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Apple Fixes FaceTime Flaw, Compensates Teen Who Found It

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Apple on Thursday rolled out the iOS 12.1.4 update to fix a Group FaceTime bug that let users hear audio of the callee before they answer.

iDevice owners should upgrade their operating system ASAP to avoid prying eyes—and ears.

First reported by 9to5Mac last week, the glitch made it easy to eavesdrop on contacts. Simply start a FaceTime video chat, swipe up from the bottom to choose “Add Person,” type in your own phone number, and listen.

Before the patch, hackers could overhear anything the person’s mobile microphone picked up, not to mention see anything their front-facing camera detected.

Now, after more than a week offline, Cupertino has reinstated Group FaceTime, sans unintentional spyware.

The update is available for iPhone 5S and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Release notes claim a “logic issue existed” in Group FaceTime, which was fixed “with improved state management.” As of Thursday evening, Apple’s System Status page noted the app had been restored.

The tech titan credited Daven Morris of Arlington, Texas, as well as Catalina Foothills High School student Grant Thompson—who with his mother Michele led Apple to turn off group chat during its investigation.

In return, the firm will compensate the Thompson family and make a monetary gift toward 14-year-old Grant’s education, according to Reuters, which did not publish exact figures.

It’s been a rough week for Apple, which faces multiple lawsuits and questions from lawmakers over the FaceTime incident.

Add to that the headline-making news that some iOS apps record users’ activity without permission, blatantly skirting Apple’s guidelines, and you’ve got what I’d call a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start to 2019.

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iPhone XS and XS Max will receive four 12-megapixel camera with sensor Sony

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In the Network appeared new details about the cameras of the new iPhone. The leakage is a well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (Ming-Chi Kuo), knowledgeable in matters of new Apple devices, so this data is definitely worth a closer look.

The analyst believes that the iPhone XS and XS Max will get a front-facing camera a higher resolution – 12 MP instead of 7 MP. The main camera will be represented by three sensors with a resolution of 12 megapixels. It is expected that all these sensors will be purchased from Sony. As for the lenses of the main camera, they will be provided with the standard wide angle, super wide and telephoto lens.

iPhone XS и XS Max получат по четыре 12-мегапиксельные камеры с датчиками Sony
The frame shows the layout of the modules is the main camera the new iPhone XS and XS Max

The successor to the iPhone XR get dual main camera instead of the usual single. The resolution of the sensors is unknown (but we can assume that it will remain the same as 12 MP), but the expected wide-angle lenses, and telephoto – like in the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus.

It is expected that the iPhone XS will get the OLED screen diagonal of 5.8 inches, and XS Max will use OLED panel with a diagonal of 6.5 inches. The successor will receive IPS screen a diagonal of 6.1 inches.

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Qualcomm and Apple have agreed. Apple Pays

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Qualcomm and Apple have announced the agreement reached between them. It provides for the termination of all litigation between the two companies around the world and pay Apple to use Qualcomm.

Specify that the agreement covers litigation involving Qualcomm, which involved the manufacturing partners of Apple.

Qualcomm и Apple договорились. Платит Apple

The company also signed a six-year license agreement, which became effective on April 1, 2019 and may be extended for another two years. In addition, signed a multiyear contract to supply chipsets.

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Robot Apple Daisy can disassemble 200 iPhones per hour

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Apple announced a significant expansion of their programs for recycling electronics, increasing four times the number of places where US users can send their iPhone to the disassembly robot Daisy. The robot will parse some iPhone returned to Best Buy stores across the U.S. and in the retail network of KPN in the Netherlands. Device owners can also take them for disposal in any corporate Apple store or via the website apple.com under the program, Apple Trade In.

The manufacturer has received about 1 million units through the recycling program. One Daisy can parse 1.2 million units a year. In 2018, the company was restored and allowed again to sell more than 7.8 million devices and prevented the appearance of more than 48 000 tons of e-waste.

Робот Apple Daisy может разбирать 200 смартфонов iPhone в час

Now the robot can disassemble Daisy 15 models of the iPhone at a rate of 200 vehicles per hour, extracting valuable materials for reuse. As for the cobalt, which is a key material for batteries, Apple batteries, sends the retrieved Daisy from the iPhone to its suppliers. They use it for the manufacture of new batteries for Apple, forming a vicious cycle the use of this material.

Apple only uses recycled tin in the main boards 11 different products. In addition, the company has developed aluminium alloy made from recycled aluminum, for buildings of MacBook Air and Mac mini.

Apple today also announced the opening of a special laboratory that will develop future recycling processes.

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