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iOS 13 flaw exposes all your contacts data

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Keep your iPhone close by.
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A newly-discovered flaw in iOS 13 lets anyone access your contacts without your passcode.

It takes just a few simple steps to bypass your iPhone’s lockscreen and see every phone number, email address, and physical address you have saved. But a fix is already on the way.

Apple will fix iPhone 8 Plus Portrait mode bug today

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iOS 12.3.2 will bring depth back to your Portrait photos.
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Apple will roll out a new software update today to fix a Portrait mode bug on the iPhone 8 Plus.

iOS 12.3.2, which comes just two weeks after the release of iOS 12.3.1, is another minor update for most iPhone and iPad users. For those with an iPhone 8 Plus, however, it will bring depth back to Portrait photos.

Researcher provides Apple with details (and fix) for Keychain flaw

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Apple still won't cough up a reward.
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A security researcher has decided to provide Apple with details — and a patch — for a serious Keychain flaw in macOS Mojave that allows anyone to access your saved usernames and passwords.

Linus Henze previously withheld the information in protest of Apple’s decision not to offer a macOS bug bounty program. He now believes the problem is too serious for the company to ignore.

Apple stops you playing different music on iPhone and HomePod

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The new HomePod could offer a neat new feature.
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If you want to stream different tracks on different devices from Apple Music, you’ll need two subscriptions. It was previously possible to listen to one track on your iPhone while enjoying another on HomePod in a different room, but not anymore.

Apple says this was a bug — not a feature — and it has finally been fixed.

iOS 11.4 is killing battery life on some iPhones

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How's battery life on your iPhone with iOS 11.4?
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Apple rolled out iOS 11.4 in late May, finally delivering AirPlay 2 and stereo support for HomePod. If you haven’t already updated, you might want to avoid it for now.

Some iPhone users are reporting battery life problems after installing Apple’s latest release. It seems the issue affects everything from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone X.

WhatsApp bug lets blocked contacts send messages

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Coming soon to an iPhone near you?
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A new WhatsApp bug allows blocked contacts to continue sending messages, view online status, and see profile pictures. The problem appears to be on the server side, but WhatsApp is yet to confirm a fix or even acknowledge its existence.

Apple investigates iPhone X’s incoming call bug

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The bugs keep on coming.
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Apple is investigating another iPhone X bug that’s causing users to miss incoming calls.

Some report that their device refuses to wake when a call is received, leaving them unable to answer it. It appears the problem surfaced in December but Apple has only just acknowledged the complaints.

iPhone X users report overheating, excessive data consumption

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Ready to ditch your iPhone X already? There's still time to get a great price!
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Life with an iPhone X isn’t as rosy as it should be for some adopters. Many report that their handsets are plagued by frequent overheating and excessive data consumption. Some have even resorted to placing their handset in a freezer to cool it down.

Buggy software could tarnish Apple’s sterling reputation

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The bugs keep on coming.
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Apple built its trillion-dollar reputation delivering beautiful hardware that turned tedious tasks into magical experiences.

But a recent string of ridiculous bugs — and a seriously shocking security flaw — put Cupertino in a precarious position: If Apple doesn’t stop the screw-ups, it could permanently sully its good name.

Simple text message crashes almost any iPhone

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Three characters is all it takes to freeze your iPhone.
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Apple makes iOS more secure with almost every update it rolls out, but there’s always a glitch somewhere that slips through the net.

The latest is a bug in iMessage that allows any iPhone running iOS 10 to iOS 10.1.1 to be crashed with a simple text message.

The 5-second video clip that will crash your iPhone

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Beware of strange video links.
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A short, 5-second MP4 video is circulating online which causes iPhones to freeze and lock up, with the only way around it being to perform a forced reboot of the device.

The video originates from the Weib video-sharing app Miaopai. The video doesn’t immediately cause your iPhone to crash, but around 10 second after watching it you’ll notice that your iPhone starts to slow down, before freezing completely.

macOS bug gives MacBook Pros a fake graphics upgrade

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Is your MacBook Pro reporting the right graphics?
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A bug in macOS Sierra is incorrectly telling some users that their MacBook Pro just got a nice graphics upgrade.

Some 15-inch units are packing Intel Iris Pro 580 graphics, according to the built-in System Information report. But in actual fact, they have Intel Iris Pro 530 graphics instead.

iOS bug exposes photos and messages on locked iPhones

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It's shockingly easy to get into someone's photos.
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Hackers have discovered a new method to unlock photos and messages on any iPhone, thanks to an iOS security flaw that utilizes Siri and VoiceOver.

iPhones running iOS 8 software and newer are vulnerable to the flaw, which was discovered by EverythingApplePro and iDeviceHelp. The group revealed the hack in a new video that shows you don’t need any coding experience or special hardware to pull it off. All you need is a few minutes alone with a victims iPhone and some help from Siri.