The Deprecation-Vindication Edition Monday, July 22, 2024

Could Our Macs Be CrowdStruck?, by Howard Oakley, Eclectic Light Company

Apple’s road from kexts to System Extensions has been long, controversial, and only succeeded when Apple silicon Macs couldn’t use kexts without being run at Reduced Security. The devastation wrought by the CrowdStrike bug is vindication for all the pain that deprecation brought.

Where macOS remains at risk is with Apple’s own updates.

Apple Tries To Rein In Hollywood Spending After Years Of Losses, by Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg

Based on interviews with more than a dozen people, including former employees, current employees and business partners, Apple services boss Eddy Cue has been having regular meetings with studio chiefs Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht to go over budgets, pushing them to exert more control over spending on projects. Van Amburg and Erlicht have told some of their top creative partners that they want to change their reputation as the biggest spender in town, according to these people.

Apple doesn’t buy the most projects in Hollywood — that is still Netflix. But it splurges on individual titles. The studio spent more than $500 million combined on movies from directors Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Matthew Vaughn, and upward of $250 million on the World War II miniseries Masters of the Air, one of more than a dozen new series released this year.


NotchNook Gives MacBooks Their Own Dynamic Island, by Wes Davis, The Verge

Just like the Dynamic Island, NotchNook expands out from the notch, revealing a “Nook” with basic media controls (sort of like Live Activities in iOS) and other customizable widgets. Then there’s a “Tray” tab that you can drop files or apps into; it’s similar to the macOS dock, except that the tray empties when you quit NotchNook.

How I Replaced Console Gaming With My iPhone, by Raghav Sethi, Make Use Of

You may not realize it, but your iPhone is a far more powerful gaming device than you think. It can handle more than your typical mobile games. Here's how I use my iPhone as my primary gaming device and how you can make the switch too.


UK Watchdog Accuses Apple Of Failing To Report Sexual Images Of Children, by Katie McQue, The Guardian

All US-based tech companies are obligated to report all cases of CSAM they detect on their platforms to NCMEC. The Virginia-headquartered organization acts as a clearinghouse for reports of child abuse from around the world, viewing them and sending them to the relevant law enforcement agencies. iMessage is an encrypted messaging service, meaning Apple is unable to see the contents of users’ messages, but so is Meta’s WhatsApp, which made roughly 1.4m reports of suspected CSAM to NCMEC in 2023.

“There is a concerning discrepancy between the number of UK child abuse image crimes taking place on Apple’s services and the almost negligible number of global reports of abuse content they make to authorities,” said Richard Collard, head of child safety online policy at the NSPCC. “Apple is clearly behind many of their peers in tackling child sexual abuse when all tech firms should be investing in safety and preparing for the roll out of the Online Safety Act in the UK.”

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I am going to assume that Apple has better QA than CrowdStrike when it comes to pushing updates and data files. And I am gong to assume, perhaps with a little less confidence, that Microsoft should be able to push through a similar deprecation exercise just like Apple did. I don't think the EU will object too much.


Thanks for reading.