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Google Stops Selling The Pixel 3a, Leaving It Without A Mid-Range Phone – Forbes

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Google has called time on the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)


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Google has discontinued the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. A spokesperson told Android Police that the “Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 3a. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 3a, the product is available from some partners while supplies last.”

The handsets, which Google announced only 14 months ago, are listed as unavailable on the US version of the store. However, if you’re in Canada (as I am) the 3a is marked as out of stock and the 3a XL is still available.

Reviewers largely praised the Pixel 3a and 3a XL for offering strong value (including decent specs, a very good camera and up-to-date Pixel features) in less-expensive Android devices than the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

There’s no sign of a cheaper version of the Pixel 4 yet, however, leaving Google without a mid-range device in its smartphone lineup for now. Leaks have suggested that a potential Pixel 4a (or 5a, if Google decides against releasing a 4a) would cost $349 and include 128GB of storage. Whatever plans Google had for a Pixel 4a XL were reportedly scrapped.

It’s a reasonably safe bet that Google will add a cheaper Pixel to its lineup again sometime soon-ish. Various rumors have suggested a release date for the Pixel 4a anytime between now and October.

There’s a chance the company might simply wait and introduce its next mid-range lineup alongside the Pixel 5. Google has announced its latest flagship smartphone each October since 2016.

Some might expect Google to launch the device at around a similar time this year so it has a new smartphone to sell for the holiday season. However, it’s unclear what kind of impact, if any, the coronavirus may have had on production, and whether there might be any delays as a result.

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Apple Stops Signing iOS 13.5 After Releasing iOS 13.5.1 With Jailbreak Patch – MacRumors

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Following the release of iOS 13.5.1 on June 1, Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.5, which means downgrading to that version of iOS is no longer possible.



iOS 13.5.1 included a fix for the vulnerability that enabled the unc0ver jailbreaking tool that was released on May 24. The unc0ver jailbreak was compatible with all versions of iOS up to iOS 13.5, but since it has been patched in iOS 13.5.1, it is not possible to jailbreak a device running the iOS 13.5.1 update.

Apple released a similar security fix for tvOS, watchOS, and macOS, patching the vulnerability across all devices.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date.

iOS 13.5.1, with the security fix, is the only current publicly available version of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads. Apple has also seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.5.5 updates to developers and public beta testers.

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Apple Planning Interest-Free Apple Card Payment Plans for Macs, AirPods, iPads and More

Saturday June 6, 2020 1:51 pm PDT by

Apple plans to debut interest-free payment plan options for customers who purchase iPads, AirPods, Macs, and more using Apple Card, allowing them to pay for purchases over several months.
According to Bloomberg, Apple will roll out the Apple Card feature in the coming weeks, with customers given up to 12 months to pay for their products before interest is due.
The 12 month plan will be…

iPhone 4 Turns 10: ‘Stop Me If You’ve Already Seen This’

Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone 4 and FaceTime at WWDC 2010 in San Francisco.
A few months prior to the keynote, photos of a prototype iPhone 4 were leaked by Gizmodo after an Apple engineer accidentally left the device behind at a bar in Redwood City, California, leading Jobs to quip “stop me if you’ve already seen this.”
iPhone 4 featured an…

Deals: Amazon Discounts Apple Watch Series 5 Models by $100, Now Starting at $299

Amazon today kicked off a new sale on Apple Watch Series 5 models, starting with the 40mm GPS device for $299.00, down from $399.00. This discount matches the previous all-time-low price for this Apple Watch on Amazon, and is one of the best you’ll find online right now.
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MacRumors Exclusive: Save Up to 40% on Anker’s USB-C Chargers, Portable Batteries, and More

MacRumors and Anker are partnering up again this month to offer our readers savings on useful accessories like USB-C to Lightning cables, portable batteries, wireless chargers, and wall chargers. All of the devices in this sale can be found on Amazon.
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Some iPhone 11 Users Complain of Display With Odd Green Tint

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Some iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max owners have been noticing an unusual green tint to their iPhone displays when first unlocking the device, based on complaints shared on Reddit and the MacRumors forums. Image of green tint appearing briefly on the right, from MacRumors reader Oceannn It’s not clear what’s going on, but almost all of the affected users say that the green tint is visible …

Apple Releases Apple Watch Sport Bands in New Summer Colors

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Apple today updated its Sport Bands designed for the Apple Watch with new summer colors that include Seafoam, Vitamin C, Linen Blue, and Coastal Gray.
The new bands, which are priced at $49 each like other Sport Bands, can be purchased from Apple’s online store and the bands should also be in Apple retail stores that are open in the near future. The bands are available in both 40 and 44mm…

Apple Patents Ability to Take Long Distance Group Selfies

Apple has won a new patent that would allow for “synthetic group selfies,” as mentioned by The Verge. Should this software be successfully developed, users would have the ability to take group selfies while not physically present with anyone.
Based on the patent application, it appears a user could invite others to take part in a group selfie, and the individuals would be arranged…

Deals: B&H Photo Takes $200 Off New 13-Inch MacBook Pro, Starting at $1,299 for 512GB

Following a few discounts on the MacBook Air tracked on Amazon and B&H Photo this morning, now B&H Photo is providing a few discounts on 13-inch MacBook Pro models from 2020. Sales start at $1,299.00 for the 512GB 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 1.4GHz 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor. This notebook was originally priced at $1,499.00.
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Gmail App’s Dark Mode Finally Completes Rollout on iPhone and iPad

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After months of delay and inconsistent functionality, the rollout of Google’s long-awaited dark mode for Gmail appears to have finally completed on iPhone and iPad.
Version 6.0.200519 of Gmail, which propagated through the App Store overnight, includes the following release notes:
Pro Tip (if you haven’t noticed): You can now switch between dark or light theme after upgrading to iOS 13. Or…

Top Stories: Tim Cook on George Floyd, iOS 13.5.5, Mini-LED iPad Rumors, Mac Tips and Tricks

In an alternate universe, this might have been WWDC week in San Jose, but with the conference being converted to an online event kicking off June 22, we’ve still got a few more weeks to go. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. This week’s news in general was dominated by unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, with prominent…

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TSMC reportedly stops taking orders from Huawei after new U.S. export controls – TechCrunch

Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract semiconductor maker, has stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies, one of its largest customers, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The report said the decision was made to comply with new United States export controls, announced last Friday, that are meant to make it more difficult for Huawei to obtain chips produced using U.S. technology, including manufacturing equipment.

Orders taken before the ban or already in production will not be affected, if they can ship before September 14. Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker, is TSMC’s second-biggest customer after Apple. TSMC makes many of the advanced chips used by Huawei, including in its smartphones.

The U.S. Commerce Department released its new orders on Friday, which specifically target Huawei by making it harder for the company to create chips using U.S. software and technology, even in foundries located abroad.

On the same day as the Commerce Department’s announcement, TSMC said that it is opening a new $12 billion advanced chip foundry in Arizona with support from the state and the U.S. federal government. Once opened, the plant will allow more of TSMC’s American clients to fabricate their chips domestically.

TSMC’s announcement came after the Wall Street Journal reported that White House officials were in discussions with TSMC and Intel to build foundries in the U.S. in order to reduce reliance on factories in Asia and the international supply chain.

In an email, a TSMC representative told TechCrunch that the company does not disclose customers’ order details. She added that TSMC complies with laws and applicable regulations, and is “following the U.S. export rule change closely” and “working closely with outside counsels to conduct legal analysis and ensure a comprehensive examination and interpretation of these rules.”

This is the latest restriction the U.S. government has leveled against Huawei citing national security concerns. Along with ZTE, Huawei was identified as a potential threat to security by the House Intelligence Committee in 2012.

The two companies have denied the charges, but under the Trump administration, the U.S government’s efforts to stop both from doing business with U.S. companies has intensified. According to the Nikkei Asian Review report, Huawei anticipated the Commerce Department’s new orders and has been building a year’s worth inventory of chips needed for its telecom equipment.

TechCrunch has contacted Huawei for comment.

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