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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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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.

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.
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