Apple’s upcoming magazine service will work even when you’re offline, code suggests

New details about how Apple’s new subscription magazine service, expected to launch inside of a revamped Apple News application, surfaced on Tuesday. Apple is expected to announce the service during a March 25 press event.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith dug through recent beta code for Apple’s software and discovered a bit about how the Apple magazine service, which could be called Apple News Magazines, may work.

Troughton-Smith noticed that users who subscribe to the service — which may largely be based on the digital magazine platform Texture that Apple acquired last year — will likely be able to download and store magazines for offline reading. That means magazines will be available even if a Wi-Fi or cellular connection is not. Apple will alert users through a pop-up when new issues are available, too.

Troughton-Smith also said that the magazines will be “PDF-based” and found genres that include health, fitness, food, cooking, entertainment, gardening, home, lifestyle, politics, science and technology, among other topics.

The code doesn’t reveal how much Apple will charge for the all-you-can-eat magazine and news subscription. Texture, which is still live, charges $9.99 a month for access to more than 200 magazines. Apple has reportedly been interested in bundling subscription news services, too, which might raise the price. The Wall Street Journal said in February that Apple has struggled with publishers who don’t want to split 50 percent of revenues from the app.

In addition to the magazine and news services, Apple will reportedly unveil a new video service on March 25 that will include original content and is expected to launch in April.

Apple Leak Details Shock New iPhone Upgrades

The rumour mill has not been kind to Apple AAPL -1.16%’s so-called iPhone 11. The 2019 iPhone has been labelled as ugly, boring and out of touch, but now the story has taken a twist. New information reveals Apple is making some surprising design changes…


In a new video, hugely popular YouTube giant EverythingApplePro reports the iPhone 11 will respond to touch like no other smartphone.

Working with XDA Developer’s popular sleuth Max Weinbach, EverythingApplePro has learnt the iPhone 11 does not mark the end of 3D Touch (as was feared) but instead sees the phone double down on the technology behind it. In the biggest advancement of Apple’s ‘taptic’ engine to date, EAP explains it will be expanded to cover a 3×3 grid across the new iPhone’s entire display as well as adding more precise vibrations so input response is more tactile on every part of the screen.

This will enable the new iPhone to deliver far richer physical feedback to taps and gestures and it seems ripe for integration with third-party apps, particularly games.

Building on this, EAP also explains that Apple’s 2019 iPhone display will work underwater. This would be an industry first because, while many phones are water resistant these days, their displays have to be dry to operate properly. Yes, this opens up the potential for underwater photography without a case but a far more practical application is simply reliable operation in the rain – a common scenario where every phone performs erratically right now.

Moreover, while we have seen some eye-catching (and controversial) iPhone 11 designs mooted, EAP’s discovery shows Apple is adopting common-sense strategy as well. Building on Taptic’s class-leading position is smart and simply making a smartphone operate reliably in the rain is a (long overdue) no brainer.

Apple’s New iPhones Have A Nasty Surprise

While Apple AAPL +0.84% seems keen to tease its biggest iPhone plans (for obvious reasons), the company will be a lot less happy that this penny-pinching decision has leaked out… 

‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

Apple iPhone XI conceptCONCEPT CREATOR

Speaking to official accessory makers, acclaimed Japanese tech site Macotakara has revealed Apple will ignore recent pledges about value and once again ship all its new 2019 iPhones (dubbed ‘iPhone 11’) with cost-saving slow 5W chargers. Moreover, upgrading to new iPhones to fast chargers will remain eye-wateringly expensive.

The reason for this is a one-two punch of stubborn inactivity.

Firstly, Apple will continue to ship not only slow chargers with new iPhones but slow charging USB-A cables as well. This means owners will need to buy both the 18W charger ($30) and one-metre USB-C cable ($20 or 2m for $35!) resulting in a total outlay of $50-$65 per location.

Secondly, Macokatara says Apple has decided not switch its 2019 iPhones to USB-C (as widely expected) and will retain the Lightning port, which means the company will retain control over licensing and third-party prices. This despite both the MacBook and iPad Pro ranges switching to USB-C last year, with the latter also bundling an 18W charger.

Apple disables Group FaceTime following major security flaw

Apple has temporarily disabled its Group FaceTime feature in iOS and macOS to fix a major security flaw. A bug in Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature has allowed anyone to call a phone or Mac and listen in before the other person picks up. The flaw works by adding yourself to a FaceTime call before the recipient picks up, tricking FaceTime into thinking it’s an active call and forcing the person you’re actually calling to start transmitting audio.

Apple has now disabled the Group FaceTime feature on the server side, and reports suggest this has fixed the security flaw for most people. Some are still able to reproduce the flaw, but it’s likely that Apple is still in the process of replicating this across multiple servers. Apple is also planning to fix this on the client side with a software update later this week, but in the meantime it’s probably worth disabling FaceTime in the iOS settings. On the Mac, you can disable FaceTime by opening the app, then Preferences, then unchecking “Enable this account.”

Group FaceTime was originally introduced on October 30th with iOS 12.1, following a delay to its scheduled introduction. A lockscreen security flaw was discovered within days of the iOS 12.1 release, involving the new Group FaceTime feature. It’s not clear how long this latest FaceTime flaw has existed, but it could have been exploited for as long as three months.

Apple is naturally moving quickly to address this and protect iPhone, iPad, and Mac users worldwide. New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued a consumer alert late on Tuesday to warn residents of New York about the FaceTime security bug. “The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk,” says Governor Cuomo. “In light of this bug, I advise New Yorkers to disable their FaceTime app until a fix is made available, and I urge Apple to release the fix without delay.”

Apple employees met with AR waveguide technology suppliers at CES 2019

Apple engineers and key personnel were at the Consumer Electronics Show in January to preview parts and technology integral to the creation of augmented reality glasses, lending credence to rumors that the iPhone maker intends to launch a pair of branded AR glasses as soon as 2020. 

More than half a dozen incognito Apple representatives, including employees of known subsidiaries, visited AR waveguide suppliers at CES 2019, according to a person with knowledge of the meetings. Exhibitors at the expo included DigiLens, Lumus, Vuzix and WaveOptics, among others. 

Waveguides are commonly used in AR glasses as a means of routing graphical information from an output source to one or more display planes positioned in front of a user’s eyes. Magic Leap, for example, utilizes the technology in a mixed reality headset launched last year. 

Scoping out potential AR parts suppliers has become something of a tradition for Apple, as the company reportedly participated in similar meetings at CES 2018.

Apple did not immediately respond to AppleInsider’s request for comment.

Apple’s interest in waveguides lines up with previous reports suggesting the company is investigating technology related to head-worn displays. 

Shortly after Magic Leap debuted its headset last year, it was discovered that Apple purchased AR headset lens maker Akonia Holographics. According to Akonia’s website, which is no longer in service, the company’s flagship HoloMirror product was able to reproduce full-color, wide field-of-view images with a single layer of media. Compared to waveguide technology, HoloMirror’s design supposedly reduced system complexity, allowing for integration in smaller form factor devices like common eyeglasses. 

In 2017, Apple reportedly acquired Canadian AR startup Vrvana, which developed a hybrid headset called Totem. Marrying AR and VR into a single device, Totem utilized an array of cameras to enable 6DoF tracking and capture live views of the outside world for display on OLED panels located in front of a user’s eyes. 

Apple is rumored to be working on a pair of so-called “Apple Glasses,” an in-house designed AR headset that could debut in the next few years. Previous reports have claimed the project, referred to internally as “T288,” runs its own “rOS” operating system and employs ultra high-resolution 8K displays and a separate processing unit to overlay virtual images over real-world objects present in a user’s field of vision. 

Whether Apple intends to rely on HoloMirror, waveguide, mixed reality or another, unknown technology for its headset remains unclear. 

A burgeoning sector of the wider consumer electronics field, AR has become somewhat of a buzzword as top-tier industry players begin to show interest in producing their own solutions. Cellular providers are also getting in on the act, highlighting data-hungry devices like AR headsets as prime candidates for 5G integration. 

LG UPlus, a wireless subsidiary of Korean tech giant LG, was on hand at CES 2019 to take a closer look at AR products like the Vuzix Blade smart glasses, reports ZDNet Korea. The company is seeking out novel AR and VR devices as it aims to differentiate 5G communications amidst a network buildout this year, according to CEO and vice chairman Ha Hyun Hwoi.

The Mac App Store welcomes Office 365

Today, Office 365 is available for the first time on the Mac App Store, making it easier than ever for Mac users to download Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and the whole suite of Microsoft’s popular apps. Users can also purchase a subscription for Office 365 from within the apps, so they can get up and running instantly.Office 365 for Mac has been designed specifically to support features that are unique to the Mac experience — features like Dark Mode and Continuity Camera in macOS, as well as the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and the Mac’s industry-leading Trackpad.“We are excited to welcome Microsoft Office 365 to the all new Mac App Store in macOS Mojave,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Apple and Microsoft have worked together to bring great Office productivity to Mac users from the very beginning. Now, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it’s easier than ever to get the latest and best version of Office 365 for Mac, iPad and iPhone.”

The app detail page for Microsoft OneNote in the Mac App Store.
Office 365 arrives on the Mac App Store following its recent redesign, featuring an all-new look and rich editorial content.

“We are excited to announce that today Office 365 is arriving in the Mac App Store,” said Jared Spataro, corporate vice president at Microsoft. “We have worked closely with Apple to provide Mac users with the very best productivity experience — one that offers everything they know and love about Office through an experience uniquely designed for the Mac.”In business, as at home, employees want access to the best devices and apps to do their work. With Office 365 on the Mac App Store, these apps can now be easily distributed to employees using Apple Business Manager, a central dashboard where IT can deploy devices, apps and licenses. Now IT can quickly enable employees to get to work with their favorite Office tools across Mac, iPad and iPhone, with great new features designed specifically for Apple devices.

An example of a PowerPoint document on a MacBook Pro.
Office 365 apps, including PowerPoint, are specially designed to support the unique Mac experience.

About the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is the single largest catalog of Mac apps in the world. Newly redesigned this past year, the Mac App Store features a new look and rich editorial content for a more enjoyable experience when finding great, new apps for the Mac. Like the iOS App Store, the new Mac App Store celebrates apps, games, businesses and developers with an all-new Discover tab featuring compelling stories, in-depth interviews, helpful tips, collections of must-have apps and more. Users can also explore new Create, Work, Play and Develop tabs to find the perfect app for a specific project or purpose — from music, video and photography apps to business utilities and games.

Apple predicts you’ll use your iPhone as a flashlight when the world ends

Climate change is a disaster, but at least it might make people value their iPhones more.

That’s the key prediction in Apple’s environmental impact report, filed last year to the British nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project and surfaced by Bloomberg’s Christopher Flavelle this week. CDP collected these impact reports — which include “risks and opportunities” posed by climate change — from about 7,000 companies, including 1,800 in the US, in an attempt to paint a picture of how President Trump’s environmental policies could ripple into all corners of the economy. Broad strokes: It will be bad.

But Apple saw one bright side, writing, “As people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones.” More specifically, the company believes that the iPhone will become extra-useful when people realize they can use it as a flashlight, siren, or radio, or when they start asking Siri for first-aid instructions.IPHONES “CAN BE CHARGED FOR MANY DAYS VIA CAR BATTERIES OR EVEN HAND CRANKS”

This comment comes just a few weeks afterApple lowered its revenue expectation for the first quarter of 2019 by $9 billion, citing low iPhone sales — partly because of slowed growth in China and other developing markets, and partly because more people in the US are buying new batteries for old phones instead of shelling out for a $1,000 upgrade.

Anyway, iPhones “can be charged for many days via car batteries or even hand cranks,’’ the report states. Sure, there are YouTube videos that will show you how to do the former, and the latter is technically true but physically a little improbable. Most hand cranks require around two minutes of cranking to get enough charge to place a quick emergency call, so if you’re planning to rely on one for days at a time post-climate disaster, you should probably start working on your triceps right now. (A solar charger is a better idea!)

Apple, Google, and California are rebuffing Trump and trying to stay in the Paris climate deal

Apple is not the only major company that stands to benefit from impending disaster. The report filed by Home Depot predicts a rise in demand for air conditioners and ceiling fans. Google is a little worried that “fluctuating socio-economic conditions” will negatively affect its advertising business but suspects that Google Earth will become a more interesting product once the real Earth is on its last legs. “If customers value Google Earth Engine as a tool to examine the physical changes to the Earth’s natural resources and climate, this could result in increased customer loyalty or brand value,” its report states.

To be fair, an iPhone is useful in emergency situations, and not at all a luxury item at this point. Most people don’t have landline phones anymore, and smartphones have also made it increasingly unnecessary for some people to own home computers … or maps. (Though they hopefully do all own flashlights.) Both Apple and Google have used renewable energy for almost all of their global operations since April 2018, offsetting the rest by purchasing additional green energy, and they’ve openly sparred with Trump over the Paris climate deal.

A hand-crank iPhone future is not exactly what anyone at the company is dreaming of, and it’s more likely just a morbid thought that flitted through someone’s head while they were writing a report they didn’t think very many people would know or care about. Nevertheless, now it will be stuck in yours.

Apple’s new 13-inch entry-level MacBook to launch in September, will cost $1,200

Apple is speculated to launch its entry-level MacBook with Intel’s 14nm Kaby Lake processor in September. As per a Digitimes report, which quotes industry sources, the MacBook variant could be priced at $1,200 (or approx Rs 83,700). The laptop is expected to be unveiled alongside three new 2018 iPhone models at the September conference. The report adds that the Cupertino technology giant could also announce the schedule for its new AirPower wireless charger for the upcoming iPhone models at the event. The charger will be priced between $161 to $193.

Apple is said to ship eight million units of its 13-inch affordable MacBook model in 2018. According to the report, the laptop was scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2017, but it was delayed due to “Intel’s issues with its 10nm manufacturing process.” Intel will start manufacturing its 10nm CPUs in the second half of 2019, the reason why Apple has switched to the company’s 14nm Kaby Lake processor on the new MacBook.

Interestingly, Apple is expected to launch a new low-cost MacBook Air before the year ends and a separate report in DigiTimes suggests that Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Quanta will be manufacturing this entry-level device. According to the report, the laptop could launch in either September or October of this year. The device is said to be powered by Intel’s eight-generation Kaby Lake processors. TF International Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo claims that Apple’s low-cost MacBook Air will be priced below $1,000 (or approx Rs 69,000).

Also Read: Apple’s ‘inexpensive’ MacBook Air could launch later this year: Report

Apple could also launch two new iPad Pro models, one with 12.9-inch screen and another with 11-inch display. The tablets will support fast charging thanks to new 18W power adapter and a USB Type-C port. The upcoming 11-inch iPad Pro will replace the existing 10.5-inch iPad Pro variant. Alongside three new iPhone models, new MacBook Air, and iPad Pros, Apple is also expected to unveil AirPods 2, Apple Watch 4, iMacs, and a Mac Mini in September.

Independence Day in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Independence Day, which is annually held on August 14, celebrates the country’s independence from the British rule on that date in 1947. This day is an occasion to promote patriotism and national unity.

Pakistan Independence Day
Many people dress in or use the colors green and white, which are Pakistan’s official colors, during Pakistan’s Independence Day.
What Do People Do?
People all over Pakistan celebrate Independence Day with patriotic zest. Many people who attend the Independence Day parades dress up in green and white, which are the Pakistani flag’s colors. People visit national monuments and places of national significance to celebrate Independence Day. This is also a time to meet relatives, exchange gifts and visit recreational spots.

Pakistan’s national flag is hoisted on public, private buildings, residences and monuments at dawn. Official buildings, including Parliament House, are decorated and colorfully lit. The prime minister and president address and congratulate the nation and talk about the day’s significance. Streets and houses are decorated with candles, oil lamps and pennants. Firework shows are put together on the eve of Independence Day.

Pakistan’s Independence Day also pays homage to people who devoted their lives for Pakistan’s freedom movement and made sacrifices to attain Pakistan’s independence. A change of guard takes place at national monuments, including the mausoleums of Muhammad Iqbal, who was a poet, philosopher, and politician, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who is considered by many as Pakistan’s founder and Quaid-i-Azam (supreme leader).

Events held during the day include special theatre shows, national song competitions, concerts, and Independence Day pageants. Radio and television stations broadcast national songs and specially prepared Independence Day programs.

Public Life
Independence Day is an official holiday in Pakistan on August 14. All governmental, non-governmental offices, organizations, educational institutions, post offices, and major markets are closed.

Public transport remains unavailable on all major routes. Traffic congestion is common due to Independence Day parades.

The Indo-Pak subcontinent remained a British colony from 1849–1947. The subcontinent’s inhabitants did not approve of the British rule in united India. An uprising that occurred in 1857 eventually formed the shape of a freedom movement, which exemplifies the efforts of the people of British India in gaining their independence.

Muslims ruled the subcontinent before the British incursion and suffered due to the 1857 uprising against the British East India Company. Leaders such as Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Syed Ameer Ali worked diligently for the Muslim people’s political advancement.

The Indian National Congress was formed in 1885, which later on became British India’s largest political party. Major Muslim political leaders, including Muhammad Ali Jinnah, were members of the Indian National Congress and worked towards Hindu-Muslim unity and India’s independence.

The All India Muslim League was founded on December 30, 1906. There was growing demand for an independent Muslim state in India. In 1930 Muhammad Iqbal presented the idea of a separate Muslim state that would geographically consist of the Muslim majority areas in the subcontinent. The word Pakistan is a conjunction of two words Pak meaning Pure and Stan meaning Land, a name coined by Choudhary Rahmat Ali.

Strong Hindu nationalism gave birth to the Two Nation Theory, an ideology that is accredited as being the basis for Pakistan’s creation. In 1940 the Pakistan Resolution was passed in Lahore demanding greater Muslim autonomy in British India.

After World War II, it was expected that the British colonies would soon disintegrate. The Pakistan Movement, spearheaded by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, resulted in creating a Muslim state. Pakistan gained independence from the British rule on August 14, 1947. At its birth, Pakistan had two parts commonly referred to as East and West Pakistan. In 1971 East Pakistan parted from West Pakistan and became Bangladesh.

Green and white are Pakistan’s official colors. White represents peace while green symbolizes prosperity and good fortune.

Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

Teardown drills into new design
By Andrew Orlowski 16 Jul 2018 at 12:30 18 Reg comments SHARE ▼
Apple has applied a prophylactic to its butterfly MacBook Pro keyboard, teardown specialist iFixit discovered after taking apart a model from the refreshed line.

Apple said that the new range, announced last week, would get “an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing”.

The teardown of the new Macbook Pro models, performed by the do-it-yourself repair gurus, showed what appeared to be a “thin, rubberised” layer between the keycap and the underlying butterfly switch mechanism.

As for the previous keyboard, some users – including at The Reg – found that Macbook keyboards were error-prone. Initially, Apple insisted some of the problems could be resolved by cleaning them with compressed air. But in June, Apple finally acknowledged problems with the design, offering a free replacement to users with problems.

“Apple has determined that a small percentage of the keyboards in certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors: letters or characters repeat unexpectedly, letters or characters do not appear… [and] key(s) feel ‘sticky’ or do not respond in a consistent manner,” it said at the time.

iFixit’s Sam Lionheart opined that the “flexible enclosure” found in the refreshed keyboard could serve to “ingress-proof” the mechanism from the “daily onslaught of microscopic dust”.

The DIY guru site also noted that a patent for a design involving a “guard structure extending from the key cap… [which] forms and maintains a seal between the key cap and the substrate base, foundation, or the like, blocking contaminant ingress” has been filed, although we cannot confirm that this is the structure observed in the teardown.

We’ve asked Apple for a comment.

It seems likely to El Reg that the rubber sheath might not only make typing a bit quieter but perhaps also make it less likely that crumbs work their way into the keyboard.