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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Apple offering 32GB replacement units to some customers bringing 16GB iPhone 5c units in for repair

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, 03:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

If your 16GB iPhone 5c is headed into the shop, Apple might be replacing it with a 32GB model instead.

A new directive sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning offered the following guidance:

“Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice.”

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Apple launches repair program for iPhone 7 units affected by the “No Service” bug

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Date: Monday, February 5th, 2018, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

This might help you out.

Apple on Friday launched a repair program for iPhone 7 devices that are impacted by an ongoing bug that causes them to have no available service even when cellular coverage is available. Apple says the problem is caused by a component that has failed on the main logic board.

The company has stated that the issue affects “a small percentage” of iPhone 7 devices and causes them to display a “No Service” message instead of properly connecting to an available cellular network.

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Some iPhone X users report difficulty accepting, declining calls, Apple currently investigating the issue

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Date: Monday, February 5th, 2018, 03:23
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

The iPhone X may be having trouble answering phone calls.

A recent report states that a growing number of users are unable to answer phone calls with their iPhone X because the display does not wake up while the phone is ringing, thus meaning they can’t access the accept and decline buttons.

Since December, the issue has been a hot topic on Apple’s support forums. At this point, it’s unclear if the issue is software or hardware related. One user stated that restoring iOS fixed the issue for a few days, but it later surfaced again. Another user stated that Apple replaced their iPhone X, but the problem also emerged on the replacement unit.

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Review: Cardhop, Contact management jedi for macOS

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Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 10:15
Category: Review, Software, Software

Apple’s Contacts app (formerly Address Book) hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s pretty much a loose database of friends and family, offer the required functionality to support a centralized locations for email addresses, contacts, and phone numbers. But it feels like Apple was forced to make it, against its will.

Luckily, Flexibits’ Cardhop picks up where Contacts leaves off. Cardhop organizes your contacts via an easy menu in the macOS menu bar, then adds quick actions to message, email, place a call. Other neat features include quick access to groups of contacts (for sending a group email) and the ability to send Facebook messages without having to switch over to a web browser.

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