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Report: Apple exploring stake in iHeartMedia

Apple is in preliminary discussions with iHeartMedia about a possible deal that would see the iPhone maker possibly take an equity stake in the U.S. radio group as a way of boosting its own streaming services, The Financial Times reports. iHeartMedia has been struggling with $20 billion in debt, resulting in it filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this year; creditors have since been reaching out to potential investors, which may be where Apple comes in. According to one person briefed on the talks, iHeartMedia is hoping that Apple will make a direct investment of “tens of millions of dollars,” although another source suggested that a partnership with Apple may simply result in a large-scale marketing partnership that would see Apple’s Beats 1 radio station debut on traditional broadcast radio, providing greater exposure for Apple Music, particularly among older audiences.

iOS 12.1 exploit allows access to contacts from lockscreen

A new security flaw has been found in iOS 12.1 that allows an iPhone lockscreen to be bypassed to access a user’s iOS Contacts without requiring authentication, The Verge reports. The exploit provides access to all of the contact information on an iPhone after activating a FaceTime call and accessing the new Group FaceTime feature to add another contact to the call. The exploit only works on iOS 12.1, since it relies on the Group FaceTime feature that was introduced in that version, and while it also requires physical access to the device, as The Verge notes it can still be a serious problem for victims of domestic abuse. While Apple will presumably work to close this security hole fairly quickly, the flaw it still present in yesterday’s release of the first iOS 12.1.1 beta as well, so it’s unclear when a fix will be pushed out.

Apple officially ends repair support for the iPhone 5

Apple has officially added the iPhone 5 to its vintage and obsolete products list, meaning that in most of the world Apple will no longer provide any kind of hardware service for that model, except for those sold in the state of California, where statutory exceptions extend coverage for an additional two years beyond the normal five-year deadline. Apple considers iPhone products Vintage in the United States and obsolete in the rest of the world once it has been more than five years since the product was last manufactured, which in the case of the iPhone 5 would have been Sept. 2013, when it was replaced by the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Ironically, the prior model — the iPhone 4S — has not yet made the list of vintage products, since a version of that model was still manufactured and sold for another year, until Sept. 2014. [via 9to5Mac]

Apple posts Oct. 30 event video on YouTube

Apple has posted the video of this week’s special event from New York on its YouTube channel, providing another way for users who missed the live streamed version to watch the video. For Apple TV users, Apple’s own Events app also provides access to the recent video, as well as older events and announcements, and Apple also continues to maintain its Apple Keynotes Podcast for those who prefer to watch it that way.

Apple posts first developer betas of iOS 12.1.1, tvOS 12.1.1

Apple is continuing its rapid pace of rolling out iOS 12 updates, releasing the first beta of iOS 12.1.1 and tvOS 12.1.1 only a day after the public 12.1 release of both versions. While the release notes are typically vague, the update does appear to bring the camera-flip button back to the main FaceTime screen, marking its return from the secondary screen where iOS 12 had buried it, and includes a number of other small fixes and improvements. No watchOS beta has yet appeared this time around, although this may partly due to Apple still trying to resolve issues with the watchOS 5.1 release on Tuesday bricking some Apple Watch devices.

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