Apple confirms fix against “KRACK Attack” WPA-2 exploit in macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas, has yet to comment on AirPort firmware

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 05:08
Category: Android, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, watchOS

Following the recent “KRACK Attack” Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit, Apple has cited that it has addressed the issue in its macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS betas, but has yet to officially state as to whether a patch is en route for its AirPort series of routers.

Sources within the company have stated that the patch to remove hardware susceptibility was included in a “previous” beta of the current range of operating systems, indicating a release before Monday’s batch.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announces Woz U, looks to bring affordable tech education to wider audience

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 05:48
Category: Education, iOS, News, Software

The Woz is endeavoring to bring more affordable tech education your way.

Last week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced the formation of Woz U, an online university designed to make tech education more affordable.

He stated that while the current plan is for web-based classes in the near term, the long-term plan is to bring physical campuses to more than 30 cities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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Apple expands Apple Pay Cash beta testing to employee base

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash, Finance, iOS, News, Software, watchOS

Apple has reportedly expanded an internal test of its forthcoming Apple Pay Cash technology to include its retail employees, which suggests that it may be ready for public release in the near future.

Apple began rolling out the feature to retail employees today, asking workers to install the latest iOS 11.1 beta and a special device certificate in order to enable the P2P function. Employees taking part in the internal evaluation are required to whitelist iCloud accounts in order to use the service.

Signs of the expanded Apple Pay Cash test emerged last week when select corporate staff were granted access to the upcoming feature.

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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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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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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 watchOS 4.0.1 update, works to address Wi-Fi/LTE connectivity issues for Apple Watch Series 3 devices

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s watchOS 4.0.1 update is out and it works to improve the reliability of LTE cellular connections without an iPhone nearby.

Apple Watch owners can now download watchOS 4.0.1 via the official Watch app on a paired iPhone. Release notes accompanying the software say that it addresses the Wi-Fi bug that could prevent LTE connectivity when near a public hotspot.

Given that LTE connectivity provides a significant drain on battery life, the Apple Watch tends to opt to use Wi-Fi networks when possible. Prior to the watchOS 4.0.1 update, the Apple Watch failed to identify public Wi-Fi networks with portals, which cannot be accessed without accepting terms and conditions. Without a browser or full-fledged iOS operating system, watchOS is unable to connect to such networks.

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Apple acquires/hires Init.ai staff to help guide new Siri functions, iOS 11 Business Chat

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software

Apple has apparently acquired/hired the staff of Init.ai, a small, six person startup known for its customer service automation software.

Init.ai’s product is described as the following:

…a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions…

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 update, focuses on crackling sound issue

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Archive, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software

You can’t say Apple isn’t quick with its updates.

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.0.2. The update, a 277 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes for supported iOS devices:

– Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices.

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