Sir Apfelot newsreel week 43, 2023

A scary presentation of new Mac models is coming! But until then, we can spend another weekend dealing with other Apple and tech news. You can of course find a summary of this in this new edition of the Sir Apfelot newsreel. This time I'll show you which topics caught my attention in calendar week 43 of 2023. These reports include: AI use at ZDF, Windows PCs with ARM chips as Apple competition, Apple statement on the BMW problem with the iPhone 15 series, updates for new and old systems, price increases at Arcade, TV+ and One, as well as some more!

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Included in the Sir Apfelot newsreel for calendar week 43 of 2023: AI use on ZDF, more ARM chips for PCs, Apple with a Mac event for Halloween, Apple statement on the BMW problem with the iPhone 15, updates for Apple systems, price increases for Apple services, and more!
Included in the Sir Apfelot newsreel for calendar week 43 of 2023: AI use on ZDF, more ARM chips for PCs, Apple with a Mac event for Halloween, Apple statement on the BMW problem with the iPhone 15, updates for Apple systems, price increases for Apple services, and more!

AI at ZDF: Not yet good enough for live broadcast

This week, ZDF adopted principles for the editorial use of artificial intelligence for the first time. Accordingly, both opportunities and risks are seen in AI. Editorial handling of AI is taking place and should continue to take place, but always monitored, checked and communicated by humans.

AI content generated live and transmitted without major testing will initially only be available in the form of subtitles for sports broadcasts. The use of subtitles and the creation of sign language avatars for other live programs are also being examined. This technology currently does not meet ZDF's quality expectations. Further information in the sources: 1, 2, 3

Consumer advice center informs: Phishing in the name of GMX, Web.de and Volksbank

This week I'm over that Phishing radar from the consumer advice center stumbled. If you want to stay informed about current phishing warnings, you should bookmark this page. Several entries have already been made this week alone. For example, users of GMX and Web.de receive a very similar warning that they have been identified as sending viruses and other malware.

Clarification is requested and a “Search for viruses” button should be clicked. However, this redirects to a page where data is requested, which can then be used, for example. B. can be used for identity theft. The email can therefore end up in the spam folder without any interaction with it or the sender. Just like an alleged Volksbank email that is supposed to request data and threatens to block the account within 48 hours.

Windows PCs with ARM chips as competition for Apple Silicon Macs

Windows PCs and especially laptops with the Microsoft operating system are expected to experience a significant jump in performance thanks to ARM chips from 2025. Then they could compete with Macs and MacBooks with Apple Silicon (M1, M2, M3, etc.). According to current reports, both AMD and Nvidia are said to be working on ARM technologies that function as a system on a chip (SoC) and should enable Windows to compete with Apple chips.

The starting signal for the first devices could also be as early as 2024, as Qualcomm's exclusive contract for Windows-on-ARM devices will then expire. In combination with graphics cards like the Nvidia RTX 4080 or 4090, ARM PCs could catch up or overtake Mac performance. There could be a big race here over the coming years and also a competition for the gaming community. (Sources: 1, 2)

Apple event on October 31st: M3 iMac and gaming on Apple devices?

So while PCs tend to catch up, Apple could soon continue to try to get gaming fans to switch to Mac systems. Because next week it will take place This year's October keynote with a focus on the Mac instead of. It is rumored that a new iMac with an M3 chip will be presented.

Updates for the MacBook Pro are also constantly being discussed. Whether this affects the 14-inch and 16-inch models or a new 13-inch model remains to be seen. In any case, in addition to the pure device show, the focus should be on video games, for example with hardware-accelerated ray tracing. In addition, more triple-A games are to be released for Apple systems. (Which)

Guided access (kiosk mode) on the iPhone / iPad: Security gap has existed for months

The guided access, also called “Kiosk Mode” or “Single App Mode” by the WithSecure professionals, ensures that only a single app can be executed on the iPhone and iPad and cannot be exited. This is e.g. B. useful for ordering apps on restaurant devices, for devices at trade fairs, in museums and the like.

However, the WithSecure people are now showing how you can override this single app mode in eleven steps. Among other things, the search for Siri suggestions and restarting the device are used. The problem has been going on since iOS 16.4 / iPadOS 16.4. Apple has known about this since June, but has not yet responded. (Which)

Apple confirms NFC error after charging iPhone 15 (Pro) in BMW and Toyota cars

As shown three weeks ago, iPhones in the 15 series can be damaged if their batteries are charged wirelessly via the charging surfaces of BMW cars. The problem is also said to occur in Toyota cars. The damage affects the NFC module and thus, among other things, the ability to use Apple Pay or digital car keys stored on the iPhone.

Apple has now officially acknowledged the problem, as reported by several media outlets. It also shows that attempts can be made to solve the problem using software. If this doesn't work, a repair should be possible. An iOS update could offer a solution to eliminate the risk of NFC damage in the future. Until then, iPhone 15 users should charge their smartphones differently. (Sources: 1, 2)

Updates for new operating systems: iOS 17.1, watchOS 10.1, macOS 14.1, etc.

Apple this week released the first planned updates for the operating systems rolled out last month. From iPhone and iPad to Apple Watch and Mac to Apple TV and HomePod, all devices have received an update.

In addition to the sometimes meager innovations and expansions of functions and bug fixes, the x.1 updates also close numerous security gaps.

alone in iOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.1 there are fixes for Contacts, Find My, CoreAnimation, ImageIO, IOTextEncryptionFamily, Kernel, Mail Drafts, mDNSResponder, Passkeys, Photos, ProRes, Siri, Status Bar, Weather and multiple times for WebKit.

You can find more information here:

By the way, watchOS 10.1 is said to have fixed the problem that no weather data is displayed on watch dials equipped with corresponding display fields (so-called “complications”). (Which)

Updates for old operating systems: iOS / iPadOS 15 and 16, macOS 12 and 13

At the same time as the x.1 updates for the latest operating systems on Apple devices, security updates for older systems were also released. You can also find information about these in the official overview.

If your iPhone, iPad and/or Mac is still running one of the previous systems, then check Settings -> General -> Software update for a more current version. This reads accordingly:

  • iOS 15.8 or iPadOS 15.8
  • iOS 16.7.2 or iPadOS 16.7.2
  • macOS Monterey 12.7.1
  • macOS is coming 13.6.1

Price increases for Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ and Apple One

Apple not only wants to scare users at the end of the scary month of October with incredibly fast hardware, but also apparently with higher costs for the use of some services. In detail, this will affect the “Apple Arcade” gaming offering, the “Apple TV+” streaming offering and the “Apple One” service combination. The game collection now costs 6,99 euros instead of 4,99 euros per month, streaming costs 9,99 euros instead of 6,99 euros per month, and the monthly costs for Apple One increase depending on the package.

Therefore, you now pay 19,95 euros instead of 16,95 euros for the basic Apple One package with 50 GB of iCloud storage. The family tariff with 200 GB of iCloud storage now costs 25,95 euros instead of 22,95 euros. The most expensive package including Fitness+ and 2 TB iCloud storage is billed at 34,95 euros instead of 31,95 euros per month. So there is a price increase of 3 euros everywhere. (Which)

Apple Watch will no longer be called “climate neutral” from 2026 at the latest (in the EU).

At the last major product presentation in September, Apple noted in several places how progressive the company was in terms of climate protection. The new models of the Apple Watch were even called climate-neutral, because e.g. B. compensation measures should be taken for the CO2 emissions caused (purchase of credits for reforestation projects, etc.).

With reference to the Financial Times, heise online quotes the Director General of the European Consumer Association, Monique Goyens, this week: “Claims in the area of ​​climate neutrality are scientifically inaccurate and mislead consumers. The EU's recent decision to ban [such] claims will rightly rid the market of such false messages." - Because in the EU, (false) claims about the climate neutrality of products are to be completely banned by 2026. More on this in the source.

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