The Lightning-EarPods Edition Saturday, September 24, 2016

Apple Releases iOS 10.0.2 With Fixes For Headphone, Photos, And App Extension Bugs, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

A bug that caused the new Lightning EarPods designed for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to stop working properly has been addressed. EarPods have been timing out after a short period of time when listening to music, rendering the remote unresponsive and unable to control volume, access Siri, and answer phone calls.

iOS 10 Has A 'Severe' Security Flaw, Says iPhone-Cracking Company, by Motherboard

Specifically, the company found that iOS 10 backups saved locally to a computer via iTunes allow password-cracking tools to try different password combinations at a rate of 6,000,000 attempts per second, more than 40 times faster than with backups created by iOS 9. Elcomsoft says this is due to Apple implementing a weaker password verification method than the one protecting backup data in previous versions. [...]

“We're aware of an issue that affects the encryption strength for backups of devices on iOS 10 when backing up to iTunes on the Mac or PC. We are addressing this issue in an upcoming security update,“ the spokesperson said in a statement. “This does not affect iCloud backups. We recommend users ensure their Mac or PC are protected with strong passwords and can only be accessed by authorized users. Additional security is also available with FileVault whole disk encryption.”

Watch From Different Perspectives

Apple Watch Series 2: A Swimmer's Perspective, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

So how well does the swim workout tracking work? The answer is very well if your goal is to simply swim back and forth to rack up yardage. The watch accurately senses individual strokes and both open turns and flip turns at the ends of the pool to calculate the distance you've traveled, elapsed time, and calories burned, and I found the active calories burned metric calculated by the watch to be close to figures estimated by other sources for various types of swimming activity. [...] Where the Apple Watch's swim tracking starts to fall short is for people looking to do more varied swim workouts based around swim sets and focused exercises like stroke drills and kicking.

Apple Watch Series 2 Review (As Written By A Marathoner), by Dana Wollman, Engadget

But considering that the Series 2 is being positioned as more of a sports watch, and that the GPS radio is one of the few things distinguishing it from the older Series 1, it's disappointing that the pace calculation is often off the mark. Apple's own Activity and Workout apps could benefit from more features too -- things like mile markers on running maps, elevation charts and interval settings. In any case, if all you want is distance tracking (meaning pace is irrelevant to you), the Series 2 will make a fine companion on walks, hikes and maybe even casual jogs. But it isn't precise enough for athletes in training.

The Apple Watch Series 2, by David Sparks, MacSparky

The reason I upgraded is because I really like my Apple Watch and I wanted the latest and the greatest. The increased performance and screen brightness make the watch more useful to me. Now that I can actually use apps, I'm very curious to see how I'm using the Apple Watch in a few months.

The Apple Watch Is The Most Anxiety-inducing Device I’ve Ever Owned, by Mike Murphy, Quartz

Apple designed the Apple Watch to remove us from the constant bombardment of notifications we get on our cellphones. The Watch was supposed to leave us with just the things we really needed. But that’s hardly how it works.

The watch is strapped to you: The internet never leaves you alone, is symbiotically tied to you, is physically closer to you than some of your appendages. It’s always there, always tapping you.

Upgrading Cameras

Camera Tests: Battle Of The 4.7-inch iPhones 6, 6s, And 7!, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

The iPhone 6 and 6s can still take excellent photos, and you don't need the latest and greatest to compose a great shot. That said, the iPhone 7 offers subtle but important increases in detail for those who want to use their photos for non-Instagram endeavors, better depth of field thanks to the f/1.8 aperture, and wonderful low-light support.

Talk To You Soon

Apple’s iTunes Soon To Serve Up “Spoken Editions” Of Publishers’ Content, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

If you prefer listening to the news over reading the news, you’ll soon have a new way to do so, via iTunes. In the near future, you’ll be able to browse through a variety of podcasts focused on turning media publishers’ articles and news into audio content, dubbed “Spoken Editions.”

A New Audio Startup Focuses On Tailoring A Playlist Of Short Form Stories That Fit Into A Listener’s Day, by Shan Wang, Nieman Lab

Now there’s one more new audio service on the horizon, co-founded by former NPR Planet Money reporter Steve Henn along with John Ciancutti and Steve McLendon, both with long histories at — wait for it — Netflix. 60dB, named for the volume at which a (calm) human speaks, is being teased as a “service for high-quality, short-form stories,” though the co-founders were more reticent about sharing too many details of its inner workings when I spoke to them prior to the announcement of the service Thursday morning.


ProCamera (For iPhone), by Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine

Most of the photo apps I've reviewed are concerned with improvements after you shoot the picture. iPhone app ProCamera is more concerned about giving you the maximum control before you take the shot. It lets you change settings that are more commonly associated with D-SLRs than with smartphones, such as ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. ProCamera is a worthy addition to any iPhoneographer's toolkit.

App Of The Week: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom For iPhone Review, by Craig Grannell, Stuff

You get out what you put in to Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom for iPhone – in every sense.


How To Make Your Own iMessage Sticker Pack, No Coding Required, by Dami Lee, The Verge

After about three days of confusion and minimal crying, I'm thrilled to announce that my first app ever is now available on the iMessage App Store! You can use the As Per Usual sticker pack to express that relatable feeling when you're listening to music on a train pretending to be in a music video, or to bully your friends by slapping multiple stickers on top of their messages.

I'm here to share the process of how a joker like me with no coding experience got an app on the App Store. It took a lot of gumption and Googling but I persevered, and you can, too!


Don’t Watch What Happens Live, by Alex Balk, The Awl

If you admit that everything is based on lies you’re either foolish or angry, which means there’s no need to take on your argument. Everyone knows everyone lies, so you might as well go along for the ride. The future is inevitable, so what do you have to gain by ranting about it? Nothing, I guess. I don’t even feel better having written this. Do you feel better having read it? Of course not. Let’s go watch some videos and keep our mouths shut. It’s just easier that way.

Bottom of the Page

There is a saying in the army: Hurry up and wait. It was used to describe the frequent demands for doing things quickly, where the reward is to then sit around and wait for other things to happen.

In 'real' life, I guess the same applies: Hurry up and... then... you die.


Thanks for reading.