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iOS 16.4’s best new features and an iPhone security hack you need ASAP [The CultCast]


Coming Soon in iOS 16.4: CultCast title page.
Join us for a rundown of what you can expect in iOS 16.4.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: iOS 16.4 doesn’t look earth-shattering or anything, but there are some cool new features coming.

Also on The CultCast:

  • You need to toggle this switch on your iPhone ASAP so thieves don’t ruin your life.
  • Working for Apple’s secret Exploratory Design Group sounds like a dream job.
  • We’re giving away a very fancy backpack from Harber London.
  • Erfon put his new HomePod stereo pair to the test in a head-to-head audio smackdown with the originals. The results are … disappointing.
  • Windows users get a little taste of iMessage goodness. But just a taste!

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video live stream, embedded below.

Tests go on of iPhone security-fix system that doesn’t require full iOS updates


Tests go on of iPhone bug-fix system that doesn’t require full iOS updates
Apple wants to be able to patch iOS without the hassle of a full system software update.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple sent developers a “Rapid Security Response” bug patch for the iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 betas. This is part of an ongoing series of tests on a system that will eventually allow Apple to quickly fix security problems without requiring a full OS update.

Testing started in November 2022.

Reports of iPhone SE 4’s death were greatly exaggerated


iPhone 14
The iPhone SE 4 might look very much like the iPhone 14.
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Apple plans to release an iPhone SE 4 based heavily on the design of the iPhone 14, according to a new report from a reliable source.

Word that Apple canceled the low-cost handset leaked out recently, but work on the device has supposedly started again.

iPhone SE 4 could have been axed


iPhone SE 4 could have been axed
The iPhone SE 3 could be the last.
Graphic: Apple/Cult of Mac

There’ll be no iPhone SE 4, according to a reliable source of insider info. And the previous model is supposedly Apple’s last low-cost handset.

This is not intended to force consumers to buy pricier models. Shoppers are doing that on their own.

Apple could cancel or postpone 2024 iPhone SE 4 launch


iPhone XR with iPhone SE 4 text
The iPhone SE 4 might not see the light of the day.
Image: Rajesh

Apple could delay or cancel the launch of the 2024 iPhone SE 4 due to cost and demand issues. The company’s budget products have not performed as well as initially thought.

The full-screen design of the iPhone SE 4 could also push its prices higher. This could affect its demand and position in Apple’s current lineup.

EU forces Apple to rip huge hole in iPhone security


Apple being forced to a rip huge hole in iPhone security
The EU is making it easy for hackers to get malware onto iPhones.
Graphic: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Criminals around the world are surely celebrating news that Apple is being forced by the European Union to enable iPhone to install applications from outside the App Store. The move will allow hackers to release a fresh tidal wave of malware, hoping to slip it onto iOS handsets. iPhone users will be forced to fend off attempts to trick them into installing this malware virtually every day.

And well-known, unscrupulous companies will take advantage of the new security hole, too.

iPhone SE 4 design is still up in the air


iPhone XR test
iPhone SE 4 might look much like the iPhone XR, but Apple is also considering other designs.
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Apple is reportedly sticking with a two-year replacement cycle on its budget handset line. That means the iPhone SE 4 won’t be out until 2024, according to a reliable source.

The launch is apparently far enough away that Apple hasn’t settled on a final design.

iPhone SE 4 might sport edge-to-edge screen


iPhone XR performance is stellar, far better than many Android devices that cost more.
This is the iPhone XR. And it could be the iPhone SE 4, also.
Photo: Apple

The fourth-gen iPhone SE might be a blast from the past: leaked renders of the upcoming budget handset show it greatly resembling the iPhone XR.

If so, it will be the first in the SE line with an edge-to-edge screen and no Home button.

MagMount keeps iPhone secure and easy to see behind the wheel


MagMount for iPhone 12
Made from sturdy aluminum that keeps iPhone safe.
Photo: SwitchEasy

Use your iPhone for turn-by-turn navigation while you’re on the road? Keep it secure and easy to see with the handy and affordable MagMount from SwitchEasy — available now from the Cult of Mac Store.

Available in two variants, the magnetic car mount attaches to your windshield or your car’s air vents. Then, it uses strong magnets to safely hold onto your iPhone. Thanks to MagSafe compatibility, it works with iPhone 13 and iPhone 12. But even if you don’t own a MagSafe model, MagMount can work for you. Just grab an affordable MagDoka disc to get in on the magnetic fun.

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