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  1. Federal officials have called on Apple to unlock a phone belonging to a shooter who killed three people last month at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, but the company has refused to do so, saying there’s “no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys.” But the FBI has managed to unlock iPhones all on its own in the past, so why can’t the agency do it again? A search warrant obtained by Forbes indicates that investigators were able to use a phone-cracking tool called GrayKey to access information stored on an iPhone 11 Pro Max. An affidavit related to the search warrant and obtained by Forbes showed that the iPhone was locked, which was confirmed to Forbes by the owner’s lawyer. If federal investigators can crack a new iPhone model, then why can’t they crack the iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 belonging to the shooter? So, why the public spectacle demanding that Apple hand over a golden key to bypass security features? According to a 2018 blog post from anti-malware software company Malwarebytes, the time it takes to crack an iPhone password using the GrayKey device varied, but a six-digit passcode was able to be cracked in as few as three days at the time. Citing documents by the device’s maker Grayshift, Malwarebytes said that disabled iPhones could also be unlocked. But since Apple has issued numerous updates for iOS since 2018, and it’s likely that GrayKey has had to make changes to keep up with new security measures. The primary question presented by the records obtained by Forbes with respect to the Pensacola shooter’s phones seems to be why, if GrayKey was used recently to unlock a newer iPhone model, it would not be able to unlock an older iPhone. In statements to the press this week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said “both phones are engineered to make it virtually impossible to unlock them without the password.” But again, the FBI has unlocked iPhones before, as with the case identified by Forbes as well as in the case of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. One possible answer is both phones are in bad shape. During his statements this week, Barr said that during a shootout, “the shooter disengaged long enough to place one of the phones on the floor and shoot a single round into the device. It also appears the other phone was damaged.” Another is that the phone is set to nuke all data after several failed passcode attempts, though that security wall was able to be bypassed in the instance of San Bernardino (of course, the FBI paid $900,000 to do it). The other possibility is that the FBI is hoping to set legal precedent in order to be able to use a single incident to pave the way to gain access in future cases, which Apple seems to understand could be a dangerous and slippery slope. “We have always maintained there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys,” Apple told Gizmodo in a statement this week. “Backdoors can also be exploited by those who threaten our national security and the data security of our customers. Today, law enforcement has access to more data than ever before in history, so Americans do not have to choose between weakening encryption and solving investigations. We feel strongly encryption is vital to protecting our country and our users’ data.” Source
  2. Apple could ditch the notch on the 2020 iPhone, according to new leaks It had a good run (Image credit: Future) The notch that arrived with the iPhone X in 2017 may not make it to all of the 2020 iPhone range, according to reports based on recently published patents as well as information from inside the supply chain. LetsGoDigital suggests that the patents and leaked data that it's gathered point to the top-end 2020 iPhone having a notch-free front display, with Touch ID moved under the screen and Face ID ditched. That leaves the question of where the selfie camera will be on the iPhone 12 – it'll have to either be placed under the display like the fingerprint sensor, or packed inside the small bezel at the sides of the screen. Images from a patent filed by Apple in Japan on December 23 show an iPhone without a notch, and in fact this is a rumor that's been doing the rounds for months. Apple is certainly looking into getting rid of the notch, it's just not clear when it'll happen. (Image credit: Apple / LetsGoDigital) Several sources have previously reported that Apple wants to put a selfie camera as well as a fingerprint sensor under the display of future iPhones, but we're not sure that this tech is going to be ready in time for the 2020 iPhones. Phone makers are getting to the stage where this sort of technology is possible, but it's still early days, and image quality (not to mention facial recognition capabilities) are likely to be affected as a result. Other manufacturers including Samsung are said to be planning in-screen cameras for future flagships, while some existing phones use pop-up selfie cameras to keep the front display as uncluttered as possible. Despite these recent leaks, we'd expect at least some of the iPhone 12 handsets to keep the familiar notch – though one model may come with a smaller notch or no notch at all as Apple experiments with in-screen Touch ID. Source: Apple could ditch the notch on the 2020 iPhone, according to new leaks (TechRadar)
  3. As the title suggests, I'm looking for an app that works as smooth as AirServer. I've googled a few apps and tried Team Viewer but it's still kinda shitty 😅. Any suggestions are welcome.
  4. If you’ve been wanting to give your iPhone or iPad a little refresh, a new font can potentially be a way to do it. This week, Adobe’s Creative Cloud made 1,300 fonts available for free to anyone that downloads its Creative Cloud app from the App Store. Once you have the app installed and launch it, you’ll be able to browse through all of the fonts that are available through Adobe for your device. When you find one you like, you can install it and then use it in any iOS 13.1 app that supports custom font APIs. While everyone has access to those 1,300 fonts, if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber you’ll actually have access to 17,000. Just a few more. Your custom font will only be available in apps that support custom font APIs. If you just want to take it out for a spin, Mail, Pages, and Keynote are great places to start. In the case of Mail, you can change the font by first tapping the angle bracket (<) at the top right side of the page and then tapping the “Aa” icon. From there you’ll be given all your font options, including that fancy new one you just picked out. And if you ever forget what fonts you’ve downloaded (or want to run a little cleanup) you can delete fonts by going into the Settings menu on your iPhone followed by General and then Fonts. From there you’ll see all the fonts you have installed on your device. Tap on one to see more information about it or to remove it from your phone if you don’t see yourself using it anymore. Source
  5. There may be multiple different players in the jailbreak community all looking to offer solutions, but we’ve always admired those who keep trying to produce great work for the benefit of device owners. That admiration is extended to CoolStar, most recently for his creation and publishing of the Electra jailbreak for iOS 11, and the fact that it’s been tirelessly updated. Well, there is now a new update available, and it’s one you’re going to want to take notice of as it features a very special addition. CoolStar and his band of highly-capable merry men have finally released the final 1.0.x version of Electra jailbreak, complete with Cydia Installer support built right in. This version of Electra jailbreak is deemed stable enough and hence is marked as 1.0 rather than any beta or RC. Just about anyone can go ahead and download it right now. For those who don’t know, Electra works with iOS 11.0-11.1.2 firmwares and is compatible with all 64-bit devices, including iPhone X, as long as those devices are running the aforementioned compatible firmwares. This is because Electra is based of Ian Beer’s exploit which was only applicable on iOS 11.0-11.1.2. Original released back as beta in January sans Cydia, this latest final version of the tool is the first jailbreak for iOS 11 which offers support for Cydia out-of-the-box. As for the jailbreak process, it pretty much remains exactly the same. Once the latest version of the Electra jailbreak is downloaded, and the IPA is sideloaded to the device, the jailbreak process will be exactly as it was previously, but this time with the added benefit of actually installing a usable version of Cydia to the device. And yes, that means that compatible tweaks and packages will be able to be installed through the Cydia interface. Here are important notes from changelog of Electra 1.0.x: An APFS snapshot is created of / so you may revert it at a later date if needed Substitute, Tweak Loader and Substrate Compatibility Layer available from Electra repo Many packages need to be updated for both Electra and iOS 11 (make sure they’re updated before installing as they may not work yet) It’s great news for device owners that CoolStar and his highly capable team have once again put the effort to the benefit of the jailbreak community even before Saurik could come up with his own “promised” jailbreak with iOS 11 Cydia update. Final version of Electra jailbreak for iOS 11 can be downloaded from coolstar.org/electra/. Once downloaded, you can follow our guide here on how to jailbreak your device using Electra: How To Jailbreak iOS 11.1.2 Using Electra With Cydia [Tutorial]. Redmondpie.com
  6. A new Apple official warning calls for immediate action on older devices. Mainly the iPhone 5 and earlier as well as the iPad 4 and earlier models. Users on these devices need to go in their settings and update the software to the latest available version prior to November 3. For some of these devices that will be iOS 9.3.6, for others iOS 10.3.4, depending on their age. Any device that is not updated prior to the November 3 deadline can expect GPS location issues as well as potential problems with keeping accurate date and time. The latter, in tern, could prevent the Apple gadgets from fetching further updates over the air and sync with certain online services like iCloud and email servers. Post November 3, a tethered update via iTunes will be required to bring them back to normal operation. Now, before you hit up the comment section with rants about poor software work on Apple's part, it is worth explaining what is actually going on here. The issue is much bigger than Apple's own domain and could actually affect pretty much any GPS-enabled device that has not bee properly patched or prepared at some point to handle what is essentially a GPS Y2K event. Again, we realise this might be a scary analogy to make, but it is a pretty accurate one. The short of it is that GPS systems in general count weeks using a ten bit variable or register. Hence, values can only go from 0 to 1023 on said counter. When a device hits week 1024, if not programmed correctly, it could restart or "rollover" said counter in a way that corrupts it and makes it no longer usable for working with GPS and its precise timing data. Absolutely precise time keeping is crucial for GPS operation. So, why is this happening now? Well, the first GPS week counter was kicked off on January 6 1980. Then, on August 21 1999 the week counter got full for the first time and needed to be restarted. That was the end of the first "GPS epoch". Counting forward, that puts the end of the second epoch on April 6 2019. And again, before you hit up the comment section pointing out that April 6 passed quite a while ago, we have an explanation for that as well. Without going into too much detail, some manufacturers and software developers might have restarted their GPS week counters at a later time. For instance, as the GPS firmware was compiled and shipped to devices. Apparently this was the case for Apple and that's where their precise calculation and the November 3 deadline come from. As a side note for anyone reading this without owning and older iPhone or iPad, it is still a good idea to check the current status on any slightly older GPS-enabled tech you might have and see if you can update those as well. That also includes specialised devices, like dedicated navigation units an in-car ones. Source: 1. Apple officially warns older iPhone and iPad users to update their software or risk a nasty GPS bug (via GSMArena) 2. Update your iPhone or iPad software to avoid issues with location, date, and time (via Apple)
  7. There's an assumption that digitizing everything is a good thing. Are we sure about that? In my world, the virtual hasn't quite taken over the physical. Tossing everything into a cloud doesn't necessarily engender quite the same sense of security and well-being as seeing, holding, and believing. Today's witness is Jemima Kelly. She's a writer for The Financial Times. Please don't let any personal thoughts about that get in the way of her story. You see, she just experienced a little technological nightmare. A cheery digital convert, she admits she often leaves the house without her wallet. But surely not without her iPhone. Apple Pay is, after all, a contemporary joy. It's right up there with Tinder in its ability to make your life easier. Kelly, indeed, hops on London buses and uses Apple Pay to tap her payment instead of buying a ticket the old-fashioned way. Which, as she cheerily described, is easy unless a ticket inspector wanders by. Just after your iPhone's battery has died. She couldn't prove that she'd paid, but gave her personal details and assumed there'd be a record of her probity on the transportation company's computers. But then she was charged with, well, not providing proof of payment. Charged as in would be forced to go to court and to plead guilty or not guilty within 21 days. A little draconian, you might think. Yes, the Brits look and act like nice people, but it's wise to remember that London seems to have more surveillance cameras than Amazon's Ring. Here's where things got (more) awkward. Kelly produced a bank statement that proved she'd paid. The transportation company -- Transport For London -- insisted this wasn't enough. It seems she'd failed another digital task -- registering her Apple Pay with Transport For London. She was edging ever closer to criminal status. But did her Apple Pay details need to be registered? Kelly revealed: "They told me, 'there is no requirement for cards to be registered, the same as paying for any goods and services in a shop'. But it's not the same, actually; in a shop, you are given a breakdown in the form of a receipt." So, here she was, contactless and receiptless. Next, she heard that her court case had happened and she'd been found guilty. Oh, and she also owed a fine of £476.50 -- around $592. Despite, she says, attempting to contact Transport For London several times, the money was removed from her paycheck. (Not a friendly court, see.) Oh, and being found guilty meant she was turned down for a US visa. We don't need more criminals here. There was, however, an uplifting ending. She managed to get back to court and persuade the magistrate to quash her conviction. It all took months. Her story, however, aptly describes how the digital world demands our complete and unyielding participation. Digital systems are designed by those who strive for complete perfection and consistency. Which doesn't describe the human condition at all. You have to follow all the rules of the system. This, sadly, requires you to do the work of discovering what they are. And, as anyone who's mindlessly clicked their agreement knows, these rules can be painfully long and twisted. Personally, I'm often vexed when someone in front of me at Starbucks tries to use Apple Pay or some other digital means. Somehow, the machine doesn't always recognize the phone. Or worse, the person is actually talking on the phone while trying to pay at the same time. And they don't even bother opening the phone until it's time to pay. The mere idea that you have to keep your phone charged at all times -- just in case -- puts the onus again on you. Kelly admits she's now invested in a portable charger. In what way is that making your life easier? It's one more thing to remember, one more thing to carry, and one more reason why I'm perfectly happy to slip my credit card into Starbucks' machine and have a 20-second chat with the barista. Phones are overburdened as it is. They're our cameras, our entertainment systems, our productivity devices and, on rare occasions, our phones. Do they really have to be our wallets too? I'm not allowed to say no, am I? Siri might overhear and take me to court. Source
  8. The latest iOS 13.1.1 patch should fix your Siri and battery life problems The update frenzy continues (Image credit: Future) Whenever a new version of iOS (or Android) gets pushed out, it's typically followed by a flurry of smaller patches designed to fix whatever problems the major update has caused – and that's proving to be the case with iOS 13. Apple just released iOS 13.1.1 for iPhones, which should fix problems you may have been having with poor battery life, as well as problems that have surfaced in regards to restoring iPhones from a backup. On the newest iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, iOS 13.1.1 improves Siri recognition requests, Apple says – owners of the latest handsets had been reporting problems with Siri ignoring them. A new design is coming with the iPhone 12 Apple TV Plus movies may head to cinemas Android's new default player is YouTube Music At the same time, Apple has released a corresponding update for iPads with iPadOS 13.1.1. It looks as though the two mobile operating systems will be upgraded in tandem for the foreseeable future. Patch happy Getting iPhones and iPads updated is of course a breeze these days, but if you are putting off the notification alert telling you iOS 13.1.1 is ready and waiting, we'd recommend getting it installed at your earliest opportunity. The latest patches also address problems that have been reported with third-party keyboards, slow syncing in the Reminders app, and Safari search suggestions. To force an update on your iPhone, open up Settings, tap General, and then choose Software Update. At the rate Apple is going we might well be up to iOS 13.1.2 by the time you read this. The iOS 13 roll out has been unusual, in that a number of key features were held back by Apple for the iOS 13.1 update, which arrived a week after iOS 13. Now that 13.1.1 is here, let's hope bugs and issues are kept down to a minimum. Everything you need to know about the new features in iOS 13 Via Engadget Source: The latest iOS 13.1.1 patch should fix your Siri and battery life problems (TechRadar)
  9. The Home Office is advising people to borrow an Android. The Brexit situation in Britain isn't only causing chaos in the areas of politics and business, but is causing its share of technology woes too. The latest issue is with the government app which allows EU nationals residing in Britain to apply to stay in the country, which is only available for Android and not iPhone. EU nationals who live in Britain, of whom there are 3.6 million, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to be granted "settled status" to allow them to remain. However, only 1 million eligible people have applied thus far. The application process requires scanning documents as proof of identity, and now the app which is supposed to make the process easier won't be available on one of the two largest mobile platforms. In its instructions for applying for the Settlement Scheme, the British government says "You can only use the 'EU Exit: ID Document Check' app for Android to scan your document" and that if those who don't have access to an Android device must submit their documents by post or in person. Callers to the scheme's helpline who have an iPhone are being told they should "borrow an Android device" or visit a government center in person to complete their application, as reported by The Financial Times. The Home Office, the branch of government responsible for immigration and residency status, told the FT it is working on the iPhone app which should be ready "later this year". That won't do much good to the 2.6 million people who still need to apply for settled status, however. Last week the British government announced it would end freedom of movement for EU nationals immediately if there is a no-deal Brexit on October 31st. However, the Home Office maintains that the deadline to apply for settled status is December 31st. Source
  10. steven36

    Sure Apple, Whatever

    Apple still hasn’t set an official day for its annual fall product launch event (aka iPhone Day), but that hasn’t stopped leaks and rumors from shedding light on what we might see some time in early September. But one thing that’s still mostly a guess are the official names for Apple’s upcoming batch of iPhones. However, based on a stock list from smartphone case maker ESR (discovered by iPhonesoft.fr), the general consensus is that the next products in the iPhone family will be called the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max. While these aren’t exactly the most intriguing or eye-catching names, by simplifying its naming scheme, Apple could eliminate some consumer confusion now that the iPhone portfolio has expanded to three new phones every year instead just two. The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 looks to be the replacement for the iPhone XR, which should continue to be the “entry-level” phone in Apple’s smartphone lineup. Meanwhile the iPhone 11 Pro will succeed the iPhone XS as Apple’s smaller, but still a very premium option. The one that sort of throws a wrench into things is the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max, which seems like a mash-up of tags and monikers from Apple’s phone and laptop lines. While this isn’t really the first time people have theorized that Apple could add the “Pro” tag to the iPhone line, an accessory maker having the confidence to list the next iPhone as the iPhone 11 in their internal records does add a little bit of weight to previous reports. Of course, none of this means much until Tim Apple, I mean, Tim Cook gets on stage and officially announces the name of the next iPhone to the world. Personally, I think this leaked naming scheme is a little boring and somewhat clunky, but it works, even if the next batch will technically be the 13th generation of Apple’s iPhones. Source
  11. LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is offering cyber security researchers up to $1 million to detect flaws in iPhones, the largest reward offered by a company to defend against hackers, at a time of rising concern about governments breaking into the mobile devices of dissidents, journalists and human rights advocates. Unlike other technology providers, Apple previously offered rewards only to invited researchers who tried to find flaws in its phones and cloud backups. At the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, the company said it would open the process to all researchers, add Mac software and other targets, and offer a range of rewards, called "bounties," for the most significant findings. The $1 million prize would apply only to remote access to the iPhone kernel without any action from the phone's user. Apple's previous highest bounty was $200,000 for friendly reports of bugs that can then be fixed with software updates and not leave them exposed to criminals or spies. Government contractors and brokers have paid as much as $2 million for the most effective hacking techniques to obtain information from devices. Apple's new bounties, however, are in the same range as some published prices from contractors. Apple is taking other steps to make research easier, including offering a modified phone that has some security measures disabled. A number of private companies, such as Israel's NSO Group, sell hacking capabilities to governments to target their critics. One such attack was made against a friend of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi Arabian government, who was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. A principal component of such breaches is programs that take advantage of otherwise unknown flaws in the phones, their software or installed applications. A number of private companies, such as Israel’s NSO Group, sell hacking capabilities to governments. “NSO Group develops technology that is licensed to intelligence and law enforcement agencies for the sole purpose of preventing and investigating terror and crime,” NSO said in a statement. “It is not a tool to target journalists for doing their job or to silence critics.” Source: Reuters
  12. Apple’s AirDrop and password sharing features can leak iPhone numbers Partial hashes broadcast in Bluetooth can be converted to phone numbers, researchers say. Enlarge Valentina Palladino Apple makes it easy for people to locate lost iPhones, share Wi-Fi passwords, and use AirDrop to send files to other nearby devices. A recently published report demonstrates how snoops can capitalize on these features to scoop up a wealth of potentially sensitive data that in some cases includes phone numbers. Simply having Bluetooth turned on broadcasts a host of device details, including its name, whether it's in use, if Wi-Fi is turned on, the OS version it’s running, and information about the battery. More concerning: using AirDrop or Wi-Fi password sharing broadcasts a partial cryptographic hash that can easily be converted into an iPhone’s complete phone number. The information—which in the case of a Mac also includes a static MAC address that can be used as a unique identifier—is sent in Bluetooth Low Energy packets. The information disclosed may not be a big deal in many settings, such as work places where everyone knows everyone anyway. The exposure may be creepier in public places, such as a subway, a bar, or a department store, where anyone with some low-cost hardware and a little know-how can collect the details of all Apple devices that have BLE turned on. The data could also be a boon to companies that track customers as they move through retail outlets. As noted above, in the event someone is using AirDrop to share a file or image, they’re broadcasting a partial SHA256 hash of their phone number. In the event Wi-Fi password sharing is in use, the device is sending partial SHA256 hashes of its phone number, the user’s email address, and the user’s Apple ID. While only the first three bytes of the hash are broadcast, researchers with security firm Hexway (which published the research) say those bytes provide enough information to recover the full phone number. Below is a video of an attack: Apple AirDrop mobile phone catcher. Hexway’s report includes proof-of-concept software that demonstrates the information broadcast. Errata Security CEO Rob Graham installed the proof-of-concept on a laptop that was equipped with a wireless packet sniffer dongle, and within a minute or two he captured details of more than a dozen iPhones and Apple Watches that were within radio range of the bar where he was working. The highlighted device in the middle of the picture below is his iPhone. Enlarge Rob Graham “It’s not too bad, but it’s still kind of creepy that people can get the status information, and getting the phone number is bad,” he said. It’s not likely, he added, that Apple can prevent phone numbers and other information from leaking, since they’re required—in some form, anyway—for devices to seamlessly connect with other devices a user trusts. The MAC addresses shown in the image above aren’t the actual device numbers, but rather temporary MAC addresses that rotate regularly. But Graham said unlike iPhone and Apple Watch addresses, MAC addresses for Macintosh computers aren’t obfuscated this way. By broadcasting only partial hashes of phone numbers, email addresses, and AppleID, Apple is clearly making an effort to make data collection hard. But the reality of rainbow tables, automated word or number lists, and lightning-fast hardware means it’s often trivial to crack those hashes. “This is the classic trade-off that companies like Apple try to make when balancing ease of use vs privacy/security,” independent privacy and security researcher Ashkan Soltani told Ars. “In general, automatic discovery protocols often require the exchange of personal information in order to make them work—and as such—can reveal things that could be considered sensitive. Most security and privacy minded folks I know disable automatic discovery protocols like AirDrop, etc just out of principle.” Source: Apple’s AirDrop and password sharing features can leak iPhone numbers (Ars Technica)
  13. No country on Earth has benefited from President Donald Trump’s trade fight with China more than Vietnam. The country’s factories have swelled with orders as American tariffs cause companies to reconsider making their products in China. Now, more big technology firms are looking to bulk up their manufacturing operations in Vietnam, lifting the ambitions of a nation already well on its way to becoming a powerhouse maker of smartphones and other high-end gadgets. First, though, Vietnam needs to get better at making the little plastic casings on your earbuds. Vu Huu Thang’s company in the northern city of Bac Ninh, Bac Viet Technology, produces small plastic parts for Canon printers, Korg musical instruments, and Samsung cellphones and phone accessories, including earbuds. He said it would be hard for his firm to compete against Chinese suppliers as long as he had to buy 70 to 100 tons of imported plastic material every month, most of it made in China. “Vietnam cannot compare with China,” Thang said. “When we buy materials, it’s 5, 10% more expensive than China already.” And the Vietnamese market is too small, he said, to entice plastic producers to set up plants here. Negotiators for the US and China are meeting in Shanghai this week to try to find a way forward in resolving their bruising trade war. But for some companies, spooked by what now appears to be a definitive darkening in the United States’ relations with China, the appeal of working in the world’s second-largest economy may already be tarnished for good. With smartphones, video game consoles and other consumer favorites potentially next on Trump’s tariff list, gadget-makers in particular are feeling pressure to find new low-wage places to make or finish their products. Apple has homed in on Vietnam and India as it intensifies its search for ways to diversify its supply chain. Nintendo has accelerated a shift in the production of its Switch console to Vietnam from China, according to Panjiva, a supply chain research firm. The Taiwanese electronics behemoth Foxconn, a major assembler of iPhones, said in January that it had acquired land-use rights in Vietnam and had pumped $200 million into an Indian subsidiary. Other Taiwanese and Chinese partners to Apple have indicated that they are considering ramping up operations in Vietnam as well. Even so, this nation of nearly 100 million people is not about to replace China as a manufacturing hub overnight. Land here can be expensive, and ready-to-use factories and warehouses are in short supply. Recruiting enough trained workers and managers is another potential challenge. “It’s definitely stretching Vietnam’s capabilities,” said Frederick R Burke, a managing director in Ho Chi Minh City for the law firm Baker McKenzie. Even though the country’s labour force is expanding by 1 million people a year, he added, “people are talking about labour shortages already.” Vietnam also does not have vast galaxies of companies churning out specialised components, parts and materials like those that manufacturers can call upon in China. Tran Thu Thuy said that “of course” she would love to work with Apple someday. Thuy’s firm, HTMP, makes metal molds that factories use to produce plastic and die-cast parts. She gestured toward a nearby MacBook. One day, she said, HTMP might be able to make the molds for metal laptop bodies. But she knows the company has to improve in many ways before that day can come. “There’s a long list,” she said. Vietnam is already a colossus in producing shoes, clothes and other types of labour-intensive goods, having long ago begun siphoning business away from its giant northern neighbour. Nike and Adidas now make close to half their sneakers in Vietnam. As factories have sprung up, the Vietnamese government has pledged to improve roads, ports and power plants. Hanoi has also signed deals with governments around the world to reduce tariffs, including an agreement reached last month with the European Union. The Trump administration has not failed to notice that its import levies have been shifting global commerce in Vietnam’s direction. The Treasury has put Hanoi on a watch list for manipulating the value of the Vietnamese currency, the dong, to help exporters. Trump suggested last month that Vietnam might be the next target for punitive tariffs, calling the country “almost the single worst abuser of everybody.” In response, the Vietnamese government said it wanted mutually beneficial trade ties with the United States, and it highlighted its efforts to punish exporters who illegally relabelled their goods as “Made in Vietnam” to dodge US taxes. Yet even Trump’s feuding seems unlikely to reverse the broader shifts that are turning north Vietnam into a major hub for electronics. Many of the hulking factory complexes that stretch across the horizon in long, palm-fringed rows are in no small part thanks to one company. More than a decade ago, Samsung Electronics, the South Korean titan, set up a plant in Bac Ninh to reduce its dependence on China. The move was prescient. Costs in China continued to increase, and Samsung’s sales there withered after Beijing called for boycotts on South Korean products over Seoul’s embrace of an US missile defence system in 2017. Samsung has since closed all but one of its smartphone plants in China. It now assembles around half the handsets it sells worldwide in Vietnam. Samsung’s subsidiaries in the country, which employ around 100,000 people, accounted for nearly a third of the company’s $220 billion in sales last year. A Samsung spokeswoman said about 90% of those sales involved goods shipped from Vietnam to other countries. That implies Samsung alone accounted for a quarter of Vietnam’s exports in 2018, although even that might not fully capture the company’s effect on the wider economy. Samsung’s success in Vietnam helped convince many of its South Korean suppliers that they needed to be here, too. “When you are a big company and you move to a place, everything follows you,” said Filippo Bortoletti, the deputy manager in Hanoi at the business advisory firm Dezan Shira. Some Vietnamese business owners say the blessings are mixed, though. Foreign giants, they say, come to Vietnam and work largely with vendors they already use elsewhere, leaving little room in their supply chains for local upstarts. Samsung has 35 Vietnamese suppliers, the company spokeswoman said. Apple declined to comment. When Samsung first set up in the country, it bought some of the metal fixtures used on its assembly lines from a local firm, Vietnam Precision Mechanical Service & Trading, or VPMS. But then more of Samsung’s South Korean partners started coming into the country, and after a year, Samsung and VPMS stopped working together, said Nguyen Xuan Hoang, one of the Vietnamese company’s founders. Price and quality were not the issue, Hoang said, over the hissing and clanging of machinery at his factory near Bac Ninh. The problem was scale: Samsung needed many more fixtures than VPMS could deliver. Vu Tien Cuong’s company, Fitek, produces industrial equipment for Samsung, Canon and other big firms around Bac Ninh. He acknowledged that most Vietnamese suppliers had quality and productivity issues that kept them from winning business from multinational companies. But he thinks that the root problem is inexperience, not a lack of money or knowledge. “Day by day,” Cuong said, Vietnam’s supplier base is improving and “growing up.” Nguyen Thi Hue, 28, knows a thing or two about growing up on the job. For a long time after starting her own company in 2015, Hue worked 16-hour days juggling a day job for another firm while getting her new venture off the ground. Her startup, Anofa, specialises in surface treatments for metal parts. It has worked with suppliers for foreign brands like the South Korean electronics-maker LG and the Italian motorcycle-maker Ducati. “We really look forward” to Apple’s expanding its supply chain in Vietnam, said Nguyen Van Huan, Hue’s husband, who is also her lawyer. Anofa has invested in new machines to try to win more business from foreign clients. “They have higher standards and requirements,” Huan said. “We can meet them,” Hue said, beaming. Source
  14. Which iPhones, iPads support Apple's iOS 13 and iPadOS? With the arrival this [Northern hemisphere] fall of iOS 13 and iPadOS, there's some bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and some of Apple's older iPads. Apple When it unveiled iOS 13 and iPadOS last month, Apple had bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and brushed off customers with an iPad Mini from the same years or a 2013 original iPad Air. According to Apple, iOS 13 - likely shot out of Cupertino in September - will be supported on these devices: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR (2018) iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus (2017) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (2016) iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (2015) iPhone SE (2016) iPod Touch, 7th generation (2019) [iOS 13 will also be pre-installed on the new iPhone(s) Apple introduces this [Northern hemisphere] fall.] This year's list is similar to, but not identical to the one Apple issued for iOS 12 in 2018. Several models were cut from 13's line-up, specifically: iPhone 5S (2013) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (2014) iPod touch, 6th generation (2015) At times, Apple has held the iOS support line for a year - it did just that in 2018, when the list was identical to 2017's. But more often, the company strikes the oldest devices, belatedly acknowledging what many users had concluded earlier: that the hardware couldn't execute the new OS and/or run recent apps without shifting into tortoise mode. This year's cull was much like 2017's, when that [Northern hemisphere] fall's iOS 11 declined to run on the then-aged iPhone 5 (2012), iPhone 5C (2013) and 4th generation iPad (2012). iPadOS dismisses a few tablets The new spin-off from iOS that Apple's billed as "[built on] the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad," has its own list of supported tablets, separated from the once-master line-up of all mobile devices. iPadOS will be supported on: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2015-2018) 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017) 9.7-inch iPad Pro (2016) iPad, 5th and 6th generations (2017-2018) iPad mini, 5th generation (2019) iPad mini 4 (2015) iPad Air, 3rd generation (2019) iPad Air 2 (2014) As on the iOS-iPhone side of Apple, this year's iPadOS-iPad platform had a few no-shows that were on the 2018 list, although the latter retained 2015's devices. These models have been winnowed: iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3 (2013-2014) iPad Air (original, 2013) Apple also listed the Mac models that will run the upcoming macOS 10.15, aka Catalina, when it delivers that upgrade. For its personal computer line, Apple will retain the prior year's models on the new version's support list. iOS 13 and iPadOS will be offered as a free over-the-air upgrade when they launch this [Northern Hemisphere] fall. Source: Which iPhones, iPads support Apple's iOS 13 and iPadOS? (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  15. Here We Go Again: Next iPhone Expected to Replace Lightning with USB Type-C Apple giving up on its proprietary Lightning connector on the iPhone and going for USB Type-C isn’t something that we haven’t heard before. In fact, the first time I reported about the Cupertino-based tech giant making this switch was in June 2018, while similar rumors surfaced once again in early January and then a few days later. All of them suggested that the 2019 iPhone could finally represent the end of the Lightning connector on Apple’s flagship product, as the company wants to embrace the port that everyone is using these days and provide users with a more convenient method to recharge their devices. Most recently, it was discovered that the first beta of iOS 13 that was announced at WWDC comes with similar hints the move from Lightning to USB Type-C is real and is happening as we speak. The recovery animation that it shown on an iPhone running iOS 13 beta no longer displays a Lightning cable, but an USB-C connector, and this is considered living proof the next-generation iPhone could indeed come with a new port. Three iPhones coming in September On the other hand, it’ll be interesting to see if this animation is also displayed on older iPhones where a Lightning cable is still required. iOS 13 is projected to go live in September, the same month when Apple will take the wraps off the 2019 iPhone generation. A total of three different iPhones will go live this year, and all of them will be successors to the existing models. This means Apple will launch upgraded iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR configurations, and people close to the matter said 2019 is the last year when an LCD iPhone sees the light of day. Further details are expected in the coming months as we approach the expected September unveiling date of the new iPhone generation. Source
  16. iPhone Users Can Now Download Larger Apps Over Cellular Apple has silently implemented a change in the App Store that’s likely to be well received by iPhone user with unlimited data plans. The company now allows us to download apps and games up to 200 MB using a cellular network. The older limit was 150 MB, and anything larger than this required a Wi-Fi connection. The increased cellular download limit covers any content that is published in the App Store, like apps, games, podcasts, and pretty much everything else. If a file is larger than the set limit, the following message is displayed on the iPhone: “App over 200 MB. Connect to a Wi-Fi network to download [app name].”No way to bypass the blockWhile the idea behind this restriction makes sense, the way it’s implemented leaves a lot to be desired. Technically, Apple wants to prevent iPhones from downloading larger files on cellular networks in order to avoid extra charges for customers with limited data plans. But as 9to5mac also notes, there’s no way to bypass this restriction and download large files over cellular, even if an unlimited data plan exists. In other words, regardless of your plan you can’t download apps and games over 200 MB without a Wi-Fi connection, and Apple doesn’t seem to keen on lifting this restriction. The previous update in this regard happened in September 2017 when Apple increased the cellular download limit from 100 MB to 150 MB, so it could take a while until the company pushes this limit even further or implements an option that would allow users to ignore the warning. Because this update takes place on Apple’s side, all devices connecting to the Apple Store are getting it, so it’s not dependent on model or iOS version. You can try it out yourselves by disabling the Wi-Fi connection and starting the download of a large app on cellular. Source
  17. The Cheapest iPhone This Year Will Launch in Two New Colors 2019 will be the last year when we get an LCD iPhone, so Apple might either retire the iPhone XR next year or switch it to OLED as well beginning with the 2020 generation. For the last LCD generation of the iPhone XR, Apple wants to introduce two new colors, according to a new report. The 2019 iPhone XR is expected to debut in a six-color lineup as well, albeit this year Apple wants to give up on two versions and replace them with two others that are completely new. Japanese site Macotakara reveals that the iPhone XR will be sold in white, black, yellow, and the special-edition (PRODUCT)RED, as well as in new green and lavender colors, which replace the existing coral and blue options.Hello, lavender!In other words, Apple is giving up on coral and blue and instead introduces a new green and lavender option that will be sold alongside the four mentioned above. It goes without saying that Apple has remained tight-lipped on this change, but if it indeed happens, it’s a clear indication that green coral and blue versions of the iPhone XR aren’t selling necessarily as good as anticipated. At the same time, introducing new options, like lavender, could help Apple increase the customer appeal of the iPhone XR, which would thus become available in new special colors that haven’t been previously offered on an iPhone. iPhone XR will undergo a massive upgrade under the hood this year, so expect it to get the same A13 processor as the other iPhones, but at the same time, it should also get two cameras instead of one on the back. On the other hand, it’s important to note that the other iPhones launching this year could come with a triple-camera setup on the back, so iPhone XR would continue to be positioned as the more affordable version of the three. Source
  18. The iPhone maker saw more of the same during the second quarter of 2019. Enlarge Andrew / Flickr Today, Apple shared its fiscal second-quarter results with shareholders. After a tumultuous first quarter that saw CEO Tim Cook revise the company's guidance weeks before the earnings report was made public, investors and analysts were looking for Apple to divulge some good news—particularly surrounding iPhone sales, its services business, and the situation in China. Apple somewhat delivered on those fronts, but overall, its Q2 2019 earnings report is a mixed bag. The company made $58 billion in revenue this quarter, which is on the higher end of its expected revenue spectrum ($55 to $59 billion), but down 5 percent year-over-year. iPhone sales made up $31 billion of that total amount, down from $37.5 billion during the same quarter in 2018. Apple stock jumped over 4 percent after the earnings report was released, pushing the company close to a $1 trillion valuation. Handling the iPhone’s decline Generally, Apple's other product segments did well this quarter. iPad sales revenue saw an increase from $4 billion in Q2 2018 to $4.8 billion in Q2 2019. Apple's wearables, home, and accessories category also saw revenue gains: up from $3.9 billion in Q2 2018 to $5.1 billion this quarter. Mac sales revenue saw a slight decline year-over-year. Cook attributed that decline to "processor constraints," but the CEO also said that these constraints should not have a long-term effect on Mac sales. But, as anticipated, Apple's services business hit an all-time high of $11.5 billion in revenue this quarter, up from $9.8 billion during the same period last year and up from Q1 2019's total revenue of $10.9 billion. After years of detailing iPhone sales growth, Cook described this quarter's iPhone sales revenue decline as being "significantly smaller than last quarter." Cook noted that the most challenging months in recent memory for iPhone sales was November 2018 and December 2018, and the company's goal is to "pick up the pace" to accelerate iPhone sales in the future. While users may be holding onto their iPhones for longer now, Apple cited the strong, positive response to its revamped trade-in and financing programs. After launching new programs in the US, China, UK, Spain, Italy, and Australia, Apple saw four times the trade-in volume than it did in March 2018. That means that customers are more likely to buy new iPhones if they can get some money back by handing over their existing handsets or if they can choose a financing option that works for them. At the end of last year, Apple explained that it would not report iPhone unit sales per quarter, a decision that frustrated some but makes sense for Apple's bottom-line. Instead, the company disclosed on its Q1 2019 earnings call that its global install base includes 900 million iPhones—and today's earnings report shows that the company's install base is comprised of 1.4 billion devices. Rather than focusing on how many new iPhones it has sold, Apple wants to now focus on how many iPhones are out in the world to show how vast its services business could be. Services and China Apple is hoping its slew of new services will appeal to many iPhone users. At an event in March, the company announced Apple News+, a news and magazine subscription program; Apple Arcade, a gaming subscription service; and Apple TV+, a TV-streaming subscription program. The former of the three is already available for $10 per month, but the latter two will debut in the fall. All of these new endeavors, along with Apple's existing services, represent a big part of the company's future. Cook described the "singularly exceptional experience" that Apple is trying to achieve with its devices and services. The company hopes that it can keep users in the Apple ecosystem by offering services that are similar to its hardware: easy-to-use, detail-orientated, and focused on privacy and security. How Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade will be received is unclear, but Apple's existing services are already bolstering this effort. Currently, Apple has 390 million paid subscriptions across its entire services portfolio—up from 120 million paid subscriptions at this time last year, and up by 30 million since last quarter. Cook did not break down that subscriber number, but as of last quarter, Apple Music had 50 million paid subscribers. On the topic of China, the country continues to present struggles for Apple as the company saw lower sales revenue than last year. This quarter, sales in Greater China produced $10.2 billion in revenue, down from Q2 2018's total revenue of $13 billion. However, Apple's leadership remains optimistic about its efforts in China. Tim Cook cited again the popularity of Apple's new trade-in and financing options, which have been a big hit in China as well as other countries. Cook also explained that price adjustments to account for weaker currency have had a positive effect in the region, as well as stimulus programs created by local governments and the improved trade dialogue between the United States and China. Many analysts probed Apple about its recent settlement with Qualcomm, in which the companies came to an agreement to dismiss all litigation after just one day in court. The agreement resulted in a multi-year supply and licensing deal in which Apple will continue to use Qualcomm's chips in its devices. Cook didn't provide any more details about the settlement, only saying that the company is "glad to put the litigation behind us." Source: Apple sets sights on services as iPhone revenue continues to fall (Ars Technica)
  19. Apple to Launch a “New” iPhone 8 in 2020 with Upgraded Hardware, Lower Price The 2020 iPhone lineup could include an upgraded version of the original iPhone 8, according to a new report. China-based Economic Daily News reveals that Apple wants to give the iPhone an under-the-hood upgrade and re-launch the device in global markets next year in order to tackle the mid-range smartphone market. As a result, Apple also wants to make this second-edition iPhone 8 more affordable, with the cited source indicating a target price of approximately $649. The original iPhone 8 was launched in 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, and it’s still available for purchase worldwide. There are no plans for a revised iPhone 8 Plus, it seems. However, if this plan indeed gets the green light, the current version of the iPhone could be retired, while the new model would be positioned as a more affordable alternative to the upgraded iPhone XS and XR.Same design, same dimensionsThe source claims the 2020 iPhone 8 would still feature a 4.7-inch LCD screen with the same dimensions as the current model. It will however boast an Apple A13 processor, an upgraded camera (a single lens, not a dual-lens configuration), plus 128GB storage. A new PCB design will also be used. Pegatron is very likely to be in charge of manufacturing the new iPhone 8, and it looks like Apple wants to build approximately 20 million units in the first year, though these numbers could be adjusted as we get closer to the estimated launch date. Most likely, the new iPhone 8 would be primarily aimed at markets where the new-generation iPhones fail to meet the expected figures due to their premium price. Older iPhones, including here the iPhone 8, continue to sell like hotcakes in countries like China, so with this new model, Apple wants to benefit from this strong demand while also giving owners of older iPhones another reason to upgrade. Keep in mind that right now we’re still in the rumor stage, so a certain amount of skepticism is recommended at this point. Source
  20. Company Claims All iPhones Violate Its Wi-Fi Patents As if Apple’s legal trouble with Qualcomm wasn’t enough, the Cupertino-based tech giant is now dragged to the court once again, this time for allegedly violating the Wi-Fi patents owned by a company called Red Rock Analytics. In a lawsuit discovered by AI, this company claims that Apple uses its patents covering transceiver technology for Wi-Fi chips without authorization. The alleged technology is being used by Apple on most of its products, including iPhones (all models dating back to the iPhone 4), iPads, Apple TV, MacBooks, and the Apple Watch. The new-generation iPhones, including the XS and the XR, are also infringing on the patent, Red Rock claims. As a result, this company is now seeking a trial by jury and wants Apple to pay damages for using its patent without authorization. As per Apple’s approach, the Cupertino giant hasn’t commented on these claims, and there’s a chance it’d never say anything public about the lawsuit until it comes to an end. As the cited source notes, Red Rock has previously sued Samsung over the same claims as well, but details on how everything ended aren’t available at this point. However, the South Korean firm itself filed a countersuit, so it remains to be seen if Apple wants to the same time.Apple’s legal battlesMeanwhile, Apple is involved in other legal wars, several of them against the San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm. The company has already lost lawsuits in China and Germany, where it was accused of violating Qualcomm patents, and despite appeals already being filed, the iPhone was subject to a local ban following the court ruling. Apple remains one of the favorite targets of patent trolls across the world, so the dispute against Red Rock is something that’s very common for the iPhone maker. Source
  21. 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
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  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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