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iOS 12 will include a new life-saving feature for iPhone customers in the US

Apple is announcing a new life-saving feature in iOS 12 that hasn’t been publicly disclosed before today. Starting this fall when iOS 12 is released, first responders will be able to access location data “securely and automatically” when iPhone customers call 911.

The move is intended to dramatically improve emergency service response time, and Apple says the feature is implemented with privacy in mind:

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Get 50% off pCloud 2TB secure cloud storage w/ client-side encryption for $72/year

Thanks to our sponsor pCloud, 9to5Mac readers can get an exclusive 50% off the company’s 2TB storage plan with upgraded client-side encryption:

Get 2TB storage + pCloud Crypto for $72/year (Reg. $143.76) or start a free trial with up to 20GB.

pCloud has quickly become a popular option for cloud storage among iOS and Mac users, offering up to 20GB for free and options for up to 2TB at low monthly, yearly and lifetime rates with no limits on file sizes or upload and download speeds. The optional Crypto service adds an additional layer of client-side encryption that has made the secure Swiss cloud storage company attractive to many users.

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Review: Lume Cube Creative Lighting Kit exclusively at Apple stores

Lume Cube, the high-powered portable photography light, is now available in an exclusive kit at Apple Stores country-wide. The Lume Cube Creative Lighting Kit includes a number of accessories with the compact flash to refine the photography experience.

The team at Lume Cube had recently reached out to us asking if we’d like to take a look at what the small cube could do. As I’ve been getting more and more into mobile photography, a portable lighting system piqued my interest. After having received a review unit from Lume, I set out to see what all the fuss was about.

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Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular 1-Day Sale at Best Buy: cert. refurb models from $319

Best Buy has kicked off a one-day sale on certified refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular models. You can save an extra 20% off already reduced prices and enjoy free shipping across the board. Deals start at $319.20 for Sport models and go up from there for various Stainless Steel configurations. Today’s savings are over $100 off the regular going rate in most instances. Includes original accessories and each model is in “like new condition”. Learn more about Best Buy’s refurb and return policy here.

Prefer new condition? Don’t forget that Best Buy has $50 off Series 3 GPS models from $279 for Father’s Day and Nike+ Cellular models are on sale too.

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Apple now explicitly bans background cryptocurrency mining in apps

Back in March, app developer Qbix thought it had hit on a great new way to make money from its Calendar 2 app for the Mac. Instead of charging users, or including intrusive ads, it offered users access to pro features in return for allowing cryptocurrency mining in the background.

Apple quickly put a stop to that, and has now updated its app guidelines to explicitly ban background currency mining …

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iPhone rumored to adopt USB-C ports next year, 2018 iPhone bundles USB-C charge cables

Apple is expected to transition its iOS devices to USB-C connectivity later this year, by shipping a Lightning -> USB-C cable and a new 18W charger, previously rendered here. This will move new iPhone buyers over to using USB-C for charging with a cable. It will also mean that customers can take advantage of Type-C fast charging without needing to buy additional accessories.

Next year, Digitimes reports that Apple will add USB-C ports to the iPhone itself. This would be a major shift for the product line and would presumably be the beginning of the end for Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector.

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AAPL stock falls as report claims 2018 iPhone orders down 20% compared to last year

Apple stock is taking a hit in pre-market off a report from Nikkei that Apple’s orders for new iPhones are down about 20% compared to last year.

The report claims that iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X orders topped 100 million. This year, orders for the new 5.8-inch iPhone X successor, 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus’ and cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, are in the 80 million range according to this report.

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Taiwanese company offers clunky wireless charging adapter for AirPods case

It’s now nine months since Apple announced that a new wireless AirPods charging case was on the way, alongside its AirPower mat designed to provide simultaneous wireless charging to that, an iPhone 8/X and Apple Watch.

There’s as yet no sign of either product, despite multiple rumors of a release back in February, but if you want to charge your existing AirPods case wirelessly, a Taiwanese company is promising a solution ‘soon’ …

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How Belkin and smart toilets will help Foxconn be less dependent on Apple

Being overly dependent on Apple orders can be dangerous to the health of a business. Ask Imagination Tech or Dialog. Which is why iPhone assembler Foxconn is seeking to diversify its business.

In a new interview, Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn chairman Terry Gou, outlined some of the company’s plans – and how it has to be careful not to be seen to be competing with Apple …

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Poll: What were your favorite iOS 12 announcements?

As expected, yesterday’s WWDC keynote was all about software. The much-predicted focus on software stability and reliability appeared to be broadly correct – Apple kicking off things by talking about both performance increases, including those on older devices – there were also a number of new features.

Below we’ve summarised the main new iOS 12 features announced, and are asking you to pick your top three …

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Report: Apple to tighten control on supply chain procurement, cutting manufacturers’ profits, starting with new MacBooks

Apple is looking to tighten its hold over the supply of parts that manufacturers use for its products, according to a new report from Digitimes citing supply chain sources. Right now, ‘non-key’ components like screws are sourced autonomously by third-party partners with Apple approving suppler lists and quality assurance at the end. The new report says Apple will directly set pricing and order volumes of downstream parts, in a move that gives Apple even more control over how its products are made and will likely squeeze the profitability of supply chain partners.

The news was reportedly disseminated to some of Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturers in May. The new policy is expected to come into effect later this year with Apple’s forthcoming MacBook updates.

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Roundup: Everything to expect at WWDC 2018, including iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and more

After months of suspense, we’re finally just a few days away from the biggest week of the year for many Apple fans. The annual Worldwide Developer Conference officially kicks off on Monday at 10AM PT with Apple’s annual keynote address.

During that keynote address, we can expect Tim Cook and other Apple executives to unveil the future of the company’s software efforts and more. Read on for a full roundup of everything we expect to see when Apple graces the stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose on Monday morning…

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Apple highlighting apps made by WWDC 2018 scholarship winners with App Store Today feature

Apple is featuring apps from WWDC 2018 scholarship winners in a special editorial piece in the Today tab of the iOS 11 App Store. It’s a cool gesture that gives some exposure to apps from upcoming developers. The feature highlights scholarship winners from various regions, with a list of names and links to their apps already on the App Store.

There are usually a couple hundred scholarship places given out at each WWDC, and this list only includes about twenty names. It’s not clear how Apple chose which individuals made the list. The feature will be rolling out to the App Store front page, worldwide, from tomorrow (June 2nd).

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Telegram CEO says Apple is blocking Telegram updates worldwide

The popular messaging app, Telegram, hasn’t seen an App Store update since late March. It now appears that ever since Russian authorities ruled that the app was illegal in the country, the company has been unable to release an update to the App Store in any region.

Apple has yet to respond, so it’s currently unclear why a ban on the app in one country is causing Apple to block app updates worldwide.

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Digitimes claims Pegatron ‘likely’ to manufacture Apple MacBook with ARM chip

Digitimes’ infamous industry sources are reporting today that Pegatron is set to receive orders from Apple to make an ARM MacBook. This follows our story from last week reporting that a similar iPad/MacBook hybrid product is making the rounds at Pegatron.

Details are still scarce but it appears some combination of iOS chips and macOS hardware is in the offing. The most likely candidate to start an ARM Mac transition would be the 12-inch MacBook line, pushing high performance in a fanless form factor with long battery life.

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