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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Gray area: Apple changes the definition of ‘on’ and ‘off’ in iOS 11

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 03:29
Category: iOS, iPhone, Wi-Fi, wireless
Gray area: Are they on or are they off?

Gray area: Are they on or are they off?

During the iOS 11 beta I noticed a strange bug: I’d turn off Wi–Fi in Control Center and it would turn itself back on. After doing this multiple times, I filed a bug. Turns out that it wasn’t a bug, it was working as intended.

This is problem for me because I turn Wi–Fi off when I leave the office so that my iPhone won’t try to connect to the building’s Wi–Fi (or that of a passing Google bus). When your iPhone can’t connect reliably to Wi-Fi, it leaves the device in a state of limbo and data packets stop flowing.

When I leave the office I flip up Control Center and turn off Wi–Fi. When my iPhone would inevitably stop receiving data, I’d check Wi–Fi and notice that it had been turned back on. It’s Wi–Fi disobedience, essentially.

Rather than giving us a feature that many have requested (3D Touch the Wi–Fi icon and select from available networks) Apple nerfed the feature and made it worse.

Who asked for this “feature” anyway?

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Apple acquires French software firm Regaind, could use APIs to help improve photo, facial analysis

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Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, 05:36
Category: Developer, iOS, News, photos, Software, Uncategorized

Apple has acquired yet another company that might prove fruitful for image and facial analysis in the future.

The company has acquired Regaind, a small French artificial intelligence startup focused on photo and facial analysis.

As usual, Apple offered the following comment regarding the transaction:

Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.

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Apple releases first macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1 public betas

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 05:37
Category: High Sierra, iOS, macOS, News, Software, TvOS

If you’re feeling curious or brave this week, Apple has released the first public betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, iOS 11.1, and tvOS 11.1.

It doesn’t look like there are major changes in these beta releases and instead seem to be bug fixes and minor refinements. Apple released the developer betas on Wednesday and followed up with the public betas on Thursday.

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Apple Pay Cash feature could arrive in late October

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, iOS, News, Software, watchOS

Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s upcoming person-to-person payment feature that was announced at WWDC this past June, looks to be scheduled for release in late October.

Apple Pay Cash will allow Apple Pay users to quickly send and receive secure payments between friends and family. iOS 11 and watchOS 4 users will be able to use the Messages app, or utilize Siri to pay someone using credit and debit cards available in the Wallet app. Received payments are instantly deposited on a new Apple Pay Cash card that will be added to Apple Wallet, and money will be available for immediate usage.

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