It’s been a while since the iPhone launch really felt like a big deal, as each new model was only slightly more refined than its predecessor. Not so, promising a complete redesign with major changes and new features. Headline tweaks include vastly improved cameras, a punch-hole to replace the notch, and an always-on display. But if this particular tail stings, Apple is rumored to be keeping all that goodies for the Pro model, beefing up the iPhone 14 with last year’s A15 chip.
– Daniel Cooper
The Most Important Story You Might Miss
It’s going back indoors for more repairs and testing.
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
NASA’s new Space Launch System has suffered yet another high-profile setback due to a fuel leak. The agency conceded that the launch was not possible until the window closed on September 6. The next attempt to put this thing in the sky may be in October, but since SpaceX is scheduled to launch on October 3, the SLS test launch will have to wait until October 17 at the earliest.
It places private data on a public register.
The IRS has acknowledged it. The issue centered on the filing of Form 990-T, which deals with unrelated income from various sources. Both individuals and nonprofits are required to complete the document, but only the latter is public. Sadly, a coding error meant that 120,000 individual records, including income data, were publicly registered over a period of time. Affected individuals will hear from the IRS in the next few weeks, but the agency has said no Social Security numbers are shared.
Advertising ID is again used as a way to track individuals.
For years, civil rights groups have warned that law enforcement agencies could use the advertising industry’s sophisticated surveillance tools. Fog Reveal is an implementation of these dire warnings. The low-cost tool makes use of Advertising ID, a unique identifier that smartphones must help locate relevant ads based on a user’s location and browsing history. Even more worrying, the data does not require a search warrant and can track a person’s movements for up to three years.
Will Lipman Photography for Engadget
You no longer need a powerful gaming PC or an overpriced, underpowered notebook Wouldn’t it be great to choose between a computer as your daily driver in your dorm? Today, you can get great performance on low-cost hardware, solving your price and power dilemmas once and for all. If you’re still looking for a machine to help you through college, then you should.
This is an important moment.
We’ve always understood that while the iPhone is popular and successful, the sheer number of its pure-play Android alternatives means it will never become the mainstream mobile platform in the US. It turns out that accepted wisdom can be wrong. Analyst firm Counterpoint Research found. Android remains the global champion with more than 70% of the global share, but it’s a huge shift in the U.S., and analysts believe the trend could repeat itself in more countries over time.
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. We may receive an affiliate commission if you purchase through one of these links. All prices are correct at the time of publication.