Apple could force the FBI into revealing how it hacked into an iPhone — Apple may use a Brooklyn drug case to force the FBI to reveal how it hacked into the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Questions are still lingering over how the FBI found a backdoor into the device, but the agency reportedly hired Israeli-firm Cellebrite for technical assistance in accessing the phone.
Foxconn buys Sharp in $3.5B deal — Foxconn announced it’s buying Sharp on for US$3.5 billion, ending speculation surrounding whether the deal would come through. Foxconn originally offered over $5 billion for Sharp, and the buyout looked like it might fall apart for a while thanks to surprise Sharp liabilities.
Thanks (for nothing), Apple, for removing the podcast creation feature in GarageBand — Before version 10, you could launch GarageBand from the Applications folder, select New Project on the left, then double-click on Podcast. No longer …
Edit your custom Mac OS Dictionary File — If you tap the spacebar when you see a suggestion like the one above, your Mac will helpfully insert the correction, and you’ll be on your way. But what if it keeps trying to correct a word you know is right?
Well, there’s a custom dictionary file for every user account on your Mac, and were you so inclined, you can go in and add words, names, or anything else you were tired of being corrected on to its list. This’ll prevent Mac OS X from attempting to correct those items, and it’ll also take away that irritating red squiggle underneath ’em that means they’re misspelled.
How to set up Medical ID on your iPhone — If you have a recent iPhone, it has a feature called Medical ID (built into the Health app) that you should implement. It allows you to enter info about yourself that can be useful during medical emergencies. This includes the name and phone number of a family member or friend that you want to be contacted in the event that you have a medical crisis.
Shootout: Apple’s new 9.7″ iPad Pro vs. iPad Air 2 — The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is meant to be a successor to the iPad Air 2 as much as a cheaper alternative to its 12.9-inch sibling. But what separates the 9.7-inch Pro from its predecessor, and what’s unchanged?
Apple released OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 with Live Photos, more on March 21st — Apple released OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 on Monday to go along with its iOS 9.3, and tvOS 2.2 updates. The El Capitan update added support for Live Photos, secure Notes, and more. The OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 update is free and available for download through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. If you aren’t seeing the update, just search for OS X El Capitan and click the Download button on the app description page. And here’s a Macworld slideshow: OS X turns 15: the evolution of Apple’s Mac OS X through the years.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is among the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ —Fortune magazine has released its list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” and Apple CEO Tim Cook made the cut. [Hopefully it’s calculated on more than wages and stocks.]
Three Apple executives have each received $55.6 million worth of company stock, the second half of an award granted in 2011 after the death of co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, reports Computerworld.
Five ways to keep your Mac’s data safe and secure — The hearing on whether or not Apple should be forced to make a special version of iOS so the FBI can hack into an iPhone may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean the personal data we want to keep private is safe. The fight to punch holes through our privacy is still gaining steam, and it reaches beyond the encrypted data on our iPhones out to our computers, too. There are ways to help protect your personal data on your Mac so the government, criminals, or even just nosey friends can’t see what isn’t any of their business. Check out The Mac Observer’s list of tips on making your Mac—and your personal data—more secure.
Apple’s highly anticipated iOS 9.3 update will be available today, complete with Night Shift, encrypted Notes, revamped News, and more. The company showed off iOS 9.3 during its “Let us loop you in” media event on Monday. iOS 9.3 also includes security improvements, such as the iMessage encryption fix discovered by Johns Hopkins University.
9.7-inch iPad Pro — “Breakthrough Pro Features & Advanced Display Technologies Come to the Most Popular iPad Size” (verbatim from Apple’s press release)
CUPERTINO, California — 22 March 2016 — Apple® today introduced the all-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro™ — at less than 500 grams it features a new pro Retina® display with greater brightness, wider colour gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift™ mode and introduces new True Tone® display technology to dynamically adjust white balance. The new iPad Pro delivers incredible performance with the 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs, along with a four-speaker audio system that is twice as powerful,¹ new 12-megapixel iSight® camera for shooting Live Photos™ and 4K video, 5-megapixel FaceTime® HD camera, and faster wireless technologies. And iPad Pro includes support for the breakthrough Apple Pencil™ and a new Smart Keyboard™ cover designed to fit the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
“iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.”
Designers, illustrators and businesses have quickly adopted iPad Pro and it’s changing the way they work:
“People don’t realise how much hand drawing is needed to produce computer animation,” said John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. “iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the closest we’ve ever been able to get in the digital world to actually drawing on paper.”
“I’ve done everything including designing the latest cycling collection on iPad Pro,” said Alex Valdman, Head of Design for Rapha. “It goes with me everywhere, and has not only replaced my laptop, but my paper notebook as well. For the Rapha design team, iPad Pro will become standard issue.”
“At Citi, iPad Pro is truly transforming how we work,” said Stephen Gates, US Head of Design for Citi Global Consumer Banking. “iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have played a huge part in the new Citi Design team’s work to create new innovative customer experiences. We use iPad Pro for sketching out new design concepts, presenting our work, answering our emails, working with our design files on Adobe Creative Cloud and participating in FaceTime meetings with our other design teams all over the world.”
Pro display — The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features advanced display technologies, including a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 per cent brighter and 40 per cent less reflective than iPad Air® 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider colour gamut as the iMac® with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 per cent greater colour saturation¹ for more vivid colours. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible colour, contrast and clarity. Night Shift in iOS 9.3 uses iPad Pro’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colours in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.
Pro performance — The new iPad Pro is just 6.1-mm thin and weighs less than 500 grams, yet delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility so you can tackle the most demanding tasks wherever you go. The powerful A9X chip with third-generation 64-bit architecture provides performance that rivals many laptops and console-class graphics, while also delivering all-day battery life.² Ultrafast wireless connectivity keeps you connected wherever you go with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, support for even faster LTE Advanced with up to 50 per cent faster cellular connectivity³ and the most LTE bands supported by any tablet.⁴ Now with Apple SIM embedded directly in the new iPad Pro, it’s even easier to connect to wireless data plans right from your device when traveling in more than 100 countries and territories.5
iPad Pro has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera sensor featuring Focus Pixels for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharp, detailed images, 63-megapixel panoramas and Live Photos. A True Tone flash improves low light shots and document scanning. The new iSight camera shoots 4K video, making the new iPad Pro the perfect device to shoot, edit and share pro-quality video. The improved 5-megapixel, front-facing FaceTime HD camera makes the new iPad Pro perfect for videoconferencing or connecting with loved ones.
Pro audio — The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.¹ Built-in sensors automatically adjust and optimise the audio no matter which way you’re using it. iOS 9.3 also adds support for playing video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus audio streams with support for multichannel output using the Apple Lightning® Digital AV Adapter.
Pro accessories — Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for a natural drawing, annotating and note-taking experience. A new Smart Keyboard is custom-designed for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover®. The new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader and Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter make it easy to download photos and videos from a digital camera to iPad Pro, while a new Lightning to USB-C Cable and Apple’s 29W USB-C Power Adapter enable faster charging.
Pricing & Availability — The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at a recommended retail price of NZ$1,049 inc. GST for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and starts at a recommended retail price of NZ$1,269 inc. GST for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity, the highest of any iOS device. For more information, please visit http://www.apple.com/nz/ipad.
– The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, 24 March PDT, from apple.com/nz, and through select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers on Thursday, 31 March, in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
– Apple Pencil is available for a recommended retail price of NZ$189 inc. GST and Smart Keyboard in charcoal grey for NZ$279 inc. GST. The Polyurethane iPad Pro Smart Cover and Silicone Cases for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are available for a recommended retail price of NZ$95 inc. GST and NZ$129 inc. GST, respectively, in a range of new vibrant colours.
– The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader is available for a recommended retail price of NZ$55 inc. GST, Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter for NZ$75 inc. GST, Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter for NZ$95 inc.GST, Lightning to USB-C Cable (1 m.) for NZ$45 inc. GST and Lightning to USB-C Cable (2 m.) for NZ$65 inc. GST.
– Every customer who buys an iPad Pro from apple.com/nz will be offered free Personal Setup online to help them customise their iPad Pro by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.
[Live from Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy — not Apple, but me]
Apple Introduces iPhone SE — The Most Powerful Phone with a 4-inch Display (watch the Keynote) featuring A9 chip & advanced 12-Megapixel iSight Camera
CUPERTINO, California — 22 March 2016 — Apple just introduced iPhone SE, the most powerful phone with a 4-inch display, in a beloved compact aluminium design that has been updated with matte-chamfered edges, a colour-matched stainless steel Apple logo, and four gorgeous metallic finishes, including rose gold. iPhone SE offers exceptional performance with the same 64-bit A9 chip offered in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for blazing fast speeds, longer battery life, faster wireless, a 12-megapixel iSight® camera featuring Live Photos™ and 4K video, and Touch ID®.
“iPhone SE is an exciting new idea — we started with a beloved, iconic design and reinvented it from the inside out. The result is the most beautiful and powerful phone with a 4-inch display in the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone SE is packed with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, advanced 64-bit A9 chip with M9 motion co-processor, longer battery life, 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, Live Photos, 4K video, faster LTE and Wi-Fi, and Touch ID. Everyone who wants a smaller phone is going to love iPhone SE.”
The Most Powerful Phone with a 4-inch Display — iPhone SE takes a beloved iPhone design and reinvents it from the inside out, giving customers a powerful, full-featured iPhone no matter which model they choose. The 64-bit A9 chip, introduced in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, offers iPhone SE customers two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s, all with gains in energy efficiency for improved battery life. M9, Apple’s next-generation motion coprocessor, is integrated into A9 allowing more features to run all the time at lower power, including “Hey Siri” without having to pick up your iPhone, and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring your steps and distance. iPhone SE users can browse, download and stream content even faster with Wi-Fi up to three times and 4G LTE up to 50 per cent faster than iPhone 5s.* iPhone SE also includes more LTE bands for better worldwide roaming.
With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and security at its core, iOS 9 is the foundation of iPhone SE and brings powerful built-in apps like Messages, FaceTime®, Photos, Music and Maps to iPhone users. iOS 9 also brings more intelligence to iPhone SE with proactive assistance, powerful search, improved Siri® features, and a new Night Shift™ feature that uses your iPhone SE’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colours in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.
All of these innovations are packed into a light and compact phone designed to fit comfortably in your hand, crafted from bead-blasted aluminium for a satin-like finish, refined matte-chamfered edges, a new colour-matched stainless steel inset Apple logo and a brilliant 4-inch Retina® display.
The World’s Most Popular Camera — iPhone SE has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera featuring Focus Pixel technology for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharper, more detailed photos like the ones shot on iPhone 6s. With Live Photos on iPhone SE, customers can go beyond snapshots to capture moments in motion and relive unforgettable memories with sound. Live Photos are beautiful 12-megapixel photos that, with just a touch, reveal the moments immediately before and after the shot was taken, so users can enjoy a living memory rather than an instant frozen in time.
Additional camera advancements include — The ability to shoot HD video with support for 4K at a resolution of 3840 x 2160. After capturing 4K video, customers can edit on a Mac®, PC or iPad®, and with the latest version of iMovie® on iPhone, can even edit two simultaneous streams of 4K on iPhone SE.
— Retina Flash, which momentarily makes the display three times brighter with True Tone® lighting technology, for wonderfully bright selfies in low light with the FaceTime HD camera.
— Features introduced with iPhone 6s, including up to 63-megapixel panorama photos, video capture up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, time-lapse with video stabilisation and cinematic video stabilisation.
Pricing & Availability — iPhone SE will be available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models for a recommended retail price starting at NZ$749 inc. GST from apple.com/nz, selected Apple Authorised Resellers and carriers.
— Customers in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US will be able to order iPhone SE beginning Thursday, 24 March PDT, with availability beginning Thursday, 31 March.
— Apple-designed accessories including leather cases in black and midnight blue will be available for a recommended retail price of NZ$75 inc. GST, and Lightning® Docks in colour-matched metallic finishes are currently available from apple.com/nz and select Apple Authorised Resellers for a recommended retail price of NZ$95 inc. GST.
– Every customer who buys iPhone SE from apple.com/au will be offered free Personal Setup online, to help them customise their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.
International Women’s Day in iBooks — Apple is celebrating International Women’s Day by spotlighting uplifting, thought-provoking and entertaining books by and about women. Visit the iBooks Store (open IBooks on Mac and click Store at top left, or Featured at lower left on iOS) “to find hundreds of incredible stories featuring inspiring women: from tough heroines who save fictional worlds to real-life activists who are making our own world better”.
With the iPad Pro, it’s time to replace all paper — Bryan Semple, chief marketing officer of SmartBear Software and longtime marketeer (and iPad user), is so impressed with the iPad Pro that he’s telling anyone who will listen to ditch paper.
Marvel Avengers Academy is a comic city-builder with character — Marvel has its fingers in a lot of different iOS game genres, from fighting and LEGO-bashing to pinball, beat-‘em-up action, puzzle dueling, and collectible card battling. But Avengers Academy is something very different: a slow-paced, menu-driven city builder. Actually, you’ll build up a school campus, as the title suggests, but given the scale of the endeavour – including a sports stadium, jet landing pad, and clothing shop – it might as well be a metropolis.
Haunted iPhones and iPads receiving ghost emails from 1970 — A glitch has been discovered that apparently affects iOS email apps with users receiving empty messages dated January 1, 1970, reports the Telegraph. The emails have no subject or sender, and opening them shows nothing.
I’m off, bye — Sorry to leave my c5000 followers in the lurch, but I have to go to Europe today and I will be travelling in a manner which will not allow me to update this site. I’ve normally managed to do this, but not this time (I am back 5th April).
When I get back I will be reevaluating my efforts here to serve you better; in the meantime, I can answer emails every couple of days or so to email@example.com, so if you have any thoughts about changes I can make in April, I’m all ears. Please remember there will be an Apple Event later this month. There have been leaks and rumours but you never really know what’s coming out till the announcement.
I will try and post around then.
First functioning ransomware that attacks Macs has been reported —Apple customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macs using a type of software known as ‘ransomware,’ researchers with Palo Alto Networks told Reuters. Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to an infected computer system and demands that the user pay ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. The ransomware was seeded inside a legitimate BitTorrent application called Transmission.
The compromised version of Transmission was signed with a valid Mac developer certificate which let it slip by Apple’s Gatekeeper protection measures. Apple quickly revoked the app’s certificate to prevent it from launching.
Internet Archive brings hundreds of classic Apple II games to your web browser — The Internet Archive has been on a roll lately, bringing back classic MS-DOS games, Windows 3.1 software, and even defanged versions of old PC viruses.
Now, the site has hit a milestone with its Apple II collection: a group of anonymous hackers have successfully broken the elaborate copy-protection schemes on more than 500 classic games and programs. The result is that these Apple II classics are now playable directly in modern web browsers.
File Cabinet Pro offers convenient iCloud features via the OS X menubar —Writes for All’s File Cabinet Pro is a new file manager for the Mac OS X menubar that’s very handy for folks who use iCloud Drive frequently. With iCloud Drive, you can store presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and other kind of documents in iCloud and access them from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, even a PC.
I’ve managed to scratch my iPhone 6 screen in the 14 months since I bought it, so I was glad when this tempered glass screen protection showed up. Scratch resistant with a 9H hardness, bubble-free (the plague of plastic screen protectors) and it’s also, theoretically, shatterproof. Shipping with, simply, a cleaning cloth, it’s easier to apply than most since it only has plastic on one side. Most have it on both: peel one off, stick that face to the screen, peel the other off.
On this product by NVS (designed in New Zealand and made in China) you just peel off one cover of plastic and stick that surface straight to the cleaned iPhone screen, then use the same supplied cloth (which then becomes a great screen and glasses cleaner) to smooth it on.
The adhesive that sticks it to the glass, which is totally translucent and invisible, is what offers the shatter protection.
A nano coating gives a smooth surface and minimises fingerprints; it seems better in this regard than the actual iPhone screen itself (a 6, in my case).
The NVS shield has a cutout for around the Home button and a slot for the speaker of the iPhone (the one that goes by the ear on phone calls) and that’s it. Very slimline and flexible, once on it’s super clear and I always feel better with extra protection – tempered glass is far superior to the plastic we used to have to use, no matter how tough that professed to be. As the 6 series of iPhones has a screen that curves slinkily off at the edges, this glass shield is designed to finish at the edges before it curves, which leaves a slight rim you can feel, but the glass is so slim it’s not a major issue. It’s so thin, in fact, that the iPhone 6 even fitted into a Lifeproof nüüd case with the screen on, although ILifeproof would not recommend this as it interrupts the seal top and bottom – the iPhone would no longer be fully submersible, but I’d never do that anyway. (The nüüd case comes with a plastic shield that fits within the edge-seals of the case, should you choose to use it.)
Conclusion — A good entry into the market for keeping your iPhone screen clear and unbroken. Very clean and clear in use.
What’s great — Straightforward and easy to apply compared to some.
What’s not —Slight lip around the edge, but preferable to trying to seamlessly fit a curving glass shield all around (it’s only .33mm thick). Apple has stated that as long as a glass screen protector is 0.3mm thick or less it should work with Force Touch; in this case this NVS probably won’t, then, but I wasn’t able to test that.