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September 19Tuesday's News


Prepare for APFS in macOS High Sierra [u]

Prepare for APFS in macOS High Sierra

If you're a system administrator, learn how to get ready for Apple File System when upgrading your business or education institution to macOS High Sierra.

Apple File System (APFS) is the default file system in macOS High Sierra for Mac computers with all-flash storage. APFS features strong encryption, space sharing, snapshots, fast directory sizing, and improved file system fundamentals.

When you install macOS High Sierra on the built-in solid-state drive (SSD) of a Mac, that drive is automatically converted to APFS. Fusion Drives and hard disk drives (HDDs) aren't converted. You can't opt out of the transition to APFS. -- Apple Support.

[I confess I have many questions about this article. I believe the one thing that can be said is that "the times they are a changing." The way I read it APFS does not get a good grade for "plays well with others." Even Apple's built-in applications. Apple says APFS will not be supported on Fusion Drives "in the initial release of macOS High Sierra," which suggests support could be added for Fusion Drives at a later date after lingering bugs are worked out. I take all the above to mean your non-SSD HD will still be running HFS+ . -mam]

iOS 11 is available Today

iOS 11 is available Today

Starting Tuesday, iPhone and iPad customers around the world will be able to update their devices to iOS 11, a major update to the world's most advanced mobile operating system and the biggest software release ever for iPad. iOS 11 brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices and new professional capabilities improve images in Photos and Camera. Siri is more natural and useful and a redesigned App Store makes it easier to discover apps and games. -- Apple Support.

iPhone 8, iPhone X lack support for T-Mobile's new 600 MHz extended LTE network

iPhone 8, iPhone X lack support for T-Mobile's new 600 MHz extended LTE network

The technical specifications for Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone X lack a discrete entry for the 600MHz spectrum required to use T-Mobile's new multi-billion dollar LTE network on Band 71 --but at present, only one other smartphone has support for the frequency. -- AppleInsider.

How high dynamic range support enables richer colors on Apple TV 4K

How high dynamic range support enables richer colors on Apple TV 4K

Apple has added high dynamic range, or HDR, to the new Apple TV 4K. AppleInsider explains what the term means as it pertains to 4K video, and how it applies to the new set-top box.

During the Sept. 12 release event, Apple unveiled the new Apple TV. Now called the Apple TV 4K, not only did the update bring a new processor and 4K support, but it also brought HDR to the table.

If you read no further, fearing a technical delve, a key takeaway is this: HDR in a photo is not the same as HDR in video. The two features share a common name, but do different things. -- AppleInsider.

Not all iOS 11 features coming on Tuesday, Apple Pay Cash coming later in the fall

Not all iOS 11 features coming on Tuesday, Apple Pay Cash coming later in the fall

Apple has detailed a few features in Tuesday's iOS 11, and has noted that the feature that allows for person-to-person money transfers, dubbed Apple Pay Cash, will arrive in an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4. -- AppleInsider.


HTML5 DRM finally makes it as an official W3C Recommendation

HTML5 DRM finally makes it as an official W3C Recommendation

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the industry body that oversees development of HTML and related Web standards, has today published the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) specification as a Recommendation, marking its final blessing as an official Web standard. Final approval came after the W3C's members voted 58.4 percent to approve the spec, 30.8 percent to oppose, with 10.8 percent abstaining. -- Ars Technica.

iPhone 8 beats iPhone X in early benchmark tests

iPhone 8 beats iPhone X in early benchmark tests

The iPhone X is Apple's top-of-the-range iPhone, but if you're looking for impressive Geekbench scores -- referring to the cross-platform CPU benchmark scoring system -- you may be better off sticking with either the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple taking an 'immense risk' with user data thanks to poor implementation of differential privacy, say academics

Apple taking an 'immense risk' with user data thanks to poor implementation of differential privacy, say academics

Researchers at three universities have accused Apple of taking an 'immense risk' with the security of user data thanks to what they say is a poor implementation of differential privacy.

Differential privacy is a method of allowing Apple and other companies to analyse user data in a way intended to be completely anonymous. Enough noise is injected into the data that it is supposed to be impossible to match any of that data to a specific individual. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple's 'Differential Privacy' Is About Collecting Your Data--But Not ​Your Data

Apple's 'Differential Privacy' Is About Collecting Your Data--But Not ​Your Data

Apple, like practically every mega-corporation, wants to know as much as possible about its customers. But it's also marketed itself as Silicon Valley's privacy champion, one that--unlike so many of its advertising-driven competitors--wants to know as little as possible about you. So perhaps it's no surprise that the company has now publicly boasted about its work in an obscure branch of mathematics that deals with exactly that paradox. -- Wired.

Mail for macOS: Reduce junk mail in your inbox

Mail for Mac: Reduce junk mail in your inbox

Mail analyzes incoming messages to identify junk mail, then highlights the messages with color (brown by default) and a banner across the top of the message. Each time you confirm a message as junk or not junk, Mail is able to identify junk mail more accurately.

As Mail learns about your junk mail, it can automatically move junk messages to your email account's Junk mailbox when they arrive (if you set the junk mail filter to do so). You can set a different preference that determines when to delete messages from the Junk mailbox. -- Apple Support.

Identify and filter junk mail in iCloud

Identify and filter junk mail in iCloud

iCloud uses trend analysis, dynamic lists, and other technology to automatically detect and block junk mail before it reaches your inbox. While there isn't a way to completely stop junk mail from reaching your inbox, here are some tips that can help reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. -- Apple Support.

Why You Should Buy an Unlocked or Verizon iPhone 8, iPhone X

Why You Should Buy an Unlocked or Verizon iPhone 8, iPhone X

We discovered that the product page for the Japanese (Qualcomm) model of the iPhone 8 claims the phone has 800Mbps LTE, which is better than the 600Mbps we thought it had. That note is missing from the product pages for the two models of the phone which will be available in the US.

This doesn't change our recommendation--it's better to get an all carrier-compatible phone than a some carrier-compatible phone--but it throws into question what the overall LTE capabilities of these phones will be. We'll see when we get to test them. -- PC Magazine.

September 18Monday's News


Apple's iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus - what are the differences?

Apple's iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus - what are the differences?

With Apple's preorders now open, some people may still be on the fence about whether to get a regular iPhone 8, or spring for an iPhone 8 Plus -- here's what separates the two models. -- AppleInsider.


A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains first Apple-designed GPU, new secure element

A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains first Apple-designed GPU, new secure element

Apple has brought design and development of the A11 Bionic processor even more in-house with the eradication of outside solutions, allowing the company to speed up and further integrate the new chip's various processes more than it ever has before. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's new App Store rules say devs must provide alternative to Face ID for kids under 13

Apple's new App Store rules say devs must provide alternative to Face ID for kids under 13

Updated App Store Review Guidelines published this week include a variety of changes, most notably dictating that apps wanting to make use of Face ID on the iPhone X must offer an "alternate authentication method" for children under 13. -- AppleInsider.


Apple's Craig Federighi details Face ID in new interview [u]

Apple's Craig Federighi details Face ID in new interview [u]

In a brief interview on Friday, Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi answered a few questions about the Face ID facial recognition feature that will ship out to customers in November, dispelling some of the more contentious rumors, providing background on its development and touting the system's benefits. -- AppleInsider.


Apple's 'differential privacy' still collects too much specific data, study says

Apple's 'differential privacy' still collects too much specific data, study says

Apple's use of "differential privacy" -- a method that inserts random noise into data as it's collected en masse -- doesn't go far enough to protect personal information, a study suggested this week. -- AppleInsider.


Apple addresses ad industry complaints over Safari tracking prevention feature

Apple addresses ad industry complaints over Safari tracking prevention feature

In response to advertising industry objections to Safari's new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature, Apple on Friday explained how the service is a boon for both consumers and ad services who use it responsibly. -- AppleInsider.


iPhone X excitement makes people nostalgic for an 8-year-old phone

iPhone X excitement makes people nostalgic for an 8-year-old phone

The iPhone X's futuristic features have some folks thinking Back to the Future. Almost immediately after Apple's big event this week, some were waxing nostalgic about an eight-year-old device that in some respects, resembles Apple's latest handset. -- Cult of Mac.


Series 3 vs. Series 1: Which Apple Watch is right for you?

Series 3 vs. Series 1: Which Apple Watch is right for you?

Apple Watch Series 3 is now on sale, with prices starting at $329. If you want LTE connectivity -- and you will -- you'll be coughing up at least $399.

That's not cheap. But is it worth it? And should you even consider last year's Series 1 model, which remains on sale as a more affordable alternative?

Find out right here in our 2017 Apple Watch comparison, which will help you decide which option is the best for you. -- Cult of Mac.

New and Refurbished Apple Watch Series 2 Collections Get Discounts Following Series 3 Launch

New and Refurbished Apple Watch Series 2 Collections Get Discounts Following Series 3 Launch

Last night, pre-orders opened up for the new Apple Watch Series 3, which has a 70 percent faster dual-core processor, new Apple W2 chip, a barometric altimeter, and LTE capabilities on supported models. The base Apple Watch Series 3 models without LTE are now $329 (38mm) and $359 (42mm), rising from there for Stainless Steel and Ceramic.

If you aren't interested in the speedier processor or cellular capabilities, B&H Photo has a sale going on right now that offers discounts on select models of last year's Apple Watch Series 2. In the lists below, Series 2 prices (bold) are compared to current prices of similar Series 3 collections on Apple.com. -- MacRumors.

LTE in Apple Watch Series 3 Models Only Works in Country of Purchase

LTE in Apple Watch Series 3 Models Only Works in Country of Purchase

With the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 only available in a handful of countries at the current time, it might be tempting to purchase one in another country, but it won't work. Series 3 models appear to be limited to connectivity in their original country of purchase.

An Apple support representative who spoke to MacRumors reader Thomas said that an Apple Watch purchased in the U.S. online store will only work with the four carriers in the United States, perhaps due to hardware limitations. -- MacRumors.

Apple Watch Series 3 LTE Doesn't Work With Prepaid Wireless Plans

Apple Watch Series 3 LTE Doesn't Work With Prepaid Wireless Plans

Customers who want to purchase an LTE Apple Watch Series 3 model will need a postpaid plan to enable LTE connectivity, meaning it won't be available to those who use prepaid cellular plans. Prepaid plans are often more affordable, but don't support the number sharing features the Apple Watch Series 3 requires. -- MacRumors.

Stop Facebook tracking you across the web

Stop Facebook tracking you across the web

Head to this link (and sign in if you have to), then make sure the "Ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies" option is turned "no."

And that's it. The caveat is that you may see ads relating to your age, gender, or location, Facebook says.

You can also make other ad-based adjustments to the page -- to Facebook's credit, they're fairly easy to understand. The best bet (at the time of publication) is to switch all options to "no" or "no-one."

Given that this also affects those who aren't on Facebook, there are different ways to opt-out.

iPhones and iPads can limit ad-tracking through an in-built setting -- located in its Settings options.

Android phones also have a similar same setting -- you can find out how to do it here.

As for desktops, notebooks, and some tablets, your best option might be an ad-blocker.

Apple's Patent Covering the Ability to Edit Dictation using Siri Surfaces as this invention debuts with iOS 11

Apple's Patent Covering the Ability to Edit Dictation using Siri Surfaces as this invention debuts with iOS 11

Yesterday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a future feature allowing users to edit dictation by voice or virtual keyboard. Users will be able to dictate a message in English and when finished tell Siri to translate the message to Spanish, Chinese, French and any other language that Siri supports. The good news is that much of this patent will actually be fulfilled next Tuesday when iOS 11 debuts -- Patently Apple.

Apple's Face ID has been in the work for many Years and its Debut fulfills many In-Depth Camera Patents

Apple's Face ID has been in the work for many Years and its Debut fulfills many In-Depth Camera Patents

Apple introduced a super advanced version of facial recognition technology this week when the iPhone X was revealed at their special iPhone event at the new Steve Jobs Theater. Apple's new facial recognition is being used in a new authentication process that they've branded 'Face ID.' A new dot projector in Apple's iPhone X camera is the key to this advanced form of facial recognition that fulfills many Apple patents. -- Patently Apple.

iPhone X: Touch ID was the Fallback, not Face ID

iPhone X: Touch ID was the Fallback, not Face ID

The assumption that Apple decided to go with facial recognition, or Face ID, on the iPhone X because Touch ID embedded in the display didn't work is wrong, according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber. "Apple became convinced that Face ID was the way to go over a year ago…They stopped pursuing Touch ID under the display not because they couldn't do it, but because they decided they didn't need it," he said. Apple wasn't scrambling at the last minute to get Touch ID working, either. It seems Face ID was the plan all along, which means Touch ID on Apple's other products probably won't stick around much longer. -- Daring Fireball.

Updating to the High Sierra GM Candidate

Updating to the High Sierra GM Candidate

Apple has changed the game again, putting us almost back to square one to install the High Sierra GM Candidate; Jeff Butts walks you through the process step-by-step.

Let's look at how to do that final (we hope) beta update for macOS High Sierra. If you've been on the beta or public beta track for 10.13 High Sierra, you probably know that the Gold Master (GM) Candidate was recently released. Unfortunately, updating to it isn't done the way it used to be. Here's what you need to know to download and install the High Sierra GM Candidate. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Updates App Store to Remove iPhone Antivirus Apps

Apple Updates App Store to Remove iPhone Antivirus Apps

Because Apple sandboxes apps from one another, it's not even possible to scan for viruses. Apps can't directly interact with one another or the operating system.

Apple has updated its developer app review guidelines for the App Store, and says iPhone antivirus apps aren't allowed anymore. Fake apps that claim to scan for viruses have been around for a while. But now Apple is banning them. -- 9to5Mac.

The Apple TV 4K is Coming. Here's an Introduction to its New Technologies

The Apple TV 4K is Coming. Here's an Introduction to its New Technologies

Okay, the Apple TV 4K will be available on 22 September. The Apple press release introduces us to two new terms: HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision is a premium version of video High Dynamic Range (HDR). So you may want to start reading up on these two HDR technologies--which are not the same technology we've become accustomed to in our iPhone photography. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Quietly Raises iPad Pro Prices

Apple Quietly Raises iPad Pro Prices

Apple has quietly raised the prices of the 256 GB and 512 GB iPad Pro tablets by $50. This applies to both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular models, but the 64 GB models are unaffected. Some have speculated that the price hike is due to increased flash storage costs, but without an official statement from Apple, it's impossible to say for sure. -- MacRumors.

HDR Movies Now Available for 2017 iPad Pro Tablets

HDR Movies Now Available for 2017 iPad Pro Tablets

With the Apple TV 4K coming, Apple has promised 4K and HDR upgrades to existing iTunes movies at no additional charge. We're already seeing that on 2017 iPad Pro tablets running iOS 11 -- the key is that the latest 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros have HDR-capable displays. Check Settings > TV > iTunes Videos and make sure the Download HDR Videos switch is enabled. Then, in the TV app, on the Library screen, tap a movie to see its listing; you'll see 4K and HDR badges if Apple has updated the film. The Verge reports that these files on the iPad are 1080p and not 4K, but they do support HDR. Regardless, they look great. -- The Verge.

Opinion: With one High Sierra feature, Apple isn't protecting privacy, it's taking away choice

Opinion: With one High Sierra feature, Apple isn't protecting privacy, it's taking away choice

One of the things I like about Apple is the company's strong commitment to privacy. By making its money from hardware and chargeable services, it doesn't need to rely much on advertising, and it can therefore afford to take a strong stand on the issue.

Indeed, the legal tussle with the FBI over the San Bernardino shooting was probably one of the best pieces of PR for the company. It demonstrated that Apple felt so strongly about protecting the privacy of its customers that it was willing to take on the might of the U.S. government.

Taking on the advertising industry is likely even better PR, but while I generally applaud Apple's attitude, I think in one particular case, it is actually taking things too far: Intelligent Tracking Prevention in High Sierra ... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple defends more stringent ad tracking approach saying 'people have a right to privacy'

Apple defends more stringent ad tracking approach saying 'people have a right to privacy'

Apple yesterday was met with criticism from a group of marketing organizations for its decision to release a new version of Safari that blocks cross-site tracking. Apple, in a statement to 9to5Mac, has defended the move, saying that cross-site tracking has become "so pervasive" that ad tracking companies could easily recreate web browsing history ... -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone X: The Demo Gods Are Cheeky

iPhone X: The Demo Gods Are Cheeky

The latest Apple product unveiling, with its overly-reported Face ID glitch, reminds us that the demo isn't the product. That can be good or bad.

It's Full Moon over Cupertino. iPhone X specs leaks ahead of the official presentation and kommentariat inmates howl in their cages. This isn't new, we've long known how psychotoxic Apple products can be, but the phenomenon seems to be reaching a new paroxysm. A few choice examples, starting with the grand prize [no links, no feeding the master baiters]:

The iPhone X proves the Unabomber was right

Steve Jobs gave us President Trump

Apple's Face ID Could Be A Powerful Tool For Mass Spying
-- Monday Note.


Deciding about High Sierra

Deciding about High Sierra

It isn't easy deciding whether and when to upgrade to High Sierra, and that has been an important thread in my thoughts over the last week.

I have two main Macs which I use: my desktop iMac Retina 5K 27-inch, Late 2015 (iMac17,1) which is my mainstay, and a little-used MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2011 with a Core i7 processor. Neither is a good candidate to get the best out of High Sierra. -- The Eclectic Light Company.

HEVC , HEIF and AFS Device Compatibility In iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

HEVC And HEIF Device Compatibility In iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2, is a video compression standard, one of several potential successors to the widely used AVC (H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10). In comparison to AVC, HEVC offers about double the data compression ratio at the same level of video quality, or substantially improved video quality at the same bit rate. It supports resolutions up to 8192×4320, including 8K UHD.

High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a file format for individual images and image sequences. It was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and is defined by MPEG-H Part 12 (ISO/IEC 23008-12).

Apple File System (APFS) is a proprietary file system for macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS, developed and deployed by Apple Inc. It aims to fix core problems of HFS+ (also called Mac OS Extended), APFS's predecessor on these operating systems. Apple File System is optimized for flash and solid-state drive storage, with a primary focus on encryption.

  • As high quality 4K video goes mainstream, Apple's HEVC will help keep file sizes at bay -- 9to5Mac
  • HEVC And HEIF Device Compatibility In iOS 11, macOS High Sierra - Redmond Pie
  • Prepare for APFS in macOS High Sierra -- Apple Support
  • Inside macOS 10.13 High Sierra: APFS benefits end users with space, speed -- AppleInsider
  • How to set up and use Apple's APFS file system on macOS Sierra -- TechRepublic
  • High Sierra: APFS "not supported" on Fusion Drives -- The Eclecticlight Company
  • High Sierra's APFS optimized for flash storage & SSD, incompatible with legacy HDDs and possibly Fusion Drives -- AppleInsider
  • Frequently Asked Questions -- Apple Developer

How to share your contact card in iOS

How to share your contact card in iOS

You'd think that sending your basic contact information to another person with an iPhone would be a simple task, and one that Apple had streamlined. It's not, and it's a weird lapse in a company that tries to avoid the kinds of steps to perform a basic operation that Windows software used to abound in. -- Macworld.


Thoughts and Observations on the Products Announced at This Week's iPhone X Introductory Event

Thoughts and Observations on the Products Announced at This Week's iPhone X Introductory Event

Apple made this decision well over a year ago. Perhaps the fundamental goal of iPhone X was to get as close as they could to an edge-to-edge display. No chin whatsoever. There were, of course, early attempts to embed a Touch ID sensor under the display as a Plan B. But Apple became convinced that Face ID was the way to go over a year ago. I heard this yesterday from multiple people at Apple, including engineers who've been working on the iPhone X project for a very long time. They stopped pursuing Touch ID under the display not because they couldn't do it, but because they decided they didn't need it. I do believe it's true that they never got Touch ID working, but that's because they abandoned it in favor of Face ID early. -- Daring Fireball.