Apple TV+ promo dives into ‘Truth Be Told’ season two

Following the second season premiere of Apple TV+ original "Truth Be Told," the show's cast and crew discuss the conflicts and struggles portrayed in coming episodes.In a "featurette" titled "Damaged," executive producer and series lead Octavia Spencer and actors Kate Hudson, Christopher Backus, Alona Tal, Mekhi Phifer, David Lyons and Ron Cephas Jones go beyond the storyline to discuss the motivations, emotions and intertwining relationships that drive the show's characters.Also offering their take are executive producer Lauren Levy-Neustadter and executive producer and writer Nichelle Tramble Spellman. Read more...

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iPhone users drawn to iPad but not Mac or Apple’s home devices, study finds

With a sticky software and services ecosystem, iPhone has proven to be an effective gateway device to other Apple products, but that pull has its limits, a new study shows.Source: CIRPAccording to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Apple has successfully leveraged iPhone to sell a range of mobile products like iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods, but the company is struggling to convert on Mac, Apple TV and HomePod. Read more...

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Apple issues seventh developer betas for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS 15 [u]

Apple is now on its seventh generation of betas, providing developers with fresh builds of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 to test out.The newest builds can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled in the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.Round seven takes over from round six, which arrived on August 17 for iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS 8. Round five was on August 10, August 11 for watchOS, round four was on July 27, and round 3 was on July 14. Read more...

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Apple partner TSMC to increase chip production prices by up to 20%

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the company largely responsible for Apple's custom chip needs, is reportedly raising prices of nearly all advanced and processes late this year.TSMC recently informed clients of the coming change, which will bring an up to 10% increase in quotes on 7-nanometer and smaller processes and a 20% bump for chips fabricated on 16nm and larger technologies, reports Digitimes (via Tom's Hardware). The change is slated to go into effect for orders set for fulfillment in December.As noted in the report, nearly half of TSMC's $13.29 billion of revenue in the second quarter of 2021 was driven by orders for chips fabricated on its N5 and N7 nodes. A further 25% of revenue during the period came from N16 and N28 process orders. Read more...

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Apple’s iCloud Private Relay to launch as public beta feature

Apple's iCloud Private Relay will ship as a public beta feature when iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey debut this fall, with users required to manually activate the VPN-like tool before use.Quietly announced in release notes accompanying the seventh iOS 15 beta issued on Wednesday, the change in status is not expected to impact Private Relay's operating capability, though the feature will be disabled by default.Introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June as part of iCloud+, Apple's premium cloud storage service, Private Relay prevents third-party tracking of IP addresses, user location and other details by routing internet requests through two separate relays operated by two different entities. Internet connections configured to pass through Private Relay use anonymous IP addresses that map to a user's region but do not reveal their exact location or identity, Apple says. Read more...

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Apple to enhance security across supply chain following White House meeting

After Apple CEO Tim Cook met with President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the company is expected to create a new program focused on increasing security and cyber threat awareness across its technological supply chains.Apple's program will introduce security enhancements to its supply chain, including the adoption of multi-factor authentication and security training, the White House said, according to CNBC.Cook and a cadre of tech industry elite met with Biden on Wednesday to discuss cybersecurity concerns in the wake of a rash of attacks that impacted key U.S. infrastructure and technology entities. Along with Apple, companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft committed to security efforts including the development of new industry standards, supplying other firms with more effective security tools and providing training for cybersecurity jobs, the report said. Read more...

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Apple App Store loopholes endanger children, claims watchdog

A non-profit watchdog organization claims that Apple isn't doing enough to protect children from adult content in the App Store, and also refuses to accept responsibility for the failures.One of the apps the Campaign for Accountability claims is too easily accessed by minorsThe Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a group that previously reported on Apple removing App Store games at the behest of the Chinese government, now says that the store is failing to protect children worldwide. Through its Tech Transparency Project (TPP), it claims that Apple fails to take even "obvious" child safety measures over adult material. Read more...

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Apple TV+ series ‘For All Mankind,’ ‘Calls’ win 2021 Emmy Awards

Apple TV+ original shows "For All Mankind" and "Calls" have nabbed 2021 Emmy Awards for the Cupertino tech giant, the Television Academy has announced.Credit: AppleOn Wednesday, the Television Academy announced the award winners for the 73rd Emmy Awards in juried categories like Animation, Interactive Programming, and Motion Design. Each category is judged by a panel of professionals who are experts in the specific discipline. Read more...

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No, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ baby won’t trigger Apple’s CSAM detection

The man who appeared as a baby on the cover of Nirvana's "Nevermind" is now suing the band on allegations that it constituted child pornography, but even if he wins the case, the image won't trip Apple's CSAM detection system.Credit: John ChappleSpencer Elden, 30, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California claiming that Nirvana "commercially marketed Spencer's child pornography and leveraged the shocking nature of his image to promote themselves and their music at his expense." Read more...

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Apple celebrates 105 years of America’s National Parks with content, donations

Apple is celebrating the 105th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. National Park Service with a donation campaign and park-related content across its services.Credit: Austin Mann (via Apple)Some of the content includes 24 curated guides in Apple Maps from the National Park Foundation. Apple is also highlighting the official National Park Service app as its App Store app of the day, and is curating a separate collection of apps for hikers. Read more...

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