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Apple Ending Safari Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in March 2020

MacRumors - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:18
Apple today announced on its WebKit blog that it is ending support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 starting in March 2020. TLS, or Transport Layer Security, is a security protocol used to protect web traffic.

Ahead of the planned deprecation, Apple recommends apps adopt TLS 1.2, which offers "security fit for the modern web." Upgrading from TLS 1.0 and 1.1 provides the following benefits, according to Apple:- Modern cryptographic cipher suites and algorithms with desirable performance and security properties, e.g., perfect forward secrecy and authenticated encryption, that are not vulnerable to attacks such as BEAST.
- Removal of mandatory and insecure SHA-1 and MD5 hash functions as part of peer authentication.
- Resistance to downgrade-related attacks such as LogJam and FREAK.TLS 1.2 is the standard on Apple platforms and already represents 99.6 percent of connections made from Safari. Apple says TLS 1.0 and 1.1 account for less than 0.36 percent of all connections.

Other browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, and Microsoft's Edge, are also planning to drop TLS 1.0 and 1.1 support starting in early 2020.
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Monday Apple Rumors: 2019 iPhone Waterproof Details Emerge

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:15
Leading the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumor mill today is news of waterproofing for 2019 iPhone devices. Waterproofing: A recent rumor claims to know about waterproofing for Apple’s 2019 iPhone line, reports AppleInsider. According to this rumor, the tech company is planning for its 2019 smartphones to share the same level of waterproofing present in the iPhone XR.

iOS: How to Hide iOS Folder Names

The MacObserver - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:13

Lifehacker has a simple but cool tip to check out. If you’ve ever wanted to hide iOS folder names, you can do it with this little trick.

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers

MacRumors - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:03
Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the third beta and a month after releasing iOS 12, a major new version of the iOS software.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.1 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.


iOS 12.1 includes several new features that Apple promised would come to the iPhone XS and XS Max. The beta introduces support for the eSIM, which is a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need to use a physical SIM card.

Carriers will need to implement support for eSIM, which is likely to happen after iOS 12.1 launches. In the U.S., AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will support eSIM.


The iOS 12.1 update brings a new real-time Depth Control feature, which lets you adjust the depth of field of your Portrait Mode photos before you capture them. Right now, in iOS 12, Depth Control is only available for post-capture editing.

If you tap on the "F" icon at the top of the screen while capturing a photo you use Depth Control to adjust the amount of background blur in an image.


In addition to these iPhone XS and XS Max features, iOS 12.1 reintroduces the Group FaceTime feature that was removed from iOS 12 during the beta testing period. Group FaceTime was present in many early betas but was ultimately removed because Apple needed more time to test it.

Group FaceTime is designed to let iPhone and Mac users conduct video and audio chats with up to 32 participants at one time, with new camera effects features included.

The update also adds more than 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads, with options that include red hair, gray hair, curly hair, cold face, party face, face with hearts, mango, kangaroo, peacock, lobster, cupcake, and tons more.

As for bug fixes, iOS 12.1 addresses a charging problem that could cause iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12 to fail to charge when connected to a Lightning cable while the screen is off and it fixes a bug that caused iPhone XS and XS Max models to prefer 2.4GHz WiFi networks to 5GHz networks, resulting in perceived slower WiFi speeds. Both of these bugs have also been addressed in the iOS 12.0.1 update, released yesterday.

If any additional new features are found in the fourth iOS 12.1 beta, we'll update this post with details.

Related Roundup: iOS 12
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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 5.1 to Developers

MacRumors - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:03
Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the third watchOS 5.1 beta and a month after releasing the new watchOS 5 operating system.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update.


To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 5.1 includes support for the Group FaceTime that's also available in iOS 12.1 and macOS 10.14.1, with Group FaceTime calls able to be answered in an audio-only capacity on the Apple Watch. Group FaceTime allows you to chat with up to 32 people at one time.

The watchOS 5.1 update brings a full-screen new "Color" watch face option for the Apple Watch Series 4, with users able to choose between multiple shades. There's also a filled-in circular color option for older Apple Watch models that joins the standard Color clock face.


Alongside macOS 10.14.1 and iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1 introduces support for more than 70 new emoji characters like face with hearts, red hair, gray hair, curly hair, super heroes, kangaroo, peacock, parrot, lobster, cupcake, mango, and more.

No other new features were discovered in the first three betas of watchOS 5.1, but should we find something new in the fourth beta, we'll update this post.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)
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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 12.1 to Developers

MacRumors - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:03
Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.1 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the third update and a month after releasing the tvOS 12 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 12.1 beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode. Subsequent betas can be downloaded over-the-air.


We're not yet sure what fixes and changes the tvOS 12.1 update might bring, but it's likely to focus on bugs that have been discovered since the release of tvOS 12. No new features were discovered in the first three tvOS 12.1 betas.

Apple's tvOS updates have historically been minor in scale, and Apple does not often provide us with detailed notes outlining what's new, but we'll update this post should any changes be found in the fourth beta.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution)
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Dell Introduces World's First 49-Inch Curved Ultra-Wide Monitor With 5120x1440 Resolution

MacRumors - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:36
Dell today introduced what it claims is the world's first 49-inch curved monitor with an ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 5,120×1,440 pixels.


The UltraSharp 49 is equivalent to two Thunderbolt Displays or other 27-inch Quad HD displays side by side. The expansive screen space can be used to display one desktop, or two with a picture-by-picture mode that displays two different Mac or PC sources side by side using the same keyboard and mouse.

The monitor is compatible with the latest 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, with connectivity via a single USB-C cable that delivers up to 90W of power. Other connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 port, five USB 3.0 downstream ports, and two USB 3.0 upstream ports.

The 3800R curvature of the screen enables a panoramic, immersive experience with a consistent focal length across the screen for eye comfort, according to Dell. The monitor has a viewing angle of 178° both vertically and horizontally.

The monitor has an IPS panel and LED backlight, with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a peak brightness of 350 nits. DCI P3 isn't supported, but it does show 99 percent of the sRGB color gamut. The monitor comes with a height-adjustable stand that tilts, swivels, and is compatible with VESA mounts.

The UltraSharp 49 has a 60Hz refresh rate when driven by a Mac or PC with powerful enough graphics, but it lacks Nvidia G-SYNC or AMD FreeSync technology, so it isn't the best option for gamers. Instead, Dell is primarily marketing the monitor to those who work in fields related to finance and data analysis.

Anyone who could benefit from a massive amount of uninterrupted desktop space will likely find value in the UltraSharp 49, but the luxury comes at a cost. Dell says the monitor will be available Friday, October 26 in the United States, starting at a pricy $1,699.99. Its model number is U4919DW.

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What A Slowdown In China Means For Apple

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:16
Smartphone data is stirring similar concerns, as total unit volume in China likely fell 15 percent year-over-year in the third quarter — "unheard of" in the usually strong quarter, the analyst said. Apple didn't have exposure to the 6-inch smartphone category last year in China, but the introduction of the 6.1-inch XR and 6.5-inch XS Max gives the company direct exposure to the growing segment, the analyst said.

Apple Teams Up With Zimmer Biomet for Clinical Study on Joint Replacement

MacRumors - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:13
Zimmer Biomet, a company that develops joint replacement products, today announced that it is working with Apple to improve patient experience with Apple Watch and iPhone following knee and hip replacements.

A new Zimmer Biomet mymobility app uses the Apple Watch to "facilitate a new level of connection" between patients and their doctors as they recover from major joint replacement surgery. Through the app, patients will be provided with "support and guidance" while preparing for and recovering from surgery, with surgeons able to use the data to "optimize care."


In addition to collecting activity data and allowing surgeons to see recovery progress, the app can be used to send education and therapy reminders directly to patients.

Zimmer Biomet is launching a clinical study to determine the Apple Watch app's impact on patient outcomes and overall costs for joint replacement patients. Knee and hip replacements are common surgeries with more than a million occurring each year in the United States.

As part of the study, which will enroll up to 10,000 people, Zimmer Biomet says that patients will use the mymobility app on the Apple Watch as they progress through the hip or knee replacement journey. Patient reported feedback will be combined with health and activity data from the Apple Watch to see how the mymobility app impacts care.

Apple's chief operating officer Jeff Williams said that with the Apple Watch and Zimmer's app, patients will be able to participate in their own care in ways not previously possible."We believe one of the best ways to empower consumers is by giving them the ability to use their health and activity information to improve their own care," said Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Apple. "We are proud to enable knee and hip replacement patients to use their own data and share it with their doctors seamlessly, so that they can participate in their care and recovery in a way not previously possible through traditional in-person visits. This solution will connect consumers with their doctors continuously, before and after surgery."Several facilities are participating in the new mymobility Apple Watch clinical study including academic centers, hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers.

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Adobe Launches Premiere Rush CC Video Editor for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

The MacObserver - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:00

If you want a consumer-friendly video editor on your Mac, iPhone and iPad, but iMovie isn’t your thing, Adobe has a new app for you to check out: Premiere Rush CC. The app launched at Adobe MAX on Monday. It includes the video editing tools you need to record and edit, adjust or add audio, and share your movies on social networks. It uses Adobe Creative Cloud to sync files so you can switch devices while editing, too. I’ve been using the beta and it’s pretty impressive. You can try Premiere Rush CC for free. It’s priced at US$9.99 a month for individuals, $19.99 a month for teams, and $29.99 a month for enterprise.

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Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are two of the best Android phones you can buy

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:00
Google's new phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will launch in stores on Oct. 18. There are two phones, the Pixel 3 with a 5.5-inch display and a larger Pixel 3 XL with a 6.3-inch display. Google's phones aren't perfect, but they're markedly better than the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that launched last year.

Apple buys music analytics firm Asaii to help spot emerging talent

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:59
Apple has bought a music analytics company which claims to be able to "find the next Justin Bieber before anyone else", in a deal that could help it compete more effectively with music streaming services like Spotify.

An Investor's Guide to the Market's Wild Ride

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:44
Drops are unavoidable, but a long-term outlook and some smart diversification can save you a lot of stress.

Apple’s earnings could be hit by weak demand in China, Goldman warns

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:38
Macroeconomic conditions in China could hurt demand for new iPhones, according to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall.

Check Out the Apple Watch Faces Steve Troughton-Smith Designed

The MacObserver - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:37

Steve Troughton-Smith does more than post Apple product leaks. He’s also a professional coder, and his latest pet project shows why it would be cool to get third-party faces for Apple Watch. He’s come up with some pretty interesting watch faces, plus he posted the example code on Github so you can experiment with your own—assuming you’re a developer. I get Apple not wanting horribly garish watch faces, but maybe they could partner with some developers or make a watch face screening process. I know I’m ready for some options outside of Apple’s limited pool.

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People no longer expect an iPhone supercycle for Apple, s...

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:35
Jim Suva, Citigroup I.T. hardware and telecom analyst, discusses his bullish view on Apple and what he sees for the overall tech sector as it sees increased volatility. CNBC's Mike Santoli also weighs in.

Apple Boosts Music Service Offerings With Asaii Acquisition

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:12
Apple (AAPL) reportedly completes acquisition of music analytics startup, Asaii, for less than $100 million.

Apple Buys Asaii, Adds its Team to Apple Music

The MacObserver - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:09

Apple purchased the music and artist discovery service Asaii—a deal that was confirmed by the company’s investment backer The House. Asaii makes tools for finding and managing artists, along with a tool for music services to make recommendations to listeners. The House founder Cameron Baradar told Music Ally,

As the first investors in Asaii, we are incredibly excited by their recent acquisition by Apple where they will have the opportunity to dramatically scale their impact and continue building out their vision for the future of the music industry.

Asaii’s founders are now part of the Apple Music team. Their tools can predict the next music hits weeks in advance. Couple that with the music discovery tools and Apple Music’s listening recommendations could get a lot better very soon.

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IBD 50 Sees Significant Turnover

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:05
Trading in the direction of structural and tactical trends can increase your probability of success in the current market environment.

Report: Apple acquires music analytics platform Asaii

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 16:41
Apple continues its music merger and acquisition playlist, snapping up San Francisco-based Asaii shortly following the closure of its acquisition of music-recognition service Shazam. Is this company next?

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