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ipadpromockupAs rumours of a larger “iPad Pro” surface once again, MacRumors reports it will include a more powerful A8X processor, a version of the A8 currently found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with improved graphics capabilities in order to power all those pixels. A separate rumour claims a Mac Mini refresh is imminent, possibly to be released alongside the updated iPads sometime in October.

Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 fumble yesterday was serious enough for them to release a support article on the issue, detailing the loss of cellular service and/or ability to use Touch ID. Per previous recommendations, the official advice from Apple is to restore back to iOS 8.0 using the appropriate IPSW files for your device.

Also serious enough for Apple to respond to is the so-called “iPhone bendgate”, or issues with the iPhone 6 Plus bending when stored in a front or back pocket. Speaking to CNBC, Apple have said only 9 customers have complained (at least officially). With over 10 million iPhone 6 units sold, that’s not even a percentage worth worrying about — and in my opinion, has been made out to be a much bigger deal than it actually is.

A new security vulnerability called Shellshock is affecting computers and devices all over the world, and OS X, being a Linux-based OS, is no exception. Because the vulnerability has existed for decades, and is super-easy to exploit, it’s a big deal. Macworld has more details on the security vulnerability, and both Macworld and iMore explain what it means for Mac users (not much, unless you run servers).

Speaking of security, another report claims Apple knew about the iCloud brute-force vulnerability six months before photos of celebrities were stolen from iCloud. One software developer told Apple about the issue months in advance, and if true, means Apple was at fault (as least partially) for the subsequent fallout.

The FBI is concerned with the new security settings in iOS 8, particularly with the new default encryption. Although the FBI Director understands the need for privacy, he’s concerned about the cases where the US Government does need access to electronic devices.

MacStories writes about the Digg app for iPhone, saying it’s a decent RSS reader with some nifty discovery features.

Stephen Hackett has a review of the iPhone 6. He, too, says the protruding camera lens is unattractive, although the rest of the device is as tightly executed and well-designed as any iPhone before it.

If Apple are billing Health as an expansive health app, why can’t it track the female menstrual cycle? It’s a question posed by The Verge, and there’s really no good answer — the app tracks height, inhaler, sodium intake, but apparently, not something applicable to half the world’s population.

One of the concerns surrounding third-party software keyboards is the potential for keystroke logging. I know I can trust Apple when I use their inbuilt keyboard, but developers who offer keyboard replacements for free? I kind of have to ask the question about how they’re making their money. But perhaps the bigger issue here are the security questions raised by in-app browser views, as detailed by Craig Hockenberry. Some food for thought.

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  1. Interesting to note there’s only one IPSW file for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Previous years they had separate GSM and CDMA versions for the US and rest-of-world versions of devices, and that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.

  2. The Health app doesn’t track menstrual cycles!? That’s a pretty big oversight. While they’re at it the app should be able to track anything trackable to with reproductive health as well.

  3. tom says:

    Just so long as any data is added by the user and not monitored and tracked by the phone or another sort of “wearable” device. There are some situations where you wouldn’t want the phone to beep and vibrate to let you know you’ve met today’s target!

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