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Connecting to malicious Wi-Fi networks can mess with your iPhone

Enlarge (credit: Apple) There’s a bug in iOS that disables Wi-Fi connectivity when devices join a network that uses a booby-trapped name, a researcher disclosed over the weekend. By connecting to a Wi-Fi network that uses the SSID “%p%s%s%s%s%n” (quotation marks not included), iPhones and iPads lose the ability to join that network or any other...

Apple and Google’s AI wizardry promises privacy—at a cost

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Since the dawn of the iPhone, many of the smarts in smartphones have come from elsewhere: the corporate computers known as the cloud. Mobile apps sent user data cloudward for useful tasks like transcribing speech or suggesting message replies. Now Apple and Google say smartphones are smart enough to do some crucial...

Amazon joins Apple, Google by reducing its app store cut

Enlarge / The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, which runs Amazon's Fire OS. (credit: Amazon) Apparently following Apple and Google's lead, Amazon has announced that it will take a smaller revenue cut from apps developed by teams that earn less than $1 million annually from their apps on the Amazon Appstore, as well as to developers who are brand-new to said...

Apple’s Tim Cook: Sideloading is “not in the best interests of the user”

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook being interviewed remotely by Brut. (credit: Brut.) Apple has been under a mountain of scrutiny lately from legislators, developers, judges, and users. Amidst all that, CEO Tim Cook sat with publication Brut. to discuss Apple's strategy and policies. The short but wide-ranging interview offered some insight into where...

Apple’s podcast subscriptions went live today—with a 30 percent cut

A Subscriber Edition page in the Podcasts app. [credit: Apple ] As previously announced in April, Apple has today launched its new Podcasts Subscriptions feature on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. The system allows users to subscribe to podcasts...

The Apple Watch Series 7 will have a new design, report says

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 6, which the new model discussed here would probably replace. (credit: Corey Gaskin) Apple has released a new Apple Watch around the same time every year like clockwork since the device was first introduced in 2015. So no one should be surprised that a new Apple Watch is due later this year. But a report from Bloomberg's...

Here are a bunch of iOS 15 features that Apple didn’t mention earlier

New Maps interface. [credit: Apple ] As Apple's annual WWDC conference wraps up, we have a whole week of developer sessions and press briefings to look back on, plus a bunch of bullet points on Apple's various feature pages to sort through....

Dark Sky’s API, iOS app, and web app will all stop working next year

An example of Dark Sky's maps from the desktop Web version. [credit: Dark Sky ] A new blog post from the developers of Apple-owned, hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky has announced that the iOS and web versions of the app, as well as the...

These macOS Monterey features won’t work on Intel Macs

The back of the 24-inch iMac. [credit: Samuel Axon ] A page on Apple's website has revealed that several features of macOS Monterey, the new version of the software that runs on Macs, won't work on legacy Macs with Intel processors. Rather,...

Buried features: There’s more to macOS Monterey than the keynote let on

Enlarge / A promotional image of macOS Monterey. (credit: Apple) As is always the case with each Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Apple's 90-minute presentation Monday covered what Apple deems the biggest features of its new operating systems. But the company didn't cover every change coming to Macs. We've singled out a few changes that...

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