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Apple removes hundreds of apps from App Store, third-party APIs found to collect private information

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Date: Monday, October 19th, 2015, 08:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, privacy, Software


Well, this is a bit of a mess.

Code analytics platform SourceDNA has found hundreds of apps on the App Store that used private APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to collect private user data, like email addresses and device identifiers, slipping under Apple’s radar in the approval process. The code got into these apps through the inclusion of a mischievous third-party advertising SDK, which secretly stored this data and sent it off to its own servers.

Apple has confirmed that the SourceDNA report contributed to its removing all of the apps that included the advertising SDK from the store, as using private API calls is a breach of App Review Guidelines. Apple has also patched its approval processes to prevent any more apps that use this technique to make it onto the App Store.


Apple quietly introduces Quality Program to deal with “Staingate”-affected MacBook, MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Monday, October 19th, 2015, 08:43
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News


Well, this is decent news in spite of an unfortunate circumstance.

Apple has issued an internal notice about an upcoming Quality Program that addresses an issue in which the anti-reflective coating on Retina Display-equipped MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks has been peeling. According to various sources, these issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays wearing off or delaminating under certain circumstances.

Apple will replace Retina displays on affected MacBook or MacBook Pro models for free within three years from the date of original purchase, or one year from October 16, 2015, whichever is longer. Affected customers that have already incurred out-of-warranty costs may be eligible for a refund through AppleCare support.


iFixit tears down Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard, posts results

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:34
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Peripheral


The new Apple peripherals are out and the ice-cold felines at iFixit have torn them down and posted the results.

The Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic keyboard apparently share many of the same chips. All of them sport the Broadcom BCM20733 Bluetooth 3.0 chip, even though the Trackpad 2 officially requires a Bluetooth 4.0-capable Mac.

The Magic Trackpad 2 is said to rely on the same Force Touch technology in current MacBooks, including four strain gauges for measuring pressure, and a similar Taptic Engine. The Trackpad largely only scales the technology up to a larger size.


Facebook iOS app draining inordinate amounts of battery life, Facebook says it’s aware of the issue

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:02
Category: iOS, News, Software


It’ll probably get a fix soon, but in the meantime, the Facebook app for iOS appears to be draining an inordinate amount of battery life as it runs. In a recent interview, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company’s awareness of the bug and promised a fix would be in place “soon.”

“We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon,” the spokesperson said.


iFixit posts teardown of 2015 21.5-inch iMac, finds redesigned antenna system, other changes

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


The coolest of felines over at iFixit have just completed and posted their teardown of Apple’s new 21.5-inch 2015 iMac desktop, revealing a 4K Retina display manufactured by LG display and slightly redesigned Wi-Fi antenna system.

The model, identified as the A1418, also goes by the EMC number of 2889.

Inside, the 21.5-inch iMac looks largely identical to its predecessor, but there are a handful of noteworthy changes. For instance, the hybrid Fusion Drive has a significantly smaller flash partition than the previous generation, iFixit found.


2015 27-inch iMac RAM can be doubled to 64GB, OWC now offering upgrade kits

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 08:12
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


This just came in and it offers some additional clarification.

Following up on yesterday’s story, it appears that the 2015 27-inch iMac still uses plug-in RAM, so you’re free to upgrade it on your own after purchase. And while Apple limits you to a maximum of 32GB, OWC has just announced that it will shortly offer upgrade kits for 48GB and 64GB of RAM.


CBS CEO says Apple and network will “probably” reach a network streaming deal

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 07:45
Category: Apple TV, News


It looks like Apple and CBS are getting closer to a deal in the negotiations in Apple’s upcoming streaming service.

Per a recent interview, CBS CEO Les Moonves offered the following:

“Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves said in an interview Wednesday “We have had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably, but I do not know when.”


Apple posts support document to address iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist complaints

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Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 13:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software


In the wake of complaints about iOS 9’s new Wi-Fi Assist feature and the fact that it can add to a monthly cellular bill, Apple has posted a support document to help deal with the issue.

“Because you’ll stay connected to the Internet over cellular when you have a poor Wi-Fi connection, you might use more cellular data,” Apple cautions in one part of the document. “For most users, this should only be a small percentage higher than previous usage.”

Wi-Fi Assist is turned on by default, and is meant to ensure a smooth Internet experience. Because it switches over to cellular whenever it decides that a Wi-Fi signal is weak and not simply absent, however, this can potentially cause people to exceed carrier data caps without realizing.


New 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac supports up to 64GB of RAM, chips soldered in

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Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 08:32
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


There’s good news and there’s somewhat annoying news.

The good news is that the new 2015 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac supports up to 64GB of Ram, an impressive jump from the previous model’s cap of 32GB of RAM.

The bad news is that this RAM is soldered into the logic board and that 64GB of RAM will have to be built to order from Apple.


Apple supplier advantage studied, analyzed

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 14:00
Category: Hardware, News, Processors


There’s been some astonishment as to the new iPhone and its A9 processor that people are trying to get to the bottom of.

Namely, the iPhone 6s and its 3D Touch screen, which has been commented as feeling “like magic” and outsiders realizing that Apple as a platform company is so far above the competition it’s hard to fully grasp.

That being said, one wonders why pushing down on a 3D Touch screen feels so responsive and whether the hardware or the software is to credit for this? Following up on this is the question as to how Samsung and TSMC, which both produce A9 processor variants for Apple, were able to optimize the chip using a different process and library, were able to get this exactly right?

Just as there are many misunderstood reasons for Apple’s overall success, justification as to how Apple produces superior products isn’t superficially visible.