The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet will be talking about social media services tonight, May 17, at the Denver Apple Pi Mac User Group. He'll be talking about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more, plus he'll have some tips for staying safe online.
Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn is ramping up earlier than usual for the next wave of iPhone production, and it looks like device assembly is going to be even more complicated. Workers reportedly need more training to put the smartphone's components together, so hiring started early to meet Apple's expected September launch window.
Apple squashed scores of security flaws in updates to OS X (10.11.5), iOS (9.3.2), and watchOS (2.2.1) on Monday, and TMO recommends that you run those updates ASAP—unless you're on an iPad Pro (9.7-inch). Bryan Chaffin explains.
System and Security Info from Stefan Esser launched on the iPhone only a few days ago and has already been booted off the App Store. The app checked which processes were running on users' iPhones, then reported back with details about which apps were running, and whether or not any could be unwanted or malware. The internet quickly jumped to the conclusion that Apple was blocking apps that could detect device-level spying, but the reality is far less insidious: System and Security info violated Apple's developer guidelines and was rejected.
The internet went nuts a few days ago after a blogger said Apple Music deleted his entire music library, and that Apple's own support people told him that's exactly how it's supposed to work. That's flat-out wrong, although Apple has confirmed there's an esoteric iTunes bug where music is deleted, and a fix is coming in the next couple days. That's good news, but won't be enough to stop growing dissatisfaction with the app.
Apple is planning to stop selling music downloads in the next couple years to focus instead on its Apple Music streaming services, according to insiders claiming to know the company's plans. That sounds like a horrible plan, so it's a good thing it isn't true, and it may be time for a couple insider sources to start job hunting.
Maybe the FBI should team up with India because that country's government says it can hack into Apple's iPhones. Both think access to encrypted data in investigations is important, although India's government doesn't seem to be going to the same extremes to get it.
The Internet of Things promises a world where all our devices can talk to each other and make our lives easier. What it doesn't promise, at least not yet, is any form of security—and that's leaving smart homes, smart medical devices, and more, open to hackers and government surveillance.
Apple may finally address HomeKit's lack of a unified interface with the release of iOS 10 later this year. That's great, although it's an app that should've been included when HomeKit first launched.
While the FBI was trying to force Apple to bypass security features on an iPhone 5c recovered in the San Bernardino mass shooting, Los Angeles police were successfully hacking into and recovering data from an iPhone 5s in a separate homicide case. If LAPD was able to hack into the iPhone 5s on its own, then why did the FBI insist it needed Apple's help with the iPhone 5c? The answer is simple: different operating systems, different security features.
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