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Apple Claims Face ID Is Harder to Crack on iOS 15

Apple’s new iOS 15 is now available for download, and in addition to all the new features that we’ve seen being discussed pretty much all over the web, the new operating system also comes with a series of security improvements hiding under the hood.

And one of the most important highlights is aimed at Face ID, as Apple explains that iOS 15 resolves a vulnerability affecting all models coming with the facial recognition system and allowing malicious actors to break into an iPhone using a 3D model.

In other words, if an iPhone comes with Face ID protection into place, then someone could use a 3D model specifically to get past the security checks, therefore making the facial recognition system believe it’s the owner trying to unlock the device.

Apple explains the flaw was discovered by Wish Wu of Ant-financial Light-Year Security Lab, and the way it was resolved is by improving Face ID’s anti-spoofing models.

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New Surface Pro X Running Windows 11 Possibly in the Works

Microsoft will take the wraps off several new Surface models this week as part of a September 22 event, and as it turns out, there’s a chance we might also see a new Surface Pro X.

According to a recent discovery from WL, there’s a new Surface Pro X on the Energy Star certification website, and most likely, there’s a chance this is a revised model specifically optimized for Windows 11.

While very little information is available right now, the website seems to indicate that power would come from the same SQ2 processor used on the current Surface Pro X and paired with 16GB RAM.

Other Surface announcements

In theory, this is anything but good news, especially because the SQ2 sometimes feels a little bit underpowered and running Windows 11 could be quite a challenge.

But of course, it remains to be seen how the new model would handle the o… (read more)
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iOS 15 Includes a New Drag and Drop Feature Many Don’t Know It Exists

Apple has recently released iOS 15 to all supported iPhones out there, and just as expected, the improvements included in this update are pretty big.

But on the other hand, such a massive release always comes with more subtle refinements that many might don’t even know they exist, and in the case of iOS 15, the new drag and drop between apps is certainly part of this category.

Because yes, beginning with iOS 15, you can simply drag and drop content between apps, and Marcos Alonso, an Apple designer, has demonstrated how the whole thing works in a tweet this week.

Everything is as intuitive as you’d expect it to be, though on the other hand, it requires two hands because you need to keep one finger always on the screen to move the content you selected between apps.

How the drag and drop works

Once you figure out how to use it, however, the drag and drop feature comes in really handy, especially if what you want to do is share photos with some of … (read more)
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Tipster Reiterates iPhone 13 mini Is the Last iPhone “mini”

Apple has recently unveiled the iPhone 13, and just as expected, the 2021 generation includes the same four-model lineup as in 2020.

In other words, in addition to the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro and the much larger iPhone 13 Pro Max, we’re also getting a 5.4-inch iPhone mini for the second year in a row.

On the other hand, we’ve known for a while the 2021 generation is likely to be the last time the iPhone mini receives a refresh, and Apple leaker Jon Prosser, who has a good track on Apple scoops, reiterates the same message in a tweet a few hours ago.

The iPhone 13 mini is the last iPhone mini that Apple plans to release, as the company is then expected to kill off this form factor completely beginning with the iPhone 14.

What happens next?

On the other hand, while several sources have so far indicated the iPhone mini would be discontinued, few actually know exac… (read more)
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That Was Fast: iOS 15 iPhones Can No Longer Be Downgraded to iOS 14.7.1

Apple has just rolled out iOS 15, but this isn’t the only news on the iOS front coming this week. The company has also stopped signing iOS 14.7.1, therefore making it impossible to downgrade to this version if you’ve already installed a newer release.

iOS 14.7.1 was launched in late July with an important fix for iPhones with Touch ID paired with an Apple Watch, but in the meantime, the Cupertino-based tech giant has also come up with iOS 14.8, an emergency update including a zero-day vulnerability fix.

This time, Apple published the update on September 13, only a week before the company was scheduled to officially release iOS 15 to the supported devices.

Downgrades no longer allowed

By no longer signing iOS 14.7.1, Apple makes it pretty much impossible for an iPhone running a newer version of the operating system to downgrade to this release.

In other words, once you installed iOS 14.8 or iOS 15 on your iPhone, you can no longer go back, so you… (read more)
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Microsoft Releases App to Let Everyone Check If Their PCs Can Run Windows 11

Windows 11 is just around the corner, with the first devices projected to receive the free upgrade on October 5, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the system requirements blunder is over.

Many users are still frustrated they wouldn’t get Windows 11 despite their computers running the preview builds just fine, but right now, it doesn’t seem like Microsoft is willing to change anything about this.

What the company does, however, is provide users with additional tools to help them figure out if the upgrade to Windows 11 is possible or not, especially given all the confusion generated by the updated system requirements.

The PC Health Check app that was originally released for insiders is now live in the final version of everybody out there, so if your computer is already running Windows 10, you can just give it a try to see if you’re ready for Windows 11 or not.

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iPhone 13 Starts Shipping for Buyers in the U.S.

Apple has shipped the very first units of the iPhone 13, with all devices projected to reach their customers on Friday, as per the original schedule.

Apple originally started taking pre-orders for the new-generation iPhone on Friday, and now most devices are already on route to their customers.

While Apple no longer provides any figures related to the first-weekend sales, it looks like the iPhone 13 recorded pretty solid demand, as all models, including even the 5.4-inch model, are no longer available with September 24 shipping.

In fact, the shipping date for nearly every iPhone in the lineup has already been pushed back to October, with the 512GB iPhone mini, for instance, projected to arrive in the hands of a customer ordering it today between October 8 and October 13.

Still no word on the Apple Watch shipping dates

Apple hasn’t provided any specifics on when the company is projected to start selling the Apple Watch Series 7, with the original… (read more)
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Surface Go 3 Specifications Leaked, Windows 11 in S Mode Pre-Installed

In addition to the Surface Duo 2 and the Surface Pro 8, the Surface Go 3 is also expected to see the daylight this week at Microsoft’s hardware event, again with notable improvements under the hood.

While the Surface Pro 8 will go most likely go for a new more modern design, with smaller bezels and an increased screen estate, the refreshed Surface Go will stick with the current appearance, so the same painfully large bezels will live on for at least one more generation.

And according to information published by WinFuture, the Surface Go 3 will come with important upgrades under the hood, though it’s pretty clear Microsoft still wants to position this device as an entry-level model specifically to be offered at a lower price point.

Surface Go 3 specifications

First and foremost, the Surface Go 3 will be offered with a choice of two processors depending on the version you choose. The first of them… (read more)
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This Could Be the All-New Microsoft Surface Pro 8

Microsoft will unveil its new-generation Surface device lineup this week, and people with knowledge of the matter have already said on several occasions that a new Surface Pro model is very likely to be launched as well.

But of course, the Redmond-based software giant has remained completely tight-lipped on everything, so as far as Microsoft is concerned, its September 22 event is still as mysterious as it gets.

On the other hand, information coming through unofficial channels online provided us with an early look at some of the specs of new Surface models, and today, it’s the turn of the Surface Pro 8 to get some love.

A tweet published by @Shadow_Leak on Twitter offers not only an early look at the hardware specifications of the new Surface Pro but also with a peak at its design, as a retail ad shows the device in all its glory.

While this can very well be just a placeholder, the photo sho… (read more)
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Internet Access Might Be Required by First-Party Windows 11 Apps on First Run

Microsoft will begin the public rollout of Windows 11 on October 5, and as it turns out, some of the apps that come pre-loaded with the operating system would require Internet access on the first launch.

In other words, if you want to run these apps on your device, you first need to complete an initial setup that requires an Internet connection. Afterwards, you should be able to use the apps offline as well.

However, as GHacks notes, there’s a chance Microsoft uses this approach to reduce the footprint on Windows 11 devices, as the apps would be downloaded from the Microsoft Store and therefore only a shortcut would be placed on the device.

This means that the initial launch would come down to the actual installation of first-party apps, therefore helping users save space on their devices.

Of course, this isn’t necessarily good news on compu… (read more)
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