Category Archives: Iphone

Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges China To ‘Open Up’ At Beijing Economic Forum

BEIJING (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s “extremely bullish” about the global economy based on the amount of innovation being carried out, and he’s urging China to continue to “open up.”

In a speech at an economic forum in Beijing on Saturday, Cook said Apple is less concerned with the short term economic outlook because the tech giant makes investments looking ahead years or decades.

His remarks come as China and the U.S. prepare to meet again to resolve their trade dispute, which has roiled global markets, and as Apple is expected to announce that it’s launching a video service.

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline. The company is pushing digital subscriptions as it searches for new growth.

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Apple Announces AirPods 2 With Wireless Charging Case, Better Battery Life And ‘Hey Siri’

(CNN) — The Apple product surprises keep rolling out this week.

For the third day in a row, the iPhone maker quietly launched new gadgets ahead of a press event scheduled for Monday that will likely focus on the launch of its rumored streaming service.

The company announced Wednesday its next-generation wireless earbuds, AirPods 2. It features a wireless charging case, improved battery life and hands-free access to its Siri voice assistant.

The set will be available in two options: with a wireless charging case for $199 or with the normal standard case for $159 — the same price as the original AirPods.

AirPods 2 feature a wireless charging case, improved battery life and hands-free access to its Siri voice assistant

The wireless charging case is also available for $79 for people with the original version of AirPods.

AirPods 2 feature Apple’s new H1 chip, which the company says gives better performance, faster connect times and up to 50% more talk time than the original AirPods. Users can also now say “Hey Siri” to activate the voice assistant, rather than tapping one of the ear buds.

AirPods 2 can be purchased online starting Wednesday and will hit Apple Stores next week.

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled a refresh to its iMac line. The new computers are faster and better at handling multi-tasking and graphics performance. The company started the week off by debuting new versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini, the first updates in many years.

But Apple has not revealed more information about its previously announced AirPower wireless charging mat. The company first teased the product when it launched the iPhone X in September 2017. AirPower can simultaneously charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

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Apple Rolls Out Fix For FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

(CNN) — Apple has fixed the FaceTime bug that let people eavesdrop on unanswered group video calls.

The software updates — iOS 12.1.4 and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 — were rolled out to iPhones, iPads and Mac computers on Thursday, nine days after videos of the bug in action went viral on social media.

A person could exploit the glitch to hear live audio on another other person’s phone, even though the recipient had not accepted the FaceTime call. In some cases, the bug could also show live video of the other person if they pressed a volume button to dismiss the call.

Apple said it will compensate 14-year-old Grant Thompson and his family for flagging the bug more than a week before it attracted national attention. The company, which didn’t reveal how much the reward would be, said it will also contribute money toward his education.

While investigating the bug, Apple discovered another security issue involving Live Photos on FaceTime. The company did not specify what the bug was or how it worked, but the new updates fixes that issue. Apple disabled the use of LivePhotos in FaceTime on devices that have not yet been updated.

To install the software updates on iOS devices, go to Settings -> General -> Software Updates and tap “Download and Install.” On a Mac, open the App Store and go to the Updates section.

If you disabled FaceTime, you’ll have to turn it back on in Settings to resume using the feature.

The bug was first reported by 9to5Mac on January 29 after people began sharing videos of it in action on social media. Apple disabled the Group FaceTime feature later that day for all users while it worked on a software fix for the issue. The bug worked on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1, and Apple PCs running macOS Mojave, which recently added the Group FaceTime feature.

“Today’s software update fixes the security bug in Group FaceTime. We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. “In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security”

Thompson, a high school freshman in Arizona, discovered the flaw on January 19 while trying to start a FaceTime group chat with his friends. His mother Michele Thompson tried to warn Apple about the issue by calling, emailing, tweeting at, and even faxing the company, but Apple did not publicly address the problem until was shared online by other iPhone users.

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Apple Releases Update To Prevent FaceTime Eavesdropping

CUPERTINO (CBS SF / AP) — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a FaceTime flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using its group video chat feature.

The repair is included in the latest version of Apple’s iOS 12 system, which became available to install Thursday.

The bug allowed some people to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Apple turned off the group chat feature last week, several days after a 14-year-old boy in Tucson, Arizona, discovered the flaw. He and his mom tried to contact Apple for several days before the company responded.

The delay in responding to the flaw raised questions about the Cupertino-based company’s handling of it.

Earlier this week, a pair of congressional lawmakers penned a letter to CEO Tim Cook, warning him he had two weeks to answer questions surrounding the flaw. The lawmakers want to know if Cook and his company knew about the bug before a the teenager discovered the glitch while FaceTiming with his friends last month.

Apple credited the Tucson teenager, Grant Thompson, for discovering the FaceTime bug.

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Lawmakers Give Apple CEO 2 Weeks To Answer Questions On FaceTime Bug

PALO ALTO (KPIX 5) — A pair of congressional lawmakers penned a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook Tuesday, warning him he had two weeks to answer questions surrounding the FaceTime flaw that allowed users to eavesdrop on each other.

The lawmakers, including Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Jan Schakowsky, want to know if Cook and his company knew about the bug before a 14-year-old Arizona boy discovered the glitch while FaceTiming with his friends last month.

The lawmakers also want to know why it took Apple workers more than a week to admit there was an issue, and that the company would be working on a fix.

“It was concerning, absolutely and immediately turned off the app exactly as they said,” said Debbie Rompf. “I didn’t want to take any chances.”

She and her husband, Jon Rompf, use FaceTime to keep in touch with her grandchildren.

“It’s still off on our phones, but hopefully they’ll resolve it,” said Debbie.

Russ Hancock, president of the Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said he believes Apple likely never knew about the bug, but he does think lawmakers have every right to question if our privacy has been compromised.

“One theory is that they knew about this and they were late to take action; that’s not my sense,” Hancock said. “If we believe them straight up, it’s just a bug and software has bugs, hardware has bugs.”

Apple has until Feb. 19th to answer the lawmakers’ questions, including whether Apple devices have other microphone or camera vulnerabilities. They called FaceTime a “wonderful tool when used right,” but that it could also “become the ultimate spying machine.”

“People are thinking these companies need to actually be monitored, even regulated, that’s a new chapter for us,” Hancock said. “In our long history, we haven’t been under the long shadow of regulation.”

“I think we’ve given them way too much power and it does need to have a check,” Debbie said.

She said she would eventually turn on the FaceTime feature. Apple delayed the iOS update that’s expected to fix the flaw until next week.

“Privacy is over,” said Jon. “It’s gone.”

Bug Discovered In Apple’s FaceTime Lets Others Listen In; How To Turn It Off

(CBS SF) — Cupertino-based Apple said a fix is coming to its FaceTime software after a newly discovered bug lets users listen in on the people they are calling, and even see through their front-facing camera, without them picking-up the call.

The bug, flagged by 9to5Mac on Monday, was quickly recreated by people across social media.

Apple said in a statement Monday night that it has identified a fix for the problem and will release it in a software update later this week. In the meantime, Apple’s website indicates Group FaceTime is unavailable, and the company confirmed it has started disabling the Group FaceTime feature for all users.

The bug works on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1, and Apple PCs running macOS Mojave, which have the recently added Group FaceTime feature.

When the bug is activated, the person who initiated the call is able to hear the live audio on the other person’s phone, even though the recipient has not accepted the call. And their screen gives no indication that their conversation is being transmitted. In some cases, the bug can also show live video of the other person if they press a volume button to dismiss the call.

While Apple said Group FaceTime has been shut down temporarily, users can also disable FaceTime on their devices until Apple’s software updates have been released.

On an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings -> FaceTime, and toggle off the green button at the top of the screen. To turn it off on a Mac, open the FaceTime app and go to FaceTime on top of the screen, then select “Turn FaceTime Off.”

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