Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 224

Show 224 – February 12, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael & Zarn

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Our Aussie Apple Rambling

 

Garth talks and demos his new toy, the Apple HomePod

 

Story 1

Purported iOS iBoot source code leaks, potential security issue for iPhones

Motherboard reported the leak late last week  after what appeared to be source code for iBoot was posted publicly online. Apple issued a takedown notice on the posted code overnight which likely confirms the code was indeed leaked, although it was accessible for hours before being taken down.

Apple downplays iBoot source code leak, says updated iPhones are secure ‘by design’

Apple has shot down the significance of an apparent source code leak for the iPhone’s iBoot bootloader which loads the operating system. The original report flagged the source code leak as the ‘biggest leak in history’ based on one researcher’s description, but Apple has significantly downplayed any risks associated with the leak while seemingly confirming its authenticity.

Now Apple has officially responded to the potential security risk with a statement shared by CNET:

“Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections,” Apple said in a statement.

The leaked source code was from iOS9

https://9to5mac.com/2018/02/08/iboot-source-code-leak-apple/

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Story 2

Apple releases updated build of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta 2 to developers

Apple earlier this week seeded macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta 2 to developers, and today the company has issued an update to beta 2.

The original second beta was labeled 17E150f, but the newer version from today is 17E150g. It’s unclear as to why Apple has pushed out an updated version and there haven’t been any reported major bugs in this release so far.

For those who are already on the beta, an update can be found by heading to the Mac App Store. If not installed yet, registered developers can head to Apple’s Developer portal to download the update in full.

macOS 10.13.4 brings new features such as Messages in iCloud, and a new cloud wallpaper previously only found on the iMac Pro. It also introduces a new warning for 32-bit applications, noting that those apps may not work in future versions of macOS.

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Story 3

Prepare for Apple server changes

Learn about changes coming to macOS Server in spring 2018

macOS Server is changing to focus more on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network. As a result, some changes are coming in how Server works. A number of services will be deprecated, and will be hidden on new installations of an update to macOS Server coming in spring 2018. If you’ve already configured one of these services, you’ll still be able to use it in the spring 2018 macOS Server update.

These deprecated services will be removed in a future release of macOS Server, so those depending on them should consider alternatives, including hosted services. Deprecated services will be :-

Calendar

Contacts

DHCP

DNS

Mail

Messages

NetInstall

VPN

Web

Wiki

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Story 4

Dating site Match says if you’re a single guy, you may want to upgrade your phone

9to5Mac reports, If you’re a single man, and have an older iPhone, you might want to consider an upgrade..

According to a survey of 5,000 single Americans by dating site Match, women are 92% more likely than men to judge their date for having an older model of phone.

Business Insider also notes a number of other ways your phone could prove bad news on a date.

Even having the phone around is a risk, with 58% saying they didn’t want their date to place the phone on the table face up, and 41% said it’s rude when someone takes their phone to the bathroom or outside — perhaps because there’s a chance they’re gossiping to their friends about how terrible the date is going.

Unsurprisingly, most consider it rude to use your phone during a date, but if you can get away with typing a quick reply, make sure you have your audible clicks switched off, as 14% of singletons find it irritating. Oh, and think twice about getting your phone out at all if the screen is cracked, as the same percentage find that off-putting.

Dating site Match says if you’re a single guy, you may want to upgrade your phone

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Story 5

Last weeks Australian ABC Show The Checkout highlighted iTunes fraudsters

 

In a segment of the show last week they highlighted that over $500Million had been scammed from un-suspecting Australians the first 9 months of last year alone.

They scammers say they are from the Taxation Office or Centrelink or other government agencies and and say you owe the agency say $200 and to save you time and hassle you can go to any shop and get a iTunes gift cards to that value.

They then ring the person back and get them to tell them the serial number, which the scammers then sell online anywhere in the world

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Story 6

The iPhone X Forgets the Phone Part

 

Apple is facing two hardware issues this week. The first is with the iPhone 7 and an issue on the logic board. But more awkwardly is working out why its flagship smartphone forgets how to be a phone, as the iPhone X touchscreen is interfering with receiving calls. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly looks at the issue first reported by the Financial Times:

“hundreds of owners have complained on Apple forums that their pocket supercomputer cannot accomplish the most basic task that even a $10 phone can manage, namely taking an incoming call.”

The problem occurs because of a fault in affected iPhone X touchscreens which means they don’t turn on for up to 10 seconds after a call comes in, stopping the user from answering. Apple confirmed to the FT that it is “looking into these reports.”

Expect a quick fix for this issue labelled iOS 11.2.6 to appear, while work continues to get 11.3 stable.

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How To 1

View the Battery Percentage Indicator on Your iPhone X

On all other iPhone models, you go to “Battery” in the Settings app and toggle on “Battery Percentage” in order to see the exact amount of power left in the status bar. On the new iPhone X, however, that option no longer exists.

There is no setting to enable to view the battery percentage indicator on your iPhone X because it’s already activated, hiding in the Control Centre panel. So while you will never be able to just glance at your iPhone again to see exactly how much battery power is left until it automatically shuts down, you can still perform a simple swipe gesture to see it — no matter what screen you’re on.

1/ swipe down then back up will give you a glance of the actual Battery Percentage

2/ swipe down and leave the Control Centre showing with the actual Battery Percentage in the top right corner

How To 2

You Can Share Wi-Fi Passwords with Nearby Devices

No more do you have to try and type out long, complicated passwords on your iPhone. Now you can just ask someone already connected to the network to share their password with you over the air — no typing involved. As long as both devices are running iOS 11, it’ll work (and macOS High Sierra is even supported).

1/ Unlock the already connected iDevice

2/ On the iDevice that needs to be connected go to Settings / Wi-Fi / and select the exact same Wi-Fi the already connected iDevice is on.

3/ If all goes according to plan, a large prompt will appear on the connected iPhone asking to share its Wi-Fi.

4/ The password field on the unconnected iPhone will be filled in automatically after a brief delay and the device will instantly connect to the network.

5/ All that’s left to do is pressing “Done” on the prompt that’s still up on the already connected device.

https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/instantly-share-wi-fi-passwords-from-your-iphone-other-ios-11-devices-nearby-0177972/

How to 3

PLEASE BACKUP

Had a customer this week who is having to pay between $800 & $2500 to get back 2 photo shoots because his hard drive had failed, as in Not Spinning failed.

How to 4

Facebook Tag

You can now tag your friends in your status or post. Type @ and then type the friend’s name. For example: “Had lunch with @John Smith.”

Thanks to Zarn for that tidbit

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