New information provided by the company Elcomsoft reveals a fatal security flaw in the latest version of iOS 10. According to the company, passwords to access iTunes backups are much easier to crack with Apple's latest operating system. It has been reported that cracking the password to access these backups is approximately 2,500 times faster with iOS 10, and this is due to the fact that Apple switched their hashing algorithm, allowing it to be easier to hack into the iTunes backup password.
Fortunately, Apple released a statement saying that they are working on the problem and it will be fixed in an upcoming security update. For now, though, they recommend to keep your computer safe and protected by difficult passwords. We at AppleBlend think that this shouldn't be too big of an issue, but Apple definitely needs to release an update soon before it becomes blown out of proportion.
Apple's September special event has come and passed with a great amount of success. However, it might not be enough to be able to push Apple ahead of the competition. Apple is playing catch up with its iPhone and Watch line (in terms of design changes) instead of innovating a new market standard for both. They are also pushing their iPad line as a "computer replacement", but it's simply not enough. Apple has continuously been leaving its Mac line dusty and old. To put it simply, the Mac line has one too many entry points.
Apple's Mac line currently stands with the MacBook being the student and lightweight business user's Mac, The MacBook Air being the mid student, business, and consumers entry point and the MacBook Pro being the power user and pro person go to solution. I personally think Apple should drop its Air line in favor of the MacBook to simplify the Mac laptop lineup, because the markets are similar and it would allow them to improve the other two more overall. The desktop lines need a giant upgrade as well just to meet the standard of the market today. Overall, simplifying the whole Mac lineup would bring it to today's standard, making the Mac line feel less like a museum and more like an on par computer. On the innovation side, a design and functionality overhaul would be great too. Perhaps custom heavy duty graphics for gaming as a option would attract a different audience to the Mac line. Intel's new SkyLake processors wouldn't hurt either. What would you like to see on a whole new Mac lineup? Leave your suggestions bellow.
Although Apple did not really impress with its special event, it wasn't too bad. The new iPhone 7 had some improvements, including the dual camera and a better screen, and a new Apple Watch with GPS (and Pokémon Go) were welcome additions to the lineup. However, there was one glaring mistake in the presentation: the new iPhone 7 lacks a headphone jack.
Apple went fully PC today as they announced their decision to replace their gun emoji with a bright green squirt gun emoji, because somehow it's supposed to help stop gun violence or something...But seriously, what's the point? I'm pretty sure that gun emojis aren't the cause for radical Islamic terrorism, and I don't think they're inspiring anyone at home either. We're exposed to glorification of guns in our movies, video games, and everyday lives, but somehow taking away a useful emoji is supposed to help?
Anti-gun groups have been celebrating over the non-issue here, but it leaves us at AppleBlend a little bit confused. After all the hype today in the media, Ezra and I at AppleBlend have boiled it down to one crucial question: when will the squirt gun emoji ever be useful? At all? If you have an answer, leave it in the comments below.
Over Independence Day weekend, I was able to visit a Apple store in Santa Rosa California while on vacation, and I noticed a shortage of display tables holding Macs. This was a first time ever walking into a Apple store and having to look long and hard just to find a table with a few MacBooks on it. The first six tables were lined with iOS devices in every color, with Beats headphones resting next to the devices. The only Mac tables were on the far wall sides and a couple in the rear center. Even these tables only held a few Macs, some of which were outdated. Are Apple Stores cutting the Mac display area in stores to showcase their iOS devices?
It seems quite possible. The Mac lineup is old and outdated, and until they release something new there isn't much interest in Macs. Apple seems to be pushing the iPod 6th Gen and beats heavily as they were on the the front and center tables. Apple non touch iPods were pushed into the accessory shelf's. Apple TVs were on the side wall paired with 3rd party gaming controllers (which felt like Xbox 360 controllers, bulky and unresponsive at times). The Apple store felt empty as there were few people in the store and a very small Mac display area. Do you think Apple Stores are cutting Mac display areas until Apple releases something new? We certainly do. Leave a comment if you have visited a Apple store recently and it felt like this.
Another exiting WWDC has passed and here at AppleBlend we are excited for all the new features coming to OS X (sorry, Mac OS) and iOS. There was one small glimmer of gold that did not show itself at WWDC and that is hardware. This sets the stage for a exciting hardware refresh hopefully later this year. Since Apple's introduction of the Apple A7 processor, there has been speculation that Apple will ditch Intel and move the entire Mac line to there own custom chip line. This would require Apple to create a emulator for all Intel code to be able to run on the new processors while devs recompile for the new chipset. Apple has done this successfully when they moved to Intel in the first place, which gives hope they can do it again.
True, WWDC was only yesterday, but Ezra and I have done some intense hands-on testing in the past 24 hours, and we're presenting our full review of iOS 10. Keep in mind, it is in its first beta form and many glitches and bugs will be fixed by the official release. For those of you interested in getting iOS 10, the developer beta is available now, and the public beta is released in July. The official release is this fall. Now onto the full iOS 10 review:
Rumors of Siri, the famous iPhone voice-operated assistant, coming to the Mac have been swirling lately, and some recent leaks have given us a solid glimpse into the probability of Siri coming to the Mac. MacRumors reports that they have received screenshots from a reliable source giving us a peek into the development of Siri for the Mac. In addition to a Siri app in the dock (above), it is reported that there will be a "Hey Siri" feature, much like the iPhone's, that can be turned on or off in preferences. Having "Hey Siri" on would definitely drain battery, but it would be a useful feature, especially as it appears there will be a Siri app which would take longer than just saying a command.
Do I think that Siri is coming to Mac? Absolutely. Rumors of Siri on Macs have been floating ever since Siri came to the iPhone, and now that Apple has improved Siri dramatically on the iPhone, it's time for the voice-automated assistant to arrive on the Mac. The report from MacRumors almost confirms this, and it appears we will probably find out for sure this June at WWDC, when Apple anounces OS X 10.12. The only thing left for Apple to do is fix their stale lineup of computers that hasn't changed much in the past few years. But, that's another subject for another time. As usual, feel free to leave a comment if you have additional input. Thanks!
Are we getting close to seeing the Apple Car? A report from Neil Cybart of Above Avalon indicates Apple may be ramping up spending on its much-hyped potential new product: the Apple Car. Since 2014, we've seen an uptick in Apple's R&D (research and development) spending, and it appears that Apple is going to spend at least a record $10 billion on R&D this year. Rumor has it that the increase in spending since 2014, especially the huge increase this year, indicates that Apple is moving towards a huge pivot in their company's direction by diving into the auto industry. Analysts like Neil Cybart have said that this is a huge indication Apple is getting closer to a car, but is he right? Is the R&D increase going to be spent truly on the Apple Car, or is it just wishful thinking?
Industry insider Steven Sinofksy claims that an increase in R&D spending is simply what comes along with company growth. Additionally, historically an R&D spending increase hasn't meant a huge new product. It could simply mean Apple is working on improving small aspects of the iPhone for the release of the 7 or 7s. Other analysts have commented that the spending increase is historically in line with Apple's spending anyway. However, here at AppleBlend, we believe that the R&D spending increase may very well have something to do with Project Titan (Apple Car). A 30% increase from 2015 can't be ignored, and coupled with the steadily growing Apple Car rumors, it's hard to say there's not a correlation.
The Apple Car, code name Project Titan, has been in the news for months now, and it appears Apple continues to be making progress. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is looking to purchase land in the Bay Area for its car. It has been continually leasing land in the past few months, as well as hiring more car experts from Tesla and other companies. Just a few days ago, it was discovered that Apple hired a Google Employee specializing in electric car charging.