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Apple Plans First iMac Desktop Redesign In Nearly a Decade

16.January
In addition to upgraded MacBook Pros, Bloomberg reports that Apple is also "planning the first redesign of its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since 2012," as it shifts away from Intel to its own silicon. From the report: The new models will slim down the thick black borders around the screen and do away with the sizable metal chin area in favor of a design similar to Apple's Pro Display XDR monitor. These iMacs will have a flat back, moving away from the curved rear of the current iMac. App...

Apple Fails To Overturn VirnetX Patent Verdict, Could Owe Over $1.1 Billion

15.January
A federal judge denied Apple's bid to set aside or reduce a $502.8 million patent infringement verdict favoring VirnetX, and awarded interest and royalties that could boost Apple's total payout in two lawsuits above $1.1 billion. From a report: In a decision issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder in Tyler, Texas rejected Apple's request for a new trial and several other claims. These included that VirnetX's award should not exceed $113.7 million, and that jurors should have be...

Apple Plans Podcasting Subscription Service in Threat To Spotify

15.January
Apple -- long considered the sleeping giant in the podcast space -- is waking up. The company, which runs the most widely used podcasting app in the industry, is discussing launching a new subscription service [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] that would charge people to listen to podcasts, The Information according to people familiar with the matter. From a report: Such a service could pose a threat to Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon and other big companies that have i...

Intel Has To Be Better Than 'Lifestyle Company' Apple at Making CPUs, Says New CEO

15.January
Intel's new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, doesn't start his new role until February, but he's already prepping the company to take on Apple's M1 chips. From a report: The Oregonian, a local newspaper in Oregon where Intel maintains a large presence, reports that the chip maker held an all-hands company meeting yesterday, and Gelsinger attended. "We have to deliver better products to the PC ecosystem than any possible thing that a lifestyle company in Cupertino" makes, Gelsinger reportedly told Intel em...

Apple Plans Upgraded MacBook Pros With Return of Magnetic Charging

15.January
Apple is planning upgraded MacBook Pro laptops this year with much faster processors, updated displays and the return of its magnetic charger, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing a person with knowledge of the plans. From the report: The new laptops are planned to come in two screen sizes, a 14-inch model codenamed J314 and a 16-inch version internally dubbed J316. Both will use next-generation versions of Apple's in-house Mac processors, upgraded with more cores and enhanced graphics, the pers...

Apple Testing Vapor Chamber Thermal Tech For Next-Gen iPhone, Kuo Says

15.January
Noted TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a report on Friday said recent industry surveys indicate Apple is "aggressively" testing vapor chamber thermal systems for use in iPhone, suggesting the technology will make its way to the flagship handset in the near future. From a report: Kuo believes Apple is highly likely to incorporate vapor chamber tech into an upcoming iPhone model, though it is not clear if the system will be ready in time for 2021. Generally speaking, vapor ch...

Medical Study Suggests iPhone 12 With MagSafe Can Deactivate Pacemakers

15.January
AmiMoJo shares a report from 9to5Mac: When Apple revived MagSafe with the iPhone 12 lineup, one question brought up was how these latest devices with more magnets would interact with medical devices like pacemakers. Apple's official word was that iPhone 12/MagSafe wouldn't interfere more than previous iPhones. Now one of the first medical studies has been published by the Heart Rhythm Journal that saw a Medtronic pacemaker deactivated by holding an iPhone 12 near it (via MacMagazine. It doesn...

Samsung Inadvertently Used iPhone To Tweet Galaxy S21 and S21+ Promo

14.January
Samsung committed a tech faux earlier this week when it issued a promotional tweet from an iPhone, the flagship handset made by a smartphone market arch rival. "With #SamsungUnpacked drawing closer, we're working hard to bring you some exciting news. Which field of innovation and advancement are you hoping to see us reveal?" Samsung asks in the tweet. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Removes Feature That Allowed Its Apps To Bypass macOS Firewalls and VPNs

14.January
Apple has removed a controversial feature from the macOS operating system that allowed 53 of Apple's own apps to bypass third-party firewalls, security tools, and VPN apps installed by users for their protection. From a report: Known as the ContentFilterExclusionList, the list was included in macOS 11, also known as Big Sur. The exclusion list included some of Apple's biggest apps, like the App Store, Maps, and iCloud, and was physically located on disk at: /System/Library/Frameworks/NetworkE...

Apple Invests Millions To Back Entrepreneurs of Color, Part of Racial Justice Effort

13.January
Apple on Wednesday said it was putting $60 million into a fresh round of projects aimed at challenging systemic racism, including its first foray into venture capital funding to back entrepreneurs of color. From a report: Apple said it would invest $10 million in a fund with Harlem Capital, a New York-based early-stage venture firm, with the goal of helping fund 1,000 companies over 20 years. Apple will invest $25 million in Siebert Williams Shank's Clear Vision Impact Fund, which provides fi...

Are Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft 'Digital Warlords'?

10.January
EFF special consultant/blogger/science fiction writer Cory Doctorow warns in Locus magazine about the dangers of what Bruce Schneier calls "feudal security": Here in the 21st century, we are beset by all manner of digital bandits, from identity thieves, to stalkers, to corporate and government spies, to harassers... To be safe, then, you have to ally yourself with a warlord. Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and a few others have built massive fortresses bristling with defenses, whose parap...

Parler Booted Off Amazon's AWS Hosting Service, Suspended by Apple

10.January
"Apple has suspended Parler until the makers of the app solve its content moderation challenges," reports Forbes, citing a statement from Apple saying "there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats..." Meanwhile, BuzzFeed News reports: Amazon notified Parler that it would be cutting off the social network favored by conservatives and extremists from its cloud hosting service ...

Google Suspends Parler From App Store; Apple Gives 24-Hour Warning

9.January
New submitter yuvcifjt writes: As of Friday 6pm EST (11pm GMT), The Verge reported that Apple and Google are under pressure and receiving complaints to deplatform Parler -- the social media platform favored by the right-wing and extremists -- from their app stores. BuzzFeed has since broken news that Apple has served notice to Parler's executives to implement a full moderation plan within 24 hours or risk being taken off the App Store. "We have received numerous complaints regarding objection...

Apple's App Store Had Gross Sales Around $64 Billion Last Year and It's Growing Strongly Again

8.January
Apple's App Store grossed more than $64 billion in 2020, according to an analysis by CNBC. From a report: That's up from an estimated $50 billion in 2019 and $48.5 billion in 2018, according to the same analysis, suggesting that App Store sales growth accelerated strongly during the Covid-19 pandemic, as people sheltered at home and spent more time and money on apps and games. App Store revenue grew 28% in 2020, up from 3.1% growth in 2019, according to CNBCâ(TM)s analysis. Apple's App Store ...

Hyundai Motor Says It's In Early Talks With Apple To Develop a Self-Driving Car

8.January
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor said it's in the early stages of discussions with Apple over potentially working together to develop a self-driving car. CNBC reports: "We understand that Apple is in discussion with a variety of global automakers, including Hyundai Motor. As the discussion is at its early stage, nothing has been decided," a representative from Hyundai Motor told CNBC's Chery Kang. The statement followed a local report from the Korea Economic Daily that said Apple suggeste...
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