MacLife December 2018

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2 min
the potential inside

So this is it — macOS Mojave is finally with us after many months of eagerly awaiting its release. Just minutes after the upgrade landed I had it downloading to my iMac Retina 4K, 21.5–inch, 2017 (my other machine, a company–loaned MacBook Pro, has to make do with High Sierra, for now), and a short while after, it was installed and ready to go. Initially, I thought “wow, this looks great,” but beyond the initial visual fanfare, I couldn’t help but think “what else?”. I’m sure I’m not alone in experiencing slightly lukewarm first impressions, and it’s entirely warranted. Apple has made a pretty big deal over Mojave, and outwardly it appears as if this version of macOS has received the biggest lick of paint since Mac OS X Leopard landed,…

3 min
streaming tv in march, for free?

APPLE’S ORIGINAL TV content could be on stream as soon as March 2019, according to reports. And, unlike rival subscription–based providers such as Netflix and Amazon, Apple reportedly plans to offer content free of charge to owners of iPads, iPhones, and Apple TVs. The business model is not entirely clear here. Sales of iPads have been holding steady in an otherwise declining tablet market (down 13.5 per cent worldwide in the June 2018 quarter, according to IDC, the 15th straight quarterly fall), but maybe Apple believes it has to offer extra enticements with iPads as the market becomes ever tighter. However, even if Apple figures this will drive sales of its devices, which is where the company still makes most of its money, it would have to sell an awful lot…

1 min
chinese spy chips in us servers?

IN EARLY OCTOBER a Bloomberg Businessweek report claimed the Chinese government had planted tiny spy chips in motherboards made in China for Super Micro Computer Inc, which then went out to 30 companies including Apple and Amazon, as well as the US military. In Apple’s case, the report claims, the boards ended up in iCloud data centers, where they opened back doors and funneled data. Apple has strongly rejected the entire report as “wrong and misinformed” and repeatedly denied it ever found any malicious chips or other hardware attacks in its servers. It wrote formally to two Congressional committees with a detailed rebuttal, saying “internal investigations contradict every consequential assertion in the article.” Amazon too flatly denied the claims, stating unequivocally “we never found modified hardware or malicious chips in servers in…

2 min
what the heck?

NO SOONER HAD the iPhone XS and XS Max shipped than a number of users complained their cameras were applying some sort of ‘beauty filter’. Skin texture had been smoothed out, they thought, giving a retouched look. While some might see that as a feature rather than a bug, it seemed unlike Apple to compromise realism by default. So what exactly was going on? The likelihood is that this isn’t deliberate, but a consequence of multiple innovations in the latest iPhones. While we might like to think a camera never lies, today’s cell phone photos are generated using advanced software in order to overcome the limitations of miniaturized hardware. This process involves both technical and subjective decisions. Take Smart HDR, Apple’s AI–enhanced high dynamic range feature. This exploits the four–frame buffer in…

1 min
wins & fails

YIKES White House video reveals Kanye West’s iPhone passcode is plain genius or just mad: 000000 NIXED Save button goes missing from Voice Memos editing in iOS 12, causing quite the confusion DYSTOPIA Boston Dynamics’ military robot shows off scary new parkour abilities — is the singularity imminent? LIKES Ye’s security is forward–thinking, way ahead of people who only choose to use four zeroes FIXED If you can’t save your memos, iCloud can’t fail to sync them, so technically it’s a bug fix and not a fail UTOPIA Don’t think RoboCop, think ‘Siri, can you run to Krispy Kreme and grab me an apple pie doughnut?’…

2 min
the shift

DEPENDING ON WHO you ask, social media’s effect on our society is a blessing, a curse, or somewhere in between. While it has undeniably lowered barriers for conversation and given a voice to the voiceless, social media has also given new form to social manipulation, personal abuse, and (not good) ol’ fashioned racism. In general, I believe social media has become a powerful, permanent, though flawed medium that is worth improving. That’s why I’m happy to see a new wave of efforts to “decentralize” and tackle some of social media’s most notable problems. The thing about today’s most popular online social spaces is that they are centralized. If Twitter or Facebook ever stopped bringing in enough money, their management could pull the plug and everything would disappear. But the internet was…