iOS 10.3.3 update resolves Wi-Fi exploit that allowed for complete outside control of devices

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Date: Friday, July 21st, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Even if you’re generally a bit hesitant to accept iOS updates until they’ve been out for a while, it might be a good idea to accept the new iOS 10.3.3 update, which was released on Wednesday.

Per Apple’s security document, the update includes the following major fix:

Impact: An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

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2017 iPad Pro marks the first Apple device to use a chip built on TSMC 10 nanometer manufacturing process

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors

This is pretty neat.

The pros have gotten their hands on Apple’s A10X Fusion processor that shipped with the new iPad Pro and have confirmed that this is the first chip in a device using TMSC’s FinFET 10nm chip fabrication process.

The breakdown, published by Tech Insights, discovered a 96.4 square millimeter die size as compared to the 16nm A9X with a die size of 143.9 square millimeters. Even having the notably smaller die size, the chip has 8MB of L2 cache, three CPU cores, and a 12-cluster GPU assembly.

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Apple awarded sleep tracking patent, seeks to alter alarm patterns as needed

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Date: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

A new patent granted to Apple on Tuesday outlines how Apple’s iOS-based devices will help monitor your sleep patterns.

Patent number 9,692,874 for “Adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency” describes a method of automatically configuring alarms using data gathered by personal mobile devices.

In most cases, users will set alarms to wake up as needed. In cases where they don’t immediately fall asleep, Apple has referred to the disparity between intended sleep time and actual sleep time as sleep onset latency, a problem the company believes can be alleviated with modern technology.

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Apple launches iOS 11 public beta

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

If you’re looking to play around with iOS 11, now’s your chance.

Apple on Monday released the first public beta of iOS 11, offering an initial opportunity to sample the upcoming operating system prior to its debut this fall. The beta had only been available to qualified developers.

iOS 11’s notable changes include background enhancements to Siri, Apple Pay, Photos and other first-party apps and services. Siri is said to have gained new intelligence features and a revamped voice response system, while Maps incorporates a Do Not Disturb feature for safe driving and assets for indoor mapping.

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Apple’s 2017 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets now available at Apple Store, other retail locations

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors

You can now snag Apple’s new iPad Pro models in an Apple Store retail location near you.

The new 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have gone live and customers can check stock at local Apple Stores.

Apple began accepting iPad Pro orders just after the WWDC keynote event, and the first iPad Pro models began shipping out over the weekend with most offering June 13 delivery dates.

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Older iPhones, iPads equipped with A6 processor will be unable to run iOS 11 this fall

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Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

Apple may be pushing owners of the iPhone 5 to obsolescence with their forthcoming iOS 11 update.

This fall’s forthcoming iOS 11 update will mark the end of support for not only 32-bit apps, but also legacy 32-bit devices. That means owners still clinging to their iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and fourth-generation iPad will be left behind or forced to upgrade.

The trio of devices, which still run on Apple’s A6 CPU, are the final units Apple made with a 32-bit architecture. This architecture, in turn, cannot run iOS 11.

The move isn’t a surprise, as Apple’s recently released Clips video app only supports 64-bit hardware, meaning it cannot run on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, fourth-generation iPad, or any devices older than those.

iOS 11 itself marks the end of 32-bit apps and developers have been notified that they’ll need to update their apps to the 64-bit architecture prior to iOS 11’s release this fall.

Of course, the iPhone 5 and other legacy devices will still function properly with iOS 10.3.2 and earlier if users choose to continue to stick on legacy platforms. But the outdated hardware and software will become increasingly obsolete over time, and there is no guarantee that functions or apps will continue to work as expected.

Last year, Apple phased out the iPhone 4s, which did not make the cut for iOS 10. The handset, as such, cannot be updated past iOS 9.3.5.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider

Apple announces updated 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch iPad Pro models

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:16
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors, WWDC

If you’re hankering for a new iPad Pro, the new one was just announced today.

Apple announced an updated version of its 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The new unit still weighs one pound but includes thinner bezels as well as a new screen equipped with ProMotion technology, which allows for faster refresh rates with smoother scrolling, and more responsiveness with Apple Pencil and touch input with just 20ms latency.

The refresh rate will dynamically adjust for both quality and power savings. Fast moving content updates quickly, but slower refresh rates (such as when viewing still images) can save battery life.

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Apple releases details about Swift Playgrounds 1.5, points to hardware that will be controllable via the update

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Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software, Swift, WWDC

This could lead to something pretty neat.

Apple released an update on Thursday in which it provided a detailed update as to Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control robots, drone, and musical instruments.

The announcement reads as follows:

Apple® today announced that Swift Playgrounds™, its educational coding app for iPad®, will offer an exciting new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. Swift Playgrounds is perfect for students and beginners learning to code with Swift™, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language for building world-class apps.

Apple says Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control Bluetooth-connected bots including “LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more.”

In the announcement, Craig Federighi says Swift Playgrounds already has over 1 million users around the world. Apple specifically details compatibility between Swift Playgrounds 1.5 and these products:

— LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 are incredibly popular in schools around the world and give students the power to explore coding through real-life problem solving as they create and command their own robotic LEGO creatures, vehicles, machines and inventions. With Swift Playgrounds kids can code and interact with their creations’ motors and sensors.

— Sphero SPRK+, a popular robotic ball, rolls, turns, accelerates and changes colors. Sensors provide feedback when Sphero hits an obstacle, and all of it can be controlled with Swift code.

— Parrot’s Mambo, Airborne and Rolling Spider drones can take off, land, turn and perform aerial figures like flips, all under the control of code users create.

— UBTECH’s Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit lets kids program their buildable robot to walk, wave and dance.

— Dash by Wonder Workshop is an exciting, hands-on learning robot for students, designed to teach the fundamentals of coding, creative problem solving and computational thinking.

— Skoog is a tactile cube that enables children of all abilities to have fun exploring, creating and playing music with Swift code.

Cool stuff, albeit this begs the question: Where was anything this nifty when I was a kid?

Apple says the new version of Swift Playgrounds will be available starting Monday, June 5. Swift Playgrounds is available for free for the iPad and requires iOS 10.0 or later to install and run.

Via 9to5Mac and the App Store

Rumor: Newly registered model numbers hint at products to be announced at WWDC

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Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 05:31
Category: Developer, Hardware, iPad, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, WWDC

When the new model numbers come out, Apple typically has something up its sleeve.

The company has apparently registered new model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The assumption is that these numbers coincide with new Macs and new iPads being announced at WWDC next week. Russia requires companies to register all new products that utilize encryption tools.

The new model numbers (A1289, A1347, A1418, A1419, and A1481) are thought to belong to a 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, a 12-inch MacBook, and perhaps a refreshed MacBook Air. These have been pointed out to be new model numbers as opposed to current model numbers.

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Rumor: Apple to announce Siri-connected speaker system, 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2017, 05:11
Category: Amazon, Hardware, iOS, iPad, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Siri, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

It’s a rumor, but there might be some truth to it.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that there is a more than 50% chance of Apple releasing a Siri Speaker, an all-new category for the company, at the Worldwide Developers Conference starting June 5th. In addition, he says that there is more than 70% chance of an all-new design 10.5-inch iPad Pro to be announced at the keynote.

Along with this, Apple is expected to make inevitable operating system announcements in the form of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. KGI has not offered insight into what functionality or changes the new software will bring but it does include some notes about the predicted hardware unveilings.

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