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Apple Approves Telegram App Update

Apple approves Telegram app update, a day after being accused of halting them

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Top apps using Siri Shortcuts to make daily tasks easier: Apple. Pixabay

Apple has reportedly approved to update the cloud-based instant messaging app “Telegram” on iOS after its CEO, a Russian internet entrepreneur, Pavel Durov complained about the iPhone-maker blocking the app updates in a public “Telegram” message.

“Apple has been preventing ‘Telegram’ from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove ‘Telegram’ from the app store,” Durav wrote on Friday.

“While Russia makes up only 7 per cent of Telegram’s userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.”

The Russian government banned Telegram in April because the messaging app company, in an ongoing court trial in Russia refused to hand over encryption keys that would allow the country’s “Federal Security Service (FSB)”, access to sensitive user data.

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Telegram App. Pixabay

Along with Amazon and Google Cloud platforms, the Russian government requested Apple also to pull “Telegram” off their respective app stores to which the Cupertino, California-headquarted did not succumb, The Verge reported.

“Thank you @Apple and @tim_cook for letting us deliver the latest version of @telegram to millions of users, despite the recent setbacks,” Durov tweeted on Saturday.

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Launched in 2013, “Telegram” was invented by Durov, who frequently clashed with the security services over his social network “VKontakte” and left Russia in 2014.

“By attempting to block the ‘Telegram’ messaging app, the Russian authorities are launching the latest in a series of attacks on online freedom of expression in the country,” Denis Krivosheev, the human rights group’s deputy director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia had said in April. (IANS)

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Apple to Refresh its Offerings in iPad, MacBook Pro Line-up

Though the launch dates of all the products remain unclear, the first ones are expected to come in March

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Apple is expected to refresh its offerings in iPad, MacBook Pro, monitors and iPhones even as the company has been bearing heavy losses in 2019, according to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

“Kuo says that the 2019 iPhone models will retain the 6.5-inch, 5.8-inch and 6.1-inch screen sizes along with lightning connectivity, the current 9.7-inch iPad will increase in size to 10.2-inch and the company will return to the display market with a 31.6-inch 6k3k monitor,” 9To5Mac reported on Monday.

The iPhones are expected to feature ultra-wide band connectivity for indoor positioning and navigation, frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless recharge for charging other devices, upgraded Face ID, larger batteries and a triple camera design for iPhone 11 Max.

According to Kuo, this year, Apple may also release two new iPad Pro models with upgraded processors, a new MacBook Pro between 16 inches and 16.5 inches in a new design with “easy to upgrade components”.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Currently, the 13-inch MacBook Pro maxes out at 16GB RAM, but Kuo suggests that the iPhone-maker may add a 32GB RAM option also.

“Kuo adds that the Apple Watch ECG function will come to additional countries this year along with a ceramic casing design and AirPods 2 will support wireless charging and upgraded Bluetooth connectivity,” the report added.

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Though the launch dates of all the products remain unclear, the first ones are expected to come in March. (IANS)