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Third-party magnetic 'iPhone 12' wireless charger debuts ahead of Apple event - AppleInsider
MPOW Japan, a third-party accessories manufacturer, debuted a magnetically attached wireless charging system for "iPhone 12" late Monday, bolstering rumors that Apple's next-generation handset will support the feature.
MPOW Japan, a third-party accessories manufacturer, debuted a magnetically attached wireless charging system for "iPhone 12" late Monday, bolstering rumors that Apple's next-generation handset will support the feature. Announced in a press release, the as-yet-unnamed charger is built to support a new magnetic charging specification that will see introduction with "iPhone 12." According to MPOW, the charger incorporates a "specially processed" ring-shaped magnet that is positioned strategically around a central charging coil. A similar arrangement is disposed in "iPhone 12," the company says, allowing for firm attachment to compatible accessories. The magnetic mechanism addresses drawbacks of existing wireless solutions like misalignment of inductive coils, which can cause power transfer issues or halt charging. MPOW expects to release the charger in December. Apple previously attempted to solve the problem of wireless charger "sweet spots" with AirPower, an ovaloid pad with multiple overlapping coils and advanced power delivery algorithms that allowed for simultaneous, free-placement charging of two iPhones and one Apple Watch. The project was officially cancelled in early 2019 due to engineering hurdles, though rumors claim development of a successor device is underway. In the interim, third-party manufacturers like Nomad have stepped in to deliver free placement wireless charging options for Qi-enabled handsets. Mac Otakara reported on MPOW's release earlier today. Apple is rumored to launch a branded magnetic wireless charging puck alongside "iPhone 12" at tomorrow's special event. Recent leaks suggest the accessory will resurrect the MagSafe name, though it remains unclear how the charging mechanism relates to device safety. The original MagSafe was a much-beloved wired Macbook charging system that allowed an attached cable to disengage with a tug, the idea being passersby might trip over the cable and pull the computer with it. Whether the anticipated charging puck and rumored AirPower device are one and the same is not clear. AppleInsider will be covering Tuesday's "Hi, Speed" event live starting at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.
Apple purges rival products from store ahead of rumored AirPods Studio, new HomePod - AppleInsider
Apple at the end of September ceased online sales of third-party headphones, earphones, speakers and other devices as the company prepares to debut a slate of new audio products like AirPods Studio and a more affordable HomePod.
Apple at the end of September ceased online sales of third-party headphones, earphones, speakers and other devices as the company prepares to debut a slate of new audio products like AirPods Studio and a more affordable HomePod. Products from major manufacturers including Bose, Logitech, and Sonos disappeared from the online Apple Store late last month, while employees at brick-and-mortar outlets were recently told to remove third-party headphone and speaker items from store shelves, reports Bloomberg. A quick check reveals no products from Bose or Logitech's Ultimate Ears brand for sale on Apple's website. Similarly, searches for "Sonos" deliver Apple alternatives like HomePod and the Beats Pill+ portable speaker. Prior to the change, Apple was an important reseller for third-party audio device makers that jockeyed for space on Apple Store shelves. A spot in the tech giant's curated catalog granted access to well-heeled consumers looking for premium iPhone, iPad and Mac accessories. As noted in the report, Apple sometimes discontinues sale of devices that might compete with new or future products. For example, the company stopped selling Fitbit wearables after the launch of Apple Watch in 2014. More recently, Masimo's MightySat fingertip pulse oximeter was cut from the Apple Store lineup just prior to the launch of Apple Watch Series 6. Watch's tentpole feature for 2020, blood oxygen level tracking, is replicated by the MightSat. Apple is also in a legal fight with the medical technology company over alleged patent infringement claims. Apple is rumored to release a batch of new audio equipment in the coming months. A so-called "AirPods Studio" over-the-ear headphone is expected to boast noise-cancelling technology, orientation awareness via U1 chip and premium sound reproduction. Supposedly leaked images of a "sport" version of the device surfaced in September, showing a sleek exterior and generous application of ergonomic mesh materials. A new HomePod variant with smaller form factor and reduced price is also anticipated to debut.
How to use the new Camera app features in iOS 14 - AppleInsider
Apple's changes and updates to the Camera app in iOS 14 are mostly quite small, but there are so many of them.
Apple's changes and updates to the Camera app in iOS 14 are mostly quite small, but there are so many of them. It's not true that there are more updates to the Camera app than there are in the rest of iOS 14, but it may feel like it. Few people are going to use all of the new features, but everyone is going to find that taking photographs is quicker and gets better results. That's because some of the updates are to do with actually speeding up the process, with physically making the iPhone work faster. Others also make the job quicker, though, by being easier to do, or just simpler to find. Some of these updates are merely cosmetic, yet the change makes them more discoverable. The best camera is the one you have with you, but the best camera features are the ones you can find. How iOS 14 speeds up cameras This is what Apple gets for building both its own hardware and software. Without any changes to your iPhone's camera hardware, the software changes in iOS 14 make taking photos remarkably faster. Apple claims that overall, the Camera app itself is up to 90% faster. That's not just the kind of speed improvement that looks good on a spec sheet, it's one where you will feel the difference. The Camera app opens that much quicker, meaning both that there is a shorter delay before you're ready to take a shot — and that the whole app feels more responsive, too. Apple says that the time to the first shot you take, from tapping the Camera app to open it, is 25% faster than it was. And when you're doing a series of Portrait shots, the time to the next one is 15% than before. And while this may not feel like photography per se, the Camera app is now quicker at scanning QR codes, too. How iOS 14 speeds up your taking a photo When you simply want to take a shot as fast as you can, because something is happening right in front of you, then you can still long-press on the lock screen's camera icon. Or you can swipe from left to right on that home screen to launch the camera. You will typically find that swiping is quicker. However, that could be because it isn't pressing that icon that launches the Camera, it's the letting go of the button afterwards that does. If you've already unlocked the iPhone, you can long-press on the Camera icon on your home screen. Again, you may find that a regular press is quicker because that immediately opens the app. However, the long-press brings up a menu that lets you then tap directly into Take Selfie, Record Video, Take Portrait, or Take Portrait Selfie. For going straight to those types of photographs, long-press is quicker than opening the Camera app, and swiping to the right section. How iOS 14 makes it quicker to choose settings The iPhone is not a Polaroid camera which only does one size image, and comes with no controls beyond whether you use a flash or not. It is an extremely versatile camera and now with iOS 14, a great many controls are available — when you want them. Rather than cluttering up the display with controls, there is now a chevron at the top middle of the screen. Perhaps oddly, tapping on it does not reveal a row of controls right under the chevron, it displays them at the bottom of your screen. Nonetheless, you now have quick access to functions ranging from setting a timer, to turning on or off Live Photos, and more. These controls include a new one for exposure compensation control. Previously, you had to tap on the screen to display the yellow box that shows where your focus is, then drag the brightness up and down. You were really adjusting the AF/AE levels, the autofocus and autoexposure ones, and it was fiddly. Now it's one control that makes it much easier to tap on and swipe left and right to increase or decrease brightness. That's an in-shot adjustment you can make while using the Camera app to take a photo. But there are more settings that you can apply before you take any shot at all. How best to use the new Camera settings in iOS 14 The options when you go to Settings, Camera, in iOS 14 have been reorganized to make them easier to find and use. There are now four blocks of controls, starting with a large one to do everything from the format the shots are taken in, to how you can take a bursts of shots. Two of the more significant controls are the Preserve Settings, and Use Volume Up for Burst ones. The latter is a simple toggle that means, if you choose, you can always have Burst Mode available at the touch of an actual, physical button. Preserve Settings is more involved. What it tells the Camera app to do is present you with the same options you chose the last time you used it. So if you shot video last time, the Camera app will open up ready to shoot video this time, for instance. Similarly, it can optionally use the same aspect ration, the same filters, and so on. How to use the grid in iOS 14 The Camera app has long had a three-by-three grid overlay to help you compose a shot before you take it. Now, though, the option to switch that on or off is in a Composition section within Camera settings. It's joined by Mirror Front Camera which is either going to make you shrug or clap. With this switched on, selfies you take will appear like looking in a mirror — they will be reversed. With the exception of the faster time to first shot, all of the iOS 14 camera updates are similar to Mirror Front Camera, in that they will be handy to some people, and of no interest to others. But they are all also each quicker to find, which means both that they're faster to use — and that more people will try them out. 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YouTube restricts iOS 14 picture-in-picture feature to Premium subscribers, 4K not available on tvOS 14 - AppleInsider
Google's YouTube unit appears to be restricting picture-in-picture video viewing on Apple's iOS 14 to subscribers of its Premium subscription service, while promised 4K resolution in tvOS 14 is a no-show.
Google's YouTube unit appears to be restricting picture-in-picture video viewing on Apple's iOS 14 to subscribers of its Premium subscription service, while promised 4K resolution in tvOS 14 is a no-show. Apple's iOS 14 delivers PiP video viewing to iPhone for the first time. The handy feature allows users to simultaneously watch video content, conduct FaceTime calls and more while completing tasks in other apps. Video viewing is a main use case for PiP, and YouTube is arguably the most highly trafficked destination for online content. Unfortunately, it appears that Google is gatekeeping access to the function. While the feature remains free to use on iPad (at least through Safari), the iPhone version of YouTube's app restricts PiP to YouTube Premium subscribers. Shortly after iOS 14 launched, users discovered a workaround that enabled PiP compatibility when accessing content through YouTube's website in Safari. That hole has now been closed. It's not clear if the recent change was made intentionally or is the result of a bug. As noted by MacRumors, however, PiP still works with videos that are embedded in third-party websites, suggesting YouTube actively updated its code to block the functionality. YouTube is also dragging its feet on delivering a promised update that would allow tvOS 14 users to watch content at 4K resolutions. While 4K playback was supported in pre-release beta versions of tvOS 14, the feature is currently missing. When asked about the issue on Twitter, YouTube said, "Sorry about the back and forth — jumping in to clarify that Apple TV 4K will support 4K playback soon. Stay tuned for an update here."
Restarting your device resets default mail, browser settings in iOS 14 - AppleInsider
Apple's new iOS 14 update appears to have a bug that wipes customized default browser and mail settings when a device is reset or restarted.
Apple's new iOS 14 update appears to have a bug that wipes customized default browser and mail settings when a device is reset or restarted. The iOS 14 update was released on Wednesday. One of its most noteworthy features is the ability to set third-party mail and browser apps as a default alternative to Apple's Mail and Safari. A day after iOS 14 became available, users started to notice that restarts or resets were wiping their default browser and mail settings. For example, clicking a link after a restart will open that webpage in Safari, even if you set Google Chrome as the default. It appears, at this point, that the only fix is to manually change the default app settings after a restart, or avoiding a reset in the first place. The rollout of iOS 14 hasn't gone as smoothly as past releases, since Apple gave developers less than a day to prepare their apps for the update. It isn't clear what's causing the restart bug, however. As of this writing, many popular browser and mail apps have added support for the default setting. That includes Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome, DuckDuckGo and the Basecamp-created Hey app. Earlier on Thursday, Cisco warned users that a new privacy feature in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 could interfere with mobile device management (MDM) and bring your own device (BYOD) platforms.
iPad Air, affordable Apple Watch, 'AirPods Studio,' small HomePod predicted for fall - AppleInsider
Apple is reportedly readying a bevy of new products for its annual fall iPhone event, including a fresh iPad Air with edge-to-edge display, affordable Apple Watch entry and a pair of branded luxury headphones.
Apple is reportedly readying a bevy of new products for its annual fall iPhone event, including a fresh iPad Air with edge-to-edge display, affordable Apple Watch entry and a pair of branded luxury headphones. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg adds its voice to a cacophony of rumors regarding Apple's plans for "iPhone 12," saying the company has put in orders for at least 75 million 5G handsets this year. That figure could reach 80 million units in 2020, according to the report. Echoing rumblings that have circulated since last December, Bloomberg says Apple will field four new iPhone models this fall, each boasting OLED screen technology and 5G connectivity. Standard "iPhone" variants will come in 5.4-and 6.1-inch sizes, while a "Pro" lineup consists of 6.1- and 6.7-inch options, the latter of which will sport Apple's LiDAR Scanner. Employees testing the new devices say the 6.7-inch screen is one of the year's "most notable improvements," sources said, while others note 5G networks are not greatly improving data speeds. The report further corroborates recent rumors that a dark blue color choice will replace last year's Midnight Green. Apple also plans to launch a new iPad Air model that borrows its design from the company's iPad Pro lineup. Though the report fails to offer details on the device, a supposed leak last week suggested the redesigned tablet shifts Touch ID to the power switch, negating the need for a home button. Those claims follow predictions from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who in May pegged Apple to debut a 10.8-inch iPad version, as well as a revamped iPad mini, late this year. Bloomberg sources also said Apple's first branded over-the-ear headphones, dubbed by media as "AirPods Studio," will launch this fall. Again, Kuo was first to deliver word of the device years ago, saying in 2018 that the product will benefit from an all-new design and high-end audio components. Subsequent rumors claimed the headphones will cost around $350. A pair of new Apple Watch lines are also on the way, the report said. As usual, Apple is preparing a successor to the current Apple Watch Series 5, but is at the same time working on lower cost hardware to replace the aging Apple Watch Series 3. The more affordable variant, previously rumored to integrate a plastic chassis, is said to be a play at a market currently dominated by Fitbit. Also in the works, according to Bloomberg, is a cheaper, smaller version of HomePod that will build on the existing smart speaker's audio and Siri capabilities. AirTags, Apple's take on Tile-like location trackers, is also on the docket. Finally, a next-generation Apple TV with a faster processor for gaming and higher quality video. Interestingly, the report claims the company is developing a feature similar to Find My iPhone that will help users locate the set-top's new remote. The report does not make clear when the new Apple TV will ship, saying only that it could launch in 2021.
Next iPad may look more like an iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard support - AppleInsider
The next iPad may borrow some of the design and features from the iPad Pro lineup, with allegedly leaked design schematics including thinner bezels, sensors intended for Face ID, and supposed support for the Magic Keyboard.
The next iPad may borrow some of the design and features from the iPad Pro lineup, with allegedly leaked design schematics including thinner bezels, sensors intended for Face ID, and supposed support for the Magic Keyboard. Apple launched its seventh-generation iPad in September 2019, with it sporting a larger 10.2-inch Retina display and support for the full-size Smart Keyboard. In what could be an indicator for other products that may launch alongside the anticipated "iPhone 12" in September, schematics claiming to show the next iPad suggest it may gain another facelift. The images published by 91Mobiles depict an iPad with a 10.8-inch display, which is said to correlate with other rumors and speculation about the model. To match the larger screen, Apple will also take advantage of the design language of the iPad Pro to make the bezels slim. The change in bezel design would also mean the loss of Touch ID, as the images don't seem to show a Home button at all. Another leaker on Thursday claimed it would have Touch ID on the power button, though the schematics also propose the tablet will have the requisite sensors in the bezel to be able to use Face ID. The edges use the same flat design as the iPad Pro lineup rather than a more gradual curve. Towards the base are claimed to be a USB Type-C port for charging, four microphones, and dual speakers, though this last point could be Apple adding a second grille for design symmetry. On the back, instead of a camera bump, it will apparently have the same single-camera setup as previous models. There is also seemingly no sign of the LiDAR element found on the Pro models. There is also a claim that the back includes magnetic connectors, which the publication says would be for Magic Keyboard support. The report claims the schematics show an eighth-generation iPad, but other rumors have also suggested it could be an iPad Air 4. As the third-generation iPad Air launched in March 2019, it remains a possibility that the schematics show that model instead.
Rosetta lacks support for x86 machine virtualization apps, Boot Camp not an option on Apple silicon - AppleInsider
Mac users who rely on Windows virtualization software might be left in the lurch when Apple transitions to its own custom ARM processors later this year, as the company's Rosetta Intel-to-ARM translator does not support virtual machine apps.
Mac users who rely on Windows virtualization software might be left in the lurch when Apple transitions to its own custom ARM processors later this year, as the company's Rosetta Intel-to-ARM translator does not support virtual machine apps. Apple outlined Rosetta's — technically Rosetta 2's — limitations in a developer document posted to its website this week, noting that while it can translate "most" Intel-based apps, it is unable to do the same for virtual machine apps that virtualize x86_64 computer platforms. Popular x86_64 virtualization apps include products from Parallels and VMWare that virtualize Windows environments. Rosetta is also unable to translate kernel extensions. Unveiled during Monday's WWDC keynote, Rosetta is a key feature that will help Apple and developers transition from Intel-based Macs to hardware running ARM-based chips. The software layer translates apps that contain x86_64 instructions for Apple silicon, which uses an arm64 instruction set. Rolling out the feature now gives developers time to create a universal binary for their apps, but as Apple notes, Rosetta can run slow and is not a substitute for native apps. In addition to Rosetta's x86 restrictions, Boot Camp will no longer be available for use on Macs powered by Apple silicon. For now, the macOS utility that enabled booting of both Windows and Mac operating systems, will remain in macOS Big Sur as an Intel-only feature. ARM Macs will not be able to access the feature and the company has not announced a replacement. The transition to Apple silicon is expected to take about two years. Whether virtualization companies are working on a solution for ARM chips remains unknown, though VMWare on Tuesday said a Big Sur-compatible "tech preview" of Fusion will arrive in July. Apple this week opened the Universal App Quick Start Program to get Developer Transition Kits in developer hands. The kits, which include a Mac mini running an A12Z Bionic SoC, will allow developers to build and test their wares prior to the release of the first ARM Macs later this year.