There’s no doubt that the upgrade cycle has extended and the upgrades for the quarter were less than anticipated for several reasons. Where that goes in the future, “I don’t know, but I’m convinced that making a great product that is high-quality product is the best thing for the customer and we work for the user," Cook said. As for Apple’s plans for video, Cook said the company participates there in a variety of ways, including through Apple TV. Airplay 2 has support on a number third-party TVs. Apple also will participate in the original content world, having signed a multiyear deal with Oprah. But Cook’s not ready to talk about it too much. “We’re hired some great people” who are working very hard, and there will be more to say about that later. Apple shares were up about 5% in after-hours trading, at around $163.50. That compares to its closing price of $157.92 on Jan. 2, when Apple lowered its revenue projections for the quarter. "Apple’s Q1 (holiday) earnings report didn’t hold many surprises,” said eMarketer Principal Analyst Yoram Wurmser in a written statement. “The headline number is the 15% YoY drop in iPhone revenue, which Apple largely attributed to problems in the Chinese market. On the bright side, many of its other devices did well, including iPads, wearables and iMacs. But the iPhone has been the big driver for Apple’s earning for the past decade, so investors will likely be curious to see how Apple plans to regain its momentum." Source
  7. Google is also monitoring iPhone usage with a private app Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Google is distributing a private app that monitors how people use their iPhones, in much the same way that Facebook did — and got in trouble for. Google’s app, reported today by TechCrunch, rewards users with gift cards for letting Google collect information on their internet usage. The app appears to rely on Apple’s enterprise program, which allows for the distribution of internal apps within a company. That could be a problem: Apple says these apps should only be used by a company’s employees, and companies that violate the policy could be banned, having all their internal apps disabled. That’s exactly what happened to Facebook today. Google’s app, called Screenwise Meter, is part of a program that’s been around since 2012, which first started tracking household web access through a Chrome extension and a special Google-provided tracking router. Screenwise is open to anyone above 18, but allows users 13 and up to join the program if they’re in the same household; that’s different than Facebook’s tracking app, which specifically targeted people between the ages of 13 and 25. TechCrunch Though both Facebook’s Research app and Google’s Screenwise apps are fully opt-in, recent privacy issues have put the spotlight on tech companies’ vast collection of user data. The apps aren’t necessarily malicious since users must consent to join the programs, but $20 a month from Facebook or a couple gift cards from Google in exchange for total access to all your data is, as our Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton argues, “a bad bargain for participants.” The question is whether Apple will enforce a similar kind of punishment on Google as it has on Facebook. This morning, Apple shut down Facebook’s ability to run and distribute internal iOS apps, denying distribution to the pre-release version of Facebook, Instagram, and more. In a statement about Facebook, Apple said “any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked.” We’ve reached out to Google and Apple for comment. Source
  8. If This Is the iPhone 11, I Buy Two of Them Right Here, Right Now - Video The current iPhone generation isn’t selling very well, and just like customers, Apple is very likely to be looking forward to the next model due in September. This is because the Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to make some significant tweaks on the new iPhones, especially because otherwise, it’s pretty clear that the days when Apple managed to set sales records would be gone. And while the company itself remains tight-lipped on everything related to a new iPhone, the fanbase out there knows exactly what it should look like. The concept you see here, and which was created by Gunho Lee and Ran Avni for ConceptsiPhone, is based on an idea that I’ve seen before but which I’m still not sure Apple would use. The new iPhones use a design inspired from the original iPhone 4, or the iPhone SE if you want a more recent example. At the same time, it bundles changes that would make this alleged iPhone 11 the best model ever released by the company, including a triple camera layout placed on the back.Touch ID in the screenWhat’s more, the concept creators believe it’s time for Apple to embrace fingerprint sensors embedded into the screen, as this is becoming a key feature of modern flagships. There are also other upgrades on this proposed iPhone, including a 120Hz display borrowed from the iPad, as well as a Product(RED) version. While there’s no doubt that Apple designers do come across these concepts, I really doubt the design of the next iPhone is tweaked based on these ideas. However, there’s a chance some of them get very close to the real deal simply because they make sense, as it’s the case of the triple rear camera placed in a vertical orientation. The new iPhones will go live in September, so expect further leaks and concepts to make the rounds in the meantime. Source
  9. Earlier this week, Apple released the third maintenance update for its iOS 12.1 mobile operating system for supported iPhone and iPad devices, versioned 12.1.3, which fixes a handful of annoyances, but also introduces a nasty issue. We usually recommend our readers to update to the latest stable software version of their operating systems and apps as soon as possible, but if you haven't updated your iPhone to iOS 12.1.3, don't do it, because it may cause a "No Service" issue where you're left only with Wi-Fi and no mobile network/data. It happened to me too, hours after updating to iOS 12.1.3, I was slapped with a "No Service" issue on my iPhone 7. After enabling AirPlane mode and then disabling it, the device wasn't able to find the mobile carrier, first displaying "Searching..." and a minute later showing "No Service" in the left side of the screen, next to the Wi-Fi icon. I thought it was just me, but it looks like more and more users are reporting this issue.Here's how to temporarily fix the "No Service" issue on iOS 12.1.3While Apple is yet to release a fix, I was able to resolve the "No Service" issue on my iPhone 7 with a little bit of patience. As expected, my first instinct was to turn on and off the AirPlane mode, but that didn't work. I also rebooted the phone, and that didn't work either, so I enabled AirPlane mode again (with Wi-Fi also disabled) and placed the device on its stand. A few hours later, I turned off AirPlane mode and the "No Service" issue was still there, so I rebooted the phone again, and, finally, the problem was fixed. So, as you can see, there's no exact workaround for this unwanted problem Apple brought on us with the iOS 12.1.3 update, but you could also try resetting the Network Settings if rebooting/AirPlane mode combo doesn't work for you. The "No Service" issue hasn't returned to this day, but I decided not to take any risks and upgraded my iPhone 7 to the first beta of iOS 12.2 until Apple decides to release another maintenance update for iOS 12.1 to fix the problem. I do not recommend you switch to the latest beta iOS update, as that may cause other issues as well, so all you can do is wait for a fix or try your hand at the workarounds mentioned above. Source
  10. Chaos’ iPhone X Attack Alleges Remote Jailbreak The attack makes use of previously disclosed critical vulnerabilities in the Apple Safari web browser and iOS. A Chinese security researcher has published what he claims is a proof-of-concept exploit that would allow a remote attacker to jailbreak an iPhoneX, unbeknownst to the user – allowing them to gain access to a victim’s data, processing power and more. Qixun Zhao of Qihoo 360 built the exploit, which he calls “Chaos,” around previously disclosed critical vulnerabilities in the Apple Safari web browser and iOS, which Apple patched this week with iOS version 12.1.3. Phones running iOS 12.1.2 and earlier versions are still vulnerable to Chaos, which employs two security vulnerabilities that were first demonstrated at TianfuCup hacking contest last November: A memory corruption flaw in Apple’s Safari WebKit (CVE-2019-6227); and a use-after-free memory corruption issue in the iOS kernel (CVE-2019-6225). The first vulnerability would allow a malefactor to create a malicious web page using the Safari browser, containing scripts for executing arbitrary code on a targeted device. Once that code is executed, an attacker can use the second flaw to gain elevated privileges and stealthily install a malicious application of his or her choice. That application can be any kind of malware, built for eavesdropping or other espionage, ad fraud, premium SMS fraud, cryptomining or a raft of other nefarious activities, the researcher said. The attack does of course have a social-engineering aspect; victims would need to be enticed to visit the malicious webpage via Safari on their iPhone Xs. While the researcher published a PoC video, he has opted not to publish the jailbreak code itself, given the potentially large attack surface. “I will not release the exploit code, if you want to jailbreak, you will need to complete the exploit code yourself or wait for the jailbreak community’s release,” he said in a technical write-up of the exploit on Wednesday. “At the same time, I will not mention the exploit details of the post exploit, as this is handled by the jailbreak community.” Interestingly, the news comes shortly after exploit acquisition vendor Zerodium said that it is upping its payouts for full, working exploits across its entire program. Apple attacks fetch the highest price: It’s now paying $2 million for remote iOS jailbreaks. Threatpost has reached out to Apple and will update this story with any comment. Source
  11. A California judge has ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision. Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds weren’t permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to a ruling uncovered by Forbes, all logins are equal. The order came from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the denial of a search warrant for an unspecified property in Oakland. The warrant was filed as part of an investigation into a Facebook extortion crime, in which a victim was asked to pay up or have an “embarassing” video of them publicly released. The cops had some suspects in mind and wanted to raid their property. In doing so, the feds also wanted to open up any phone on the premises via facial recognition, a fingerprint or an iris. While the judge agreed that investigators had shown probable cause to search the property, they didn’t have the right to open all devices inside by forcing unlocks with biometric features. On the one hand, magistrate judge Kandis Westmore ruled the request was “overbroad” as it was “neither limited to a particular person nor a particular device.” But in a more significant part of the ruling, Judge Westmore declared that the government did not have the right, even with a warrant, to force suspects to incriminate themselves by unlocking their devices with their biological features. Previously, courts had decided biometric features, unlike passcodes, were not “testimonial.” That was because a suspect would have to willingly and verbally give up a passcode, which is not the case with biometrics. A password was therefore deemed testimony, but body parts were not, and so not granted Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination. That created a paradox: How could a passcode be treated differently to a finger or face, when any of the three could be used to unlock a device and expose a user’s private life? And that’s just what Westmore focused on in her ruling. Declaring that “technology is outpacing the law,” the judge wrote that fingerprints and face scans were not the same as “physical evidence” when considered in a context where those body features would be used to unlock a phone. “If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one’s finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device,” the judge wrote. “The undersigned finds that a biometric feature is analogous to the 20 nonverbal, physiological responses elicited during a polygraph test, which are used to determine guilt or innocence, and are considered testimonial.” There were other ways the government could get access to relevant data in the Facebook extortion case “that do not trample on the Fifth Amendment,” Westmore added. They could, for instance, ask Facebook to provide Messenger communications, she suggested. Facebook has been willing to hand over such messages in a significant number of previous cases Forbes has reviewed. Law finally catching up with tech? Over recent years, the government has drawn criticism for its smartphone searches. In 2016, Forbes uncovered a search warrant not dissimilar to the one in California. Again in the Golden State, the feds wanted to go onto a premises and force unlock devices with fingerprints, regardless of what phones or who was inside. Andrew Crocker, senior staff attorney at the digital rights nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the latest California ruling went a step further than he’d seen other courts go. In particular, Westmore observed alphanumeric passcodes and biometrics served the same purpose in unlocking phones. “While that’s a fairly novel conclusion, it’s important that courts are beginning to look at these issues on their own terms,” Crocker told Forbes. “In its recent decisions, the Supreme Court has made clear that digital searches raise serious privacy concerns that did not exist in the age of physical searches—a full forensic search of a cellphone reveals far more than a patdown of a suspect’s pockets during an arrest for example.” The magistrate judge decision could, of course, be overturned by a district court judge, as happened in Illinois in 2017 with a similar ruling. The best advice for anyone concerned about government overreach into their smartphones: Stick to a strong alphanumeric passcode that you won’t be compelled to disclose. Source
  12. The AchieVer

    iPhone 11 Could Feature Wi-Fi 6 Support

    Apple’s 2019 iPhone may not feature significant upgrades in terms of design, but the real magic could happen under the hood if all the recent rumors are anything to be believed. Most recently, Barclays analysts projected that the next iPhone family could come with support for Wi-Fi 6, thus providing faster wireless connectivity by using the latest generation technology. Wi-Fi 6 (ax) was announced in late 2018, and it is expected that the standard would be adopted by devices launching this year, including flagship products from Apple and Samsung. As far as the South Korean firm goes, for instance, the analysts believe the Galaxy series could use it too, so we expect both the Galaxy S10 launching next month and the Galaxy Note 10 due in the summer to include support for the tech. Needless to say, iPhones coming with Wi-Fi 6 tech is just a guess for now, and confirmation would only be offered in September when the new models are projected to be unveiled.5G support on new iPhones?A report that made the rounds earlier this week indicated that the 2019 iPhone project is already in an advanced stage and Apple is no longer expected to make any significant changes. The new generation is likely to include three different models, all of them based on the existing versions. There will be a successor to each 2018 iPhone, with the 2019 iPhone XR to use a dual-camera system. The iPhone XS Max will also be upgraded to three cameras on the back. One particular question that isn’t yet answered concerns the 5G support. While reports that made the rounds in late 2018 indicated that Apple could wait until 2020 to bring this feature to its devices, more recently it has been speculated that the company is already in talks with Samsung and MediaTek over 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones. The two could join Intel into providing new iPhones with 5G capabilities, though for now, it’s not exactly clear if the talks are on the table for the 2019 products or the ones coming next year. Source
  13. Hardware security key maker Yubico has a new product in the works to give iPhones the same authentication technology available today to Android phones and to Windows and Mac personal computers. Previewed at the CES show this week, the YubiKey for Lightning supports Apple's proprietary iPhone and iPad port on one end and the USB-C port common on Android phones and PCs. By tapping into logon standards such as FIDO 2, WebAuthn, and U2F, hardware security keys provide extra security in addition to passwords -- or sometimes with no password at all. Hardware security keys are an important development in the quest to keep accounts secure from hackers and identity thieves. The new YubiKey for Lightning should help iPhone owners keep up with modern practices. Passwords are plagued with shortcomings -- chiefly that the ones easiest to remember and type are the most vulnerable -- and even stronger protections like one-time codes sent by text message are increasingly vulnerable. Google credits its security keys for thwarting phishing attacks against its employees. To use the keys, from companies like Yubico and Feitian, you insert the key into your device's USB port during logon and push a button. You might have to use them in conjunction with a second authentication factor like passwords, fingerprints or face recognition. Some of Yubico's keys work wirelessly, too, with NFC (near-field communication) radio technology. Even though newer iPhones support NFC, though, there are limits that hobbled YubiKey abilities. The Lightning-enabled model should get around those, Yubico said. The product should be a boon to anyone using hardware keys to protect accounts like Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and Office 365, Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook, Github, LastPass, 1Password and Dashlane. Source
  14. New cameras to compete with Android handsets Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple is reportedly planning to release three new iPhones later this year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will introduce a successor to the iPhone XR with an LCD display, alongside two other handsets. The high-end 2019 iPhone. presumably the largest of the three, is also rumored to include a triple camera system at the rear, in an effort that’s clearly designed to compete with the latest crop of Android handsets that include multiple cameras. Renders of a triple camera iPhone leaked last week, with OnLeaks claiming Apple will introduce such a system later this year. It’s not clear what an additional camera at the rear of an iPhone will enable, but the rumors have emerged after reports that Sony is boosting its 3D camera output for chips that will power rear-facing 3D cameras on smartphones in 2019. View image on Twitter Apple is also reportedly considering going OLED-only for its 2020 iPhone models, according to the WSJ. Such a move would likely raise the overall selling price of Apple’s iPhones next year, amidst concerns over iPhone sales in China and other developing markets. Apple recently warned it could miss $9 billion in iPhone sales in the recent quarter due to weaker demand. source
  15. Data provided by Mixpanel shows that iPhone XS Max is the most popular 2018 iPhone, with its adoption rate exceeding the one of both iPhone XS and iPhone XR. The January 10 numbers show that iPhone XS Max has a share of 3.36%, while iPhone XS is the runner-up with 2.97%, while iPhone XR is third with 2.74%. The data only concerns iPhones launched in 2018, right now, iPhone X is the leading model with 11.30%. Very important to note is that the numbers vary a lot from one day to another, but every time, the iPhone XS Max remains the leading 2018 model. On January 9, it was the top choice with 3.70%, followed by iPhone XR with 3.08%. iPhone XS was only third with 2.90%. Certainly, these figures are fairly surprising, especially because one of the main complaints these days is that 2018 iPhones are too expensive.iPhone XS Max, the most expensive 2018 iPhoneHowever, iPhone XS Max is the most expensive of them all, with the top-of-the-range model reaching $1,450 in the United States. Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier this month that the weaker demand for the new iPhones is mostly a result of the growing tension between the United States and China on import taxes. Cook also blamed the battery replacement program that came to an end on December 31, explaining that with a new battery, some existing iPhone owners delay the upgrade to a new iPhone. While Cook suggested that pricing isn’t an issue, Apple today offered Chinese vendors a price cut for all 2017 and 2018 iPhone models in an attempt to counter the declining sales. It’s not yet clear if similar discounts would expand to other markets, so for now, iPhones remain just as expensive as before for most customers across the world. Source
  16. The 2018 iPhone generation landed on the market only a few months ago, but Apple is already planning in advance, and according to one leakster, some pretty big changes are prepared for 2020. Twitter user Ice Universe, who has until now provided several accurate scoops on unreleased mobile products, says that Apple may launch an iPhone with a hole in its display in 2020, technically embracing the same solution that others are working on right now, including rival Samsung. Apple adopting this design idea is both good news and bad news. First of all, it shows that sooner or later, Apple may give up on the notch and focus on features that are more important for users. For instance, drilling holes in the display would basically kill off the notch because the front-facing parts, like the 3D sensing cameras, can just be embedded into the glass. Additionally, it also allows for other technology to make its way to the iPhone, like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and it helps the company improve the available screen estate without design gimmicks like a notch.One more notched iPhoneOn the other hand, Apple doing this next year means we’ll have to stick with a notch for at least one more generation. The cited source claims there’s a good chance Apple would launch the 2019 iPhone with a notch, though some upgrades are prepared this time too, including a possible return of Touch ID. The notch has become a love it or hate it kind of thing, and it has actually generated mixed reactions from customers across the world. However, it has also evolved to be a trend that others are embracing too, including brands like Huawei and Motorola. For now, it’s still recommended to receive these rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially because anything can change overnight if Apple wants it. The 2020 iPhone is likely still on the drawing board, so it could take a while until the first accurate leaks make the rounds. Source
  17. China, battery replacement and fewer carrier subsidies blamed Apple isn't selling as many iPhones as it had previously forecast, according to revised first quarter projections, and it's a big enough shortfall to lower its revenue estimates by billions of dollars. The company lowered its guidance by $9 billion (about £$7.14b, AU$12.9b), going from a projected high of $93 billion (about £74b, AU$133b) to a new estimate of $84 billion (about £67b, AU$120b). The blame? "Lower than anticipated iPhone revenue, primarily in Greater China," according to a letter by Apple CEO Tim Cook. He cited the slowing of the Chinese economy and US-China trade tensions. Apple stock was briefly halted and the share price fell over 10 points in after hours trading. If there's any good news, it's that Cook noted that categories outside of the iPhone, including Mac, iPad wearables and services, actually grew by 19%. Other reason for iPhone weakness It's not all China. Other factors for weak iPhone performance include the strength of the US dollar and Apple's temporarily price cut for its replacement battery service in older iPhones. That deal ended on December 31. Cook also cited the fact that there are fewer carrier subsidies in a CNBC interview. In the US, for example, a new iPhone isn't $199 on contract anymore. That changed a while ago, but it's just hitting some new upgraders for the first time. "There aren't as many subsidies as their used to be from a carrier point of view," said Cook. "That didn't all happen yesterday, but if you were out of the market for two to three years and you come back, it looks like that to you." The next official Apple earning conference call is expected to happen toward the end of this month, on Tuesday, January 29. We'll have the final numbers and more words from Cook and company then. Source
  18. Alright, so the update to iOS 12.1.2 broke cellular data connectivity on various iPhone models around the globe. But those affected can still get their daily Twitter fix via Wi-Fi, right? Uh, not so fast. According to Forbes, it appears that the iOS 12.1.2 update also prevents several iPhone users from connecting to a Wi-Fi signal. One Twitter user had a workaround for the loss of Wi-Fi connectivity. He says that disabling Wi-Fi calling and changing the settings from voice and data to data only might help. If your iPhone has lost Wi-Fi connectivity, it doesn't hurt to give this a try. You might recall that one of the reasons why Apple rushed out iOS 12.1.2 was to exterminate a bug that prevented iPhone users in Turkey from connecting to cellular data (the other reason had to do with the Chinese sales ban). Ironically, the update spread the problem in Turkey to iPhone users throughout the world, broke Wi-Fi connectivity for some, and certain iPhone owners now have seen their expensive handset turn into a paperweight. More bad new for some iPhone users who installed iOS 12.1.2 There is potentially some good or bad news on the way. Apple is beta testing iOS 12.1.3, but iPhone owners might be a little worried about what the next iOS update will do to their phone. Source
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  20. A report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found that in the 30 days after the iPhone XR was released, 16 percent of U.S. iPhone buyers upgraded from Android phones. The report comes after speculation that demand for the iPhone is weakening as suppliers have cut their outlook and Apple announced that it will no longer disclose unit sales. The most affordable new model, the iPhone XR, made up 32 percent of iPhone sales in the U.S. in the 30 days after its release, the report found. VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images Apple chief design officer Jony Ive and Apple CEO Tim Cook inspect iPhone XR. Apple's latest iPhone models are attracting more Android users to the brand than in previous years, a new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found. Signs have pointed to relatively weak demand overall for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, like lowered guidance by some of Apple's key suppliers and the company's announcement that it will no longer disclose unit sales for the iPhone. The report found that 16 percent of iPhone buyers upgraded from an Android phone in the 30-day period after the launch of the iPhone XR. After the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were released in September 2017, 12 percent of iPhone buyers upgraded from an Android phone, and when the iPhone X was released in November 2017, that number was 11 percent. "It appears that iPhone XR did serve to attract current Android users," Mike Levin, CIRP co-founder and partner, said in a statement in a press release. "Of course, Apple doesn't just state plainly its launch strategy. But, based on the pricing and features, we can infer that Apple positioned the iPhone XR to appeal to potential operating systems switchers from Android." CIRP's report found that nearly a third of iPhone buyers in the U.S. flocked to its cheapest new model, the XR, which starts at $749. In the 30 days after its launch in October 2018, CIRP found that XR sales made up 32 percent of total iPhone sales in the U.S. During the same 30-day period after the XR release, sales for the the iPhone XS and XS Max accounted for 35 percent of U.S. iPhone sales combined. In an interview with CNET last month, Apple's vice president of product marketing, Greg Joswiak, said the iPhone XR had "been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available." This share of XR sales tracks with that of previous models in their first month on the market, CIRP said, acknowledging that it can't make an exact comparison since this year Apple launched its more cheaper model second, diverting from previous launch strategies. Source
  21. Only a week after a Chinese court banned the import and sale of older iPhone models due to a Qualcomm injunction, the same fate has befallen the iPhone 7and iPhone 8 in Germany. Qualcomm’s ongoing feud with Apple is wide-ranging in its nature and has raged on for over two years, but recent complaints are in relation to the tech giant allegedly stealing the chipset manufacturer’s intellectual property. Apple is working on an appeal to the German court’s decision but, in the meantime, has suspended sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 from all 15 of the company's stores in the country. They can be sold by third-party retailers, however, and all other models are unaffected. Qualcomm alleges Apple shared modem secrets with Intel The Chinese ban was in relation to photo editing and touchscreen multi-tasking patents but, because Apple responded quickly and removed the offending features from iOS, sales of the older devices were subsequently resumed. source In the case of the German ban, however, it is the iPhone’s power saving functionality that is in violation, so it’s unclear whether Apple will be able to fix the issue with a software or firmware update in order to continue sales of the units. Considering this is the second country in as many weeks to enact Qualcomm's injunction wishes, it's possible we'll see Apple's older handsets pulled from shelves in other regions in the coming months.
  22. The best iPhone leaks this year have come directly from Apple - and on too many occasions for it to be a coincidence. Now, with stalling iPhone sales resulting in significant price cuts and legal battles pushing legally motivated iOS updates, Apple AAPL +1.28% is at it again changing the narrative by subtly teasing a red-hot new iPhone upgrade… Picked up by the ever-alert Patently Apple, Apple has quietly filed a patent detailing the return of Touch ID and how it would work alongside Face ID in new iPhones. What’s more, this is Touch ID unlike anything iPhone users have experienced before. Apple iPhone XI conceptCONCEPT CREATOR Taking inspiration from rivals, Apple shows-off work to build Touch ID into the display of iPhones. For example, Apple’s patent demonstrates it operating as a backup to Face ID for unlocking iPhones but it can also operate as a standalone authentication method itself. “[T]oday's report does in fact show interfaces confirming that dual biometrics could be coming to future iPhones”, confirms Patently Apple and the news also means that where there was once smoke, it is beginning to look a lot like fire. Why? Because this is Apple’s second leak detailing an in-display Touch ID iPhone in a month. Earlier in December, Apple also filed new iPhone Touch ID patents devised by engineer Dale Setlak, who joined from Authentec, the company Apple bought in 2012 to acquire the technology behind Touch ID. Interestingly, one quirk of the latest patents is Apple illustrates them using an iPhone 6-style phone, but don’t be fooled. The company often uses older models as it’s a simple way to avoid revealing future designs. And here’s the kicker: the patents show Apple initially filed them privately almost a year ago, so this tech is well down the road. Qualcomm's '3D sonic sensor' is an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader coming to smartphones in 2019QUALCOMM But why would the return of Touch ID be so useful? In short: convenience and security. First, there are undoubtedly times when unlocking a phone with a fingerprint is more convenient than holding it up to your face. Second, the real strength of biometric security is not in isolation but combination. Simultaneous verification with both fingerprint and face is extremely strong and with Apple already revealing plans to promote iPhones are potential passport and ID document replacements, such an upgrade would be essential. Needless to say, until Tim Cook is holding up such an iPhone on stage things can change. But right now combining the industry’s best facial recognition with a (presumably ultrasonic-based) in-display Touch ID display is a win-win. Moreover, with Apple’s 2019 iPhones missing 5G and sporting conservative next-generation designs, the rebirth of Touch ID might just be the headline feature needed to reignite customer interest… source
  23. Following the release of iOS 12.1.1 on December 5 and iOS 12.1.2 on December 17, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.1, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.1. iOS 12.1.1, available for all iOS devices, introduced expanded eSIM support, a redesigned FaceTime interface, and Haptic Touch for notifications on the iPhone XR, among other features. iOS 12.1.2, available only for the iPhone, introduces eSIM bug fixes and may include software tweaks in China to remove patented Qualcomm functionality. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date. iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2 are now the only versions of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads. source
  24. The United States International Trade Commission will not be blocking imports of the iPhone in the ongoing Apple v. Qualcomm case, reports Reuters. Qualcomm had asked the ITC to ban imports of the AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models that use chips from Intel, citing multiple patent violations. Qualcomm did not ask for a ban on iPhones that use Qualcomm LTE chips, with the reasoning that a more limited exclusion order was more likely to be granted. An ITC judge said on Friday that while Apple's iPhones infringe on a patent related to power management technology, a ban will not be put in place. The judge cited "public interest factors" as one of the reasons why the court ruled against Qualcomm. Neither Apple nor Qualcomm have commented on the decision as of yet, but it marks a major victory for Apple in its months-long legal battle with Qualcomm. The two companies have been embroiled in an increasingly tense legal feud that kicked off in January 2017. Qualcomm and Apple have filed several more than a dozen lawsuits against one another since then. Apple has accused Qualcomm of charging unfair royalties for "technologies they have nothing to do with," while Qualcomm claims that its inventions form the "very core" of modern mobile communication. Earlier this week, Qualcomm further escalated the dispute by accusing Apple of providing confidential trade information and trade secrets stolen from Qualcomm to Intel. Source
  25. At first it looked liked he found a way to try as many passcodes as he wanted without destroying data. But it turned out the passcodes he tested weren't always counted. A hacker thought he found a way to by bypass the iOS passcode entry limit. A security researcher thought he had figured out a way to bypass the passcode lock limit on an iPhone or iPad, ZDNet reported. But it turned out the passcodes he tested weren't always counted. "The recent report about a passcode bypass on iPhone was in error, and a result of incorrect testing," Apple said Saturday in an emailed statement. Since the 2014 release of iOS 8, all iPhones and iPads have come with device encryption protected by a four- or six-digit passcode. If the wrong passcode is entered too many times, the device gets wiped, explained ZDNet's Zack Whittaker. But Hacker House co-founder Matthew Hickey figured out a way "to bypass the 10-time limit and enter as many codes as he wants -- even on iOS 11.3," Whittaker wrote. (See video below for Hickey's demo.) Hickey "explained that when an iPhone or iPad is plugged in and a would-be-hacker sends keyboard inputs, it triggers an interrupt request, which takes priority over anything else on the device," Whittaker wrote. "Instead of sending passcodes one at a time and waiting, send them all in one go," Hickey told ZDNet. "If you send your brute-force attack in one long string of inputs, it'll process all of them, and bypass the erase data feature." But Hickey tweeted later Saturday that not all tested passcodes "go to the [secure enclave processor] in some instances -- due to pocket dialing [or] overly fast inputs -- so although it 'looks' like pins are being tested they aren't always sent and so they don't count, the devices register less counts than visible." And in a message to Whittaker Saturday, Hickey added: "I went back to double check all code and testing ... When I sent codes to the phone, it appears that 20 or more are entered but in reality its only ever sending four or five pins to be checked." Update at 9:10 p.m PT: Adds Apple refuting Hickey's report and Hickey tweeting and commenting to ZDNet about how passcodes weren't being counted. Source
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