Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, September 12, 2021 6:31PM EDT
Epic Games filed notice that is appealing a federal judge’s decision in a lawsuit alleging that Apple has been running an illegal monopoly that stifles competition.
The maker of the popular Fortnite video game said in a court filing Sunday that it will take the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
In a 185-page decision rendered Friday, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ordered Apple to dismantle a lucrative part of the competitive barricade guarding its closely run iPhone app store, but she rejected Epic’s allegations that Apple ran a monopoly.
Epic’s notice of appeal said it would appeal the final judgment “and all orders leading to or producing that judgment.”
The ruling continues to chip away at the so-called “walled garden” that Apple has built around its crown jewel, the iPhone, and its app store, without toppling it completely.
The decision also provided Apple with some vindication. The judge didn’t brand Apple as a monopolist or require it to allow competing stores to offer apps for iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Those were two of the biggest objectives sought by Epic, which filed what it would hoped would be a landmark antitrust case last year after brazenly defying an exclusive payment system that funnels 15% to 30% of all in-app digital transactions on iPhones to Apple.
Such transactions can include everything from Netflix or Spotify subscriptions to the sale of digital item such as songs, movies or virtual tchotchkes for video games. Epic cast that highly lucrative fee as a price-gouging tactic that wouldn’t be possible if competing stores were allowed to offer iPhone apps.
While parts of her decision raised questions about whether Apple’s fees were driving up prices for consumers, Gonzalez Rogers left the fee structure intact and upheld the company’s right to block other stores from offering apps for its iPhone. She sided with Apple on every other key point of the case.
But the judge did conclude Apple has been engaging in unfair competition under California law, prompting her to order the company to allow developers throughout the U.S. to insert links to other payment options besides its own within iPhone apps. That change would make it easier for app developers to avoid paying Apple’s commissions, potentially affecting billions of dollars in revenue annually.
Apple did its best to frame the decision as a complete victory, even as it acknowledged it may appeal the portion of the ruling that will make it easier for app developers sidestep Apple’s commissions.
Krisher reported from Detroit.
Hands-on: Baseus MagSafe Battery Pack & Power Bank [Video] – 9to5Mac
The Baseus MagSafe Wireless Power Bank is one of the more unique and functional MagSafe battery accessories I’ve come across. There aren’t too many useful MagSafe accessories out there, so this one is definitely cool to see.
The Baseus MagSafe battery pack was designed to be a convenient MagSafe charger for your iPhone 12 or 12 Pro. The 10,000mAh capacity it boasts will allow you to fully charge an iPhone 12 up to 2.4 times. This capacity is far larger than Apples’ very own MagSafe battery. Apple’s charger is more so meant to top you off. But the Baseus battery pack will give you a 0-100 charge a few times over.
Secure Magnetic Connection
If you’ve got an iPhone 12 or later, you’re going to get the secure magnetic connection that MagSafe provides. And I’m very pleased with how strong the magnetic connection is. My iPhone 12 Pro Max isn’t necessarily the lightest phone ever. But the Baseus Battery pack can easily hold the weight of the 12 Pro Max.
The LED screen is easily one of the most unique features of this battery pack. This entire gloss black area features a display that can show you the percentage of the battery pack and its state of charge. The convenience of being able to see the battery’s exact percentage is something you simply don’t get with a lot of other chargers.
USB-A & USB-C Ports
The Baseus battery comes with an 18W USB-A port that supports quick charging 3.0. You’ve also got a 20W USB-C port that supports Power Delivery 3.0 and Quick charging 3.0. So you don’t have to worry about waiting an eternity to charge the battery pack.
Overall, this is a very handy & functional MagSafe accessory. And if you’ve got an iPhone 12 or any wireless charging phone, this is a great option for the price. We’re teaming up with Baseus to giveaway a purple iPhone 12. So be sure to check out the giveaway page if you’re interested.
What do you think about the Baseus MagSafe battery? Sound off in the comments below!
How to Migrate your WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android (Samsung Galaxy phones) – XDA Developers
WhatsApp is one of the most widely used instant messaging services all over the world. While it has improved over the years with new features and additions, one major caveat was the inability to transfer chats across platforms. WhatsApp does offer backup and restore functionality but it only works when switching from one Android to another, or one iPhone to another.
If you’re switching from an Android device to an iPhone or vice-versa, there was no official way to transfer your chat and media history from one phone to the other. Fortunately, that has now changed with WhatsApp’s official announcement at the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 launch last month.
For now, WhatsApp has rolled out the ability to transfer chats from an iPhone to an Android device. However, only Samsung phones are currently supported, but the feature will be made available to all Android devices in the near future. If the new foldables from Samsung convinced you to switch to Android from an iPhone, here’s how you can transfer all your WhatsApp data, including chats and media, from your old iPhone to your new Android device.
While WhatsApp has published a support article with instructions to transfer WhatsApp data from your old iPhone to your new Android, we found that the steps mentioned in that article are inaccurate, and following them will not help you migrate your data. So we decided to make the process simpler for you by breaking down the steps we followed to successfully carry out the migration process.
We performed the migration from an iPhone 12 Pro to a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, the process should work on any Samsung device running Android 10 and above.
How to Transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android
Before we begin, there are a few things to note here. The Android phone to which you want to transfer the data must be in a brand new state. Meaning it either needs to be just unboxed and not set up, or if it’s a phone you’ve already been using, you’ll have to factory reset it. We tried performing the steps on a phone that was already set up and in use, but it failed to work. Once we wiped the phone, we were able to transfer the data.
You’ll also need a USB-C to lightning cable for this process to work since the transfer happens via a wired connection and not wirelessly. The last thing you’ll need is some patience since the transfer process is painfully slow. Depending on how large your WhatsApp data is, the process may take even up to an hour.
Now we have all this out of the way, let’s get to the steps:
- When your Android phone is in a brand new state, or once you’ve factory reset it, connect it to an iPhone via the USB-C to lightning cable. Keep this cable plugged into both phones until the entire process is completed.
- The iPhone will give you a pop-up asking if you want to Trust this Computer. Select Trust.
- Begin the setup process on the Android phone by agreeing to the terms and conditions and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
- You’ll then see a screen asking if you want to transfer data from an existing device. Tap on yes, and the phone should now download the latest version of Smart Switch.
- Once Smart Switch has been launched, select Transfer from iPhone or iPad. You’ll now get an option to transfer WhatsApp chats from your iPhone accompanied by a QR code.
- Scan this QR code with your iPhone, or launch WhatsApp on your iPhone and navigate to Settings > Chats > Move Chats to Android.
- Tap on the option and your iPhone will start preparing your chats and other data to be transferred. Once done, it will ask you to continue on the new phone.
- On the Android device, you’ll now see the option to transfer other data from your iPhone like contacts, messages, photos, etc. You can select these options based on whether you want that data to be transferred to your new phone.
- Smart Switch will now ask you to install WhatsApp on the new phone to which you need to agree. You can also choose to install the other apps that were previously on your iPhone.
- Once you have performed these steps, the transfer process will begin. Depending on the data you’re transferring, this process may take anywhere between 30-60 minutes.
- After the setup is complete, open WhatsApp on your Android device and log in with the same phone number that was used to log into WhatsApp on your iPhone.
- When you log in, you should see the prompt asking you whether you want to transfer your chat history from the iPhone.
- Select Start and the transfer should take place in a few minutes.
- You’ll now have all your chats, images, videos, audio files, and just about everything from WhatsApp on your iPhone transferred to your Android device.
You have now successfully migrated your WhatsApp data from your iPhone to your new Android device!
You can install the rest of your apps and transfer any other data you may need and continue to use the phone. The chat transfer process for WhatsApp is slightly complex and involves a lot of work and time, but hopefully, it gets more seamless once the feature is rolled out to all Android devices.
Apple's iPhone 13, new iPad Mini and more: Everything we saw at Apple's Sept. event – CNET
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Apple TV Plus had several shows mentioned at the top of Apple’s Sept. 17 event.
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The newest 10.2-inch iPad features the A13 Bionic chip.
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Apple included this quick list of changes to this year’s new iPad.
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The new iPad starts at $329.
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The new iPad Mini has an 8.3-inch screen.
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The iPad Mini supports the same Apple Pencil as does the current iPad Air and iPad Pro.
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The iPad Mini is available in several colors.
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The iPad Mini also sports a USB-C port and compatibility with many USB-C accessories.
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Check out the iPad Mini features list.
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Touch ID is included ini the power button of the iPad Mini.
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Apple Watch Series 7 will maintain compatibility with existing wristbands.
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This model will be a more worry-free wearable from the looks of it’s “dust resistant” feature.
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The screen’s larger size comes from slimming down the size of the borders.
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Here you can see a comparison of the Series 7 (right) with its predecessor. The thinner bevel allows a nice large viewing area on the screen.
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Apple Fitness Plus is receiving updates to its service.
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The service will be adding classes in Pilates and meditation.
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The service’s Time to Walk audio series is continuing on the Apple Watch.
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Pilates classes will now be available on the platform.
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Guided meditation classes will also be available.
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Ever wanted to do a Zoom call with a friend whilst both exercising? Group Workouts may be just the thing you need.
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A screen in screen feature allows you to chat with a buddy while you share a workout together.
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Finally, we get down to the business of iPhone announcements.
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The iPhone 13 reveals a tweaked design from last year’s iPhone 12.
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The iPhone 13 will be available in five colors.
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The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini each sport a slimmer notch.
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Cinematic mode offers a method of simulating professional “rack focus” techniques from cinematography.
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It switches focus precisely and smoothly from someone in the foreground to something in the background.
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The iPhone 13 line continues to support the new MagSafe line of accessories.
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The MagSafe Wallet now supports Find My, allowing you a better chance of finding it should it become lost.
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The wallet acts much like an AirTag — it’s able to be discoverable using the Find My network. This means if you lost it, the map will show you the last time the wallet was in proximity to any Apple device that is part of that network.
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Check out the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini pricing.
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And just like with the 12 line, the iPhone 13 will also have Pro and Pro Max models.
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iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will be available in four colors.
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Here’s a sample Macro mode shot from the new Pro.
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… and another impressive sample!
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Here’s the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro max pricing.
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And last, an update on the existing iPhone models Apple is selling going forward. The iPhone XR, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are being discontinued.
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