Fast Face ID, using iPhone X, X cases, GarageBand update, Watch music


Face ID on iPhone X is just as fast, if not faster, than Touch ID — Much has been said about Face ID on iPhone X, but prospective customers are wondering how the new face-based recognition system performs against Apple’s established Touch ID system. In Apple Insider tests, Face ID is as fast, or in some cases faster, than its predecessor.
Meanwhile, Apple has emphasised again that Touch ID for iPhone X was never an option, company all-in on Face ID.
Here’s how to enable and use Reachability on iPhone X, and how to invoke Control Center and Notification Center on iPhone X (since the cutaway at the top changes the real estate somewhat).

First look: Apple’s official iPhone X leather and silicone cases — Though Apple is holding back deliveries of the iPhone X until its official launch on Friday, the company has placed no such restrictions on official cases for the highly anticipated handset, as customers have now been receiving Apple’s official iPhone X protective cases.

GarageBand 2.3 for iOS adds classic drum sequencer, Taiko drums, iPhone X Super Retina support — Apple has released an update for the iOS version of GarageBand, with the new version taking advantage of the Super Retina display on the iPhone X, as well as adding a new sound library and a ‘classic’ beat sequencer.

How to use Apple Music and Radio Streaming in watchOS 4.1 — 
watchOS 4.1 makes Apple Watch music playback a lot easier and fulfills a promise Apple made when it first showed off the operating system earlier this year. Now you can get at your complete Apple Music library from your watch whether you’re on Wi-Fi or LTE. Read on to learn how Apple Watch music playback works with this new update.

macOS defeats KRACK, >observer_ discount


macOS Sierra, El Capitan security updates patch KRACK Wi-Fi exploit — On the same day Apple patched it’s front-line operating systems for the KRACK Wi-Fi attack vector, the company has also reached back a bit, and issued security updates for Sierra and El Capitan to fix the problem.
Security updates 2017-001 and 2017-004 for Sierra and El Capitan respectively contain just fixes for the KRACK wi-fi exploit that still plagues Android and router manufacturers since its debut earlier in October. Both updates are available through the Mac App Store.

Cyberpunk Horror Game ‘>observer_’ for Mac — The Mac Observer has a discount on >observer_, the popular cyberpunk horror game Aspyr brought to the Mac. The discount is for the Steam version of the game, where you can get it for US$24.99 (about NZ$36) – the regular price is US$29.99.

Cochlear app, iPhone X reviews, object detection, Qualcomm conundrum, KRACK fixes, watchOS 4.1, Siri commands, Kindle for iOS


Cochlear Nucleus 7 is the world’s first and only cochlear implant sound processor that’s Made for iPhone — Recipients can stream sound from their compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to their Nucleus 7 sound processor. Users can reconnect with friends over the phone, FaceTime with their children, dial into work teleconferences and even stream maps while driving.
Unlike hearing aids which amplify sounds, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.
Earlier this year the New Zealand Government acknowledged the life changing benefits cochlear implants offer and boosted funding for adult cochlear implants to NZ$14.93 million for this calendar year. This means the number of adults who will have these operations payed for will rise from 40 to 100 people. Key features and benefits of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor include:
It is 25% smaller and 24% lighter than the previous generation of Cochlear implant
Users can control, monitor and customise their hearing on their compatible Apple devices via the free Nucleus Smart App Talking on the phone, listening to music in high-quality stereo sounds, watching videos and making FaceTime calls easily accessible
The new Hearing Tracker records coil-off time (when the external coil component of the sound processor is not attached or sending a signal to the internal electrode) and time in speech – information that’s especially helpful to parents trying to track their child’s hearing
The Find My Processor feature helps locate a lost processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch

iPhone X reviews start to appear — Here’s Steven Levy’s on Wired (“The iPhone X is a big screen in a compact form factor – Cinerama in a phone booth…”),  AppleInsider has a hands-on Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone X, and offers a closer look at the new edge-to-edge OLED display, Face ID biometric system, and much more with this in-depth video overview. There’s also a first look.
Helping to support Apple’s accuracy claims, a video published on Tuesday shows the iPhone X’s Face ID system reacting as intended, even when confronted with identical twins.

Internet discovers Apple’s Photos object detection feature, controversy inevitably ensues — Twitter on Monday caught wind of how specific a now year-old object recognition feature in Apple Photos can get, with users expressing concern over the system’s ability to detect “brassieres.”
The Photos feature in question introduced at WWDC in 2016 integrates machine learning and AI technology to detect and tag faces, objects and places in user photos. The key word here is tag; no data is offloaded, no folders are created and no images are “collected.”

Apple designing iPhones, iPads without Qualcomm modems after key testing software withheld — In an international legal fight against Qualcomm, Apple is said to be mulling a decision to drop the chipmaker’s modems in next year’s iPhone and iPad models after it was denied access to software used to test key communications components.

Apple iOS 11.1 now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with 70 new emoji, other improvements — After a month-long testing process, Apple has made available iOS 11.1 including a fix for the KRACK wi-fi exploit, and a large amount of accessibility feature fixes.

Apple outs tvOS 11.1 for Apple TV with fix for KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability & minor changes — Apple has released tvOS 11.1, a maintenance update for the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K that nevertheless includes one important addition: a fix for the KRACK WPA2 vulnerability in devices with Wi-Fi.

Apple releases watchOS 4.1 with support for LTE music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular — Delivering a feature that has been showcased in advertisements for the Apple Watch Series 3 since it launched in September, Apple has released watchOS 4.1, giving users the ability to stream Apple Music and an iCloud Music Library without a phone near by.

Watch the 50 most useful Siri commands — Apple’s Siri understands a huge number of commands and queries, from relatively simple tasks like turning on HomeKit-connected lights to more complex requests like translating words into foreign languages. AppleInsider went through the list and picked out 50 of the most useful.

Kindle iOS app update is the most dramatic in years, and brings new reading tools — Light mode and improvements to Page Flip are welcome but it’s still the number of books available that make the latest version of Amazon’s Kindle app for iPhone and iPad a must.

iTunes 12.7.1, LucidTime


iTunes 12.7.1 for macOS rolls out with performance improvements — Apple says the upgrade includes minor app and performance improvements. iTunes for macOS now focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the Apple App Store.

LucidTime is a new customisable desktop clock system for macOS — It offers Mac users a collection of faceless clocks that sit quietly in the background on their Desktops. LucidTime offers three highly customisable clocks, each offering their own individually method of presenting the time of day.
Users can adjust the colour of each clock component (hour, minutes, and second hands; major and minor tick marks; and more), the display size of each clock, and the transparency level of each clock and each clock element. Clocks can be positioned anywhere on the screen via select-and-drag. You can show or hide the seconds display for any clock, as wells show or hide various other clock elements for each clock.
LucidTime 1.0 requires macOS 10.12.6 or higher. It costs NZ$4.49/US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively at the Mac App Store.