The Insufficient-to-Bypass Edition Friday, April 24, 2020

Apple Finds No Evidence Hackers Exploited iPhone, iPad Mail Flaw, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple launched an investigation and said in a statement the mail issues were insufficient by themselves to allow cyber-attackers to bypass built-in security, adding it will issue a fix soon.

“We have thoroughly investigated the researcher’s report and, based on the information provided, have concluded these issues do not pose an immediate risk to our users,” the Cupertino, California company said. “The researcher identified three issues in Mail, but alone they are insufficient to bypass iPhone and iPad security protections, and we have found no evidence they were used against customers.”

PSA: New Character Bug In Messages Causing iOS Devices To Crash, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

There appears to be a new character-linked bug in Messages, Mail, and other apps that can cause the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch to crash when receiving a specific string of characters.

In this particular case, the character string involves the Italian flag emoji along with characters in the Sindhi language, and it appears the system crash happens when an incoming notification is received with the problem-causing characters.

The Apple Watch, Five Years In, by Stephen Pulvirent, Hodinkee

I thought a lot about how to approach putting this story together. Did I want to write the exhaustive history of the Apple watch? No, that's been done to varying degrees of specificity, and HODINKEE doesn't really seem like the right place for that anyway. Did I want to write a first-hand account of my own experiences with the Apple Watch, waxing poetic about both the emotional and practical push and pull of the tiny digital device? That felt a bit indulgent.

Ultimately, I settled on putting together a package that would offer up a look at how and why the Apple Watch continues to leave its mark on the watch world, touching on the various facets of that universe, from the economic impacts on the mechanical watch business to the fight for the wrists of die-hard enthusiasts to the thoughts of our own editors here at HODINKEE. This is an Apple Watch retrospective written from our perspective, and hopefully, I can convince even the most Apple Watch-skeptical among you to take this journey with me.


Don't Send Bands In With Apple Watch Repairs -- Because You Won't Get Them Back, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Apple has formally updated its advice to users on how to prepare an Apple Watch to be sent for repair, and now specifies that extra items, such as bands, will not be returned. Previously, the official advice was that you don't need to include them, but now you are explicitly asked to "please remove them."

Apple Music Heads To Samsung TVs With New App, by Eli Blumenthal, CNET

The new app, available today in over 100 countries on Samsung Smart TVs released from 2018 through 2020, will allow Apple Music subscribers to stream and play their music and Beats 1 radio on their televisions without having to first start it on an Apple device and then send it over via AirPlay.

Darkroom 4.6 Adds Video To Its Excellent Photo Editing Workflow, by John Voorhees, MacStories

What’s impressive about the update is that it manages to apply the same set of tools and filters available for photos to video in real-time, which results in a fast, efficient editing workflow.


Tim Cook Joins BBC Pandemic Relief Event, Promises Signficant Apple Donation by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple has been at the forefront of pandemic relief efforts by donating resources like masks, shields, financial support around the world, and more. Now, CEO Tim Cook appeared on the BBC and shared that Apple is making another big contribution to the network’s entertainment relief event “The Big Night In.”

Silicon Valley's Workaholic Culture Is Buckling Under The Strain Of Coronavirus, by Ian Sherr, CNET

"For people who have a family, you feel that you have to operate as if you don't," said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies. She's faced many of these struggles firsthand, sharing online about navigating life in the tech world while homeschooling her daughter. It's likely this crisis will change how we all prioritize life and family, she said. It may also change the culture at companies that have historically bristled at remote work, such as Google, Apple and Facebook.


Apple, meanwhile, said it's increased communications with managers and employees since the outbreak began. Its 137,000 employees have been encouraged to ask for help or accommodation, but managers as well have been told to proactively help employees too. That's meant offering flexibility, whether it's for parents working reduced schedules, or caregivers who have to take time off to take care of elderly family members.

"No deadline is too important, and no priority is more urgent, than caring for our loved ones. Our goal is to be flexible, collaborative and accommodating of every parent and caregiver on our teams," said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. "This is a trying time for everyone — especially parents — and we want to do all we can to support every member of our Apple family."

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I still do not understand why anyone will want Apple Music on their TV?

(At least from where I am, the music video section of Apple Music is not particularly impressive.)


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