The Hold-for-Release Edition Friday, August 16, 2019

New iPhones To Debut On September 10 According To File Found In iOS 13 Beta 7, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today released the seventh beta of iOS 13, and an image hidden within the update suggest Apple is going to hold an event to show off new iPhones on Tuesday, September 10.

An iOS 13 screenshot in the beta, covertly named "HoldForRelease," features the Calendar app with the date set to Tuesday the 10th.

Apple Puts The AR In 'Art' (And In 'Transparent Sky-Being'), by Peter Rubin, Wired

The two-hour [AR]T Walks, developed in partnership with the New Museum in New York City, may only be available at five of the more than 500 Apple Stores around the globe, but in scope and scale they’re wildly ambitious, a deployment of AR that’s all but unprecedented outside the world of games.

Apple's US Job Footprint Grows To 2.4 Million, by Apple

Thirty-three years ago, five friends sat down at a kitchen table in Tulsa, Oklahoma and decided to start a company. Among them: president of Maccor Andy MacKay and his wife Helen, who runs personnel. Today, less than a mile from that spot, Maccor now occupies 80,000 square feet of space and has earned itself a reputation as the top manufacturer of battery testing systems in the world.

Maccor is one of 9,000 American suppliers that Apple spent a collective $60 billion dollars with in 2018, which supports 450,000 jobs. Altogether, Apple is responsible for creating and supporting 2.4 million US jobs across all 50 states, four times the number of American jobs attributable to the company eight years ago. Apple is on pace to directly contribute $350 billion to the US economy by 2023, which the company announced in January of 2018.

Bluetooth Security Flaw 'Serious' – Requires Updated Specification, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

The Bluetooth security flaw means that an attacker could interfere with the encryption setup, forcing a much shorter encryption key — right down to a single octet, equivalent to a single character. That then makes it easy to try all possible encryption keys to establish the connection.


Apple has implemented this in the latest updates to its devices, so ensuring you are on the latest public version will render you safe from this form of attack.


Apple Announces HomePod Will Launch In Japan On August 23, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Pre-orders for the HomePod in Japan start today, with the price set at 32,800 yen. That places it in line with the $299 price tag offered in the United States.


Apple Files Lawsuit Against Virtualization Company Corellium For Illegally Replicating iOS And Apple Apps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Corellium's product creates digital replicas of iOS, iTunes, and user interface elements available on a web-based platform or a custom platform built by Corellium. It is designed to create virtual iOS devices for the purpose of running iOS, and at the recent Black Hat USA conference, Corellium emphasized that its "Apple product" is an exact copy of iOS, able to allow researchers and hackers to find and test vulnerabilities.

Apple goes on to say that though Corellium poses its product as a research tool for those aiming to discover security vulnerabilities, the company's actual goal is "profiting off its blatant infringement" by encouraging users to sell discovered information on the open market to the highest bidder.

I Shared My Phone Number.I Learned I Shouldn't Have., by Brian X. Chen, New York Times

“If you want to give out your number, you are taking additional risk that you might not be aware of,” said Sinan Eren, chief executive of Fyde. “Because of collisions in names due to the massive number of people online today, a phone number is a stronger identifier.”

There is no simple solution to this. In some situations, giving your digits to institutions like your bank provides an extra layer of security. But in most cases, the potential dangers and annoyances of handing out your number outweigh the benefits, as you will read below.