Apple nominated 10 winners for their Shot on iPhone contest. Many iPhone users from around the world took pictures of landscapes, buildings, and objects. These winners came from the countries of Singapore, Belarus, Israel and the United States. All of these pictures are taken from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone XS Max, alongside with its capabilities to a great shot.

The winners of this year’s shot on iPhone contest include Alex Jiang, Blake Marvin, Darren Soh, Nikita Yarosh, Dina Alfasi, Elizabeth Scarrott, and Andrew Griswold. In addition, Bernard Antolin, LieAdi Darmawan, and Robert Glaser took amazing landscapes with their iPhones. All of these pictures taken by these beautiful iPhones will be featured on the billboards, Apple Store video displays and on the Apple website.

Apple’s panel of judges critiqued every iPhone shot on their Newsroom article. They all liked these pictures from these iPhone users. These judges included a variety of iPhone photographers and Apple employees. Apple’s judges consists of Pete Souza, Chen Man, Austin Mann, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis.

You can read the Newsroom post from Apple by clicking here.

We had keep hearing rumors about Apple is making a foldable iPhone that could be launched in 2020 or 2021, and we have many patent associated with foldable devices, so some may wonder if Apple will follow up Samsung and Huawei's step to make such product. Now, yet another foldable patent filed by the company suggest that they are admittedly working on it and to make it better.

This patent is entitled "Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays", describes how Apple may prevent the display from damage when it's in winter. It reads that foldable smartphone displays are susceptible to damage at low temperature, however, Apple noted various heating methods that are described to alleviate this issue.

For example, Apple said that it can be heated by lighting the pixels in the folding area of the screen, or a "heating element or other heating structure" can be used, but Apple does not specify. This patent also mentions that a foldable device can also employ a magnetic latch system to prevent the device from folding or opening under pretty low-temperature conditions to avoid damage to the screen.

Perhaps Apple is secretly developing another form of foldable smartphone that differs from Samsung and Huawei's, only to wait until the timing or market is more mature. It Korea that Apple was working with LG to develop a foldable iPhone.

To celebrate International Women's Day, Apple has a variety of activities throughout March, including a new partnership with Girls Who Code, the Apple Stores' dedicated Today at Apple session, and the Apple Watch Challenge, the company announced in a press release today.

Apple is celebrating International Women’s Day throughout March by highlighting the stories and work of female developers, musicians, artists, photographers and entrepreneurs. Apple is also building on its commitment to education with a new partnership with Girls Who Code to expand learning opportunities for young women.
Apple will work with Girls Who Code to support programming opportunities for girls and young women in the United States, they will have the opportunity to learn the Apple programming language Swift. While every App of the day that will be featured on the App Store is either designed or founded by woman. In additon Apple is doing an Apple Watch Activity challenge where users can earn Award and stickers.

According to the latest report from MySmartPrice, Apple has registered two unreleased iPads with the Indian Bureau of Standards, models A2124 and A2133. The two models may represent the upcoming iPad mini and the new entry-level iPad mentioned in the recent rumors.

At the end of January this year, Apple registered six unreleased iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission's database: A2123, A2124, A2153, A2154, A2133 and A2152, so Apple's Indian filings suggest that the release of the two iPads are getting closer and closer.

Apple will likely to update its 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini lineup in the coming weeks. It is rumored that Apple to upgrade the internals of the two tablets, including faster processors. The next-generation entry-level iPad is also expected to be featured with a larger 10.2-inch display. Meanswhile, the iPad mini 5 will be the first upgrade of the iPad mini series since September 2015.

MySmartPrice said that the two new iPad Pros are also expected to be available in late 2019 or early 2020, but details are not yet clear. In addition, according to previous reports, Apple is expected to host its first special event in 2019 on March 25th, however, it is said that the event will be service-focused and there may not be hardware launches.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with NPR this week that Apple is a company that people can trust when it comes to sensitive information. Cook testified that Apple has always avoided selling user data, which is what he and other executives in the company have been echoing.

In an interview with NPR, Cook says acquiring user data to sell ads is something his company has avoided. "People will look at this and feel that they can trust Apple," he says. "That's a key part of anyone that you're working with on your health."
Apple executives have long emphasized that the Users are not the "Products", and that's a significant difference between Apple and other companies like Facebook and Google, which rely specifically on user data for the purpose of marketing and monetization.

UCSD Health's chief information officer said that Apple's focus on privacy has made hospital officials feel more comfortable, as the patients' health and privacy are crucial. UCSD Health is convinced that all recorded data is stored locally and not uploaded to the cloud, which can help protect patients.

NPR's report also pointed out that some Health apps, such as period tracker or heart rate monitor, share data with Facebook to obtain targeted advertising, but Apple said that those apps will of course not be connected to Health Records. This is an advanced protection and limitation feature designed by Apple. Access to Health apps is usually only possible if the user explicitly authorizes them.

A new survey conducted by investment firm Baird shows that the iPhone users' intention to upgrade is still higher than in the past few years in the context of a slowdown in overall smartphone sales. As Barron's Weekly pointed out, Baird analyst William Power reiterated his optimism about Apple because of the company's service business and iPhone upgrade intentions.

Of the 1,500 US shoppers, 15% said they plan to buy a new smartphone in the next two months, 67% of which said they that the iPhone will be the one to purchase. In addition, most respondents indicated that they have been using the iPhone for more than two years, which suggests that the upgrade market has not yet been developed, and the potential demand for iPhone is still pretty high.

Services wise, Baird's survey also asked consumers about their interest in Apple's streaming services. 18% of respondents voted that they are “some interest” to subscribe to such services. The analyst also mentioned the growing interest in Apple Watch and the entire Apple ecosystem, and that iPhone user owns an average of 2.6 Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

In general, Baird says that the intentions to purchase smartphones is slowing, but the bright side is that the iPhone still owns a large market share. Plus the increasing demand in Apple Watch, AirPods, and Apple Music, underscores the ecosystem opportunity.

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Rumors have suggested that Apple is developing an AR headset or a pair of smart glasses, which are said to be released around 2020 or 2021. No one really knows what is it gonna look like, but Apple’s newly granted patent application should give you a general impression, as it describes a "method for representing points of interest in a view of a real environment on a mobile device." (Via AppleInsider)

Although the word "Apple Glasses" is not explicitly mentioned, the patent does describe a "head-mounted display." Similar to other AR products, it overlays computer-generated virtual information onto a real-world view. More specifically, the headset will be implemented with a camera that can identify and annotate points of interest and other objects.

One of the patented illustrations shows the head-mounted screen showing some buildings, each with a superimposed label, and the fingers can interact with it. In another example, the iPhone gives details of a point of interest.

The "Apple Glasses" device in the illustration is like the ski goggle, but whether Apple is developing smart glasses like Google Glass or a HoloLens-like headset is not known. Bloomberg previously reported that Apple's device will use a customized iOS-based "rOS" system, which is said to be able to communicate wirelessly with the iPhone.

Apple released the highly-popular programming language Swift in 2014, which has evolved to Swift 4.0, and Swift 5 will be unveiled at the WWDC 2019 Developer Conference. So what are the highlights will this version bring. Well, the project lead, Ted Kremenek, recently sat down for an interview with John Sundell in his latest episode of Swift by Sundell podcast to discuss such subject.

In the podcasts, Kremenek did discuss a few topics about the Swift programming language, including how Apple designed new features for Swift and brainstorm ideas for future releases. Further, Ted says Swift 5 will be focusing on ABI stability, meaning it will enable binary compatibility for apps and libraries. In other words, apps built with one version of the Swift compiler can now be able to interface with a library built with another version.
Ted Kremenek, manager of the Languages and Runtimes team at Apple, joins John to talk about Swift 5 — focusing on ABI stability and what it means for the future of the language, how the underpinnings of String have been improved in this release, how Apple is using Swift internally, and much more.
For those who are using the Swift to develop apps, the podcast could offer some valuable information regarding to changes and features being made in Swift 5, I would says that it's worth to check it out.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is actively developing sleep-tracking feature for Apple Watch. At the moment, it's not clear whether the sleep tracking-feature requires new hardware support or is implemented directly through the watchOS software update.

The report said that in the past few months, Apple employees have been testing it. The company plans to launch the functionality for Apple Watch next year. Apple acquired Beddit, a sleep-tracking hardware startup, in 2017, and Beddit's products are still sold through the App Store. After Beddit was acquired, rumors have suggested that Apple will integrate sleep-tracking capabilities for Apple Watch.

Currently, Apple does not provide the sleep-tracking feature on the Apple Watch, but some third-party applications, such as AutoSleep, offers the feature and sync sleep data to iPhone Health app. Competitors of Apple Watch, such as Fitbit Versa, have supported sleep-tracking for many years.

It's unclear how Apple solves the battery problem. Currently, Apple recommends charging Apple Watch every night. If the wearable device supports sleep tracking, users can't charge it while they sleep. Therefore, future Apple Watches may integrate larger batteries to solve this issue, or Apple Watch adds a sleep mode that saves power while tracking sleep.

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According to the latest data from Apple's App Store Support page, iOS 12 is now installed 83% of all devices shipped by Apple in the past four years. Meanwhile, 80% of all devices are using iOS 12. In addition, 12% of devices continue to be powered by iOS 11, and 5 to 8% of devices are running older versions.

In January this year, the data shows that iOS 12 installed on 78% of devices that are introduced last four years, which means that in the past more than a month, this figure has increased by 5 percentage points, suggesting users' acceptance of iOS 12 is significantly better than iOS 11 due to the better performance. For the sake of comparison, the installation rate of iOS 11 was only 76% in April last year.

In the next four months, Apple should preview the next-generation iPhone operating system iOS 12 at the WWDC Keynote, and the formal release will be around September. But for now, the company is beta testing iOS 12.2, which brings Apple News to users in Canada, new Animojis, Safari tweaks, few changes in the Wallet app, and much more.

Apple today introduced a new feature that will be available to iOS, macOS, and tvOS app developers via App Store Connect: subscription offers. Apps that offer auto-renewable subscriptions will soon be able to offer a limited time discount for existing or previously subscribed customers. 

The subscription offer is intent to help you win back customers who have cancelled your subscription or push customers to upgrade their subscriptions at a discounted price, even for the customers who have already used an introductory offer, they can still accept the offer. Developers should be able to provide up to 10 promotions at once.

In addition to the introductory offer, here are three categories of promotional offers that developers can choose for previous subscribers: 
Customers access your subscription for free for a specific duration — for example, a 30-day trial for a subscription with a standard renewal price of $4.99 per month.

Pay As You Go
Customers pay a promotional price for each billing period for a selected duration — for example, $1.99 per month for three months for a subscription with a standard renewal price of $9.99 per month.

Pay Up Front
Customers pay a one-time promotional price for a specific duration — for example, $9.99 for the first six months of a subscription with a standard renewal price of $39.99 per year
According to Apple, the feature is current being tested in the latest beta version of iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, and tvOS 12.2. And will be publicly available once Apple released the updates to all users.

Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams attended an event organized by Elon University last Friday. In the meeting, he answered questions from some students and briefly introduced the history of working at Apple and how he went he through some of the hardships, reports The Times News.

Some asked that if Apple had plans to lower the price of the products, because analysts' reports show that Apple's profit margin is seemingly large. Williams directly refuted these analysis reports, and he did not think they took the actual R&D costs into account: "the stories that come out about the cost of our products [have been] the bane of my existence from the beginning of time, including our early days”.

He used the Apple Watch for example. In order to develop the motion tracking feature, Apple created a physiology laboratory with 40 nurses and 1,000 participants. However, the COO did say that the cost is something they’re working to address, and claiming that they do not want to be an elitist company but rather to be an egalitarian company.

For more info about Jeff Williams' career history, please visit here

Steve Jobs is the former CEO and co-founder of Apple. He was born in San Francisco, California on February 24, 1955. If he's still alive, today will be his 64th birthday. However, in fact, the CEO, who is hailed as Apple's greatest leader, passed away on October 5, 2011, after he struggled with pancreatic cancer for a long time, at the age of 56.

In 1976, Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. In the early days of Apple's establishment, Jobs successfully launched the Macintosh, introducing a graphical user interface and mouse to the world, creating a new era. Under his leadership, Apple introduced iPod, iPhone and iPad devices that renovated modern communication, entertainment, lifestyle. and forever changed the world.

Although Jobs became a very young multi-millionaire, it was only the first 30 years of his life, he got kicked out by his own company. However, he did not renounce. In the next 25 years of his life, Jobs founded NeXT and Pixar. Then between 2000 and 2010, after his returns, not only saved the company on the verge of failure but also turned it into one of the most innovative and valuable companies of all time.

Surely, Steve Jobs, who has endured Apple's ups and downs and rises and falls for decades, his contribution to Apple unquestionably influences the world. He portrays the belief in quality design and craftsmanship and is considered to be a symbol of the computer industry and the entertainment industry, his pass has indeed touched almost all of us.

Developer Pwn20wnd has released unc0ver jailbreak tool with support for iOS 12.0 - 12.1.2. It is now bundled with Cydia and Cydia Substrate. However, this is a public beta and it does not support all devices that can run iOS 12, but as the jailbreak tool's work continues throughout the public beta phase, we should expect that it supports all devices that compatible with iOS 12. 

According to Pwn20wnd, there are few things need to keep in mind: you will have to delete OTA file from Settings, and then reboot before attempting the jailbreak to prevent a possible boot loop, the jailbreak tool doesn't support A12 devices and A7-A8 devices that includes iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.

For those people who are running iOS 12.1.3 and iOS 12.1.4, there's no need to be upset, as Apple still signs iOS 12.1.1 b3 for some reason, that means it is still possible to restore or downgrade your device to iOS 12.1.1~b3 to use this jailbreak.

Like every other jailbreak process, you should download the IPA file Pwn20wnd's GitHub repository, then drag the file to Cydia Impactor, and make sure your device is connected to a computer, reboot your device, then tap on the un0ver, and click on the jailbreak icon, and enjoy it.

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Phone Arena has Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, Galaxy S10+ benchmark results, they tested the one with Exynos 9 9820 chip, which means that the results may be slightly lower than the one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, however, the two models should have essentially identical performance.

They have used benchmark software including Anntutu for test System, Geekbench 4 for test CPU, GFXBench for Test Graphics and JetStream for test Web Page Load. They also compared Galaxy S10+ to other smartphones, which includes iPhone XS, LG V40 ThinQ, as well as the OnePlus 6T.

The results show that the S10 saw a big boost compared to S9 and Note 9, and is undoubtedly the most powerful smartphone in the Android camp right now, thanks to the new-generation chipset and faster memory chips that greatly improved the overall system performance. But, it still lags behind the iPhone XS.

Earlier this week, Samsung showed off its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, a $2,000 device that will be available in April this year. However, we have seen many patents filed by Apple lately that reveals the company may actually working on a foldable iPhone, but that might take some years before it becomes reality. So if Apple wants to make a foldable phone, they might need to rely on Samsung for that.

Dutch industrial designer Roy Gilsing shared his foldable iPhone concept, give us an idea of how could Apple implement the technology into their devices. Just like the Galaxy Fold, the device let you switch seamlessly between the phone and tablet mode. When it's in tablet mode, it can be used in both portrait and landscape and allows a partial fold and turns it into a mini-laptop with a touchscreen keyboard.

Clearly, Apple did put some effort into researching the tech, as one of their foldable patents showed that in order to prevent such designs from causing severe damage to the screen, the company discusses the use of "elastic materials, fluids and other materials" to fill the recessed areas in the middle. The patent was submitted on June 8, 2016, that's more than 2 years ago.

At least one analyst expect that Apple won't release a foldable iPhone until 2020 at earliest, otherwise, they may not going to release it at all.

It's widely expected that this year's iPhones will be powered by the A13 chip, and according to reports from DigiTimes, the A13 chip will continue to use the 7-nanometer process, the same as last year's A12 Bionic chip. Today, the Taiwanese media confirmed that the A14 chip on the 2020 iPhones will adopt a more advanced 5-nanometer process:

 TSMC is expected to secure the first 5nm chip orders from Apple for the 2020 iPhones, the sources continued.
The A14 processors will remain to be supplied by TSMC. Though manufacturing processes are not directly linked to performance, the small gap between transistors usually means more transistors in the same surface area for better energy efficiency and smaller size. Last year's A12 was the world's first 7-nanometer process chip, and there are really few manufacturers that can ship 7-nanometer chips on a large scale.

This year's A13 will utilize the so-called EUV technology for a a more microscopic chip layering process in addition to the 7-nanometer process. Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography, often referred to as EUV lithography, uses lithography with a wavelength of 10-14 nm of extreme ultraviolet light as the light source. Specifically, a soft x-ray having a wavelength of 13.4 nm is used. Extreme ultraviolet light means that the K pole of the ultraviolet tube needs to be energized by energization and then emits ultraviolet light.

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Axios is out with a new report today and cited multiple sources suggests Apple will transition to custom ARM-based chips next year, with even Intel officials are expecting Apple begin to use the ARM-based chips in 2020, as an effort to make Macs, iPhones, and iPads able to run the universal apps.

The transition already started, as Apple has released four iOS apps for the Mac: Voice Memos, News, Home, and Stocks. A report from Bloomberg yesterday suggested developers will soon be able to create a single app that can run on iPhones, iPads, and Macs simultaneously, while also increasing the number of macOS apps available on the Mac App Store.

Hardware wise, Apple has a series of thriving experiences on the iPhone/iPad, it is already the most powerful chip in the field of the smartphone, in fact, at the October event last year, the company touted out that A12X Bionic chip outperforms 92% of processors on the market. Even though it would take a few years before it becomes reality, they at least had some knowledge on it.

On the software side, this could be a smooth transition because Apple can develop both the Intel version and the ARM version of macOS. However, the company also needs to make future versions of macOS compatible with Intel chips, as many users will still use older Macs.

A report from The Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple and investment bank Goldman Sachs plan to launch a joint credit card later this year, and it's currently in internal testing. The card will integrate with the Wallet app on iPhone, and to function like Apple's fitness-tracking app, where it offers "rings" close when setting spending goals, tracking rewards, and managing balances.

Executives have discussed borrowing visual cues from Apple's fitness-tracking app, where "rings" close as users hit daily exercise targets, and sending users notifications about their spending habits. There also could be notifications based on analysis of cardholders' spending patterns, alerting them for example if they paid more than usual for groceries one week.
Further, the report stated that the card will be issued by Goldman Sachs and use MasterCard's payment network. The card is said to provide approximately 2% cash back for most purchases and may be used more for Apple products and services. The Wallet has received a small tweak in the iOS 12.2 beta, like new transitions and layouts for information, so it's very likely that Apple is in the work for a credit card.

Last year, WSJ also reported Apple has teamed up with Goldman Sachs to provide Apple credit card, and will no longer offer the Apple Rewards Visa that it made with Barclaycard. This can seen as a bright move by Apple, since it hopes to boost its Service business by charging a small processing fee when purchases made through Apple Pay.

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As expected, Samsung today unveiled its Galaxy smartphones series at its "Unpacked" event in San Francisco, California, in which it announced the Galaxy Fold, "a powerful smartphone and a revolutionary tablet all in one, a device that "defies category", while the company also announced its Galaxy S10 devices, including the S10, S10+, S10 5G, and S10e.

To begin, the event's biggest highlight, Galaxy Fold, that has a 4.6-inch display when it folds, when it opened up, it has a 7.3-inch display that's tablet sized. It comes in four colors, black, silver, green, and blue.  Galaxy Fold can display up to three apps on one screen, and you can seamlessly switch between them.

Fold has 6 cameras, 3 on the back, 2 on the front, and 1 on the side, making it easy for the user to call the camera in any pose. In terms of hardware, Fold sports the Snapdragon 855 processor with a 12+512GB storage. Samsung says that Galaxy Fold will hit the market in April this year, priced for a whopping 1980 dollars

For the Samsung S10 series, it has three models, S10e, S10 and S10+, which are suitable for the low-end, mid-end, and high-end markets. In addition to the regular versions, Samsung also previewed the S10 5G model at the event, which is Samsung's 5G smartphone. 

The screen material is replaced with a Dynamic AMOLED material that is more advantageous in Blu-ray filtering and color display and introduced hole punch cutout that contains selfie cameras in it. For the first time, it added ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for biometric security. Meanwhile, both S10 and S10+ use triple-lens rear camera system, the S10e, however, continue to ship with dual-lens.

Hardware configuration wise, the S10 comes with the Snapdragon 855 processor and 8GB of RAM. The battery capacity is also improved compared to the previous generation, in which the S10 has a built-in 3400mAh battery, the S10+ has a built-in 4100mAh battery, the S10e has a built-in 3100mAh battery, and it supports Wireless PowerShare that lets a Samsung smartphone wirelessly charge another device.

The S10 5G, on the other hand, has a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen, it packs with the Snapdragon 855/Samsung Exynos 8920 processor, 8G RAM+256GB ROM, and the smartphone has a total of six cameras, adding a ToF camera before and after the S10. Battery capacity 4500 mAh, support 25W fast charge, compatible with PD3.0 fast charge standard.

On the network side, the S10 5G model supports 5G networks (including millimeter wave and sub-6GHz) and also supports WiFi 6 technology. It will be available in the spring of 2019. In terms of price, the S10 series is priced at $749, $899, and $999 dollars respectively, while the price info of the 5G version remains unknown.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple plans to allow developers to write universal apps in 2021, supporting both the iPhone, iPad and Mac platforms. Known as Marzipan, Apple's Universal App initiative let developers easily develop apps that run on iPhones, iPads, and Macs simultaneously.

Apple plans to let developers port their iPad apps to the Mac platform using a brand new SDK, it could be released by the company as early as June of this year at WWDC 2019, where they typically release the next-generation iOS and macOS operating systems. Apple previewed the plan, even though without disclosing the road map, at the WWDC last year. 
The ultimate goal of the multistep initiative, code-named "Marzipan," is by 2021 to help developers build an app once and have it work on the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, said people familiar with the effort. That should spur the creation of new software, increasing the utility of the company’s gadgets.
It should be noted, however, that Apple has repeatedly emphasized that it will not integrate iOS and macOS operating systems. Finally, the development of the Universal App also means that in the future, Macs will adopt Apple's own designed CPU, which is the Kalamata project.

On the other hand, Bloomberg reports Apple is considering to preview the Mac Pro at the WWDC in June this year. The modular Mac Pro will be a high-end product for professional users that can be easily upgraded. In addition to the Mac Pro, Apple is likely to release a 31.6-inch 6K resolution display with the new mini-LED backlight technology as well.

According to Apple executives Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller, they are committed to making Mac Pro the most high-end desktop computer, supporting VR and high-end video production. Apple has formed a "professional workflow team" designed to meet professional users needs and optimize Mac Pro and other Apple products.

Apple to host its WWDC19 from June 3rd to June 7th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. On the annual Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple will unveil the iOS 13 software update, alongside watchOS 6, macOS 10.15, and tvOS 12. So what new changes could iOS 13 bring?

Well, according to an XDA developer, iOS 13 will finally do something about the Volume HUD. The developer named Max Weinbach, said in a tweet that in the upcoming iOS 13 update, Apple will ditch the existing volume heads-up display (HUD) icon, although he did not mention how it will be handled, the design supposed to be groundbreaking.

Currently, when the iPhone user sets the volume of the device via the volume button, a pop-up window with a large rounded rectangle appears in the center of the screen, which can obviously prompt the user to change the volume. However,. In some cases, such a pop-up window will affect the use of the device to a certain extent.

Now, Apple is finally going to fix this annoying Volume HUD icon, so how to make the prompts clear enough and no longer visually affect the user's experience is the problem that Apple needs to balance.

According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 1.6 million HomePods in the last quarter, up 45% quarter-on-quarter. Despite this, it's estimated that the worldwide market share of the smart speaker in the holiday quarter was just 4.1%. In opposition, Amazon and Google shipped 13.7 million and 11.5 million units in the previous quarter, the two have a combined market share of 65%.

In terms of ranking, Amazon claimed the top spot with a 35.5% market share & saw 91% QoQ growth, while its rival Google comes in at second place with a market share of 30% and sees a whopping 121% QoQ growth. Nevertheless, Chinese vendor Baidu and Xiaomi positioned at 3rd place and 4th place. In the meantime, Apple was occupying at 5th place, sadly.
Global smart speaker shipments climbed 95% year-over-year in Q4 2018 to reach 38.5 million units and push full-year shipments to more than 86 million. Amazon continues to be the worldwide leader for smart speaker shipments and has managed to grow share for consecutive quarters. Google also had a strong quarter and closed the gap further on Amazon.
Considering its sky-high price tag and that Siri is still not intelligent enough. and the fact that Apple just launched the smart speaker in only 9 countries, HomePod is definitely not going to sell like hotcake. As rumors have suggested, Apple is planning to launch an affordable version to overcome the problem.

Apple has seeded the third developer beta of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, and tvOS 12.2, two weeks after it released the second developer beta.

iOS 12.2 introduces Apple News to Canadian users in English or French, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit for third-party TVs, redesigned Apple TV Remote interface in Control Center, Safari warnings when visiting a http website, a more customizable Downtime setting in the Screen Time, and four new Animojis: giraffe, shark, owl, and boar, let you express emotions in 3D animated emoji characters.

The iOS 12.2 beta 3, however, includes a couple of minor tweaks as well: the Control Center's Apple TV Remote shortcut redesigned with a darker interface, the About page in the Settings app gets a fresh look with device information been rearranged, and for developer, there are new discount options for auto-renewing subscription, while design resources for Siri Shortcuts is available.

Regrading other operating systems: in tvOS 12.2, you can ask Siri to play music and tv content on your HomeKit device. While watchOS 5.2 introduces a new exclusive watchface for Apple Watch Hermès users.

According to reports from several users, Apple's mobile payment service, Apple Pay, now rolling out in Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia. However, like most Apple Pay rollouts, you might not be able to add cards to your devices right way, but we should expect it to be available in the next few hours.

Saudi Arabia-backed banks are Al Rajhi Bank Riyad Bank, NCB, Alinma Bank, and Band Aljazira, and mada (The Saudi Payments Network) has confirmed that it will support Apple Pay in the country rather sooner than later. Meanwhile, in Czech Republic, banks such as Moneta Money, Air Bank, Twisto, KB, and Ceska Sporitelna Bank are currently let their users use the mobile payment service.

Since the launch of the Apple Pay, it has now expand to as many as 29 countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, United States, and Ukraine. The contactless payment service is also widely accepted in retailers, restaurants, and websites.

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Apple today released the third developer beta of macOS 10.14.4 update with build number 18E194d, it comes two weeks after the second beta of macOS 10.14.4 was released to developers. You can install the beta via Software Update mechanism in System Preferences if you have registered through Apple's Developer Center.

macOS 10.14.4 extends the Apple News service to Canada for the first time, and it also supports Safari auto-fill with Touch ID. The update also introduced the automatic dark theme for Safari. In other words, if you turn on dark mode, visit websites that offer a dark theme, it will be enabled automatically. Oh, and it appears that the latest version includes support for Smart TVs in the Home app.

According to AppleInsider user MacPro, the latest beta fixed the AMD GPU driver issue that conflicted with Photoshop's use of the GPU for accelerated filters such as liquify

We should expect Apple to release the macOS 10.14.4 update in March, alongside iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2 and tvOS 12.2, even though Apple didn't seed new beta to these software updates today

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In a new report published today, The Wall Street Journal outlined Apple's recent executive and personnel changes, including concerns about Apple's upcoming video service, Siri's new leadership, and the impact of these changes on the company's projects.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Bill Sasior, who used to be in charge of Siri, has left his role, and the Wall Street Journal report confirmed the news, so instead, Apple's AI director John Giannandrea is working to improve "Siri's accuracy and performance." As for Deirdre O'Brien, who was recently promoted to be the head of Retail and People, will be working on promoting the Services in Apple stores.

Furthermore, WSJ pointed out that the iPhone maker has promised to Hollywood partners to install TVs in the Apple Store to showcase a series of upcoming shows. However, most Apple Stores right now already has a TV and video wall, so it's not clear what it means.

Ultimately, as Apple shifting its focus to Services, the company is also relocating many of its engineers. Based on reports that Apple had cut 200 people from its autonomous car program, the Wall Street Journal said that most of Apple's engineering resources have been transferred to the Services sector. And those changes led them to put several projects on hold so new executives can reassess priorities.

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Yesterday, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared a research report that outlines Apple's plan for 2019. In the article, Kuo mentioned that Apple will release a MacBook Pro with 16-inch to 16.5-inch display, designed for professional designers and e-sports gamers. In addition to a new display size option, Kuo says that the 13-inch MacBook Pro model may add a 32GB RAM option.

We all know that since the release of the Retina MacBook Pro, Apple no longer updates the MacBook Pro with a 17-inch display, 15 inch is the maximum physical size you can get right now. But Kuo's report certainly rise people's hope for a MacBook Pro that comes in a larger screen, and some even speculate that the upcoming MacBook Pro has the same physical size as the current 15-inch one, but with rounded-corner "Liquid Retina" LCD Display.

Apple leaker Ben Geskin has shared a concept what he thinks the 16-inch MacBook Pro would look like, introducing Minimal bezels, Face ID, and a flat design.

Aside from the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple is also expected to introduce a customizable Mac Pro with the "easy to upgrade components", and a 31.6” 6k display with a Mini LED-like backlight design that delivers "outstanding picture quality."

TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published his version of "what to expect from Apple in 2019", shared loads of information about Apple's upcoming products releases. The reliable analyst believes that Apple will be updating full of its product lineups this year: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and Accessories.

Firstly, iPhone: Kuo said that all 2019 iPhone will continue to ship with Lightning port instead of the USB-C. However, the iPhone XS successor may support dual SIM dual Standby, while the 6.1-inch LCD model to feature 4GB of RAM (?). This year's iPhone may also add support for Ultra-Wide-Band (for indoor positioning and navigation), frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless charging, upgraded Face ID sensor, larger battery capacity and Triple-Lens camera (wide angle + telephoto + super wide-angle lens).

As for iPad, he expects Apple to launch two new iPad Pros that come with an upgraded processor. The analyst also predicts that Apple will release an updated iPad and iPad Mini model, in which the updated iPad screen size will increase to 10.2-inch rather than remain at 9.7-inch, and iPad mini will get a speed bump thanks to the processor upgrades.

Mac-wise, Apple is said to launch 3 new products this year, including the 16–16.5” MacBook Pro for professional designers, e-sports users, etc, a customizable Mac Pro that let you do an easy internal upgrade, and a 31.6” 6k3k display with a mini LED-like backlight design that delivers excellent picture quality.

And finally, Kuo forecasts that Apple Watch ECG feature to come to additional countries. new ceramic casing design is also in the work. When it comes to accessories, he says that the new AirPods (supporting for wireless charging and new Bluetooth standard) and AirPower will ship in the first half of 2019, while the new iPod Touch to come with an upgraded processor.

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According to a report from Taiwanese media Economic Daily News, Apple plans to release an updated version of AirPods this spring that will be available in a new coating that supports wireless charging, as well as a black version. Apple supplier Inventec has now begun mass production of the new AirPods

The updated AirPods version was originally supposed to be released along with the AirPower wireless charging mat last year, however, as we all know that Apple delayed the launch of AirPower, which also led Apple to not release the new AirPods in time. But as AirPower finally got into production this year, the ultra-popular wireless headphone should be available very soon.

Design wise, the new AirPods will adopt a special matte coating design to enhance grip. Moreover, the new AirPods will also add black color for consumers to choose from, which makes the headphone available in both black and white. As for the price, Economic Daily News claimed that Apple will price it at $159, the same as the previous version.

Rumors have suggested Apple plans to announce its upcoming subscription service at the media event next month, and the company plans to only focus on service rather than hardware, therefore, we should expect Apple to launch the new AirPods via a press release, possibly introduces AirPower as well.

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Just moments ago, Apple published a new advertisement on its YouTube channel titled “Bokeh’d” and highlights the advanced bokeh and depth control features on new iPhones.

The ad highlights two mothers, one of which who took a photo of two children that put a bokeh over the other mother’s child. This led one of the mothers to feel offended by her decision to blur out her child. Then, she shows the mother the advanced bokeh features on the iPhone that can remove the bokeh effect.

Apple describes the ad as, “Depth Control on iPhone XS and iPhone XR lets you adjust the bokeh effect on backgrounds before or after you shoot. So you can turn a cute portrait of two kids into a stunning portrait of one kid.”

Depth Control was introduced on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr, and allows users to adjust the depth of field after the photo is taken. “Take a great portrait and make it even more amazing with Depth Control, which lets you adjust the depth of field to blur the background as much or as little as you want,” says Apple

According to OpenSignal's latest research report, Apple's 2018 iPhone XS line saw the most significant boost in 4G performance for the first time in many years. However, iPhones launched between 2015 and 2017 see no network speed improvement, this includes iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, and iPhone 8.

The study found that iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are nearly 26% faster than all iPhones released during 2015-2017. The agency tested iPhone models from multiple carriers in the United States from October 26 last year to January 24 this year. Interestingly, OpenSignal said in the report that the larger iPhone "Plus" models has a statistical draw with the smaller models rather than having better 4G speed.

In terms of speed, the iPhone XS Max performed best with a maximum download speed of 21.7 mbps; the iPhone XS ranked second with 20.5 mbps, and the iPhone XR was behind the iPhone X at 17.6 mbps and 18.5 mbps, mainly due to the former uses 2 x 2 MIMO technology instead of 4 x 4 MIMO.

Apple is known for slowly accept the latest cellular standards. For instance, when the original iPhone was released, it adopted 2G standard rather than the 3G that has gradually emerged. Also, it wasn't until 2012 that the iPhone 5 begins to support 4G networks. As for 5G, the company is expected to use the technology by 2020, whereas most Android vendors will begin release their 5G smartphone this year.

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According to Weibo user Laobanlianbo, insider from Apple supply chain said that because the iPhone sales in China is not optimistic currently, Apple will introduce the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in a new color - China Red for the Chinese market, in order to boost sales. It is expected to be available for purchase by the end of February, and the price will remain the same.
February 14th, according to Apple's internal factory broke the news, because the current iPhone sales in China is not optimistic, Apple will primary launch the iPhone XS and iPhone Max in a new color for the Chinese market - China Red, to boost sales. It is expected to be directly put on the shelves at the end of February, and the price will still start at 10,000 yuan.

As for why Apple choose to launch the Red iPhone XS/XS Max at end of this month, I myself believe that the new color scheme is not a huge update for the product. Plus we have heard Apple's next media event will take place on March 25th, which will bring some heavyweight products, therefore, it will be too overwhelming to announce the launch of China Red iPhone XS and XS Max at the event, instead, Apple could just introduce it via a press release later of this month.

Apple said in its holiday quarter earnings call that the poor sale of iPhone in China was the main reason for the company's quarterly revenues to fall short of expectations, so Apple certainly needs to launch an iPhone made specifically for the Chinese market to boost iPhone sales or lower iPhone prices, and that's where the iPhone XS China Red Edition could come in handy.

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Reports about Apple to held its Spring event on March 25th continue surfaced on the internet, with the latest news from Variety claimed that the company will announce the TV service in March, however, it may not be available to customers immediately, but rather launch it in summer or fall.

Sources familiar with the plans say Apple's video service will be targeted for a launch in summer or fall rather than the April timing that has been the subject of media speculation. Apple has vowed to its high-caliber producing partners to mount marketing blitzes on behalf of the shows in addition to the service itself.
Yesterday, Bloomberg broke the news that Hollywood stars including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell have been invited to attend the March event. Rumors also suggested that Apple is expected to announce its news subscription service called Apple News Magazine, which you pay $10 a month to read a large number of magazines and newspapers.

Apple is indeed said to developing more than two dozens of tv shows and movies currently, and Apple plans to offer them for free to Apple device owners, like it did to the Carpool Karaoke show. The iPhone maker may also debuting an all-in-one media subscription package, bundling Apple Music, TV Service, and News Magazine all together.

According to MySmartPrice, Apple developing a touch-screen Mac with Face ID support, the site said in a report that was primary focused on AirPods 2 and AirPower. However, but the site doesn't specify any other details, and said users shouldn't expect to see the Mac on the market anytime soon.

In addition to the new AirPods 2, Apple is currently testing Macs with Face ID as well as touchscreen displays. However, you shouldn’t expect a new Mac with Face ID to launch anytime soon. The current prototypes with Face ID and touchscreen are only meant for internal testing.
In addition to adding a more secure authentication method, the introduction of Face ID does not have a big impact on the Mac product lineup. Currently, the MacBook family already have a Touch ID feature that can be used as a security verification measure for alternative passwords.

Apple has a long history of refusing to add touch screen to Mac products, perhaps to distinguish its own computer from the iOS-based tablet. In fact, Apple has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to merge iOS and macOS in the near future. However, since the iPhone maker is testing the touch-screen Mac internally, indicating that they are at least considering this configuration as an option in the future.

Following yesterday's report that Apple to launch a news and magazine subscription service, it appears that the company is also looking into the video streaming business. According to CNBC, Apple will be launching its rumored streaming video service in April or May, although some video partners won't be participating in it, such as Netflix and perhaps even HBO.

CNBC stated in the piece that the service will include free original content for device owners, and that customers will also be able to sign up for existing digital services like Showtime and watch the content in the TV app as long as they work with Apple, similar to how Amazon Prime Video Channels works.
Apple is aiming to launch service in April or early May. It will allow customers to sign up for existing digital streaming products and watch them in the iOS TV application, similar to Amazon's Prime Video Channels. Apple wants to simplify mobile video viewing by housing content in one app instead of forcing users to launch separate apps for each service.
Further, CNBC claims that Apple is requesting for a 30 percent cut on every customer that subscribes to an over-the-top video service through its streaming service, while it only takes a 15 percent cut on revenue from customers that sign up to HBO Now, Netflix, and other streaming apps currently. Enough is said, Apple is said to offer its original content free to device owners, including more than two dozens of tv shows and movies.

Updated: Bloomberg, however, claims that Apple could launch the video streaming service as early as March 25, alongside Apple News Magazine service. The company reportedly invited Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and director JJ Abrams, to attend.

The latest data from NPD shows that as Apple's own wearable device category continues to grow, the company is affecting other areas of the smartwatch industry, in which the sales of smartwatches up by 61% in the 12 months ending November 2018. In addition, the unit sales saw a 61% increases, the dollar sales were also up 51%, totaling nearly $5 billion in sales in the US.

The three brands Apple, Samsung and Fitbit accounted for 88% of sales during this period, and Apple is the “clear market leader”. As for traditional watchmakers, such as Fossil and Garmin, they are in the work to expand their brand into the smartwatch industry and improve the share of the market.

NPD's data also reveals that 16% of American adults currently use smartwatches, an increase from 12% in December 2017. In the 18-34 age group, this figure is slightly higher, reaching 23%. Looking ahead, NPD expects health monitoring features to rise the popularity of smartwatches among older generations of users.

At the first quarter of the 2019 earnings call held last month, Apple announced that its wearable device category revenue grew 50% during the quarter, which combines products such as Apple Watch and AirPods. Apple said that the revenue of wearable devices is close to the size of Fortune 200 companies.

According to BuzzFeed, Apple plans to hold its first media event in 2019 at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Apple Park on March 25th. The center of the event is said to be the long-rumored News Subscription service, in which the company calls it as Apple New Magazine, and sadly, Apple is unlikely to unveil the iPad mini 5, AirPods 2, and AirPower wireless charging mat at the March event.

The service, Apple News Magazine, which you pay $10 a month to read a large number of magazines and newspapers. However, a report from the Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is struggling to ink deals with well-known publishers like The New York Times and The Washington Post, because Apple doesn't want to provide credit card information and email addresses to these publishers.

Well, apparently, next month's event will only be focused on the media subscription, meaning we are unlikely to see Apple unveils the new-generation of iPad mini and iPad, AirPods 2, and AirPower wireless charging mat, Apple may still have a chance to release them all together at WWDC this year, since they have done similar thing before, or perhaps launch these products via a press release.

According to MacRumors, who has found evidence that the 2019 Worldwide Developer Conference to be held from June 3rd to 7th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. where Apple is likely to announce iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13 at the place.

A source confirmed to MacRumors that the McEnery Conference Center will hold a large annual event from June 3rd to 7th. Subsequently, the site found new clues on the 2019 event calendar of the San Jose City Cultural Affairs Office, which listed on June 6th (Thursday) this year, Apple will host an event called "San Jose Team 2019 WWDC", at Discovery Meadow Park next to the McEnery Convention Center. which basically confirmed that this year's WWDC will begin on the week of June 3.
While we were already confident the WWDC 2019 dates would fall on June 3-7, we confirmed with a source that a large annual event of some kind will be taking place during that week at McEnery. [...] Following that thread, we unearthed a 2019 events calendar from the City of San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs that lists this year's WWDC Bash at Discovery Meadow on the evening of Thursday, June 6. The event is named "Team San Jose 2019 WWDC" and is organized by "Apple.
However, MacRumors pointed out that Apple may change the plan at any time. The site has also issued a disclaimer reminding users to wait until Apple releases official announcement before making a travel plan. In mid-March last year, Apple officially announced the date of WWDC 2018, and a month before that, MacRumors reported that Apple's 2018 WWDC event will be held from June 4th to 8th.

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Based on previous rumors, Apple has already prepared tons of new products and services for users this year, the question is when will the company release them? However, according to a report from the Greek website today, the next generation of AirPods, AirPower charging mat, and the new entry-level iPad will be available for in-store purchases and shipping on March 29.

It should be noted that although the website quoted a supply chain source given a specific date, it did not have an accurate track record of Apple's upcoming products in the past, it only said that Apple's product launch event will be held in late March and that pre-order will begin on March 22nd. Nevertheless, OnLeaks claims that AirPods 2 may not launch until this fall, even though he's not 100% sure.

It is widely regarded that the new AirPods will enable support for Hey Siri, launches alongside the AirPods wireless charging case, and the release of AirPower wireless charging mat. The new generation of iPad models, including the iPad and iPad mini, will likely to be debuted in the March event as well.

We have also learned that Apple is planning a number of media services, including the Apple News Magazine subscription and its original content TV packages. On the other hand, Some analysts expect Apple to push all these services into one large all-in-one bundle subscription.

Apple announced in a press release today that its Health Record features on the iPhone will soon be available to US veterans, allowing them to safely view their aggregated health records directly in the Health app on the iPhone, this is the fruit of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Apple.

Apple CEO Time Cook said in a statement that it is an honor to be able to contribute to the American hero's medical care "We have great admiration for veterans, and we're proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community. It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes", says the CEO.

The Health Records feature is intended to let you view medical records from multiple participating hospitals and clinics directly in the Health app on the iPhone, including allergies, illnesses, immunizations, laboratory results, medications, procedures, and vital signs, and with others, where than 100 institutions in the United States currently support Apple's Health Records.

The Health Records will be VA's first shared record sharing platform, VA is the largest medical system in the United States, serving more than 9 million veterans in 1,243 facilities. However, the platform's Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

The highly-anticipated Apple AirPower wireless charging mat will be officially launched this spring, while the second-generation AirPods will feature a special matte coating for easy grip and improved sound quality, comes in black and white colors, to include heart-rate monitoring feature, and a $200 price tag, according to rumor site MySmartPrice, who quoted a "Trusted source"

Speaks on AirPower, MySmartPrice's source suggests that due to its new 8-7-7 coil configuration, the wireless chagring mat will be thicker than originally planned. The source also mentioned that some of the exclusive features will not be activated until iOS 13 comes out, and it will carry a $149 price tag, which we have reported last year that's how much Apple will price the accessory at.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese media DigiTimes is out with a similar report claiming that Apple will release the new-generation of AirPods in the first half of this year and expect the AirPods shipment to grow further following the launch of the accessory. DigiTimes also believes that TSMC will remain to be the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series chips, with the A13 chip continue to be made on the 7-nanometer process.

According to the Japanese website Macotakara, the iPhone 11 released in 2019 will not only continue to use the Lightning connector but will continue to offer a 5W power adapter and a USB-A to Lightning cable. If the user wants to use a fast charge, they must purchase an additional power adapter. While the site also predicts that iPad mini 5 with no design change likely to be released this spring.

Macotakara said that 2019 iPhones will stick to the Lightning port for cost considerations, as Apple will spend extra on an accessory so that Apple can make a huge profit from it. Because of this, this year's iPhones will be continued to bundle EarPods, Lightning to USB-A, and 5W power adapters.

The report also claims that the new iPad mini is still aimed at the low-end market and continues to retain the Lightning connector, Touch ID and 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is no change in the bezels and overall size. However, the rear microphone will shift to the middle. As for processors, the report stated that the device will be updated to the A10 chip, it is not clear whether it is the A10X or just the A10.

The current iPad mini 4 was released in 2015, nearly four years ago. The model that is still being sold at $399 for the 128 GB version, with an A8 processor.

The rootlessJB jailbreak tool for iOS 12 to iOS 12.1.2 created quite a stir in the jailbreak world. Although the tool is based on SSH and is developer friendly, the process of injecting code and installing Cydia is rather complicated, also the fact that you won't get as many modifications as you could with an official jailbreak. However, if you can't wait for the unc0ver jailbreak to come out, try rootlessJB then!

  1. Download the Ignition app on your iOS device, tap the search icon and search for "rootlessJB" 
  2. Then simply click on the "Get" and wait for it to download on your device
  3. Once it's installed, go to Settings – General – Device Management and "Trust the Certificate"
  4. Before you do anything, make sure to your device is in the Airplane mode, then launch the app
  5. Enable the "Tweaks" toggle and tap on "Jailbreak" and wait for for the respring process
  6. And that's it!
Here are few things to keep in mind, though, the rootlessJB only supports non-A8 and non-A12, devices currently, that means the jailbreak tool is available for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7+, SE, 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X, and every iPad models except the latest iPad Pro models. For those who experience the jailbreak unsuccessful circumstances, just try again if that happens.

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In the past week, Apple has sent push notifications to a number of users, giving them an extra 3 months Apple Music free trial. The notifications seem to be specifically for former Apple Music users who have subscribed to Apple Music but later canceled their subscription, or just left after it had a first three-month free trial without ever subscribe the music streaming service. (Via 9to5Mac)

Currently, there are two versions of Apple Music's push notifications. The first one is "We've changed!", the second is "It's Not Too Late", but the description is exactly the same: "come back to Apple Music and get 3 months on us."

In December last year, Apple began to promote various products and services by pushing notifications, such as recommending users to use Apple Music on Amazon Echo and promoting iPhone XR. Some developers pointed out that Apple pushes messages in violation of their own App Store guidelines: "Push Notifications must not be required for the app to function, and should not be used for advertising, promotions, or direct marketing purposes..."

Speaking to Apple Music, its biggest rival in the music industry, Spotify, who have claimed that it now has 96 million paid subscribers worldwide, up 36% year-over-year, Apple Music, however, only has 50 million paying subscribers, up from 40 million in April of 2018.

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According to Droidshout, who have quoted people familiar with the matter saying that Apple will launch three new iPhones this year, with its price will remain unchanged, and claims that one of the iPhones will add a "green" color scheme. This reflects previous reports of Apple will release three new iPhones this fall, including the successor of the iPhone XR.

Firstly, the article started off by saying that the new iPhone will add a polished coating to help improve grip and scratch resistance. People familiar with the matter also said that the successor to the iPhone XR will add a "green" option and will also cancel a color scheme. Currently, iPhone XR is available in black, white, yellow, coral, red and blue six colors.

Further, the report said that Apple plans to introduce some new camera features, including the flagship iPhone will be featured with a triple-lens camera system, while the other two models will be equipped with the dual-lens setup. It also mentioned iPhone XR 2 continues to use the LCD screen, while the other two use OLED screens, and to finally abandon the Lightning port in favor of USB-C connector.

Finally, the sources said that the price of the three new iPhones this year will be the same as the price of the iPhones introduced last year. This means that the iPhone XR successor starts at $749, and the other two start at $999 and $1,99, respectively, though they do note that the price is subject to change.

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Apple's has been selling the LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays for a while now on, it was launched after the 2016 MacBook Pro models went on sale. And now, according to French blog MacGeneration, LG's unreleased & new UltraFine 5K display was found in the latest macOS Mojave 10.14.4 beta 2.

The hardware identifier of the new one is 0x5b74 instead of 0x5b11 and includes an icon with it, that is the same as the UltraFine 5K that is currently sold. However, because it is a new model, it is likely to be a replacement. The finding was spotted by Pierre Dandumont, a journalist for Duck PC Hardware.
Translated: Hey, there is a new LG screen in the last beta of MacOS. It has the same image as the 5k UltraFine, but not the same reference. (0x5b74 instead of 0X5B11)
Apple and LG have worked together on these monitors when it's launched in 2016, it hasn't updated for 2 years, it's about time for a new one. Plus there is also a rumor claimed that a 34-inch UltraWide display may be available in the future. Hence, if you are preparing to get an LG monitor real soon, thus we recommend you to wait for the new one.

A recent article from TechCrunch reported that various apps in the iOS App Store secretly recording users’ screen without their permissions, includes popular apps like Abercrombie & Fitch,, Expedia, and more, it uses the “session replay" screen recording feature called Glassbox, that allows developers screenshot or record or a user's screen, and have the ability to play back those recordings.

However, Apple is now urging developers that are using session replay must extract the code as soon as possible. In an email provided to TechCrunch, Apple states that they will take action if necessary to remove these apps from the App Store. "We have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines, and will take immediate action if necessary", says the company.
"Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity."

"We have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines, and will take immediate action if necessary," the spokesperson added.
In addition, Apple is also demanding developers that record the screen need to have a little red icon on the top left the corner of the phone, similar to how Apple's native Screen Recording feature works - by showing a red bar on the top of the display that notifies you the screen is being recorded.

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Apple has just released a new iOS 12.1.4 update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the sixth update to the iOS 12 operating system, you can download it through Settings - General - Software Update. The new software fixed a Group FaceTime bug that could be exploited to eavesdrop on conversations.

The bug allows you connect to someone and hear their audio without the person even accepting the call, and it will continue to display a standard FaceTime incoming call interface. Although Apple quickly addressed the issue by disabling the feature through the server side, the feature won't be available on devices that are running from iOS 12.1 - iOS 12.1.3, since the server now back online.
Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: The initiator of a Group FaceTime call may be able to cause the recipient to answer

Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls. The issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2019-6223: Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School, Daven Morris of Arlington, TX
Apple also released an updated version of macOS 10.14.3 to fix the serious FaceTime bug.

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According to Reuters, Apple is ramping up its efforts to design in-house modern chips, with sources of Reuters claimed that Johny Srouji, the company's senior vice president of hardware technologies, takes over the company's modem design efforts in January, the team was led previously by Rubén Caballero.

Apple Inc has moved its modem chip engineering effort into its in-house hardware technology group from its supply chain unit, two people familiar with the move told Reuters, a sign the tech company is looking to develop a key component of its iPhones after years of buying it from outside suppliers [...]

Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, took over the company’s modem design efforts in January, the sources said. The organizational move has not been previously reported.
The report comes after Apple is said to developing its own cellular moderns for future iPhones, a move that intent to reduce reliance on suppliers, considering Apple is in a major battle with Qualcomm. Even though the report says Apple has already moved Srouji into a new position, Reuters noted that it would take several years for it to  come to fruition, so it's unlikely to see an Apple-designed 5G chips in year's iPhones.
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