iFixit completes teardown of HomePod, posts findings

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 03:37
Category: Hardware, HomePod, News

When in doubt, use a hacksaw.

The cool cats at iFixit have taken it upon themselves to crack into the newly-released HomePod to find out what’s inside.

The outfit, which used an actual hacksaw to crack the smart speaker open, discovered an A8 processor, seven tweeters, six far-field microphones, and a high excursion woofer. The speaker dynamically adapts to its placement in a room to improve audio output and to create a stereo-like sound from a single unit.

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iBoot source code leak traced back to low-level Apple employee

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 03:41
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

Last last week, the source code for iBoot, a core component of iOS, was leaked to GitHub.

Although the code was older, designed for iOS 9, it was quickly yanked from GitHub following Apple’s issuance of a DCMA takedown notice.

Per Motherboard, which contacted unnamed sources involved in the leaks and investigated screenshots, text messages, and more, the source of the leak was discovered.

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VLC update to 3.0.0

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 03:29
Category: News, Software

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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 3.0.0. The new version, a 46.8 megabyte download, adds a massive series of changes and fixed documented over on the changelog.

VLC 3.0.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

First HomePod orders begin heading to final destinations for U.S., U.K., and Australian customers

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018, 03:03
Category: HomePod, News, retail

Your pre-ordered HomePod unit is on its way to your loving arms.

The HomePod is en route, and customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia have begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple letting them know their orders have shipped and are on the way.

The first units are set to arrive in Australia and Apple is apparently using Next Day Air delivery in the United States, then shipping the units out from local hubs according to the tracking information.

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iOS’ “iBoot” component leaked to GitHub, quickly pulled by Apple

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018, 03:42
Category: Developer, Hacks, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software

Apple, and its legal department, do not like it when you leak source code for core components of iOS on GitHub.

This is exactly what happened, as a chunk of source code, labeled “iBoot”, which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system, found its way onto GitHub. In other words, it’s the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it, much the same way that a BIOS would function.

The code says it’s for iOS 9, an older version of the operating system, but portions of it are likely to still be used in iOS 11.

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MacUpdate accidentally hosts malware, cryptocurrency miner packages for February 1st downloads, fixes and apologizes for mistake

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 03:11
Category: News, Software

Even though it was corrected, this could be called a snafu.

Download aggregator web site MacUpdate briefly linked to three malicious applications masquerading as legitimate downloads for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper, that not only install the apps, but also deposit Monero, a cryptocurrency miner on downloader’s systems.

On February 1st, MacUpdate updated its legitimate download links to installers for the three apps. Over the course of the incident, download links to OnyX and Deeper by Titanium Software were replaced with similar URLs and Firefox downloads were redirected to a bogus installed.

The payload was delivered as a .dmg file, but the installers were scripts that download and install the payload, plus retrieved a legitimate copy of the app in question to convince the user that the app installed properly.

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Unicode 11.0 will include 157+ new emoji, be released later this year

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 03:49
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

There shall be additional emoji available to you.

To be specific, 157 additional emoji.

The Unicode Consortium today announced it has finalized a new set of 157 emoji that companies like Apple will be able to implement later this year. There are actually 77 new emoji in total, as some have multiple skin tones.

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iOS 11.3 beta 2 released, sports battery monitoring/management features

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 03:55
Category: battery, Developer, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

iOS 11.3 has entered its second developer beta and it appears that the new version of the operating system will add battery health information and management feature to iOS 11.3 in response to customer complaints about the way the company fixed an issue where iPhones with degrading batteries were experiencing unexpected device crashes. The crashes were caused by the processor trying to draw more power than the battery could provide, so Apple spread those intensive tasks over multiple processor cycles. The end result was slower iPhones, which many people interpreted as Apple intentionally hobbling performance to force new phone purchases.

To see the new battery information in iOS 11.3 go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. This is where you’ll see your iPhone battery’s maximum capacity (100% when your battery is new). As your battery ages and loses the ability to hold the same charge it did when new you’ll see the percentage drop. That’s showing how much your current full charge capacity is in relation to when the battery was new.

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Apple may be considering full rebates for full-priced iPhone battery repairs following speed throttling controversy

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 03:44
Category: AppleCare, battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Apple may be looking to offer rebates to customers who purchased a full-cost replacement iPhone battery only to get around throttled performance.

One of the questions submitted in January by Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, was whether Apple was exploring the possibility of rebates. Apple’s response was released on Tuesday.

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Patent application highlights ideas for next-gen Apple Pencil, including ability to write on almost any surface

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, 03:33
Category: Hardware, News, Patents

The next-gen Apple Pencil could be capable of writing on any flat surface or in the air.

A recently-published patent application, numbered 62/363,172 and titled “Content Creation Using Electronic Input Device on Non-Electronic Surfaces” describes the use of an Apple Pencil-like device, in conjunction with some form of motion or orientation sensor external to the stylus on any surface, like a desktop.

The documentation associated with the patent is intentionally vague as to how this will be executed. Still, it highlights how the stylus’s movement can be tracked by “a motion and orientation sensor, a camera, or an electromagnetic- or sound-based triangulation scheme.”

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