How to File Great Bug Reports According to Apple

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple feedback assistant icon

Apple shared post to its developer page to give advice on how to file great bug reports. It’s also good advice for people who like to beta test Apple software, so bookmark the page once iOS 14 and macOS 10.16 Redwood have been announced (I’m taking this opportunity to make my macOS name prediction).

You should always file feedback for any bugs you find while developing on Apple’s platforms; after all, we can’t fix problems that we don’t know about. But how can you be sure that the information you provide is helpful for triaging the issue, rather than a bug-solving dead end? Here are some of our top tips for making sure your bug report is clear, actionable, and — most importantly — fixable.

iOS 13.2 Aggressively Kills Background Apps and Tasks

· Andrew Orr · Link

Nick Heer put together a list of people noticing that iOS 13.2 is awfully aggressive in killing apps and tasks in the background.

As bugs go, this is isn’t a catastrophic one, but it absolutely should be the highest of priorities to fix it. It’s embarrassing that all of the hard work put into making animations and app launching feel smooth is squandered by mismanaged multitasking.

iOS 13 Bug Affects Third-Party Keyboard Apps

· Andrew Orr · Link

A bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS affects keyboard apps. They can be granted full access even if you haven’t approved that.

Third-party keyboard extensions in iOS can be designed to run entirely standalone, without access to external services, or they can request “full access” to provide additional features through network access. Apple has discovered a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven’t approved this access.

Because Apple mentions an “upcoming software update” I assume this bug also affects iOS 13.1.

Apple Customers Get Weird Email About Apple Card

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple Card displayed on an iPhone.

Last night, Apple sent the next wave of invitations for Apple Card, but there seems to be a goof in the system. The email said that the early invitation is waiting, but the email address Apple has on file is wrong. You can click a link in the email to supply the correct one.

There are multiple reports on Reddit of people receiving the email who are 100 percent sure they signed up with the correct Apple ID email address…Several users have contacted Apple Support, who are apparently aware of the issue and it has been forwarded to the Apple Card engineering team. Still, it’s worth noting that some users may have also received the email for the right reason – because they didn’t use the email address associated with their Apple account.

I too got the email last night, but since it arrived at an address no longer associated with my Apple ID, my email was probably legitimate in that I didn’t sign up with the correct one.

Some People Experiencing App Gifting 'Bug' in iOS 12.3.1

· Andrew Orr · News

Some people have noticed that the app gifting ability seems to have disappeared in iOS 12.3.1. It sounds like it’s a bug, rather than an official decision on Apple’s part. App Gifting As of July 7, 2019, it appears there is no longer an option to “Gift” an app through the App Store (i.e. the…

German Researcher Gives Apple Details of Mojave Keychain Flaw, Despite no Bug Bounty

· Charlotte Henry · Link

LONDON – Security researcher Linus Henze handed over all the detail of a macOS Keychain bug he discovered, AppleInsider reported. This is despite not receiving any money from Apple. The company does not have a bug bounty program. Mr. Henze had previously withheld the information. He wanted Apple to start offering a bug bounty for security flaws researchers bring them. He discovered an exploit which allowed apps to see passwords held in the macOS Mojave keychain.

German teenager Linus Henze has sent Apple full details of a Keychain security exploit that he demonstrated in early February, and has done so despite the company ignoring his previous conditions. Henze says that he has decided to reveal the details to Apple because the bug he’s found “is very critical and because the security of macOS users is important to me.”

These Macs Have an Audio Glitching Bug

· Andrew Orr · News

It seems that the newest Macs have an unresolved audio glitching bug that has to do with Apple’s T2 security chip. 

iOS 12.1.4 Delayed Until Next Week, Apple Apologizes

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple issued an apology to MacRumors, saying that a software update to fix the Group FaceTime bug won’t arrive until next week.

We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process.

watchOS 5.1 Pulled After Bricking Apple Watches

· Jeff Gamet · News

Bug in Apple Watch update bricks watches

Apple released watchOS 5.1 on Tuesday along side iOS 12.1, but pulled update after some Apple Watch owners were left with watches that stopped working.

WhatsApp Security Flaw Could Crash Your iPhone

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

A security vulnerability in WhatsApp on iOS and Android could let an attacker crash your smartphone, or even hack into your device. Luckily, the flaw has already been patched.