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Apple is missing parts for iPhone 12

Apple is in a short supply of the power management chips found in the iPhone 12 and a number of other electronic devices. If the situation does not improve, the brand may not be able to keep up with the increased demand for the new line, which is expected during the New Year holidays.

Power management chip companies that distribute power consumption across electronic devices are not keeping up with the demand for this important detail, Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with the situation. One of the brands that could suffer from the shortage of such chips is Apple. Cupertinians recently introduced the world to a new line of smartphones iPhone 12.

According to sources, if the shortage of microcircuits cannot be eliminated, then the “apple” may not be able to cope with the increased demand for its new gadgets during the New Year holidays.

At the same time, according to Bloomberg, manufacturers of power management chips are trying to fulfill Apple’s orders in the first place, giving the company priority over other brands.

It is known that Apple buys power consumption chips from several partners at once. The iPhone 12 Pro has a chip from Texas Instruments Inc. to control the energy in the camera system, and apart from STMicroelectronics NV and Qualcomm for the 5G modem. In addition, the device has a chip of its own production by Apple – for this in 2018 the company acquired the assets of Dialog Semiconductor Plc for $ 600 million.

Among the reasons for the shortage of components for smartphones is the increased demand for silicon and supply disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., smartphones with 5G support, which are currently produced by almost all major vendors in the world, require 30-40% more components than gadgets with fourth-generation communications. This led to the fact that some electronics manufacturers began to stock up on components for future use, fearing a shortage.

Experts say supply and production problems for gadget parts will persist for at least two more quarters as the electronics industry is still recovering from quarantine measures and lockdowns around the world.

It is known that power management chips are more important for the iPhone 12 than for the previous generation smartphones from Apple, as the new gadget adds additional camera functions and support for 5G. During a recent conference call with analysts, CEO Tim Cook warned that the iPhone 12, Mac, iPad, and some Apple Watch models may face a component shortage, but did not indicate that these are energy-saving chips.

This situation “is not a surprise to Apple,” as the company has begun ramping up its production, Cook said.

At the same time, he added that he does not know when the supply interruptions will end, as it is “difficult to predict.”

Apple announced its third fall presentation in 2020

Apple has announced its third presentation this fall, according to Reuters.

The presentation is scheduled for November 10, indicated in the message.

Apple’s previous presentation took place in October and featured four new smartphone models: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max. Before that, in September, the company introduced new models of tablets and smartwatches.

Critical vulnerability found in Windows

A critical vulnerability has been discovered in Windows that is being used to compromise computers. This was reported on the Google Project Zero website.

Experts said that the bug refers to zero-day vulnerabilities, that is, to malicious systems against which protective mechanisms have not yet been developed. With the help of a bug, hackers can elevate the privileges of certain processes in the system to break it. The experts said that the cracking occurs through interaction with the Windows Kernel Cryptography Driver function, which causes a buffer overflow.

A study by Google Project Zero says that the new vulnerability is used together with the CVE-2020-15999 vulnerability in the Chrome browser, which experts discovered a few days ago. Using a system flaw, hackers are able to run malicious code inside the browser.

Google experts concluded that the zero-day vulnerability found is already being exploited by cybercriminals. Hacking with its help was organized on the latest version of Windows 10, but the exploit was also launched on older versions of the OS, in particular, Windows 7.

In July, cybersecurity experts talked about the oldest vulnerability that has allowed compromising Windows servers for 17 years. The problem affected Windows Server operating systems from 2003-2019. Experts rated it 10 out of 10 on the CVSS vulnerability scale.

Facebook has prepared measures in case of conflicts during the US elections

The social network Facebook may introduce special measures in the event of a conflict situation related to the US presidential election. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing sources.

It is noted that Facebook plans to use tools specifically designed for countries “at-risk”.

These measures include slowing down the spread of messages that are considered “viral” and lowering the message identification threshold.

In addition, Facebook will be able to moderate the user’s feed by removing certain types of content from it.

Earlier, the final televised debate between President Donald Trump and Biden took place. According to a CNN poll, the Democrat candidate won the final round of televised debates with the incumbent head of state.

The US elections will be held on November 3. They will elect the president, governors of 13 states, all members of the House of Representatives, and a third of the Senate of Congress.

South Africa learned to block any Android phone remotely

A remote device control tool that can temporarily or permanently lock the Android phone if the person who bought it on credit does not pay on time, South African company Thinkadam invented, Business Insider reported on October 23.

The technology can be implemented on all Android phones at a competitive price, and Thinkadam is already looking for use cases in South Africa and other parts of the continent. While Thinkadam has yet to release a similar product that works on Apple devices, the company says that if there is demand, the company says there is potential to incorporate similar technology into iPhones.

Unlike an app or third-party software, Thinkadam cannot be uninstalled by the user of the device.

Thinkadam CEO Hildecke Schreuders believes the system could be a response to emerging markets’ digital integration needs.

In some high-risk markets, she said, the ability to rent high-end smartphones for one or two years, as is usually the case in South Africa, is not the norm. In some countries, such as Nigeria, these leases are often only for three months due to high non-payment rates.

At the same time, Schroeders noted that the industry has long matured a demand for such control technologies. “In our industry, everyone is looking for a competitively priced remote device management system — a smartphone or a technology solution to unlock and unlock devices — that is easy to implement, easy to manage, and connect to a billing system,” she said.

Schreuders lamented that many remote management solutions are either “limited to a few models, easy to remove and difficult to implement, or too expensive to make viable. The latter is especially important in the market where it is most needed: in price-sensitive entry-level smartphones.”