Microsoft Edge Browser for iPhone Launches on App Store

Microsoft Edge for iPhone was officially released on the App Store today following nearly two months of public beta testing.



The alternative web browser will primarily appeal to iPhone users that use a Windows PC instead of a Mac thanks to a “Continue on PC” feature that can push a website from the mobile to desktop version of the browser.

Microsoft Edge for iPhone also syncs your favorites, passwords, and reading list across your devices. Other features include an all-in-one Hub View, built-in QR code reader, voice search, and private browsing mode.

Bing, Google, and Yahoo can be set as the default search engine in Microsoft Edge for iPhone, which has a similar design as the desktop version. The mobile version doesn’t have Microsoft’s Cortana assistant or built-in ad blocking.



On iOS, Microsoft is using Apple’s WebKit engine, as required for all third-party browsers on the platform. From a compatibility perspective, Microsoft said Edge for iOS should match the version of Safari that is currently available for iPhone.

Keep in mind that, like other third-party web browsers, Microsoft Edge cannot be enabled as the default browser on iPhone.

Microsoft Edge for iPhone is rolling out on the App Store [Direct Link] now for iOS 9 and later. It’s also available for Android smartphones on Google Play. Microsoft said iPad support will be added in the future.

The app appears to be available in the United States and United Kingdom only at this time. The browser has yet to be optimized for the iPhone X’s screen size.

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Apple Watch Owners Can Participate in Apple Heart Study to Identify Irregular Heart Rhythms

Apple today announced it has launched a ResearchKit-based Apple Heart Study app, which uses the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation.



As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm is identified, participants will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a free consultation with a study doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring.

“Every week we receive incredible customer letters about how Apple Watch has affected their lives, including learning that they have AFib. These stories inspire us and we’re determined to do more to help people understand their health,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO. “Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health conditions, we also hope to advance discoveries in heart science.”

To calculate heart rate and rhythm, the Apple Watch’s sensor uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist.

Apple is partnering with Stanford University’s School of Medicine to perform the research.

“Through the Apple Heart Study, Stanford Medicine faculty will explore how technology like Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor can help usher in a new era of proactive health care central to our Precision Health approach,” said Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine. “We’re excited to work with Apple on this breakthrough heart study.”

While heart arrhythmias aren’t always symptoms of a serious disease, atrial fibrillation is a leading cause of stroke, which can lead to death. Many people don’t experience symptoms, so it often goes undiagnosed.

The Apple Heart Study is rolling out on the App Store in the United States today to customers who are 22 years or older and have an Apple Watch Series 1 or later. The app itself requires an iPhone running iOS 11 or later.

Apple says the study is not intended for people who already have atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter during the enrolment process.

This announcement follows news that AliveCor has received FDA approval to sell its medical-grade Kardia Band for Apple Watch, which can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation, in the United States.

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iPhone Batteries Could Have Apple-Designed Power Management Chips Within Two Years

Apple is designing its own power management chips for use in iPhones within the next two years, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

Apple’s new in-house power management chip would be the most advanced in the industry, according to the sources, and could have processing capabilities that allow it to better monitor and control power consumption among various components. That means iPhone users could expect devices capable of delivering better performance on lower power consumption.

Apple plans to replace around half of the main power management chips that go into iPhones with its own as early as 2018, but the transition could be delayed until 2019, according to anonymous sources cited in the report.

If the report is accurate, it could be a serious blow for Dialog Semiconductor, the British company that exclusively designs the current main power management chip for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch models. Apple reportedly accounted for nearly three quarters of Dialog Semiconductor’s revenue in 2016.

The main power management chip controls an iPhone’s battery, including charging capabilities and energy consumption. Apple’s in-house version will supposedly be “the most advanced in the industry,” which could pave the way for future iPhone models to have a better performance-to-battery life balance.

Taiwanese supplier TSMC will be the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s in-house power management chip, according to the report.

Today’s report corroborates a prediction by Bankhaus Lampe analyst Karsten Iltgen, who earlier this year said that Apple will at least partially cut back on Dialog Semiconductor’s supply of power management chips for future iPhones. Iltgen said Apple already has engineers working on the chips in California and Germany.

Dialog responded to the report with a statement claiming that “business relationships are in line with the normal course of business.” The company’s stock fell nearly 20 percent after the news broke.

Dialog Semiconductor could be the second large British company to lose significant business from Apple within the next year or two. In April, Imagination Technologies shares plunged after Apple informed the firm it plans to stop using its PowerVR graphics technology in its devices within two years.

Apple appears to be moving towards in-house design of several components, potentially including ARM-based Mac processors and iPhone modems.

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Apple Shares Fix for File Sharing Issues Following macOS High Sierra Security Update

Apple this afternoon published a new support document that walks users through repairing their file sharing options on their Macs after installing the 2017-001 Security Update for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, which was released this morning.



Shortly after the security fix was released and users began installing it, file sharing complaints began surfacing on the MacRumors forums. Affected users saw file sharing fail to authenticate across multiple Macs. From MacRumors reader joedec:

Immediately after installing this patch, file sharing fails to authenticate. I see this on multiple Macs. Hoping for some collaboration. […]

With the Finder open a file share to any Mac with the security update installed. Status shows “not connected”, when you try to “connect as” your username and password fail.

According to the document, macOS High Sierra users who cannot access file sharing after installing the security update will need to complete the following steps:

1. Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.

2. Type sudo /usr/libexec/configureLocalKDC and press Return.
3. Enter your administrator password and press Return.

4. Quit the Terminal app.

MacRumors readers who were having file sharing problems have tested Apple’s fix and have confirmed that it does indeed work to solve the problem.

Apple issued this morning’s security update to address a major vulnerability that enabled the root superuser on a Mac with a blank password and no security check.

The problem has been successfully fixed on machines running macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, the current release version of macOS High Sierra, but Apple has not yet addressed the vulnerability in macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, available to both developers and public beta testers.

Related Roundup: macOS High Sierra

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Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Discusses iPhone X and Apple Park in New Interview

Apple design chief Jony Ive recently sat down for an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, where he once again discussed his work on Apple’s newest campus, Apple Park, and the latest flagship iPhone, the iPhone X.

As he mentioned in a prior interview, Ive is excited about the design space at Apple Park because it will allow the entire design team to work together. Industrial designers, font experts, motion graphics experts, and computer interface designers will be able to come together to interact in new ways and share ideas.



The design space will also feature several milling machines to create prototypes, which Ive believes are an integral part of the design process.

“I think you only really understand a material–its properties and attributes and, importantly, the opportunity the material allows–if you actually work it yourself,” Ive says. “And the most remarkable point in the whole process is when you make the first model. We might like it, we might not, but the first model you make, everything changes.”

On the subject of the iPhone X, Ive says its all-glass design and edge-to-edge display is something Apple “aspired to for years.” In comparison, Ive critiqued older iPhone designs. “It now seems to me a rather disconnected component housed in an enclosure,” he said of the iPhone 7 Plus.

The rest of the interview, which also includes anecdotes on Ive’s childhood and the Apple Watch, can be read over on the Smithsonian website.

Along with his interview in Smithsonian Magazine, Ive today spoke about the future of design at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC. The one-hour speaking engagement took place at 3:00 p.m. local time and appears to have covered many of the same topics that Ive spoke about in the interview.

Ive is also a 2017 honoree of the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Awards, designed to honor revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, education, and social progress.

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Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine: ‘Streaming Services Have a Bad Situation’

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine sat down for an interview recently with Billboard to talk about The Defiant Ones, a four-part documentary series that focuses on the careers of both Iovine and his long-time partner Dr. Dre.

During the interview, Iovine commented on the state of the streaming music industry and the precarious position of companies focused solely on streaming music, like Spotify.

“The streaming services have a bad situation, there’s no margins, they’re not making any money,” he said. “Amazon sells Prime; Apple sells telephones and iPads; Spotify, they’re going to have to figure out a way to get that audience to buy something else. If tomorrow morning [Amazon CEO] Jeff Bezos wakes up and says, ‘You know what? I heard the word “$7.99″ I don’t know what it means, and someone says, ‘Why don’t we try $7.99 for music?’ Woah, guess what happens?”

Streaming music, says Iovine, is “fine” with major companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google, but it’s “not a great business” for standalone companies like Spotify. “They have to figure out a way to show the road to making this a real business,” he said.

Iovine went on to explain that the record industry doesn’t yet know “where technology is gonna go,” and that things could shift at any moment with the debut of software and hardware breakthroughs. Referencing the 8-track, cassette tape, and CD, Iovine says companies need to adapt and “figure out their role.”

According to Iovine, streaming services that offer content for free undermine the music industry and present a major problem that’s not something television providers like Netflix have to deal with. Streaming services all offer the same general content, making it difficult to convince customers to pay when content is available elsewhere at no cost.

“So Netflix has all that original stuff and it’s $11.99,” he said. “Music, everybody has everything, plus the free tiers, every song is on YouTube, so how can they charge $11.99 to a consumer? I’m like, no. I’m gonna buy this and get the music for free…. It’s a massive problem.”

Iovine’s opinion on free music is likely one of the reasons why Apple is focusing heavily on exclusive content. Apple has purchased the rights to air multiple exclusive documentaries, and the company is working on exclusive television shows much like Netflix, with the aim of drawing in customers with original content.

So far, two shows have premiered exclusively on Apple Music: Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke: The Series. Apple has other television shows in the works, including an Amazing Stories reboot with Steven Spielberg and a morning talk show drama that will star Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Apple has not yet confirmed these new shows will be exclusive to Apple Music, but it’s a possibility, and it’s also possible Apple is planning on some kind of future service that offers both music and television content.

Jimmy Iovine’s full interview, which goes into further detail on streaming services and covers The Defiant Ones, can be read over at Billboard.

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Many CarPlay Vehicles Debuting at Los Angeles Auto Show

Just a few days before the Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public, many automakers have debuted new vehicles compatible with Apple’s CarPlay system, providing hands-free access to Maps, Messages, Phone, Music, and select third-party apps.



We’ve confirmed that CarPlay is available either as a standard option or as an upgrade in the following 2018 and 2019 vehicle makes and models:

  • 2018 BMW i3

  • 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona

  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

  • 2019 Audi A8

  • 2019 Genesis G70

  • 2019 Lincoln MKC

  • 2019 Lincoln Nautilus

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

  • 2019 Porsche Cayenne

  • 2019 Subaru Accent
  • 2019 Volvo XC40

It’s likely that the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, 2019 Kia Sorento, and 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe and convertible also support CarPlay, although we haven’t outright confirmed this information at this time.

CarPlay is now available in hundreds of vehicle models around the world, but there are still a few notable absentees at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2018 Mazda6, for example, will not support CarPlay at launch. “As a company we continue to look into implementing CarPlay into future Mazda vehicles,” a spokesperson told us, echoing comments it has made in the past.

The company behind Jaguar, Land Rover, and Range Rover is also showing off several vehicles at the auto show, but none of them are compatible with CarPlay. The same applies for the 2019 Lexus RX L and 2019 Infiniti QX50.

A recent survey indicated that an increasing number of customers consider CarPlay a must-have feature, so it may only be a matter of time before some of those automakers holding out on CarPlay reverse course.

Related Roundup: CarPlay

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Apple Support App Updated With Redesigned Interface and New Discover Section

Apple today updated its official Apple Support app to introduce an overhauled interface and a new “Discover” tab for learning about new features in the products you own.

The new Apple Support interface features a cleaner look with more white space and a universal search bar at the top of the “Get Support” section for locating articles more quickly.



When selecting a product to get help, the app is better organized into different topics, with support articles separated into “Popular Topics” and “More Topics.” More recommended articles are also offered up during the support process, making it simpler to find help.

A new navigation bar at the bottom of the app is separated into “Discover,” “Get Support,” and “Account.” Aside from Discover, these features were previously available, but were organized differently.

The new Discover tab is the biggest addition to the Support app. It’s designed to surface tutorial articles that are specific to the device you own. On an iPhone 7 Plus, for example, the Discover section offers up articles like using the Files app, capturing Live Photos, and using Messages.

There’s also a “Collections” feature that has sections like Welcome to iOS 11, Get to know your iPhone, Get the most from your iPad Pro, Apple Watch Workout, and more.

The new Support app is available starting today, with the update available in the iOS App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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