Apple adds 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to refurbished products list

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 05:00
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

Because refurbished products are a good thing.

Apple on Tuesday added the June 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks equipped with a Touch Bar to its refurbished products list.

At present, Apple’s refurbished store has six different 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro models available for purchase at a discount of approximately 15 percent.

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 update

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

The updates are coming fast and furious now.

Apple has released iOS 11.0.3 for iPhone and iPad. The latest software update includes bug fixes for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s.

The update, which amounts to a more than 200+ megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

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Developer outlines possible attack that could trick iOS users into giving their Apple ID credentials away

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Developer, iOS, News, security, Software

This might be worth watching out for.

Per developer Felix Krause, a popup technique could be used to easily trick someone into handing over their Apple ID and password on their iOS device.

The developer noted that it is incredibly easy for an iOS app maker to recreate the Apple ID password prompt. From there, the app could send that popup and subsequently log the Apple ID and password. It takes less than 30 lines of code and could seemingly be dropped in any legitimate iOS app and sneak past App Store review teams.

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Wells Fargo adds Apple Pay functionality to more than 5,000 ATMs across the U.S.

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 05:25
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

You can now use Apple Pay at more than 5,000 Wells Fargo ATMs throughout the United States.

The bank announced the technology on Tuesday, wherein customers can initiate an ATM transaction by holding their smartphone or wearable device with mobile payment functionality near an NFC-enabled ATM terminal and inputting their PIN.

Supported digital wallets include Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and the bank’s own Wells Fargo Wallet for Android.

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Rumor: iPad to gain True Depth camera, Face ID support in 2018

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 05:48
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPad, Rumor

It probably won’t come as a surprise, but Apple is looking to bring its Face ID technology to the iPad in 2018.

Per a research note released by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Kuo stated on Monday that he believes the iPad Pro lineup will be bolstered by the addition of a TrueDepth camera.

By bringing Face ID and facial recognition capabilities to more of the product lineup, developers will be encouraged to create more applications, further strengthening the company’s ecosystem.

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AirPods inventory expands, pairs now easily found at Apple Store locations

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 05:23
Category: AirPods, Hardware, News, retail

If you’ve been hankering for a pair of AirPods but haven’t been able to find it on your normal store shelf, odds are they’ve finally arrived at your local Apple Store. Apple has been ramping up in store inventory over the past couple weeks, and most of the stores The Mac Observer checked have plenty in stock all the time.

Apple introduced AirPods a year ago but suffered from ongoing inventory constraints from the first day they were supposed to hit store shelves. Prior to a couple weeks ago, finding AirPods in a store was akin to finding a Wonka golden ticket and ordering online meant waiting weeks—if not months—for them to arrive.

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Security researchers point out Apple-granted API that could have allowed Uber to monitor iPhone users’ activities

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iOS, News, security, Software, Wearables

Last week, a controversial background API given from Apple to Uber designed to improve performance of the Uber app on the Apple Watch made headlines when security researchers told stated that Uber could have used it to record a user’s iPhone screen even with the Uber app just running in the background.

In a statement, Uber said the entitlement was used for an old version of the Apple Watch app and was provided to Uber because the original Apple Watch couldn’t render maps.

The company offered the following statement regarding the situation:

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AIM protocol to be shut down after 20 year run

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Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 05:13
Category: News, Software

You have to admit, 20 years is a good run for a messaging protocol.

After 20 years, AIM, the AOL Instant Messenger protocol, will be shut down on December 15th, 2017. The announcement was made by Oath, the Frankenstein merger of AOL and Yahoo! created by now-parent company Verizon.

AIM, which surfaced from the original America Online community, served as one of the earliest cross-platform instant messaging tools with Apple embracing it in early versions of OS X.

But AIM was eventually overshadowed by the rise of social networking. Everything from Twitter to Facebook to Snapchat and scores of other networks lured people away from AIM and the other early instant messaging services. The rise of SMS as an ubiquitous means of communication also took its toll.

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Apple preps new emojis, including androgynous symbols

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Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

This year, the Unicode Consortium, the organization that handles new emoji proposals, has approved a new set of emojis, including an androgynous person, a male fairy, a takeout box, a “shh” smiley, “I love you” in American Sign Language, a bevy of mystical creatures, and an orange heart, which completes that emoji’s full rainbow of colors.

The approved new emojis will be rolled out globally on Monday, October 9th, as part of Apple’s second public beta for iOS 11.1. Users should expect to see the emojis in the official release of iOS 11.1 towards the end of October or early November. Other approved new emojis, announced in July, include a breastfeeding woman, woman with headscarf, and vomiting emojis.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update, works to address security concerns, bugs

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2017, 05:39
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

Every so often after a major operating system update, Apple releases a supplemental update to sort things out.

This is one of those times.

On Thursday, Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update. The update, a 915 megabyte download through the App Store’s “Update” tab, fixes two important security flaws, one of which was just recently publicized. It also addresses three relatively minor bugs in macOS High Sierra.

Per Apple’s patch notes, the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update offers the following fixes:

Improves installer robustness
Fixes a cursor graphic bug when using Adobe InDesign
Resolves an issue where email messages couldn’t be deleted from Yahoo accounts in Mail
Security patch notes for macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update
StorageKit

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