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  • Apple fails bid to shut down refiled Cydia antitrust lawsuit

    sflocal said:
    Nonsense.  People like you, wannabe developers, will literally make stuff up to further your agenda.  Whiners like you are not Apple's customers.  WE are Apple's customers, not developers, not you.  

    You want the Wild West, go to Android and be done with it.
    Wow, is it really necessary to attack people and call them names like wannabe and whiner?
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  • RCS is still half-baked, and Apple has no reason to adopt it

    "[RCS] is too little, too late unless Google makes significant changes and improvements"

    Andrew, I appreciate the article, but i'm curious about this statement. What significant changes to RCS should Google make? You don't bother to elaborate on any of that in the article. You mentioned that RCS doesn't support e2ee out of the box, but Google has already added it for one-on-one messages while groups are still in the clear. Is there anything else?
  • New iOS 16 Developer Mode may be preview of third-party app store toggle

    rob53 said:
    I want, no DEMAND, that this Developer Mode setting include a way for the iPhone operator/owner to lock out the ability for it to be changed by anyone except the iPhone user as defined in iCloud settings. Further, I want to make sure the iCloud settings require either a password, passkey or something no person other than the logged in user has access to. I CHOOSE to only use the Apple App Store and since it's my device with my personal information on it, I have a right to protect that information, especially from non-governmental people, like developers. I CHOOSE what goes on my OS devices, not developers or governments. A "bad actor" has several ways to get past any iOS setting but it's more difficult when there aren't settings that would easily allow the beginning of opening an iOS device. This mode is a semi-locked door when it currently is a wall with no way to get through. 
    I don't quite understand this rant. The setting is part of the phone OS and thus will be protected by your passcode/biometrics? A bad actor would be required to have physical access to your unlocked phone, then enable this setting, reboot, etc. It's not like anyone can just do it remotely. So nothing about this setting violates any of your freedoms to choose what software you put on your phone or from where it comes, etc.

    Sure, let's suggest the user be required to re-authenticate their AppleID as well if it will make you sleep better at night. But that is completely aside from any rant about limiting your choice. This setting actually gives everyone more choice.

    I do understand and agree with posts wanting tight controls around this setting for kids' phones. I'm sure that is part of the final solution if not already there.
  • Microsoft introduces Apple Silicon support in beta build of Excel for Mac

    I'm waiting to find out if there will be any way to run x64 software virtualized. I run a lot of server tools within Docker containers, and losing this would likely force me (and a lot of other developers) on to commodity hardware running Linux...

    Docker already runs on arm64 (I actually run it on an rpi4 for home automation), so Docker Desktop for MacOS will be likely ready for Apple Silicon on day 1. Most containerized products, especially open source servers like prometheus, haproxy, mariadb, nginx, etc., already provide docker images for arm64. You can check their repository listings check if they support arm64, and file issues if they do not. Millions of people around the world use these tools, so there is no reason they will not become available rather quickly.
  • Senate Judiciary advances bill that would force Apple to allow iOS side-loading

    They won’t have to follow any rules, other than those that are part of the operating system (iOS). Like Apps not being allowed to access storage outside their sandbox or trying to access iMessage.

    However, a lot of things Apple checks for have nothing to do with APIs or iOS restrictions. For example, does your App contain pornography? Does it pass your personal details to other 3rd parties to monetize your data? Does it allow you to enter a credit card number for payments and then use that number later to commit fraud?

    Even if an App is playing by the rules of the APIs and iOS it can still do a lot of other shady stuff 

    So, just because a sideloaded app would have pornographic content, it's shady? Please.  BTW, sideloaded apps would still be sandboxed, and there will be no way to get around that since it's enforced at the OS.

    I agree that sideloading is dangerous, not because of the inherent risk of having non-verified code, which is manageable on the same way as on iOS. The risk here, is others have said, is that companies like Facebook can delete their App Store versions of apps, and therefore have none of the privacy enhancing features that apple has spent the last decade fighting for. No nutrition labels, no limits on tracking.

    The bill is about giving everyone choice - for app makers to choose how their apps are distributed, and for device owners to have full control over what software they can install on their personally owned property, and from where they get that software. And just like Facebook could choose to remove their app from the App Store, you could then choose not to install their hypothetical sideloadable replacement. If you choose to stick with the App Store, great. But a device's owner should be the only and ultimate gatekeeper over what apps are installed - not Apple.
  • Attackers hit iOS and Android devices with spyware in Italy and Kazakhstan

    docbburk said:
    It's funny how The "geniuses" in congress and and EU keep trying to force apple to let alternative app stores and sideloading.  Crap like this shows another reason apple is right and they are just stages for the likes of Epic games, google, and bad actors. 
    You realize it was Google who identified this operation and alerted the public about it?
  • Compared: Apple Studio Display vs Alogic Clarity Monitor

    lkrupp said:
    If you want something cheaper then don’t consider Apple gear to begin with. There’s a plethora of cheaper options available to you that will satisfy your need for low cost. Get a PC and a monitor for a third the price and quit agonizing over overpriced Apple gear. It’s really simple
    You are really saucy all over the forums today, aren't ya?  :)   Maybe try not so hard to wrongly assume so much about others. Did the Author of this piece (or the only other poster before you) say anything about agonizing over Apple gear? Didn't think so.

    The piece is great - both informative and accurate. Even if someone "wants something cheaper" it is always prudent to compare specs and understand exactly what your money is paying for in relation to other options. I have a Studio Display w/ nanotexture, but I might not opt for a second one, so this piece can inform me about whether the Alogic would be a good compliment as a secondary screen. I certainly would not get on the forums and start wagging my finger at the air over it.
  • Senate Judiciary advances bill that would force Apple to allow iOS side-loading

    rob53 said:
    I don't care about Android especially because nobody really comments on all the issues Android has. Google could care less, especially since their only reason for being in business is to steal user information to sell ads. 

    IF Apple is forced to provide side-loading, as @OutdoorAppDeveloper states, Apple would have to provide and install the api's necessary to use side-loading. Once the capability is there, a good developer/hacker can easily exploit it even if the user has turned it off. It might be as simple as installing a common, free app that everyone uses (Facebook???) and the install changes the side-loading setting after a few uses (so the App Store testers don't catch it fight off). I'm not a developer but I'm sure this could easily be configured, just like the official Olympic app that forces certain monitoring of athletes. There's no other option for the athletes. That's why I used the US government as an example. Submit your taxes via the IRS app and the FBI/NSA force the side-loading setting to be turned on then immediately include a backdoor. This isn't from a movie, it's common sense. If you don't think the FBI/NSA can already break into almost every version of Android you're in denial. 
    This is a really hot take - to suggest that an app in the Apple App Store (Facebook) would be able to change a hypothetical OS-level setting to enable side-loading without the user's consent or knowledge. I hate FB as much as anyone, but surely you know this would not happen. During the review process, each API call required by the app is audited directly from its source code and the manifest is verified against the developer's api entitlement list. So if those API's were being used and abused, Apple would have no excuse for it going uncaught, given how highly they tout the security of their App Store platform. If it did go uncaught, security researchers would find it quite quickly, given a simple import table dump of the app binary would expose the api call.

    Now let's talk about that Olympics Bubble app. That app IS in the App Store. It DID go through Apple's review process. And Apple approved it!!(!?!?!?) Now, even with the public awareness about its spyware characteristics, it's STILL in the Apple App Store. All the while, Apple tells us that apps in their store are secure and we can feel safe about them. The Olympics app is nothing but the latest example of how hypocritical that stance is.

    And no, is it not common sense to think that the FBI would attempt to install a backdoor via an App Store-provided app like an IRS Taxes app. For the same reasons as w/ the Facebook example, an App Store app would not be able to just flip random OS switches, and if they did slip through, security researchers would find it rather quickly - come to think of it, just like they did with the Olympics app. Go figure!

    So are we done fear mongering now? If you don't want to sideload, then don't. Nothing you install inside of the walled garden is going to be able to force side loading on you against your will.
  • The best apps to use with Sidecar for iPad and Mac users

    one of my favorite use cases for sidecar is to have a few different iOS Simulator instances (SE, Mini, Pro, Max)  up on one dedicated screen.