Recently Browsing 0 members
No registered users viewing this page.
By Karthik Mudaliar
Apple further extends its repair program for the AirPods Pro
by Karthik Mudaliar
Apple is extending its repair program for the AirPods Pro for three years from the date of sale of the first retail unit. Units manufactured before October 2020 are known to produce cracking or static sound during use. Apple's service program for such units was initially valid for only two years.
The change in the support document was first spotted by a Reddit user in the r/airpods subreddit. If you have purchased a pair of AirPods Pro on or before October 2020, here are the behaviors to look for, according to Apple:
Do note that the AirPods Pro case is unaffected and will not be replaced. If your AirPods Pro is exhibiting any of the above-mentioned behavior, you can get it replaced within three years after the first retail sale of the unit. Here are some useful links:
Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store. Contact Apple Support.
Apple announces Unleashed event for October 18
by Paul Hill
If you feel like there’s an Apple or Samsung event every other month, that’s because there basically is. Following on from an event in April, WWDC in June and an event in mid-September, Apple’s is now preparing to show off even more on October 18. While Apple is being incredibly vague about what it will show off, commentators expect there to be several new Macs shown off and possibly a refresh of its in-house processor.
Heading over to the Apple Events website, there’s a graphic of what looks like the Apple logo travelling at Hyperspace (which Star Wars fans will recognise) followed by the time and date of the event and where you can watch it. It’s set to take place at 10 a.m. PDT on October 18 and will be viewable from Apple.com or the Apple TV app, while not mentioned, it will likely be available on Apple’s YouTube channel too.
Speculators believe Apple will focus on the larger MacBook Pros and the Mac Pro at this event and grace them with Apple chips. This is because Apple said last June that it would move all its computers over to its own processors within the next two years and those aforementioned are still to get the new chips, therefore, it seems likely that they will be the focus.
The new MacBook Pros (possibly 14” and 16”) could re-introduce MagSafe charging, an HDMI port and an SD Card slot. These extra options should make them more suited to the needs of professionals.
Finally, rumours suggest that Apple may show off an upgraded version of the AirPods that borrow from the design of the AirPods Pro. We won’t know exactly what’s coming, however, until the event itself. Neowin will be covering the event so stay tuned for our coverage next Monday.
By Karthik Mudaliar
Google is countersuing Epic Games with Apple's legal tactics
by Karthik Mudaliar
During the trial against Apple last month, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers stated that Epic had breached its developer contract when it activated the hidden code within Fortnite on the iPhone and iPad that violated the App Store rules. Now, Google is countersuing Epic Games based on the same legal front.
Google, in its 43-page filing [PDF], reinstated how Epic had similar hidden code for the same game which was distributed via the Google Play Store last year. This broke the contract that led Google to remove the game from its store. Google further added that Epic, with its campaign, intended to villainize and harm Google, while distracting people from Epic's breach of contract.
According to CNET, a spokesman from Google said that Epic "entered into a legal agreement with Google with which it never intended to comply" and that its actions "have put its own users at risk, have harmed Google, and are deserving of relief from this Court."
Last year, Epic sued both Apple and Google in an argument that both of the big tech firms are too controlling of their respective app stores, and that they put restrictions on what type of apps can be offered through them. Both the companies also collect up to 30% commission from in-app purchases. This led to Fortnite getting removed from both the stores last year when Epic activated hidden code that changed the way people make in-app purchases within the game.
In the Epic vs Apple case last month, the court ruled two rulings. The first ruling stated that Apple cannot restrict developers from guiding users to alternative external payment methods, while the second ruling favored Apple and said that Epic Games breached its contract when it offered direct payments to customers on iOS. Google will take this second ruling as a legal strategy with an intent to win the case against Epic.
OECD countries agree tax deal to get money from global tech firms
by Paul Hill
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced that it has agreed on a tax deal that will see global tech companies pay a 15% minimum tax rate wherever they operate from 2023. The deal was signed by 136 countries and jurisdictions which together represent more than 90% of global GDP.
According to the OECD’s announcement, the new tax agreement doesn’t seek to eliminate tax competition between countries but set limitations on it so that countries will collect around $150 billion in new revenues yearly. Only companies with revenues of more than €750 million will be affected by the new tax rules.
Commenting on the deal, OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, said:
Countries that have signed up to the deal will pass domestic legislation in 2022 and the new tax will apply from 2023. The OECD has also said that it will also offer “comprehensive capacity-building support” to countries that need it so that the rules can be effectively and efficiently administered.
By Steven P.
Apple iPad Air (2020) is 18% off down to just $489 today on Amazon
by Steven Parker
Apple unveiled the fourth-generation iPad Air last September, bringing an updated design with smaller bezels and flat edges. The tablet boasts of many improvements, such as the new A14 Bionic processor, an upgrade over the A12 Bionic offered in its predecessor. It also includes a power button-based Touch ID, a first for the Cupertino giant’s devices, and right now you can get it at $110 off in Amazon's Epic Deals, in several colors.
This is for the 64 GB Wi-Fi variant, a few of its highlights are listed below:
Normally starting at $599, right now it can be got at 17% off for $489 in Space Gray, Rose Gold, Silver, and Green. The Sky Blue color is not available as of writing. The iPad Air offers a design similar to the iPad Pro and also adds support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, bringing premium features to a more affordable price point.
If you really want the Sky Blue color, it is available in the 256 GB variant, which is also $110 off today down to $639 from its normal $749 list price. Only one color is not available in 256 GB and that is the Space Grey variant, as of writing.
This item qualifies for free delivery and AppleCare+ can be added on from $3.49/month (or $69 for 2 years). It also includes standard manufacturers warranty, details of which are in the link below.
Get the 2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64 GB) for $489 (18% off)
View more Epic Deals on Amazon.
As an Amazon Associate, Neowin may earn commission from qualifying purchases.