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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Of course this is the most downloaded iPhone app of 2020



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Of course this is the most downloaded iPhone app of 2020

Year after year, the same old social media apps have gotten the top spots on Apple’s annual list of most downloaded apps. But not this year, my friends! 

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Drumroll please. The most downloaded free app of 2020 in the U.S. was…ZOOM Cloud Meetings! Pop that bottle of quarantine isolation champagne, because it’s a truly astronomical rise that shows how different 2020 was from past years thanks to the pandemic. Zoom did not even crack Apple’s chart of the top 20 most downloaded free apps last year.

There were other reshuffles and surprises. The second most downloaded app was TikTok, and the third was newcomer Disney freaking Plus. All anyone wanted to do in 2020 was connect with friends and consume snackable or comforting content.

Apple does not share the number of downloads of

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iPhone zero-click Wi-Fi exploit is one of the most breathtaking hacks ever

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Earlier this year, Apple patched one of the most breathtaking iPhone vulnerabilities ever: a memory corruption bug in the iOS kernel that gave attackers remote access to the entire device—over Wi-Fi, with no user interaction required at all. Oh, and exploits were wormable—meaning radio-proximity exploits could spread from one near-by device to another, once again, with no user interaction needed.

This Wi-Fi packet of death exploit was devised by Ian Beer, a researcher at Project Zero, Google’s vulnerability research arm. In a 30,000-word post published on Tuesday afternoon, Beer described the vulnerability and the proof-of-concept exploit he spent six months developing single handedly. Almost immediately, fellow security researchers took notice.

Beware of dodgy Wi-Fi packets

“This is a fantastic piece of work,” Chris Evans, a semi-retired security researcher and executive and the founder of Project Zero, said in an interview. “It

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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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Best Cyber Monday Apple Deals: iPhone, MacBook, and iPad Sales

It’s still Sunday, but there are already loads of Apple deals rolling in for Cyber Monday 2020. For the latest discounts on Apple tech from across the web, you can browse by the categories below:

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We’re already seeing a torrent of deals on all sorts of Apple products including AirPods, iPhones, MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watches, and more. We’ve rounded up the best available Cyber Monday Apple deals for your convenience, and we’ve also included some pointers for shopping these holiday sales to make your shopping experience as streamlined as possible.

Cyber Monday iPhone deals

The newest iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are the best iPhones on the market currently, That said, the best Cyber Monday iPhone deals will be on the iPhone 11 and iPhone XS. The iPhone 11 Pro editions feature three camera lenses and a powerful A13 Bionic Processor. They’re slightly smaller than

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AirPods Pro, iPad Pro, iPhone 12, New MacBook Early Deals

Apple Black Friday sales are over, but we are only at half time because the first Cyber Monday AirPods, iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Apple Watch deals are already live. So if you thought you had missed out don’t worry, these are the sales you need to know about. Tip: this article is regularly updated, so bookmark it. (11/29 updated)

Note: Apple’s Black Friday deals will continue throughout Cyber Monday. They are all gift card-based with a $50 gift card offered on full price iPhone SE, iPhone 11 and iPhone XR models. A $25 gift card on the Apple Watch Series 3 and AirPods and a $150 gift card on “eligible” MacBook Pro and iMac models. The best deals are gift cards of up to $100 on the iPad Pro / iPad Mini and

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Black Friday 2020: best iPhone deals offer free phones, cash discounts on the new iPhone 12

Apple has released its strongest iPhone lineup yet, and retailers are making it easy to get the new models with deals, bundles, and discounts during Black Friday. Check out the latest free phone offers and special incentives on the new iPhone 12, along with the budget-friendly iPhone SE.

Black Friday iPhone deals at wireless carriers

The iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are here, and wireless carriers are hoping to entice you into switching to their service with competitive deals. Many of the offers require new service, new lines, or trading in an old phone, so check the specific terms and conditions pertaining to each offer, but it’s a great way to save on a wide assortment of iPhones when bundled with service.

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Verizon’s Black Friday sales include a free iPhone SE promotion via bill credits, along with 50%

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Apple’s own 5G ‘iPhone 13’ modem may be used in iPad Pro

Supply chain sources suggest Apple’s plans to make its own mmWave 5G modem for the next iPhone, are sufficiently advanced that it may also use them in a 2021 iPad Pro.

Following recent rumors that Apple will release an OLED iPad Pro in the second half of 2021, new reports suggest that the device may gain 5G. Specifically, two separate reports claim that 5G systems are expected, and that Apple’s may use its own 5G modem in the iPad Pro.

A 5G iPad Pro has previously been rumored, with reports that its production was pushed back to early 2021 because of coronavirus delays. Now the claim is that whether or not that model arrives, Apple is planning an iPad Pro that will feature its own design of 5G modem.

According to one report in Digitimes, the supply chain is expecting to see an increase in demand for 5Gmm Wave

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Apple on Track for Strong Holiday Sales for AirPods, IPhone 12, Analyst Says

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report is likely to see the AirPods and IPhone 12 flying off the shelves this holiday shopping season, a Wedbush analyst said Wednesday. 

Shares of the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant were up nearly 1% to $116.15 on Wednesday morning.

Analyst Daniel Ives, who has an outperform rating on Apple with a $150 price target, said that “as we head into Black Friday and the start of holiday shopping season we are seeing a surge of consumer demand for Apple’s AirPods Pro with some good discounts on the horizon.”

Ives estimates that Apple will sell sell roughly 18 million AirPods during the course of the next month and is on pace to yet again be “a clear star” of Black Friday and the holiday season.

“We estimate that Apple is on pace to sell over 90 million AirPods units in 2020 and is now on

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How to set up and use iMessage on a Mac computer, and sync it with your iPhone or iPad using iCloud



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  • After a short set up, it’s easy to send and receive iMessages straight from your Mac computer, instead of having to use your iPhone or iPad.
  • We recommend you set up iCloud message sharing between your Mac and iPhone so no data is lost, and you can be sure you’re responding to the most recent message.
  • Syncing your iMessages to iCloud also allows you to download them to a new device at setup.
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iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks have made messaging family members, friends, and coworkers easier than ever.

And thanks to Apple’s straight-forward software, you’re able to keep the conversation going from any of your devices.

Stuck in a work meeting but really need to text your spouse

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