5 Reasons Why You Should Care About iOS 15

Surprisingly, last week is the first in a while that Apple Beta Program participants didn’t see a new build of iOS 15. Public Beta 8 was released two weeks ago, with the anticipation that the golden master would be released to testers a week after.

That didn’t happen. Instead, all signs point to the golden master being released this week in conjunction with the Apple iPhone event happening tomorrow, September 14. It might even skip “golden master” altogether and go straight to public release later this week.

So soon, everyone will get their hands on iOS 15. Some of the tentpole features, like the updated Maps app, redesigned Safari, and “all new” Notifications are either underwhelming or controversial. Plus one of its biggest features, Shareplay, which lets you share your media during FaceTime calls, is sidelined till iOS 15.1. So why should you care about the latest OS from Apple?

Here are five things that you’ll actually use that make iOS 15 worth getting excited about.

1. iCloud+ Makes Browsing More Secure

OK, boring stuff out of the way first. Everyone says they want to be more secure but no one actually cares. They share their email. They reuse passwords. They connect to any WiFi hotspot, even if its name is “H4CK3R-4-LYFE.”

Apple’s iOS has had strong password suggestions for a while now, but iOS 15 goes even further to keep you from your own worst habits. iCloud+ has a Private Relay feature that acts like a virtual private network (VPN). Basically, it hides the location of where you’re connecting  to the internet and who you are, even from Apple. You can’t use it like a regular VPN to spoof a location (say, if you’re trying to convince Netflix you’re in a different global region). But if you’re advanced enough to be doing that, you probably don’t need Private Relay to begin with. This feature is for those who want to be safer online but don’t want to mess with the nuts and bolts.

Hide My Email is the iCloud+ feature that you’ll actually notice and use. Rather than provide your real email to every random form and newsletter on the internet, this will let you mask your email with a fake address that’s then routed to your iCloud email address.

2. It’s Easier To Find Things Shared With You

“Oh, I’ve seen that trailer. My buddy shared it with me. One sec.”

Scroll, scroll, scroll

“Hmm. Maybe not him? Maybe my brother?”

Scroll, scroll, scroll

“Not him either. Huh. Um. I know I’ve got it. Hold on…”

Sound like a familiar scenario? With so many links, photos, and videos being shared with us on a daily basis, it’s easy to lose track of just what we’ve received and from whom. That’s why the persistent Shared With Me category in iOS 15 is an absolute gift. Now, there’s a whole list of shared links available when opening a new tab in Safari. Looking for pictures?

The Photos app has a shared category as well. Same with the TV and Music apps. Granted, the last two probably won’t see as much use but it’s still nice to have a convenient list of things that you want to check out in the app where you’ll most likely use it.

Speaking of sharing, if you frequently share multiple photos in Messages, they’re now organized in an aesthetically-pleasing stack. It’s a minor, but welcome, change.

3. Photos Are Way Better

The Photos app gets some major quality of life improvements in iOS 15. The auto-generated memories are better and seem to surface more of the images you care about. They can also use real music from your Music app! Now if you want to use Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” for that memory about your dog, you can, rather than being stuck with generic upbeat instrumental music.

Photos are smarter as well, letting you dive deep into images and identify things like animals, plants, locations, and people. Plus you can finally copy text from images! No more flipping back and forth between an image and Safari to enter the name of that weird restaurant that you took a picture of. Select the text in the image, then copy, paste, and search. It’s especially useful for those acquaintances that love to send you screenshots of web pages rather than the actual web page address.

4. Anyone Can Join FaceTime Calls

FaceTime is a lot of fun but until now it’s been an Apple-only affair. With iOS 15 you can create a share link that lets anyone join your FaceTime call from their browser, no matter what device they’re on. Of course, if you’re joining that FaceTime call from an iOS device, there are all kinds of new enhancements to calls – better audio, video, and, eventually, real-time screen sharing. It’s like Zoom, but more focused on the social. If you prefer to do your FaceTime calls via Memoji, you’ll appreciate the new clothing options (among other new customizations).

5. Focus Lets You Instantly Transform Your Phone

Do Not Disturb and Sleep Mode were wonderful innovations that helped us wrest time back from our phones. The new Focus mode is like that, but with even more utility. Now, instead of just silencing notifications, you can create an entire home screen just for that mode.

Want to have a Fitness mode that surfaces weather, workout, and health widgets, plus your fitness and music apps? Create it and when you activate the Fitness focus mode, your phone will transform. You can also set it to let people know that you’re working out (or driving or whatever). And while there are several different types recommended, you can also make your own. It’s an easy way to embrace task-based layouts.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are even more features coming to your phones when iOS 15 is released to the public later this week. Be sure to tune in to the Apple keynote tomorrow to check out the iOS 15 release announcement (and all the new iPhones!).

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Facebook, Apple and The War Over Social Media Influencers

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Facebook, good. Apple, bad. Facebook, good. Everyone else, bad.

That’s a little reductive but essentially the message put out today by Mark Zuckerberg. Writing on his personal Facebook page, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook won’t take a cut of any earnings that influencers earn on its platform through a growing number of Facebook products until 2023—and when it does start, its fees will be “less than the 30% that Apple and others take.” In addition, Zuckerberg said Facebook would shortly release a helpful little dashboard for influencers to (ostensibly) better manage their earnings and see which companies take a portion of their income.

There’s a lot at stake here. To start, Zuckerberg has increasingly pinned a portion of Facebook’s hopes for future growth on creators and has announced a slew of new initiatives over the past year to encourage influencers to build audiences on Facebook products. Among other things, Facebook plans to roll out audio features with subscription plans, introduce a marketplace where brands and influencers can link up and launch a subscription newsletter service, Bulletin.

Complicating matters is the fact that many other rival companies—TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube, to name only a few—are working on similar things. As well as the fact that Facbeook and Instagram spent many years largely ignoring the influencers on its platforms, while those rivals did a better job at cultivating them and introducing opportunities to earn money off their newfound fame, making those sites a more diserable destination.

To help Facebook stand out, Zuckerberg is willing to do something the others probably aren’t: Let creators earn money on the site without taking a portion of those dollars. Those smaller companies are likely going to be more eager to show investors that these new creator-focused products generate money.

Facebook, by contrast, has the enviable position of . . . not really needing the money. It earned a $9.5 billion profit alone last year and has over $60 billion just in cash. Keeping creators happy and earning money on Facebook keeps them from running off to other sites, taking Facebook users with them. Users have been—and will continue to be—the real moneymakers for Facebook, the people who look at the ads that do make up the majority of the company’s revenue.

The second factor in all this is the burgeoning grudge match between Facebook and Apple—and between Apple and other parts of Big Tech. Apple recently introduced changes to its operating system that will make it harder for Facebook to earn money off ads, part of a larger disagreement between Facebook and Apple over data privacy on the internet.

For its part in the war, Facebook will be doing things like Monday’s announcement: finding ways to paint Apple’s policies as stifling to small businesses on the Web. (Facebook’s timing was blantantly conspicuous, Zuckerberg’s post coming a few hours before Apple begins its much-watched annual developers’ conference.)

Of course, other companies are taking the opportunity to do the same thing to Apple. Less than a month ago, a trial concluded between Apple and Fornite-maker Epic Games over Apple’s allegedly monopolistic grip on large swaths of the internet, a fight also first sparked over fees and a disagreement over who should earn what.

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It’s a bit simplistic, but it’s the message Mark Zuckerberg is conveying today. Writing on his non-public Facebook page, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will not take any reduction in the profits influencers make on its platform through a number in Facebook product development until 2023, and when it starts, its fees will be “less than the 30% that Apple and others take. In addition, Zuckerberg said Facebook would soon launch a useful little panel so influencers can (apparently) better manage their profits and see which corporations take part in their profits.

The stakes are high here. For starters, Zuckerberg has placed some of Facebook’s hopes for long-term expansion on creators and announced a series of new projects over the next year to inspire influencers to create audiences on Facebook products. Among other things, Facebook. plans to implement audio features with subscription plans, introduce a marketplace where brands and influencers can connect, and launch a subscription newsletter service, Newsletter.

To complicate matters, many other rival corporations (TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube, to name a few) are running similar things, as well as the fact that Facbeook and Instagram have spent many years largely ignoring influencers on their platforms, while rivals have done more of a job cultivating them and introducing opportunities to make money through their newfound fame. , making those sites a more disadvantageous destination.

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CVS Health To Offer Apple’s New Fitness Service

CVS Health said it will be offering Apple’s new fitness subscription service to clients, health plan members and employees.

A one-year subscription offer for “Apple Fitness Plus” built for the Apple Watch will be available later this year for those who are enrolled in an Aetna commercial health plan or a CVS Caremark prescription plan. CVS Health bought Aetna two years ago and owns the pharmacy benefit manager Caremark and has been working for ways to offer more low-cost health benefits for the more than 20 million Aetna members and employer clients who have their drug benefits managed by CVS.

Apple Fitness Plus “intelligently incorporates metrics from Apple Watch for users to visualize right on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, offering a first-of-its-kind personalized workout experience,” CVS said Tuesday afternoon in an announcement. “Everyone from beginners to fitness enthusiasts can access studio-style workouts delivered by inspiring world-class trainers underscored by motivating music from renowned artists, making it easier and more rewarding for users to exercise, whenever and wherever they like.”

CVS Health’s disclosure coincides with a separate announcement by Apple Tuesday unveiling “Fitness+,” which Apple said is the “first fitness experience built for Apple Watch, arriving later this year.” The subscription service offers an array of virtual fitness classes, Apple said during a presentation Tuesday.

Such new services negotiated by CVS are part of the company’s effort to integrate more health benefits for Aetna clients and health plan members given the companies are now largely integrated following their nearly two-year-old merger.

“Keeping people engaged and motivated on their path to better health is at the core of our business, which is why we are extending our collaboration with Apple to offer special access to Apple Fitness Plus through all the ways we connect with customers,” CVS Health Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer Jonathan Mayhew said. “Innovative fitness offerings like Apple Fitness Plus are even more critical as people strive to maintain their health during these challenging times.”

The Apple partnership fits the strategy of CVS Health chief executive officer Larry Merlo to offer more healthcare services.

CVS remains on track with the rollout its new health hub concept to 1,500 stores across the U.S. within the next two years despite the continuing spread of the coronavirus strain Covid-19. CVS paused conversions of some stores into HealthHUB formats in late March as state governments shut down and store construction was forced to slow down for commercial developments across the U.S.

But CVS has said the three-year plan remains on target to have 1,500 HealthHubs by the end of next year. CVS opened 50 HealthHub stores in the U.S. last year and was planning on another 600 to 650 to open in 2020 before the pandemic hit earlier this year.

CVS HealthHubs dedicate more than 20% of the store to health services that include new durable medical equipment, supplies and various new product and service combinations. CVS is adding thousands of new personal care items as well as additional services at its MinuteClinics in the health hub stores. Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn. Check out my website or some of my other work here.

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Apple Will Allow Game Streaming Services, But Its Rules Are Still Restrictive

Apple overhauled its App Store guidelines on Friday to allow for game streaming services that had previously been denied—but the rules are still restrictive and it’s unclear if major players, such as Microsoft and Google, will be keen to follow them.

Game streaming services Google Stadia, Facebook Gaming, Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Microsoft’s xCloud don’t offer gameplay on iOS because of Apple’s policies limiting cloud streaming and third-party titles. 

On Friday, Apple adjusted its rules to allow for these services to operate on iOS, but each game needs to be a separate app available on the App Store subject to Apple’s review process.

Under the rules, game streaming services are allowed to have a main “catalogue app” that links out to individual games and allows users to sign up for the service, but games can’t be played directly inside the app like Android allows.

Apple did not change its policies about App Store fees, meaning that Apple will still take its usual cut of any subscription sign ups, game downloads or in-app purchases, which remains a major sticking point for the games industry.

It’s unclear if gaming services launch on Apple devices, or if they will continue to skip out on iOS altogether. Both Google and Nvidia declined to comment about their plans for iOS. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.

Chief Critic

A Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC the changes are “a bad experience for customers.” 

“Gamers want to jump directly into a game from their curated catalog within one app just like they do with movies or songs, and not be forced to download over 100 apps to play individual games from the cloud,” the spokesperson said.

Key Background

Apple’s conflict with the gaming industry extends beyond streaming. Fortnite maker Epic Games is embroiled in a tense legal battle with the tech giant over its App Store fees. Epic argues that Apple’s 30% commission from in-app purchases is anti-competitive and forces companies to increase prices to cover the cost of the so-called “Apple Tax.” Apple, meanwhile, countersued Epic this week and said the company “simply wants to pay nothing for the tremendous value it derives from the App Store.”

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In Friday’s update, Apple also slightly loosened some rules for in-app purchases outside of gaming. One-on-one digital classes, like tutors or fitness classes, won’t be subject to the 30% fee. Follow me on Twitter. Send me a secure tip.

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WordPress Developer Said Apple Wouldn’t Allow Updates To The Free App Until It Added In-App Purchases

WordPress is adding in-app purchases to its previously free iOS app after claiming Apple prevented it from making updates until the change was made, The Verge reported Friday.
WordPress’ founding developer said in a tweet Friday that Apple cut off developers from making updates to the app unless they started letting users buy domain names within the app — a service the app doesn’t currently include.
The Verge reported that WordPress agreed, meaning Apple effectively pressured a free app into monetizing itself, allowing it to take a 30% commission on future purchases.
Apple’s App Store policies, particularly its requirement that app developers use Apple’s payment systems and give the company a 30% cut, has frustrated developers for years — and recently, lawmakers who say it’s monopolistic behavior.

Apple’s battle with app developers heated up again Friday after WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg claimed that the company locked developers out from making updates until it added in-app purchases to the free iOS app, The Verge reported.

“Heads up on why @WordPress iOS updates have been absent… we were locked by App Store. To be able to ship updates and bug fixes again we had to commit to support in-app purchases for .com plans,” Mullenweg tweeted Friday.

“I know why this is problematic, open to suggestions,” he added.

Mullenweg’s tweet referenced Apple’s policy requiring app developers to utilize the company’s own payment systems for any purchases made on iOS apps, of which Apple then takes a 30% commission.

The policy has drawn the ire of developers for years, but the crackdown on the WordPress app is even more controversial because the app doesn’t currently offer any purchases at all, and there’s not a good reason why it would.

WordPress, the hugely popular website builder that powers around a third of the internet, is open-source, meaning people don’t pay to create websites using it. WordPress.com, on the other hand, is a commercial entity that helps users create sites built on that open-source software, and it makes money by selling domain names and other paid website hosting and management services.

WordPress.com also develops the “WordPress” iOS app (that Apple took action against on Friday), which lets users create and manage WordPress-based sites for free — whether or not they pay WordPress.com for a premium domain name.

But because the app is developed by the commercial entity, Apple decided that WordPress.com needed to offer an option to purchase those premium domain names through the app — a 30% cut of those purchases would then go to Apple.

An Apple spokesperson told Business Insider that, per App Store policies, apps — including WordPress — operating across multiple platforms can let users access a service on their iOS app that they paid for on a different platform (such as a website), but the developers then have to offer the ability to purchase that service in the app, too.

That reasoning has angered the open-source community because the app itself is associated by users with……read more

iPhone Owners Could Get $500 Cash Back From Apple Over Batterygate

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iPhone owners in the U.S. could receive up to $500 compensation from Apple, following the settlement of the so-called Batterygate scandal.

The Batterygate affair saw Apple hamper the performance of certain iPhone models in order to preserve older batteries in the handsets. Apple has never admitted wrongdoing, but is paying up to $500m in a legal settlement to end the matter.

That now means owners of selected iPhone handsets can qualify for a rebate, which could potentially be as much as $500, but is estimated to be $25. Those handsets are:

  • iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017
  • iPhone 7 or 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017

Obviously, you would need a photographic memory to know what version of iOS your phone was running before a set date in December three years ago, so the online claim form is making it easy to check if you have a valid claim. You can either enter your phone’s serial number or your Apple ID and various details about the handset to check if you’re due compensation.

Up to $500 rebate

Apple has agreed to make a minimum payment of $310m to cover the cost of the claims, but that could rise to a maximum of $500,000 depending on the number of claims received by the deadline of October 6.

Only when all the claims have been submitted will it be decided how much each claimant will receive. However, if the number of claimants is low, the windfall per customer could be as much as $500.

“Under the proposed settlement, if the total value of approved claims submitted by Settlement Class Members does not exceed the $310 million floor, the value of each approved claim (per eligible device) may be increased on a pro rata basis, up to a maximum of $500 per device,” the settlement documents state.

On the flip side, if the settlement fund is flooded with applicants, the figure per customer could be less than the estimated $25 per customer that Apple is expected to pay out.

Affected customers don’t have to participate in the scheme to claim money back from Apple. The settlement website makes it clear that owners have the option to exclude themselves from the settlement and pursue separate legal action against Apple.

Affected customers can also object to the settlement and ask to speak at the final hearing or post an objection to the attorneys’ fees in the case.

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Apple Insider Reveals New Premium iPhone 12 Upgrade

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According to a report picked up by MacRumors, this year’s iPhone 12 will feature new “high-end” lenses manufactured by the Taiwanese company, Largan Precision. The news comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned analyst at TF International Securities who, according to the report, expects the new lenses to arrive at Apple somewhat later than usual from-mid July.

Kuo doesn’t go into detail about the new lenses or their specifications, but making specific note of their high-end formulation strongly suggests something of an upgrade over their iPhone 11 counterparts.

Of course, the iPhone 11’s lenses are already pretty good to begin with, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement both in terms of both their quality and their capabilities.

More important, however, is the fact that just because a lens works brilliantly on the iPhone 11 doesn’t mean it will be good enough for the iPhone 12. High-end lenses are carefully engineered to pair up with high-end cameras and sensors. If Apple has invested in upgraded lenses, then it’s safe to assume that the underlying camera hardware is going to be good enough to make use of them.

A great many factors could single out a lens as high-end, including sharpness, brightness, control of flare, contrast, vignetting and distortion, to name but a few.  New Ultra-wide or ultra-telephoto lenses would also qualify as high-end optics due to the added difficulty in creating lenses at the extreme ends of the camera’s zoom range. Furthermore, any larger imaging sensors featured in the iPhone 12 would require correspondingly larger and more expensive ‘high-end’ lenses to go with them. This means the iPhone 12 camera must itself be getting a significant high-end upgrade.

All will be revealed just a few months from now, in what is shaping up to be one of Apple’s most exciting launches yet.

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Apple Just Made A Striking New Security Move That Will Impact All Users

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Apple has made a striking password security move that will impact all users, for the better.

Passwords as a form of security are flawed. People forget them, they reuse them multiple times, and they are often exposed in breaches. It is with this in mind that Apple has made the striking move to launch an open source project to make passwords stronger for users of all services.

In an update yesterday, Apple detailed how its new Password Manager Resources open source project would help password manager developers collaborate to “create strong passwords that are compatible with popular websites.”

Apple is hoping that by integrating website-specific requirements used by the iCloud Keychain password manager to generate strong, unique passwords, the project will make passwords stronger for everyone—not just iPhone users.

Other resources include collections of websites known to share a sign-in system and links to websites’ pages where users change passwords, Apple said.

Apple’s iCloud Keychain password manager—which will be beefed up in this year’s iOS 14—has brought password managers to the masses. As is the way with most Apple products, an iPhone user who probably wouldn’t use a separate password manager such as 1Password or LastPass often ends up using the Keychain by default.

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“The key to the success of a password manager is to make them integrate well, easy to use and secure,” says ESET cybersecurity specialist Jake Moore. He points out that by making this new project open source, Apple is aiming to collaborate with other password managers.

The new move comes as Apple continues to make contributions to the security community. Apple also advocates the use of security keys having last year joined the FIDO Alliance—an organization dedicated to reducing reliance on passwords by using biometrics and security keys such as the Yubico YubiKey.

Password security isn’t easy. You need a unique password for each site, and some sites don’t accept certain characters, so password manager generated credentials don’t always work. This can sometimes leave people deciding passwords themselves—not really a good idea.

Apple’s new project is aiming to improve this for the better. It’s a great move that will hopefully improve password security for everyone. Bravo, Apple.

I’m a freelance cybersecurity journalist with over a decade’s experience writing news, reviews and features. I report and analyze breaking cybersecurity and privacy stories with a particular interest in cyber warfare, application security and data misuse. Contact me at kate.oflaherty@techjournalist.co.uk.

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Apple Explains How Its Reopened Retail Stores Will Be Different

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We’ve been hearing how Apple intends to slowly start reopening its retail stores in the coming weeks, but now we know how different an experience it will be for visitors.

Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and people, published a letter to customers on the Apple website yesterday detailing the company’s approach to reopening stores. The decision to reopen any particular store will be driven by the available data. O’Brien explains, “We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long-term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials. These are not decisions we rush into.” She also makes it clear that if conditions change locally, Apple won’t hesitate to close a location again.

Once a store is open, don’t expect the same experience you had before the pa

Apple is understandably taking a number of precautions to protect the team working in the store as well as customers. Several deep cleans will be carried out daily at each location, and the focus is shifting to a one-to-one service, meaning far fewer customers in a store at any one time.

All Apple employees working in a store will be required to wear a face mask, as will customers, but Apple will provide a mask for any customer who doesn’t have one. However, before entry a temperature check will be carried out and “posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms — like cough or fever — or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID-19.” Such actions are clearly going to result in lines forming outside of retail stores, so O’Brien also highlights the availability of curbside pickup from stores after ordering online as an alternative.

If you want to know when your local store is open again, enter your city, state or ZIP code into Apple’s Find a Store page.

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