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Italian regulator says Apple's iCloud terms are unreasonable, may be illegal

17:20 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

The antitrust authority in Italy has concluded its investigation into Apple, Google, and others, and concluded that some of Apple's iCloud conditions are unlawful.Apple Store Piazza in MilanA year after it began investigating Apple, Google, and Dropbox's cloud service, Italy's L'Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) has issued a report. Read more...

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Italian regulator says Apple's iCloud terms are unreasonable, may be illegal

17:20 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

The antitrust authority in Italy has concluded its investigation into Apple, Google, and others, and concluded that some of Apple's iCloud conditions are unlawful.Apple Store Piazza in MilanA year after it began investigating Apple, Google, and Dropbox's cloud service, Italy's L'Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) has issued a report. Read more...

Best Deals Sept. 28: iRobot Roomba 960 for $240, $350 off Harman speaker, and more!

17:06 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

Tuesday's best deals includes almost $40 off the Liene Photo Printer, $410 off iRobot Roomba, and more!Tuesday, September 28 Best DealsShopping online for the best discounts and deals can be an annoying and challenging task. So rather than sifting through miles of advertisements, check out this list of sales we've hand-picked just for the AppleInsider audience. Read more...

Adobe plans big updates for masking features in Lightroom and Camera Raw

17:00 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

Adobe's Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Camera Raw will get some significant improvements to the way users make selective adjustments thanks to AI-powered selection tools.Photographers will soon be able to harness the power of Adobe Sensei, Adobe's AI and machine-learning toolset, when it comes to making selective adjustments to their photographs.A new, improved masking engine will make its way to Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Camera Raw. In addition, features such as Select Subject and Select Sky will be available, allowing photographers to make quick work of areas that previously required photographers to paint in masks by hand. Read more...

Apple iPhone 13 camera engineers discuss Cinematic Mode, recycling

16:33 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

In a continuation of promoting the iPhone 13 line's updates to the camera system, Apple's vice presidents who headed up the developments went into more detail in another interview, covering the creation of Cinematic Mode and working towards Apple's environmentalist aims.Apple's iPhone 13 launch heavily featured the cameras and associated features it is implementing in its 2021 lineup, which has prompted the company to talk more about photography in its promotional work. In a second interview with VP of Camera Software Engineering Jon McCormack and VP of Camera Hardware Engineering Graham Townsend, more information about the changes is uncovered.On coming up with the changes in the first place, Townsend said to GQ "The planning has to start about three years ahead, because that's when we actually fix the specification of the silicon. So for instance, the sensor gets defined at that point and the A15 Bionic processor is also frozen. That's when we have to begin to talk with Jon and predict the experiences that we want." Read more...

DxOMark says iPhone 13 Pro has a great camera with 'outstanding video'

16:29 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

Apple's iPhone 13 Pro has scored highly in DxOMark testing, ranking fourth among all smartphones thanks to its general camera improvement and "outstanding video."Credit: AppleThe camera testing firm gave the latest flagship model a score of 137, which is lower than the Huawei P50 Pro's 144, the Xiaomo Mi 11 Ultra's 143, and the Huawei's 40 Pro+'s 139. However, the iPhone 13 Pro is currently the highest-ranked iPhone model in DxOMark's list. Read more...

Apple Starts Planning a Future iPhone's Cameras Around Three Years in Advance

16:11 28 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Following the launch of the iPhone 13 models, Apple's vice president of camera hardware engineering Graham Townsend and vice president of camera software engineering Jon McCormack spoke with British GQ's Robert Leedham about iPhone cameras. Townsend revealed that Apple starts planning future iPhone camera systems about three years in advance of public availability, suggesting that the company began developing the camera systems on the iPhone 13 models as early as 2018."The planning has to start about three years ahead, because that's when we actually fix the specification of the silicon," says Townsend. "So, for instance, the sensor gets defined at that point and the A15 Bionic processor is also frozen. That's when we have to begin to talk with Jon and predict the experiences that we want. Obviously when we designed the new ultra-wide lens, we were going to deliver macro photos. But how is that going to work both in stills and video?" All four iPhone 13 models feature a new Cinematic mode that lets users record video with a shallow depth of field and automatic focus changes between subjects, and McCormack reflected on the challenges of developing this feature."It was a long process with lots of windy roads, but like most profound things it takes a while," says McCormack. "We're not just looking at the depth of every single frame, but there's also this thing called temporal stability: as we move between frames with people moving, how do we make sure you don't end up with weird edges and stuff like that?"The interview goes on to discuss Apple's environmental responsibility and emphasizes how far the iPhone camera has come over the years."We're not asking for the impossible, but we are asking that the camera achieves the best it can every year," says Townsend. "Over the past ten years we've seen a dramatic improvement, but there is no rest."Townsend and McCormack also spoke with CNN Underscored's Jacob Krol, touching on the simplicity that Apple aims for with the iPhone camera:"Long before you even hit the shutter, you just bring the camera up, we're looking at auto exposure, white balance, autofocus to make sure that we're getting all of the right information, raw information captured," Jon McCormack, VP of camera software engineering at Apple, tells us.The Stalman Podcast also shared an interview with Townsend and McCormack.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhoneThis article, "Apple Starts Planning a Future iPhone's Cameras Around Three Years in Advance" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

How to fix sound notifications failing on iPhone 13 and iOS 15

15:59 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

If you're not getting any bleeping notifications on your iPhone 13, or probably any iPhone, it may be related to your Apple Watch. Here's how to fix it.You may be able to fix a lack of audio notifications on your iPhone by unpairing, and re-pairing, your Apple WatchIf you don't have an Apple Watch, this solution isn't for you. And unfortunately, there seem to be multiple issues that will stop an iPhone making a notification bleep. Read more...

Ikea ships new version of Symfonisk AirPlay 2 table lamp speaker

15:03 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

Two years after the original Symfonisk lamp was released, Ikea and Sonos have launched an updated version with customizable designs and a better sound experience.In 2019, Ikea partnered with Sonos to create the Symfonisk lamp ? one part desk lamp and one part Wi-Fi speaker. Now, the duo has joined forces once more to iterate on the original.The new Symfonisk table lamp is now divided into the speaker lamp base and the speaker lampshade, sold as two separate items. Customers can choose between a white or black lamp base and between two different lamp shade styles ? one textile and one glass ? in either black or white. Read more...

Google Basically Wants Your iPhone 13 Home Screen to Look Like Android

14:59 28 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

In a new blog post titled "Bring the best of Google to your iPhone," Google is on an endeavor to convince new iPhone 13 users to transform their ?device?s home screen to look like Android. The blog post, written by Google's director for the iOS platform, features screenshots of an ‌iPhone 13‌ home screen filled with Google apps and widgets. The post implies that customers should possibly consider replacing some of Apple's default iOS apps, such as Photos, Safari, Calendar, Reminders, and even Phone, with Google's equivalent of those apps, including Google ‌Photos‌, Google Chrome, Google Calendar, Google Tasks, and Google Voice, respectively. Google continued to encourage customers to utilize the wide variety of ‌widgets‌ its iOS apps offer. Google said that if the right Google ‌widgets‌ are placed on the home screen, users will "never even have to leave" their home screens to stay caught up. According to the blog post, users can also use "Smart Stacks" to stack different Google ‌widgets‌ on top of each other, allowing iOS to determine which widget is most relevant to show at any one time. Finally, Google recommends that users replace Safari with Google Chrome as the default iOS browser, allowing all system-wide links and Spotlight web suggestions to open in Chrome. Google closed by saying it hopes ‌iPhone 13‌ users, who just started receiving their new iPhones last week, will consider bringing "the best of Google" to their device instead of just simply purchasing an Android smartphone or device.Tags: Google, AndroidThis article, "Google Basically Wants Your iPhone 13 Home Screen to Look Like Android" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Thieves used Apple's own devices to steal millions in gift cards

14:47 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

Thieves first stole Apple Store employees' sales devices, then sent themselves Apple gift cards, in a scheme said to cost Apple $1.5 million over two years.Apple Southlake, Texas, had $50,000 worth of gift cards stolenMost Apple Gift Card scams involve users being ripped off over fake ones, but in the case of Jason Tout-Puissant and Syed Ali, the cards were genuine ? but stolen. The two are currently facing sentencing in a case concerning $1.5 million of stolen gift cards. Read more...

How to share iCloud photos

14:15 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

You can always send a photo to a friend, but sometimes you need to share images with. more people ? and you may not know all of their email addresses. Here's how to share your iCloud Photos.Viewing shared iCloud Photos in a browserMaybe you got collared at the family reunion, forced into taking photos because you're good with cameras. Now after the immensely enjoyable slog of editing a thousand shots of strangers down to the forty best shots, you've got to get those images out to them. Read more...

Apple quietly hikes Beats Flex price to $70

14:03 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

Apple recently raised the price of its Beats Flex earphones by 40%, a substantial increase for the nearly year-old device that was initially marketed as an entry-level product.The price hike, first spotted by Portuguese language blog MacMagazine, was quietly introduced in the past few days and brings Beats Flex from $50 up to $70. Corresponding increases were rolled out worldwide.Beats Flex is still the cheapest Beats option sold by Apple behind the wired Beats EP on-ear headphones. Read more...

'Apple Car' windscreen could block glaring lights from view

13:12 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

The "Apple Car" could prevent drivers and passengers from being blinded by the sun's glare or dazzled by headlights, using an automatic shading system to block bright, direct light from eyes.Photo by Rachel Claire from PexelsA common hazard when driving is glare, with extremely bright conditions, reflections from windows on buildings, other vehicle headlamps at night, and other light sources can interfere with the driver's vision. As well as potentially making it harder to see the road, it can also be a distraction that draws the driver's attention away from inbound dangers. Read more...

Safari 15 Issues: YouTube Bookmarks Crash Browser, Some Websites Fail to Load on macOS Catalina

06:00 28 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

macOS Monterey is set to be released later this year with Safari 15, with key new features including redesigned tabs, grouped tabs, automatic switching of sites from HTTP to more secure HTTPS when available, faster performance, improved security, and more. Apple also released Safari 15 for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina last week. Unfortunately, some customers have experienced a few issues with Safari 15, which we've highlighted in more detail below. YouTube Bookmarking Issue On both macOS Big Sur and the macOS Monterey beta, it appears that attempting to bookmark a YouTube page in Safari 15 results in the browser crashing. The issue was demonstrated with a video shared by YouTube channel Krazy Wabbit. As a temporary workaround, the video notes that users can create a bookmarks folder for YouTube videos and then drag YouTube pages into the folder in the Safari sidebar. Page Loading Issue on macOS Catalina On macOS Catalina, some users across the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors Forums, Reddit, and Twitter have reported that some websites fail to load in Safari 15, with affected users receiving an "a problem repeatedly occurred" error message. I see your Big Sur annoyance and raise you with an actual, bonafide problem: Safari 15 on Catalina. Straight up crashes on such obscure sites like Target and Walmart. Need to order something from them? Better use a different browser. pic.twitter.com/P1SXte5meE— Chip Awah (@thumbnumb) September 26, 2021 Affected users said that disabling JavaScript solves the problem by clicking on Safari in the macOS menu bar > Preferences? > Security and unchecking the Enable JavaScript box, but this is not an ideal solution. Fortunately, it appears that users can permanently address the issue by reinstalling Safari 15 with a package from Apple's servers.Related Roundup: macOS MontereyTag: SafariRelated Forums: macOS Catalina, macOS MontereyThis article, "Safari 15 Issues: YouTube Bookmarks Crash Browser, Some Websites Fail to Load on macOS Catalina" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Drop tests show iPhone 13 is just as durable as iPhone 12

01:20 28 Sep - AppleInsider News

Insurance service Allstate Protection Plans recently conducted its annual durability test that puts unlucky iPhones through a series of drop sequences in the name of science. The latest round evaluates Apple's new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models.Following a round of testing designed to simulate common accidental damage scenarios, Allstate Protection Plans determined the durability of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro is nearly identical to that of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.The firm used a specialized rig to obtain fairly consistent results when dropping iPhone onto a concrete sidewalk. Read more...

Apple Increases Price of Beats Flex Headphones From $50 to $70

00:58 28 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today increased the price of its Beats Flex headphones from $49.99 to $69.99, a pricing shift that may be related to supply chain constraints that have raised the costs of components across the industry. First released last October, the Beats Flex made headlines at launch because of their low price compared to other Apple headphone options, and they have been a popular purchase option since. The Beats Flex are a follow-up to the BeatsX, and feature an in-ear design with a wire between the left and right earbuds. Given their low price, the Beats Flex may have been more susceptible to cost pressures than some other Apple products. At $20 more expensive, the Beats Flex are still a very affordable option to get into the Apple headphone ecosystem, but it's not quite as impressive a deal as before. They come in Black, Flame Blue, Yuzu Yellow, and Smoke Gray, and offer much of the same seamless connectivity functionality available with Apple's more expensive Beats options. Auto-play/pause is included, and the Beats Flex last for up to 12 hours without needing to be recharged. There's a Fast Fuel charging option that offers 1.5 hours of playback, and they feature Find My integration. The pricing change of the Beats Flex was first noticed by Twitter user Pedro Henrique and was highlighted by 9to5Mac. The Beats Flex can be purchased from the Apple Store, but Amazon currently has them on sale for as low as $37, so those considering a purchase should buy them on Amazon before prices go up.Tags: Beats, W1, Beats FlexThis article, "Apple Increases Price of Beats Flex Headphones From $50 to $70" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

iPad Mini vs. iPad Air Buyer's Guide

00:00 28 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple recently introduced the sixth-generation iPad mini, featuring a complete redesign, a larger display, the A15 Bionic chip, and more. The ‌iPad mini‌ now effectively shares the design of the iPad Air, with both devices possessing many of the same features such as an all-screen design with no Home button, Touch ID in the top power button, and stereo speakers. Since the ‌iPad Air‌ was released a whole year ago in September 2020, should you buy the more expensive, older, bigger-screened ‌iPad Air‌, or opt for the new ‌iPad mini‌? Our guide answers the question of how to decide which of these two iPads is best for you. Comparing the iPad mini and iPad Air The ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌ share a large number of key features, such as design, a rear 12MP Wide camera, and a USB-C port: Similarities All-screen industrial design with flat edges ‌Touch ID‌ scanner built into the top button Liquid Retina display with P3 wide color, fingerprint resistant coating, 500 nits max brightness, full lamination, anti-reflective coating, and True Tone A-Series Bionic chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, 4GB of RAM, and Neural Engine 12MP ?/1.8 Wide rear camera with 5x digital zoom and Smart HDR 3 4K video recording at up to 60fps with 3x video zoom, 1080p slo-mo video at 120fps or 240fps, and time-lapse with stablilization Front-facing camera with Retina Flash, Smart HDR 3, cinematic video stabilization and 1080p video recording Second-generation Apple Pencil compatibility Up to 10 hours of battery life USB-C port Two speaker audio landscape mode Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models 64GB and 256GB storage options Apple's specification breakdown shows that the two iPads share many of their most important features. Even so, there are a large number of meaningful differences between the ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌ that are worth highlighting, including their A-series chips, front-facing cameras, keyboard compatibility, and more. Differences iPad mini 8.3-inch display with 2266?by?1488 resolution at 326 ppi Smaller, compact design for maximum portability A15 Bionic chip Rear Quad-LED True Tone flash 1080p HD video recording at 25fps, 30fps, or 60fps and extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps 12MP ?/2.4 front-facing Ultra Wide camera with 2x zoom out, Center Stage, and extended dynamic range 6GHz 5G on cellular model Compatible with Bluetooth keyboards only Weight of up to 0.66 pound (297 grams) Available in Space Gray, Pink, Purple, and Starlight iPad Air 10.9-inch display with 2360?by?1640 resolution at 264 ppi Larger design that is better for productivity A14 Bionic chip 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps 7MP ?/2.2 front-facing FaceTime HD camera 4G LTE on cellular model Smart Connector for external keyboards including Apple's Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio Weight of up to 1.01 pounds (460 grams) Available in Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue Read on for a closer look at each of these aspects, and see what exactly both iPads have to offer. Design and Size Size is the most obvious difference between the ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌, with the ‌iPad mini‌ being 52.2mm shorter and 43.7mm narrower than the ‌iPad Air‌. This makes it possible for most people to hold the ‌iPad mini‌ from edge to edge in one hand. It is also 163 grams (0.36 pounds) lighter than the ‌iPad Air‌. The compact form factor and low weight of the ‌iPad mini‌ make it much more portable than the ‌iPad Air‌, being far easier to fit in a small bag or even a large pocket and use on the go. Though the ‌iPad Air‌ is still thin and light to carry around, it simply is not as convenient to use on the go as the ‌iPad mini‌, which is a device that pushes iPad portability to the extreme. Users may feel more comfortable walking around with the ‌iPad mini‌ and using it discreetly in public spaces than the ‌iPad Air‌, and it is also a great size for kids. Preference for one size or the other ultimately comes down to your personal use case. Both devices feature the same squared-off industrial design language that has become the norm on a range of iPhone, ‌iPad‌, and Mac devices, which makes them easier to grip and pick up off a surface. ‌iPad mini‌ color options: Space Gray, Pink, Purple, and Starlight. The ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌ are available in a range of different color options. The ‌iPad mini‌ is available in Space Gray, Pink, Purple, and Starlight, while the ‌iPad Air‌ is available in Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue. If you have your heart set on a particular color, you will need to bear in mind that the color offerings are different across both devices with the exception of Space Gray. ‌iPad Air‌ color options: Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue. Display The ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌ feature the same Liquid Retina display with P3 wide color, a fingerprint-resistant coating, 500 nits of maximum brightness, full lamination, an anti-reflective coating, and True Tone. As with design, the difference between the two displays comes down to size. The ‌iPad mini‌ features an 8.3-inch display, while the ‌iPad Air‌ has a larger, 10.9-inch display. This means that the ‌iPad mini‌'s display is 2.6-inches smaller diagonally, which translates to an almost 45% reduction in total screen area. The higher pixel density of the ‌iPad mini‌ does compensate somewhat, however. Both devices have slim bezels around the display for an all-screen look. The bezels are the same size on both devices, which makes them more pronounced relative to the ‌iPad mini‌'s smaller display. The ‌iPad mini‌'s smaller display may feel more cramped than on the ‌iPad Air‌, with smaller touch targets and more limited multitasking options. For example, the keyboard takes up most of the display in landscape, using apps in split view makes them very small, and app icons are smaller than they are on the ‌iPad Air‌. Even so, the ‌iPad mini‌'s smaller display may be more comfortable for reading or playing handheld games. The ‌iPad Air‌'s larger, 10.9-inch display is much more suited to productivity, multitasking, and watching videos, with considerably more screen space to fit app windows, UI elements, and more. A14 Bionic vs. A15 Bionic Chip The ‌iPad mini‌ features Apple's latest A-series chip, the A15 Bionic. This is also the chip used in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. On the other hand, the ‌iPad Air‌ uses last year's A14 Bionic chip from the iPhone 12 and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro. The A15 in the ‌iPad mini‌ is downclocked to 2.9GHz, compared to 3.2GHz in all ‌iPhone 13‌ models, which has a small two to eight percent impact on performance compared to those devices. Early benchmarks show that the A15 is around 10 percent faster in single-core tasks, 20 percent faster in multicore tasks, and 15 percent faster graphics than the A14. This is more of an iterative improvement, so while the A15 in the ‌iPad mini‌ does offer better performance than the ‌iPad Air‌ and it will be more futureproof with a newer chip, it is a marginal improvement that is unlikely to have a strong bearing on which device you should buy. Cameras Rear Cameras Both the ‌iPad mini‌ and the ‌iPad Air‌ feature a 12MP ?/1.8 Wide rear camera with 5x digital zoom and Smart HDR 3, but the ‌iPad mini‌ features extended dynamic range and is able to record 1080p video at a range of framerates, rather than just at 60fps on the ‌iPad Air‌. The ‌iPad mini‌ also adds a rear Quad-LED True Tone flash. The ‌iPad mini‌'s rear camera is slightly more capable than that of the ‌iPad Air‌, the True Tone flash may make it more suitable for scanning documents, and its form factor may make capturing videos and images more comfortable, but broadly the rear cameras on the two are very similar. Front-Facing Cameras Among the more significant differences between the two iPads are their front-facing cameras. The ‌iPad mini‌ has a much more advanced 12MP ?/2.4 Ultra Wide camera with 2x zoom out and extended dynamic range. This is a huge improvement over the 7MP ?/2.2 ‌FaceTime‌ HD camera of the ‌iPad Air‌. The ‌iPad mini‌'s Ultra Wide front-facing camera enables its support for Center Stage, which automatically keeps users perfectly framed during video calls. As users move around, Center Stage automatically pans to keep them in the frame. When other people join in on the call, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to fit everyone into the view and make sure they are part of the conversation. This means that for video calls and selfies, the ‌iPad mini‌ is a much more capable device that should deliver a markedly better experience and image quality. Wireless Connectivity Both the ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌ feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and are available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular variants. For the cellular models, a key difference between the ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌ is 5G connectivity. The ‌iPad Air‌ is able to connect to 4G LTE only, while the ‌iPad mini‌ can connect to 6GHz 5G for much faster speeds with the latest cellular technology. If you plan to use a cellular plan with your ‌iPad‌, this may be an important consideration and would make the ‌iPad mini‌ much more future-proof. Accessories The ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌ are compatible with the second-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌, which magnetically snaps onto the side for pairing, charging, and storage. The ‌iPad mini‌'s form factor may make it a great match for note-making with the ‌Apple Pencil‌, while the larger display of the ‌iPad Air‌ may be better for illustration and graphic design. The ‌iPad Air‌ features a magnetic ‌Smart Connector‌ on its rear to connect to keyboards such as Apple's Magic Keyboard and ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio. It is also compatible with Bluetooth keyboards and pointers. Due to its small size, the ‌iPad mini‌ does not feature a ‌Smart Connector‌ or any first-party keyboard options. The ‌iPad mini‌ is still compatible with external keyboards and pointing devices, but these would need to be separate devices that connect via Bluetooth. If you plan to transport your ‌iPad‌ with a keyboard or use it as a laptop replacement, you will be better off buying the ‌iPad Air‌. The ‌iPad mini‌ is still workable with Bluetooth peripherals for occasional emails or word processing, but its size is simply not practical for use as a complete laptop replacement. Other iPad Options If the ‌iPad Air‌ is out of your price range but you would still like an ‌iPad‌ with a bigger screen, there is the ninth-generation ‌iPad‌, which starts at $329 and serves as an entry-level model in the ‌iPad‌ lineup. This undercuts the price of the $499 ‌iPad mini‌ and $599 ‌iPad Air‌, but still offers important features like an Ultra Wide front-facing camera with Center Stage, first-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌ compatibility, a ‌Smart Connector‌ for use with an Apple ‌Smart Keyboard‌, the A13 chip, and more. iPad Air 2020 vs. iPad Pro 2021 Buyer's Guide Alternatively, if you are looking for an ‌iPad‌ that is more geared toward productivity with "pro" features, there is the iPad Pro, which starts at $799. The ‌iPad Pro‌ features the M1 chip from the Mac, a ProMotion display, a Thunderbolt port, and offers an even larger model with a 12.9-inch display. Final Thoughts Overall, the ‌iPad Air‌ is the best all-around option for the majority of users, providing a large screen for productivity and consuming entertainment in a slim, portable design. The additional $100 needed to buy the ‌iPad Air‌ over the ‌iPad mini‌ is more than justified for the benefits that come with a larger display, not least the ability to practically use it as a laptop replacement. Yet, most customers buying the ‌iPad mini‌ will likely be buying it because of its screen size rather than in spite of it. The ‌iPad mini‌ is ideal for comfortably reading books, playing handheld games, and unobtrusive storage. Those who buy the ‌iPad mini‌ will likely have a specific use case in mind for how they will use the device, such as for note-taking on the go, throwing into a small backpack to use on public transport, or sliding into a large pocket to use while working. The ‌iPad mini‌ is undoubtedly more futureproof with its newer A15 chip, 5G connectivity, improved front-facing camera, and Center Stage. Using a cellular connection or holding video calls is also a better experience on the ‌iPad mini‌, but again, the main reason to choose the ‌iPad mini‌ will be its novel size. If you do not see the ‌iPad mini‌'s smaller display, easy one-handed grip, light weight, and portable form factor as an active advantage and are focused on a more versatile larger display, you will likely prefer the ‌iPad Air‌. If you want more of an all-around device that works as a potential laptop replacement, with the added bonuses that come with a bigger screen for productivity and entertainment, the ‌iPad Air‌ will be the better option for you.Related Roundups: iPad mini, iPad Air Buyer's Guide: iPad Mini (Buy Now), iPad Air (Neutral)Related Forum: iPadThis article, "iPad Mini vs. iPad Air Buyer's Guide" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple tells developers to update apps for iPad mini's new display size

23:49 27 Sep - AppleInsider News

Apple on Monday reminded developers to update their code to take full advantage of iPad mini's 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, a new screen size that arrived alongside a full product redesign.Developers currently following Apple's best practices with Auto Layout and size classes do not need to make changes to their apps to spread content across the tablet's 8.3-inch screen, the company said in a post to its developer website. Those adhering to stated guidelines will see their app's interface dynamically adapt to iPad mini's new dimensions.However, app makers who still rely on certain information property list attributes will need to recompile titles to bring them up to speed. Specifically, apps that include UIRequiresFullScreen=YES in their Info.plist to keep graphical elements in full screen during multitasking must be updated with Xcode 13 and the SDK for iPadOS 15 to take advantage of iPad mini's screen size, Apple says. Read more...

Google Criticizes EU Regulators for Ignoring Apple in Bid to Get $5.1 Billion Antitrust Fine Annulled

22:32 27 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Google today lambasted European Union regulators for ignoring Apple and the rivalry between Apple and Android in the antitrust accusations that have been levied against Google, reports Reuters. Apple was brought up as part of Google's attempt to get a massive 4.34 billion euro ($5.1 billion) fine annulled. The European Commission first levied the fine against Google in 2018 because Google pre-installed its own services (Google Search and the Chrome browser) on Android to ensure its dominance in internet search. According to Google, the European Commission has ignored the dynamic between Apple and Google and has downplayed the impact that Apple has on the mobile device market."The Commission shut its eyes to the real competitive dynamic in this industry, that between Apple and Android," Google's lawyer Meredith Pickford told the court. "By defining markets too narrowly and downplaying the potent constraint imposed by the highly powerful Apple, the Commission has mistakenly found Google to be dominant in mobile operating systems and app stores, when it was in fact a vigorous market disrupter," he said.Google is actually an "exceptional success story of the power of competition in action," Google's lawyers said. The European Commission argued that "bringing Apple into the picture doesn't change things very much" because Apple and Google pursue different models and because Apple has a smaller market share. Android is installed on approximately 80 percent of the smartphones in the world. Google is continuing to fight the fine, and a verdict on whether the fine will need to be paid is expected in 2022. The European Union is planning on implementing sweeping legal measures that would require tech companies to share data with competitors and give no preference to their own apps and services, legislation that would impact both Apple and Google. It would require Apple to allow iPhone and iPad users to download apps from third-party App Stores or from the internet, and Apple has been fighting against it. Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier this year that the upcoming rules could "destroy the security" of the ‌iPhone‌.Tags: Google, Android, antitrustThis article, "Google Criticizes EU Regulators for Ignoring Apple in Bid to Get $5.1 Billion Antitrust Fine Annulled" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple 'still investigating' unpatched security flaws in iOS 15

22:27 27 Sep - AppleInsider News

Apple has responded to a security researcher who claimed that the company ignored several of his vulnerability reports, stating that it is "still investigating" the issues.Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsiderEarlier in September, security researcher Denis Tokarev penned a blog post detailing some of his interactions with Apple's Bug Bounty Program. Tokarev said that, out of the four security flaws he had submitted to Apple, only one was fixed. Read more...

Jony Ive bringing his design talents to Ferrari & Exor

22:25 27 Sep - AppleInsider News

Apple's former design lead Jony Ive has signed a long-term partnership deal with car manufacturer Ferrari and holding company Exor.The multi-year deal between Exor and Ive's LoveFrom was announced on Monday."The first expression of this new partnership will bring together Ferrari's legendary performance and excellence with LoveFrom's unrivaled experience and creativity that has defined extraordinary world changing products," the statement from Ferrari holding company Exor said. Read more...

Apple Apologizes to Researcher for Ignoring iOS Vulnerabilities, Says It's 'Still Investigating'

21:55 27 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Last week, security researcher Denis Tokarev made several zero-day iOS vulnerabilities public after he said that Apple had ignored his reports and had failed to fix the issues for several months. Tokarev today told Motherboard that Apple got in touch after he went public with his complaints and after they saw significant media attention. In an email, Apple apologized for the contact delay and said that it is "still investigating" the issues."We saw your blog post regarding this issue and your other reports. We apologize for the delay in responding to you," an Apple employee wrote. "We want to let you know that we are still investigating these issues and how we can address them to protect customers. Thank you again for taking the time to report these issues to us, we appreciate your assistance. Please let us know if you have any questions."Apple did fix one of the vulnerabilities in iOS 14.7, but did not provide Tokarev with credit. Three others remain unaddressed, including a Game Center bug that allegedly allows any app installed from the App Store to access full Apple ID email and name, ‌Apple ID‌ authentication tokens, lists of contacts, and some attachments. Details on all of the zero-day vulnerabilities have been published publicly by Tokarev, which may prompt Apple to fix them faster. Tokarev first contacted Apple about these bugs between March 10 and May 4, so Apple has had months to issue patches, but it's worth noting that several security researchers and Tokarev himself have confirmed that the bugs are not highly critical as exploiting them would require a malicious app to first receive ‌App Store‌ approval. Still, experts have criticized Apple's response and its bug bounty program. Cybersecurity expert Katie Moussouris told Motherboard that Apple's handling of the process is "not normal and should not be considered normal," while researcher Nicholas Ptacek said that Apple's response comes across as a "reaction to bad press." Earlier this month, The Washington Post interviewed more than two dozen security researchers to expose the flaws in Apple's bug bounty program. Researchers said that Apple is slow to fix bugs and doesn't always pay out what's owed, leading researchers to be unhappy with Apple's program. At the time, Apple's Head of Security Engineering and Architecture, Ivan Krsti?, said that Apple is "planning to introduce new rewards for researchers" to expand participation, and that Apple is working toward offering new and even better research tools.Tags: Apple security, VulnerabiltiiesThis article, "Apple Apologizes to Researcher for Ignoring iOS Vulnerabilities, Says It's 'Still Investigating'" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple engineers talk about iPhone 13 camera changes

21:20 27 Sep - AppleInsider News

An interview with a number of Apple vice presidents involved with the engineering of the iPhone 13 camera system has been published, proving more insight into the decisions behind the improvements for the 2021 releases.Published on Monday, the "iPhone 13: Talking to the Camera Engineers" episode of the Stalman Podcast features a trio of Apple representatives. The group is headed up by Kaiann Drance, VP of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing, along with VP of Camera Software Engineering Jon McCormack, and VP of Camera Hardware Engineering Graham Townsend.For the iPhone 13, Apple has brought its Sensor Shift OIS, as well as improvements to low-light photography, Photographic Styles, and Cinematic Mode. On the Pro models, there's a new Macro mode, along with support for ProRes video. Read more...

iFixit iPhone 13 Pro teardown reveals Face ID changes, display swap issues

20:39 27 Sep - AppleInsider News

Repair site iFixit has completed its full teardown of the iPhone 13 Pro, revealing additional details about the TrueDepth sensor and the ability for third parties to swap parts.Credit: AppleThe repair specialists at iFixit first completed an initial teardown of the device on Sept. 24. Now, iFixit has published part two of the teardown, focusing on other changes and the overall repairability of the devices. Read more...

Apple TV+ promotes 'Wolfboy and the Everything Factory' with educational trailers

20:20 27 Sep - AppleInsider News

Apple has released a trailer for "Wolfboy and the Everything Factory," the Joseph Gordon-Levitt animated series that started streaming on Apple TV+ on September 24.The trailer, posted to the Apple TV YouTube account on Monday, is titled "Intro to Adventures with Professor Luxcraft." The clip has the titular professor teaching the viewer about "Sprytes," creatures within the show's forest that can create things for "the human realm."It appears that the YouTube channel has mistakenly uploaded the "Sprytes" video with the description and subtitles for the similar "Adventure" clip, while the reverse occurred on Friday for that day's video. Read more...

iFixit's Full iPhone 13 Pro Teardown Shows Merged Face ID Components and Highlights Display Replacement Issues

20:15 27 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

iFixit has started one of its traditional full device teardowns on the new iPhone 13 Pro, giving us a complete look at all of the components that are inside. Prior to taking a look inside the new iPhone, iFixit did X-rays to show off the L-shaped battery, the MagSafe magnet ring, and stabilizing magnets for image sensors and logic boards. This year's iPhone 13 Pro has an upper sensor cable near the top that's easy to rip during repairs, with iFixit calling it "scary thin." Visually, the Taptic Engine inside the device that controls Haptic Touch appears to be smaller, but it's actually bulkier than the similar component in the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌, weighing in at 6.3 grams, up from 4.8. Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ does away with the display-mounted speaker earpiece, a move that will make display replacements easier. iFixit suspects that Apple is using touch-integrated OLED panels that combine the touch and OLED layers of the display, cutting down on cost, thickness, and the number of cables to deal with. The iPhone 13's flood illuminator and dot projector have merged into one module, which is part of the reason why Apple was able to cut down the size of the notch on this year's iPhones, and the Face ID hardware is now independent of the display. The earpiece speaker that was removed from the display has been relocated between the front-facing camera and the Face ID module. According to iFixit, despite the decoupling of the Face ID module and the display, any display replacement disables Face ID. This means that screen replacements not authorized by Apple will result in non-functional Face ID components. As we found out last week, the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ is using an 11.97Wh battery, which equates to 3,095mAh, up from 2,815mAh in the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro. The battery in the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ has an L-shaped design this year, a departure from the rectangular battery used in last year's Pro model. iFixit says that battery swap tests have been successful, despite rumors that battery replacements wouldn't be possible. There's 6GB SK Hynix LPDDR4X RAM inside, along with several Apple-designed power management and ultra-wide band chips, and as expected, the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ is equipped with Qualcomm's SDX60M modem and what iFixit believes is a Qualcomm DRR868 5G RF transceiver. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the Qualcomm modem chip in this year's iPhones has satellite communication functionality, but if it's in there, iFixit didn't notice and as no satellite feature has been announced, it's a latent function if it exists. Bloomberg has clarified that Apple is working on a satellite feature that will let people send texts in emergency situations using a satellite connection, but this functionality isn't expected until 2022. Moving on, the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ features Kioxia NAND Flash memory, a front-end module from Broadcom, an NXP Semiconductor NFC controller, and more. iFixit's full teardown has more detail on all of the components that are inside the device, and iFixit ultimately gave the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ a repairability score of 5 out of 10 due to the Face ID display replacement issue, the double glass, and the waterproofing methods that make some repairs more difficult.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProTag: iFixitBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhoneThis article, "iFixit's Full iPhone 13 Pro Teardown Shows Merged Face ID Components and Highlights Display Replacement Issues" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple partners with A-Cold-Wall on limited-edition Beats Studio3 Wireless

19:54 27 Sep - AppleInsider News

Apple has quietly released a limited edition version of the Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones, with a collaboration with the brand A-Cold-Wall resulting in speckled personal audio gear.Appearing on the online Apple Store on Monday, the Beats Studio3 Wireless A-Cold-Wall Limited Edition combines the famous headphones with a new color palette. The "Cement" style consists of a slate grey background, covered with light flecks and an onyx stroke on the outside.While the ear cushions use the same color scheme, the inner section of the headband uses a lighter clay color for "contrast and graphic sophistication." "ACW" logos appear on both the headphones and the accompanying carry case. Read more...

Deals: Verizon Offering Up to 30% Off MagSafe Accessory Bundles, iPhone 13 Cases, and More

19:53 27 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Today we're tracking a handful of solid accessory discounts offered by Verizon, offering a chance to save on a new case or screen protector for your iPhone 13, MagSafe bundles, and more. Verizon offers free two day shipping across the board on orders over $49, even if you don't use Verizon as a carrier. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Starting with the MagSafe bundles, Verizon has a few offers that take 30 percent off three MagSafe-related accessories made by Apple. These bundles include devices like the MagSafe Charger, 20W USB-C Adapter, Leather Wallet with MagSafe, Silicone Cases, and more. 20W USB-C Adapter + MagSafe Charger + Silicone Case (iPhone 13 mini) - $76.98, down from $109.97 20W USB-C Adapter + MagSafe Charger + Silicone Case (iPhone 13) - $76.98, down from $109.97 20W USB-C Adapter + MagSafe Charger + Silicone Case (iPhone 13 Pro) - $76.98, down from $109.97 20W USB-C Adapter + MagSafe Charger + Silicone Case (iPhone 13 Pro Max) - $76.98, down from $109.97 20W USB-C Adapter + MagSafe Charger + Leather Wallet - $83.98, down from $119.97 20W USB-C Adapter + MagSafe Charger + MagSafe Battery Pack - $111.28, down from $158.97 20W USB-C Adapter + MagSafe Duo Charger + Leather Wallet - $146.28, down from $208.97 Moving to third party accessories offered by Verizon, you can get up to 25 percent off select cases and screen protectors for iPhone 13. This includes brands like Incipio, ZAGG, Gear4, Coach, Case-Mate, OtterBox, Kate Spade, Speck, and Sonix. OtterBox cases start as low as $37.49 ($12.50 off) for the company's Symmetry Series case line, and rise to $44.99 ($15 off) for the Symmetry Series+ Case with MagSafe support. Other brands like Speck start even lower at $33.74 ($11.25 off) for its iPhone 13 cases. A similar sale is going on for cases that support the new 10.2-inch iPad. You can get 25 percent off cases and sleeves from OtterBox, UAG, LifeProof, Incipio, and Speck. These iPad cases, and all other accessories sold on Verizon, support free two day shipping on orders over $49. Head to our full Deals Roundup to get caught up with all of the latest deals and discounts that we've been tracking over the past week. Related Roundup: Apple DealsTag: VerizonThis article, "Deals: Verizon Offering Up to 30% Off MagSafe Accessory Bundles, iPhone 13 Cases, and More" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

MagSafe wallet review, listener questions, & more on HomeKit Insider

19:13 27 Sep - AppleInsider News

On the iPhone 13 launch week episode of a HomeKit Insider, your hosts talk about new software updates for HomePod, Find My capabilities in Apple's MagSafe wallet, and answer listener questions.This past week Aqara announced availability of its HomeKit-enabled smart roller blind retrofit controller that allows users to control shades with a bead or chain from Apple's smart home platform. Read more...

Apple Reveals New Limited Edition Beats Studio3 Headphones

19:00 27 Sep - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple has unveiled limited edition Beats Studio3 headphones in partnership with A-COLD-WALL, a fashion brand by British designer Samuel Ross. The wireless headphones will be available in a slate color with a "speckled cement" finish that covers both the headphones and ear cushions. There's an ACW logo on the outside of the headband, while the inside of the headband has a clay color with more A-COLD-WALL branding. The included carrying case is also branded with an ACW logo. The limited edition Beats are listed as coming soon on Apple's online store, with pricing set at $349.95 in the United States. Apple first released the Beats Studio3 in September 2017 and several limited edition designs have been made available since then. The wireless over-ear headphones feature Apple's W1 chip for seamless setup with Apple devices, up to 22 hours of battery life with active noise cancellation enabled, a foldable design, and more. Keep in mind the headphones are four years old and still have Bluetooth 4.0 and a micro USB port for charging.Tag: BeatsThis article, "Apple Reveals New Limited Edition Beats Studio3 Headphones" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums