This week, Apple announced the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, with about 10% faster and greater battery life. But for the first time, Leo has decided to skip the upgrade. Just not enough to spend over a thousand dollars a year after buying the iPhone 12.
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The US Government has decided to get serious about ransomware, with several new initiatives including sanctions and anti-money laundering regulations to prevent bad guys from profiting through cryptocurrency. The government will go after any crypto exchanges that support bad guys. According to Baracuda, a ransomware attack occurs every 11 seconds in the world.
Apple's new iPhone 13 is faster, has better graphics, an improved camera with macro, and even better battery life. But Leo says that while it's a great phone, should you rush out and buy one? Well, if you have an iPhone 12, it's not really necessary to buy one. But if you want all-day battery life and are ready to upgrade, then it's a good one to get.
Meanwhile, a new Apple Watch Series 7 was also announced with about 40% more screen real estate. But it has the same processor as the Series 6. When do you get it? No one knows.
Apple declared victory this week as a judge ruled that the app store is not a monopoly, but it fell short in prohibiting Epic from offering sales outside of the app store. The judge ruled that while Apple technically won the argument, Epic has the right to direct their customers to their own website to sell digital assets, thereby avoiding paying Apple a 30% fee on any in-app purchases. But Apple can also ban Epic and Fortnite from the app store, so don't look for the app to return any time soon.
Users can make a request for emergency access to a data backup account in case someone has passed away. You can set it up with your password vault, like LastPass. iCloud does it too. Facebook also has a way to gain access to social media accounts and turn the page into a memorial for those who passed away.
This Tuesday, Apple will be having another event, which is expected to showcase the latest iPhone. Presumably called the iPhone 13. Leo says that it's likely that Apple will showcase four new phone models, as well as a new Apple Watch, and AirPods 3. They will also likely announced iOS 15. But Leo says not to expect new Macs until a separate event in October.
A judge ruled in favor of Apple in the Epic app store lawsuit, causing Cupertino to declare victory. In the lawsuit, Apple pulled Fortnite from the app store after the software company pointed mobile users to their own site to buy tokens to play the game. So Fortnite will not return to the app store. HOWEVER, the judge also said that Apple must allow for alternative forms to purchase outside of the App Store. So while Apple won, Epic got what it wanted anyway.
Streaming service Locast ceased operations this week in the middle of an ongoing legal battle with broadcasters. The service argued that since they are a nonprofit, the company was merely providing a service to those who couldn't make use of an antenna. The judge disagreed and said that Locast was using the donations they received to expand into other markets, violating nonprofit rules. Locast could appeal, but Leo says we knew the day would come that they would eventually close their doors. It was inevitable.
The latest build of Microsoft Windows 11 is crashing, and the culprit is that the company is putting ads in the start bar. There is a registry fix, but Leo says that Microsoft will fix it in the next update. Still, putting ads in a paid operating system is rather tacky.
After receiving a lot of pushback towards their new child safety photo scan initiative, Apple has announced they are pulling back to give more time to listen to feedback and craft a solution that will preserve user privacy.