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Apple Wins Patent for its Foldable Devices: Report

According to recent reports, reviewers complained that $2,000-worth Samsung Fold — that opens up into a tablet — started breaking and facing display issues in just few days of use

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an event to announce new products, Oct. 30, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. VOA

Moving ahead with its foldable smartphone ambition, Apple has managed to win a patent for a foldable screen which could be used on iPhones and other devices.

The patent, granted on Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, describes an electronic device with a display and cover that are flexible or bendable, CNN has reported.

The application was filed in January 2018 and is among a series of patent applications Apple has made around the idea of a foldable display.

In the past, Apple has also filed patents for a flexible display with touch sensors and portions that open and close like a book, as well as a flexible iPhone that could be folded in half and grip a person’s clothes.

Earlier in 2018, the iPhone-maker had successfully secured a patent for its foldable phone that focussed on a flexible hinge and the use of a fabric for its housing.

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

In February 2019, Apple submitted a blueprint of a bendable smartphone describing a display with hinges that can fold in half or in thirds. The display could be used in anything from phones and tablets to laptops, wearables and even mobile accessories.

But several companies, including Apple, often patent ideas that never come to fruition, the report said.

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While Samsung and Huawei have already shown off their foldable offerings at the MWC event held earlier this year in Barcelona, Apple is expected to release its bendable device by 2021.

According to recent reports, reviewers complained that $2,000-worth Samsung Fold — that opens up into a tablet — started breaking and facing display issues in just few days of use. (IANS)

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Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Found Continuously Sharing the Location Even After Being Blocked to do so

When questioned about this issue, Apple said the behaviour was expected

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iPhones are on display at an Apple store in Prince William Country, Virginia. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet) VOA

Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro has been found to continuously collecting and transmitting its users location data even when the user has blocked it from doing so.

Security journalist Brian Krebs wrote about this on his blog recently, with an accompanying video revealing that the new iPhone continues to collect GPS data for certain apps and system services despite manual disablement of individual Location Services in iPhone Settings.

iPhone 11 Pro seeks GPS data even when an app’s Location Services switch is set to “never” request said information.

Krebs thinks it might be the result of new hardware brought in to support Wi-Fi 6, but he couldn’t confirm this was the case.

Apple’s privacy policy for the iPhone’s Locations Services says the iPhone “will periodically send the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers (where supported by a device) in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple, to be used for augmenting this crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations.”

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Krebs claims it is not possible to turn off location-based system services for certain services when using the iPhone 11 Pro.

“Apparently there are some system services on this model (and possibly other iPhone 11 models) which request location data and cannot be disabled by users without completely turning off location services, as the arrow icon still appears periodically even after individually disabling all system services that use location,” Kreb wrote.

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When questioned about this issue, Apple said the behaviour was expected.

“We do not see any actual security implications, it is expected behaviour that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings,” an Apple engineer said. (IANS)