Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Good news! Apple now allows U.S. customers to download a copy of their data, months after rolling out the feature to EU customers.

But don’t be disappointed when you get your download and find there’s almost nothing in there. Earlier this year when I requested my own data (before the portal feature rolled out), Apple sent me a dozen spreadsheets with my purchase and order history, a few iCloud logs, and some of my account information. The data will date back to when you opened your account, but may not include recent data if Apple has no reason to retain it.

But because most Apple data is stored on your devices, it can’t turn over what it doesn’t have. And any data it collects from Apple News, Maps and Siri is anonymous and can’t attribute to individual users.

Apple has a short support page explaining the kind of data it will send back to you.

If you’re curious — here’s how you get your data.

1. Go to Apple’s privacy portal

You need to log in to privacy.apple.com with your Apple ID and password, and enter your two-factor authentication code if you have it set-up.

2. Request a copy of your data

From here, tap on “Obtain a copy of your data” and select the data that you would like to download — or hit “select all.” You will also have the option of splitting the download into smaller portions.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Apple’s privacy portal. (Image: TechCrunch)

3. Go through the account verification steps

Apple will verify that you’re the account holder, and may ask you for several bits of information. Once the data is ready to download, you’ll get a notification that it’s available for download, and you’ll have two weeks to download the .zip file.

If the “obtain your data” option isn’t immediately available, it may still take time to roll out to all customers.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Apple has today launched its new Data and Privacy website, allowing Apple users to download everything that Apple personally associates with your account, from Apple ID info, App Store activity, AppleCare history to data stored in iCloud like photos and documents. This is currently only available for European Union accounts, to comply with GDPR, and will roll out worldwide in the coming months.

There are also simple shortcuts to updating your info, temporarily deactivating your account and options to permanently delete it. Here’s how to do it …

The new online tools allow customers to get a copy of all data associated with an Apple ID. You can request account details and sign-in records and data such as contacts, calendars, notes, bookmarks, reminders, photos and documents. Apple also stores info like app usage statistics for Apple Music and Game Center, a purchase history of items bought from the App Store and iTunes Store, AppleCare support history and marketing records.

Only data that is personally identifiable can be found here. This can all be downloaded with a few simple clicks on the privacy portal. Note data like iCloud Photos will take a long time to generate as there are potentially tens of gigabytes of files.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

It can take up to a week to prepare the downloads. Apple notifies you when the data is ready to download, and it is automatically deleted after 2 weeks.

How to download a copy of your Apple ID and iCloud data

To obtain a copy of your data, log in to privacy.apple.com. Note this feature is currently only available to customers in European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. It will be rolled out internationally later this year.

Select the Get started link under the ‘Obtain a copy of your data’ heading.

You can then simply tick the boxes of the categories of data you want to download. You can press ‘Select All’ to pick everything. iCloud Photos, Mail and Drive are separated into a separate list as this data may be exceptionally large. Then, press Continue.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

You can now select what is your preferred maximum file size. Apple will split up the data into chunks, up to a maximum of 25 GB. Select a size and press Continue. Your data request is now in progress. You will get an email when the files are available to download.

Apple says it provides all data in standards-compatible formats. This means it can be used as a way to move all your data to a new cloud service, as well as transparently showing customers what data Apple keeps on you (very little).

Whilst these features will roll out later in the year for other regions, all customers can request data corrections, deactivate or delete their account. You can do this by following the links on the main page.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do itDeactivation means that Apple will stop processing any data relating to your Apple ID. You will not be able to access any store purchases from iTunes, iBooks or the App Store. You will not be able to access any iCloud data, or use iCloud services like FaceTime or iMessage. See here for more conditions about account deactivation.

You are literally cutting yourself off from the Apple connected world. Apple will verify all deactivation requests to prevent abuse. Apple doesn’t delete your info, it just stops anyone — including Apple — from accessing it whilst the account is deactivated. You can re-enable the account by logging back in to the privacy portal and choosing to reactivate it.

Permanent deletion takes this one step further, essentially asking Apple to remove all data they have stored on you — forever. This process is not reversible once initiated.

Apple has deployed these features just in time to comply with new GDPR regulation that goes into effect at the end of the month. Due to Apple’s strong stance on privacy, there really aren’t many surprises here in what info is collected on Apple’s servers.

The GDPR regulation requires internet companies allow all EU citizens to see what personally identifiable data they store about them. However, Apple has pledged to eventually deploy these tools to all Apple users, worldwide.

Apple’s privacy tools now go beyond Europe, so more now get to download the personal data it has collected.

Liam Tung is a full-time freelance technology journalist who writes for several Australian publications.

Apple customers in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can now download a copy of all the personal data Apple holds on them that’s linked to an Apple ID.

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The move brings the four countries in line with Europe, where Apple began offering a simpler way to download a copy of user data in May, just before the EU’s strict GDPR privacy legislation came into effect.

Under GDPR, EU residents have the right to obtain a copy of data a company holds about them.

They can also withdraw previously given consent for a company to collect data about them and request that collected data be deleted. And consumers have the right to take data to another service, as well as to know how a company is processing it.

Microsoft in May similarly extended the privacy features it made available for Europeans under GDPR to all users outside the EU.

To find Apple’s privacy tools, sign in to your Apple ID account page on a Mac, PC, or iPad. Then scroll down to Data and Privacy and select ‘Manage your data’.

You can request a copy of all data from the App Store, iTunes, Apple ID account and device information, Apple retail store activity, Apple Care support history, iCloud bookmarks, calendar information, contacts, notes, and more.

You can also request iCloud Drive files, iCloud Mail, and iCloud Photos, but these could take a while to download due to their size. The files don’t include actual purchased iTunes content as this information isn’t considered personal data.

The page also has links to request that Apple corrects your data, deactivates your account, and permanently deletes your account.

Apple plans to extend the tools to users in other countries in coming months. Until then, these users can still contact Apple via its legal page to request of copy personal data held by Apple.

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On Wednesday, Apple began allowing its U.S. users to download their personal data, such as app usage history, calendars, photos and more. Here’s how.

Feeling paranoid about the data big corporations have on you? Now you can see exactly what’s been collected, at least when it comes to Apple.

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The tech giant — as well as its apps and services — stores information such as purchase and app usage history, calendars, documents and photos, and as of Wednesday, it’s introduced a new way for U.S. users to download their personal data. (The feature was made available to European customers months ago as a requirement of the General Data Protection Regulation.)

When you request a copy of your data, Apple says it may take up to seven days to fulfill. (That’s so they can verify it was you — and not an imposter — who asked for your personal data, it says.) But keep in mind that because most Apple data is stored on your devices themselves, there may be less in your final report than you expected.

As for what you’ll see when your request is fulfilled (and what form it will come in)? Apple has a support page explaining exactly what you might be sent. App usage and activity information could come your way in the form of spreadsheets or PDF files; contacts, calendars and bookmarks may show up in HTML format; and your documents, photos and videos should be available in their original formats. You’ll be able to access your contacts, calendars and bookmarks as well, but Apple says the download won’t include app, book, movie, TV show or music purchases.

Here’s what you need to do access your Apple data:

1. Sign in to Apple’s privacy portal.

Head to privacy.apple.com, then enter your Apple ID and password. You may have to answer security questions or follow prompts for two-factor authentication. Once you’re logged in, click “Continue.”

2. Request a copy of your data.

On the “Manage your data” screen, the first option is “Get a copy of your data.” Under that section, click “Get started.”

3. Select the data you’d like to download.

You can decide to download information such as your Apple Music activity, Apple ID account and device information, AppleCare support history and repair requests, iCloud Contacts, iCloud Notes and marketing subscriptions. The last checkable item on the list: a nebulous option marked “Other data.” Then there’s another section for large files that may take a long time to download, such as iCloud Mail and Photos. You may as well choose “Select All” in both sections. When you’re finished, click “Continue.”

4. Choose a maximum file size for your downloads.

Options range from 1 GB to 25 GB, and whichever size you choose, Apple will divide your data into files of that size or smaller. When you’ve chosen, click “Complete request.”

5. Wait up to seven days for an email notification that your data is ready.

You can check the status of your data request by visiting privacy.apple.com/account.

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If you’re trading in an old phone, you’ll need to turn off Find My iPhone. Here’s how to do it.

Adam Benjamin has helped people navigate complex problems for the past decade. The former digital services editor for Reviews.com, Adam now leads CNET’s services and software team.

Find My iPhone is a useful feature, but you’ll need to turn it off in certain situations.

If you misplace your Apple device at a fairly frequent rate, I’m not judging. Apple isn’t either. Your iPhone has a convenient feature called Find My network , which helps you track down your phone if it goes missing. The Find My feature also lets you keep tabs on other devices in and out of the Apple ecosystem, which makes it a nice gift for those of us with a few too many things to keep track of.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

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However, there are some situations where you should turn off Find My iPhone. The most common scenario is when you’re selling, trading in or otherwise saying goodbye to your iPhone — which you might do if you’ve just gotten a new phone. Doing so removes the phone from the list of devices associated with your account and prevents new owners from being able to access information about you.

You should also turn the feature off if you need to send your iPhone in for service, according to Apple’s support page.

Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to turn off Find My iPhone. The steps vary depending on the operating system you’re using, but you only need a few steps to flip that switch. Here’s what you need to know.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

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How to turn off Find My iPhone (on iOS 13 or later)

1. Open up the Settings menu.
2. Select your name at the top of the menu. Then select the Find My option.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

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3. At the top of the next page, Tap Find My iPhone, and toggle the Find My iPhone setting off. You can also toggle off the Find My network, and the Send Last Location option (which automatically sends the location of your phone to Apple when the battery is critically low).

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

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4. Enter your Apple ID password. and select Turn Off.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

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How to turn off Find My iPhone (on iOS 12 or earlier)

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1. Go to the Settings menu.

2. At the top of the menu, tap on your name.

3. Navigate to the iCloud menu, and enter your password.

4. Choose Turn Off to disable Find my iPhone.

When using Apple devices or Apple services, Apple requires an “Apple ID” to make everything work. An Apple ID is basically your Apple account that’s used for everything from logging in to iCloud to making purchases to getting support to tracking your lost devices and items with Find My.

An Apple ID authenticates your identity and is required whenever you log into an Apple device to keep everything synced up. Making an Apple ID is entirely free, and this guide features everything you need to know about signing up and using your Apple ID.

How do I create an Apple ID?

Creating an Apple ID can be done when setting up a new device by tapping on “Forgot Password” or “don’t have an Apple ID” and then following the setup steps, but it can also be done in the App Store on either an iOS device or a Mac.

Creating an Apple ID is also possible on a Windows PC and on the web, so basically, you can make an Apple ID on any of your devices. We have specific tutorials for creating an Apple ID on each device below.

Do I really need an Apple ID?

Yes. If you use an Apple device or want to use an Apple service like Apple TV+ or Apple Music, an Apple ID is required. On an Apple device, having an Apple ID allows you to access ‌iCloud‌, track and protect your iPhone with ‌Find My‌, sync settings if you have more than one Apple device, make ‌App Store‌ purchases, sync photos to ‌iCloud‌, and more.

An Apple ID linked to an Apple device is invaluable if your device is ever lost or stolen because it can be tracked with the ‌Find My‌ app. A feature called Activation Lock, which is linked to the Apple ID, prevents someone who has stolen your ‌iPhone‌ from being able to use it with a new account, effectively rendering it useless.

What do I do if I forget my Apple ID password?

If you forget your Apple ID password, you can use the forgotten password feature on the ‌iPhone‌, iPad, a Mac, or the web to reset the password. There’s also a possibility that your Apple ID could become locked with too many login attempts, and Apple also has a process for unlocking it.

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We’ve included how tos on both resetting your password and unlocking a locked Apple ID below.

Can I have multiple Apple IDs?

You can create multiple Apple IDs, but it’s best to stick with one account. If you want all of your Apple services to work properly and your devices to sync, you need to make sure to use the same Apple ID everywhere you sign in.

What is an Apple ID used for?

Your Apple ID is your gateway to your Apple device, and it is the account that is used for all Apple services and devices. We’ve listed some of the ways the Apple ID is used below.

  1. Syncing content like contacts, photos, files, messages, backups, and more when ‌iCloud‌ services are enabled.
  2. Locating a lost or stolen device with ‌Find My‌.
  3. Making ‌App Store‌ purchases.
  4. Making Apple Store purchases.
  5. Using services like ‌Apple Music‌, Apple Arcade, and ‌Apple TV+‌.
  6. Activation Lock so a stolen device can’t be used.

How old do you have to be to get an Apple ID?

In the United States, Apple’s minimum age requirement to get a standalone Apple ID is 13. Children who are younger can have an Apple ID for Apple devices, but the Apple ID must be set up using Family Sharing so that a parent can monitor the child’s activity.

Children must remain a part of the Family Sharing group until they turn 13, and there is no option for a child to have a standalone Apple ID. Note that the age limit varies by country and region.

How do I secure my Apple ID account?

Your Apple ID is the gateway to a lot of personal information about you, as it is the login used to access everything stored in the cloud from purchase information to photos. It’s a good idea to add an extra layer of security to your account with Apple’s two-step verification system.

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Two-step verification uses one of your Apple devices or a phone number to verify your identity before you’re allowed to make changes to your account, sign into ‌iCloud‌, or make ‌App Store‌ or iTunes purchases from a new device.

It also includes a recovery key for safekeeping that will allow you to access your Apple ID account if your password or your Apple device is ever lost. It’s a good idea to put this code in a secure place because there’s often no way to recover an Apple ID account with no recovery key available and no known password.

Learn how to enable two-step verification with the steps outlined in our dedicated how to.

When setting up an Apple ID, it’s also good practice to make sure to use a strong, secure password that uses a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols and is not used for other sites, and to choose security question answers that are difficult to guess.

Apple does not ask for Apple ID information, so never provide Apple ID data to anyone, including friends and family members. Apple will also never ask for passwords, security question answers, verification codes, or recovery keys, which is worth keeping in mind to make sure you never fall for any phishing scams.

Starting with iOS 15, Apple also allows you to set an Account Recovery contact that can help you access your Apple ID if you forget your password and don’t have a secondary device. You can set this up by tapping on your profile picture in Settings, selecting Password & Security, tapping on Account Recovery, and then tapping the “+” button next to Add Recovery Contact. Note that all of your devices must be running ‌iOS 15‌ to enable this feature.

What data is Apple collecting?

When you use an Apple ID and especially when using an Apple ID with ‌iCloud‌, Apple collects certain data about you. This includes your name, address, phone number, and device and app purchase history (with serial numbers and other info for all your devices), along with ‌iCloud‌ access logs, phone call and message metadata, repair transactions, and more.

Apple has specifics on the data that it collects on its website, and there’s also a feature for requesting and downloading a copy of all of the data that Apple has collected about you.

Apple collects less data than other companies, but there’s definitely personal data associated with your Apple ID, and it’s worth knowing what information Apple has. Use the tutorial below if you’re interested in getting a copy of your data from Apple.

How do I delete my Apple ID account and data?

If you’re no longer using your Apple ID and have swapped over to another device company, you can delete your Apple ID. Similarly, if you don’t want Apple to have data about you, you can delete it. Instructions are below.

Deleting an Apple ID account and its associated data is a big deal and it shouldn’t be done if you’re going to continue using Apple devices. Accounts that are deleted can’t be reopened or reactivated in any way, and deleting an account removes access to photos, iMessage accounts, all Apple services including ‌iCloud‌, the ‌App Store‌, and more, and all ‌iCloud‌ content is deleted.

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Apple has launched a feature that lets users transfer the photos and videos in iCloud Photos to Google Photos.

iCloud users must request the transfer, which will send a copy of the content in the cloud to Google Photos. The photos and videos must be associated with the user’s Apple ID.

The transfer takes between three to seven days while Apple verifies that the request was made by the user, and then completes the transfer.

Smart Albums, Live Photos, some RAW files and other formats may not be available to transfer to Google Photos. More information about what data is transferred – and how the transfer works – can be found on Apple’s support page.

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“Only content stored in iCloud Photos is transferred,” it reads. “Photos and videos are transferred either in the original format or in industry-standard formats that are easy to open and read.”

Some supported formats include .jpg, .png, .webp, .gif and .mp4. The Apple support document suggests transfers to other services may be in the works, too.

If a user’s Google account runs out of space during the transfer, not all of the items will be transferred.

To request a transfer of your iCloud Photos content to Google Photos, users must sign in with their Apple ID at privacy.apple.com. Then, users must select “Transfer a copy of your data” and follow the prompts to complete the request.

Users will be asked to sign in to their Google accounts to begin the transfer. iCloud users should expect an email notifying them of their transfer request, and then another email after the request is complete.

The myCricket App lets you make payments, check data, view usage, change your plan, or add features. You can do it all on your smartphone. You can manage your Cricket account on the go with the myCricket app.

What if I Have a Multi-Line Account?

Each person can use the myCricket app on their phone, logging in with the account username and password. The main account holder can choose to share the account username and password to allow other lines to view account information. Additionally, they can turn on account PIN security to limit other users from making certain account changes or purchases. By default, account PIN security is set to off. Learn more about Account PIN Security.

How to Set Up myCricket App

Setting up the myCricket app is simple. The app is already installed on Android devices purchased from Cricket. You’ll need to install the app for Apple devices, or if you brought your own device. But don’t worry, we make it easy by sending a text message with the link to the app when you activate your device. View the myCricket app End User License Agreement.

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How do I setup a myCricket account?

To create an account, tap Create an Account from the login screen then follow the steps. Keep in mind, if you purchased your Cricket service online, you already set up a username and password during checkout. If you can’t remember, tap Login Help?.

Downloading a copy of your data that Apple stores in iCloud and other services is easier than ever. Learn more about this massive privacy change.

Due to privacy regulations in the European Union, earlier this year, Apple began offering users the ability to download all of the data that Apple stores in their accounts and about them. Apple now allows users in the US to download their data. This new privacy-oriented feature ensures that users have full access to all of their data stored by Apple, and that the user can then download and delete their account with all of the associated data.

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Regardless of what data you’re preparing to download, this is not a quick process. Apple emails you whenever the downloads are prepared for you to download; however, it took more than a week to receive my email and have the data prepared for download. It was less than 300MBs of data as well, which is more surprising. In short, don’t expect this process to be used for emergency restorations of photos and other data.

When I received the download email, I had 22 days left to finish downloading the prepared files. It appears Apple gives users 30 days from the original request date to download the files before they are removed from the site, and you must request a new download.

How to select the data to download

Before you can get a copy of your data, you need to let Apple know what data you’d like to download. This is handled on Apple’s new Data and Privacy website. Sign in and then perform these steps to begin preparing a copy of your data for download.

  1. Select Get Started under the Get A Copy Of Your Data heading.
  2. Select the types of data you’d like to download and select Continue (Figure A).
  3. Select how large the file chunks will be (Apple will automatically split your downloads into individual compressed files in the size of your choosing) and select Continue.

Figure A

You can select from the following data categories to download:

  • App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, Apple Music activity
  • Apple ID account and device information
  • Apple Online and Retail Stores activity
  • AppleCare support history, repair requests, and more
  • Game Center activity
  • iCloud Bookmarks and reading list
  • iCloud Calendars and Reminders
  • iCloud Contacts
  • iCloud Notes
  • Maps Report an Issue
  • Marketing communications, downloads, and other activity
  • Apple Pay activity
  • iCloud Drive files and documents
  • iCloud Mail
  • iCloud Photos
  • Other data

Note: iCloud Drive, iCloud Mail, and iCloud Photos can take a lot of time to prepare for download and actually download to your computer.

How to download the files

To download your files, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to privacy.apple.com in your web browser on your desktop computer.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID used to request the data.
  3. Select Get Your Data in the right-hand sidebar.
  4. On the new page, select the download icon beside each of the data files you wish to download from your requested data (Figure B).

Figure B

If you requested a smaller file size and not all of the data could be contained in that size, the downloads for that section will be split into separate zip files.

File formats

After you download the files, you’ll notice that anything that is from the Apple Store online, Apple Store retail, iTunes Store, and Apple Care data is mostly included as CSV files straight from the Apple databases for your account.

If your prepared downloads include iCloud Drive files, those files will be available to download just as they’re stored in iCloud Drive. It’s the same with photos that you download from iCloud Photo Library: The file formats will be the same as you imported them into your photo library.

Notes from iCloud will be downloaded as plain text files with the attachments included for each of the note documents.

When you have finished your downloads, you can return to the privacy website where you can delete the copy of data being stored for your retrieval, or allow it to expire.

For more information on this process of downloading files stored in your Apple ID, check out the Apple Privacy website.

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iPhones are currently on iOS 15—well, if you've updated your iPhone since last September. This version adds an easier way to use Safari, preconfigured modes to instantly change your home screen setup, and huge upgrades to FaceTime, among dozens of other new features. However, the latest iOS 15.4 version adds a few extras, like Face ID that can recognize you even with a face mask on. We break down all the top features here, but first, here's how to download it.

Updated March 2022: We've added details on iOS 15.4.

If you have an older iPhone, you might be wondering if it supports iOS 15. Well, if it's an iPhone 6S (2015) or newer, then your device has made the cut. But you should also know that features like Portrait mode on FaceTime, Live Text, augmented reality directions in Maps, and spatial audio, among others, will only work on iPhones powered by an A12 Bionic chip or newer. That means you'll need an iPhone XS or newer to make the most out of the update.

Before installing iOS 15, back up your iPhone. Backing up is simple if you do it via iCloud. Head to Settings. Tap on your name at the top and then tap iCloud. Scroll until you see iCloud Backup and toggle it on if it isn't already. If it's already on, tap Back Up Now to force a fresh backup. If you go back to the previous page, you can toggle off things you don't want to back up. This is the easy way to back up your device. If you don't have enough iCloud storage, our How to Back Up Your iPhone guide goes into other options.

Time to install iOS 15. (Note: You might see the option to install an even newer version, like iOS 15.4, which usually fixes bugs and adds a few extra features.) First, plug your iPhone into a charger—such a heavy-duty update eats up a good amount of battery life. Make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi, unless you're using a computer to install it. Then head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap on iOS 15 and choose Download and Install. Once that's done, tap Install Now and your iPhone will automatically begin updating. Once it cycles through the process and the device restarts, you're all set. It'll take some time, so try not to do it when you need to use your phone for something important.

You can scroll down to find some of the broader new features in iOS 15. We're first taking a look at what Apple just added.

The feature we've all been waiting for since the pandemic began is finally here: the ability to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask. To enable it, head to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and toggle on Use Face ID With a Mask. The process is similar to setting up a standard Face ID profile, but since the feature is capturing the area around your eyes for authentication, you'll have the option to add glasses (sunglasses not included). For Face ID to work properly with a mask on, you'll have to look directly at your iPhone to unlock it.

If you're getting tired of cycling through your “frequently used emoji,” you're in luck. With iOS 15.4, you're blessed with tons of new options. We're talking seven new smiley emoji (including melting face, saluting face, face holding back tears, and face with peeking eye), gender-neutral emoji, new hand gestures, and more diverse handshakes, as well as new objects and symbols. You can see the complete list from Emojipedia here.

Last year, Apple added two new Siri voices to its roster as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The latest update adds a gender-neutral option that you can set as Siri's default tone. To change Siri's voice on your device, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Voice and tap on Voice 5.

To reduce unwanted tracking with AirTags, Apple has made a few changes, with more on the way later this year. For starters, you'll now get privacy warnings when setting up an AirTag, including a message that states the Bluetooth trackers are specifically meant for tracking belongings and should not be used to track people without their consent. It also lets users know that law enforcement can request any identifying information tied to the Airtag, like an Apple ID or serial number. Apple has also updated its support documentation, with helpful tips and explanations regarding unwanted tracking alerts and disabling AirTags.

For future updates, Apple is working on a “display alert with sound” feature—where an AirTag will emit a sound after a set period (typically 8 to 24 hours) and an alert will appear on iPhones near it, with the option to play the sound again or use the precision finding feature to locate it. Apple is planning to update its alert system to notify users sooner when an unknown AirTag is tracking them while also increasing the volume when the tracker's sound goes off.

This is more for small businesses, but Apple's Tap To Pay lets business owners accept contactless payments without the need for a third-party service—like Square or Venmo. Using an iOS app and an iPhone XS or later, merchants can have customers check out with Apple Pay and/or contactless debit and credit cards via the business's own iPhone or Apple Watch. This feature is currently only available in the US to participating payment platforms, starting with Stripe, with additional apps to follow later this year.

Own an iPad and a Mac? You can now interact with both devices using one mouse and one keyboard, thanks to Universal Control with iPadOS 15.4. Rather than relying on Apple's SideCar feature to turn your iPad into a secondary screen, Universal Control lets you run iPadOS and MacOS simultaneously on each device. You can move your cursor between both screens and type and drag and drop content—without any cables.

Below you'll find many of the features Apple launched last fall.

Apple's video-calling app received some major upgrades in iOS 15, making it closer in features to videoconferencing services such as Zoom and Google Meet. For starters, there's a grid view for multiperson chats that works like Zoom's conference calls. There's also a Portrait mode—like the similar feature in the Camera app, it keeps your face in focus but blurs out your messy room in the background. You can also create FaceTime links to share and invite others to a video chat, and these can be added to your calendar. Those with the link can join calls through Google Chrome or Microsoft's Edge browser, even if they're using an Android phone or a Windows laptop. (The calls are still end-to-end encrypted.)

Apple has launched a privacy portal where users can download all of the information and data the company has that’s associated with their Apple ID. The portal allows you to receive information including: your activity on the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and Apple Music; your activity at Apple’s online store and retail stores; any AppleCare support history and repairs you may have requested; and other data like iCloud bookmarks, calendar entries, reminders, photos, and other documents.

To access this information, just log in to your Apple account on the company’s privacy page. As spotted by 9to5Mac, the page is currently only available to accounts based in the European Union, and it has been rolled out ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation, which is due to go into effect on May 25th. The GDPR sets new rules for how companies manage and share personal data. Apple says the privacy portal will roll out worldwide over the next few months.

Once you’ve logged in, there are options to correct your data if the information Apple has is incorrect, temporarily deactivate your account, or permanently delete it (which purges your info from all of Apple’s services). If you deactivate your account, you won’t be able to access your purchases from the iTunes Store, iBooks, or the App Store. You also won’t be able to use iMessage, FaceTime, or other iCloud services.

It should be noted that because of the huge amounts of data, Apple says files might take up to a week to be prepared. Apple will tell you when your data is ready for download, and those files are automatically deleted after two weeks. If you’re worried about file sizes, Apple does give you an option to choose a maximum (1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB), and Apple says it will divide your data into files of the selected size or smaller.

The GDPR has prompted a number of companies to roll out new privacy platforms for users. Facebook recently announced that it would be rolling out new privacy controls, while others are also updating their terms of service and data tools in preparation for the new rules.

The iOS App Store launched in 2008 with 500 apps. Today, 1.85 million different apps are available for users to download. Android users have even more from which to choose, with 2.56 million available through the Google Play Store.

These apps have come to play a huge role in the way we live our lives today. Through them, we can access pretty much the entire Western canon of music (and much beyond it too), meet romantic partners, and manage our diaries, documentation, and payments. Augmented reality apps are changing the way we interact with the world, and mobile gaming now accounts for lion’s share of games industry revenue.

Apps have also played a part during the coronavirus pandemic that has shaped 2020, helping to facilitate social distancing and contact tracing for example. And that is not to mention the crucial role they’ve played in allowing us to keep in touch with distant friends, family, and colleagues.

The market for these apps is about as big as they come. It is estimated that the global number of smartphone users will rise to 3.5 billion over the course of 2020. If we looked at it in terms of devices, there are more connected mobile devices in the world (7.94 billion) than there are people.

These devices are approaching ubiquity in advanced economies, among which median penetration levels stand at 76% of adults. In South Korea, a stunning 95% of adults own a smartphone.

Emerging economies are catching up. Brazil and South Africa already log penetration levels of 60%, while India’s lower figure of 24% still represents hundreds of millions of users.

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Most of us are long past the point of being naïve enough to think every company we deal with isn’t forensically sifting through our data in some way or another.

We’ve read about Google tracking our movements, for example, or all the terrifying things an app can do when you give it access to your camera or microphone.

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Apple is allowing us to put that theory to the test, in the name of openness.

The company has relaunched its Privacy website, and with the relaunch comes an opportunity to download all the data Apple has on you.

“At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right. And so much of your personal information — information you have a right to keep private — lives on your Apple devices,” the website’s opening statement reads.

So, how can you get hold of this information, and what can you do with it?

First, head to the privacy site here…

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Scroll right to the bottom, and select ‘Manage your privacy’ from this menu…

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About halfway down, you can click through to your ‘Data and Privacy’ page, where you’ll be able to sign in with your Apple ID (this is only really relevant to those of you with Apple devices, as you’d probably guessed) and get to the following page…

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Head on through to get a copy of your data and you’ll be told you can get the following:

• App usage and activity information as spreadsheets or files in JSON, CSV, XML, or PDF format.

• Documents, photos and videos in their original format.

• Contacts, calendars, and bookmarks in VCF, ICS, and HTML format.

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What you download will depend on which boxes you tick, and the page comes with a warning that some will take substantially longer than others to download, but now you know you can get the same details Apple already has.

You even have the option of correcting your data if you think any of it is wrong. Will this all make you less stressed? Perhaps not, but it’s a start.

On Friday, May 25, 2018, a new regulation known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) begins being enforced in the European Union countries. You’ve probably had your email inbox inundated recently with messages about revised privacy policies as companies act to make their data collection and retention policies more open to the public, but it’s likely that you haven’t seen any message from Apple. Today, Apple launched a new Data and Privacy website that provides a way for Apple users in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to request a copy of all data the company has on record, correct that data, deactivate an account, or delete an account and all of its data.

For users in any other countries, the site currently offers two choices: Correct your data or Delete your account. Apple will make the other data and privacy services available to all customers within a few months, but it is possible to request a copy of your data at the present time.

Visiting the Data and Privacy website at this time, users are greeted with a very simple sign-in screen (see screenshot below):

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(The sign-in screen for the Apple Data and Privacy website.)

To see what’s available, users enter an Apple ID and associated password. If two-factor authentication is enabled, a six-digit code is sent to the user and must be entered before being allowed to continue.

Once logged in, the owner of an Apple ID sees a short splash page (see image below) describing Apple’s commitment to privacy. There’s an important link on that page that takes the user to a set of web pages that describe Apple’s approach to privacy, provide a way to manage your privacy through the Data and Privacy website, list Apple’s most recent transparency report, and outline the company’s full privacy policy.

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(The “splash screen” seen during login, with a short explanation of Apple’s privacy policy.)

For users in the United States and other countries that are not currently given complete control of managing their personal data associated with an Apple ID, the screen that appears after clicking the Continue button on the splash screen looks like this (see image below):

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(Current functions available for non-EU / Iceland / Liechtenstein / Norway / Switzerland users.)

As mentioned earlier, those in the EU and other countries listed above also have sections for requesting a copy of all data associated with an Apple ID or temporarily deactivating an Apple ID account.

Clicking the Get Started link below the Correct your data section on the page shown above takes a user to another set of links that show what data can be corrected (for example, phone numbers, addresses, etc…) and where to make those corrections (see screenshot below):

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(Links for correcting data stored by Apple.)

Should a user decide to delete his or her account, the Delete your account link provides information on exactly what deletion entails (see screenshot below):

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(Detailed information on how to delete an Apple ID and the consequences of doing so.)

For any Apple customer outside of the EU and those other countries listed above, there’s a link for making a privacy enquiry. It’s dependent on your location, with five buttons giving you access to a specific gateway page (see image below):

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(The Privacy Enquiries page is a gateway to user data.)

Clicking on the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico button at the current time displays a simple form (see image below) that must be completely filled out in order to receive user data information. It is possible to ask for a file or set of files containing all of your data using this form — type “Request all user data for my Apple ID” in the Subject line, and specifically request a copy of all of your user data in the Details section. Currently, it takes a week or more to obtain that information.

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(The Privacy Enquiries form for requesting data or obtaining answers about your data.)

Apple has committed to making the entire privacy process as streamlined for all of its customers as it currently is in the EU and those other countries listed. As soon as Apple’s Data and Privacy website is updated in a few months, The Rocket Yard will let you know exactly what those changes entail and how to use the site to explore what personal information Apple is storing.

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Курс доллара каждый день устанавливает новые исторические максимумы.

По состоянию на 12 марта, доллар стоил

а евро и вовсе поднялся до

Не внушает оптимизма и то, что с 25 февраля торги на Московской бирже так и не открылись, и это единственный шанс отсрочить неизбежный болезненный шок инвесторов в российские акции. Это также оттягивает стремительную девальвацию рубля, ведь она приведёт к снижению доходов всех россиян. Особенно трудно придётся беднейшим слоям населения, которые и сейчас тратят на еду почти все деньги.

Спасти национальную валюту практически нереально. Сегодня золотовалютные резервы ЦБ как чемодан без ручки –

около 300 из 640 МЛРД. ДОЛЛ. АРЕСТОВАНЫ,

а остальную часть международные банки отказываются покупать, чтобы самим не попасть под санкции. И перспектива дефолта не кажется такой уж призрачной.

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Последствия нового дефолта будут совершенно несопоставимы с кошмаром 1998 года. Сегодня поступление долларов в страну ограничено санкциями, и в случае дефолта активы в рублях обесценятся. По сути, кто придет первый, тот заберет свои деньги, а те, кто стоит за ним, ничего не получат. Так, 9 марта Банк России уже ограничил лимит на выдачу валютных средств граждан в размере до $10 тысяч, остальное – в рублях по курсу.

А дальше – заколдованный круг: чем больше рублей печатает Центральный банк, тем выше будет инфляция, тем больше люди будут бежать от рубля. Предприятия, особенно те, которые продают природные ресурсы, будут требовать за свою продукцию доллары, а не рубли, производственные цепочки начнут рушиться, увеличится безработица. Это будет процесс медленного сползания экономики в глубокую депрессию.

Пустые полки и очереди

Обычные люди вряд ли будут скупать гречку, консервы и чай, если ничего не предвещает беды. Но в последние дни многие россияне столкнулись с пугающими ограничениями на продажу социально-значимых продуктов в крупнейших сетях.

Например, а Ашане теперь нельзя купить больше 10 кг сахара и муки в одни руки. Ранее подобные запреты ввели Пятерочка, Перекресток и Карусель.

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В супермаркетах нельзя не заметить пустеющих полок с импортными подсанкционными товарами. Конечно, это не сопоставимо с дефицитом круп, но, например, потянуть виски Jack Daniels с Coca-Cola, а потом закурить Davidoff уже не получится — эти бренды покинули российский рынок вместе с сотнями других.

Исчезновение авиасообщения

Что означает закрытие воздушного пространства Европы для российских самолетов, мы уже знаем. А вот приостановка технической поддержки авиационными гигантами Boeing и Airbus, таит в себе гораздо больше неприятных сюрпризов.

Глава аэропорта Храброво в Калининграде заявляет: «Цепочка одного большого проблемного кейса: нет запчастей, нет сервисного обслуживания, нет возможности поддерживать летную годность. У нас в России 85% самолётов Airbus, Embraer, Dash и Boeing. 15% отечественного авиапрома, который стоит на крыле, в свою очередь, на 80% состоит из комплектующих ЕС»

8 марта авиакомпании креативно поздравили российских женщин, объявив об остановке всех международных рейсов. С этого дня за рубеж перестают летать «Аэрофлот», «Победа», «Россия», и «Аврора». Неудивительно, что в Шереметьево закроют международный терминал D.

Возникает вопрос: остануться ли внутренние рейсы? Непонятно. Сейчас обсуждают вариант национализации импортных самолетов «Аэрофлота», S7, «Победы», «России», «Уральских авиалиний» и Utair, но даже в этом случае на них можно будет летать не больше полугода, поскольку затем начнется дефицит запчастей — самолеты будут просто разбирать на запчасти.

Остановка производства и безработица

Почему сейчас все западные компании остановили свои заводы в России? Всё дело из-за нехватки импортных комплектующих. Первыми последствия прочувствовали Самарская, Калужская и Калининградская области, экономика которых в значительной мере зависит от автопрома. Завод Renault-Nissan в Тольятти (35 000 рабочих мест) останавливается из-за нехватки импортных запчастей. Перестает работать калининградский завод “Автотор” по сборке автомобилей BMW (3500 рабочих мест).

Всего же за последние три недели работу потеряли около 120 тысяч россиян,а к концу года эта цифра может вырасти в 9 миллионам. Из-за санкций ушли такие крупные работодатели как McDonald’s (62 000 сотрудников), PepsiCo (20 000) и IKEA (15 000).

О приостановке работы в России, прекращении новых инвестиций в страну или окончательном уходе объявили больше 350 компаний.

Уехать или остаться?

Пока российские граждане сомневаются, многие российские звезды уже сделали свой выбор. Алла Пугачева, Олег Газманов, Земфира, Ксения Собчак, Валерия и Эммануил Виторган — все они “случайно” покинули Россию после 24 февраля якобы из-за запланированных поездок. Тем временем, тысячи россиян уже бегут от надвигающейся беды в Грузию и Казахстан. А десятки тысяч пока сомневаются.

По подсчетам экспертов, военные действия на Украине обходятся российским налогоплательщикам

Добавьте к этому простои на производстве, задержку зарплат, разорение бизнеса, и, конечно же, мощный всплеск инфляции. Против спецоперации уже выступили миллиардеры Михаил Фридман («Альфа-Групп»), Олег Дерипаска («Русал») и Олег Тиньков (Тинькофф Банк).

Предательство?

А разве пустые холодильники это не предательство? Все знают, что величие державы на хлеб не намажешь. И пока Россия откатывается к худшей версии 90-ых, в наших руках вернуть себе нормальную жизнь. Выходите на центральные площади своих городов.

Apple has overhauled its data portal and now allows customers in the U.S. download a copy of the data associated with their Apple ID. Here’s how.

Apple has overhauled and expanded its Data and Privacy page and one of the key additions is it now allows U.S. customers to download a copy of your data that is associated with your Apple ID. You can get info about app usage, data from calendars, photos, and more. We have covered how to delete your Apple ID via the Privacy Portal before. Now with this overhaul of the site, we will take a look at how to download an archive of your data.

Download Your Data from Apple

First, head to privacy.apple.com and log in with your Apple ID and password. Then enter your two-factor authentication code if you have that enabled. You do have 2FA enabled with Apple and all other sites, right? If not, read our two-factor authentication guide for securing your online life.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

On the next page, click Get started under the Get a Copy of Your Data section at the top of the list.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Now go through the list and select the items you want a copy of. Or, if this is your first time, you might just want to select everything.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

If you scroll down a bit on the page, you will see a section that says the items may be large and take a long time to download. Currently, the items include iCloud Drive files, iCloud Mail, and iCloud Photos. If you already have backups of your photos and other data from iCloud you might want to skip those items.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

After you have made your selections, Apple will divide your data into file sizes between 1GB and 25GB. Choose your preferred size from the dropdown box and complete the request.

Us users can now download all their apple account data here’s how to do it

Apple will then send you an email letting you know it is creating your data archive. It will send you a second email once it is ready to download. Keep in mind that it can take up to seven days for it to be available. Once you are notified the download is available, you have two weeks to download the Zip file.

This new feature is available thanks to the new EU GDPR data regulations that went into effect back in May. Other services have allowed you to download archives of your data for some time now. You can get a copy of your data from Google or download an archive of your Facebook data, for example.

It’s important to know about privacy settings on apps. When you download apps, they often ask for permission to access personal information like contacts, your location, or even your camera. They may need this information to make the app work, but they also may share this information with other companies.

Before You Install an App

Before you install an app, here’s what you can do to better protect your privacy:

  • Use official app stores. To reduce the risk of installing potentially harmful apps, download apps only from official app stores, such as your device’s manufacturer or operating system app store. Also, research the developer before installing an app.
  • Know what information the app will be able to access. Before you download an app, read the app’s privacy policy to see how your data will be used or if your data will be shared. Is the policy vague about how the app will share your data? If it is, or if you’re not comfortable with how your information could be shared, you might want to find another app.
  • Check out the permissions. To gain access to information like your location or contacts or to get access to features like your camera and microphone, apps need your permission. You may be asked to give permission when you first download the app, or at the time the app first tries to access that information or feature. Pay close attention to the permissions the app requests. For example, does it really need to access your location or photos to do its job?

Your Privacy on Apps You Already Have

If an app is already on your phone or tablet, there are still some things you can do to protect your privacy:

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We will then confirm your mobile phone number. In most cases this will happen automatically or by simply entering the activation code that we text to you.

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Save your spare change with Round Ups

Pay with your debit card and we’ll round up the amount to the nearest pound, then send the spare change to your savings account.

Save little and often and the pennies soon add up.

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Split a Bill from your Mobile app

Split bill is a feature available for all NatWest Mobile app users with an eligible current account. It allows you to share payment request link with multiple people at once from your transactions.

It’s here, and earlier than expected. Apple had merely said that it would release iOS 15.4 this week.

March 15 update below. Post first published on Monday, March 14.

We knew it would be by Friday at the latest because that’s when the next products, iPhone SE and iPad Air, go on sale. But the smart money was on a Tuesday release. That’s Apple’s favorite software release day, usually.

But, no, it went live in the last few minutes and it’s full of new features, as well as the usual security fixes and bug squishes. Read on for the full details of what’s in it, and how to get it.

Oh, and something else went live just now, too, and it’s a ground-breaking change for Apple. It released software updates to all three of its major operating systems on the same day: iOS, iPadOS and macOS. Mac updates invariably arrive later, but not this time.

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Which iPhones can run iOS 15.4?

If you have a device that runs iOS 14, you’re in luck. Impressively, Apple has ensured that every iOS 14-capable iPhone runs iOS 15, too. That’s quite the achievement, stretching back across every device released in the last six years. That’s every iPhone from the iPhone 6s onwards and includes all three generations of iPhone SE, including the new model which goes on sale this Friday.

For iPads, you’re good to go with iPadOS 15.4 if you have any iPad Pro, any iPad Air from iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or newer and iPad from the fifth generation onwards. This includes the iPad Air fifth generation which is on sale from Friday.

How to get it

Updating couldn’t be simpler: open the Settings app on the device and then choose General, then Software Update. Once you’ve clicked on Download and Install, it’ll do everything for you.

March 15 update. Since launch, Apple has gone into more detail about new features in iOS 15.4, such as how users in the E.U. and U.K. can now store Covid-19 results on the iPhone.

More on that in a second. Other cool updates that have come to light include how the new Siri voice, designed to be non-binary, uses the iPhone’s Neural Text to Speech technology to sound “incredibly natural”, as Apple puts it. It’s not available in every region but it’s certainly worth checking out. Safari webpage translation, already a real boon if you’re surfing abroad, now extends to support for Italian and Traditional Chinese. Visual Look Up is expanded to recognize art, landmarks and more. And the Magnifier app now offers more camera choices, depending on the model of iPhone you’re using. This was not mentioned in the Release Notes, by the way.

Add verifiable Covid-19 vaccination information to Wallet in iOS 15.4.

Anyway, back to the vaccination bit. Since travel is opening up with many nations expecting vaccination certificates to be displayed on entry, having one fewer piece of paper to remember can only be a good thing. Crucially the data that Apple is storing on the iPhone is verifiable, so everybody knows it’s real. In the E.U. and the U.K., users can “securely download and store verifiable Covid-19 vaccination, lab results, and recovery records in the Health app. If they choose to, users can share this data with third-party apps in a way that safeguards data privacy.” I’ve tried this and it works sublimely easily and looks great. The second part of the change is equally impressive, that E.U. and U.K. users can put Covid-19 vaccination cards in Wallet. As Apple says, “Once added in the Wallet app, users can view and present their vaccination card at any time. A third party can use a compatible verifier app to verify the record.” Again, it’s easily done and it’s very handy. Adding this is as simple as scanning a QR code with your iPhone, tapping the Health app notification and choosing Add to Wallet.

As with other health records, they are stored on-device, not in the cloud and are protected by the passcode, Face ID or Touch ID. As with the Face ID with mask addition, described below, this response to the pandemic may seem too late. Well, let’s hope so, but one thing’s certain: nothing’s certain with Covid, so we may well be grateful for these updates sooner than we’d like.

Now, back to other updates and how to get the spiffy new software.

What’s in the release

Settle in, there’s a lot to get through here. First up, and the big-ticket item in the release is Face ID with a mask. Now, you don’t need to remove your mask to unlock the iPhone. It’ll do it with your mask on as well as off. Apple Watch users have had this feature for a while now, but this works without and is more versatile.

Important caveat: it only works on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series, not Face ID phones before then, including the iPhone 11 which is still part of Apple’s range.

New emoji in iOS 15.4.

New emoji arrive with iOS 15.4, including some cool new Smiley faces, a cute troll, a pink lotus and more. Read the comprehensive guide to what’s new here.

Universal Control is another big item, that’s been long-awaited. It’s part of iPadOS and macOS, which is the reason all three OS updates have arrived simultaneously. It allows you to hook up (wirelessly) multiple iPads and Macs, so you can transfer files, for instance from one to the other just by dragging from one screen to the next, using a mouse and trackpad. There are also improvements to iCloud Keychain, so you can save notes to entries, for instance. And where the Keychain has previously let you save passwords without usernames, which isn’t always what you want. Now, you can ensure usernames are saved, too.

Retailers, especially small, independent traders, will like Tap to Pay, so they can use the iPhone as a payment terminal. There are improvements to Live Text in Notes and Reminders so you can scan text easily.

It’s an exciting release and there are more details which are only just becoming clear. Check back for more information as we have it.

Компания Readdle была основана в Украине, и для многих наших сотрудников эта страна стала родным домом. Прямо сейчас российские вооруженные силы бомбят и атакуют Украину на суше, в воздухе и на воде.

С начала войны тысячи мирных жителей были убиты и ранены, среди них много детей. Более 1000000 человек были вынуждены покинуть свои дома, спасаясь от ужасных военных бесчинств. Число жертв продолжает расти.

В силу этого компания Readdle предпринимает следующие меры:

  • Мы удалили все наши продукты из App Store и Google Play в России;
  • Мы больше не сотрудничаем с компаниями, которые принадлежат российским гражданам или имеют к ним отношение;
  • Мы не ведем бизнес с компаниями, которые продолжают отрицать войну в Украине, поддерживают российскую агрессию в Украине или связаны с любыми лицами, выступающими на стороне захватчика.

И хотя мы понимаем, что вы можете не разделять взгляды и убеждения российского правительства, идущего на нарушения прав человека и военные преступления, мы должны предпринять действия, направленные на поддержку борьбы Украины за свою свободу.

  • Для текущих пользователей:
    Для текущих пользователей в России доступ к установленным приложениям сохраняется, но все новые функции и обновления безопасности с нашей стороны предоставляться не будут. Кроме того, мы больше не будем обеспечивать “техническую поддержку” наших приложений пользователям из России.
  • Для новых пользователей:
    Приложения Readdle больше не будут доступны для продажи в российском App Store и Google Play. Мы не будем предлагать наши продукты и услуги пользователям в России.

Считаем, что вы заслуживаете знать правду. Поэтому мы отобрали достоверные источники, которые круглосуточно следят за событиями войны в Украине. Ниже вы можете найти список надежных СМИ, освещающих войну в Украине на русском языке:

Вы можете помочь не только словом. Есть и более действенные способы остановить войну. Здесь вы можете узнать, как помочь Украине уже сейчас. Помните, каждый ваш шаг имеет значение.