The Still-Investigating Edition Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Apple 'Still Investigating' Unpatched And Public iPhone Vulnerabilities, by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard

"We saw your blog post regarding this issue and your other reports. We apologize for the delay in responding to you," an Apple employee wrote. "We want to let you know that we are still investigating these issues and how we can address them to protect customers. Thank you again for taking the time to report these issues to us, we appreciate your assistance. Please let us know if you have any questions."


But the way Apple handled this whole process, given that its bug bounty program is more than five years old, "is not normal and should not be considered normal," according to Katie Moussouris, a cybersecurity expert who essentially invented the concept of bug bounties more than 10 years ago while she was at Microsoft.

iPad Mini 2021 Review: A Little Different, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

The iPad Mini is not just a small iPad. Even though the change in screen size doesn’t change how the software works (to its detriment), it does change how you use the software. That’s why it’s great for me — and it’s why my advice to anybody considering one is to think about whether or not it would truly be great for them.

iPad Mini 6 Has A Neat Orientation Trick For Those Relocated Volume Buttons, by Zac Hall , 9to5Mac

Volume buttons are no longer mapped to increasing and decreasing volume. Instead, volume up is triggered by whichever volume button is on top of the other and vice versa. That’s a clever trick for a full-screen tablet that can be used correctly in any orientation.


Apple Teams With A-Cold-Wall On Gorgeous Beats Studio3 Headphones, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

Apple on Monday revealed a new partnership with fashion company A-Cold-Wall* in the form of new Beats Studio3 Wireless Limited Edition headphones. Beats by Dr. Dre, the Apple-own company behind Beats gear, has partnered with the streetwear company to produce the Studio3 headphone in a special colorway.

Apple Increases Price Of Beats Flex Headphones From $50 To $70, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today increased the price of its Beats Flex headphones from $49.99 to $69.99, a pricing shift that is likely due to chip shortages and supply chain constraints that have raised the costs of components like the W1 chip.

Safari Extensions For iOS And iPadOS 15: A Roundup Of Our Favorites, by John Voorhees, MacStories

With the introduction of iOS and iPadOS 15, Apple has created an entirely new class of utility app on the App Store: Safari web extensions. Mac users have enjoyed extensions for years. However, for iPhone and iPad users, they’re brand new and promise to make Safari more useful than ever by opening up new power-user functionality that extends Safari in ways that Apple hasn’t.

How You Can Lose A File Despite Three Layers Of Backup (And How To Avoid It), by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

So how did I manage to lose data despite these three backup systems? My colleague shared the file with me by adding it to a shared Dropbox folder. It was properly synced across in Dropbox since it was copied to my computer. But then I edited it right away, causing both Backblaze and Time Machine to back up only the version I had edited heavily, not the original.


Apple Reminds Developers To Update Their Apps For The New iPad Mini’s Display, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Following the official launch of the iPad mini 6 last Friday, Apple is today reminding developers to get their apps ready for the new iPad mini’s 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. Due to the new size and resolution, some apps may not run in full screen until they are updated.


Why Does The iPhone Still Use Lightning?, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

But, if the iPhones 13 had switched to USB-C, you know who would have complained? Hundreds of millions of existing iPhone users who have no interest in replacing the Lightning cables and docks they already own.

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I think I realize my problem with figuring how to set my Focus modes. I'm still thinking of two different modes: one mode where I am in currently, where I work from home, and seldom goes out. The other mode is where life is 'normal', where I go to office and eat lunches outside. The problem I've had is how to create the different Focuses for the two different modes.

And then I realize maybe I should just focus on the current mode. With all the tick-tocking between we-are-reopening-soon! to let's-do-one-small-u-turn-for-now, I don't think I even know what next month will be like. So I'm going to ignore that... for now.


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