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  • AirTag rival Chipolo One Spot with keyring hole now available for preorder

    Soli said:
    AppleZulu said:
    What is Chipolo doing to prevent stalkers and abusers from using this device to track their victims? Will it alert someone that a device not registered to them has been following them? If so, do you have to install a Chipolo app and register an account in order to be notified, even if you don't have any Chipolo tags yourself? Will the Chipolo tag start making a noise after some period of time if its owner isn't nearby? I'm just asking because Apple's AirTags have some anti-stalker features, but a bunch of people on these forums seemed to think they hadn't done enough in that area. Now we have this Chipolo announcement, and I can't find a thing on their website about any measures whatsoever that they've taken to thwart misuse of their devices, other than the potential that there might not be enough Chipolo users out there for their phones to usefully relay a victim's location back to the stalker.
    1) It's funny how trackers have been around for years without any mention of trying to prevent illicit use, but as soon as Apple announces one with that safety feature all of a sudden it's not good enough.

    2) I do wonder how the Find My network is set up for these other trackers. Hopefully that will be able to piggyback on Apple's OSes and back end for the anti-stalker feature instead of only being a centralized place to see 3rd-party trackers.

    Apple’s Find My network now offers new third-party finding experiences

    "The Find My network is a crowdsourced network of hundreds of millions of Apple devices that use Bluetooth wireless technology to detect missing devices or items nearby, and report their approximate location back to the owner. The entire process is end-to-end encrypted and anonymous, so no one else, not even Apple or the third-party manufacturer, can view a device’s location or information."
  • Apple's 5G modem could land in 2023 iPhone, Kuo says

    Kuo's prior item on this subject predicted Apple's proprietary 5G in 2022 or 2023. This one says 2023 at the earliest, but maybe later. I'm still trying to figure out how the oft-applied "more accurate than most" honorific for Kuo is calculated. Seems like Kuo's most oft-reported notes lately are corrections of prior notes. Mind you, I totally get that the pandemic has screwed things up for everyone, and that it also appears that Apple may actually be releasing decoy info that gets picked up by prognosticators, but I'm just trying to figure out how any one analyst gets commonly noted as better at this than other analysts.
  • Report finds AirTag enables 'inexpensive, effective stalking'

    I haven't seen any commentary about a flip-side of this issue: Air Tags as evidence against stalkers. These devices are registered to a single user, and presumably leave a data trail on Apple servers somewhere. It's easy for a stalker to drop a tag in someone's bag, but not so easy to retrieve undetected later. Someone who finds a tag that someone else has placed in their effects could take it to the police. With a properly executed warrant, this could be end up as pretty clear evidence against a stalker who has used one to track someone. A few publicized instances of people being penalized for that, and many potential stalkers may ultimately hesitate to use tags for nefarious purposes.
  • Rudy Giuliani says warrant illegal since agents already had data 'from the iCloud'

    You might have had a point there if only Giuliani hadn’t been appointed by the previous President as Cyber Security Advisor, and he accepted that appointment. This would suggest both he and the President believed he has qualifications and technical knowledge that go beyond a great-grampa who always had a secretary to handle the new-fangled technical stuff for him. If, on the other hand, he took such an appointment without even a basic understanding of such things, perhaps that lack of knowledge and qualifications is a proper subject for criticism. 
  • Apple reiterates it has no plans to merge iPad and Mac

    crowley said:
    crowley said:
    crowley said:

    So, what is it about iPad hardware running the Mac's M1 chip that prevents or limits it from running MacOS?
    What component does it lack?
    Absolutely nothing.  There is no reason why Apple wouldn't be able (with some effort) to get macOS running on an iPad.  The same has been true since iPad came out, and isn't significantly more true now.

    But Apple don't want to do that.  Why would they?

    Until recently -- when Apple ported MacOS to the M1 chip then replaced the A series chip in the iPad with an M1 -- it may have been theoretically possible but not really feasible because MacOS would not run on an ARM based processor.   Now that both Macs and the M1 iPad run the same processor it becomes much more feasible and practical. 
    Apple did not take 10 years to port macOS to the ARM instruction set.  They could have done it at any time.  They didn't, because they didn't want macOS on the iPad.  I doubt very much that anything has changed in that regard.  It's always been feasible, and practicality has nothing to with it.  Apple's willingness is the only thing that matters, and they have shown zero.

    You're saying that Apple held back converting the Mac to an ARM style processor because they didn't want to port MacOS to the iPad?
    I don't get your logic.

    The idea of dual booting either MacOS or iPadOS on the iPad comes from:
    1)  Like a dog, "they do it because (now) they can"
    2)  iPadOS is so weak once you expand out of basic tablet mode.
    The logic seems pretty self evident to me, so not sure what you don't get.

    In answer to your "idea"
    1. When has Apple ever done something "because it could"
    2. No it isn't.  It is exactly what Apple wants it to be.  If you don't like that, Apple's message is buy something else, like a Mac.

    I still can't find the logic (or accuracy) in any of that.  Sorry.
    This is why you will find Apple continuing not to do what you want them to do. Seriously, they sell a lot of iPads to a lot of people who report back high levels of customer satisfaction. The thing you think is a problem isn’t. Because it’s not a problem, there’s no need to fix it. 

    If the iPad doesn’t do the things you want, buy a device that does. There’s a nice array of Macs that will, or if you’re all about the tablet/notebook combo thing, buy a Surface. Telling strangers on an online forum that Apple should make you a combo device is not going to get you one.