eXtensions - Wednesday 14 December 2022
Wednesday Comment: Apple OS Updates; Hardware Rumors; Side-Loading for Risk-takers; Tim Cook Looks at Sony Sensors
By Graham K. Rogers
Many commentators mentioned the new Freeform app on Macs, iPads and iPhones, along with the Advanced Data Protection for iCloud which may not work in some countries. I suggested this might be the case last week and that is mentioned in the installation notes. As with other security features available in USA and elsewhere, it is not available here (see the screenshot below). For an update on what there is in the Ventura update, hoakley on The Eclectic Light Company, has a useful list.
The changes on one normally appear on other devices right away. There is sometimes a small delay. With the iPad next to the iPhone there was a pause of a couple of seconds when I changed the screen on the iPad; but when I wrote on the iPhone, the display on the Mac mini changed as I was drawing. The test board I made on the Mac has not appeared on any of the other devices. I am still working on that and suspect Bluetooth as the other synchronizations at the office happened when the devices were on different WiFi networks.
Apple really has little choice over this, although there may be some hurdles to leap. Juli Clover on MacRumors also covers this with some useful comment about the potential rollout of this (I hesitate to call it a feature) in other countries where there may be pending legislation. As one reader (eilavid) comments, "nope nope nope. if your app is not in the apple app store i will not be using it" which sums up my approach to what I think is a misguided approach by the EU and other legislative bodies who tend to ignore privacy and security. Other reader comments on MacRumors are generally negative with a couple approving this approach.
Other rumors concern new Macs that could appear relatively soon. After the move to the M2 chip with a couple of Macs, it was expected that a few more would appear early next year with more advanced M2 versions, much like the Pro and Ultra updates that appeared for the M1. However, Michael Simon (MacWorld) writes that "Apple is preparing several Macs to make the jump to an M3 processor in late 2023: the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, and Mac mini." Sooner than had been expected.
There should still be the MacBook Pro and Mac mini updates that use M2 versions, but some M3-equipped devices may also be rolled out in 2023. It appears that some of the new M2 Macs have been detected online by Steam (Sami Fathi, MacRumors): two unreleased Macs with identifiers "Mac14,6" and "Mac15,4" were spotted alongside other Macs.
M1 Mac mini at work
That point about the use of Sony sensors used by Apple, piqued the interest of Matt Growcoot on the photography site, PetaPixel, who writes that "Apple tend[s] to keep tight-lipped about the specifics of hardware components that go into the iPhone." As well as a limited description of the visit (Sony security is tight) there is some information about what could be coming to iPhones soon.
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Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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