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Tech Giant Apple Updates its iMac Line-up

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world's most advanced desktop operating system

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

Apple on Tuesday updated its iMac line-up with two new devices after a gap of nearly two years that come with up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors for the first time and powerful Vega graphics options.

The new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at Rs 119,900 and the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display will cost Rs 169,900.

Both the devices are available starting next week, through Apple Authorised Resellers, the company said in a statement.

“With its stunning Retina display, amazing design, twice the performance, and macOS Mojave that our customers love, iMac is by far the best desktop in the world,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s Senior Director of Mac Product Marketing.

It’s been nearly two years since Apple last updated the regular iMac models.

With updated processors this time, customers will experience dramatically faster performance for a wide range of everyday computing tasks, said the company.

The 21.5-inch iMac now features 8th-generation quad-core and for the first time 6-core processors — delivering up to 60 per cent faster performance.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

The 27-inch iMac now for the first time features up to 9th-generation 6-core and 8-core processors, delivering up to 2.4 times faster performance.

AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega graphics come to the 21.5-inch iMac, delivering up to 80 per cent faster graphics performance.

“The 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega now delivers up to 50 per cent faster graphics performance,” said Apple.

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With up to 14.7 million pixels, one billion colours and 500 nits of brightness, iMac’s Retina display aims to deliver an immersive experience and the ability to edit 4K video at full resolution.

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.

macOS Mojave also brings iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store with addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook Blames Apple iOS for Bezos’ Phone Hacking

WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Facebook has blamed Apple’s operating system for the hacking of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone, saying WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is unhackable.

Investigators believe that Bezos’s iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp – in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

In an interview to the BBC last week, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said it wasn’t WhatsApp’s fault because end-to-end encryption is unhackable and blamed Apple’s operating system for Bezos’ episode.

“It sounds like something on the, you know, what they call the operate, operated on the phone itself. It can’t have been anything on the, when the message was sent, in transit, because that’s end-to-end encrypted on WhatsApp,” Clegg told the show host.

Clegg compared the hack to opening a malicious email, saying that “it only comes to life when you open it”.

According to a report from FTI Consulting, a firm that has investigated Bezos’ phone, after that the video file was received, Bezos’ phone started sending unusually large amounts of outbound data, including his intimate messages with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia commons)

According to Clegg, “something” must have affected the phone’s operating system.

“As sure as you can be that the technology of end-to-end encryption cannot, other than unless you have handset, or you have the message at either end, cannot be hacked into,” he was quoted as saying.

Apple was yet to comment on Facebook’s statement.

The NSO Group has denied it was part of Bezos’ hacking.

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WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages. But the piece of NSO Group software exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on the selected users.

According to leading tech policy and media consultant Prasanto K. Roy, end-to-end encrypted apps (E2EE) do provide security, and messages or calls cannot be intercepted and decrypted en route without enormous computing resources.

“But once anyone can get to your handset, whether a human or a piece of software, the encryption doesn’t matter anymore. Because on your handset, it’s all decrypted,” Roy told IANS recently. (IANS)