Apple issues third betas for iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, tvOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2

Apple is now on its third generation of betas, providing developers with new builds of iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, tvOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2.

The newest builds can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled into the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

New additions to iOS 14.3 include support for Apple ProRAW, the company’s new image format that puts together the benefits of shooting in RAW with computational photography. The Find My app included a new video detailing an updated pairing interface, as well as a glyph that may represent AirPods Studio.

HomeKit was updated to change how it handled accessory updates. Default search option changes, App Clips, Cardio Fitness categories within the Health app, and Shortcut wallpaper updates were

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Apple Watch, AirPods market expansion edges out overall segment growth

Apple’s wearables business grew 38.6% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2020, outpacing the broader market, while the Apple Watch segment grew 75% in the same period.

The Cupertino tech giant shipped an estimated 41.4 million devices in the wearables category, which includes AirPods and AirPods Pro, up 29.8 million year-over-year. Impressively, the Apple Watch segment grew 75% in the same period, from 6.8 million units shipped in Q3 2019 to 11.8 million units in Q3 2020.

Apple ranked second to Xiaomi in the wrist-worn wearables category, which includes smartwatches, fitness wristbands, and traditional watches. Xiaomi had a 24.5% share of the market in the third quarter, while Apple took 21.6%, according to new data from research firm IDC.

In the broader wearables category, which also includes wireless earbuds, Apple took the top spot by a large margin. The iPhone maker had a 33.1% share of the market, followed

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Apple faces lawsuits in Europe over slowing down older iPhones

Apple is facing new legal action in Europe over its controversial practice of slowing down older iPhones.



a stereo sitting on top of a laptop: An Iphone 6 is seen in this photo illustration made in Stuttgart, Germany on January 11, 2020 (Photo by Agron Beqiri/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


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An Iphone 6 is seen in this photo illustration made in Stuttgart, Germany on January 11, 2020 (Photo by Agron Beqiri/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Euroconsumers, the advocacy group bringing the action, said in a statement Wednesday that the class-action lawsuits cover up to 2 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus devices in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

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Apple has faced public backlash and legal action around the world after it admitted in 2017 that software updates designed to prevent the batteries in older iPhones from crashing also slowed the devices down.

The Euroconsumers cases mirror a class action lawsuit against Apple in the United States that led to a proposed settlement of $500 million in March. Last month, Apple paid $113 million to

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Consumer Group Sues Apple in Belgium and Spain Over iPhone Throttling

An EU consumer advocacy group has filed class-action lawsuits against Apple in both Belgium and Spain for “unfair and misleading commercial practices” related to the iPhone performance management system it introduced in iOS 10.2.1 without informing customers.

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Brought by Euroconsumers, which describes itself as the “world’s leading consumer cluster organization,” the suits allege that the system introduced via iOS update in order to preserve battery life amount to “planned obsolescence.”

In a press release on Wednesday, the group stated:

The lawsuits cover owners of ‌iPhone‌ 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus and alleges Apple engaged in unfair and misleading commercial practices. The lawsuits ask for compensation of on average at least 60 euro for each affected consumer in Belgium and Spain.

Apple introduced power management features for older iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns during times of peak power draw on devices with degraded batteries.

These power management features throttle

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Apple dedicates 100% of Product Red eligible proceeds to COVID-19 relief through next June

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Head to the Apple homepage today, and you’ll notice a whole lot of the color red. The tech giant is promoting its Product (Red) line of gadgets and expanding its partnership with the Red nonprofit. From now through June 30, 2021, all eligible proceeds from the line will go to The Global Fund’s COVID-19 response. Additionally, Apple will shave $1 off of every purchase made through Dec. 7 either with Apple Pay, on apple.com, in the Apple App Store or at a physical Apple Store to give to the same cause.

The Product (Red) line includes an iPhone 12, an iPhone 12 Mini and an Apple Watch Series 6, among others. Each device features a stark red design that may be familiar from earlier collaborations. Apple has worked with the Red nonprofit since 2006 to combat HIV/AIDS in vulnerable regions on the African continent. This year, Apple redirected

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Apple M1 is the boost the Windows ecosystem needed: Qualcomm

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With recent tests showing that putting Windows onto Apple Silicon absolutely spanks the performance currently available on Qualcomm-made processors, one could be forgiven for thinking Qualcomm was apprehensive about its future desktop prospects.

However, Qualcomm SVP and general manager for mobile, compute, and infrastructure Alex Katouzian told journalists on Wednesday that the new chip was a validation for putting mobile chips into laptops.

“As we’ve seen during the pandemic age and I think this is going to continue for many years to come, video conferencing and remote working locations are going to become more and more important which means you have to have the capability of great video conferencing, you have to have the camera capability, you have to have the longevity of the battery, you should be able to work from any place that you are, inside your house or outside your house, and

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Apple sued in Europe over software update that slowed old iPhones

A consumer advocacy group is suing Apple for about €180m in four European countries for allegedly duping users into downloading updates that deliberately slowed down their iPhones.

The legal actions mirror a class action in the US that led to a proposed settlement there worth up to $500m, following allegations that Apple engineered the software updates to induce users to buy newer models. Apple agreed to the US settlement in March, admitting no wrongdoing but saying it wanted to avoid protracted litigation.

“Apple pushed updates to mask problems with the battery, knowing it would slow down phones,” said Els Bruggeman, head of policy and enforcement at Euroconsumers, the consumer advocacy group behind the new lawsuits.

European consumers, she said, “just want to be treated with the same respect that was given to consumers in the United States”.

Euroconsumers-affiliated groups are filing class action lawsuits in Belgium and Spain on Wednesday,

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Italy Fines Apple $12 Million for Misleading iPhone Water Resistance Claims

Apple has been slapped with a 10 million euro ($12 million) fine by Italy’s antitrust watchdog for unfair commercial practices related to its iPhone marketing in the country.

One of the Apple ads cited in the Italian watchdog’s proceedings (credit: setteBIT)

Specifically, Apple is being charged for misleading claims in promotional messages about how deep and how long iPhones can be submerged in water without being damaged.

In marketing materials related to ‌iPhone‌ 8, ‌iPhone‌ 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, ‌iPhone XS‌ Max, iPhone 11, ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple said its iPhones were water resistant at a depth of between one and four meters for up to 30 minutes, depending on the model.

However, according to the country’s competition regulator, the messages did not clarify that the claims are only true under specific conditions, for example during controlled laboratory tests with the use

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Amazon Web Services to offer macOS on-demand in the cloud, in new appeal to Apple developers

Amazon Web Services will provide software developers with access to macOS on-demand in the cloud for the first time, promising to speed up the process and reduce the cost of making software for Apple’s computers and devices.



graphical user interface: Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.


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Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.

Announced on the eve of the AWS re:invent conference Monday night, Amazon EC2 Mac Instances represent an unexpected expansion beyond Linux and Windows for AWS. Amazon says it was motivated by a desire to meet the needs of the community of more than 28 million developers who offer apps through the Apple App Store.

“Until now, development of these apps for the Apple platform was not possible within the AWS cloud,” said Dave Brown, AWC EC2 vice president, during the event. “Many of our customers had to manage their own fleet of Macs for their

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Apple hires venture capitalist Josh Elman to help improve App Store discovery

Apple has hired Josh Elman, a prominent venture capitalist and former vice president of product at stock-trading app Robinhood, to help it improve iOS app discovery in the App Store. Elman announced the news via his Twitter account on Monday, saying he’s also leaving his role as a board partner at the firm Greylock Partners and as a board member of prominent tech companies like Discord and Medium.

Elman joining the App Store team may help improve the iPhone maker’s relationship with developers after a rather rough year in which Apple’s stewardship of the App Store has been called into question by critics, rivals, and regulators. For instance, Elman is previously a board member of and investor in Houseparty, the chat app acquired by Fortnite creator Epic Games.

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