Three years after the T-Mobile acquisition of Sprint was completed, Apple has now removed all references to Sprint from its online store. The company is also no longer allowing customers to activate iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch devices through Sprint.Expand Expanding Close
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Apple’s AirTag item trackers have apparently caught the attention of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. According to a new report from Forbes, the DEA recently used an AirTag to track the movements of a pill press machine, after it was intercepted by border agents.
According to the report, which is based on a search warrant obtained by Forbes, the pill press machine was inside one of two packages from Shanghai, China that border agents intercepted last May. Those border agents called in the DEA, believing the packages were “destined for an illegal narcotics manufacturer.”Expand Expanding Close
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney claims Apple will either ‘try to crush the metaverse’ or ‘extract all the profit from it’
Apple and Epic Games have more than their fair share of differences, particularly when it comes to the App Store. As both companies push forward with new augmented reality and virtual reality platforms, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney is already sounding the alarm about Apple’s behavior.Expand Expanding Close
The Federal Trade Commission in the United States has proposed a handful of changes that it says will make it easier for consumers to cancel recurring subscriptions and memberships. The FTC believes that its “Click to Cancel” provisions “would go a long way to rescuing consumers from seemingly never-ending struggles to cancel unwanted subscription payment plans.”Expand Expanding Close
Apple is further cracking down on its in-person work requirements. According to Platformer’s Zoë Schiffer, Apple is closely monitoring attendance via badge records to ensure employees are coming to the office at least three times per week.Expand Expanding Close
Believe it or not, iOS 17 is coming in just a few months. This represents Apple’s biggest software update for iPhone users, and it’s usually packed full of new features and changes. Read on as we roundup what the rumors currently say about iOS 17 new features and more.Expand Expanding Close
A new story out of Chicago highlights the versatility of Apple’s AirTag item tracker. According to a report from CWBChicago, a man’s attempted carjacking failed in part because he didn’t know how to drive a stick shift car. He then fled the scene carrying the victim’s keys… on which an AirTag was attached.Expand Expanding Close
Believe it or not, Meta has found the space for more ads in Instagram. The company has announced that it is now allowing Instagram advertisers to place ads in search results for the first time. “Ads will show up in the feed that people can scroll when they tap into a post from search results,” the company says.Expand Expanding Close
Apple is currently beta testing iOS 16.4, and it includes a number of new features and changes for iPhone users. Head below as we recap all of those new features, and speculate on when iOS 16.4 will be released to everyone…
Update March 21, 2023: The iOS 16.4 “Release Candidate” is now available to developers and public beta users. This lines up with our expectation of a release to everyone next week, likely on March 28. More details below.Expand Expanding Close
iOS 16.4 allows health authorities to end their support for Apple’s COVID-19 Exposure Notifications feature
Back in 2020, Apple and Google teamed up to launch the Exposure Notifications API for COVID-19 contact tracing. The feature aimed to alert you to potential COVID-19 exposures, allowing you to get a test and isolate yourself if necessary.
Three years later, Apple is now giving health agencies the ability to sunset their adoption of the Exposure Notifications API.Expand Expanding Close
The “Release Candidate” version of iPadOS 16.4 is now available to developers and public beta testers. The update includes nearly all of the new features introduced with iOS 16.4, plus a few iPad-only improvements specifically for the Apple Pencil. Head below for the full release notes.Expand Expanding Close
Alongside iOS 16.4, Apple has released the RC version of watchOS 9.4 to developers and public beta testers today. Apple has also shared the final release notes for watchOS 9.4, revealing everything new for Apple Watch users with this update.Expand Expanding Close
Apple is continuing to research new technology and accessories for the Apple Watch. Earlier this year, a patent revealed technology that could power a color-changing Apple Watch band. Now, the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for an Apple Watch band with an integrated NFC module … that could be used for good or bad.Expand Expanding Close
Earlier this month, a report revealed that Apple and Foxconn had successfully lobbied for more relaxed labor laws in the Indian state of Karnataka.
The companies, however, aren’t stopping there, as Bloomberg now reports that Apple and its supply chain partners are now pushing for labor reform in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu.Expand Expanding Close
8BitDo just opened up its game controllers to iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV for the first time. The company has officially confirmed that six of its popular controllers now work with Apple devices thanks to recent software updates…Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft is already hard at work preparing for a world in which Apple is forced to allow third-party app stores on iPhone. In an interview with the Financial Times, Microsoft Gaming head Phil Spencer said that the company wants to be “in a position to offer Xbox and content from both us and our third-party partners across any screen where somebody would want to play.”Expand Expanding Close