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The Apple Store Black Friday deals have been unveiled, but here’s where to find better prices on Apple gear – CNET

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The Apple Store’s Black Friday deals are here, and they aren’t much. 

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Apple has revealed its Black Friday weekend deals, which run from Friday, Nov. 27, through Cyber Monday, Nov. 30. As in years past, though, there’s a catch: The new sale offers little in the way of discounts on iPhones, iPads, Macs or accessories like Apple TVs, AirPods and HomePods. Instead, depending on the product you can get up to a $150 Apple Store gift card. 

The exact value of the gift card will vary but in order to get the full $150 gift card you’d need to buy either an Intel-equipped MacBook Pro 16-inch or 21.5-inch iMac. Other Macs, including the new 13-inch MacBook Pro that features Apple’s M1 chip, are not eligible. Neither are the new MacBook Air, Mac Mini, larger 27-inch iMac or iMac Pro

If you can still find a 13-inch Intel-equipped MacBook Air or Intel-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt ports you could get a $50 Apple Store gift card. As Apple discontinued both models, you’d have to find one of these in a physical Apple Store. 

Beyond the Macs, most new Apple gear is not eligible for the gift card promotion. You could get a $50 gift card with the iPhone 11, XR or SE (so, not the new iPhone 12 line). Gift cards for iPads are limited to $50 for the iPad Mini or $100 for either size of the iPad Pro with no offers available for the new iPad or iPad Air. 

Apple is also not offering double Apple Card cash back, which it did last year. This year the cashback rate appears to be staying at its regular 3%. 

The promotions are yet another reminder that the best Apple deals are almost always found outside Apple’s own physical or virtual store. At the Apple Store, for instance, a new set of AirPods ($159) or AirPods Pro ($249) can get you a $25 Apple Store gift card but no discount off the regular price. Woot, by contrast, has already cut the $250 price of AirPods Pro down to $190 right now, and Walmart will offer them for $169 starting on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Standard AirPods are currently $119 at Amazon, and have dipped as low as $99 at online retailers in recent weeks. That’s a savings of $59 to $80 on the Pro model and up to $40 on the standard AirPods — both much more than a $25 gift card that can only be redeemed later.

All the major US carriers have promotions running for the latest iPhones while Amazon has been running deals on Apple Watches (including the latest Series 6), iPads (regular, new Air and Pros) and the Intel MacBook Air (currently $100 off at Amazon, but that’s up from $150 off earlier this week). 

Apple also doesn’t make the full list of which products get which discount easily accessible on its promo page, but if you’re interested in the full list you can find it here

The best deals appear to be on the full-size HomePod, which gets you a $100 gift card, and the Apple TV 4K, which gets youa $50 gift card. Neither product has seen the same level of discounting at other stores this season, though the HomePod has previously dipped to $200 at Best Buy.

All told, unless you want one of those two devices or to buy something directly from Apple, you’re likely better off shopping elsewhere for deals on Apple products. 

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Developers say App Store Small Business Program is good for business – Apple Newsroom

Matt Hutton, founder and creative director, Little 10 Robot
App: Tots Letters and Numbers
“This will put some extra wind in our sails for sure. Making apps is a joy for me. The App Store alone makes that possible. Thanks to the team at Apple.”
Andrea Huey, co-founder and CTO, Broadstreet
App: Brief
“Apple has always stood up for the rebels — the little guy in the big fight. Brief is one of those tiny upstarts out to change the way the world gets news, and we’re so glad Apple has our back. It’s moments like this that show the company really cares about creative people everywhere.” 
Nick Hobbs, co-founder and CEO, Broadstreet
App: Brief
At Brief, we’re building a revolutionary news experience, and we couldn’t do it without Apple. We want to reinvent the way people get their news — and that’s really hard. This week it got a lot easier because Apple really cares about empowering upstarts everywhere.”
Dan Kurani, co-founder and CEO, Foundermark, Inc.
App: Friended
“This is great, gives us a better shot at building a sustainable business with less outside capital.” 
Marah Lidey, co-founder and co-CEO, Shine
App: Shine
“This is a really exciting update that could have a meaningful impact on our business. Given we’ve seen such strong traction from the App Store this past year, we’re both excited and eager to understand how much this update will affect the business next year.”
Marcus Gners, co-founder, Lifesum
App: Lifesum
“This was a brilliant move and a great way of making it easier for developers in the most sensitive stage to survive. This, plus how the App Store makes it easier for developers to get off the ground, is great for small companies.” 
Alex Romayev, co-founder, Med ART Studios 
App: Sprout Fertility Tracker
“We are very excited about the App Store Small Business program! We’ve always valued the exposure and appreciated the support we received from Apple, bringing millions of users around the world to learn about our apps through Today tab features and collections. Over the last 10 years, the market has become much more competitive and it’s much harder for a small, privately funded business like ours to stay afloat. The change will definitely be much appreciated and would allow us to continue improving our current apps and creating new ones for years to come. Everyone wins.”
Jacob Eiting, CEO, RevenueCat
App: RCReporting for RevenueCat
“Now getting an extra 15 percent, small developers will have more disposable income to hire out more things like customer support. Spending on tools and services will improve your product, help you build a better business, and that will lead to more innovation. You can afford to do a lot more as a small developer.”
JJ Aguhob, co-founder and CEO, The Ok Company 
App: OK Play
“Amazing! It’s so timely as it is allowing us to further promote our discounted annual plan over the holidays to Feb 1.” 
Asaf Avidan Antonir, co-founder and CEO, Onyx Inc.
App: Onyx: Home Workout
“As an early stage startup, every bit of capital helps. Reducing the App Store commission to 15 percent will help us significantly increase our runway and working capital that we can reinvest in the business. We appreciate Apple’s efforts to help developers at our stage.”
Jake Wallace, head of strategic partnerships, Glykka LLC
App: SignEasy
“Awesome news — I’m sure many app developers are excited by this announcement. It shows Apple’s commitment to small business, especially during these trying times.”
JiaHao Wang, independent developer
App: YaoYao – Jump Rope
“Apple developers receive unprecedented and effective developing experience with the integration of SwiftUI and the launch of Mac with M1 chip, where the newly introduced App Store Small Business Program further helps smaller businesses to survive and come up with more creative works.” 
Curtis Herbert, founder, Consumed by Code
App: Slopes: Ski & Snowboard
“I was very excited to wake up to the news. This translates to a 21 percent increase in revenue for us, which is huge. It lowers the bar for new developers trying to start a business. As COVID has hit many of us hard this year, this is a much-needed break that will help many of us weather the storm.” 
Greg Shakar, CTO, M. Shanken Communications, Inc.
App: WineRatings+ by Wine Spectator
“I think it’s fantastic. I think this will be very valuable for the creative coding community to help developers who are just starting out.”
Swupnil Sahai, co-founder, SwingVision
App: SwingVision Tennis
“I’m very excited to use these funds for development and other projects like our new Mac app.”
Christian Selig, independent developer 
App: Apollo for Reddit
“This made my morning. This will legitimately help so much. It’ll make decisions like hiring on extra help, or acquiring better gear, going to conferences, doing more advertising, etc., much easier to justify, and it really means a lot to me that Apple is doing such an awesome thing! It’s going to help my business a ton.”
Dean Grenier, co-founder, Phantom Force
App: Hyperspektiv
“We read the news this morning, and we’re floored. With the way a small team like ours works, this makes such a massive impact on our ability to grow. I can’t even tell you how grateful I’m feeling.” 
Daphna Zinman, founder and CEO, Cinémoi North America, LLC
App: Cinémoi Stream Watch Films
“This is wonderful news! This will help us acquire more and better content to expand our service.”
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Introducing AppleInsider Daily: your daily Apple news briefing – AppleInsider

Introducing AppleInsider Daily, a new podcast that will catch you up on the biggest Apple news and rumors in a quick, bite-sized format.

Each episode of AppleInsider Daily gives you a quick briefing on the three most important stories of the previous day, making it easy to stay up to date on the Apple news you may have missed.

Listen in for a quick recap of the day’s most impactful news. From rumors about future Apple products to the latest financial notes and hardware reviews, AppleInsider Daily has you covered. And since most episodes clock in at under five minutes, you’ll have time to get caught up whenever and wherever you want to listen.

AppleInsider Daily is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other podcast platforms. It’s also available on HomePod, making it easy to catch up on Apple news and rumors using your voice; say, “Hey, Siri, play AppleInsider Daily,” and you’ll get a fast update direct from the AppleInsider team.

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Apple makes another concession on App Store fees – CNBC

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, onJune 13, 2016.

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Apple said on Monday that companies that offer digital classes or virtual events through iPhone apps won’t have to use Apple’s App Store in-app purchases through June 2021, enabling them to charge their customers directly without Apple’s 30% commission fee.

The extension will help businesses by giving them more time to hold paid digital events rather than in-person events during the Covid-19 pandemic, without the additional fee.

“Although apps are required to offer any paid online group event experiences (one-to-few and one-to-many realtime experiences) through in-app purchase in accordance with App Store Review guideline 3.1.1, we temporarily deferred this requirement with an original deadline of December 2020,” Apple wrote on its developer blog. “To allow additional time for developing in-app purchase solutions, this deadline has been extended to June 30, 2021.”

An Apple spokesperson did not have a comment beyond Monday’s announcement.

The move is the latest olive branch from Apple to critics of the App Store, which say the iPhone giant’s control over the platform and fees are anticompetitive. Apple also announced earlier this month that it planned to reduce its commission to 15% for app developers making under $1 million on Apple’s platforms in 2021.

Apple originally waived the in-app purchase requirement for group classes and events in September, after Facebook introduced a paid events feature and tried to include copy inside its apps warning that a cut of transactions for paid events would go to Apple. But at the time, Apple only suspended its fees through December. Monday’s announcement extended it for six more months.

Apple requires iPhone apps to use Apple’s App Store payment processing, which takes 30% of total payments and has been an antitrust focus of policymakers around the world. However, in-person goods, such as ordering a ride through Uber or buying something from an online retailer, are not required to use App Store payments.

In September, Apple clarified that one-to-one person classes through an iPhone app could be billed directly, but any virtual classes where an instructor or group works with multiple people were required to use App Store payments.

The New York Times reported in July that some app makers, such as Airbnb and ClassPass, were switching business models to include more digital classes as in-person experiences were negatively affected by the pandemic, and Apple had asked them to use in-app purchases which entitled them to 30% of the sale.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the company’s policies around virtual classes and events at a congressional hearing in July by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler.

“The pandemic is a tragedy, and it’s hurting Americans and many people from all around the world, and we would never take advantage of that,” Cook said. “I believe the cases that you’re talking about are cases where something has moved to a digital service, which technically does need to go through our commission model.”

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Another bit of good news from Apple: Publishers can now offer targeted discounts in the App Store – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Last week, I shared the happy news that, for most news publishers, their revenue share for subscriptions sold through Apple’s App Store is about to go up — from 70% in a subscriber’s first year and 85% after that to just a flat 85%.

Well, that isn’t the only good news out of Cupertino for media companies. On Tuesday, Apple made a little-noticed announcement that app publishers could now offer special offers via discount codes.

You can now create subscription offer codes to acquire, retain, and win back subscribers. Offer codes are unique, alphanumeric codes that provide auto-renewable subscriptions at a discounted price or for free for a specific duration. Provide your one-time use codes digitally or offline at physical events, alongside products, and more. Users on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and later can redeem offer codes on the App Store through a one-time code redemption URL, or within your app if you’ve implemented the presentCodeRedemptionSheet API. Sales and Trends reports will be updated later this year to include information on the performance of your subscription offer codes.

That might not seem like a big deal, but it helps address one of publishers’ most common complaints about the App Store: that its pricing wasn’t flexible enough for an industry that’s found targeted discounting essential to a successful digital subscription strategy.

For example, just from clicking around various links on Twitter, I found all of these live subscription pitches from The Washington Post:

Each with its own marketing copy and target audience. Could I tell you how, exactly, the Post determines that you get the 4-weeks-for-$1 offer while you get the 12-weeks-for-$1 offer? Nope. But the Post has its reasons, which could be the result of deep data crunching or just an A/B test. Either way, the success of each individual offer will be tracked and used to optimize the Post’s overall subscription strategy. Maybe one offer does well with TikTok users, another is a hit with working moms, and another does well with college grads living in Sun Belt suburbs.

Similarly, if you spend any time on The Wall Street Journal’s website, you are generating a propensity-to-subscribe score, based on your activity: the articles you’ve read, the frequency of your visits, whether you’ve signed up for a newsletter, and dozens of other signals. The Journal uses that number to move its paywall around — give you fewer or more or different free articles — and to figure out what sort of offer to show you whenever you do finally hit it.

Publishers have found this level of customer intel useful because digital news subscriptions are competing with the endless stream of free news online. With zero-cost competitors always a click away, getting someone to hand over their credit card number can be a big lift. The Post, the Journal, and other papers can have those kinds of personalized offers because they have some level of control over their subscription backends — and the capacity to gather and analyze the behavioral data that informs them.

The same hasn’t been true in Apple’s App Store. When in-app subscriptions debuted in 2011, pricing was one-size-fits-all. It wasn’t until 2017 that publishers could offer introductory pricing to lure new subscribers. In 2019, it added promotional pricing that could be offered to existing or former subscribers. But targeting pricing to individual customers is limited with those options. And what little targeting is available is tied to bare-bones in-app behavior (like whether someone has canceled their subscription).

That changes with these new offer codes. An in-app subscription can have up to 10 different offers active at any one time — each with its own price point and duration. (Try one year for $29! Try 4 weeks for $1! Subscribe for $1 a month! Try 12 weeks for $1!) They can be limited by country. At the end of the introductory period, they can then be charged the normal full rate or some other price. Here’s an example of what it looks like from the developer’s perspective:

That’s all great — but the real gain is that now publishers can target these offers however they want, online or off. A newspaper could, for example, make distinct offers to:

  • People who get its morning email newsletter, open it at least 50% of the time, and click through at least 20% of the time, but who still haven’t bought a subscription
  • Attendees at an event it’s co-sponsoring
  • Longtime print subscribers who’ve just canceled home delivery
  • Shoppers at an advertiser’s store
  • People who just won a contest you’ve run
  • Local students and educators
  • Football fans who only read your sports articles
  • People who visit your website regularly but don’t live in your city
  • iPhone users who have just hit the monthly-article-limit paywall for the third consecutive month
  • People who follow your Instagram account or your star columnist’s TikTok
  • Existing subscribers who just had a bad customer-service experience of some kind and to whom you’d like to give a discount for three months
  • Twitter followers who have tweeted your articles at least four times this week

ad infinitum. There really is no limit on how narrow you can get. (You are limited to 10 offers per subscription at any one time — but that limit is for the number of distinct pricing/duration levels you can set. You can target and distribute those 10 offers in an infinite number of ways. An app can generate 150,000 unique offer codes each calendar quarter.) And they can be distributed either as traditional offer codes (of the “enter JUSTCANCELEDPRINT at checkout” variety) or embedded in a URL, like the one in the “GET THIS OFFER NOW” button at the bottom of a marketing email. Apple also says it will give you data to track each offer’s performance.

Let’s be real: There are a lot of publishers who will have neither the data capacity nor a large-enough addressable audience for this sort of targeting to make a meaningful difference in subscriptions. Last week’s rev-share cut mostly helps smaller publishers; offer codes mostly help bigger ones. But this nonetheless means that, however sophisticated your subscription logic can be on yournewssite.com, it can be just as sophisticated in your iPhone or iPad app. That’s another win for publishers.

In-app subscriptions have always been a no-brainer for games, productivity apps, and other apps that exist only within Apple’s ecosystem. Publishers have been a harder sell, since the lion’s share of their subscriptions (print or digital) come from outside the App Store.

Nearly all news publishers have become more invested in digital subscription revenue in recent years. Apple, meanwhile, has also put more energy into subscriptions, which make up a big share of the services revenue that the company has been focused on growing the past couple of years. If that correlation means Apple will keep addressing publisher complaints and making the iPhone a more hospitable place for publishers, I don’t think they’ll hear many complaints.

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New Apple iPhone case could totally transform your smartphone – Creative Bloq

We’ve seen all sorts of weird and wonderful patent filings from Apple over the past year, from bending MacBooks to folding iPhones. Yet another leaked patent has arrived, this time relating to one of Apple’s most popular accessories – it seems the humble iPhone case could soon be in for some pretty incredible upgrades.

The patent reveals Apple is planning to use ‘quantum tunnelling’ material (sounds intense) on the new cases, which the company describes as both deformable and touch-sensitive. With extra functionality, could Apple have created the first case that could actually make the best camera phones even better? 

Apple’s patent filing for its ‘quantum tunnelling’ cases  (Image credit: Patently Apple)

Spotted by Patently Apple, the filing details how the cases could include ‘touch zones’ capable of controlling the functionality of an iPhone. The back surface of the case features the quantum tunnelling material, which can “detect a change in electrical property in response to a deformation resulting from a touch force of a user input” (in other words, it’s touch-sensitive). 

Apple’s new Back Tap accessibility feature could give us an idea how the cases might work – this lets users access various features with either a double or triple tap on the back fo the phone. But Apple’s patent suggests quantum tunnelling material is much more sensitive and advanced.

When it comes to iPhone cases, Apple hasn’t had the best luck in 2020. Its brand new MagSafe feature has been plagued with issues, from magnets damaging its leather case to the leather wallet’s penchent for falling off. But if the next generation of cases is able to add touch functionality to the iPhone itself, perhaps Apple could be onto a winner in the near future. 

iPhone 12 cases

Apple’s new MagSafe cases haven’t had the most auspicious of starts (Image credit: Apple)

Perhaps most excitingly, Patently Apple suggests quantum tunnelling material could eventually make its way to the iPhone itself, entirely removing the need for physical buttons. We wouldn’t be surprised an entirely touch-operated slick, glass rectangle was Steve Jobs’ ultimate vision for the iPhone all the way back in 2007 – and quantum tunnelling material could be the tech that finally makes it happen. 

As with all patents, we’ll simply have to wait and see whether this tech will ever see the light of day (along with the folding iPhone and this bizarre iPhone/MacBook hybrid). But if you want the most futuristic iPhone available right now, the iPhone 12 range is the best of the best when it comes to speed, camera and design. Check out today’s best deals below, and head over to our Apple Black Friday page for more brilliant offers. 

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Universal Electronics unveils alternate Apple TV remote with Bluetooth, only available to cable companies for now – 9to5Mac

Over the last several years, a handful of alternatives to the Apple TV’s controversial Siri Remote have surfaced. The latest comes from Universal Electronics, and it ditches the touchpad design favoring more traditional buttons, plus Bluetooth connectivity.

In a press release, the company announced its new Apple TV remote designed with cable companies in mind. It features physical buttons for things like volume control, program guides, channel skipping, fast forward, and rewind. Instead of a touchpad, it features physical controls to move around the tvOS interface.

Two things help differentiate the Universal Electronics remote for Apple TV compared to other third-party alternatives: Bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated button for Siri control.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the Universal Electronics remote for the Apple TV will be widely available for consumer use. Instead, the company plans to sell branded versions of the remote to cable companies who include the Apple TV as a set-top box option for customers. This is why Universal Electronics remote for Apple TV puts a focus on live TV with dedicated program guide and channel keys.

Universal says that cable companies, or Multichannel Video Program Distributors, that offer Apple TV 4K can begin placing orders for the remote in late December. The companies will be able to introduce the new remote together with Apple TV 4K subject to their individual roll-out plans.

If you’re looking at alternative ways to control your Apple TV other than the Siri Remote, we’ve got a full roundup right here with the details. Notable third-party options include this one from Salt, or a very similar model from Function. Both of these third-party options control your Apple TV via infrared.

Rumors currently suggest that the next version of the Apple TV will include a new Siri Remote that could address some fo the concerns of the current iteration.

You can learn more about the new Universal Electronics remote for Apple TV in the full press release right here.

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iOS 14: Apple Issues Facebook Blow With Bold New iPhone Privacy Feature – Forbes

Apple has just dealt a major blow to Facebook after confirming a long-awaited privacy feature is definitely coming in 2021.

Apple’s iOS 14 has seen a serious boost to iPhone privacy and security, but so far it’s been missing one of its most important features. After major pushback from Facebook and others last year, Apple chose to delay the roll out of an anti-tracking feature which many said would signal the end of the so called IDFA (identifier for advertisers).

The new privacy feature, called App Tracking Transparency (ATT) makes all tracking across apps and websites opt-in only. 

Many privacy conscious iPhone users—including myself—were disappointed and with no new date for the roll out of the new privacy feature, it wasn’t clear when, or if it would happen. But now, Apple has confirmed that this brilliant anti-tracking feature will definitely be coming in 2021. 

Confirmation that Apple’s long-awaited iPhone privacy feature will be coming soon came via a letter to disappointed civil rights groups, who had complained about the delay, Apple Insider reports. 

Apple’s senior director of global privacy, Jane C. Horvath, wrote that the iPhone maker delayed the release of ATT to early next year “to give developers the time they indicated they needed to properly update their systems and data practices,” but added that “we remain fully committed to ATT and to our expansive approach to privacy protections.”

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The letter also stated that Apple is not against advertising; it just wants tracking to be transparent and under iPhone users’ control.

What Apple’s iOS 14 anti-tracking features mean for you

Jake Moore, cybersecurity specialist at ESET, praises the move to bring the new tracking features to Apple’s users but he warns that there could be consequences. “Once enough people learn to avert tracking, these sites will require different measures to learn about their users.”

But he says Apple’s move to stop invasive tracking practices will be positive overall—and could change the market for the better: “It is possible to advertise in a world where sites and apps do not track our every move. Sites these days can still know a great deal about us without crossing a line into being invasive, but this line needs to be formed. Intrusive tracking is a grey area but when Apple decides to lead the pack, others tend to follow suit.”

If you can’t wait for the new feature, you can also limit iPhone tracking in a few simple steps by switching off the Allow Apps to Request to Track feature. 

Apple’s iOS 14 comes with a bunch of new privacy and security features, including an orange or green dot on your iPhone when an app is using the camera or mic. A privacy nutrition label will arrive early December. 

As a user and security journalist, I think Apple’s doing a great job of security and privacy—the iPhone is one of the most secure devices out there. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the new Apple anti-tracking feature, whenever it arrives. Let’s hope it’s soon in 2021, rather than later.

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Alameda County to receive $4.1M in settlement with Apple over iPhone batteries – Pleasanton Weekly

Alameda County will receive $4.1 million in a settlement with Apple Inc. over alleged misrepresentations about its iPhone, the California Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.

In all, the state will receive $24.6 million with $4.1 million going to each of the district attorney’s offices in the counties of Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles and San Diego, and the balance going to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Apple allegedly made misrepresentations about the batteries in some of its iPhones and software that limited performance so the phones would not shut off unexpectedly.

“Apple withheld information about their batteries that slowed down iPhone performance, all while passing it off as an update,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

“This type of behavior hurts the pockets of consumers and limits their ability to make informed purchases,” Becerra said.

Thirty-three other states are part of the settlement, which calls for Apple to pay $113 million in all. The settlement includes terms that may deter similar alleged misrepresentations by Apple in the future, state prosecutors said.

“With this settlement, the technology company has pledged to provide clear and conspicuous communication to consumers about lithium-ion batteries, unexpected shutdowns and performance management,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.

The complaint by California alleges that Apple sold their iPhone 6 and 7 phones with batteries that could lead to unexpected shutdowns of the phones.

Apple tried to solve the problem by providing software updates that cut back on the phone’s performance, according to the complaint.

The company also allegedly said the updates would improve power management rather than reduce performance.

“Just like a patient needs to know the side effects before swallowing a pill, a consumer needs to know what they’re getting before clicking on a software update, especially when it could throttle their phone,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement Wednesday.

Alameda County will use the money for “future consumer protection actions,” said Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman for the county District Attorney’s Office.

Among other demands, the settlement calls for Apple to notify all affected consumers when an operating system update substantially changes iPhone processing performance.

Apple officials declined to comment but called attention to a part of the agreement which says, “Apple has entered into this Judgment solely for the purposes of settlement, and nothing contained herein may be taken as or construed to be an admission or concession of any violation of law, rule, or regulation, or of any other matter of fact or law, or of any liability or wrongdoing, all of which Apple expressly denies.”

Separately, affected consumers who submitted a claim will get $500 million from Apple in a settlement in a private class action lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

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The Apple TV remote has yet another alternate option that includes buttons – The Verge

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) has introduced its version of the notoriously unpopular Apple TV remote “specifically developed and designed” for cable, satellite, and MVPD (multichannel video program distributor) customers, the company announced.

The remote uses Bluetooth low energy or infrared to connect with the box, has a microphone to speak commands to Siri, and its universal remote function allows control of TVs and audio devices from any brand or manufacturer. It has backlit keys, which activate via an ambient light sensor, a button to flip through channels, and a mute button, according to UEI.

“We’re excited that customers worldwide will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, designed specifically for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers,” said Paul Arling, CEO of Universal Electronics, in a statement.

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Universal isn’t the first company to introduce an Apple TV remote alternative; last year, Swiss TV and internet provider Salt developed a remote in collaboration with Apple after the touchpad controls on the native remote proved frustrating for users used to having standard buttons. And Function introduced its Button Remote for Apple TV in July. The Salt model has been difficult to buy in the US.

UEI’s remote will be available beginning next year, but consumers won’t be able to buy the remote directly from Universal. The company plans to sell branded versions of the remote directly via the cable companies.

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