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Xcode 15.4

maandag 13 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (direct download): Xcode 15.4 supports simulating web distribution while running or testing your app. […] Some Macs recently received a macOS system update which disabled the simulator runtimes used by Xcode, including the simulators for iOS, …

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watchOS 10.5

maandag 13 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Juli Clover (release notes, security): While watchOS 10.5 is primarily a bug fix update, it does introduce a new Pride watch face to go along with the Pride band that Apple introduced earlier in May. Previously: watchOS 10.3.1

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Apple Apologizes for iPad “Crush” Ad

vrijdag 10 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Emma Roth (Hacker News): Apple has apologized after a commercial meant to showcase its brand-new iPad Pro drew widespread criticism among the creative community. In a statement provided to Ad Age, Tor Myhren, Apple’s vice president of marketing, sai…

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FDA Recalls Defective Insulin Pump App

vrijdag 10 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Jess Weatherbed (Hacker News): At least 224 people with diabetes have reported injuries linked to a defective iOS app that caused their insulin pumps to shut down prematurely, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Wednesday, the…

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Swift Proposal: Objective-C Implementations in Swift

vrijdag 10 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

SE-0436 (via Becca Royal-Gordon): Swift has always had a mechanism that allows Objective-C code to use Swift types: the @objc attribute. When a class is marked with @objc (or, more typically, inherits from an @objc or imported Objective-C class), Sw…

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Black Camera.app Screen and Broken Shutter Button

vrijdag 10 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

YoungCraxy: This is about to drive me crazy, whenever I capture a snapshot, when I press the camera, sometimes a black screen pops up and this doesn’t go away, I can’t shoot anything, I have to go in and out of the camera again. There are two really…

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Why In-App Purchases Don’t Work for the Enterprise

donderdag 9 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Caleb Basinger: We don’t buy apps through the App Store. Rather, we purchase licenses in bulk—one for every employee or device—through Apple’s Apps and Books program, part of Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager.[…]The only problem is tha…

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Root Privilege Escalation via diskutil

donderdag 9 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Eswar: A new local privilege escalation vulnerability has been discovered in macOS which could allow any user to escalate their privileges to root by mounting filesystems using “diskutil” command line utility. This new vulnerability has been assigne…

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Cuckoo Malware

donderdag 9 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Adam Kohler and Christopher Lopez: The downloaded DMG contains an application bundle. Normally, macOS applications instruct the user to drag such apps into the /Applications folder. But in this case, it tells the user to right-click on it and click …

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Apple Platform Security Guide (May 2024)

donderdag 9 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (PDF, via Ivan Krstić): Unless otherwise noted, this documentation covers the following operating system versions: iOS 17.3, iPadOS 17.3, macOS 14.3, tvOS 17.3, and watchOS 10.3. Apple: Topics added:Cryptex1 Image4 Manifest Hash (spih)Cryptex1…

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Online Messaging Systems of Yesteryear

woensdag 8 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Jeremy Reimer (via Adam Engst): PLATO was an educational system that began in 1960 and was nearing its fourth iteration. It was responsible for many computer firsts, such as the first flat-screen plasma display, which launched in 1972 with PLATO IV.…

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Shiny MacBook Keys

woensdag 8 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

OSXDaily (tweet): One of the worst things about the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is the shiny key issue. If you’re unfamiliar, the image above demonstrates the beginning stages of the shiny key development on my otherwise beautiful six month old MacB…

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The Alternative Implementation Problem

woensdag 8 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Maxime Chevalier: What I’ve concluded, based on experience, is that positioning your project as an alternative implementation of something is a losing proposition. It doesn’t matter how smart you are. It doesn’t matter how hard you work. The problem…

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Turning Off iOS 17 Contact Posters

woensdag 8 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Federico Viticci: In iOS 17, you can create a contact poster, which is essentially a combination of a profile picture and artwork that will represent you when calling other people on the phone, FaceTime, and other apps compatible with the CallKit fr…

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iPad Air (6th Generation)

dinsdag 7 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (MacRumors, Hacker News): Apple today announced the redesigned 11-inch and all-new 13-inch iPad Air, supercharged by the M2 chip. Now available in two sizes for the first time, the 11-inch iPad Air is super-portable, and the 13-inch model prov…

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iPad Pro (7th Generation)

dinsdag 7 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (MacRumors, keyboard, Hacker News): Available in silver and space black finishes, the new iPad Pro comes in two sizes: an expansive 13-inch model and a super-portable 11-inch model. Both sizes feature the world’s most advanced display — a new …

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Apple Pencil Pro

dinsdag 7 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (MacRumors): A new sensor in the barrel can sense a user’s squeeze, bringing up a tool palette to quickly switch tools, line weights, and colors, all without interrupting the creative process. A custom haptic engine delivers a light tap that p…

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Final Cut Pro 2 and Logic Pro 2 for iPad

dinsdag 7 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (Hacker News): Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 transforms iPad into a multicam production studio with Live Multicam, giving users the power to speed up their shoot by allowing them to connect and preview up to four cameras all at once, all in one pla…

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Apple M4

dinsdag 7 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (Hacker News): Built using second-generation 3-nanometer technology, M4 is a system on a chip (SoC) that advances the industry-leading power efficiency of Apple silicon and enables the incredibly thin design of iPad Pro. It also features an en…

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Swift’s Native Clocks Are Very Inefficient

maandag 6 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Wade Tregaskis (Hacker News): In a nutshell, the problem is that Swift’s Clock protocol has significant overheads by design. If you look at a time profile of code like this, you’ll see things like[…]That’s a lot of time wasted in function calls and …

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Apple’s Third-Party SDK List for Privacy Manifests

maandag 6 mei 2024 inMichael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple: Starting May 1, 2024, new or updated apps that have a newly added third-party SDK that‘s on the list of commonly used third-party SDKs will need all of the following to be submitted in App Store Connect: Required reasons for each listed API P…

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