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EE adds AppleCare to its insurance plans for iPhone users
by Paul Hill
EE has announced that customers who take out its Damage Cover or Full Cover insurance products will now be covered with AppleCare services too, including Apple-certified device repairs. The newly included AppleCare Services on EE will last the lifetime of the insurance policy for peace of mind.
With the changes, customers that have taken out insurance will be able to go to Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Service Providers and get priority access to Apple experts via webchat and over the phone at any time help is needed. One of the unique things about AppleCare with EE is that any excess costs from the repair of a device in the store can be added to your mobile bill for you to pay later. If you’re not near an Apple Store, EE has expanded its in-store repair service to 85 stores across the country where you can drop your phone off.
The Damage Cover with AppleCare Services starts at £5.99 per month. You’ll be able to get a next-day replacement device or take your phone to the Apple Store to be repaired, it covers accidental damage to the phone and in-box charging accessories, you get worldwide cover, unlimited damage claims, cover for breakdowns, a multi-policy discount, and a free Minute One Accessories Bundle worth £24.99 on selected devices.
The Full Cover insurance with AppleCare Services starts at £9.49 per month and offers all the services above plus next day replacement for loss or theft of a customers’ handset. Full Cover customers will also get a Minute One Premium Accessories Bundle worth £39.99 on selected devices.
To buy either of the insurance options, just select them while you’re in the process of purchasing a new phone from EE.
By Fiza Ali
Here is how Brazilian criminals are accessing bank accounts using stolen iPhones
by Fiza Ali
Last month, Folha de S. Paulo, a Brazilian newspaper, reported that criminals were stealing iPhones in Brazil not to resell them but to gain access to bank accounts of the stolen iPhones' users. Recently, the police have been able to get to the bottom of how these criminals do that.
The Sao Paulo police arrested one of those gangs and the criminals revealed how they crack the security of stolen iPhones. One of the criminals stated that he is capable of unlocking iPhone 5 to iPhone 11 models. According to Police Chief Fabiano Barbeiro, the criminals only need the iPhone SIM card to access all the data of the device.
The criminals would use the SIM card of the stolen iPhone in another iPhone and search social networks such as Instagram and Facebook to find out the email address of the stolen iPhone's owner. Usually, this email address is also the one used for their Apple ID. Once the criminals have identified the email address for the Apple ID, they would reset the password of the Apple ID using the phone number of the victim.
Barbeiro stated that:
Following the report of Folha de S. Paulo, Apple assured that it will allow users to delete their data from stolen iPhones in a hassle-free way, but it did not state the exact measures it will implement for that to be possible.
Here are the devices eligible for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 update
by Anmol Mehrotra
At their annual developer event, Apple announced new updates for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. All the updates come with new features, improvements and thanks to Apple's track record, they will be available for all the recently launched Apple devices.
Starting off with iPhones, Apple announced the iOS 15 update for iPhone owners. The new update brings Live text to photos, photo memories, new wallet features, notification improvements, and FaceTime support for Windows 10 and Android. Here is the list of devices that will be eligible to get the new iOS 15 update:
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max iPhone X, iPhone XR iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus iPhone SE (first and second generation) iPod Touch (seventh generation) Moving on to iPadOS 15, the new update brings improvements to widget, new multi-tasking improvements, Auto translate and more. You can head down to check out the full list of eligible devices:
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first, second, third, fourth and fififth generation) iPad Pro 11-inch (first, second and third generation) iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad (fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth generation) iPad Mini (fourth and fifth generation) iPad Air (second, third and fourth generation) Next up is the macOS Monterey update. The update brings new features and improvements to the first party apps as well as a new focus mode. It also includes a new Universal Control feature allowing users to move seamlessly between Apple devices. Here is the list of devices that will support the new macOS update:
iMac (late 2015 and later) iMac Pro (2017 and later) Mac Pro (late 2013 and later) Mac Mini (late 2014 and later) MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later) MacBook Air (early 2015 and later) MacBook (early 2016 and later) Lastly, Apple also announced the WatchOS 8 update for Apple Watch owners. The new update brings health features including a new Mindfulness app, new fitness routines, respiratory rate monitor and more. You can check out the list of eligible devices below:
Apple Watch Series 3 Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch Series 5 Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch SE Apple will be dropping the Developer beta later today and it will be available for all the eligible devices. However, we do not recommend installing the Developer beta right away as it could have bugs and issues that are yet to be ironed out. The Cupertino giant will be releasing a public beta soon which will be followed by a global update roll out for all the eligible devices later this year.
By Abhay V
Apple announces iOS 15 with notification improvements, new FaceTime features, and more
by Abhay Venkatesh
Apple today took to the stage at its WWDC conference and the first of the announcements is iOS 15. The company started off talking about FaceTime, announcing that it is bringing spatial audio to the video conferencing service. The app is also adding what the company calls noise isolation, helping silence background sounds to amplify users’ voices.
The firm also announced FaceTime links, bringing the ability to send meeting invites to users on not just iOS, but also Windows and Android to join FaceTime calls via the browser. Another new addition is SharePlay, a feature in FaceTime that allows users to share their device screens, watch content on streaming platforms, or listening to music together. The firm is also introducing APIs for streaming platforms to add support for SharePlay
Next up is Shared with you, a way to share news items and other types of content right with other users easily. These items can also be pinned in iMessages. The firm is adding support for apps like Podcast, Apple Music, Apple TV, and more for Shared with you.
Notifications are getting a major update with the addition of Notification summary. iOS 15 will summarize notifications from non-important apps to reduce clutter on the lock screen. Users will be provided the choice to select contacts and apps that can break through and display complete notifications. Notification summary uses “on-device intelligence” to tweak these summaries.
However, users can choose to turn on Do Not Disturb to block all notifications or choose the apps and contacts that can bypass the restrictions to serve notifications, thanks to Focus. Focus will also allow for adding relevant widgets with information on the home screen.
Next up is Live Text for Photos, a Google Lens-like feature that allows users to detect content from across the OS like text and look them up on the web. Users can also lookup locations from pictures, recognize characters in images, and more. Live Text works not just with images, but also with the web, and across iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.
There are updates to a bunch of apps as well, with the first being Spotlight. Apple is adding support for Photos in Spotlight, allowing users to search for images right from the home screen. The company is also adding rich information in Contacts, bringing information from services like Find My into the contact’s cards. The firm is also adding specialized cards for celebrities.
In the list of Google-inspired features, there’s the Memories feature in Photos. iOS 15 will create interactive memories based on users’ images using its on-device machine learning. It will also let users interact with the memories by adding or removing images and choose what shows up, add music, and more.
Other app improvements include added capabilities to the Wallet app that allows for storing government-issued identity cards, allowing users to carry a digital copy of their IDs. The firm is also expanding the use of Wallet as a lock or access system by leveraging the UWB technology in iPhone. These include car keys, hotel access cards, and more.
The Weather app is being redesigned with a bunch of new information, with a background that adapts to the current weather situation. Lastly, the Maps app is receiving some improvements such as a an improved design and added details for commercial buildings and more. There is also a new Nearby Transit feature and the ability to the app to notify users when it is time to disembark from public transport.
By News Staff
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