Thursday Morning News
The good news is, Apple says that many of the exploits used in iOS devices revealed by the latest round of Wikileaks publications have already been patched. Apple’s upgrade strategy allows for all supported devices to run the latest version of iOS, with Apple saying that nearly 80% of users currently run the latest version of iOS, and that they will be working to address any outstanding vulnerabilities as revealed by the Wikileaks documents.
A new rumour claims the iPhone that everyone’s been waiting for will be called the “iPhone Edition“. It’s this bezel-less, OLED display iPhone that will ship well after this year’s updates to the regular 4.7 and 5.5-inch versions, with rumours also claiming that the iPhone Edition will be priced above the current models. Apple prototypes are already well into their testing phase, with glass, aluminium, and ceramic chassis all being evaluated.
This slipping shipping date is mostly due to the production schedule of the front-facing 3D camera. It’s been rumoured that this next iPhone will feature some kind of 3D depth-sensing technology, which may even play a part in facial recognition, if Apple decides to go down that path for user authentication. It’s unknown whether Apple will be using facial recognition along with fingerprint recognition, but that’s what the rumours say.
Imagination Technologies have been included as the graphics powerhouse of most, if not every iPhone so far, and their newly-announced PowerVR Furian architecture promises a leap in graphics performance once again. Both performance and efficiency are touted as major features, with Furian supporting 4K graphics on mobile. That said, Imagination has also said that chips based on the Furian architecture won’t be available until the end of 2018 at the earliest.
9to5Mac reports Apple Music Head of Global Marketing Bozoma Saint John has been named as one of the most powerful women in business by Black Enterprise magazine. The announcement couldn’t have come at a better time, thanks to International Women’s Day.
Speaking of International Women’s Day, the iTunes movie, book, and TV show stores are getting in on the action by showcasing content with strong female leads or characters. Many “like a girl” sections have also popped up, as well as special playlists within Apple Music.
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the force Apple’s beta releases, with the fifth developer betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 released overnight. A day gap between the macOS and iOS betas isn’t something to be overly concerned about, but before you know it, a day turns into two. Then a week. And before you know it, people are saying Apple has lost its way because it can’t keep beta releases across their platforms on the same cadence.
If updating apps without App Store approval seems like breaking the rules, it probably is. Rollout.io allows developers to update code in their apps after it has ben published to the App Store, saying in a blog post the service was fully protected from MITM attacks, and may even help developers fix vulnerabilities after they’re discovered. Apple, for their part, has been cracking down on such practices.
OS X Daily tells us about searching Photos on the Mac for matching attributes, such as items, descriptions, objects, and other things. There’s a similar search feature found within iOS photos.
Manufacturing company Ibiden has committed to 100% renewable energy for all of its Apple production. The press release from Apple says Ibiden will invest in more than 20 renewable energy facilities.