The Sticky-Keys Edition Saturday, June 23, 2018

Apple Finally Acknowledges ‘Sticky’ Keyboard Issues On MacBooks, Offering Free Fix And Refunds For Past Repairs, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Apple today launched a new MacBook & MacBook Pro service program that it says covers a small percentage of users that might experience sticky, repeated characters or unresponsive keys.


Apple adds that the process “may involve the replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard.”

A Hacker Figured Out How To Brute Force An iPhone Passcode, by Zack Whittaker, ZDNet

Normally, iPhones and iPads are limited in how many times a passcode can be entered each minute. Newer Apple devices contain a "secure enclave," a part of the hardware that can't be modified, which protects the device from brute-force attacks, like entering as many passcodes as possible. The secure enclave keeps count of how many incorrect passcode attempts have been entered and gets slower at responding with each failed attempt.

Hickey found a way around that. He explained that when an iPhone or iPad is plugged in and a would-be-hacker sends keyboard inputs, it triggers an interrupt request, which takes priority over anything else on the device.

"Instead of sending passcodes one at a time and waiting, send them all in one go," he said.


Apple Quietly Discontinues Modern Buckle Band, First Of The Original Apple Watch Styles To Disappear, by Peter Cao, 9to5Mac

Going seemingly under the radar, Apple has quietly killed off its the Modern Buckle Apple Watch band entirely. Looking at Apple’s Watch band page now, it is no longer selling the band at all.

Merlin Project 5.0.1, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The new Merlin Project gains card-based Kanban boards, a new resource pool that helps manage utilization levels for yourself and colleagues across all projects, groupings that help provide deeper insight into a project’s structure, and a revamped Style editor that enables you to format individual activities or entire groups.


The Clock Is Ticking On Apple Buying A Content Company, by Tim Goodman, Hollywood Reporter

But if you just looked at your watch and thought, "But when — we're halfway through 2018?" then you are not alone. The clock is ticking. Apple has released almost no information about its plans, which is very Apple. The assumption among Apple acolytes is that it will get done, don't worry about it. But if you're watching these mega-mergers happen right in this very instant of court-approved monolith-making capitalism run amok, then you are a little more dubious about where Apple will end up when the musical chairs anthem runs out on their Beats. Will they own Sony? Will they own MGM? Will the CBS-Viacom battle have become defined enough that Viacom is on the market and able to be snatched up by Apple? Is there something else out there that makes sense to Apple — Lionsgate? Are there a series of tiny acquisitions — Crunchyroll? — about to be strung together?

Or will 2019 arrive with no deal made? Maybe the question is at what month in what year does the real worry begin about Apple's larger vision for its TV brand? If the middle of 2018 seems too early (it's not), is January 2019 about right? March 2019 — a big springtime surprise? Because as Disney's streaming launch looms in the fall of next year, with an endless supply of content that consumers will want to stream, Apple must know that fighting it out in the trenches for original programming and overall deals, as it's doing right now, is only one part of the equation. It needs a robust back catalog to add value.