A Beijing court has overturned a previous decision that Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus infringed on the patent rights of Chinese company Baili, the South China Morning Post reports. Last May the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled in favor of Baili’s claim that the iPhones copied the design of that company’s 100C smartphone, but Apple was allowed to continue selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus while the appeal worked through the courts. On Friday, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court ruled that the iPhone 6 has features that “completely change the effect of the entire product ... and both phones are easily distinguishable in the eyes of consumers.” Since filing the lawsuit against Apple in 2014, Baili has completely collapsed, with phone calls to the company ringing unanswered, the company’s websites gone and visits to its registered addresses turning up no company offices. [via 9to5Mac]
Supplier TSMC is already preparing to start production of the A11 chip expected to land in Apple’s next round of iPhones, Chinese-language site Economic Daily News reports. The company is Apple’s sole supplier of the CPUs for its new devices, and is expected to begin building the components next month in order to reach 50 million units by July. Apple split its A9 chip orders between both Samsung and TSMC, but a number of reports claimed the TSMC version of the A9 provided significantly better battery life than the Samsung version in at least some benchmark tests. The actual specifications of the A11 chip are still unknown, but TSMC is expected to use the its new 10nm manufacturing process to produce them. The company has already showed it can use the process for large-volume production, creating chips for “MediaTek and HiSilicon Technologies in the first quarter of 2017.” [via DigiTimes]
At least some of the iCloud account credentials that a group of hackers are holding for ransom appear to be legitimate, according to an investigation by ZDNet. A London-based group of hackers calling themselves the “Turkish Crime Family” claimed earlier this week to have gained access to millions of iCloud accounts, threatening to remotely wipe victims’ devices unless Apple paid a large ransom. While Apple later indicated that there had been no breach of its systems, analysts have suggested that the hacker group likely has data acquired from one or more breaches that occurred years ago at sites such as LinkedIn. Due to the obvious naming of iCloud accounts and the number of users who may reuse passwords, a dump of passwords stolen from another site could easily be exploited to hack at least some iCloud accounts.
iClever’s released an upgraded version of its BoostCube Dual USB Wall Charger, providing you with an inexpensive yet reasonably attractive charging option for your iPhone, iPad, and other USB electronic devices. Capable of supplying a total of 24W of power across its pair of 5V/2.4A USB ports, you’ll be able to recharge even two iPads simultaneously at the fastest speeds possible.
As expected, Apple has opened up online orders for its new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone SE models along with the new 9.7” iPad. It appears that the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone and iPhone SE models are available for in-store pickup at most Apple Retail Stores today, with online orders expected to arrive by the middle of next week. The new 9.7” iPad, on the other hand, does not appear to be available in stores as of yet; customers are seeing delivery dates for the new iPad into the first week in April, although stock of the new iPad will likely appear in Apple Retail stores sometime next week.
In an unusual move, Apple has taken the Apple Store offline for the second time this week in advance of today’s release of the new iPad and (PRODUCT)RED iPhone. Apple took its online store down early Tuesday morning in advance of the announcement of both products, indicating that they would go on sale at 8:01 AM PDT today. As all of the new products were already appearing on the Apple Store on Tuesday, most assumed that the ordering links would simply become active at the scheduled release time, however for whatever reason Apple has chosen to take its store offline again.
Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool for only $19.95. This handy tool not only provides two USB ports to charge your iPhone and other electronic devices, but it doubles as a window breaker and seat belt cutter to help you get free of your car in an emergency, and since it plugs into your car’s accessory outlet, you’ll always know where to find it.
The iPhone's camera has been steadily improving with every new model released, and many now consider it to be among the best smartphone cameras on the market; in fact the iPhone has entirely replaced our traditional point-and-shoot cameras in recent years. However, like many photography enthusiasts we have to admit that the fixed lens can sometimes be a limiting factor — even with the new iPhone 7 Plus dual lens system — resulting in a market for a range of external lens solutions to help take iPhone photography to the next level. The latest new entry onto the iPhone lens scene is ExoLens' new ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS Wide-Angle Kit, built on a partnership with the venerable German lens maker to bring its extremely high-quality glass to bear in the world of iPhone photography.
Apple has acquired Workflow, a popular automation tool that allows users to tie together various apps on the iOS platform to create macro-like stored procedures, TechCrunch reports. While the financial terms of the deal are not yet available, the report suggests that it was a “solid payday” for the small team of developers. In the deal, Apple is not only acquiring the Workflow app, but also the team of Ari Weinstein, Conrad Kramer, and Ayaka Nonaka, and Nick Frey. Despite the acquisition, Apple will continue to offer the Workflow app on the App Store, making it now available for free.
Nintendo has released a major update to Super Mario Run, adding new playable characters and allowing more courses to be played without purchasing the game, among other improvements. Super Mario Run 2.0 allows players to unlock four additional courses in the free version of the game by completing one of Bowser’s challenges, and adds different coloured Yoshis that can be used in Toad Rally to gain more toads of that particular colour. Players can also get new courses to play in Toad Rally by completing the first four courses, and get new buildings from the Shop using the new blue and green Toads; Nintendo also promises that additional buildings will be added in a coming event. The update also adds an “Easy Mode” that can be used to clear trickier courses, and makes general adjustments to the ease of play in various other areas.