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Apple releases iOS 14.5.1 with a good iPhone privacy reason to update

Apple releases iOS 14.5.1 with a good iPhone privacy reason to update

Apple has released iOS 14.5.1, fixing a glitch with its newest privacy system that was preventing some iPhone users from adjusting the app tracking settings. Added with iOS 14.5 - which was released late last month - App Tracking Transparency requires apps to request permission from users before they collate data across multiple services, or sell personal data to brokers for advertising purposes.

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Apple AirTag Review: With power comes responsibility

Apple AirTag Review: With power comes responsibility

There's nothing quite so unpleasantly distinctive as the feeling of your stomach dropping when you realize your keys, laptop bag, or another important item has gone missing. Apple's pill-shaped AirTag isn't quite the perfect medicine for preventing that lurching sensation, but the long-anticipated $29 tracker does go a long way to settling some of the discomfort around lost or misplayed items.

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Apple’s foldable iPhone could claim an unexpected casualty in 2023

Apple’s foldable iPhone could claim an unexpected casualty in 2023

There are a few companies out there who have been testing the waters when it comes to foldable phones, and it may not be long before we see Apple join them. A new analyst report today is claiming that Apple could launch its own foldable phone in just a couple years' time. Among other things, this phone is expected to have an 8-inch OLED flexible display.

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Facebook warns Apple app tracking policy could cost users

Facebook warns Apple app tracking policy could cost users

Although there were many developers, publishers, and advertisers that raised disgruntled voices when Apple announced its new App Tracking Transparency policy for iOS, Facebook was the one that shouted the loudest. It used rhetoric and other strategies to besmirch Apple's privacy efforts, even going as far as ironically saying it will actually benefit the social networking giant in the long run. Now it's taking those efforts to a new level by warning users that Facebook and Instagram might become paid services if iOS users don't enable app tracking.

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You can drill a hole in Apple’s AirTag, but probably shouldn’t

You can drill a hole in Apple’s AirTag, but probably shouldn’t

As you've likely heard by now, Apple has its own little tracking device called the AirTag, and while its design is sleek, it's also missing a key feature: a hole for easily attaching it to items. Apple has accessories that you can purchase for securing the tracker to various objects, but iFixit has presented a different -- crude and ill-advised as it is -- method.

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Apple Music HiFi plan seems more likely than ever with new leaks

Apple Music HiFi plan seems more likely than ever with new leaks

It sure looks like Apple is planning to introduce its own HiFi music plan, giving audiophiles a higher quality streaming option to go with their pricey hardware while taking on competing services like Spotify's and Deezer's high-fidelity audio options. A couple of new leaks reinforce the potential, while one teases a particularly tantalizing perk not offered by other services.

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After a week with Apple AirTags, this is what I can’t work out

After a week with Apple AirTags, this is what I can’t work out

If Apple's big strength is taking the complex and stressful and making it simple and elegant, then its AirTag tracker might be the most successful gadget from the company in years. It's no surprise, then, that since the tiny circular tags were announced earlier in the month, people have been brainstorming just what they might attach them to. I'm no different, though I've come to realize AirTags aren't yet entirely amenable to everything important in my day-to-day life.

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Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

The European Commission has accused Apple of antitrust, alleging that its App Store rules rely on its "dominant position" to squeeze streaming music rivals like Spotify. The charges claim Apple's policies - in particular the 30-percent cut it takes on in-app subscriptions to competing streaming services - have led to an increase in prices paid by users in Europe. If found guilty of antitrust behaviors, Apple faces the potential of billions of dollars in fines.

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Apple’s new M1 iMac, iPad Pro 2021 and Apple TV 4K preorders are live

Apple’s new M1 iMac, iPad Pro 2021 and Apple TV 4K preorders are live

Apple's latest iMac 24-inch along with the new iPad Pro 2021 plus the Apple TV 4K with redesigned Siri Remote are all up for preorder, with the company confirming release dates for its latest hardware. Announced earlier in the month, the new iMac 24-inch is Apple's most colorful since the iMac G3, though if you want the biggest choice of finishes you'll need to shop with Apple online.

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Pandora launches a new home screen widget for iOS and iPadOS

Pandora launches a new home screen widget for iOS and iPadOS

This week Pandora updated its app for iOS and iPadOS users. The streaming company says the goalie update was to make it easier for users to enjoy their favorite music and podcasts. Part of the update is a new home screen widget that makes it much easier to access and control music playback without having to launch the app.

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Search suggestions hit the App Store in the US and other countries

Search suggestions hit the App Store in the US and other countries

One of the most successful business operations that Apple runs is its App Store. While the App Store has run afoul of regulators and businesses in various countries for payment practices, it continues to be the only place for most iOS users to get apps for their iPhones. Since the App Store launched, one thing that has bothered some users is that you had to know the app you were looking for when searching.

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Apple Podcasts app is kind of broken, it’s not just you

Apple Podcasts app is kind of broken, it’s not just you

After the update to iOS 14.5, along with app updates for several apps, the Podcasts app seems to have taken a turn for the worse. Not for all, but certainly for some, the newest update to the Apple Podcasts app has hit a bit of a log jam. One of the reasons for bad reactions people are having to the latest Apple Podcasts app is a the switch Apple's made to handling individual podcast episodes. The old library is effectively gone.

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