Old iPhone users must update software in order to access web, emails, Apple warns
Apple warns that those still using an iPhone 5 must update their iOS or lose access to many apps and the app store. The iPhone 5 launched more than seven years ago -- shortly after the death of Apple's founder Steve Jobs -- and hasn't been sold by Apple since 2013.
Apple has finally clarified a peculiar and unsettling privacy issue with its newer iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models regarding location tracking. Afterthat the latest iPhones request location data even when a user has toggled the appropriate privacy settings to avoid sharing that information, Apple is that the culprit is its new ultra wideband technology. The company says it will provide a way to disable that in a future update, TechCrunch reports.
“Ultra wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch. “iOS uses Location Services to help determine if iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra wideband and comply with regulations... The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data.”
Apple may sell iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Smart Battery Cases
If you recently purchased an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, you may want to hold off buying a case for your new smartphone. Apple may have a Smart Battery Case for its iPhone 11 lineup in the works. 9to5Mac found a photo of the unannounced accessory (seen above) by looking through the code of iOS 13.2, which Apple launched yesterday. In past years, a battery case was almost a necessity if you owned an iPhone. This year, however, Apple went out of its way to make the iPhone 11 lineup thicker so that it could add higher capacity batteries to each of the devices. In fact, battery life is so good on the newiPhones, you may not need or want to buy a battery case.
With the introduction of the iPhone 11 back in September, Apple said it had included a new U1 chip in the phone and its Pro variant so that it could do localized communication with other U1 devices without needing to bounce a signal to cell towers or satellites. “Think GPS at the scale of your living room,” Apple has described it. “So if you want to share a file with someone using AirDrop, just point your iPhone at theirs and they’ll be first on the list.”
Apple explains why the iPhone 11 is always checking your location
Security researcher Brian Krebs recently raised eyebrows when he discovered that the iPhone 11 Pro (and by extension, the iPhone 11) is constantly checking for your location, even if you've disabled Location Services. Is Apple tracking your every move? Not really, it turns out. The company told TechCrunch in a statement that its newer iPhones need to perform location checks to legally use their ultra wideband chips. "International regulatoryThe company stressed that the UWB-related checks are handled "entirely on the device," and that Apple isn't collecting location data. It's promising a dedicated toggle for UWB in a future iOS release.
It’s effectively a better form of Bluetooth, and it’s the foundation of some new features in iOS. It’s highly likely that the U1 chip will also enable the , a Tile-like device for finding lost objects that is supposedly coming soon.
It’s also, however, causing the latest iPhones to request location data even when the user has explicitly said they do not want to share it, as Krebs found. According to his blog post, Krebs reached out to Apple in November after coming across the discrepancy with the intention of reporting it as a bug. Krebs says Apple’s response was a curious one:
This week Apple responded that the company does not see any concerns here and that the iPhone was performing as designed.
“We do not see any actual security implications,” an Apple engineer wrote in a response to KrebsOnSecurity. “It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings” [emphasis added].
Apple: iPhone feature needs your location even when you don't share it
Legal concerns mean iOS uses your location to determine if it must turn off Apple's Ultra Wideband feature.iPhone software will process user location information on the device, and Apple won't collect or store the data, the company said.
Apple has not yet responded to follow-up questions, but it seems they are saying their phones have some system services that query your location regardless of whether one has disabled this setting individually for all apps and iOS system services.
Now, to clear up the matter, TechCrunch has Apple on the record saying this is all due to the ultra wideband-focused U1 chip. It’s not immediately clear what Apple means when it says “international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations.” But Apple is saying that it’s not collecting or storing this info and that this check is happening on the device itself only. TechCrunch reports that the company will include some sort of toggle to turn this off in the future, although that would seem to be difficult if it gets in the way of “international regulatory requirements.”
Apple will replace some faulty iPhone XS battery cases for free .
If you have an Apple smart battery case that's no longer working correctly, don't toss it yet: Apple might replace it free of charge. The tech giant has launched a replacement program for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR battery cases manufactured between January 2019 and October 2019. In particular, it will replace cases that won't charge or only charges intermittently when plugged in, as well as cases don't properly charge the iPhone.Apple's battery cases can keep your iPhone running longer, though they do add quite a bit of bulk to the devices.