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This week on AI: CES 2018, Meltdown & Spectre fixes, Apple's AR headset & more

01/13/2018, 12:04:09 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

CES was taking place in Las Vegas, but much of the news continued to revolve around crises like Meltdown and Spectre, the iPhone slowdown controversy, and taxes.

Apple features subscription apps offering free trials in new App Store section

01/11/2018, 10:43:50 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple recently published a new section to its iOS App Store that throws a spotlight on subscription-based apps offering free trials to new users, a move that plays into the company's wider push toward subscription pricing.

U.S. government questions Apple over iPhone slowdown debacle

01/09/2018, 10:56:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

Following revelations that the French government opened an investigation into Apple's decision to throttle the performance of older iPhones with deteriorated batteries, a U.S. senator on Tuesday sent a letter to CEO Tim Cook requesting details about the hardware policy.

Microsoft advises fixes for Spectre and Meltdown security flaws could cause noticeable performance hits

01/09/2018, 04:53:10 PM, Posted By Malcolm Owen

As tech companies rush to work around the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws, a blog post from Microsoft suggests that the processor generation and age of the operating system will play a factor in terms of how much of an impact the fixes will have on system performance, at least from a Windows user's perspective.

Apple's iOS Addiction already has a solution on the Mac

01/09/2018, 02:07:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple is vexed with the problem of excessive customer satisfaction, particularly in the troublesome demographic of young users. That's the latest hot take reaction to the issue of kids being given permissive parental approval to stay up all night on their iOS devices, leaving them sleep deprived and distracted. Apple's parental controls on iOS are focused on limiting access to content and specific apps, but the company already has tools in place to enforce parents' wishes on the Mac. It just needs to bring these to iOS.

French government investigates planned obsolescence allegations amidst iPhone slowdown controversy

01/08/2018, 04:52:40 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

The French government is reportedly investigating a recent private complaint against Apple, which charges that the company's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries is a form of planned obsolescence meant to sell new hardware.

Wemo Bridge adds Apple HomeKit to Belkin's line of smarthome accessories

01/08/2018, 09:00:55 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show Belkin made good on years of promises and launched the Wemo Bridge, which lets other Wemo smarthome accessories link with Apple's HomeKit.

Law firm that extracted $450M settlement in Apple e-books case is going after company for throttling iPhones

01/05/2018, 10:35:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

Hagens Berman, the consumer rights law firm that successfully obtained a $450 million settlement from Apple over e-book price fixing, once again has the tech giant in its sights, and on Friday filed a class-action lawsuit over the iPhone throttling debacle.

All Mac & iOS CPUs affected by 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws, some fixes already in place with more coming

01/04/2018, 07:39:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Following the news that both Intel- and ARM-based processors can be susceptible to various hacks, Apple issued a statement on Thursday announcing that it has already implemented some fixes in the latest iOS and macOS releases, with more still to come. However, there are not currently any known exploits taking advantage of "Meltdown" and "Spectre."

Apple looks to simplify development of iPhone apps with acquisition of Vancouver-based Buddybuild

01/02/2018, 03:30:36 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Developer support service Buddybuild announced that it has ben acquired by Apple, where its personnel will join the Xcode team in creating developer tools for iOS apps.

Apple 2017 year in review: The realities of AR and VR plus Apple's ARKit

12/30/2017, 02:15:00 PM, Posted By Malcolm Owen

At the start of 2017, it was thought that Apple was falling behind other companies in developing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) related technologies in its products. By the end of the year, Apple has taken small steps towards establishing itself in the VR industry, but it has made great strides in the field of AR, with ARKit being the main driver for its progress.

Apple 2017 year in review: iPhone X with Face ID signals major platform shift

12/29/2017, 02:29:43 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

To mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple released the iPhone X -- that's pronounced "ten," as the company is eager to point out. While it may not be an earth-shaking revelation, it's an important signpost for where Apple plans to be 10 years from now -- assuming we're even still using smartphones in 2027.

iFixit matches Apple's $29 battery swap cost, covers pre-iPhone 6 devices

12/29/2017, 09:53:58 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Looking to equal or beat Apple in the aftermath of its iPhone battery apology, iFixit has dropped the price of its do-it-yourself battery swap kits to $29 or less. More significantly this includes kits for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s, and 5c, which are excluded from Apple's discounted battery replacements.

Criminal lawsuit over iPhone battery slowdowns filed in France, where planned obsolescence is illegal

12/28/2017, 12:27:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Fallout continues to grow following the discovery that Apple slows down older phones with aging batteries to prevent random shutdowns, as a new criminal lawsuit in France aims to hit Apple's pocketbook -- and could even result in jail time.

South Korea probes Apple's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries

12/28/2017, 10:34:00 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

The Korea Communications Commission has reportedly asked for an explanation in the wake of Apple's admission that it slows down older iPhones to prolong battery life.

This week on AI: iOS apps headed to Mac, Apple's iPhone battery controversy, Apple TV back at Amazon & more

12/23/2017, 12:07:16 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Even with many people heading home for Christmas, there was still plenty of Apple news on tap -- including rumors of iOS apps coming to the Mac, and the company admitting that it slows down iPhones based on battery performance.

Third iPhone battery lawsuit says Apple used slowdowns to avoid fixing defects

12/22/2017, 06:25:00 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Taking a different tack, another class action lawsuit -- following Apple's admission that it slows down iPhones with weakened batteries -- charges that the company made the change to avoid the full cost of fixing defects.

Apple hit with lawsuit after admitting to slowing down iPhones with depleted batteries

12/21/2017, 04:18:00 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

A day after Apple acknowledged slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries, a Los Angeles man is pursuing a class action lawsuit in the matter.

Apple responds to reports of worn batteries forcing iPhone CPU slowdowns

12/20/2017, 02:42:00 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Apple has confirmed that it temporarily slows down processes on older iPhones with poorly functioning batteries, with a recent update able to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks" when needed to prevent device shutdown.

Apple's project 'Marzipan' will let iOS apps run on the Mac in 2018 - report

12/20/2017, 10:03:50 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

As a way to bolster software offerings on Mac, Apple is reportedly planning to blur the lines between its macOS and iOS platforms, allowing iPhone and iPad apps from the hugely successful iOS App Store to run on a Mac.