January 19

Instagram is launching a new paid subscription feature for creators today within its iOS and Android apps. With this new functionality, Facebook is targeting potential competitors like OnlyFans that continue to see growth. Despite Facebook’s dissatisfaction with the App Store, they are using Apple’s in-app purchases system for these subscriptions. With that, Apple will gather 30% of all subscription fees. Facebook says that they are developing a way for creators to see “how much they pay to Apple.”

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Update: Apple reached out and pointed out a support page from September 2021 saying the company intended to offer “important security updates” for iOS and iPadOS 14 users for “a period of time.”

Last week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple wasn’t letting users stay on iOS 14 with security updates as it had removed the ability to update to iOS 14.8.1. Now, the company confirmed its efforts to make the iPhone userbase update to iOS 15 instead.

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There’s a new way to discover new shows on Apple Podcasts starting today – a new “Listen With” editorial collection surfaces podcasts based on what artists, journalists, and podcasters recommend. Apple is also sharing new insight into how its recently launched paid subscription feature for podcasters is performing.

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We’re inching closer to the release of Apple’s third-generation iPhone SE with 5G connectivity. According to reliable analyst Ross Young, panel production for the display that will be used in the iPhone SE 3 is starting this month, suggesting a launch in the second half of April or early May.

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Verizon has made a major announcement about its 5G coverage today. This month, the carrier will offer ultra-fast 5G UWB connectivity to over 1,700 US cities that will cover more than 100 million people. Verizon is also improving its 5G smartphone plans with up to 6 free entertainment subscriptions and offering customers up to 50% off its 5G Home Internet.

Update 1/19: Verizon has shared with 9to5Mac this morning that the major rollout of 5G UWB to 1,700 US cities is now complete.

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1Password continues strong enterprise push, raises new investment at $6.8 billion valuation

1Password is a prime example of an app that has had a singular focus for over a decade – make passwords easier to manage. In recent years, the company has expanded rapidly into the enterprise market as organizations need ways to securely store, manage, and share access to corporate logins. Today, 1Password is now valued at $6.8 billion after a Series C funding round of $620 million.

The Apple Education Store in the US is following a trend that has existed in the United Kingdom and the European Union for years. If you plan to get a discount when buying a new Mac or iPad for education purposes, you need to prove that you’re currently enrolled in a participating university.

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We may still be waiting for some developers to update their apps to run natively on M1 Macs, but the developer of SysJoker Mac malware is already on the case.

Security researcher Patrick Wardle points to what he says is the first Mac malware of 2022, and it runs on both Intel and M1 Macs. SysJoker can be controlled remotely by an attacker, allowing it to be used in many different ways …

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Ericsson has filed multiple iPhone patent infringement claims against Apple in two separate US lawsuits. In all, the company claims that Apple has infringed 12 patents, including ones relating to 5G.

It’s believed that Ericsson is seeking an import ban on iPhones over the claimed infringements in both the US and Germany, and likely other countries too …

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January 18

Last fall, Apple rolled out the ability to store verifiable COVID-19 vaccination information in the Apple Health and Wallet applications. Since then, adoption among healthcare providers and health technology infrastructure companies has been slow but is finally starting to pick up.

Head below for more details on how to store your COVID-19 vaccine records in Apple Health and Apple Wallet.

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Apple had a remarkably busy 2021, announcing its latest round of new Macs amid the Apple Silicon transitioning, the new iPhone 13, long-awaited AirTag item tracker, and much more. Looking ahead to 2022, there are even more new devices on the way across all of Apple’s major product categories — and even the potential for an all-new product category.

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