The Identifying-the-Culprit Edition Friday, December 31, 2021

Are Apple AirTags Being Used To Track People And Steal Cars?, by Kashmir Hill, New York Times

But AirTags present a “uniquely harmful” threat because the ubiquity of Apple’s products allows for more exact monitoring of people’s movements, said Eva Galperin, a cybersecurity director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who studies so-called stalkerware.


Police could ask Apple to provide information about the owner of the AirTag, potentially identifying the culprit. But some of the people who spoke with The Times were unable to find the associated AirTags they were notified of and said the police do not always take reports of the notifications on their phones seriously.

Is Bluetooth Holding Back Apple's AirPods? We Asked The Man Who Made Them, by Tom Parsons, What Hi-Fi?

“Obviously the wireless technology is critical for the content delivery that you talk about”, he says, “but also things like the amount of latency you get when you move your head, and if that’s too long, between you moving your head and the sound changing or remaining static, it will make you feel quite ill, so we have to concentrate very hard on squeezing the most that we can out of the Bluetooth technology, and there’s a number of tricks we can play to maximise or get around some of the limits of Bluetooth. But it’s fair to say that we would like more bandwidth and… I’ll stop right there. We would like more bandwidth”, he smiles.


iPad Mini 6 Is Terrific For Reading Digital Books, Mostly, by Adam Oram, iMore

The most obvious reason the iPad mini 6 is excellent for reading is its compact size and lightweight design. However, weight is perhaps the most crucial aspect. [...]

It's also small enough to keep on your nightstand or take on the go in a bag or even in your jacket pocket. That added portability makes it a better pick than any other iPad for reading, whether you want to take it on your next flight or carry it daily on your commute.

Easily Organize Your Grocery And Shopping Lists On iOS And Mac With Get Sum, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

If you’re serious about your shopping lists, the Get Sum app brings everything you need to organize them beautifully on your iOS devices and even Macs and Apple Watch.

Eve Room 3 Review: New Thread Connectivity, Same Design, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

The Eve Room is the best HomeKit-enabled indoor air sensor. It is undoubtedly the only one Thread-enabled — for now. Its sleek appearance still looks excellent with anodized aluminum edges and a high-contrast e-ink display.


My Apple Watch Thinks I'm Dead, by Jesse Squires

Despite the many things about Apple Watch that I enjoy, there is one major issue — wrist tattoos. For users like me, the full functionality of Apple Watch is still encumbered by wrist tattoos. Specifically, wrist detection fails to work properly.

In-depth Report Details Apple's Shift To Chinese Suppliers To 'Cut Costs And Curry Favor With Beijing', by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

While Apple has long been linked to Foxconn as its primary partner for product assembly, a new report from The Information goes in-depth on Apple’s newfound relationship with Chinese electronics manufacturers. The report explains that Apple has increased its reliance on Chinese partners, both as a way of cutting costs as well as to “curry favor with Beijing.”

Apple Store Bag Search Settlement Not Perfect, Says Judge, But Can Proceed, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

A settlement reached in an Apple Store bag search dispute has been given provisional approval by a court. The judge said that the agreement was not perfect, but on balance it was good enough to be allowed to proceed.

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I'm not sure whether Apple's effort in preventing misuse of AirTags is enough, or if Apple is continuing to working on the safety aspect behind the scene, but it will be prudent not to assume the current AirTag is good enough.

However, I am also not sure if Apple's promise of privacy -- "not even Apple knows the location of your AirTag or the identity of the device that helps find it" -- will be hinderance to Apple to do more for misuses.


Thanks for reading.