iPhone 11 does the ‘trick’ for Apple in India – Mobiles News

iPhone 11 does the 'trick' for Apple in India - Mobiles News

iPhone 11 does the ‘trick’ for Apple in India – Mobiles News

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Apple releases watchOS 6.2.5 and tvOS 13.4.5 beta 3

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As well as the new iOS 13.5 beta and new macOS beta, Apple also release some new betas for its Apple Watch and Apple TV, watchOS 6.2.5 beta 3 and tvOS 13.4.5 beta 3.

The new watchOS 6.2.5 beta 3 and tvOS 13.4.5 beta 3 have so far been released to developers and they appear top come with some bug fixes and performance improvements.

There are no details as yet on any major changes in the latest beta of Apple’s watchOS and the latest beta of their tvOS.

We are expecting the final version of the new watchOS 6.2.5 and tvOS 13.4.5 to be released some time next month along with the new iOS 13.5 software update. As soon as we get some more information on their release date, we will let you guys know.

Source MacRumors

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5G: Qualcomm forecasts upbeat revenue as 5G demand mitigates virus impact - Latest News

5G: Qualcomm forecasts upbeat revenue as 5G demand mitigates virus impact – Latest News

Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday forecast current-quarter revenue largely in line with expectations as it signed more contracts for 5G phones, which use higher-priced chips, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted production channels and led to a fall in demand for smartphones.

The company also beat Wall Street estimates for second-quarter profit and revenue on the back of higher prices for its mobile chips, sending its shares up 5% in trading after the bell.

Qualcomm forecast total revenue of between $4.4 billion and $5.2 billion for its third quarter. Analysts had estimated revenue of $4.89 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

However, the company’s outlook was in contrast to many other chipmakers, including Intel Corp and Texas Instrument Inc, who have either withdrawn or cut their revenue forecasts, citing the impact of the virus on demand and supply channels.

Qualcomm, the world’s biggest supplier of modem chips that connect mobile phones and other devices to data networks, said coronavirus reduced demand for handsets by about 21% in the second quarter from a year earlier, and forecast 30% reduction in handset shipment in the current quarter.

Fall in device sales means less profit and revenue for Qualcomm, as it makes most of its profit from licensing its technologies that allow phones to connect to wireless data networks.

The company, however, sold chips at an average price of $31.8 compared with their earlier price of $23 – a sign that it is benefiting from a rise in demand for high-end chips.

Qualcomm’s second-quarter revenue from its licensing business stood at $1.07 billion, above estimates of $1.01 billion, according to FactSet.

The company’s chips power smartphones from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Apple Inc.

Earlier this month, Gartner cut its forecast for global semiconductor revenue in 2020, and estimated a decline of 0.9% compared with its previous estimate of 12.5% growth.

Despite near-term uncertainty in smartphone demand and supply due to the coronavirus outbreak, Qualcomm is expected to benefit from long-term 5G cycle and its earnings are likely to recover next year, Canacord Genuity analysts said.

Qualcomm said it has signed more than 85 5G license agreements and more than 45 vendors have launched or announced commercial 5G devices.

Total revenue for the company rose about 5% to $5.22 billion in the second quarter ended March 29, beating analysts’ estimates of $5.03 billion.

Excluding items, the company earned 88 cents per share, beating expectations of 78 cents per share.

Apple Support Dark Mode: Apple Support app gets a new update with support for dark mode

Apple Support Dark Mode: Apple Support app gets a new update with support for dark mode

Apple has released a major update of the Apple Support app for iPhone and iPad that brings it to version 4.0. The update brings a new user interface, including the support for dark mode. This means that if a user selects dark mode on their device, this app will be in sync with that mode, after the latest update.

Besides that, the update also includes step-by-step guides for various topics as dependence on at-home support has increased in the past couple of months.

Further, the Apple Support app now accumulates the information about all the Apple services and subscriptions a user owns.

Here is the complete release note of the app on Apple App Store:

• All new customized user interface, including Dark Mode support

• Get smarter solutions for even more topics using guided, step-by-step troubleshooting

• It’s now easier to find support for all of your Apple services and subscriptions

• New and improved chat and call experiences

Meanwhile, as we are heading close to the dates of WWDC, more and more information about the next iOS version — iOS 14 — are surfacing.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple is working on a feature, which will enable iPhone users to first try apps and then install them later. As reported by 9to5Mac, a code from iOS 14 revealed a new API called Clips, which will enable apps to provide “interactive and dynamic content” before they are installed on an iPhone.

The Clips API is expected to be linked to a QR code reader, which is said to scan the codes which will then launch the app on a card. The app developers will have the right to select the part of their app which they want to show up on a card. The card will also consist of an option of downloading the full version of the app.

Google Project Zero team discloses zero-click bugs impacting all Apple platforms

Google Project Zero team discloses zero-click bugs impacting all Apple platforms

Google Project Zero team has identified six new vulnerabilities on Apple platforms. According to the team, the latest vulnerabilities have affected all the Apple devices because it is related to image parsing API, the ImageIO framework which is a part of all the Apple operating systems — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

The report further suggests that these issues have already been reported to Apple and the company also rolled out a patch for them back in January. However, this time around, it has affected the popular messaging apps on these platforms. The report also mentions that these new codes are not a primary part of the messaging app, so it is Apple’s responsibility to fix these issues.

The Google Project Zero team reverse engineered popular messaging apps and applied fuzzing techniques to check how these codes work and reported that these codes do not require any user-interaction to execute the code on the target system. After this, the team recognised six vulnerabilities in ImageIO, and eight other issues in a third-party image format called OpenEXR which is a third-party HDR format.

Samuel Groß, a researcher from the Project Zero team, says, “It is likely that, given enough effort (and exploit attempts granted due to automatically restarting services), some of the found vulnerabilities can be exploited for RCE in a 0click attack scenario.”

The researcher has also recommended Apple to conduct more fuzz-testing of input parsers on vendor/code maintainer side and also allow ImageIO to restrict the permitted input formats can help reduce the exploitation.

In addition to this, the report also recommends Apple to implement an aggressive attack-surface reduction in its OS libraries.