Apple is sharing Messages data, Safari split-screen, USB-C and jack, Search ads in App Store

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Apple acknowledges tracking iMessage metadata and sharing it with law enforcement — Despite strong encryption, and claims that Apple “doesn’t scan your communications” or “store data related to customers’ location”, Apple is saving some metadata from iMessage and other apps and sharing it with law enforcement agencies, according to a new report.
In a document about Apple’s iMessage system obtained by The Intercept, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Electronic Surveillance Support Team noted that when users enter a phone number into iMessage, metadata is periodically uploaded to Apple servers to check whether a text should be routed through iMessage or standard SMS. This material includes not just phone numbers but the date and time of the lookup, and the querying user’s IP address.
Responding to The Intercept, Apple acknowledged the data collection, saying that it retains logs for 30 days and hands them over when served with a valid legal request. Because these orders can sometimes be extended in 30-day blocks, though, it’s possible that some people are being tracked for longer durations.

Inside iOS 10: Split-screen view in Safari for iPad boosts productivity — Apple’s newly released iOS 10 improves multitasking on the iPad by offering a new split-screen mode in Safari, allowing users to have two tabs open side-by-side simultaneously.

New USB-C audio standard joins the iPhone 7’s quest to kill the headphone jack — The future of mobile device audio is here, and if you hated the iPhone 7’s Lightning connector headphones, you’ll loathe this new solution. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) recently announced the audio specification for USB Type-C was now complete.

You’ll start seeing Search Ads in the App Store on October 5 — Apple has a new way for iOS developers to promote their apps in the App Store – but it comes with a price. On Wednesday US time, Apple revealed that Search Ads will go live in the App Store starting October 5. The information came in an email Apple sent to app developers encouraging them to create an ad campaign to appear in US search results. Developers who sign up will receive a $100 credit towards their first campaign.