We've heard a lot about the new iPhones and the upcoming iWatch over the last couple of weeks, but today it's time for the iMac to shine. Specifically, Apple reportedly plans to release a 27-inch Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, and it's possible that we'll see it as early as a media event next month.
The debate over the flexibility of Apple's new iPhone 6 models hasn't quite died down just yet, with Consumer Reports seemingly hoping to become the last word on the subject. Our Monday Morning Report also takes a look at Microsoft's first New York flagship store only a stone's throw from a rival, while AT&T gets generous with Mobile Share Value data for your new iPhone or iPad. Read on for all the details!
The biggest news of the week was iPhones bending and iOS 8.0.1 being some kinda broken. But were the problems overblown or were they real? And if they were real, what's the fix? What other newness happened this week? Let's have a look.
Over the last couple of days you may have heard of the looming danger of "Shellshock" to Mac users. This new tech scare centers on Bash, a behind-the-scenes tool that's been used for many years now on Unix- and Linux-powered machines. Essentially, the root of the problem is an exploit that allows outside users to run code on your machine without your consent, and it could thus has devastating consequences if tackled by unscrupulous individuals. But the good news is that even though OS X runs on Unix, Apple itself says the bulk of us don't have to worry about it.
HealthKit is easily one of the best selling points of iOS 8, but Apple fizzled some of that enthusiasm when it pulled HealthKit-enabled apps from its store not long after the operating system was loosed on the public. Apple did, however, claim that such apps would be available again "by the end of the month," and it looks as though it's lived up to that promise.
Between bending phones, iOS 8.0.1, and the Bash security flaw on OS X, Apple seems to be taking it on the chin from nearly every front — but that isn't stopping Cupertino from keeping its eye on the prize, with the iPhone 6 going on sale today as scheduled in 22 more locales. Our Friday Morning Report also looks at iOS 8.0.2 and a new home automation solution from Loxone, so let's dive right in...
The comparative safety of data on Apple's devices has long been one of their chief selling points, and FBI Director James Comey just can't stand it when Apple plays up those features. And now that Google, too, has taken to tightening up its mobile operating system, he announced to reporters today that he'd been in talks with the companies. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law," he said, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Apple hasn't said much since reports started trickling in that the iPhone 6 Plus is subject to bending if you apply enough pressure, but today the company took to the Wall Street Journal and CNBC to defend itself. According to the Cupertino company itself, the issue isn't as bad as people have made it out to be. Indeed, it claims that only nine people have complained out of the millions that bought the device.
Wednesday wasn't a shining moment in the history of Apple software updates, as a rogue iOS 8.0.1 patch intended to fix a few smaller issues wound up causing big problems for iPhone 6 owners. A fix is on the way, but in the meantime Apple has detailed instructions on how to get those devices working again, and today's Morning Report also has details on a new AppleSeed test and bulletproof screen protectors for the latest iPhones. It's all just a click away!
If you've ever found the concept of in-app browsers a little sketchy, iOS developer Craig Hockenberry (perhaps best known for working on Twitterific) claims you have a right to be worried. In a blog post today, Hockenberry demonstrated how it's possible for the developer of an in-app browser to record what you're typing on the screen, even if you're behind the supposed safety of secure login.