Category : Apple

Apple cleans up Safari, iTunes, and a lot of bugs

Of the many fixes deployed by Apple, Safari was brought to version 9.1.1, patching 7 vulnerabilities in the browser. One of the most detrimental being the loop used to take over a Mac whose user had entered a malicious website. Apple implemented something new along with their patches, now Safari is being run through a beta program of its own with the Technology Preview.This month Apple updated OS X El Captain to version 10.11.5, patching about 70 vulnerabilities, and cleaning house. They also decided to patch older OS X Maverick and OS X Yosemite, from 2013 and 2014 let me remind you.

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Apple usually supports an operating system for three years, providing support for the newest edition of Safari and the two prior versions. Just as many of you might remember when Mountain Lion was retired last year, when the newest version drops this year  the oldest edition, Maverick, will also retire. Apple likes to announce the newest version of Mac’s operating system during the June Worldwide Developer Conference. Apple then offers developers and users a preview code before the official release. In addition to Safari clean up and patches, Apple also release iTunes 12,4 which supports many of the new user interface changes with a simpler design. All updates can be downloaded like any other update, from the Apple App Store.


 

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iPhone 7 Anticipated to be Most Complex Model Yet

OK, so now that it has been a few rounds of Apple iPhone releases, we know a thing or two about their product secrecy and production habits. Sounds a little creepy, but iPhone 7 anticipation will do that to a girl. Apple’s top two suppliers started hiring employees earlier than usual due to a ‘more complex’ iPhone 7 design and the rumors are swirling.

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As it is already May and we have little information besides buzzing rumors about the newest addition to the iPhone family, the iPhone 7 seems to be more secret than previous models. It has been speculated that the 7 will house the same framework as the 6. Most are saying that the infrastructure won’t be much of a wowzer either. Economic Daily News feels the opposite, stating that the iPhone 7 will be “more complex than previous models” and has been shown through Apple’s increased production hiring. Apple’s top two suppliers are Foxconn and Pegatron, and their usual hiring practice before the production of a new generation iPhone has commenced a month earlier than in the past. This has been the first time in two years that Foxconn has started recruiting in May. This leads me to believe that the earlier hiring means more production hands on deck, for something bigger and more complex.

The two rumors that I would most like to see are the dual camera system and a water proof design. As an optimist, I am going to keep believing these features are the reason for the increased hiring practices, until the official iPhone 7 release in September.


 

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Apple Makes $1B Investment in Chinese Didi Chuxing

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Apple has decided to invest 1 billion dollars in the Chinese taxi startup, Didi Chuxing. This is by far the largest investment of funds that Didi Chuxing has received to date, as well as one of the largest investments Apple has ever made. Remember Beats? Apple shelled out 3 billion to them. But that is besides the point. Why is Apple so intrigued by Didi Chuxing?

“Didi exemplifies the innovation taking place in the iOS developer community in China,” CEO Tim Cook said. “We are extremely impressed by the business they’ve built and their excellent leadership team, and we look forward to supporting them as they grow.”

Didi Chuxing began as Didi Dache back in 2012. Last year they merged with Kuaidi, their rival service, and became Didi Chuxing. Didi Chuxing is available in 400 Chinese cities and offers services similar to Uber and Lyft, with taxi, private car, and ride-sharing. Impressively, Didi Chuxing facilitates more than 11 million rides per day! Bringing in a whooping 1.43 billion in 2015. It has been recently reported that Uber is losing 1 Billion a year in China due to competition from Didi.

Most likely that is all the information we will receive from Apple concerning their plans for the investment. Speculation around the investment stirs as Apple hasn’t been doing too hot in China. Recently China has shut down access to iTunes, iBooks, and iMovies, leaving revenue in China down by 11 percent in the most recent quarter.

It is my prediction that Apple is trying to regain market in China as well as advance themselves in the up and coming car market. Nothing has been released, but rumors around the Apple car are buzzing with anticipation as Apple has been recruiting auto executives and quietly searching for places to test drive automobiles. Suspect…

 

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Apple approaches enterprise and partners with SAP

apple-sap-1200x520Apple is making headway in the enterprise market, adding another major partnership to their resume, SAP. Apple will work alongside to develop more native iOS apps as well as an SDK for SAP’s HANA cloud platform. The SDK element is meant to open the door for the more than 2.5 million SAP users to develop and build native iOS apps that can access real time data through SAP systems. The agreement between Apple and SAP also includes a new “SAP Academy for iOS” in which SAP customers and partners are invited to meet face-to-face, learning how to design apps for iPhones and iPads.

Apple CEO Tim Cook relays his excitement about the deal by saying, “With 76 percent of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAO is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad,”Cook said this week. Apple has said that roughly 310,000 businesses and public agencies use SAP applications and services.

During the past two years Apple has made some major deals. IBM, Cisco, and now SAP, many in the industry are predicting Oracle is next on the list for Apple. This would be a good move for Apple, as Oracle is one of the last pieces to the enterprise puzzle.


 

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Apple Music is quietly deleteing songs form user drives

apple-fixes-users-folder-bug-with-itunes-update_1Alright, as a person that values her carefully selected music library, I was pretty surprised to hear that my biggest fear was coming to life. Some users are complaining that Apple Music has been quietly deleting songs from their hard drives. James Pinkstone, average user, noticed after implementing Apple Music, that many of his tracks were mysteriously missing. Anyone that has battled with the transition of CDs to the digital age, knows that burning tracks from CD to music library is a long and painful task. It takes time to manually import the tracks, and if you are like many that have already upgrade their machines to the latest edition, know that CD players alone are becoming obsolete. So come to find out that many if not all of the tracks that you have painstakingly imported are suddenly missing, without your permission, would be infuriating.

The official comment from Apple concerning this issue was that, “the software is working as intended”. As intended! Apparently it intends to “clean up” user song content no matter if it has permission to or not. Not comforting. Pinkstone thought perhaps his songs would be made available through the cloud, but that was quickly determinded to not be the case. Luckily for Pinkstone, he has everything backed up. Take that Apple!

Apple patches vulnerable OS X Git version

5743588-Sick-green-apple-with-patches-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-PhotoNearly a month after Git vulnerabilities, CVE-2016-2324 and CVE-2016-2315 were made clear to Apple, they have finally been fixed. Upsetting to some, the patched version of Git was released on March 17th, but was not implemented into Xcode by Apple until about 6 weeks later. Apple released a new version of its Xcode development tool this past week, in order to patch two critical vulnerabilities in the Git source code management client. The Git vulnerabilities allow attackers to use malicious code on systems that utilized the initiated cloning operations.

Developers use Xcode to write applications for OS X and iOS as it is an integrated development environment. Xcode includes a package called the OS X Command Line Tools for Xcode, which contained the Git vulnerabilities. Now updated to 2.7.4. version, the Git with the command tools package should be back in working  order. System administrators and researchers alike criticized Apple for their lack of timely attention to the patches. Left in the dark and without a patch for 6 weeks, many were forced to resort to hacking in order to disable Git within company Mac machines, not exactly the ideal solution to the problem. When it takes Apple a month and a half to implement the fix, sometimes hackery is the only viable answer.


 

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The Almighty Apple finally falls!…well sorta

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Apple released financial reports this week that revealed a decline in quarterly revenue, something that hasn’t happened since 2003. In terms of product, Apple sold 51.2 million iPhones compared to 61.17 million iPhones sold in the same quarter last year.

As Jason Perlow, writer for Tech Broiler states, Apple sits on billions of dollars in cash assets. However, the core product of the Apple corporation is the iPhone, making up 68% of revenue. Perlow points out that the smartphone market is beginning to resemble that of the PC market. What has been done, is being done again and again. Smartphone innovation  is almost to the point of little advancement, and will eventually give up shares to more price-aggressive Chinese products.

Aggressive prediction, but he has a point. Most of the model advancements we witness on the latest editions of smartphones are standard, improved battery life, sharper display, faster downloads and cloud storage. Nothing too major.

As Perlow writes, “Apple does not play by the same rules the rest of the industry does. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage.” One of Apple’s best skills is creating brand loyalty within its customers. Much of how Apple sustains itself is due to repeat customers, buying their products over and over again. How many of us are filled with excitement and joy at the hint of a new Apple product release? I’ll speak for myself here, I am a shining example of the usual Apple consumer. I have two Apple smartphones, both the 6 and the 5c, an iPad, and a Macbook. I began with one device and once I learned how to navigate the Apple “language” so to speak, I was hooked.

But is this enough? Perlow doesn’t seem to think so. He makes a valid point that once someone creates something that capitalizes on the Apple magic, but for a much cheaper price, most of Apple’s loyal fan base will probably jump ship. Once the displays, the RAM, flash, batteries and so on can be manufactured in China, Apple and Samsung are going to have some major competition.

Are we worried? Not really. Apple has close to 200 Billion dollars in cash assets just sitting, and they have braved lows like this before. Usually a downturn like this one leads to a peak innovation cycle for Apple.

Go figure.


 

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Apple Watch 2 Predictions

apple-watch-21According to an investors note issued by Ming-Chi Kuo Securities, most of the changes to the Apple Watch will be to the inside rather than to the appearance. This solidifies rumors that the next version of the Apple Watch will be virtually the same as the previous except for minor hardware and application upgrades. Longer battery life and faster charging is one of the elements consumers are hoping the next generation will improve upon. The screen visibility when outdoors or in heavy natural lighting is less than perfect and is also on the radar as a possible improvement to be seen in the newer version.

Most customers are on board will updating their phones and PCs in a timely manner, even every year when the latest model makes its debut. However, watches are not a revolving door item. This leads me to believe that most of those buying the next version of the Apple Watch are new to the Apple Watch and want the latest and greatest in watch technology. Leaving the design of the device alone is one of the smartest things Apple can do. A change in design would exclude first generation buyers.

Kuo predicted a decline in watch shipments this year, to 7.5 million units shipped from 10.6 million in 2015, AppleInsider reported. It is proposed that this drop in sales could be due to the increased desire for more standalone features and specialized must have features that can only be found on the Apple Watch. Researchers and IT professionals predict Apple will begin segmenting the Apple Watch into different models with specific price points and features as they usually do with the iPhone and iPad.

One thing we know to be true, Apple will continue to polish up each new version of the Apple Watch until we are all itching for one on our wrists.

 


 

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U.S. unlocks iPhone in San Bernardino Case, without Apple’s Help

applefbiAccording to the New York Times, law enforcement has figured out a way to sidestep the encryption on the iPhone in the San Bernardino case, and they did it without the help of Apple. The U.S. Department of Justice has since dropped legal action against Apple as they no longer need their assistance. The government pushed relentlessly for Apple to help unlock the phone. They even went as far as to say that an Apple created encryption key was the only method for gathering the stored data on the smartphone. We now know this to not be the case.

Apple’s main concern with complying to the government’s cry for help came from an understandable viewpoint. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said creating a backdoor for this specific case would lead to a slippery slope for future cases with encryption components.

As it turns out Apple is off the hook for the time being, thanks to Cellebrite, an Israeli security firm. This firm provides mobile forensic services and assisted the FBI in unlocking the smartphone.

Withdrawing from prosecution leaves many questions open ended for future encryption cases. Something tells me this won’t be the last time Apple and other private companies will be faced with a difficult decision to make. Should such companies be forced to aid in encryption breaking for law enforcement purposes, or only special cases? What guidelines should be made?

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Tips and Tricks for Apple Watch OS2

Personalize your watch face

Use the Force Touch on the watch face and select customize. You can also use your own face as a background by Force Touching on a photo of your choice and selecting “Create Watch Face”

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Use Apple Watch as an Alarm Clock

To activate Nightstand Mode go to Settings>General>Nightstand Mode and switch “on.” This features lets you keep tabs on time, date, battery percentage, and alarms. You can also activate the snooze by pressing on the digital crown.

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Reply to Emails with Custom Messages

Although it’s not designed for lengthy messages, with watchOS2 you can respond to emails. The device will provide you with a set of pre-set replies that you can customize with your iphone. Just go to My Watch>Mail>Default Replies. Take note that any emails sent will be accompanied with a “sent from my Apple Watch” tagline.

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“Wake” the Apple watch display for longer

First generation Apple watch users are used to having the display turn off after only 15 seconds. With the watchOS2, you can keep the display on for 70 seconds. Change this setting by going to My Watch>General>Wake Screen and then selecting “Wake for 70 Seconds.”

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10 day weather forecast

Check out what the weather is looking like over the next ten days by simply opening the weather app and swiping upwards.

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Time Travel

With the new feature Time Travel you can be presented with future events such as appointments and weather. Simply rotate the digital crown and you can view notifications of the past, present, and future.

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Left handed Use

The initial setup asks whether you are left or right handed. However, you can change this by going into Settings>General>Orientation and then selecting “Left.”

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Change Your Move Goal

Set your goals to get into better shape by opening up the Activity app and applying Force Touch to change.

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Play Music to Bluetooth headset or External Speakers

Use force touch while within the Music app to stream to speakers or a headphone.

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Send Read Receipts

Let people know you have read their messages by opening the Apple Watch app on your iphone and toggle the Read Receipts function in Messages.

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Explore different Stopwatch Modes

Four new stopwatch display options are now available.

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Turn off progress updates

If you’re uninterested in getting updates and alerts about your physical activity, you can turn them completely off by opening the Apple Watch app on your phone and changing it through Activity>Progress Update and either turning off the notifications entirely or have them less frequently.

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Looks like Rain

Be presented with the likelihood of certain weather conditions such as the chances of rain at any given time.

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Send texts responses as audio clips.

Although this is not a new feature, it is worth highlighting. You can send audio clips of transcribed texts by going into Apple Watch on your iPhone and choosing My Watch>Messages>Audio Messages and Select the “Always Audio” Option.

Power Reserve Mode

This mode is a great way to conserve your battery life, but it turns off most of the device’s functionality. Long press the side button and your watch will bounce back to life.

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