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Hundreds of iOS apps caught taking user data from private APIs

Which probably isn’t exactly comforting for Apple’s Chinese customers. My point is still the same whether or not it effects people only in a specific country. (And in this case, they are saying “most” are Chinese, not all, so they’ve left wiggle room.)

Posted by Steve H on October 20, 2015 at 2:20 AM (CDT)

Hundreds of iOS apps caught taking user data from private APIs

If you haven’t bough app from the China AppStore, doesn’t sound like you need to worry :-)

Posted by benjitek on October 19, 2015 at 12:27 PM (CDT)

Hundreds of iOS apps caught taking user data from private APIs

Pulling it from the App Store does not delete it from our devices (and it shouldn’t), therefore, users deserve the courtesy of notification of which apps are affected. Has anyone found a list of the apps affected, yet? It bugs the crap out of me that we keep hearing that so-and-so discovered that an app they won’t name is harvesting info.

Posted by Steve H on October 19, 2015 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Report: Apple to increase iTunes Match limit 'before the end of the year'

It’s been fixed, thanks.

Posted by Phil Dzikiy on October 14, 2015 at 2:25 PM (CDT)

Report: Apple to increase iTunes Match limit 'before the end of the year'

*$25/year (?)

Posted by Pat on October 14, 2015 at 1:13 PM (CDT)

Apple loses patent lawsuit, could face $862 million in damages

That answers the question of how they’ll spend their Samsung settlement ;-)

Posted by benjitek on October 14, 2015 at 11:34 AM (CDT)

App Store prices going up in Australia, Indonesia and Sweden

I can’t remember App Store prices reducing when the Australian dollar was soaring a couple of years ago….

Posted by Big Bad Burley on October 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM (CDT)

Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Looks like the model numbers they’re using is the one with AT&T’s band 30…

Posted by benjitek on October 9, 2015 at 11:28 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 9.0.2

This update stinks. Phone doesn’t work at all. My Camara will not even focus. All pictures stay blurry.

Posted by pamela carter on October 8, 2015 at 10:14 PM (CDT)

Battery impact of Samsung vs TSMC A9 chips overestimated? (Update: Apple response)

Figures the Samsung chip consumer more battery juice—surely it was some sort of ‘accident’ on their part ;-)

Posted by benjitek on October 8, 2015 at 4:37 PM (CDT)

Apple using new AAE sidecar format for iOS 8 photos?

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Posted by Kit Ellis on October 6, 2015 at 6:33 AM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple Watch Hermès collection

Thanks for the insightful reply, Jesse.  Really excellent point.  It doesn’t sound ludicrous at all.  And Apple won’t just see higher sales in French fashion houses.  The publicity will increase their sales of sub-$1000 Watches among bottom 99-percenters who read Vogue and the like or are influenced by the fashion choices of Beyonce and others who’ve been photographed wearing Apple Watches.

Posted by RC on October 5, 2015 at 4:33 PM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple Watch Hermès collection

I see the Hermès pricing in the same vein as the gold Edition Apple Watch. While I’m sure just like the Edition, people will buy the Hermès, I’m not sure how much Apple cares whether they sell a lot of them or not.
You see, somewhere along the way, Apple decided that they wanted the Apple Watch to be a fashion accessory, and not just another geek gadget. I attribute this to Ahrendts influence, since she was the one who brought the Burberry mentality into Apple, and is in the process of turning Apple Retail Stores into “boutique” stores in the process. Regardless, however, the bottom line is that if you want to be covered by magazines like Vogue and sell your stuff in French fashion houses, you need to ensure that you’re selling something that will be taken seriously by the fashion industry. As ludicrous as it sounds, the Edition (and now the Hermès) exist to impress that segment of the industry and get Apple more coverage and credibility in that space.
To put it another way, if there were no Apple Watch Edition announced last year, do you really think the device in any version would have been making the cover of Vogue, GQ, Flair, Self and others?

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 5, 2015 at 4:08 PM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple Watch Hermès collection

The Hermes bands effectively cost $550 or more (the difference between the Hermes Watch starting price and the stainless Apple Watch starting price).  The Watch hardware is exactly the same, right?  The Hermes band and matching Watch face are very handsome, but still that’s a lot to spend for just a band.
Also, if I understand correctly (and forgive me if I don’t), you can’t buy the Hermes bands without the stainless Watch.  So, someone who previously bought a stainless Watch and wants a Hermes band will have to buy a second Watch.
I’ve always defended Apple’s high prices in debates with friends who buy much cheaper Android phones and Windows computers with similar feature sets as their Apple counterparts.  A reasonable person could argue that the consistently excellent build quality, elegant and intuitive user experience, and customer support that accompany iPhones and Macbooks make them worth the premium prices.
I don’t think I can defend Hermes pricing, though.  Apple is targeting very high-income consumers.  Good for them (the consumers) that they can drop $550 or more on a band for a Watch that’s going to be obsolete in a year.  But most of us in the real world will likely pass on this one.

Posted by RC on October 5, 2015 at 3:58 PM (CDT)

Apple Pay transaction numbers still low overall

Yeah, that’s where the real problem lies, and honestly I think most of the developed world is well ahead of the curve on modern electronic payments compared to the U.S.  In fact, I think much of Europe was even ahead of Canada when it came to things like chip and PIN technology on VISA and MasterCard. We’ve had PIN in Canada for our debit cards (Interac) since they came into existence 25 years ago, but the concept has only been extended to purchases with credit cards here in the past 3-5 years. Of course, by comparison the U.S. is only now adopted swipe and PIN technology, as they can’t even get retailers to get on board with chip readers.
Apple Pay is still not officially available in Canada, and while rumours suggest it’s coming next month, it’s really the banks that have been part of the problem moreso than the retailers, and I suspect that’s the problem in most countries outside of the U.S. I’m not entirely sure how much of it is Apple and how much of it is the banks themselves in other countries. Here, at least, the big six banks seriously want to call all of the shots, so they’re more likely to try and force Apple to play by their rules, making it more difficult for Apple Pay to come here.
I found it rather ironic that Apple chose to launch Apple Pay in a country as behind on contactless payments as the U.S., but I suppose that also gave them a good opportunity to “wag the dog” and get retailers into the 21st century.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 5, 2015 at 3:51 PM (CDT)

Apple Pay transaction numbers still low overall

Thank you for clearing things out. Here in Poland, on the contrary, 90% of the credit card terminals have contactless payments enabled. The downside is, Apple seems not to be willing to cooperate with smaller banks from around the world, focusing only on countries like USA, UK, Australia etc.

Posted by WhiteShadow on October 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM (CDT)

Apple to open Apple TV's universal search API to more content providers

The demo, and Tim Cook’s recent statements, did suggest that universal-search worked with any API-equipped app—but that was it.  Doesn’t mean the other Siri functions can’t be part of a 3rd party app, it just wasn’t demoed—or mentioned.
In the demo, ‘what did he just say’ was shown using an iTunes-purchased episode of Modern Family, not a Netflix title.  Again, doesn’t mean Netflix won’t have the functionality—but other than universal search, the more advanced features were shown just with Apple’s stuff.

Posted by benjitek on October 5, 2015 at 3:22 PM (CDT)

Apple to open Apple TV's universal search API to more content providers

The demo suggested that it will work with any app that incorporates the appropriate API hooks. Since things like Netflix and Hulu will now technically be third-party apps, it will be up to them to implement these features, and it’s unclear whether Apple may be providing special API access for favoured apps or whether it will be open to all.
The “What did he just say” feature also appears to be at least somewhat universal based on the demo as well – I’m pretty sure they showed it working with something from Netflix in the demo. The video playback and CC APIs on the new Apple TV will likely be standard in much the same way as they are on iOS. Granted, I’m not sure every developer will need to follow them, but if they use the standard video playback APIs, the standard features should be available. Of course, I’m totally just guessing at this point….

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 5, 2015 at 2:56 PM (CDT)

Apple to open Apple TV's universal search API to more content providers

I’m going to say probably not – at least not as a built-in feature. As I understand it, with the new Apple TV architecture, there won’t really be any “built-in” apps like Hulu, Netflix, etc. Instead, you’ll download them from the App Store in much the same way as you do on your iPhone or iPad.
The upside, however, is that this means the third-party developers of those apps should have the ability to do more than they were previously allowed to.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 5, 2015 at 2:54 PM (CDT)

Apple to open Apple TV's universal search API to more content providers

Does the new Apple TV include universal login too.  For example, I have DirecTV, and on the Apple TV for many of the channels I have to enter my DirecTV login info and activate each one.  It would be nice to have that userid and password stored once and not have to enter it over and over again.

Posted by EricSteel on October 5, 2015 at 1:50 PM (CDT)

Apple Pay transaction numbers still low overall

I think at the end of the day, it is up to the retailers to put in the new terminals, and many just don’t have enough incentive to do so for the costs that are involved. If customers aren’t demanding it, and banks aren’t pushing it, why spend the money replacing what already works?
To be honest, I’m still not sure why contactless payment has never really caught on in the U.S. in general – VISA PayWave and MasterCard PayPass have been normal things up here in Canada since around 2007, and we’re swimming in NFC payment terminals – I have a harder time finding a place that doesn’t take Apple Pay than one that does (small mom and pop shops and traditional sit-down restaurants are about the only places where you consistently won’t find it supported).
The same can be said of other technologies, such as chip and PIN. It wasn’t until Apple rolled out Apple Pay that I fully realized how far behind the U.S. is when it comes to electronic payments compared to the rest of the world.
At the end of the day, maybe it’s also just a factor of us having only six large banks in Canada, rather than the plethora of smaller ones found in the U.S. The banks get a lot more say up here in terms of what happens at retailers, and they usually sing from the same song sheet when it comes to security and payment methods, so if you’re a retailer and TD insists that you upgrade your terminal, you’re not going to get away with avoiding it simply by switching to another bank, so they know they can force retailers’ hands more readily.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 5, 2015 at 1:38 PM (CDT)

Apple Pay transaction numbers still low overall

“Double-digit” growth isn’t as impressive as it sounds when the numbers are tiny:  if people use Apple Pay in 5 transactions one month and 6 the next, that’s a 20% increase.
Every month, I see articles (on 9to5Mac) touting all the new banks that are on board with Apple Pay.  But never any articles talking about new merchants that support Apple Pay.  I love Apple Pay, but only a few stores I shop at accept it:  Panera, McDonalds, Walgreens, and maybe one other.
I’m frustrated and perplexed why Apple Pay hasn’t caught on:  It’s been out for a year, and many millions of people use iPhone models (6, 6+, 6S, 6S+) that support the feature.  Plus, 5S owners who have an Apple Watch (admittedly not a huge group, most likely) can use Apple Pay.
Maybe this will change.  This month, many retailers are updating their credit card payment terminals to support the new security chip embedded in credit cards.  One hopes that many will see the wisdom of opting for terminals that also support contactless pay, including Apple Pay.

Posted by RC on October 5, 2015 at 1:26 PM (CDT)

Apple Pay transaction numbers still low overall

I’m not sure what you mean. Apple Pay does just work over standard NFC-based contactless payments – I use it all the time up here in Canada (with a U.S. debit card, for now), and it works anywhere that MasterCard PayPass or VISA PayWave are accepted.
The problem is that in the U.S., contactless payment terminals are still extremely rare, so if a retailer can’t take contactless payments at all, than obviously Apple Pay is going to also be excluded.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 5, 2015 at 12:46 PM (CDT)

Apple Pay transaction numbers still low overall

Unless they allow integration with traditional NFC terminals using technologies found in other phones, paying with an iPhone will never be a hit.

Posted by WhiteShadow on October 5, 2015 at 12:37 PM (CDT)

Apple to open Apple TV's universal search API to more content providers

Searching is one thing, it’ll be interesting to see what you can actually initiate to play using Siri. Will the user be able to say ‘play season 3 of Doctor Who on Netflix’ or will that just work with video from iTunes?
Also, the ‘what did he just say’ feature. Is there an API for that, or is it something that works for iTunes rented or purchased video only?

Posted by benjitek on October 5, 2015 at 11:18 AM (CDT)

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