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iPhone 12 Models Might Support Reverse Charging of Future Apple Accessories According to FCC Filing

Tuesday October 27, 2020 6:25 pm PDT by
iPhone 12 models could have an inactive wireless charging feature for accessories, according to an FCC filing discovered by VentureBeat's Jeremy Horwitz. In the filing, Apple said that 2020 iPhones support a wireless charging function that will seemingly be enabled for at least one future Apple accessory:In addition to being able to be charged by a desktop WPT charger (puck), 2020 iPhones...

New iPad Air Receives FCC Approval Ahead of Rumored October 23 Launch

Thursday October 15, 2020 9:31 am PDT by
Last month, Apple introduced a new iPad Air with a larger 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display, a faster A14 Bionic chip, and a USB-C port instead of Lightning. It is also the first Apple device to feature Touch ID built into the power button. Apple says the new iPad Air will be available at some point in October, and ahead of the launch, cellular models of the device have now received the...

U.S. Carriers Facing $200M in Fines for Selling Customer Location Data

Friday February 28, 2020 2:47 pm PST by
As expected, the United States Federal Communications Commission today proposed fines against the four major wireless carriers in the United States for improperly sharing and selling real-time customer location information without taking "reasonable measures" to protect against unauthorized access to the data. In a statement [PDF] released today, the FCC says that T-Mobile should pay the...

FCC to Propose Fining AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile $200M for Sharing Customer Location Data

Thursday February 27, 2020 12:07 pm PST by
The United States Federal Communication Commission is expected to propose fining AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint $200 million in total for improperly disclosing real-time customer location data, reports Reuters. Proposed fines for the four major carriers in the United States could be announced as soon as tomorrow, and the carriers would have the chance to challenge the fines before they...

Apple's Rumored Powerbeats4 Receive FCC Approval

Thursday February 27, 2020 6:25 am PST by
Apple today received FCC approval for a pair of wireless earphones with model number A2015, described as "Power Beats Wireless" in the regulatory documents. These are likely the rumored "Powerbeats4" earphones with "Hey Siri" support that MacRumors uncovered images of in iOS 13.3.1 code last month. Powerbeats4 mockup by MacRumors contributor Ryan Barrieau "Powerbeats4" should be an upgraded...

FCC: Wireless Carriers Violated Federal Law by Sharing Consumer Location Data

Friday January 31, 2020 12:11 pm PST by
One or more wireless carriers violated federal law by failing to protect sensitive customer information like real-time data location, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai confirmed today in letters sent to Congress as part of a wireless location investigation [PDF]. As noted by Bloomberg, Pai's letter comes after the U.S. Committee on Energy and Commerce in November accused the FCC of "failing in its duty to ...

FCC Opens Up 3.5GHz Spectrum for Full Commercial Use, Apple's Newest iPhones Already Offer Support

Monday January 27, 2020 12:14 pm PST by
The United States Federal Communications Commission today cleared the way for OnGo [PDF], a wireless product spearheaded by the Citizens Broadcast Radio Service Alliance (CBRS) that aims to use the 3.5GHz band for a range of applications, including improving data speeds and connectivity across the United States on both 4G and 5G networks. The CBRS Alliance announced that the FCC has allowed...

FCC Formally Approves Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint

Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:25 am PST by
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday formally approved the $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. The approval was the last regulatory hurdle to creating a new mobile carrier. The FCC filing means T-Mobile and Sprint will be allowed to join together as "New T-Mobile" to become a dominant third carrier in the United States alongside Verizon and AT&T. The Department...

New Mac Pro Receives FCC Approval Ahead of Launch

Wednesday October 30, 2019 6:06 am PDT by
Apple's new Mac Pro has received FCC approval today ahead of its release later this year. Apple's website still says the new ‌Mac Pro‌ is "coming this fall," but FCC approval could signal an imminent announcement. The all-new ‌‌Mac Pro‌‌ is a powerhouse, with up to 28-core Intel Xeon processors, up to 1.5TB of ECC RAM, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and up to AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics ...

FCC Proposes 'New Powers' for Mobile Carriers in Effort to Combat Robocalls

Wednesday May 15, 2019 6:58 am PDT by
Ajit Pai, Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, wants to allow mobile phone companies to block robocalls by default, in the ongoing fight against call spam (via Reuters). Pai will present his proposal today, where all of the FCC commissioners are set to testify before a U.S. House panel regarding the widespread problem of robocalls. According to Pai, carriers have...

FCC Questions U.S. Carriers on Phone Location Data Sales Practices

Wednesday May 1, 2019 2:34 pm PDT by
The United States Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday sent out letters to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint questioning the carriers about their data selling practices, reports Motherboard. The carriers have been found selling real-time location information from customer devices to data aggregators, leading the location data to end up in the hands of private investigators, bounty...

Apple Receives FCC Approval For What Appears to Be a New Beddit 3.5 Sleep Monitor

Wednesday December 5, 2018 8:47 am PST by
Apple today received FCC approval for a nondescript "sleep monitor" in the United States. While much of the application is hidden due to a standard confidentiality agreement, one document reveals that the sleep monitor is "designed by Beddit in California" and has an all-new model number 3.5. Simply put, this could end up being an all-new Beddit 3.5 sleep monitor that Apple will eventually...

iPhone XR Receives FCC Approval Ahead of October 19 Pre-Orders

Thursday September 27, 2018 8:25 am PDT by
Apple received approval from the FCC today to sell the iPhone XR in the United States, ahead of pre-orders next month. Apple can now remove the following fine print from the iPhone XR product page on its website, although it has yet to do so:iPhone XR has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. iPhone XR is not, and may not be, offered for sale...

FCC to Take More Time to Review Merger Between Sprint and T-Mobile

Tuesday September 11, 2018 1:32 pm PDT by
The United States Federal Communications Commission today informed T-Mobile and Sprint [PDF] that it needs more time to review the proposed merger between the two companies before making a final decision on approval. According to the FCC, it is pausing the informal 180-day transaction clock to allow for "thorough staff and third-party review" of newly submitted and anticipated business...

New York Attorney General Leads Filing of Multi-State Lawsuit to Block Rollback of Net Neutrality

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:09 pm PST by
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this afternoon announced that he and 22 other Attorneys General have teamed up to file a lawsuit aiming to stop the Federal Communications Commission's planned rollback of net neutrality. The multi-state lawsuit [PDF] asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the FCC's repeal order, calling it arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse...

FCC Has Voted to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

Thursday December 14, 2017 9:44 am PST by
The Federal Communications Commission today voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules put in place by the United States government back in 2015 under the Obama administration (via Recode). Instead of classifying internet service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, the FCC has voted 3-2 in favor of rolling back to reclassifying ISPs as "information service"...

FCC Expected to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules in Vote Next Month

Tuesday November 21, 2017 8:40 am PST by
FCC chairman Ajit Pai today announced that his controversial Restoring Internet Freedom order is headed to vote on December 14. The order, proposed in May, would roll back the Barack Obama administration's classification of internet service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. As common carriers, internet providers are required to act as neutral ...

FCC Urges Apple to Protect Safety of Americans by Activating FM Radio Chip in iPhones [Updated]

Thursday September 28, 2017 9:21 am PDT by
Amidst renewed pressure from the National Association of Broadcasters, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has now issued a statement urging Apple to activate the FM radio capabilities built into the wireless modem of every iPhone. Pai said he hopes Apple will "reconsider its position" following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which have devastated parts of the United States, including Florida and...

Apple Urges FCC Not to Roll Back Ban on Internet 'Fast Lanes' in Push for Net Neutrality

Thursday August 31, 2017 9:11 am PDT by
In a letter submitted during the Restoring Internet Freedom comment period, Apple has urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission not to roll back regulations that prevent "paid fast lanes" on the internet. Image via Change.org. Apple logo added by MacRumors. Broadband providers should not create paid fast lanes on the internet. Lifting the current ban on paid prioritization arrangements...

Apple Granted License to Test Next-Generation 5G Wireless Technology

Thursday July 27, 2017 12:22 pm PDT by
The FCC has granted Apple a license to test next-generation 5G wireless technologies, as brought to our attention by DSLReports. In May, Apple submitted an application for an experimental license to test wireless technology on millimeter wave spectrum bands. Millimeter wave bands provide higher bandwidth and throughput up to 10Gb/s, but they are limited by line of sight issues that can cause ...