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  1. Apple had a shockingly bad week of software problems just before the end of 2017, and it looks like 2018 isn’t starting so well either. A new bug has been discovered in iOS 11 that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iPhone and block access to the Messages app in iOS and popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, and Gmail. Italian Blog Mobile World spotted the bug, and we’ve tested it successfully on multiple iPhones running iOS 11.2.5, and found it also works on the macOS versions of Safari and Messages. Apple plans to fix the problem in an iOS update before the release of iOS 11.3 this spring. The bug itself involves sending an Indian language (Telugu) character to devices, and Apple’s iOS Springboard will crash once the message has been received. Messages will no longer open as the app is trying and failing to load the character, and it appears that the only way to regain access to your iMessages is to have another friend send you a message and try to delete the thread that contained the bad character. We’ve also tested the bug on third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmail, and Outlook for iOS and found that these apps can become disabled once a message is received. It might be difficult to fix and delete the problem message for apps like WhatsApp, unless you have web access enabled. Telegram and Skype appear to be unaffected. The public beta version of iOS 11.3 is also unaffected. It appears Apple was made aware of the problem at least three days ago, and plans to address it in an iOS update soon. Another iOS bug is crashing iPhones and disabling access to iMessage https://t.co/15Ripq7PP8 This isn’t the first time that iOS has crashed due to weird characters, URLs, or even videos. Last month a single link could freeze an iPhone, but Apple was able to resolve it with the release of iOS 11.2.5. Back in 2015 a tiny string of text disabled iMessage, and a year later in 2016 a 5-second video crashed iPhones. Apple also experienced issues with an iOS 11 bug in December that crashed iPhones, and the company took the unusual step of issuing a significant iOS update just hours after the bug started occurring. As Apple faces more security issues and software bugs, the company is reportedly focusing on reliability and performance in iOS 12 over new features. Reports suggest that Apple is taking a new approach to iOS updates, allowing engineers to push features to later releases instead of trying to cram them in for big annual updates. Some features have reportedly been pushed back as a result, allowing Apple to address some of the security and reliability issues discovered in both iOS and macOS recently. Update, 3:30PM ET: Apple plans to fix the issue in an update before the iOS 11.3 release this spring. Theverge.com
  2. macOS 10.13 High Sierra release date, news and features Everything you need to know about Apple's latest desktop OS It’s months away now, but with WWDC 2018 approaching, it’s time to take a look at macOS High Sierra 10.13, what it’s brought to the table and how Apple will likely follow it up later this year. Although it’s faced issues with password vulnerability in addition to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws infecting every modern PC that’s out out in the wild in 2018, our experience with macOS High Sierra has been generally positive. At the time of this writing, Apple has addressed the few issues we’ve had. And, the improved built-in photo editing tools and renovated file system more than make up for them. Sadly, macOS High Sierra is also victim to the same drawback that plagued OS X Mountain Lion faced following Lion: it introduces a handful of new features, but fails to innovate in a meaningful way. We won’t know until later this year what Apple’s next steps are, however we’ve seen numerous reports of iOS apps making their way to macOS. In the meantime, here is everything you need to know about macOS High Sierra. Cut to the chase What is it? The 2017 edition of Apple’s Mac operating system, macOS When is it out? Available to install now What will it cost? macOS High Sierra is free to download macOS 10.13 High Sierra release date Apple revealed macOS 10.13 High Sierra at the WWDC 2017 keynote, which is no surprise, given Apple’s tradition of announcing the latest version of its Mac software at its annual developer event. Yet, it wasn’t until September 12 that Apple revealed that the full release of High Sierra would launch a little more than a week later, on September 25. There was a developer version of the operating system you could enroll in leading to the final release, but luckily that’s no longer required to take advantage of the latest features found in macOS 10.13. Since then, macOS High Sierra has received plenty of updates, the latest of which is version 10.13.3. In it, you can expect the usual stability improvements in addition to a fix to a Messages bug that was previously showing texts out of order. Not only that, but for those experiencing a glitch that allowed App Store system preferences to be unlocked without a password, that too should have been remedied in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. macOS 10.13 High Sierra features Beyond the Hackintosh users being reasonably worried about the newly enforced security checks on EFI firmware automatically implemented each week, Apple has revealed a number of awesome new features with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. These include improvements to Safari – which will now stop ad-tracking and auto-playing videos in their tracks – and a more expansive Spotlight Search in the Mail App. Additionally, when you’re composing emails, the app now allows split view for the compose window – and, to make matters better, it uses up to 35% less disk space. The Photos app has been updated in macOS 10.13 High Sierra as well, with a better sorting tool to boot. All of this is accompanied by a new layout, better facial recognition thanks to neural networks, and improved syncing across all Apple devices. Editing tools, too, have seen improvements, in turn making it easier than ever to enhance the quality of your photos without learning the ins and outs of Photoshop or Camera RAW. And of course, you can count on Instagram-like filters being a part of this. One of the biggest changes that comes with macOS High Sierra is with the file system. It’s ditching the HFS – which Apple has used for around 30 years, and is now using the Apple File System (APFS) instead. Each mac that has been upgraded to macOS High Sierra will receive these file system updates automatically with the exception of those sporting Fusion Drives and older HDDs. Similarly, all new Macs will ship pre-formatted for APFS. To be exact, APFS is a 64-bit file system that supports native encryption and faster metadata operation. This may all sound a bit techy, but the bottom line is that this will make your Mac feel a lot faster, while also being more secure and more transparent about the nature of your files and folder contents. The update also brings HEVC, or H.265, video compression to the Mac. Apple claims that this new standard can compress video files 40% more than the previous-generation H.264 standard. The end result will be faster video streams at higher resolutions – ahem, 4K – and smaller video files sizes when stored locally. VR finally comes to the Mac One of the biggest bits of news surrounding macOS High Sierra is that it will finally bring support for virtual reality headsets officially. Namely, the HTC Vive and Steam VR will work with Macs running the new OS this autumn. However, to use such a device, you'll need at least a 5K iMac or MacBook Pro – or, any Mac that can run the new OS with an external graphics card box attached via Thunderbolt 3. Support for such devices will come part and parcel with macOS High Sierra, but won't be an active function until spring 2018. macOS 10.13 High Sierra compatibility Fortunately, in the act of creating a macOS iteration that only moderately shakes things up, the barrier to entry didn’t change at all. As long as you’re rocking one of the following Mac models, you’ll be good to go with macOS High Sierra on day one: Late 2009 iMac or newer Late 2009 MacBook/MacBook (Retina) or newer Mid-2010 MacBook Pro or newer Late 2010 MacBook Air or newer Mid-2010 Mac Mini or newer Mid-2010 Mac Pro or newer 2017 iMac Pro Bear in mind that if you want to take advantage of the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) benefits posed by macOS High Sierra, you’ll need a Mac donning – at the very least – an Intel sixth-generation Skylake processor. Unfortunately, that discounts everything released prior to 2015, but on the bright side, everything else macOS High Sierra brings to the table is fair game. Joe Osborne and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this report SOURCE
  3. Best Mac apps: the best macOS apps for your Apple computer The best Mac software both free and paid Introduction Even though there’s a very decent chance that Apple will bring iOS apps over to macOS High Sierra at some point this year, there’s still a lot to love about the existing catalog of Mac apps today. Because at the end of the day it’s the Mac software, more than anything, that keeps brand loyalists coming back to the Jony Ive-conceived line of expensive goodness. There is a wide breadth of apps available on the app store in 2018, so the best Mac apps might not all tickle your fancy. There are text editors designed for coders like Atom, that’ll have a limited appeal, especially compared to something like Evernote – which is far and away the best note-taking app available. Not all of the best Mac apps are available on the Mac App Store, but regardless – they’re all worth a peek. So without any further delay, keep reading on the next slide for the best Mac apps you can download today. From free apps to more expensive options, these are the apps that will breathe new life into your MacBook or Mac desktop this year. 1. Amphetamine Get it from: App Store Price: Free No brand of computer is without its annoyances. For so long now, it’s been impossible to use our MacBooks – unbound by the chains of a power adapter – while video outputs to an external monitor. As we all know here at TechRadar, Apple’s laptops automatically enter sleep mode whenever the lid is closed. For the lot of us, this can be a huge inconvenience should you prefer the sheer magnitude of a monitor as opposed to a 12- or 13- or 15-inch laptop screen. No brand of computer is without its annoyances. For so long now, it’s been impossible to use our MacBooks – unbound by the chains of a power adapter – while video outputs to an external monitor. As we all know here at TechRadar, Apple’s laptops automatically enter sleep mode whenever the lid is closed. For the lot of us, this can be a huge inconvenience should you prefer the sheer magnitude of a monitor as opposed to a 12- or 13- or 15-inch laptop screen. Luckily, Amphetamine makes it possible to continue using your MacBook while closed. Previously you could accomplish this using a similar application called Caffeine, but we prefer the UI features you get with this freebie. In addition to fitting in naturally with the rest of your Menu Bar items, Amphetamine also supports hotkey commands as well as deactivation reminders, not to mention there are no pesky advertisements in sight. 2. HyperDock Get it from: App Store Price: $9.99 (£7.99 or around AUS$14) While Windows has been able to snap programs to the edge of the screen since version 7, Apple’s solution didn’t arrive until OS X El Capitan. What’s more, even then it lacked some of the comprehensiveness of Microsoft’s alternative. Fortunately, HyperDock gives us that full-fledged functionality we so desperately crave, allowing anyone with a Mac to administer to the app Dock and windows all the same. For windows, you can drag an app to the left or right edges of the screen (or the corners) and it'll automatically fill that space. This makes it much easier to be productive on the desktop without wasting time dragging windows from the corners. For the Dock, hovering over apps activates something similar to Windows 7's thumbnail previews, providing overviews of windows that can be accessed by a click or closed directly from the preview. Handy. 3. Parallels Desktop 13 Get it from: Parallels Price: $79.99/year (Home & Student) Around £60 or AUS$100) If you've bought a Mac and miss some of your old Windows programs, don't worry - Parallels Desktop 13 can bring them back. Instead of having to dual-boot your Mac into a Windows partition, Parallels Desktop 13 allows Windows and macOS Sierra to co-exist side-by-side, and you can even run Microsoft-only programs such as Visual Studio 2015, or the Windows versions of the company's Office 365 apps, alongside your native macOS ones. All you need is a Windows 10 license – so prepare to buy one if you haven't already. Or, alternatively, you can use Parallels to try a handful of free operating systems including Chromium (a free distribution of Chrome OS) or Linux Debian. The latest version of Parallels in particular has seen improvements such as Touch Bar support, better resolution scaling for Retina displays and picture-in-picture for using other operating systems in conjunction with macOS. 4. Duet Get it from: App Store Price: £14.99 (around $20 or AUS$25) If you're anything like us, you'll hate working with one monitor or screen. Portable monitors are still fairly expensive (and not to mention bulky), and luckily you can use an iPad instead using a nifty app called Duet. Developed by ex-Apple engineers, it works by tethering your iPad to your Mac using one of Apple's Lightning cables and firing up the app on both devices. You can then drag windows and apps onto your iPad's display just like you can a second monitor, and if you have a more recent iPad with a Retina display then you'll get the full benefit of all those pixels. Just know that the bandwidth isn't quite what you would get with a proper monitor, so it can be a bit laggy when you notch the quality up. But it's still more than usable for reading websites, typing up documents and watching videos. 5. Atom Get it from: Atom Price: Free Atom is a text editor that's primarily designed for coders, but its flexibility and customization options make it a viable option for many different types of users. That's because of two reasons: first, you can download a number of different Packages - effectively plug-ins - to make it bend to your will. It can be transformed into a Markdown editor for writing blog posts, for example, or you can hook it up to Evernote for storing notes in the cloud. There's at least 10 different word counters out there, and you can even add typewriter sound effects as you hammer out your delicious prose. Atom is also infinitely customizable on the visual side thanks to an editable back-end, allowing you to do anything from changing the font size, line height and colors to giving the caret Word 2016-like elasticity. 6. Logic Pro X Get it from: App Store Price: £149.99 (around $195 or AUS$255) Whether you're an aspiring rockstar or superstar DJ, Logic Pro X is one of the best music creation apps on the Mac. Developed by Apple itself,76 its accessible interface hides a ton of advanced functionality. The latest version comes with a slick new design, 64-bit architecture and new session drummer that will save you having to shell out for a drum machine. It also works in natural harmony with iPads, providing a touch-based alternative method of creating song structures to dragging and dropping blocks in the main visual editor. Whether you're a seasoned producer already (Sia used the app to record her hit song 'Chandelier') or are looking to upgrade from Garageband, Logic Pro X likely has what you need. 7. Wunderlist Get it from: App Store Price: Free A simple app but an important one, to-do app Wunderlist's strength lies in its cross-device functionality. It's available on Mac, PC and Android and iOS, allowing you to pick up where you left off wherever you are using macOS's Handoff feature. Once you've created a list you can schedule reminders, add notes and embed it into the macOS Notification Centre using a widget. Team-based features are unlocked by signing up to Wunderlist's Pro option for a yearly fee, and you can add files of any size without running into limits. 8. Evernote Get it from: App Store Price: Free Evernote has morphed into a mighty note-taking app over the years. While some people will say that it's too bloated, the sheer number of things that you can do with it still makes it best-in-class. You can type up notes, obviously, organizing them using a combination of folders and tags. You can even embed Google Drive documents, which are accessible in a click. There's also the ability to set reminders, share notes with friends, find information related to notes using Evernote's 'Context' feature, create lists, and favorite notes that you frequently return to. Better yet, all of your notes are synchronized using the company's servers, making them accessible on nearly any PC (through a browser or the native Evernote app) or mobile device in the world. The paid version lets you use Evernote with more than two devices while upping the amount of data you can sync each month. 9. GIMP Get it from: Website Price: Free GIMP (standing for GNU Image Manipulation) is one of the best free image editing apps out there. It's a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop and comes with a massive array of professional-quality functions that let you tweak existing images saved in a range of formats or create fresh ones from scratch. Features include layers, highly customizable brushes, automatic image-enhancing tools and filters. You can do even more with it using plug-ins, which are available to download from the GIMP Plugin Registry. 10. Ulysses Get it from: App Store Price: £34.99 (around $45/AUS$60) Ulysses is one of the best "distraction-free" markdown editors out there today, balancing features with simplicity and beautiful design. Unlike Word 2016, or even Apple's own Pages, Ulysses hardly features an interface at all. This allows you to get on with writing without being distracted by superfluous buttons and menus. The app uses its own brand of Markdown — a type of text formatting engine — that lets you highlight your writing in a way that makes organizing it simpler, and a vast number of export styles formats it in an attractive way once you're finished. There's a handy attachments bar on the right-hand side that features an attractive word counter and lets you write notes to assist you in your writing. Notes can be accessed anywhere thanks to iCloud support, so you can pick up your iPad and carry on where you left off using macOS's Handoff feature. SOURCE
  4. The news that the iPhone’s iBoot bootloader had been leaked in source code form was described as the “biggest leak in history” by one researcher, but Apple has poured cold water on such a claim, saying that the code leaked is three years old and that even if it was a recent copy, Apple’s security does not rely on secrecy in order to function. Motherboard reported the leak last night after what appeared to be the source code for iBoot was leaked online. Apple obviously issued a takedown notice for that code, and while it was accessible by the world for a number of hours, it has now been removed entirely. That, of course, doesn’t mean it will not pop up again and the fact Apple sought to have it taken down at all, along with a subsequent statement, confirms its authenticity. In a statement given to CNET, Apple is playing down the significance of the leak. “Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections,” Apple said in a statement. Based on Apple’s claims of the source code’s age, it would appear that it is based on iOS 9-era software, likely rendering it useless with regard to modern versions of the operating system, at least that is what Apple says. Apple’s claims that the security of its devices does not depend on secrecy is an interesting one, and may come as a surprise. No matter what the security implications are, we cannot imagine a world where Apple was not hunting for a leak during today. Redmondpie.com
  5. Apple’s AirPods Catch Fire in Owner’s Ears, Eventually Explode “My ear lobe could’ve been burnt,” terrified Apple customer says after one of the two AirPods blew up If there’s something we learned in the last couple of years about smartphones, it’s that we should always keep an eye on them, especially when charging, as the current battery technologies that are being used could catch fire at any moment, eventually posing as a threat to our lives. And now it turns out we should do the same thing with headphones given this new wireless trend that Apple is aggressively pushing for, as the company’s new AirPods have recently been involved in a terrifying incident. Jason Colon from Tampa reveals that he was listening to music while working out, only to notice that one of the earphones started emitting smoke all of a sudden. Naturally, his first reaction was to pull out the AirPods and go ask for help from the staff. When he returned, the right AirPod was completely wrecked, showing signs of flames and a potential explosion that caused it to burst open. It goes without saying that the man was shocked. “It’s the craziest thing I ever went through,” Colon said. “It was already like this. It was already popped. I didn’t see it happen, but I mean, it was already fried! You can see flame damage.” The battery used inside Apple's AirPods It’s not hard to imagine what could’ve happened if the AirPods weren’t removed from his ears fast enough, but the man thinks a warning is needed to help other Apple customers avoid accidents that could let them deaf for life. “I don’t know what would’ve happened to my ear. But I’m sure since it hangs down, it could’ve been [my] ear lobe. Ear lobe could’ve been burnt. Just because it happens to me doesn’t mean it won’t happen again,” he said. “My ear lobe could’ve been burnt.” By the looks of things, the battery is the one responsible for the incident. Judging from similar incidents in the past, the battery used in electronics can suffer from overheating, which in turn causes smoke and eventually leads to a blast that can be more or less significant in damage depending on how big the battery unit is. Apple doesn’t provide the exact specifications of the batteries used in AirPods, but an iFixit teardown revealed that the company used a 93 milliwatt hour unit, which is “the equivalent to a little over 1% of the charge capacity in an iPhone 7.” This is what the AirPods look like following the blast If you think such a small battery can’t cause much damage or serious injuries in case of an explosion, that’s completely false. The battery of a dumb phone exploded earlier this week, instantly blowing off the right index finger of a 12-year-old boy who was next to the device. Due to pieces of plastic that were sent from the explosion, the boy also suffered injuries to his right ball, eventually losing eyesight for life. Apple itself is no stranger to devices that explode, though in this case the reported incidents have never been confirmed by the company. Several iPhone models caught fire in the past, and every time Apple either remained completely tight-lipped or said it was investigating. Eventually, the company left us believe that no widespread battery issue affected its devices. “This isn't the first Apple device that suddenly catches fire.” Batteries that suffered from overheating and which eventually caused a fire forced Samsung to retire a whole line of phones two years ago. The Galaxy Note 7 was equipped with lithium-ion batteries that could burst into flames due to excessive heat, and Samsung decided to pull all models off the market. In a statement released after the AirPods explosion, Apple also said that it’s looking into reports, without confirming or denying that the right earphone indeed started emitting smoke in the man’s ear. Source
  6. iPhone Suffers Massive Explosion in Hair Salon, Just Next to Customers Yet another Apple devices catches fire suddenly It’s really a bad day for Apple. After a customer revealed that his AirPods caught fire while listening to music, here’s another report pointing to an iPhone that burst into flames with a huge blast in a hair salon. Details aren’t available right now, but a video published by the Daily Mail shows what appears to be a hair salon in Vietnam, with one woman having her cut and two members of the staff just next to her. CCTV cameras have caught the moment of the explosion, though the video doesn’t clearly show the device, but only the flames generated by the blast. And while these are indeed sketchy details, one of the hair salon employees records the aftermath of the incident, revealing that the phone allegedly causing the massive blast was actually an iPhone. Now word from Apple By the looks of things, it’s an iPhone 6s, but again, without any specifics known at this point, it’s hard to take this video for granted for the time being. And yet, this isn’t the first iPhone that catches fire, though there could be lots of factors causing the battery to overheat and to eventually burst into flames. In many cases, third-party chargers or cables can lead to such damage, and this is one of the reasons phone makers in general, and Apple in particular, recommends using only genuine and certified accessories. Apple hasn’t commented on this new incident, but there’s no doubt the company will at least try to investigate. The worst is that Cupertino is likely to remain tight-lipped on what exactly happened, so we’ll never know if the blast was caused by a broken accessory or a device issue. In the meantime, you better keep an eye on your smartphones whenever they’re charging, though recent incidents have shown that such blasts are possible even when not plugged in if hardware issues are involved. Source
  7. We all know that smartphone batteries can catch fire or explode in rare circumstances – something the folks at Samsung found out all too readily with the Galaxy Note 7 last year. Apple is no stranger to battery issues itself either, but a new report out of China by Taiwan News suggests that one of its iPhones exploded for a rather strange reason indeed. According to the report, a man went into a third-party retailer in order to have the battery on his iPhone replaced. Apparently, he had some doubts over the authenticity of the battery itself, with the only way of confirming it apparently being to bite into it. The end result? Well, let’s just say he is unlikely to go biting into batteries any time soon. Thankfully, nobody was injured during these somewhat surreal events, although when the man bit into the battery, it did explode in what can only be described as fairly big ball of flames. Perhaps the most amazing thing about all this is that the whole episode was captured on the store’s security cameras, meaning we can witness it in full color. We, of course, would not recommend doing this, even if you have a suspicion that the battery you are being given is not 100% genuine. If anything, if the battery is a knock-off then it’s even more likely that it will not take too kindly to being bitten, increasing the risk of an explosion. Our recommendation would be to head to an Apple Store or an Apple authorized retailer to get the battery checked out if you have any doubts at all. Check the video out and witness just what can happen when an iPhone’s battery is maltreated; it’s quite a sight to behold! (Via: Taiwan News | Video via: 9to5Mac [YouTube]) Redmondpie.com
  8. Apple has rolled out a security fix to older Macs in an effort to mitigate the risk from a vulnerability in modern chips. The technology giant on Tuesday released a fix for Meltdown, a flaw that can allow an attacker to read protected kernel memory, for the latest versions of macOS Sierra (10.12.6), and OS X El Capitan (10.11.6). macOS Sierra and its predecessor OS X El Capitan were not initially patched, with Apple opting to release a supplemental security update only for macOS 10.13.2 on January 8. Some criticized the company for effectively forcing customers to update their entire operating system in order to receive patches. Although updating systems is one of the most important ways to protect against security vulnerabilities, many do not update their systems for fear of breaking legacy software. Meltdown and Spectre, another chip vulnerability revealed at the same time, take advantage of a modern processor performance feature called speculative execution, which improves speed by operating on instructions which may be used in future. As we previously reported, a vulnerable processor predicts which path of a branch is most likely to be taken, and will speculatively continue execution down that path even before the branch is completed. If the prediction was wrong, this speculative execution is rolled back in a way that is intended to be invisible to software. Daniel Gruss, a security researcher who discovered the Meltdown bug, told ZDNet when the bug was first revealed that an attacker "might be able to steal any data on the system," including sensitive data, such as passwords. In the company's latest supplemental security update, Apple fixed 17 vulnerabilities in 15 separate bulletins. source
  9. Apple engineer reportedly sacked after daughter's viral iPhone X video Earlier this week, a video was uploaded to YouTube by Brooke Amelia Paterson which showed off the iPhone X. The footage was apparently captured in the cafeteria of Apple's headquarters in Cupertino but was taken down by Paterson after a request by the company. While the amateur overview of the flagship smartphone didn't really cover anything that hadn't been revealed in Apple's unveiling of the device back in September, codenames of unreleased products contained within the Notes app may have been inadvertently shown off. In a new video uploaded by the YouTuber, Peterson has stated that her father, an RF engineer, has been let go by the Cupertino giant. Despite her plea of ignorance that recording video on company premises was a violation of company policy, Peterson's father took full responsibility for the unauthorized video. Speaking about the turn of events, the YouTuber said: Despite the unfortunate outcome for the engineer, Peterson has said that she isn't mad at Apple and that it hasn't deterred her from buying the company's products. However, it remains a timely reminder for employees in privileged positions, particularly in tech companies, that any contravention of social media and video recording policies can carry some very serious consequences. Source
  10. Apple suffers 'major iPhone X leak' Developers are still scouring the leaked code for fresh discoveries Details of new iPhones and other forthcoming Apple devices have been revealed via an apparent leak. Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operation system. The code refers to an iPhone X in addition to two new iPhone 8 handsets. It also details facial recognition tech that acts both as an ID system and maps users' expressions onto emojis. One tech writer said it was the biggest leak of its kind to hit the firm. Apple is holding a launch event at its new headquarters on Tuesday. The California-based company takes great efforts to keep its technologies secret until its showcase events, and chief executive Tim Cook spoke in 2012 of the need to "double down" on concealment measures. Some details about the new devices had, however, already been revealed in August, when Apple published some test code for its HomePod speakers. But while that was thought to have been a mistake, it has been claimed that the latest leak was an intentional act of sabotage. "As best I've been able to ascertain, these builds were available to download by anyone, but they were obscured by long, unguessable URLs [web addresses]," wrote John Gruber, a blogger known for his coverage of Apple. "Someone within Apple leaked the list of URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors. I'm nearly certain this wasn't a mistake, but rather a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee." Neither Mr Gruber nor the two Apple-related news sites have disclosed their sources. However, the BBC has independently confirmed that an anonymous source provided the publications with links to iOS 11's gold master (GM) code that downloaded the software from Apple's own computer servers. GM is a term commonly used by software firms to indicate that they believe a version of a product is ready for release. "More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history," Mr Gruber added. Apple could not be reached for comment. Several developers are still scouring the leak for new features, but discoveries so far include: - a reference to iPhone X, which acts as fresh evidence that Apple intends to unveil a high-end model alongside more modest updates to its handset line -images of a new Apple Watch and AirPod headphones -a set-up process for Face ID - an alternative to the Touch ID system fingerprint system - that says it can be used to unlock handsets and make online purchases from Apple, among other uses -the introduction of Animoji - animated emoji characters that mirror a user's captured facial expressions More at Source
  11. Data reveals that Linux increased 0.84 percent last month Despite Microsoft’s Windows 10 push, the desktop operating system has actually recorded the biggest drop in a long time last month, while rival Linux managed to post the most substantial market share increase in the last 12 months. NetMarketShare reveals that in August 2017, Microsoft’s Windows declined to 90.70 percent market share, down from 91.45 percent the month before. The 0.75 percent drop is the biggest Windows had recorded since April 2016 when its market share collapsed from 90.45 percent to 88.77 percent (-1.68 percent). This performance is particularly surprising because it comes at a time when Microsoft completes the rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update and, at the same time, it’s also finalizing development of another version of its operating system scheduled to go live on October 17. Linux adoption on the rise, macOS still declining What’s a bit more worrying is that Linux, which has long been considered a rival to Windows, has experienced the biggest growth in the last 12 months in August. Linux improved its share from 2.53 percent to 3.37 percent last month. Linux appears to be the preferred choice for users who are stepping away from Windows, as Apple’s macOS declined in August from 6.02 percent to 5.94 percent. The growth experienced by Linux, however, was impressive, as in just four months, the open-source platform has managed to jump from less than 2 percent to 3.37 percent. Back in May this year, Linux was running on just 1.99 percent of the world’s desktop systems. The only good news for Microsoft is that Windows hasn’t dropped below the 90 percent market share, so it’s still powering more than 9 in 10 PCs out there. The last time when Windows declined to less than 90 percent share was in July 2016 when it was running on 89.79 percent of the PCs worldwide, growing to 90.52 percent the next month. Source