Hacks: Tall tales of Apple security woes

6 days 15 hours ago

Have you heard the one about the Face ID “hack”?

WELL. Keep your hands and feet inside the cart as this ride can take sudden turns.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and yodeling mime academy, Davey Winder says “Apple's iPhone FaceID Hacked In Less Than 120 Seconds.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

“Hacked”, you will not be surprised to discover, is used somewhat loosely in this context.

What you need to know is this is an extremely clever and dangerous hack that puts you in danger right now. Its key element is just one thing: free access to the unconscious body of the iPhone owner. That’s it.

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The Macalope

The Apple Card is not magic

6 days 16 hours ago

A select set of consumers are finally starting to get their Apple Cards, and the web is overflowing with banal analysis about every mundane detail. Did you hear the one about the guy with a credit score of 620 who got approved? Gasp!

Look, I get it. This is Apple, after all. Anything the company does gets dissected, fawned over, argued about, and hot-taked into oblivion. But the Apple Card is often mistakenly considered to be far more noteworthy than it is: outside of the fact that the Apple Card is, well, from Apple, it’s not very remarkable at all.

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Jason Cross

6 upgrades Apple’s iPad Pro needs before an unnecessary triple-lens rear camera

6 days 17 hours ago

With just a few weeks to go until Apple kicks off its furious fall release schedule, the rumors are in full swing. We might have learned the name of the new iPhone and the possible replacement for 3D Touch, but the latest rumor is a head scratcher. Apparently, Apple will be adding the same triple camera array that’s coming to the iPhone 11 to the iPad Pro, marking a giant leap from the current 12-megapixel single-camera it currently has.

We’d like to dismiss this rumor as ridiculous, but it comes from Mac Otakara’s Chinese supple sources (via MacRumors), which have been accurate in the past. So let’s pretend it’s true. Here’s my question: Why? Taking pictures with an 11- or 12.9-inch tablet is already awkward for both the photographer and the people forced to witness the spectacle, so why would Apple encourage such antisocial behavior by adding a high-end camera onto the iPad Pro? While we’re waiting to see if this pans out, here are five upgrades I’d rather see in the next iPad Pro.

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Michael Simon

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

1 week ago
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.
Ian Paul

TP-Link cancels HomeKit plans for the most promising smart home device for Siri

1 week ago

One of the more interesting announcements to come out of this year’s CES wasn’t a new product at all, it was an upcoming update to an old one. Budget device maker TP-Link announced that it would be updating its popular Wi-Fi Plug Mini with HomeKit support so it could be controlled by Siri.

However, after the “early 2019” deadline came and went, TP-Link has now announced that it won’t actually be supporting HomeKit after all. In a support document uncovered by an eagle-eyed Reddit user, TP has broken the news to anyone who was waiting for the update to arrive:

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Michael Simon

How to “click accept on the account page” with apps in the Mac App Store

1 week ago

Woe to those who receive cryptic messages on their Macs. “Click accept on the account page to update this app” is one of them. Which apps? Which account page? AIEEEE! (Picture Cathy here with frizzy hair, tongue sticking out.)

Turns out that this is an easy problem to resolve, and it comes from a place of corporate generosity. Apple makes a number of apps free to macOS users, some of which were paid at one point. This typically affects iMovie, Garageband, Keynote, Numbers, and Pages.

MacOS still registers and downloads those apps via the Mac App Store, and ownership can apparently get muddled even if don’t recall using multiple Apple IDs or copying the apps across computers. It can also occur if you Mac is serviced and the drive remains in place but the motherboard is swapped.

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Glenn Fleishman

iPhone 2019 rumors: iPhone Pro moniker might finally make its debut

1 week ago

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 08/12/19: A Twitter post from a user who accurately predicted the iPhone XS and XR naming has teased the launch of the long-rumored iPhone Pro name.

iPhone Pro

A random Twitter post about the next iPhone doesn’t usually rise to the level of plausibility, but CoinX’s 13 posts have been remarkable accurate. Not only did CoinX predict the return of the iPad mini, the weight of the iPhone XS Max, and the lack of a headphone jack on the latest iPad Pro, he also nailed the 2018 iPhone naming scheme. And now CoinX is claiming to know the name of Apple’s next top-of-the-line iPhone: iPhone Pro. Presumably this will pertain to the 6.5-inch model, but CoinX doesn’t specify in the cryptic tweet, which reads: “‘Pro’ for iPhone? Crazy naming schemes over the past few years.”

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Macworld Staff

How to add multiple accounts to Apple TV

1 week ago

We may not yet have support for multiple accounts on the iPad, but by gosh, we’ll have it on the Apple TV once tvOS 13 drops. The new feature lets you easily switch between two or more Apple IDs on Apple’s set-top box, which means it’ll be easier to keep your recommendations from getting muddled with the viewing histories of family members and friends who share the device.

Yet, it’s like not multiple accounts on the Mac. Every app you’ve downloaded stays in place when you switch between profiles, and you usually won’t see any differences in the account management of apps like Netflix. (Fortunately, Netflix comes with its own support for multiple accounts.)

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Leif Johnson
30 minutes 35 seconds ago
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