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  • Review: macOS Catalina 10.15 is what Apple promised the Mac could be, and is a crucial upg...

    After 15 years of downloading things in Safari, you now get the "feature" of having to approve access to your Downloads folder, manually, for every single website.

    You are not approving access to your Downloads folder.  You are giving that specific website permissions to download files (to wherever you have designated as the default download location).  This stops drive-by downing of malware, etc., where as soon as you click a link or open a web page, software is downloaded, and if it's considered "safe", it is automatically opened.
  • New 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro can't use previous Magic Keyboard

    GuruZac said:
    This article is bogus. See Apple's product info and compatibility on their own website...
    I think your info is for the "new", updated version.  It is compatible with the three generations.  Just above the "Magic Keyboard", see the red "New" indicator?

  • Apple capitulates to Russia laws requiring preinstalled software on iPhone, Mac

    The title, "Apple agrees to Russia laws requiring preinstalled software" doesn't match the content:

    "Under the agreement, iPhones and iPads activated from April 1 onward will present a new screen to users, offering a selection of applications produced by Russian developers. Users will be able to select which apps they will allow or refuse to be installed via this screen as part of the set-up process."

    There is nothing preinstalled, if the body/content is correct.  Just an offer to install apps, which the user can refuse.
  • Microsoft pits Surface Pro 7 against MacBook Pro in new ad

    cloudguy said:
    You can't even do something simple like install VSCode or Atom and write Javascript or Python code on an iPad.

    WTF are you talking about?  I write code on an iPad all the time (Python, Perl, PHP, BASH, etc.) - there are many fine code editors (VSCode is not one of them & Atom is ok) and there is even a Python IDE that actually runs Python code - Pythonista 3 & a version for Python 2.  Here is a PHP IDE I've used on an iPad - DraftCode Offline PHP IDE.

    VSCode on macOS is a PoS - doesn't even follow standard keyboard shortcuts.  It's just a poorly ported Windows app.

    I tried Atom on macOS for some embedded development - another poorly ported app, with some good ideas, but if things like undo/redo don't follow standard Mac app conventions - WTF?!?!?
  • Apple advises iPhone 5 owners to update to iOS 10.3.4 by November 3

    wood1208 said:
    I'm a little confused by this.   I thought Apple had halted updates to the iPhone 5 last September (2018).   Is it still getting updates?   Or maybe just security updates?
    Because Apple is not Android OS or Android phone maker.
    Well, they aren't -- but, in this case, Android and Apple work about the same.  Google updates its systems but, at least partly because so many phones are using customized versions of the code many of those phones have to be updated by the carrier -- which doesn't happen.   Actually the best of the two is neither -- it is Microsoft:   I'm typing this on a 10 year old machine running the latest version of Windows -- and I have even older machines running current versions as well.

    But, none of that answered my original question of:  "What is Apple's policy regarding outdated equipment?  I thought they had halted updates to the iPhone 5."
    This is an up date to keep time accurate.  GPS is used for time.  Security (signing, certificates, etc.) all require accurate time, or things like the App Store, iCloud, etc., do not work.  This update fixes a GPS time issue because GPS' have "rollovers" where some hardware/software may have bugs, or did not considered the devices being in use this long.  Without this update, the device date/time will be wrong and secure stuff will break (App Store, iCloud, iMessage, secure e-mail, etc.)
  • New AirPods firmware enables Spatial Audio, automatic switching

    iOS_Guy80 said:
    “ So long as the AirPods Pro are in the charging case and connected to an iOS device” - how can they be in the case and at the same time connected? 
    I think he means just have the AirPods paired to a device. The closer they are to your router  the sooner the update will occur.
    Um... No.  Your router has nothing to do with AirPods - they can't see or use your router.  The AirPods are bluetooth only and work through your iPhone/iPad/Mac to receive the update.  Proximity to your router has absolutely zero to do with getting the AirPods updated.
  • M1 benchmarks prove Apple Silicon outclasses nearly all current Intel Mac chips

    dewme said:
    The MacBook Pro's slight advantage over the Mac Mini tells me that Apple could probably tweak a lot more performance from the Mini if they were willing to sacrifice a bit on its aesthetics to have a more aggressive thermal management subsystem. Maybe a mini cheese grater design rather than the current cigar box design? 
    What are you basing that on?  Based on the numbers DuhSesame (re)posted, the pro and the mini are identical--even with the 30-minute test.  Calling 7763 versus 7716 a "slight advantage" is like saying that something selling for $99.39 is "slightly cheaper" than something selling for $100.00.  While technically true, a 0.6% difference just statistical noise.

    What these results tell me is that the M1 chip inside all the new Macs are identical (except in terms of memory and that sadly disabled 8th GPU core in the entry-level air), and that (unlike the very first MacBook Air, way back when) the lack of a fan not a huge deal (9% difference at 10 minutes, 18% different at 30 minutes). 
    That 8th GPU core is probably not "disabled".  One of the 8 x cores is probably defective, and this is Apple's way of using the whole system on a chip, instead of scrapping it. This is common in both CPU & GPU manufacturing. 
  • Upcoming USB-C standard more than doubles power delivery to 240W

    sflocal said:
    That's seriously impressive power.  While I know that charging MacBooks comes close to that 100w limit on USBc, are there any peripherals currently that use that much power over USBc?

    I'm curious what the transfer speed will be with USB5?  Will it use a faster version of the Thunderbolt interface?
    My 2019 16" MacBook Pro, Core i9, connected to Apple supplied 96W adapter is not enough sometimes.  When the processor and/or GPU are under heavy load, and the fans are blasting, it draws > 110W (show via iStat Menus), and the battery starts draining.  This has occurred during gaming. & when running 6 x Windows VMs (Microsoft AD environment/simulation).

    Apple does not throttle the machine when power draw exceeds the AC adapter.  Most non-Apple systems slow down the machine to keep the power draw with the ability of the adapter.
  • Apple users supportive of privacy measures, but open to ad tracking

    And yet, iOS still does not support DNS over TLS or DNS over HTTPS.  Why?

    Windows 10 now supports secure DNS (even if it’s only DNS over HTTPS).

    Secure DNS as well as restoring the option for full device and cloud backup encryption would be a good start.

    Adding an option to force emails to be encrypted would be great. Say a Mail+ service that simplifies and makes secure email a reality for all iOS ans macOS users.  Maybe even build in some message retention features like automatic document deletion after a period of time.

    Maybe add an option in Messages so that messages would self destruct after being read or after a specified amount of time?

    How about an assurance that NO records of message traffic are stored by Apple for any reason?

    Just a few real world options that would make real contributions to user privacy.
    Apple devices, if secured with an unlock code, are full device encrypted.  

    Cloud backup encryption is there, and has not changed.  But cloud backup encryption has ALWAYS stored a set of keys with Apple, that Apple will provide to law enforcement with a valid search warrant.  If you only have one Apple device and Apple does not store key, then you wouldn't be able to restore the backup. (I know there are ways to avoid this, but non-technical people would not understand it and would scream bloody murder if they could not restore from their backup if they lost their cloud backup key!)

    See this Apple support document:  iCloud security overview
  • AirTag hacked and reprogrammed by security researcher

    Xed said:
    nicholfd said:
    Xed said:
    rob53 said:
    So what. Someone who knows what they're doing can do the same thing to every computer ever made. The trick is to make these changes without being obvious. All those jumper wires are obvious. I'd like to see him put it back into the enclosure and try and pass it off as an unmodified AirTag. I'm still waiting for mine and this guy wastes "multiple" AirTags. 
    As the article mentioned, he can flash (i.e.: rewrite) the microcontroller and the wires are only used for power.

    This is an impressive accomplishment for a product that has been out for a week, and to neither see nor acknowledge this blows my mind.

    We have no idea what else could be done in the future. Nefarious users could figure out was to have it bypass sending or receiving data from Apple altogether, which could make this a very useful tool for certain people.

    While I doubt we'll see many doing this, that's not the point for even one person using these in an unintended way for evil is worth protecting against, so I hope Apple can push a way to protect the HW soon.
    The AirTag sends nothing to Apple.  The Apple iPhone/iPad/AppleWatch(?) picks up a unique BT ID, and THAT device talks to Apple.  All the AirTag does is broadcast its ID via BlueTooth for other Apple devices to pick up.

    The AirTag receives nothing from Apple - it only receives data from Apple devices (probably only the device it is paired with.)
    You really need to read up on how these tags (and others like it) work. They very clearly send data to Apple's servers as you can easily verify from your own AirTag or any number of articles and videos detailing how these work.

    To put another way, these do function as ad-hoc devices with BT and UWB when you're within range, but they also work over the internet with your iCloud account so you can locate these trackers when you aren't in range by having them link to other devices securely which will forward their location to Apple which will let you know where they were found.
    YOU really need to read up on how these tags (and others like it) work.  They only talk to an app on a listening device (Find My app on Apple products).  The tags can only broadcast BLE (BlueTooth LE) IDs.  That's why the Tile tags are worthless, unless they are within range of a device that has the Tile App installed - nobody is listening, if the app isn't installed.

    The locating over the internet is because the App (Find My) on the listening devices (iPhone/iPad) reports to Apple that it saw a tag ID (ID only), and what the location of the listening device was when it saw the tag.

    No listening app, and the tag can't communicate.  Period.