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Headlines

The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.

The October 8, 2018 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek incorrectly reports that Apple found “malicious chips” in servers on its network in 2015.

News

Failure to run Apple’s proprietary diagnostic software after a repair “will result in an inoperative system and an incomplete repair.”

Britain’s national cyber security agency said on Friday it had no reason to doubt the assessments made by Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc challenging a Bloomberg report that their systems contained malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence services.

More than 70 new emoji will be coming soon to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, including new characters, more emotive smiley faces and more.

Cops tell a child abuse suspect to unlock their iPhone with their face. It’s the first time since the iPhone X launched that any cop has used Face ID to force an iOS device open.

Reviews

The iPhone XS doesn’t just have a bigger sensor: It has a whole new camera — and the biggest change is its reliance on computational photography.

The Apple iPhone XS Max comes with one of the best mobile cameras we have ever tested, and in many areas offers noticeable improvements over last year’s iPhone X. Both still and video image quality in bright light are excellent, with a very wide dynamic range and good detail. Autofocus and image stabilization work swiftly and efficiently, and the camera is very reliable overall, consistently delivering good results.

Over the last few years Apple’s silicon design teams have been at the forefront of both architecture design and adopting bleeding-edge manufacturing processes. The Apple A12 is yet another generational jump for the company, as it’s able to claim to be the first commercially available piece of 7nm silicon.

While the iPhone XS’s camera hardware is slightly different to the iPhone X’s, the most important changes are in the software. Our first tests of Smart HDR mode and the updated Portrait Mode are quite promising.

Rumors

With last month’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 event in the rearview mirror, we can now turn our attention to Apple’s roadmap for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year. If rumors are any indication, we’ll likely be headed back to Cupertino this month for an October event.

Others

The new analog Infograph face on Apple Watch Series 4 can scream information overload. Scaling back the visual elements can create a much better experience.

Users share their first photos with new Smart HDR, depth control and portrait lighting features on iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.

Starting today, students at three universities can now enjoy the convenience of using just their iPhone and Apple Watch to get around on and off campus.

Apple today announced its Everyone Can Create curriculum is now available on Apple Books, designed to help unleash kids’ creativity in school.

Finally

One way or the other, there is more to come on this story, and either Bloomberg’s or Apple’s and Amazon’s credibility is going to take a significant hit.

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