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Some iPhone 13 users report pink screen issues, Apple says it’s a software bug

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Several users are reporting a random pink screen problem when using the iPhone 13, making it impossible to use the phone without restarting it. In an Apple discussion forum, a user posted in October that their iPhone 13 Pro screen turned itself pink and randomly started crashing.

While their iPhone has been replaced, several other users started to report this problem over the coming weeks and months.

While some customers were able to get a new iPhone 13, others didn’t have the same luck, as Apple said it was just a software bug. Reading the reports, it’s not possible to find a pattern of why this happens, although it seems restricted to the iPhone 13 line. One user wrote in December:

Had the same issue when taking a picture and it froze screen turned pink and then restarted. Called apple support they ran diagnostics and said there was nothing wrong. So gonna keep it until it happens again or happens constantly.if it does i am returning it since I just got it day before yesterday.

Then, on Reddit, more users reported the same problem with their iPhone 13. One said:

This happened to me in the car the other day. It was preceded by my GPS being a few streets off until I power cycled it. During the cycle it pink screened. Been fine ever since.

Another one wrote:

My phones battery was acting weird and it kept freezing so I power cycled it and it pink screened too. 13 pro.

With all these reports, the blog My Drivers discovered that Apple made a statement on the social network Weibo this weekend. This is because most of the cases are apparently coming from China. The company said:

We didn’t notice relevant problems in the hardware of the devices because this situation [pink screen] is caused when the system is locked.

According to the publication, Apple advises users to backup their data and install the latest update available to rule out the incompatibility between an app version and the iOS version.

As of now, iOS 15.3 RC doesn’t mention the pink screen bug fix. It’s also somewhat confusing because some of these reports first surfaced back when the iPhone 13 was originally launched.

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Forget The MacBook Pro, Apple Has Bigger Pans


Apple’s new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops continue to pick up critical acclaim, but there’s a warning for those looking for an affordable MacBook Pro. While a 13-inch model running the benchmark-busting Apple Silicon M1 chipset is available, it’s hard to recommend it when Apple has better options now and in the future.

First up, and perhaps most obviously, if you want a MacBook Pro, then buy an actual MacBook Pro. I know the label on the 13-inch model says its a Pro but when you look at increased performance on offer with the M1 Pro and M1 Max if your buying choice is determined by the need for more power, the tiny step up from the MacBook Air is nothing compared to the increase when you move to the Pro and Max variants in the 14-inch and 16-inch models.

Once you strip out the performance options you end up with a head to head of the entry-level MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air variants, at which point the price difference between the two machines comes into stark contrast. What exactly are you getting for the extra $300? An extra GPU core and the dead-end user interface that was the Touch Bar; is that enough?

If you need an all-round laptop, that’s more than good enough in each area, then Apple has designed that. It’s the MacBook Air. The extra power of the M1 chipset compared to the previous generations unlocks the potential of the Apple Silicon MacBook Air more than any other Air made.

All that said and done, if you are in that very narrow window of needing a bit more power but nothing excessive over the MacBook Air, if you need just a shade more performance from your GPU cores, and if your can’t invest in the $2000 entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro, then consider this.

Apple is working on the next generation MacBook Air that goes on sale later this year. That is expected to come with the new design features seen in the high-end MacBook Pro laptops, (notably the improved I/O ports, the new miniLED display technology, and the various software improvements in…

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Apple releases macOS Monterey 12.2 RC

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macOS Monterey 12.2 Release Candidate

As well as the new RC versions of iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3, Apple has also released a new beta for the Mac, macOS Monterey 12.2 Release Candidate. As with the iOS RC release, this is not something we were expecting as there have only been two previous betas of this software released.

The macOS Monterey 12.2 Release Candidate has been released to both developers and also to members of Apple’s Public Beta testing program.

The Release Candidate version of the software is basically the final beta of the software and assuming that no bugs are found in this release, then this should be the final version that is released to everyone. If some bugs are found, then we can expect another RC update before the final version lands

This update as with the previous beta of the software does not appear to come with any major new features, it basically includes some bug fixes and performance improvements.

Assuming that no bugs or issues are found in the Release Candidate, then we can expect Apple to release the final version of macOS Monterey 12.2  to everyone next week. As soon as we get some details on exactly when the software will be released, we will let you know.

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Apple, Amazon executives to meet with White House to discuss software security


The White House is seen from South Lawn prior to an event on Monday, November 15, 2021.

The White House is seen from South Lawn prior to an event on Monday, November 15, 2021.

Executives from Apple, Amazon and other top tech firms are meeting at the White House Thursday to discuss software security with the administration after major cyberattacks last year.

At the meeting, executives and government officials will discuss concerns around the security of open-source software and how it can be improved, according to a senior administration official.

Other companies joining include IBM, Microsoft, Meta and Oracle Corp.

The meeting comes a month after White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan invited executives from the companies to talk after the Log4j security vulnerability was discovered, according to the administration official.

It will be hosted by the deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, Anne Neuberger, with other government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the Commerce Department, in attendance, according to Reuters.

The meeting continues the work of the executive order aimed at improving cybersecurity that Biden signed in May. The administration anticipates there will be additional discussions on the topic with the organizations joining Thursday as well as others, according to the official.

The Biden administration has prioritized cybersecurity concerns after attacks last year. One attack, the SolarWinds hack, left nine government agencies comprised. President Biden put sanctions on Russia in April in retaliation for both the SolarWinds hack and election interference.

–Updated at 2:44 p.m.

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Apple, Amazon, IBM to discuss open software security at White House




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Executives from technology firms including Apple are to attend a White House cybersecurity meeting on Thursday, following multiple attacks on the US that exploited open-source software.

Thursday January 13’s meeting has been prompted specifically by the discovery of a vulnerability in the open-source Log4j software, which is used internationally for logging of data in applications. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan wrote to Big Tech CEOs in December, saying such open-source software is a “key national security concern.”

The meeting with deputy national security advisor Anne Neueberger will discuss how the security of open-source software can be improved, according to a report by Reuters on Thursday morning. Alongside Apple, Amazon, and IBM, it is expected to include executives from Microsoft, Meta, Oracle, and agencies such as the Department of Defense.

It’s not clear who will be participating in the meeting as representatives from the companies. The meeting is also expected to be virtual.

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