The In-the-Wild Edition Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Apple Releases 24-Jul-2023 Security Updates For All Active Operating Systems, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

Apple has once again updated all its active operating systems to address numerous security vulnerabilities, two of which have been exploited in the wild.


The number of vulnerabilities ranges from 8 (tvOS) to 29 (macOS), and most are shared by all the operating systems. The details linked below don’t matter much; we advise installing these updates soon so you’re protected.

Apple Is Taking Applications For Vision Pro Developer Kits, by Emma Roth, The Verge

In addition to the Vision Pro headset, the dev kit also includes help setting up the device, code-level support requests, and “check-ins” with Apple experts about designing and developing an app for visionOS.

The company will prioritize applicants who are creating an app that “takes advantage of visionOS features and capabilities”.

Apple Opens Vision Pro Headset Applications For Developers, But They Can't Talk About It, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

But Apple's developer's kits aren't a soft launch for the product. The device is a loan, not a sale, and it will remain Apple property to be returned after the Vision Pro headset launches. Apple representatives will also check in with developers and offer code reviews to software makers and companies with access to the hardware.

Developers are asked about what they're making and what Apple tools they've used in the past, and they have to sign confidentiality agreements — which include provisions that require that the device remain at the address to which it was shipped, that it can't be used in public, and that it must be locked inside a Pelican hard case when it's not in use, according to the Apple developer agreement.

League Integration

Sports Media: MLS, Apple Appear Pleased With Media Deal So Far, by John Ourand and Alex Silverman, Sports Business Journal

MLS executives spent last week in D.C. saying the numbers they have seen have beat expectations. Privately, they complain that there’s too much focus on specific numbers — viewership, subscriber numbers, advertising — especially considering that they are just a couple of months into a 10-year deal.

Instead, they point to the way Apple has integrated the league into its other businesses. MLS stadiums and nearby restaurants are part of Apple’s Maps app. MLS-inspired playlists are part of Apple Music.

From Apple To All-Stars: Why It’s Time To Get Serious About MLS, by Marc Chacksfield, ShortList

This is football MLS-style and there is every reason to party: Major League Soccer is going through one hell of a glow-up right now.

The league is entering its 20th year (the 1994 World Cup preparations in the US kickstarted the MLS) and now has the ultimate MVP backing it: Apple.


‘Silo’ Season 2 Shoot On Indefinite Hiatus As Strikes Hit Apple’s Most-Watched Drama Series, by Jake Kanter, Deadline

The series starring Rebecca Ferguson had planned to take a break in the UK this week as it switched over sets, but Deadline hears Apple is now expected to extend the pause until further notice.


Deadline understands that the third season of Foundation, another Apple sci-fi drama, is also expected to be impacted by the actors’ and writers’ strikes.

Apple Faces $1 Bln UK Lawsuit By Apps Developers Over App Store Fees, by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

The UK lawsuit at the Competition Appeal Tribunal is being brought by Sean Ennis, a professor at the Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia and a former economist at the OECD, on behalf of 1,566 app developers.


"Apple's charges to app developers are excessive, and only possible due to its monopoly on the distribution of apps onto iPhones and iPads," Ennis said in a statement.

Bottom of the Page

While everyone at Apple's visionOS team is continuing to work hard to make Vision Pro a good spatical computer, there's probably one poor engineer who is tasked to insert watermarks into visionOS so that they can trace who leaked the developer kit.


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