How to buy more iCloud storage for your iPhone, and what you’ll pay for each storage plan

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If you’ve reached storage capacity on your iPhone, you can upgrade your iCloud storage plan from the Settings app.

  • You can buy more iCloud storage on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch from the Settings app.
  • Your iPhone comes with 5GB of iCloud storage for free, but you can buy up to 2TB.
  • The 50GB iCloud storage plan is generally enough for one person and costs $1 per month.
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When you buy an iPhone, you automatically get 5GB of free storage on Apple’s iCloud service. But, if that’s not enough space for all your photos, documents, messages, and other data, you may need to consider buying more iCloud storage space.

Apple offers a number of plans, and you can upgrade from your iPhone’s Settings app. Here’s how to upgrade your iCloud storage plan on your Apple device.

How to buy more iCloud storage on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

1. Open the Settings app and then tap your name at the top of the screen to go to your Apple ID page.

2. On your Apple ID page, tap iCloud.

3. At the top of the iCloud page underneath the bar showing how much storage space you’re using, tap Manage Storage. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or older, tap Storage.

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Tap “Manage Storage.”

4. If you don’t currently have an iCloud storage subscription, tap Buy More Storage. If you already have a plan and want to increase it, tap Change Storage Plan.

5. On the Storage Plan page, choose a plan to upgrade to.

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Select an upgrade plan.

6. Tap Buy” and enter your Apple ID password to complete the transaction.

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WhatsApp is a step closer to bringing Snapchat-style disappearing photos and videos to iPhones

The new update, entitled “View Once,” will be available for all iOS beta users.

  • WhatsApp rolled out disappearing photos and videos to iOS beta testers on Friday.
  • View Once lets users send photos and videos that vanish from chats after a single view.
  • View Once continues Facebook’s push to mirror popular features of Snapchat.
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WhatsApp is a step closer to bringing disappearing photos and videos to iPhones after rolling out the functionality to beta testers.

The new feature, dubbed View Once, was released to iOS beta testers on Friday, WABetaInfo reported. It comes after a rollout to Android beta testers in June.

WhatsApp and Instagram are owned by Facebook. View Once continues Facebook’s push to mirror popular features of Snapchat and is similar to one already found on Instagram.

According to WABetaInfo, View Once will not stop recipients taking screenshots of disappearing photos and videos, and senders will not be notified if screenshots are taken.

Users of View Once will be able to see when their content has been viewed by looking out for an “Opened” message, per WABetaInfo. Other details, such as knowing who opened your photo or video, are available in “Message Info.”

WhatsApp already allows users to send messages that automatically delete themselves after seven days.

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How to lock apps on your iPhone by setting time limits for usage

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You can set time limits to lock apps on iPhone with Screen Time.

  • You can lock apps on your iPhone from the Settings app with Screen Time.
  • Locking apps prevents you from overusing them by implementing a passcode-protected time limit.
  • Apple’s Screen Time feature lets you set a time limit on any app or website.
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Whether you want to limit the time you spend on social media or you just need some quiet from work emails while on vacation, your iPhone’s Screen Time feature lets you set daily hour limits on any app.

Here’s how to lock apps on your iPhone once you’ve reached the daily time limit.

How to lock apps on your iPhone

1. Open the Settings app and select Screen Time.

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From the main Settings page, go to “Screen Time.”

2. If the only thing you see on the next page is a button to Turn On Screen Time, tap it and hit Continue in the pop-up, then select either This is My iPhone or This is My Child’s iPhone.

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If Screen Time is off, tap “Turn On Screen Time.”

3. In the Screen Time menu, select App Limits. If you have a Screen Time passcode set, you’ll need to enter it to access the App Limits page.

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Tap “App Limits” to set limits for certain apps.

4. On the App Limits page, select Add Limit.

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Select “Add Limit.”

5. Here you can choose which apps you wish to limit by various groupings like Games or Social. Once you tap a category, all apps within that category will appear beneath it – tap the circle next to individual apps or tap the circle next to the category name to limit all apps within that category. If you want to limit all apps on your device, select All Apps & Categories at the top of the page.

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Choose which apps you’d like to limit.

6. After you’ve selected which apps you’d like to limit, select Next in the top-right corner of the page. Under Time, choose a daily hour limit, or select Customize Days to choose which days to limit app time and customize the hourly limit by day.

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Choose how many minutes or hours you want to limit your time to, and select “Customize Days” if you want each day to have different limits.

7. When finished, tap Add in the upper-right corner.

How to access locked apps on your iPhone

1. If you’ve hit the time limit you’ve placed on an app but wish to continue to use the app, tap Ask For More Time under the icon of an hourglass pictured.

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Tap “Ask For More Time” to continue on the locked app or website.

2. Tap Enter Screen Time Passcode. If you haven’t created a Screen Time passcode, this will just be your lock screen passcode you use to unlock your iPhone. If you don’t have a passcode on your device, you won’t be required to enter anything.

3. Once you’ve entered your passcode, you can choose how much longer to allow use of the app – either 15 minutes, an hour, or all day.

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How to use the Live Photo feature on your iPhone or turn them off

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Live Photos are easy to take on both iPhone and iPad.

  • Live Photos are still photos that turn into videos when you “activate” them on your iPhone or iPad.
  • You can take Live Photos by enabling them in the Camera app.
  • Live Photos only work on Apple devices – on non-Apple devices, they’ll just be still photos.
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Technology has come a long way over the past couple of decades. All but gone are the days of disposable cameras, Polaroids, or even point-and-shoot models – these days, most of us just whip out our phones and tap a button.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ve also got access to Live Photos.

Live Photos are like still photos, but when you hold your finger down on them, they “activate” and play a few seconds of video and sound. They’re like GIFs with sound, and are a fun treat when you’re looking back at your photos later. But they’ll only work on Apple devices, and if you try to play them elsewhere, they’ll just be still photos.

Here’s how to take, view, and edit Live Photos on an iPhone or iPad.

How to take a live photo on an iPhone or iPad

1. From your iPhone or iPad’s home screen, open the Camera app.

2. Make sure that Live Photos are turned on by tapping the icon that looks like a bullseye. On a new iPhone, it’ll be at the top of the screen.

If the Live Photo icon is colored yellow, that means it’s enabled. If it’s white with a line slashed across it, it’s off. You can enable or disable Live Photo at any time by tapping the icon.

On iPhone 11 and newer models, when you tap the Live Photos icon you’ll also be given an “Auto” option. This will let your iPhone decide whether or not to take a Live Photo based on how much movement it sees.

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Live Photos can be quickly toggled on or off using this icon.

3. Aim your phone at whatever you want to take a photo of and tap your shutter button as normal. You can also use filters like a normal photo.

You’ll be able to find your Live Photo in your camera roll.

How to edit a live photo on an iPhone or iPad

You can give your Live Photo various effects.

1. Open your device’s Photos app and select the Live Photo you want to edit.

2. With the Live Photo open, swipe up to reveal a list of Effects options.

3. Under Effects, you can choose to keep the Live Photo as is or use a few different options:

  • Loop, which will play the Live Photo in an endless video loop.
  • Bounce, which will cause your Live Photo to bounce back and forth.
  • Long Exposure, which will blend every frame of the Live Photo together into one shot.
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The “Loop” option, for example, turns your Live Photo into a makeshift GIF.

4. Save your effect simply by exiting out of the photo – no need to do anything else. You can, however, change the effect at any time by following the same steps outlined above.

You can also change the Live Photo’s “Key Photo” – the image that appears when your Live Photo is still – and trim the Live Photo’s video.

1. Open the Live Photo and tap Edit in the top-right corner.

2. At the bottom of the page, tap the Live Photo icon.

3. A slider will appear with every frame from the Live Photo. Slide the white window to pick a new Key Photo, or use the arrows on the edges to trim the Live Photo.

An iPhone's Live Photo editing screen, set to the page where you can trim the photo or edit its Key Photo.
You can use the other icons to change the picture’s colors, add a filter, or crop it.

How to turn off live photos on iPhone or iPad

If you want to turn off Live Photos – maybe you just want to take a good still photo without worrying about the video portion – doing so is easy.

When you open the Camera app, you can turn off Live Photos by tapping the icon so it has a slash through it.

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If the Live Photos icon has a slash through it, the feature is disabled.

If you want to turn off Live Photos permanently, so they don’t default to being turned on every time you take a photo:

1. Open the Settings app and select the Camera option.

2. Tap Preserve Settings, and make sure the Live Photo switch is turned on.

An iPhone's "Preserve Settings" menu, with the "Live Photo" option highlighted.
Turning on this switch will keep Live Photos disabled.

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How to watch all the announcements from Apple’s biggest software event of the year

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.

  • Apple’s WWDC keynote address will stream live on June 7 at 1 p.m. ET.
  • The keynote is expected to reveal new features coming to iOS 15, MacOS 12, and WatchOS 8.
  • WWDC runs through June 12 with more than 200 conference sessions for developers to watch and join.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be a virtual event for a second consecutive year, starting with a keynote address on June 7 at 1 p.m. ET.

The keynote is expected to feature details related to new Apple software like iOS 15, MacOS 12, and Watch OS 8, as well as potential product announcements for staple Apple devices like the MacBook Pro.

How to watch Apple WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote will stream live on YouTube and starting at 1 p.m. ET on June 7.

If you’re watching at, it’s recommended to use Safari on iOS 12 or later, but the stream should be accessible via the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge on various devices.

The YouTube stream of WWDC will be accessible through the YouTube app and website, but we’ve noticed that Apple’s YouTube video seems to run a bit behind the feed during live events.

After the keynote address, WWDC will continue through June 12 with more than 200 conference sessions planned. The event gives developers who create software for Apple devices a chance to connect with the company, learn about upcoming features, and improve their skills.

You can view WWDC sessions online at Apple’s developer site starting June 8, or watch inside the Apple Developer app on an Apple device.

What to expect from Apple at WWDC

Apple used last year’s WWDC keynote to introduce its M1 chip, which has significantly improved battery and overall performance for the latest iPad Pro and MacBook models. We anticipate Apple announcing an update to the MacBook Pro, given the company’s track record for annual revisions to its flagship notebook, and a successor to the M1 chip could be introduced too.

WWDC will also likely introduce iOS 15 and the next MacOS after Big Sur. Major updates for iOS and MacOS usually arrive in the fall when new iPhones are released, but Apple often teases new features at WWDC and opens public testing of the upcoming software in the following weeks.

Apple’s last major keynote address was an April event called Spring Loaded, where it introduced iPad Pros and iMacs using M1 chips, a new Bluetooth tracker called AirTag, and a purple iPhone 12.

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‘Apple is eating our lunch’: Google employees admit in lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private

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Google in Manhattan.

Newly unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google reveal that the company’s own executives and engineers knew just how difficult the company had made it for smartphone users to keep their location data private.

Google continued collecting location data even when users turned off various location-sharing settings, made popular privacy settings harder to find, and even pressured LG and other phone makers into hiding settings precisely because users liked them, according to the documents.

Jack Menzel, a former vice president overseeing Google Maps, admitted during a deposition that the only way Google wouldn’t be able to figure out a user’s home and work locations is if that person intentionally threw Google off the trail by setting their home and work addresses as some other random locations.

Jen Chai, a Google senior product manager in charge of location services, didn’t know how the company’s complex web of privacy settings interacted with each other, according to the documents.

Google and LG did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

The documents are part of a lawsuit brought against Google by the Arizona attorney general’s office last year, which accused the company of illegally collecting location data from smartphone users even after they opted out.

A judge ordered new sections of the documents to be unredacted last week in response to a request by trade groups Digital Content Next and News Media Alliance, which argued that it was in the public’s interest to know and that Google was using its legal resources to suppress scrutiny of its data collection practices.

The unsealed versions of the documents paint an even more detailed picture of how Google obscured its data collection techniques, confusing not just its users but also its own employees.

Google uses a variety of avenues to collect user location data, according to the documents, including WiFi and even third-party apps not affiliated with Google, forcing users to share their data in order to use those apps or, in some cases, even connect their phones to WiFi.

“So there is no way to give a third party app your location and not Google?” one employee said, according to the documents, adding: “This doesn’t sound like something we would want on the front page of the [New York Times].”

When Google tested versions of its Android operating system that made privacy settings easier to find, users took advantage of them, which Google viewed as a “problem,” according to the documents. To solve that problem, Google then sought to bury those settings deeper within the settings menu.

Google also tried to convince smartphone makers to hide location settings “through active misrepresentations and/or concealment, suppression, or omission of facts” – that is, data Google had showing that users were using those settings – “in order to assuage [manufacturers’] privacy concerns.”

Google employees appeared to recognize that users were frustrated by the company’s aggressive data collection practices, potentially hurting its business.

“Fail #2: *I* should be able to get *my* location on *my* phone without sharing that information with Google,” one employee said.

“This may be how Apple is eating our lunch,” they added, saying Apple was “much more likely” to let users take advantage of location-based apps and services on their phones without sharing the data with Apple.

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At its heart, the legal battle between Apple and ‘Fortnite’ maker Epic Games is about whether or not the iPhone is a computer

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  • Apple and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games are fighting in court over how the App Store works.
  • The three-week trial began wrapping up on Friday, with Apple CEO Tim Cook taking the stand.
  • At the heart of the fight is a fundamental disagreement on whether or not the iPhone is a computer.
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Apple and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games are nearing the end of a protracted legal battle that could have major implications for the future of the App Store.

If Epic were to win the trial, Apple could be forced to allow alternative app stores on the iPhone and iPad – a result that could cost Apple billions of dollars in the long term.

At the heart of the fight is a disagreement on the nature of the iPhone: Epic argues it’s a computer, while Apple argues it’s fundamentally distinct. That argument is critical because of how the App Store operates, with Apple acting as the sole arbiter of what can and cannot be published on the iPhone.

If the iPhone is a computer, then the App Store is a monopoly, Epic’s lawyers argued. If it isn’t, and it’s a distinct category of device, then Apple says it is protecting its users by keeping alternative digital storefronts off the iPhone.

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“Epic is here, demanding that this court force Apple to let into its App Store untested and untrusted apps and app stores,” one of Apple’s lawyers, Karen Dunn, said in opening remarks. “Apple’s unwavering commitment to safety, security, reliability and quality does not allow that – and the antitrust laws do not require it.”

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Both Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right, will appear as witnesses during the trial.

On the contrary, Epic’s lawyer argued, the “walled garden” of the App Store isn’t intended for security: “It’s about business,” Katherine Forrest of law firm Cravath, Swaine, and Moore said. An expert witness interviewed by Forrest estimated Apple’s App Store margins in 2018 and 2019 to be around 75%.

Another major point of contention between the two companies: the 30% cut Apple takes from transactions on its App Store.

By refusing to open the iPhone to other app stores, Epic’s lawyers argued, the company is engaging in anticompetitive behavior. They compared Apple to a car dealership that takes a cut from gas stations every time you refuel.

Apple’s lawyers pointed to other digital storefronts, like the wildly popular Steam, as having established the 30% precedent.

“Apple did not establish the 30%,” Apple’s lawyer Karen Dunn said. “It was Steam, another game platform, that set the 30% in 2003, and by the time Apple entered the market in 2008 the 30% was, as Epic’s internal documents will show, industry standard.”

With Apple CEO Tim Cook taking the stand on Friday, witness testimonies are officially wrapped up. Lawyers for both companies are expected to deliver closing remarks on Monday.

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Apple and Epic Games are revealing a ton of industry secrets in court filings – from untold billions in ‘Fortnite’ profits to private email exchanges, these are the 5 juiciest bits

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right.

  • “Fortnite” maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the bench trial started this week in California.
  • Epic says Apple’s App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract.
  • Through court filings, major secrets from Apple, Epic, Microsoft, and more have been revealed.
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Apple and the maker of “Fortnite” are currently at war in a California courtroom – the culmination of a yearlong spat between the two American business giants.

Epic Games filed suit against Apple last summer after its hit game, “Fortnite,” was pulled from Apple’s App Store.

Apple says it pulled the game because Epic violated the terms of its developer agreement when Epic implemented a payment system in the game that enabled players to circumvent Apple’s App Store. Epic says the App Store is a monopoly, and argues that iPhones and iPads are no different from computers.

The in-person trial began Monday at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland, California. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is scheduled to oversee approximately three weeks of hearings before a verdict is rendered, according to court filings.

After just one week, we’ve already learned a lot: Between major financial disclosures, company secrets, and private emails between executives made public, evidence in the trial is a treasure trove of information.

1. Xbox console sales aren’t profitable, according to Microsoft, and they never have been.

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The Xbox Series X, left, and the Xbox Series S, right.

After nearly two decades of sales, Xbox consoles have never been a profitable product for Microsoft.

The Washington-based tech giant sells every Xbox at a loss, according to sworn testimony from Microsoft’s VP of Xbox business development Lori Wright.

“Has Microsoft ever earned a profit on the sale of an Xbox console?” she was asked on Wednesday, May 5. “No,” she said.

Wright appeared as a witness in the ongoing trial, where she answered a variety of questions about Microsoft, Xbox, and digital storefronts. Microsoft has openly supported Epic’s suit against Apple.

The subject of Xbox profitability came up in questioning because of how Microsoft’s console business works: Instead of making money on the console itself, the company makes money from games sales through its digital storefront, from subscription services like Xbox Game Pass, and from sales of accessories like gamepads.

Microsoft, like other console makers, takes a cut of every sale on its digital storefront. That cut is usually about 30%, which has become a standard in the video game distribution market. Apple takes a similar cut from games sold on its iOS App Store, which is part of what Epic is contesting in its court case against Apple.

2. Apple’s reportedly making huge margins on the App Store.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.

One of Epic’s expert witnesses, Berkeley Research Group managing director Ned Barnes, said that Apple is enjoying enormous margins on the App Store: In the high 70s for the last two years at least, according to Barnes.

“In my expert report dated February 16, 2021,” Barnes writes, “using Apple testimony and financial information available to me at that time, I calculated the App Store’s operating margin percentage to be 79.6% for each of FY2019 and FY2018.”

He also said that Apple “produced additional documents” for the trial that demonstrate slightly lower percentages for the two years, but that the numbers are “consistent with and confirm the reasonableness of the calculations presented in my expert report.”

Apple, however, disputes Barnes’ report. “Epic’s experts calculations of the operating margins for the App Store are simply wrong,” an Apple representative told The Verge.

Core to Epic’s argument in the trial is that Apple operates a monopoly with the App Store by refusing to allow competing app stores on the iOS platform, in addition to not allowing third-party payment systems. High profit margins from the App Store, Epic argued, is part of the reason for Apple won’t allow either.

3. “Fortnite” is making Epic billions of dollars every year, especially on the PlayStation 4.

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In one of the less surprising secrets unearthed from evidence presented during the trial, “Fortnite” is making a huge amount of money – to the tune of several billion dollars every year for the last several years.

In 2020 alone, Epic made over $5 billion in revenue according to sworn testimony from Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. Between 2018 and 2019, “Fortnite” brought in over $9 billion.

Epic makes more than “Fortnite” – the gaming giant produces the Unreal Engine, operates the Epic Games Store, and owns and publishes several other big games (“Rocket League” and “Fall Guys”). Data from Epic presented during the trial shows that those projects, while moneymakers in the hundreds of millions, don’t generate anywhere near as much revenue as “Fortnite.”

4. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a 2 a.m. email declaring war.

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Epic Games cofounder and CEO Tim Sweeney.

At 2 a.m. PT on August 13, 2020, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook and several other Apple executives that laid out Epic’s plan to cut Apple out of payments in “Fortnite” on iPhone and iPad.

It was intended as a declaration of war.

“I’m writing to tell you that Epic will no longer adhere to Apple’s payment processing restrictions,” Sweeney wrote. “Today, Epic is launching Epic direct payments in ‘Fortnite’ on iOS, offering customers the choice of paying in-app through Epic direct payments or through Apple payments, and passing on the savings of Epic direct payments to customers in the form of lower prices.”

In response, Apple pulled “Fortnite” from its iPhone and iPad store, and the game has been unplayable on both ever since. Epic sued Apple on the same day, and this email was one of many private messages between the companies that was uncovered as evidence.

5. “Fortnite” was such a big deal on the PlayStation 4 that Epic was able to force Sony to overturn a longstanding precedent in gaming.


In September 2018, after months spent fighting a losing battle in the court of public opinion, Sony gave in: “Fortnite,” the company announced, would be playable on the PlayStation 4 with friends on other platforms.

“Fortnite” was the first-ever game to allow players on all platforms to play together. “This represents a major policy change for Sony Interactive Entertainment,” Sony said in its announcement. It was clear at the time that, with the game playable across all other platforms, Sony was almost certain to give in: Tens of millions of people were playing “Fortnite,” and they were earning the most from players on Sony’s PlayStation 4, according to documents from Epic presented as evidence in the trial.

Between January 2019 and July 2020, just before “Fortnite” was removed from the App Store, Epic was earning just shy of $150 million each month on average from PlayStation players, according to Epic. By comparison, the company was earning about $23 million per month on average from iOS players, Epic said.

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How to delete apps on your iPad, or offload apps to save their data

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Deleting apps on an iPad is so simple it takes only a few taps.

  • You can delete apps on an iPad directly from the home screen or in Settings.
  • When you delete an app on your iPad, you will lose all of its saved data.
  • If you want to remove an app but save its data, you should offload it instead.
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An app-cluttered home screen makes using your iPad much less pleasant when you have to comb through dozens of little icons to find the app you want.

You can delete unwanted apps from your iPad’s home screen to clean up its appearance, free up storage space, and improve your interface experience.

When you delete an app from the home screen, any data stored within the app, such as levels beaten in a game, will be lost.

If you want to delete an app and archive its data, you can instead “offload” the app in Settings. Then, when you re-download the app, your data will be recovered.

Here’s how to delete, remove, or offload apps on your iPad.

How to delete apps on an iPad

1. Press and hold your finger down on the app you want to delete on your iPad home screen.

2. Tap “Delete App” in the pop-up menu that appears.

Select “Delete App” in the pop-up.

How to offload apps on iPad to save their data

If you want to delete multiple apps at once or save an app’s data before you remove it, you can offload or delete the apps in Settings.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.

2. Tap the “General” tab and select “iPad Storage.”

In “General,” tap “iPad Storage.”

3. Scroll down to find a list of apps and tap the one you want to offload or delete.

Select an app in the list of apps.

4. Tap “Offload App,” then confirm by hitting “Offload App” again. This will delete the app, but keep its documents and data. You can also select “Delete” instead of “Offload App” if you want to delete multiple apps this way.

Tap “Offload App” to offload the selected app, or “Delete App” to delete it.

5. You can also choose to let your iPad automatically offload unused apps when it’s low on storage. On the iPad Storage page, tap “Enable” beside “Offload Unused Apps.”

Tap “Enable” to turn on automatic offloading.

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Tim Cook reportedly told Mark Zuckerberg that Facebook should delete all data it collected after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and he was ‘stunned’ by the suggestion

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly had an unpleasant meeting in 2019.
  • They discussed Facebook’s user privacy after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the NYT reported.
  • Zuckerberg was said to be “stunned” by Cook’s proposed solution to delete any data Facebook had collected.
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In 2019, amidst a flock of billionaires gathered at the annual Sun Valley retreat in Idaho, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly had an ill-fated meeting.

Zuckerberg asked for Cook’s advice on dealing with user privacy issues in the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where data from over 50 million Facebook accounts was harvested, the New York Times reported on Monday, and Cook’s response “stunned” the young Facebook CEO.

Cook reportedly instructed Zuckerberg to delete all of the user data his company collects from outside of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

It was tantamount to Cook telling Zuckerberg that Facebook’s core business was “untenable,” according to the report.

Facebook notoriously tracks its users all over the web, even when they’re not using a Facebook service. That data is critical to Facebook advertising sales, which is core to how the social media giant makes money.

Read more: Apple is poised to rewrite its privacy rules for advertisers – here’s what’s at stake for all the players

Facebook and Apple have sparred publicly for years over privacy issues, going back to at least 2014 when Cook called out the business models of companies like Google and Facebook in an interview with Charlie Rose. “I think everyone has to ask, how do companies make their money? Follow the money,” he said. “And if they’re making money mainly by collecting gobs of personal data, I think you have a right to be worried. And you should really understand what’s happening to that data.”

Most recently, Apple appeared to take a direct shot at Facebook and with its iOS 14.5 update, coming this week, that will allow iPhone users worldwide to opt-out of tracking. In short, the new update enables iPhone users to stop Facebook from tracking them outside of Facebook’s own apps: The same suggestion Cook is said to have given Zuckerberg back in 2019.

Neither Apple nor Facebook responded to a request for comment as of publishing.

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