Apple today released the first developer beta of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 for all compatible iPhones and iPads. The highlight of this beta release is that it adds the hyped Deep Fusion image processing to the camera app of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
Demand for the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro series is more than anticipated and these devices are selling better than what analysts had expected. Cowen analysts had first expected Apple to sell around 44 million iPhones in Q3 of this year. However, due to the strong demand, they have now increased their forecast to 47 million.
Apple’s strict vigil over the iOS ecosystem and the App Store means that there are no third-party alternative App Stores. Using an ingenious method though, developer Riley has come up with an alternative App Store for non-jailbroken iPhones and iPads called AltStore.
The troubled saga of Japan Display to secure a bailout package for itself just does not seem to end. The company was supposed to get a bailout package from a Chinese consortium to help with its restructuring efforts. However, the lead group Chinese group Harvest Tech Investment Management has changed its mind and pulled out from the plan.
Apple will display a warning on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro running iOS 13.1 if it detects that these phones are not using a genuine Apple display. The warning will be displayed on the lock screen for about four days.
Apart from offering AppleCare+ for the AirPods and selected Beats headphones, Apple has also quietly launched a monthly payment plan for AppleCare+ and allowing them to subscribe to AppleCare+ for an indefinite period of time.
It looks like Apple will have a surprise for us at its iPhone 11 ‘By Innovation Only’ event next week. A reputed leaker has used Steve Jobs iconic “but there’s one more thing” line to hint about this on Twitter.
iOS has always been known for its privacy and security. The walled garden approach from Apple has meant that iOS exploits have been hard to find which is why there has always been a premium on them in the grey market. However, after a series of major security lapses this year, the value of iOS exploits has gone down in the market.
Google’s Project Zero team discovered a series of hacked websites earlier this year that was being used for carrying out one of the largest attacks on iPhone users. The websites relied on an iPhone 0-day exploit and had no target discrimination: anyone with an iPhone who visited the hacked website was attacked by the exploit server.
The Indian government relaxed some norms relating to FDI thereby paving the way for Apple to open its online and offline store in the country. While Apple is already working on opening its online store in India in the coming months, its first direct retail store is still some time away.