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Apple rolling out iOS 12.4.4 update for older iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch

Many times the smartphone manufacturers are accused of leaving their phones obsolete prematurely to force users on buying new models. Although, Apple is not one of them. The company has now released a major security iOS 12.4.4 update for its older iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices which are not compatible with iOS 13.

The list of compatible iPhone models for the new iOS 12.4.4 update includes iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5s. The update is also available for the first-generation iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and sixth-generation iPod touch. The update doesn’t bring in any new features to the device. Although, it includes a major security bug fix for Face Time and other system-level security patches.

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Apple iOS 13.3 released with fix for multitasking issue: Check out the changelog and how to update

Apple has released iOS 13.3, the next version of its mobile operating system. Since the release of iOS 13, Apple users have been complaining about various bugs affecting the system. While incremental updates have been released by the company, the new update fixes some of the known issues with the system. With the new version, Apple is trying to make iOS smoother and fix issues like switching between applications. Alongside the fixes, the update also brings some new features to the device.

The biggest change, according to the changelog, is the fix to multitasking issue. There were several complaints by iOS users who noted that they were unable to switch between apps. With iOS 13.3, Apple is addressing that issue and also takes care of the memory management to avoid reload of apps. In the Screen Time app, you can now set limits for phone calls, messages and FaceTime calls for children. This can be further customized based on who the kids are talking to. The Safari browser on iPhone and iPad also brings support for FIDO-2 compliant security keys that use USB, lightning or NFC for authentication.

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Apple iOS 13.3.1 released with option to disable U1 ultra wideband chip

Apple has released iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3 and watchOS 6.1.2 for its devices. The update released today replaces the previous versions of the operating systems. The iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 replaces iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 released last month. If you have a compatible device then you can manually update the device. Check for the update by heading to Settings then General and then click on Software Update. Once you see the update option, tap on install the update.

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Apple Launches iPad Air (2019) Service Program to Fix ‘Blank Screen’ Issue

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Apple has launched a service programme for the iPad Air (2019) models that are affected by a “Blank Screen” issue. The Cupertino giant has announced that the issue has impacted a “limited number” of third-generation iPad Air models that were launched last year. Affected consumers can visit an Apple Authorised Service Provider with their iPad Air to get it serviced. Alternatively, the company has provided mail-in service via its Apple Repair Centres in select markets. The service programme for the iPad Air (2019) is notably live across the globe and covers faulty devices for two years after first retail purchase.

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Apple iPhone SE 2020 launched in India

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The iPhone SE flaunts the same 4.7-inch Retina HD display and design as the iPhone 8. However, the body is now metal as opposed to a glass back. The display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 playback. It uses Haptic Touch for Quick Actions — such as animating Live Photos, previewing messages, rearranging apps and more.

Internally, the phone packs Apple’s A13 Bionic chip just like iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Following the tradition, Apple hasn’t revealed the RAM size, but confirmed that the phone will be made available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage models.


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Cost of iPhone SE 2020 in India for 64Gb variant is ₹ 42500/-.
$399 in US is good pricing but in India its too much for old body style iPhone. I don’t see any future for this model in India unless Apple start assembling this one in India which will bring down cost by ₹ 10K at least. Lets see what Apple will do as they cannot produce any iPhone in India till Lockdown ends.
 
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Major security vulnerability discovered in iOS, Apple says will fix it soon

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Apple iPhone and iPad users, a new zero-day vulnerability has been discovered this week by researchers, who claim the issue could have allowed hackers to access the data on your device by sending you a blank mail through Apple's mailing client.

The report from ZecOps, explains the issue might have existed for over 8 years on iOS, which leaves most of the iPhone and iPad users in danger. The issue was discovered by the research firm on iPhone and iPad Mail app, while they were doing routine security checks of consumer devices.

ZecOps says the vulnerability would allow the hacker to run remote code using the Mail app, and if they succeed, the user of the device wouldn't even come to know their device has been breached. Since it's a zero-day vulnerability, which means nobody knew about this issue, not even Apple, it's now necessary the Cupertino-based giant looks to fix the issue via a software patch at the earliest.

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New character bug causes iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices to crash: Report

A new character-linked bug has cropped up, and it is freezing iPhone, iPad devices, Apple Watch, and other iOS devices. When a string of text is sent to iOS units, the devices crash or completely stops responding to touch input upon receiving the message. The message includes the Italian flag emoji along with characters in the Sindhi language.

Apple is yet to release a fix publicly. Currently, the information on the origin of the text is scarce, but it is being reported that it all started from a Telegram group. Now, the test message is going viral on Twitter and other social media platforms. Apple is expected to fix these character bugs within a few days as there is no way to stop these characters from causing crashes. MacRumors reported that the issue is fixed in the second 13.4.5 iOS beta update.

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Apple launches new 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring Magic Keyboard

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The new MacBook Pro features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display that offers a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, 500 nits brightness level, P3 colour gamut support, and True Tone technology.

The base model comes powered by the 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. However, all the other variants feature the latest 10th-generation Intel Core processors, with up to 32GB RAM and 4TB storage.

The latest MacBook Pro also comes with a Touch Bar as a standard, along with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the keyboard has a physical Escape key. It also has four Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C connectors as well as a headphone jack.

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