Stories by Nehal Malik

Hodinkee Podcast: Apple Watch Series 6 with Apple VP Alan Dye

In Episode 107 of its radio podcast, Hodinkee invited Vice President of Human Interface Design at Apple Alan Dye, and Apple enthusiasts John Gruber and Om Malik to talk about the latest Apple Watches. Apple revealed the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE only a few weeks ago and was met with a stellar […]

Fortnite App Store Ban Remains, But Apple Can’t Block Unreal Engine: Judge

According to The Verge, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers ruled in favour of Epic Games on an injunction designed to keep opponent Apple from retaliating, in any way, against Unreal Engine — the widely popular game development engine also owned by Epic Games — on Friday, October 9. The injunction permanently restrains Apple from aiming Unreal Engine’s […]

Apple Forced In-App Purchases on ProtonMail Like ‘Mafia Extortion’ Says CEO

As part of hearings and deliberations to determine whether tech companies like Apple have monopolies, encrypted email service ProtonMail revealed to Congress that it, like WordPress, was made to add in-app purchases (IAP) to its previously completely free iOS app, reports The Verge. Comparing Apple’s antics to those of a mafia protection racket in an interview […]

Air Canada to Test Contact Tracing Wearable and App for Employees

According to the HRReporter, Canada’s largest airline is all set to test out a new contact tracing technology for its employees that uses wearable devices and a Bluetooth-enabled app. TraceScan, the technology behind the app Air Canada will be testing, was designed locally in Canada — in collaboration with researchers from the University of Waterloo — […]

Apple’s Mask-Wearing Emoji is Now Smiling in iOS 14.2

There are changes coming to emojis due to the coronavirus pandemic it seems. Emojipedia reports Apple has made a small change to the mask-wearing emoji in iOS 14.2, the upcoming update to Apple’s OS for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. In its latest iteration, the mask-wearing emoji now appears to be smiling. The mask-wearing emoji was […]

First Geekbench 5 Results for Apple’s A14 Bionic Surface

On Saturday, what appears to be the first Geekbench 5 results for Apple’s upcoming A14 Bionic chipset showed up online, shared by @UniverseIce. A14's first Geekbench 5 results appeared, single-core 1583, multi-core 4198, still the king. — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 3, 2020 The A14 Bionic is the latest and greatest in a long […]

Google Project Zero Researcher to Join Apple to Improve iOS Security

According to a Reddit thread and his Twitter feed, well-known security researcher and vulnerability sleuth Brandon Azad (previously of Google’s Project Zero), will soon be joining the Apple Security team. It's with both bittersweet sadness and excitement that I say goodbye to Project Zero, as I'll be joining Apple next week to continue my work improving Apple device security. […]

Apple Exec Explains Inner Workings of the iPad’s Handwriting Recognition

As reported by Popular Mechanics, iPads running on iPadOS 14 can very accurately recognize anything you write or draw by hand using an Apple Pencil, and convert it into typed text using Scribble. Apple executive Craig Federighi shared more details about the feature with the publication. The recently released iPadOS 14 makes use of machine […]

Windows XP Source Code Leak Reveals Unreleased Mac-Like Theme

According to The Verge‘s Tom Warren, Microsoft created a Windows XP theme back in 2000 that, by the looks of it, was based on Apple’s Aqua interface for the Mac. A recent leak of Windows XP’s source code made some of the early work Microsoft did public, and this included some themes that were never publicly […]

Apple Acquires Russo Brothers’ Film ‘Cherry’ Starring Tom Holland

According to Deadline, Apple Original Films has just purchased the worldwide rights to the Russo brothers-directed drama film ‘Cherry’, starring fan-favourite Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo, in what is said to be a deal worth $40 million USD or so. Apple has, for long, made its intentions to compete for awards in film and television with […]

Xbox Remote Play Coming Soon to iOS Says Microsoft

Gone are the days of using intricate hacks to play Xbox games on your iPhone or iPad – Microsoft is bringing you an official solution. According to Engadget, mere days after releasing the remote play feature to Android users, Microsoft confirms the feature is currently being tested on iOS devices. In the latest beta of […]