Apple is preparing for the first retail Apple Store in Malaysia

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According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has started recruiting staff for its first retail Apple Store in Malaysia. The company recently posted job openings in Malaysia on its website. These include retail store managers, retail store leaders, operations specialists, business specialists, technical specialists, support staff, creatives and salespeople. The listings indicate that the positions are for Apple’s own retail stores, not third-party resellers. The company also operates an online store in Malaysia. While the job listing doesn’t in any way indicate the location of the first Apple retail store in Malaysia, the report suggests it could be built in the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

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The development will strengthen Apple’s presence in the Asian region. Back in November 2015, Apple opened a retail store in Singapore, its first retail store in Southeast Asia. Three years later, Apple opened another store in Thailand. What’s more, Apple also recently posted job openings for its first location in India, a retail store that has been in the works for a few years. While Apple doesn’t report sales in individual countries, the company generated more than $29 billion in revenue from its Asia-Pacific region in the last fiscal year, according to Bloomberg.

Apple officially explains the new physical security key function of iOS 16.3

Apple shared a support document this week detailing its new Apple ID security key feature. This new feature will be available starting with iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2. This document reveals an overview of the new Security Key feature and explains how to use it. Apple says the optional security features are there for people who want “more protection against targeted attacks like phishing or social scams”. When active, logging into an Apple ID need users to enter a user’s account password and then use a FIDO certified security key to complete two factor authentication. This is different from the regular 6-digit code from another Apple device.

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Those who enable this feature must be very careful not to lose their security key. This could result in a permanent loss of access to their Apple ID account. Therefore, users must set up at least two security keys, and the feature supports a total of up to six keys. Apple recommends keeping Security Keys in multiple locations. For example, hiding a security key somewhere in your home can be a backup solution. 

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“Keep your security key in a safe place, and consider keeping your security key in multiple places,” the company says. “For example, one key at home and one key at work. If you’re out, you might want to leave a security key at home.”

How to enable the security key

To enable the Apple ID security key on an iPhone or iPad, open the “Settings” app, tap the user’s name, tap “Password & Security,” select “Add Security Key,” and follow the steps. Follow the on-screen instructions. On a Mac, open the System Settings app, click your name, click Password & Security, click Add next to Security Key, and follow the steps.

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Users can delete security keys at any time by using the same steps above. You only have to tap or click on “Delete All Security Keys,”. After this, the user’s Apple ID will revert to using the regular 6-digit codes for two-factor authentication.

Many security keys look like USB sticks, and some options work wirelessly via NFC, while others feature Lightning, USB Type-C, or USB Type-A ports for direct connection to iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The company recommends some security keys in its doc, such as the YubiKey 5Ci, which has both Lightning and USB Type-C.

Apple’s doc provides some other important details, so it’s worth checking out before enabling the feature. For example, users can’t sign in to iCloud for Windows when the feature is active. It also does not support some types of ID accounts.

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