Phill Schiller, head of the App Store at Apple, considered reducing the App Store fees back in 2011 when the store generated over $1 billion in profit for the first time.
After the release of iOS 14.5.1 earlier today, Apple has stopped signing iOS 14.4.2. This, essentially, means that you can no longer install iOS 14.4.2, or any earlier version of iOS if you’ve already updated your iPhone to iOS 14.5 or the latest iOS 14.5 release.
Recently Twitter announced a live audio room feature to take on the likes of Clubhouse. Until now, the feature was in a public beta. Today Twitter has announced that anyone with more than 600 followers can access Spaces on iOS.
Following the release of iOS 14.5 last week, Apple has released iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 to the public. The minor point release of the OS fixes a bug with App Tracking Transparency.
Last year rumors claimed that the iPhone 12 series could feature a display with a 120Hz refresh rate but that did not happen. Now iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models are rumored to come equipped with a 120Hz refresh rate OLED display.
Apple could potentially add blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood alcohol monitoring to a future version of the Apple Watch. The company has partnered with the British company Rockley Photonics that has developed sensors for reading multiple signals from blood. These signals can typically only be read using medical equipment.
Apple is expected to refresh the iPad mini in the second half of this year. The claim has been made by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo based on a supply chain check.
With the release of iOS 14.5, Apple also rolled out App Tracking Transparency which requires apps to take users’ explicit permission before they can track them across apps and services. The feature is expected to have an impact on the advertising industry, with Facebook heavily criticizing it. Now, Facebook and Instagram want iPhone users to grant them the required permission for tracking them to keep their services “free of charge.”