Archive for the ‘iOS’ Category

Apple reveals iOS 13 and iPadOS release dates—but macOS Catalina remains a mystery

September 11th, 2019
The just-announced iPhone 11 running iOS 13.

Enlarge / The just-announced iPhone 11 running iOS 13. (credit: Samuel Axon)

CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple's annual major public releases of iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS will arrive by the end of this month, Apple revealed on its website as it unveiled new hardware products in a live-streamed event today.

iOS 13 will hit iPhones and watchOS 6 will reach Apple Watches on September 19. iPadOS will ship a few days later on September 30. macOS Catalina is still due at an as-yet unspecified date in October.

Since Apple already made its announcement detailing features of the new operating systems at its developer conference back in June, today's event was focused on new hardware like the iPhone. But Apple often launches its major operating system releases alongside new hardware—especially when they involve mobile devices.

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Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro is official with three cameras and Super Retina XDR display

September 10th, 2019
Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro is official with three cameras and Super Retina XDR display

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CUPERTINO, Calif.—Alongside the new iPhone 11, Apple on Tuesday unveiled its higher-end follow-ups to the iPhone XS and XS Max: the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The 11 Pro will start at $999, while the 11 Pro Max will start at $1,099. They'll both begin shipping on September 20, with pre-orders starting on September 13.

The updated iPhones include 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED displays, respectively, both with pixel densities of 458 pixels per inch. Apple is calling these "Super Retina XDR" panels and says they include support for the P3 color space, Dolby Vision HDR, HD10, and up to 1,200 nits of brightness (which is notably high for a smartphone). Like the base iPhone 11, it advertises better spatial audio with Dolby Atmos surround sound support.

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Apple takes flak for disputing iOS security bombshell dropped by Google

September 7th, 2019
Apple takes flak for disputing iOS security bombshell dropped by Google

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Apple is taking flak for disputing some minor details of last week’s bombshell report that, for at least two years, customers' iOS devices were vulnerable to a sting of zeroday exploits, at least some of which were actively exploited to install malware that stole location data, passwords, encryption keys, and a wealth of other highly sensitive data.

Google’s Project Zero said the attacks were waged indiscriminately from a small collection of websites that “received thousands of visitors per week.” One of the five exploit chains Project Zero researchers analyzed showed they “were likely written contemporaneously with their supported iOS versions.” The researcher’s conclusion: “This group had a capability against a fully patched iPhone for at least two years.”

Earlier this week, researchers at security firm Volexity reported finding 11 websites serving the interests of Uyghur Muslims that the researchers believed were tied to the attacks Project Zero identified. Volexity’s post was based in part on a report by TechCrunch citing unnamed people familiar with the attacks who said they were the work of nation—likely China—designed to target the Uyghur community in the country’s Xinjiang state.

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Liveblog: All the news from Apple’s “By Innovation Only” iPhone event

September 6th, 2019
Stylized Apple logo.

Enlarge / This image accompanied invitations Apple sent to the press for the September 10 event. (credit: Apple)

CUPERTINO, Calif.—At 10:00am Pacific time on Tuesday, September 10, Apple executives will take the stage in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's headquarters to announce a slate of new products. Those products will likely include 2019's new iPhone models, which are rumored to have greatly improved cameras and a number of incremental improvements over 2018's iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Ars Technica will be in attendance at the event, and we'll be liveblogging the proceedings right here.

Several of Apple's plans for this fall have leaked or appeared in reliable reports in the past several weeks, though it is not certain exactly which ones will come to pass at this event as opposed to a later one. However, Apple has over the past few years settled into a schedule of focusing annual events around this time in September on its two flagship mobile products: the iPhone and the Apple Watch.

The company also intends to introduce a new MacBook Pro and an updated iPad Pro at some point before the end of the year, and it has already announced plans to bring the totally overhauled Mac Pro and its accompanying Pro Display XDR to market in 2019. We don't expect the focus to be on those products at this event—they were detailed at the company's developer conference in June—but we do expect Apple to tell attendees its planned release dates for 2019's major operating system updates, iOS 13 and macOS Catalina.

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What to expect from Apple’s September 10 “By Innovation Only” event

September 5th, 2019
Stylized Apple logo.

Enlarge / This image accompanied invitations Apple sent to the press for the September 10 event. (credit: Apple)

At 10am Pacific on September 10, Apple will host its annual iPhone event in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif. We're expecting new iPhones and a new Apple Watch to be sure, and as has been the case for recent Apple launches, there have been reliable leaks of details about both.

With the event less than a week away, let's look at what we know so far—what will be different about the new iPhones? What features are coming to the Apple Watch? And will Apple actually deliver a "one more thing" announcement on top of the usual this time?

We're doubtful about really big surprises at this point. The days of surprising revelations seem to be over; the company has settled into a fairly predictable product-release schedule, and most major details about new products—be they hardware or software—tend to show up in reports in tech and business publications around the Web.

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iOS vulnerability that let you jailbreak your iPhone is once again dead

August 26th, 2019
iOS vulnerability that let you jailbreak your iPhone is once again dead

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The iOS vulnerability that made it possible for users and hackers to jailbreak fully up-to-date iPhones and iPads is no more, following an update Apple released on Monday that patches the highly unusual bug.

The security advisory accompanying the release of iOS version 12.4.1 says it patches a kernel vulnerability that allows malicious apps to execute code that runs with the highest of privileges. (The use-after-free vulnerability was first fixed in iOS 12.3.) Then, last weekend, researchers noticed that version 12.4, released in June, was once again vulnerable. Jailbreak enthusiasts—who like the freedom that such vulnerabilities permit—quickly capitalized on the Apple developer mistake by releasing exploits that worked on fully patched devices.

Jailbreaking phones allows users to do all kinds of things that aren't normally possible, including installing unauthorized apps. But that freedom can potentially work to the favor of malicious hackers. Jailbreaking may weaken iOS protections that prevent an app from reading or modifying another app's data.

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Apple sues company that sells “perfect replicas” of iOS without a license

August 16th, 2019
An image from Apple's lawsuit against Corellium displays how Corellium's service provides a copy of the iPhone operating system.

Enlarge / An image from Apple's lawsuit shows a real iPhone X and Corellium's service running a virtual iPhone X. (credit: Apple)

Apple yesterday sued Corellium, a company that sells access to virtual machines that run copies of the operating system used in iPhones and iPads.

Corellium markets iOS virtualization as "a research tool for those trying to discover security vulnerabilities and other flaws in Apple's software," according to Apple's complaint (PDF) filed in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. But "Corellium's true goal is profiting off its blatant infringement," Apple wrote. "Far from assisting in fixing vulnerabilities, Corellium encourages its users to sell any discovered information on the open market to the highest bidder."

Corellium offers access to copies of iOS in a cloud service and in private installations on a customer's premises, with the latter costing $1 million a year, the lawsuit said. "Corellium does so with no license or permission from Apple," the lawsuit said.

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iOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps

August 6th, 2019
Apple's Craig Federighi unveils iOS 13 at WWDC 2019.

Apple's Craig Federighi unveils iOS 13 at WWDC 2019. (credit: Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica)

Privacy has been a renewed focus with Apple’s next operating system update. One new feature in iOS 13 that seems centered on user privacy could have sweeping consequences for messaging and online call apps.

In iOS 13, Apple will not allow apps to run voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) in the background when the programs are not actively in use. Many apps that offer VoIP services currently run in the background, and they will need to be rewritten to adjust to Apple’s upcoming rules. The change is slated to roll out when iOS 13 is released in September. However, app developers will get a grace period, and they have until April 2020 to comply.

Apple has been putting privacy at the front and center of its business, especially as many tech companies make headlines for data breaches or misuse of personal information. iOS 13 will include multiple updates centered on giving users more control over how and when apps can get their information, such as one-time location sharing and a “Sign in with Apple” system.

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Journey creator’s Sky debuts on iPhone and iPad

July 19th, 2019

This week marks the launch of Sky: Children of Light, a game from famed designed Jenova Chen and beloved studio thatgamecompany, on iOS devices. Intended as an entry point to gaming that upends conventions and seeks new ranges of emotional expression, Sky was revealed during Apple's iPhone keynote in 2017 as a mobile-first game and an iOS exclusive at launch.

The game is expected to arrive on Android, Mac, Apple TV, Windows PC, and consoles sometime in the future, though. Its initial wide launch this week follows a long soft-launch period and a launch-date delay as the game went through some big changes in testing to get its social aspects—a key part of the experience—just right.

In Sky, you play as a nondescript, child-like being who walks and flies through varied 3D environments collecting light, helping beings, solving puzzles, and working with friends to bring light back to your world.

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Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs

July 1st, 2019
Twitter returns to the Mac via Apple's Project Catalyst.

Enlarge / Twitter returns to the Mac via Apple's Project Catalyst. (credit: Apple)

SAN JOSE, Calif.—When Apple revealed macOS Catalina at WWDC this month, one related announcement drew considerable interest from Mac users and developers alike: a new way to turn iPad apps into fully native Mac apps.

Dubbed Project Catalyst, it promised to increase the number of quality native apps on the Mac platform by leveraging developers' existing work in the arguably more robust iOS (and now, iPadOS) app ecosystem. But it does raise questions: what does this mean for Mac users' future experiences? Will this change the type of software made for Macs? Is Apple's ecosystem a mobile-first one?

Then there are developer concerns: is Catalyst just a stepping stone to SwiftUI? What challenges can devs expect when adapting their iPad apps for the Mac?

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