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  • Possibly inaccurate, but watch out: iOS 13 (?) may be leaking credit card numbers

    Posted on September 23rd, 2019 at 07:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s the original post:

    Went to update payment info, showed me some random persons full credit card info and billing address

    As the title says. I went to update my payment info in iOS13 and while doing so, it showed me info for a Discover card (no one I know even has one of these) and the woman’s full billing address.

    I took screen shots of everything and am going to report this to Apple ASAP however, I just read a post here on Reddit, not sure if it was this sub or another sub related to iOS/iPhone who posted the exact same issue.

    Although the poster pins the problem on iOS 13, the circumstances are nebulous enough that it could be a problem with the new iPhone 11, Apple Pay/Apple Card, or something else entirely. Be careful.

    Thx, Rafael Rivera @WithinRafael

  • iOS 13 for iPhone, watchOS 5 released, Apple Arcade launches

    Posted on September 20th, 2019 at 06:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathaniel Parker:

    Apple released iOS 13 for iPhone and iPod Touch on Thursday, as well as watchOS 5 for Series 3 and Series 4 Apple Watch models (older models are being delayed).

    Unless one wishes to be adventurous, my recommendation is to wait on updating Apple
    devices. I will have more details coming up this weekend, as well as AskWoody will be releasing
    a regularly updated list of Apple operating system updates with update guidance coming up.

    Apple Arcade, Apple’s $4.99/month (after one month trial) gaming service, also launched today
    (requires iOS 13). I personally don’t play games, so I’m not interested in it, but early reviews
    have been overall positive for some gamers who want the experience of playing games across
    Apple devices, as well as the unique titles and family sharing included with it.

    Lastly, iOS 13.1 and iPadOS will now be released on September 24 instead of September 30.

    From what I hear, iOS 13.1, in particular, has loads of bug fixes.

    UPDATE: From @PKCano, a pointer to a sobering article in CNN Business:

    A flaw in iOS 13, the new iPhone operating system Apple released Thursday, exposes contact details stored in iPhones without requiring a passcode or biometric identification. And Apple (AAPL) has known about the flaw since July, a person who reported the bug to Apple told CNN Business.

    A hacker would need physical access to a target’s phone to complete the hack — but once it is in their possession they could bypass Apple’s standard security features like facial I.D. Once they have done so, they can access the phone’s address book and see information for contacts stored on the phone, as well as indications of the most recent contacts with whom the phone’s owner had been communicating.

    It’s like deja vu all over again….

  • Parker: Apple announcements – the Bottom Line

    Posted on September 11th, 2019 at 06:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathaniel Parker:

    Yesterday Apple’s “special event” included lots of announcements of interest to AskWoody readers. Here’s my take on the bottom line.

    iPhone 11: Available September 20, Preorder September 13. Successor to iPhone XR. New dual-camera system with ultra wide lens and night mode, improved portrait mode and smart HDR, QuickTake video recording, slow-mo selfie, all-day battery life, increased water resistance, A13 processor, and ultra wideband U1 chip. Also includes: spatial audio, Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi 6, and dual-SIM with eSIM. Available in purple, yellow, green, black, white, and Product red. Price starts at $699. Available unlocked on launch day.

    iPhone 11 Pro: Available September 20, Preorder September 13. Successor to iPhone XS. New triple-camera system with telephoto lens and ultra wide lens, night mode and smart HDR, QuickTake video recording, slow-mo selfie, enhancements to OLED display, increased battery life,  increased water resistance, A13 processor, and ultra wideband U1 chip. 3D Touch has now been replaced with Haptic Touch. Also includes: spatial audio, Dolby Atmos, and Wi-Fi 6. Available in gold, space gray, silver, and midnight green, all with matte glass instead of gloss glass on the back glass. Finally includes USB-C charger and cable in box. Available unlocked on launch day.

    Apple Watch Series 5: Available September 20. Successor to Apple Watch Series 4. Now offers always-on Retina Display, built-in compass, plus the return of ceramic (white) and new titanium (silver and space gray) Apple Watch Edition models in addition to aluminum and stainless steel. There’s also a new way to purchase the Apple Watch color and band color combination customers want with Apple Watch Studio. No more purchasing an Apple Watch with a hideous band color and buying a separate band at purchase.

    iPad with 10.2” Display: Available September 30. Successor to the lowest-cost 9.7” iPad. Mainly good as an entry-level iPad or for educational use, which the iPad website seems to heavily promote as an educational iPad. New 10.5” Retina Display, now supports the Smart Keyboard, still supports first-gen Apple Pencil, comes with A10 Fusion chip.

    Updates on Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. Apple TV+ coming November 1. $4.99/month after one week trial. One year of Apple TV+ also free with every new major device purchase (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or Apple TV). Apple also announced some of the shows that’ll be on Apple TV+ on launch day, as well as what is coming soon. Apple TV+ will also work on the web on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Apple Arcade coming September 19. $4.99/month after 30 day free trial. Apple also previewed some of the games that will be on it.

    Updates on Apple operating system release dates: macOS Catalina arriving in October, iOS 13 available September 19 with iOS 13.1 available September 30, iPadOS arriving September 30, watchOS 6 arriving September 19 for the Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 (delayed for older models).

    Apple also discontinued the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 4, released new cases for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, priced the Apple Watch Series 3 now at $199, and rolled out a new 1M Apple Watch USB-C cable. Apple also releasing a Filmic Pro app and Apple Research heath study app later this year.

    I own an iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 3 (LTE). Apple’s new models are nice refinements, but I’ll be hanging onto my current Apple gear for the time being. I am glad to see Apple continue to improve their products, and I am most excited about the new Apple operating system upgrades on their way. In terms of services, I may take a trial of Apple TV+ just to see how it goes (Snoopy in Space would be fun to watch). The price is quite inviting and one Apple has priced well if it wants to drive adoption of it. In terms of Apple Arcade, the price is also inviting for heavy gamers, but I don’t play games, so I’m likely not interested in it.

  • Apple releases Apple Music Web App beta

    Posted on September 8th, 2019 at 06:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From @Nathaniel Parker:

    Apple recently released a new web app in beta for Apple Music, one of the main features missing in Apple Music memberships.

    The current beta of the web app allows one to easily play any music from one’s Apple Music membership, including content from one’s iCloud Music Library matched or uploaded to iCloud. Other basic browsing (For You, Browse, Radio, Recently Added, Artists, Albums, and Songs) is available, as well as playlists synced with Apple Music appear. Dark Mode also works on macOS Mojave. The website also works on most modern web browsers.

    The ability to signup for Apple Music from the web app isn’t available yet, but reports are it’s coming.

    I tested this out with my personal Apple Music account. All of the browsing features were there, as well as my playlists and iCloud Music Library content. I occasionally had issues loading album artwork or seeing a “try again” message on some tabs, but clicking off and re-clicking the tabs caused them to load.

    It is a nice and needed addition to Apple Music, and I look forward to seeing the kinks ironed out and it brought out of beta, as well as additional features added to it.

    Personally (this is Woody again), I can’t wait to have an Apple music app that isn’t iTunes. I think I can count hundreds – thousands – of gray hairs from dealing with iTunes over the years. Come to think of it, most of those have fallen out.

  • Apple to enhance Siri privacy protection

    Posted on August 29th, 2019 at 16:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathaniel Parker:

    Apple has recently made a statement concerning a series of privacy enhancements to Siri as a followup to Apple’s halting of employees listening to Siri requests as part of their “grading” program

    After briefly mentioning how Siri protects customer privacy in its current iteration and a brief description of how Siri’s “grading” program works, Apple issued an apology for how it has not fully communicated the current “grading” program, has reiterated that the current program is now halted, and has also announced that the program will be resumed in the fall after a software update (likely in iOS 13 and the other major Apple operating system updates that utilize Siri).

    When the “grading” program resumes in the fall, the following changes will be made, according to Apple’s statement:

    • First, Apple will no longer retain audio recordings to help improve Siri. Apple will, however, continue to use computer-generated transcripts to help improve Siri.
    • Second, Apple will allow customers to opt-in to help improve Siri by learning from their audio samples. Those who choose to opt-in can also choose to opt-out anytime, and Apple will apply strong privacy controls to this collected data.
    • Third, when customers do opt-in to help improve Siri by learning from their audio samples, only Apple employees (not third-party contractors) will be able to listen to the audio samples. Apple employees will also work to delete audio samples which are determined to inadvertently trigger Siri.

    Two points Apple did not specifically include in the statement are:

    • Whether customers can choose to opt-in or opt-out of allowing Apple to use computer-generated transcripts to help improve Siri. From the reports I have read on other Apple and tech news sites, it sounds as though Apple will continue to use computer-generated transcripts to help improve Siri, without the ability for customer’s to opt-out (although the data should be randomized as to not tie it to a user’s personal information according to Apple’s current iteration of Siri’s privacy protections).
    • Whether customers will need to upgrade to iOS 13 (or the other major Apple operating system updates that utilize Siri) to take advantage of the new “grading” program opt-in. I am concerned especially for those on older Apple hardware that cannot upgrade to the latest operating system updates and wonder if Apple would possibly address such concerns in minor updates to older Apple operating system releases.

    In general, I trust Apple’s privacy stance with Siri more than I do Apple’s competitors.

    With Apple’s competitors such as Amazon (Alexa), all of my Alexa recordings are stored in Amazon’s servers and tied to my Amazon account (although I can delete any of my recordings anytime).

    It is good, however, that Apple is addressing concerns with and is being forthcoming with the current Siri “grading” program and making the necessary adjustments this fall. I hope Apple will clarify the other two points above, and I look forward to seeing how Apple fully rolls out the new privacy enhancements this fall.

    I respect Apple for working hard to keep privacy at the forefront of the customer experience, and it another reason I enjoy using Apple’s products and services.