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Apple's new tool will allow users to move iCloud Photos to Google Photos with ease
by Anmol Mehrotra
Apple has introduced a new tool that will allow iCloud users to migrate their data to Google Photos with ease. The tool will transfer all your photos and videos to Google Photos making it easier for users to migrate to Google's ecosystem.
Apple notes that the transfer will take up to seven days during which the company will verify that the request was made by you and will transfer the data. The company also notes that the data will be copied to Google Photos so your backups on iCloud will not be altered. Furthermore, users will need to enable two-factor authentication on their Apple ID and make sure their Google account has enough storage available to complete the transfer.
Once you have enabled two-factor authentication and cleared space on Google, you can send Apple a transfer request. To do that, head to privacy.apple.com and sign in with your Apple ID. Once logged in, select Transfer a copy of your data and follow the steps to transfer the data. Once requested, Apple may take up to seven days to complete the transfer. You can, however, check the status of the transfer at privacy.apple.com/account.
Apple is doing a phased rollout of the service and it is currently available for users in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Currently, the transfer tool supports jpg, .png, .webp, .gif, some RAW files, .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv formats. The company further says that the filenames of albums and videos on Google Photos will start with "Copy of". Since Google supports 20,000 files per album, extra files will be transferred to Photos but will not be added to any album. Lastly, Apple warns that some files like shared albums, Smart Albums, live photos, some RAW files and metadata may not be transferred at all.
By Rich Woods
Apple might be removing Rosetta 2 from M1 Macs in some countries
by Rich Woods
Yesterday, Apple released the third developer beta of macOS 11.3 Big Sur, and it included something interesting. As spotted by MacRumors, there's evidence in the code that Apple might be getting rid of Rosetta translation in certain regions.
If you're unfamiliar with Rosetta 2, it's the translation service that lets you run Intel apps on Apple's new ARM-powered Macs. And indeed, many apps are still made for Intel processors, since the bulk of Apple's Mac user-base is using Intel-powered machines, so to run those apps on the new MacBook Air, you need Rosetta 2.
What's unclear is why this is happening, although it's entirely possible that this change won't make it into the shipping product. It could simply be that Apple is building the system into macOS in case it has to shut down Rosetta in certain regions. Or, perhaps there are legal issues with Intel, something that Intel actually threatened when Microsoft and Qualcomm started talking about emulating Intel apps on Windows. For a possible reason that's less exciting, Apple might just be shutting down Rosetta in regions where it doesn't sell Macs.
Apple shares Hearing Study insights for World Hearing Day
by Paul Hill
In time for World Hearing Day, which takes place globally on March 3, Apple has shared some of its findings from a study it is carrying out on the long-term auditory health of its users in the United States. Apple said the participation levels in this study are on a scale never seen before thanks to the ease of participation; users can partake in the study using an Apple Watch and iPhone and sharing their health data.
One of the interesting findings revealed that 25% of participants experience environmental sounds higher than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended limit. This noise can come from anywhere including traffic, machinery, and public transport. The WHO has estimated that 700 million people around the world will be affected by profound hearing loss by 2050 - with its Noise app on Apple Watch, the tech firm hopes to save some of its users from hearing loss.
Another source of hearing loss is the way we use headphones to listen to music. One in ten of Apple’s participants listen to sounds through headphones at a level above WHO recommendations. Apple says that to protect hearing, users ought to listen to media at the lowest enjoyable volume rather than at full blast.
The study seems to suggest that a lot of people are neglecting their ears; around 10% of participants have been diagnosed with hearing loss by a professional and over these, three-quarters do not use tools such as hearing aids or cochlear implants even though they can reduce the impact of hearing loss. Furthermore, Apple found that a huge 50% of participants hadn’t had their hearing tested by a professional in the last 10 years and a quarter of all participants reported a ringing in their ears which is a sign of hearing loss.
To take part in the study yourself, head over to the App Store and download the Apple Research app. If you’re not sure how good your hearing is or lack access to testing facilities, the World Health Organization provides an app for Android and iOS called HearWHO where you have to listen out for numbers being read out in static, this can give you an estimate about how good your hearing is.
Apple has re-opened all of its U.S. stores for the first time in a year
by João Carrasqueira
Apple has re-opened all 270 of its retail stores across the United States, as reported by Reuters. This is the first time that all of them have been open in nearly a year, since many had been closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that caught the world off guard in early 2020.
Despite the announcement, the pages for each of the 271 store locations across the U.S. indicate that you can't just walk into a store to go shopping. All of them will allow customers to go in to pick up online orders and for Genius Support, while some also allow users to reserve a session with an Apple Specialist if they're looking to buy a new device. You can find your closest Apple Store and see what services are available there.
It was on March 14, 2020, that Apple announced it would be closing every one of its retail stores outside of Greater China. In the following months, some stores were re-opened in certain parts of the world, and some ended up being closed again as new waves of infections sprung up.
Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about some unpredictability, and beyond store closures, many companies began allowing employees to work from home and switched to virtual events, which we're still seeing this year. Companies like Google and Microsoft have extended work-from-home practices for a few more months in 2021, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has suggested that some of the changes imposed by COVID-19 may become permanent going forward.
While recovery from the pandemic has been slow, vaccination efforts have begun ramping up in a number of countries, so we may start to see more businesses opening back up in the near future. Hopefully, we won't see these re-openings being reversed yet again.
Editor's note: The article has been updated with some additional information on store availability in the second paragraph.
By Usama Jawad96
iPhone 13 may come with 1TB of max storage
by Usama Jawad
While we are months away from the next iPhone reveal, rumors regarding the upcoming handsets have already started to emerge. Reports suggest that it will have an always-on 120Hz display, a smaller notch, a vapor chamber for better cooling, and smaller batteries. Now, a new leak indicates that the iPhone 13 will have a storage option of 1TB.
The current iPhone 12 has a maximum storage option of 512GB, which means that the next version of the handset will feature effectively double the storage. From a broader perspective, this wouldn't be too surprising by industry standards, as Samsung began offering this amount with the Galaxy S10 devices back in 2019.
MacRumors cites unnamed analysts from Wedbush who have been looking at supply chain checks for this claim, but reports from other sources have also indicated that it might be true.
Apple is expected to announce multiple models for iPhone 13 this year, similar to iPhone 12 last year. Previous variants have been differentiated based on camera specifications and display sizes, but this leak indicates that they could potentially be set apart by maximum storage options too. Although we will officially know for sure in September, iPhone leaks are particularly rampant so it's worth keeping an eye out on similar reports if you're interested in getting an iPhone with a higher storage configuration.