The Professional-Level Edition Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Future Of iPhone Filmmaking With FiLMiC Creator Neill Barham, by Joey Daoud, Filmmaker Magazine

Behind all these iPhone-lensed features there has always been one go-to app: FiLMiC Pro. FiLMiC Pro unlocks professional-level control over the phone’s camera, including exposure, focus, color temperature, LOG recording, live shot analytics and many other features.

I got a chance to chat with Neill Barham, the CEO and founder of FiLMiC, about the appeal of mobile filmmaking to more established filmmakers, the democratization of filmmaking tools, and the future of FiLMiC Pro.

Apple Environmental Report Demystified, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

Apple released its last Environmental Responsibility Report in April of 2019, offering a glimpse into how the company is making strives to become environmentally friendly. The report shows some impressive figures, giving many Apple fans and environmental advocates hope for a brighter, more ecologically sound future.

But, there's a lot more behind the numbers and figures that Apple presents.

On The Disposability Of AirPods, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

AirPods’s disposability is a problem, and it runs counter to Apple’s staunch pro-environmental messaging, but it’s a problem shared by every set of ear buds in the category. Keep in mind too, that a solution to this problem needs to account for weight, waterproofing, appearance, comfort, and cost. It’s a hard problem to solve, obviously.

Peace of Mind

Apple Offers Disaster Relief Program For Apple Card Holders, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The Apple Card comes with a Disaster Relief Program, according to a MacRumors reader who lives in Houston and recently experienced some flooding from tropical storm Imelda.

Even With Security Focus, Physical Apple Card Can Still Be Cloned, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

After reviewing and confirming a fraudulent purchase alert on his iPhone, David chatted with Apple Support who said his card was present for the fraudulent purchase several states away from him, and he didn’t lose his card.

Another concerning detail was that the location of the fraudulent purchase was labeled as being nearby David but tapping on the map revealed it happened hundreds of miles away.

Security Matters

There’s A Scary New Reason Not To Borrow A Stranger’s iPhone Cable, by Michael Grothaus, Fast Company

That’s because a hacker has created the first Lightning cable that, when plugged into your Mac or PC, will allow someone to remotely take over your computer. Worse, this hacked Lightning cable, called the O.MG Cable, isn’t a bespoke one-off. It’s being mass-produced in factories so anyone can buy and use them to target your data.

Disclosure: macOS Privacy Protections Bypass, by Jeff Johnson

An app without special permissions can register for notifications of file system events that occur in directories that are supposed to be protected. These file system event notifications can disclose private information that the app should not have access to.


The File System Events API can't see the file contents, but it can see the file names! And because Safari names files after the web sites you visit, the File System Events API can be used to determine your web browsing history.

Changing Minds

Hong Kong Protests: Apple Pulls Tracking App After China Criticism, by Erin Hale, The Guardian

Apple has pulled an app that tracked the movements of Hong Kong police through crowdsourced data, becoming the latest company this week to bow to Chinese pressure.


Apple reportedly told the developer “we have verified with the Hong Kong cybersecurity and technology crime bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimise residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement”, according to an excerpt shared on’s Telegram channel.

Apple Removes ‘Quartz’ News App From Chinese App Store, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

According to Quartz investigations editor John Keefe, Apple has removed the Quartz app from the iOS App Store. The website, which has been covering the Hong Kong protests in detail, has also been blocked across all of mainland China.


Apple Issues Version Of watchOS 5.3.2 To Support Apple Watch Series 4, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple has made a second release of watchOS 5.3.2 available for download, this time for the Apple Watch Series 4, enabling owners of iPhone models that cannot upgrade to iOS 13 or later to continue using the wearable device with their older smartphone.

Apple Adds Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller To Its Online Store, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Now that players can connect the Xbox Wireless Controller to their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to play games on Apple devices, it appears that Apple has worked out a deal with Microsoft to sell its controller on the Apple store.

Apple Updates Its Texas Hold'em Game With Support For iPad And Multitasking, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

With Texas Hold’em iPad support, you can play in full screen or while using other applications thanks to support for Split View and Slide Over multitasking.

RSS Client Lire Arrives On Mac App Store With One Of The Best Early Catalyst Implementations, by John Voorhees, MacStories

I’ve used a lot of different RSS readers, and lire has always stood out because it can be customized in so many different ways. The app also does a better job than most other RSS clients of pulling the full text of an article from an RSS feed that offers truncated versions of its articles only. Although some features of the iOS and iPadOS apps aren’t available on the Mac yet, such as theming, I’ve been impressed with the level of customization that’s been brought over so far.

Magnet Is The One Mac App I Absolutely Can’t Live Without, by Brandon Russell, iMore

Magnet makes it easy to resize windows and applications, either with customizable keyboard shortcuts or by dragging windows to the edge or corners of the display.

Tap Strap 2 Launches With A Focus On The iPad, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Tap Strap 2 uses onboard intelligence to automatically know what interaction the user intends. When a user's hand is horizontal, Tap Strap 2 becomes a keyboard. When the thumb rests on a surface, it seamlessly switches to optical mouse mode. And when the user's hand is rotated vertically, Tap Strap 2 will switch gears yet again into AirMouse mode.


Project Geneva: Watch Half-Full, by David Smith

I’m starting a journey I’m calling Project Geneva, in which I’m going to see just how far I can push customizability and design of complications for the Apple Watch.

Human Nature To Focus On The One Bad Thing, by Derek Sivers

Life is wonderful, and we focus on the one thing that’s not.


Crossy Road Castle Will Bring A Touch Of Nostalgia To Apple Arcade, by Shelby Brown, CNET

Fans of the Crossy Road mobile game on iOS and Android, or those nostalgic for games like Mario and Frogger, might have a reason to be more interested in Apple Arcade: A new version of the app, called Crossy Road Castle, will be coming to the subscription service later this year. Crossy Road Castle supports local multiplayer capability for four people and will work with PS4 and Xbox controllers.

Shazam Upped Its User Base To 478 Million, Erased Losses In Apple-Impacted 2018, by Billboard

Shazam erased its losses and increased user totals during the course of 2018, a year that saw the audio-identifying app’s acquisition by Apple.

Hating Comic Sans Is Not A Personality, by Emma Goldberg, New York Times

Vincent Connare, the creator of Comic Sans, has something to say about his Frankenstein-like font: “If you love Comic Sans you don’t know much about typography. And if you hate Comic Sans you need a new hobby.”