Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Reports suggest Apple to focus on performance and reliability in this year’s iOS and macOS releases →

Ina Fried for Axios:

Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues, Axios has learned.

On cut features:

On the cutting board: Pushed into 2019 are a number of features including a refresh of the home screen and in-car user interfaces, improvements to core apps like mail and updates to the picture-taking, photo editing and sharing experiences.

I’ve been wondering when Apple would spruce up the home screen with something more modern. If this report is true, it’s too bad we’ll have to wait for their vision of what that looks like. Also sad about CarPlay. It definitely could use some work.

On new features still slated for release:

What made it: There will be some new features, of course, including improvements in augmented reality, digital health and parental controls. In addition, Apple is prioritizing work to make iPhones more responsive and less prone to cause customer support issues.

Mark Gurman from Bloomberg also reported a smaller scale-back of new features is in the works for macOS while watchOS and tvOS chart a normal course.

There are multiple outlets corroborating this story, so I’m inclined to believe the context. However, as these rumors go, there’s no telling to what exact degree they are true until the WWDC keynote is over.

I don’t see this is a bad thing, but more of an unfortunate necessity after the string of bugs and security issues caused by lack of oversight. Not to mention the bad press Apple received as a result thereof. Hypothetically, this could mean iOS 12.x and macOS 10.14.x releases may be more substantial updates down the line — especially for iOS and new iPhone models, which typically have a few unique features.

Also, if Gurman is right, this could allow more time for Apple to focus on watchOS and tvOS. watchOS received a relatively small update last year in the form of watchOS 4. For a device still in its infancy, it has started to hit its groove, but adjustments are still in order. This is especially true when it comes to opening up the SDK even more for developers (e.g. new APIs for audio to allow for podcast apps).

We’ll see how true this is eventually. A lot can happen between now and June.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

High Sierra App Store preferences can be accessed with any password →

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password.

And:

As mentioned in the radar, System Preferences does not accept an incorrect password with a non-administrator account. We also weren’t able to unlock any other System Preferences menus with an incorrect password.

We’re unable to reproduce the issue on the third or fourth betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, suggesting Apple has fixed the security vulnerability in the upcoming release. However, the update currently remains in testing.

Apple has really been dropping the ball with these breaches lately. Though App Store preferences are not as concerning as say, access to the whole system, the reality is still unacceptable.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Apple updates Operating Systems for multiple devices

Apple has released the following operating system updates today. With exception to the Mac, these are minor fixes. Apple is expected to announce iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 next month at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). These typically are the big updates that drop in the September/October timeframe.

I always update right away to make sure I’m running the latest and greatest versions, but you’ll be okay waiting on updating to these new versions until you have some extra time.

  • iPhone/iPad: iOS 10.3.2
    • Minor fixes.
  • Mac: macOS Sierra 10.12.5
    • Fixes an issue where audio may stutter when played through USB headphones
    • Enhances compatibility of the Mac App Store with future software updates
    • Adds support for media-free installation of Windows 10 Creators Update using Boot Camp
  • Apple Watch: watchOS 3.2.2
    • Minor fixes.
  • Apple TV (latest): tvOS 10.2.1
    • Minor fixes.