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Guidemaster: The very best Qi cordless charging pads for your smart device

Guidemaster: The very best Qi cordless charging pads for your smart...

Valentina Palladino Update: Ars has stayed busy after publishing this guide in April 2019. We've tested a number of new Qi wireless chargers available since and have updated our top picks ahead of the 2019 holiday shopping season. Wireless charging has a long way to go before it replaces wired charging, but the technology has…
Apple prohibits vaping apps from the iOS App Shop

Apple prohibits vaping apps from the iOS App Shop

Enlarge / Woman smoking electronic cigarette. BSIP/UIG/Getty Apple has removed all 181 vaping-related apps from the iOS App Store, Axios reported on Friday morning. The move follows rising concern about the possible health impacts of vaping. Some of the banned apps provided news and information about vaping. Some were vaping-themed games. There were also apps…
What the freshly launched Checkra1n jailbreak suggests for iDevice security

What the freshly launched Checkra1n jailbreak suggests for iDevice security

It has been a week since the release of Checkra1n, the world’s first jailbreak for devices running Apple’s iOS 13. Because jailbreaks are so powerful and by definition disable a host of protections built into the OS, many people have rightly been eyeing Checkra1n—and the Checkm8 exploit it relies on—cautiously. What follows is a list…
Whatever you require to understand about iOS and iPadOS 13.2

Whatever you require to understand about iOS and iPadOS 13.2

You'll be able to update your device from the Settings app, as seen here. Samuel Axon There are some unexpected features, like the ability to delete an app directly from a context menu on the home screen. Samuel Axon Apple has replaced the normal volume bar icon with an AirPods logo when AirPods are connected.…
Apple Game isn’t the only membership: GameClub restores old iOS video games

Apple Game isn’t the only membership: GameClub restores old iOS video...

A screenshot from Mage Gauntlet, one of the games on GameClub. There are individual game pages in GameClub with screenshots, trailers, and other info—they look similar to Apple's App Store pages. Samuel Axon Tapping that "Play" button takes you to the app's page in the App Store, where you then download the game normally. Samuel…
iPhone 11 evaluation: The most appealing option in Apple’s finest lineup in years

iPhone 11 evaluation: The most appealing option in Apple’s finest lineup...

Enlarge / It still has a notch! Samuel Axon Like the iPhone XR before it, the iPhone 11 is the default iPhone. It's priced where flagship phones used to be priced, and it offers almost all the same features as the expensive iPhone 11 Pro models that also launched this year. Apple's iPhone lineup today…
Designer of Checkm8 discusses why iDevice jailbreak make use of is a video game changer

Designer of Checkm8 discusses why iDevice jailbreak make use of is...

Enlarge / The bootrom of an Apple Watch Series 3, as shown through a hex viewer. Yep, Apple Watches series 1, 2, and 3 are also vulnerable to Checkm8. Often, when new iOS jailbreaks become public, the event is bittersweet. The exploit allowing people to bypass restrictions Apple puts into the mobile operating system allows…
Unpatchable bug in countless iOS gadgets made use of, designer claims

Unpatchable bug in countless iOS gadgets made use of, designer claims

Enlarge / Devices as recent as the iPhone X, based on Apple's A11 chip, are claimed to be vulnerable to a new boot ROM attack revealed today. SOPA Images / Getty Images Today, an iOS security researcher who earlier developed software to "jailbreak" older Apple iOS devices posted a new software tool that he claims…
iOS 13: The Ars Technica evaluation

iOS 13: The Ars Technica evaluation

Enlarge / iOS 13 on an iPhone 11 Pro. Samuel Axon Last year, Apple set users’ expectations with iOS 12, saying it would be focused on improving performance and fixing bugs and stability issues instead of adding a bunch of new features. And while there were still plenty of bugs over the course of the…
iOS 13 ships with recognized lockscreen bypass defect that exposes contacts

iOS 13 ships with recognized lockscreen bypass defect that exposes contacts

Jose Rodriguez Apple released iOS 13 with a bunch of new features. But it also released the new OS with something else: a bug disclosed seven days ago that exposes contact details without requiring a passcode or biometric identification first. Independent researcher Jose Rodriguez published a video demonstration of the flaw exactly one week ago.…

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