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MagSafe will become much more accurate and efficient and reverse charging a reality, according to this new patent

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Periodically, we hear news, rumors, or just requests that reverse charging be extended to Apple devices. The idea is that we can support our AirPods on the back of our iPhone, for example, and these fill your battery. The truth is, but, that reverse charging is already here, in Apple’s official MagSafe battery.

Between its presence in this accessory and the recent patent that Apple has registered – among many others – it is clear that the company’s interest in charging systems is considerable. Some charging systems that, although perhaps in an inconspicuous way, are evolving both in speed and in efficiency and that in this 2023 could give us a surprise.

One of two, either Apple is preparing to improve MagSafe or this will be the year of reverse charging

We are talking about all this as a result of a patent that, as they tell us in Patently Apple, explores an alignment system for reverse charging that could reach future iPhones and also other MagSafe accessories. A system that focuses on the magnetic alignment of the devices and that is crucial for charging efficiency.

One of the keys to MagSafe’s success is the magnetic system —hence its name— that allows us to quickly align the two devices we want to charge. Efficiency, however, goes beyond simple alignment, as it must also take into account rotation in the horizontal plane. Even in the current MagSafe system, placing the charging coils in a coaxial position improves charging efficiency. And this is something to keep in mind in a future reverse charge.

Why? Because while we can afford to lose some efficiency when charging our iPhone with the MagSafe charger plugged into the wall, the situation changes when considering the reverse charge. The idea is that all the energy that comes out of the iPhone should reach the AirPods, for example, without losing practically anything along the way. Or, at least, without losing it due to a bad alignment.

Thus, Apple patents a double alignment system that, in addition to centering the devices, allows guide its rotation with a system of magnets that adapts according to the circumstances. A system that receives the device to be loaded from any position in a first step, but which then accompanies the optimal orientation in a second step.

A system that can benefit both MagSafe itself and make wireless charging possible thanks to greater efficiency. As we said before, we have already seen how the iPhone can charge the MagSafe battery, but it does so only when it has external power. This extra in efficiency, thanks to better alignment, can make let’s charge other devices without more than the battery of our iPhone. We will see what this technology is.

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Seven little-known shortcuts for the iPhone, but essential in my day to day

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The Shortcuts app is that app on our iPhone —also iPad and Mac— that we never open it until some specific shortcut makes us see its usefulness and then we use it every day too. There are many times that I have seen this story up close and with that in mind today I have compiled seven little-known shortcuts that are essential in my day to day.

I generally try to keep my shortcuts to a minimum, to avoid having to dig through too many options once I’m in the app or on an item’s share sheet, but I use the ones I have very regularly. Some, in fact, are shortcuts of shortcuts, bringing together options with a menu to choose from. In any case, without getting ahead of events, let’s start at the beginning.

An app that always adapts to our needs

The shortcut that I use the most in my day to day is the one that ChatGPT brings to Siri, which we already talked about in another article. A shortcut that allows us talk to OpenAI artificial intelligence using Sirithat is, by voice, and at the same time being able to write directly, just a touch away on the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

My second favorite shortcut is very simple, but really useful. I call it SafariWatch and it allows me browse the internet from the Apple Watch very comfortably. It is true that we can open any website that we receive, for example, in a message, directly on the watch, but what I wanted was faster access to specific sites. When I launch SafariWatch, it asks me if I want to use my bookmarks or enter a URL, and I’m automatically on the site I want to see.

Another shortcut I use a lot is a really simple one. Word Count does exactly that, counting both the words and the characters, with spaces, of the text that is on the clipboard at run time. useful for see if a tweet or toot will fit on your site or if a headline is too long, for example.


ChatGPT in Siri format or as Shortcut on iPhone.

Creating a random and strong password in Safari is very easy, but sometimes we need a password and we are not registering with any specific site. In these cases how do we create a password? Easy with the Password shortcut that with a single execution copies a random password to the clipboard and also saves it in Reminders to prevent us from losing it by copying other elements.

Links is another shortcut that is vital in my day to day. It is quite personal, so I am not going to share it here, but I am going to tell you about its dynamics. It’s about a repository of important links that I have to access regularly. Instead of having to consult a note, for example, I run the shortcut and it presents me with a menu with all the options. A simple tap on the one I need and it’s copied to the clipboard, ready to paste wherever you need it.

Another shortcut that I find really useful deals with place Applesfera watermarks directly on photos which then has to be published. To simplify management as much as possible and make it as compact as possible, it contains the images in Base64 and, before executing the overlay action, decodes them. Then save the resulting images to your desktop, ready to be uploaded to any article.

Finally, my list is completed by a shortcut that we have already talked about in Applesfera. One that allows us to turn Safari into an RSS reader using a shortcut and the reading list. A form of be aware of some publications without having to resort to third-party apps or services and being able to check the news on our iPhone, iPad or Mac very easily.

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ChatGPT comes to Siri.  With this Shortcut I have managed to improve Siri and make it much more intelligent

Undoubtedly each of us can make this same list and the result will be clearly different. In fact, this is one of the strengths of the Shortcuts app, which adapts to our needs and even evolves with the way we use our devices. An app that enhances any of the ones we already have and that brings our iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch closer to greater efficiency.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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