There have been photos and vague rumors hinting that Apple’s next iPads will involve more than just a speed bump, but there hasn’t been much in the way of hard evidence… until today, that is. Hamza Sood has uncovered code in the iOS 8.1 developer beta that alludes to unannounced iPads with Touch ID fingerprint readers and, appropriately, Apple Pay support. Don’t think that you’ll be tapping your iPad to pay for goods at the local shop, however. From all indications, this is just for in-app transactions; there’s no mention of NFC. It’s also unclear when this new iOS version will arrive, although history suggests that the new iPads (and thus the finished 8.1 update) could surface in October.
Looks like the next iPad is getting Touch ID pic.twitter.com/HuqrJrYE58
– Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) September 30, 2014
Via: Cult of Mac
If you were hoping that iOS 8’s ability to hide your device ID from nearby WiFi networks would render you invisible to nosy hotspot operators, you’ll want to dial back your expectations a bit. AirTight Networks’ Bhupinder Misra has found that Apple’s hardware address randomization only kicks in under a very narrow set of circumstances. You not only have to put your device to sleep and turn off location services, you have to turn off cellular data as well — in short, your iPhone has to become a paperweight. Even then, the masking only appears to work with iOS devices using at least an A7 processor, like the iPhone 5s.
As such, it’s business as usual for institutions and stores that want to track your phone for the sake of stats and marketing. The only way to avoid giving out your hardware’s real ID is to… well, stop using your hardware. The risk of revealing anything truly personal is relatively slim, but you’re not going to be happy if you were hoping to go incognito around public WiFi access points. Not that companies would necessarily be deterred even if the location privacy feature was more useful. As AirTight’s Hemant Chaskar notes to The Verge, it’s possible for those monitoring WiFi data to toss out fake device info. Although they won’t get a complete view of the people wandering near their networks, they can still make use of whatever data is left.
Via: The Verge
As a matter of course, virtually all the internet-capable hardware you use supports trusted certificates, or proofs that secure data connections (such as those for apps and websites) should be legitimate. Have you ever wondered exactly how much faith your gadgets place in others, however? Thanks to Karl Kornel, we now have a good sense of how iOS 8 devices fare — and apparently, they trust a lot of organizations. Apple’s latest mobile software has no less than 222 certificates that greenlight data sharing. Most of these are from companies you’d expect to oversee security on iPads and iPhones, including Symantec’s various brands (35 certificates) and Apple itself (five). However, there are also quite a few governments that also get iOS’ all-clear in certain circumstances, including China, Japan, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey and the US.
This level of trust isn’t necessarily bad; you’re going to need at least some of these certificates to get things done, such as checking your email or logging into a social networking app. With that said, Kornel is concerned that you can’t turn off any of the certificates if you’re concerned about the potential for abuse. Governments could theoretically use their credentials to spoof other websites and break into your phone for surveillance purposes, as an example. Whether or not that actually happens, Kornel is quick to note that Apple is at least being transparent by disclosing this info in a support page. You can easily find this info on Android devices, but it’s harder to know what level of security you’ll get in advance. Whichever platform you run, it’s reasonable to suggest that you should be cautious — don’t take promises of security at face value.
Apple’s iOS 8 may not look too different from the version that preceded it, but trust us: there are plenty of new bits and bobs to get familiar with once you start poking around. Now that you’ve had some time to dig into our full review, you can take iOS 8 for a spin yourself — Apple has just pushed the update live, so check your iDevice’s settings to see if it’s your time to shine. Just keep a few things in mind before you enter the breach: the update will only install on the iPhone 4S and newer, the iPad 2 and newer and the 5th generation iPod Touch. Oh, and it looks like Apple is having some HealthKit trouble at the moment, so all HealthKit compatible apps have been temporarily removed from the App Store. According to tweets from Carrot Fit developer Brian Mueller, Apple has been saying that a fix is in the works but there’s no ETA on when it’ll actually take effect. Nothing like a few hiccups to kick off a massive software launch, no?
Some artists find inspiration in their peers’ artworks and even think it boring to draw alone. If you feel that way and you use FiftyThree’s Paper app (and maybe its Pencil stylus, as well) religiously, you can take advantage of the startup’s new service to collaborate with anyone you want. This new product is called Mix, and it’s an open platform where all users can share their work by uploading it straight from the Paper app. The latest version of Paper comes loaded with the Mix sharing option, as you can see in the video below — after you’ve uploaded your work, other members can finish it or put their own spin on it.
According to a FiftyThree rep, they’ve already seen a bunch of “incredible projects” during the beta testing phase, ranging from fun co-drawn pieces to collaborative inventions. If you want to start collaborating right now, you may want to launch Paper or to go to the Mix portal to sign up for an invitation ASAP — the startup’s sending out thousands of invites per week on a first-come-first-serve basis, letting people in by batches. By the end of October, though, the service will ultimately open its gates to the public, and everyone who signs up will instantly get an account.
The biggest target is typically the easiest to hit, and ahead of Apple’s big event next week IKEA’s taking a good-natured swing at Cupertino. To debut its new 2015 catalog, the Swedish furniture company crafted a video that bears more than a passing resemblance to a TV spot from the iPhone company. Among the highlights of the “bookbook” unveiling? Eternal battery life, no-lag page loads and multiuser support. It’s all pretty well done if you ask us. Should you need help passing time until next Tuesday’s conference, watching the clip (embedded below) will make the wait about two-and-a-half minutes shorter.
Via: Huffington Post
Source: IKEA (YouTUbe)
Apple’s supply chain partners have ramped up production for components to be used the company’s upcoming second-generation iPad Air, reports Digitimes. Citing sources close to production, the report claims that the device will remained unchanged in terms of size and resolution, but will feature a thinner profile, faster processor, and an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
iPad Air 2 mockup with Touch ID home button
Apple has also called on touch panel suppliers TPK and GIS to manufacture full-lamination units for the device ahead of its launch this fall. The source also notes that Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display have also seen their orders increase for the iPhone, likely indicating that Apple is now mass producing screens for the iPhone 6.
Previous leaks have also pointed to a thinner profile for the iPad Air 2, along with reports claiming that the device will feature anti-reflective coating, and an improved Touch ID sensor. It is also most certain that Apple will include a faster processor in the iPad Air 2, as the company will likely integrate its new A8 chip in the device.
Given recent events surrounding the security of cloud-storage accounts, Apple is keen to reassess any updates to iOS. The company has revealed that any Healthkit apps storing a user’s private wellness data in iCloud will be flat-out rejected from the App Store. That same info, gathered by apps using the Healthkit API, is under even further restrictions when it comes to advertising and data-mining, as well. As 9to5Mac spotted, if an application uses the data for reasons other than “improving health, medical, and fitness management, or for the purpose of medical research,” the app won’t survive. This is just another bit of evidence from Cupertino as to why it rejects applications from the App Store. The thumb-downs go for other possibly less-nefarious aspects as well, including what happens with collected keyboard-activity data. If you’re interested in poring over the updated list of terms yourself, Apple’s got you covered. We recommend pouring a frosty beverage, though — reading the full roster could take until September 9th.
[Image credit: Associated Press]
Source: Apple Developers
Microsoft today updated its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps to allow users to purchase a monthly subscription to Office 365 directly in the apps.
Previously, customers were able to purchase a yearly subscription for Office 365 Home within the apps for $99.99, but it’s now possible to buy a monthly subscription for Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home via in-app purchase.
As we continue to bring Microsoft Office to all platforms and devices, it’s important for customers to manage their Office 365 subscription–easily and on the go. You asked for more flexibility in signing up for Office 365 subscriptions on iPad. So starting today, you can buy a monthly subscription to Office 365 from within Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad. You can choose between Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home
Introduced in March, Office 365 Personal is aimed at individual users who want to use Microsoft’s apps on just one PC/Mac and one tablet, while the Office 365 Home subscription is designed for households with up to five computers and five tablets.
Office 365 Personal is priced at $6.99 per month, while Office 365 Home is available for $9.99 per month. All of Microsoft’s apps can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
Adobe’s Photoshop Mix offering for Apple’s slates arrived a few months back alongside its Ink and Slide drawing tools, and it’s not letting the app sit too long before adding new features. The latest version adds an undo/redo option that’ll help with missteps, swaps background/foreground images by dragging thumbnails and saves full-res JPEG and PNG files to that iPad you’re working on. For those of us that don’t keep a lot of work files on our tablets, you can now import images from your Dropbox repository to edit or add to Creative Cloud-stored PSDs whilst on-the-go. The update is now available over at iTunes, so if your device hasn’t yet alerted you or if you’ve yet to take the slate-style editing for a spin, have at it.
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