Apple explains why iPhone 11 keeps checking your location

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Apple clarified that the occasional location checks made by the iPhone 11 aren’t surreptitious tracking.
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simpEarlier this week, a security researcher made waves after discovering that the iPhone 11 uses Location Services even after owners block access to the feature. Apple then released a short, vague explanation that actually explained nothing.

Today, Apple finally released a statement clarifying what’s going on. It goes into much greater detail. And it explains why the checks can’t be used to track users.

Mujjo makes one of the best iPhone 11 leather wallet cases [Review]

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Mujjo Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 11 can be all you need to carry around.
Mujjo Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 11 comes in these colors, and more too.
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Everyone should use a iPhone case, and everyone needs to carry a wallet. Consider combining those two necessities into the Mujjo Leather Wallet Case. This has been updated for the new iPhone 11 series, and it’s just as beautifully slim-but-practical as its predecessors.

I’ve used this wallet case for weeks. Learn how well it survived daily use in my full review.

Apple supplier unlocks space-saving capacitors just in time for 5G iPhone

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So tiny you can barely see them.
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One of Apple’s key suppliers may have just found a way to free up a bit more space inside the 2020 iPhones.

Murata Manufacturing claims it has created ultrasmall capacitors that are one-fifth the size of current capacitors. With 5G capable iPhones set to gobble up battery power next year, Apple needs every extra square millimeter it can get.

iPhone 11 uses your location even after you block access

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iPhone 11 keeps tabs on your whereabouts.
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iPhone 11 units are using location services even after access has been blocked by the user, a new report reveals.

Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s latest handsets intermittently seek location information regardless of the user’s privacy settings. Apple says it is “expected behavior.”

John Wick director shoots epic snowball fight entirely on iPhone

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Our snowball fights were never this amazing.
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David Leitch, the visionary director behind John Wick and Deadpool 2, teamed up with Apple for the latest “Shot on iPhone” ad that takes snowball fights to an all-new level.

The 90-second ad, titled Snowbrawl, follows a young girl who teams up with her friends in a sprawling snowball fight against her older brother and his cronies. Packed with tons of action stunts and gorgeous slow-mo shots you wouldn’t expect to be shot on a phone, the new ad will have you hyped to shoot your own winter videos.

Prepare to be blown away:

iPhone launch schedule may get big shakeup in 2021

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Apple might host two iPhone keynotes in 2021.
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Big changes could be coming to the way Apple launches iPhone, starting in 2021.

Analysts at JP Morgan Chase published a new research note today claiming Apple is readying its supply chain to be able to launch new iPhones twice a year. The move would supposedly give Apple more flexibility to add new features over a six month period and better compete with companies like Samsung and Huawei.

Fantastic fisheye lens expands view of iPhone camera

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Go wide! The new Moment fisheye lens lets you shoot in Night Mode and capture RAW images on the iPhone 11 series.
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By now, we’ve learned that two of the three rear-facing cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro are worthy of the Pro name. The third, the ultra-wide, is merely adequate.

Mobile phone lens-maker Moment has a new chunk of glass to bring fisheye drama to your photos with the image quality you expect from a camera with Pro in the name.

OtterBox Strada wraps your iPhone 11 and credit cards in leather [Review]

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OtterBox Strada Case protects and beautifies your iPhone 11
The OtterBox Strada leather folio wallet case is a both tough and attractive.
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Combining your iPhone case with your wallet is an easy way to simplify your life. Take the OtterBox Strada for the iPhone 11, which offers slots to hold multiple cards, while also wrapping around the front, back and sides of your handset. A leather exterior gives it a luxurious look and feel.

I used an OtterBox Strada for weeks — here’s how it stood up in daily use.

Chicago students with iPhones tell their stories of a city in photos

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Apple put iPhone 11s in the hands of Chicago high school students and 100cameras challenged them to tell their stories in pictures.
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The city of Chicago is full of narratives but one of its richest is often skewed by headlines of poverty and violence.

The neighborhood of North Lawndale is a story of rebirth and some of its young residents are sharing that story one iPhone photo at a time.