The Get-Notarized Edition Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Apple Accidentally Approved Malware To Run On MacOS, by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

The campaign is distributing the ubiquitous "Shlayer" adware, which by some counts has affected as many as one in 10 macOS devices in recent years. The malware exhibits standard adware behavior, like injecting ads into search results. It's not clear how Shlayer slipped past Apple's automated scans and checks to get notarized, especially given that it's virtually identical to past versions. But it's the first known example of malware being notarized for macOS.


Wardle notified Apple about the rogue software on August 28 and the company revoked the Shlayer notarization certificates that same day, neutering the malware anywhere that it was installed and for future downloads. On August 30, though, Wardle noticed that the adware campaign was still active and distributing the same Shlayer downloads. They had simply been notarized using a different Apple Developer ID, just a few hours after the company began working on revoking the original certificates.

Why The World May Never Truly Be Rid Of Dongles, by Karl Bode, Motherboard

But despite all these efforts to simplify my cabling life, dongles rule everything around me. And around you, too. It comes with the territory.

Ultimately, the problem the dongle solves may never truly go away.

Twelve Years Later, Apple Is Still Trying To Erase Email Addresses, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Apple is steadily removing even references to the old and slightly less old addresses from its support documents. They may date all the way back to iTools and the iBook SE, but if you've got one of those addresses, you're probably hanging on to it no matter what Apple does.

Coming Soon?

Apple Preparing 75 Million 5G iPhones Alongside New Watches And iPad, by Debby Wu and Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Among a comprehensive product refresh in the fall, Apple is also preparing a new iPad Air with an edge-to-edge iPad Pro-like screen, two new Apple Watch versions and its first over-ear headphones outside the Beats brand. A smaller HomePod speaker is in the works, too.


The four new phones will be split into two basic and two high-end models for the first time, and all will feature OLED displays with improved color and clarity.

Kuo: mmWave 5G iPhone Shipments Likely To Be Weaker Than Expected In 2020-21, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The fastest technology, mmWave, will be used in dense areas like major cities. The longer-distance sub-6GHz networks will be available more broadly in urban, suburban and rural areas. Due to the impact of the global health crisis, however, shipments of Apple’s mmWave-enabled 5G iPhones could be weaker than expected this year and next year, according to reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


How To (Finally) Listen To All Those Podcasts In Your Queue, by Sharon Waters, Wired

Struggling with a backlog of episodes from your favorite shows? These tips will help you listen not just to more, but the best episodes.

Notability Gains New Tools, Dedicated Shop, And More, by Frank McShan, MacRumors

Ginger Labs today announced an update to its popular productivity app Notability, introducing several new features designed to enhance creativity within the app.


Apple Confirms New App Store Policies On Bug Fix Updates And Challenging Guidelines Are Live, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

In a note to developers today, Apple confirmed that those two changes have been implemented, encouraging developers to suggest changes to guidelines and Apple’s development platforms.


20 Macs For 2020: #16 – Blue-and-White Power Mac G3, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

The ports and the plastic weren’t what really set the Blue and White G3 apart, though. It was its design—one driven in large part by ergonomics. This is the first professional Mac that came with handles and a hinged access door. It was revolutionary.

When Will Apple Release iOS 14 To Everyone?, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

While beta testing is moving along nicely, and Apple recently switched from a biweekly schedule to a weekly schedule for releases, there is quite a bit of uncertainty about when Apple plans to release iOS 14 to everyone.

The Blog Era Was Perfectly Imperfect, by Tim Larew, Complex

As a writer, a multi-faceted participant in the blog era, and a current artist manager myself, I often think of the blog days and how special they were. While generating revenue as an independent artist has in theory gotten easier as Spotify and Apple Music (along with Instagram, Twitter and TikTok) have taken center stage as the music distribution platforms, I still long for the days when consumers were more interested in the narrative. It was cyclical—artists were generally more focused on the bigger picture, seeing beyond the moment and identifying how their career could unfold—and fans, via blogs, could experience the journey alongside them. There’s no reason to sugarcoat it: blogging as a medium by which to cover music is nearly obsolete. Articles have been replaced with short-form video, blurbs have been replaced with playlists.

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Why don't we also have rumors on the colors of the next iPhones?


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