Monday Morning News

At the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, one FBI Forensic Security expert called Apple jerks and evil geniuses. It’s all because Apple’s focus on customer privacy and information security makes it harder for the FBI to perform investigative work when that involves breaking into a suspect’s iPhone, with passcode cracking times going from two days to two months, according to the security expert.

Speaking of security, Apple’s updated iOS security guide for iOS 11.1 and iOS 11.2 gives us a look at the explanation behind the technology that makes Face ID and Apple Pay Cash secure. There’s also interesting info on how the iPhone and Apple Watch communicate securely, as well as other iOS technologies, all written in plain English so it’s easy to read.

Apple has since confirmed some iCloud users outside of the US mistakenly received last week’s iCloud data migration notice. In a separate follow-up email to those customers, Apple says the original email was only intended to be received by those whose iCloud accounts were set to China, ahead of the migration of Chinese iCloud data to a GCBD operated data centre.

In an interview with the American ABC, Apple SVP of Retail and Online Angela Ahrendts talked about her experience joining Apple, including how she told Apple CEO Tim Cook that she wasn’t a techie. Ahrendts also shared some personal stories, including the one where she initially set out to be a designer, only to be told by a professor that she wasn’t very talented from a design standpoint, but had a strong opinion on things, which is how she ended up in marketing.

A report from the Wall Street Journal says Apple has more shipping delays under Tim Cook than it ever did with Steve Jobs at the helm. The average gap between Apple announcing and shipping a product is up to 23 days, more than double the 11 days that Jobs had, and with many new products making it to the press way before their shipping dates.

The source code to Apple’s Lisa OS will be made publicly available sometime later this year. The Computer History Museum says the source code for Apple’s original Lisa OS is currently with Apple for review, with plans to release it later this year to all.

Angela Guzman has the story of how she created Apple’s original emoji with her then-mentor, Raymond. The pair shared an office for three months, creating many of the emoji that you see today — each one with a unique attention to detail like only the best iconographers in the world know how to do, and some even with interesting stories behind their pixels.

Now that CES is done and dusted for another year, let’s take a look at what shook out in the Apple world. 9to5Mac says there’s all kinds of strange Apple accessory fakes out there, with everything from HomePod look-a-like wireless speakers, wireless headphones with a very similar case design to Apple’s AirPods, and smartwatches that look exactly like the Apple Watch. Why do you own design work when arguably the best company in the world has already done it for you, am I right?

Meanwhile, MacRumors runs us through some of the best Apple accessories that were unveiled at the show. HomeKit-compatible accessories were undoubtedly the most popular category, with new square light panels from Nanoleaf, Belkin’s HomeKit for Wemo, and a bunch of other power and charging accessories.

New ads from Apple tells us about portrait lighting on the iPhone X, and the power of AR and mobile note-taking on the iPad Pro.

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  1. Erwin says:

    The Apple Touch ID Home button dongle is hilarious:

    It even comes with a headphone jack!

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