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  • Apple announces April 20 special event - iPad Pro, AirTags expected

    melgross said:
    I’m so tired of hearing about Air Tags. This isn’t going to be a big product, particularly if they’re $39 each as the new Samsung product is. I just don’t see that many being sold at that price. Even the third party products at $29 aren’t doing that well.
    Yeah people aren’t interested in tags at all there is no market for them. Look at Tile what a failure they have only sold 26 million tiles since they got crowdfunded.

    Specially people within the Apple’s ecosystem will not be interested in a first party Tag. 


  • MagSafe Duo Charger limited to 11W with 20W adapter

    pfarfour said:
    Sorta off topic but can someone point me somewhere that can educate me on charging options for iPhone 12?  Seems that charging has gotten to be overly complicated and I just want to understand what accessories maximize or limit charging before purchasing.  Just want to make sure I make an educated purchase when and if I upgrade my current charging options.  I'm pretty tech savvy but damn charging profiles optimized for various devices is complicated.  Thanks in advance! 
    The only confusion that people are claiming is with MagSafe charger and soon with the MagSafe duo charger. 

    In Summary: 

    Apple 20W brick will give you 15W of charging on MagSafe charger

    Apple 20W brick will give you 11W of charging on MagSafe Duo Charger

    Apple 30W brick will give you 14W of charging on MagSafe Duo Charger

    Your PD wired charging options haven’t changed. 
  • Civil rights groups worldwide ask Apple to drop CSAM plans

    FYI to EFF: totalitarian governments already have their populations under surveillance. You're not thwarting totalitarianism by having Apple remove the CSAM hash scanning capability. Citizens of China, Russia, Turkey etc. use smartphones and are still under totalitarian control regardless. 
    So what you are saying is that since China, Russia and Turkey have their population under surveillance. Then countries under a Democracy shouldn’t express their VALID privacy concerns about the implementation of this scanning mechanism. 

    People don’t forget that none of the people arguing about this implementation are against of protecting children or scanning CSAM material which btw already occurs on most cloud services…

    is about on the wrong hands or even with government pressure what else can I scan on that device…

    again not totalitarian governments because they just do it. I am talking about every other government.

    It doesn’t matter how many times Apple will try to explain it. It has that feeling of being a slippery slope for privacy in general. 
  • New Apple TV 4K with A15, HDR10+, more storage debuts

    There shouldn’t be a $129 option. Thread, Matter and an Ethernet port is well worth a 20 upgrade. You want an Apple TV because it is the portal for your media consumption apps but most importantly because it is your home hub. 

    As someone said above people are better off with the current version if they go on sale at retailers if they want a homekit hub. 

  • Fired Apple employee who aired workplace concerns gets approval to sue company

    Apple have plenty of lawyers…maybe the same amount of HR employees.

    BUT they decided to send her the most vague termination email and it only screams retaliation.

    A lot of you in the comments are dreaming if a lawyer isn’t going to be interested in representing her. This is a great case for settle and NDA. She maybe mental or not (I am not a doctor to diagnose her through internet articles like most of you) but she (her case) may be catalyst for other Apple disgruntled employees to come forward for similar situations.
  • Advanced Data Protection will complicate new device setup this Christmas

    dewme said:
    I have not turned ADP on because I have a mix of devices, some with older versions of iOS, macOS, and iPadOS. I’m not sure how ADP handles backward compatibility so I’m not going to do anything that’ll cripple my older devices. 

    For now I’ll just add another layer of tinfoil and wait for a very clear and unambiguous article that describes all of the potentially breaking changes that turning ADP on causes to all devices- old and new. This is something that I cannot afford to be wrong about. 
    Those old devices will eventually have to be removed from accessing iCloud altogether. I have new devices but I am also still holding on to a Sierra iMac which still going strong and I can do a few things there that got broken since High Sierra. But I discovered last week that safari passwords where keychain is located on Sierra doesn’t update anymore to the cloud. So the password count doesn’t match. If you add a password on Sierra you won’t see it on newer devices. Same thing happened to the books app. I still use it but now it is retired from iCloud. 
  • Apple plans to expand AirDrop time limit to customers worldwide

    shamino said:
    Before jumping into "Apple is taking orders from the Chinese government" theories, there may be other perfectly reasonable reasons for this change.  Like, for instance, the fact that AirDrop has been used as a medium for sending obscene images to strangers.  Some news stories:

    By preventing phones from being set to "Everyone" at all times, you block most of this, since the attackers will only be able to send to people who already have him in their contacts list.

    FWIW, I leave my devices set to "Contacts Only" precisely because I don't want any possibility of a stranger sending me anything.  I can share content with my friends and relatives, and that's plenty.
    Yet you jumped into the conclusion the attacker is a “him”.

  • iOS 16.2 implements 10-minute AirDrop time limit globally

    macxpress said:
    It’s just apple trying to deflect what they did in china,   to get ahead of the Curve to try to avoid criticism going forward ..  Nobody cared about airdrop feature for all of sudden “let’s limited it to 10mins” 
    My guess is you’ve missed all the articles about people being AirDrop bombed with alarming or intentionally disturbing material in small or closed spaces. 
    My guess is you missed the setting to turn airdrop off or on for contacts only. 
    My guess is most people don't do this and it shouldn't be an issue in the first place. I love everyone's tinfoil hat theories though. 
    Even when is at “Everyone” you have to accept whatever some random person is trying to send you. If you are not expecting anything from a nearby family member or friend. WHY don’t reject the requests to receive items through AirDrop. Like they said in spanish “La curiosidad mato al gato”. 
  • EU plans to require backdoor to encrypted messages for child protection

    davidw said:
    flydog said:
    Gaby said:
    And people complained about Apples system… I have to say that I am against any weakening of encryptions or privacy protections but in terms of which method is the lesser of two evils Apple’s solution is the less intrusive. The language in this Bill truly is terrifying. I have to say that considering that the police constantly complain that they don’t have the resources to deal with crimes as it is I find it farcical that more and more legislation continues to be added. Not to downplay the significance of sexual abuse in any way but one has to be pragmatic and decide whether the the attack on privacy is justified. It seems to me police forces do less and less detection and real crime fighting and are becoming merely administrative in their roles. 
    Apple’s method is not less intrusive because Apple would be scanning all communications. The EU proposal requires a court order, and affords affected individuals the right to challenge the order.  

    The language is only “terrifying” if you rely on headlines, and don’t both to read the actual bill. 
    But Apple was only scanning unencrypted photos that was in (or going to be in), their customers iCloud photo library. There is no expectation of privacy when storing unencrypted photos in a third party server. The big stink made was that Apple was planning to do the scanning on their customers devices, with software installed on those devices, instead doing it when the photos are in their iCloud servers. Like how Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook is doing it and how Apple is most likely doing it now.

    Apple did have a plan to provide parents of minors a tool to help them monitor their kids iMessage activity, by scanning the message for any images or wording for adult contents, before it's sent or after it's received and then blurring them out and notifying the parents for approval. But nothing got reported to the government or some "save the children" advocacy organization. Only the parents were notified.

    Apple was not forced to do any of this scanning by the government. It was voluntary, as it should be.

    So do you think the group behind the "Pegasus" spyware, is going to get a court order, when they find a way (and they will) break the backdoor encryption key, that all encrypted messages must have, under this proposal?

    Plus the "court order" is only for the government to obtain the encrypted messages, in order to bring charges against the sender or receiver. The message service providers can not charge the customers for breaking the law. And the government can not, without proof that a crime has been committed. By law (under this proposal)  all message services must scan all their messages for CSAM, regardless if it's suppose to be "encrypted end to end", where there is some expectation of privacy. And then report any violators to the government. This is when  the government must get a court order to obtain those messages, unencrypted. You seem to be implying that the government needs to get a court order, in order for individuals messages to be scanned. If this proposal passes, it would make "end to end encryption" an oxymoron or false advertising, in the EU.
    Not “most likely” THEY ARE scanning iCloud servers like any of the other providers. That’s ok because it is their server/rules and pretty much you relinquish any privacy when you voluntary decide to upload a document to any cloud. 

    Except that is not up to Apple to voluntary decide to install software to scan files on billion of devices just because they PR it as a “Save the Children Movement”. Because today is CSAM (great cause to get people on board) but then tomorrow or next week it will be software to scan anything: anti- or pro- (political, gender, race, police, religion, etc). It’s a slippery slope.
  • Apple Music violates EU antitrust laws, $39 billion fine possible

    I have to say I agree that Apple’s ban on any mention of purchases or accounts outside the App Store does harm Apple users. 

    As an Apple user wouldn’t you want to know if there is a cheaper option available before making an in-app purchase? I know I do!
    Can you just research yourself? I am an Apple user but trust me if Best Buy have a sale or any other shop I will get my Apple product there. I have a few subscriptions mostly entertainment apps all of them are directly with the merchants and then use the email/password to login using the app. Besides the offers developers will put through those links may not even be the best deal for you. It’s the best deal for them but not for you the tiny poor consumer. These developers aka “little guys”  fighting Apple are billionaires and millionaires trying to enrich themselves even more by not paying Apple any commission and also by getting more money from these “direct deals” with consumers.