Apple just released the huge update for iOS 7, fixing some things visually, adding some additionally accessibility options, turning on CarPlay support, and squashing some bugs. Some unexpected additions are manually controlling Siri, a redesigned Calendar (I use Fantastical though), and automatically enabling the camera’s HDR mode on the 5s. The update is about 200MB-300MB and available through Software Update on the device (Settings > General > Software Update) or iTunes.
I’ve updated my iPhone 5 already and am mostly happy with the default changes—I would use Button Shapes if it had more of a dark outline than a grey blob behind my buttons. I actually think the biggest improvement is stability and responsiveness.
Aleš Kocjančič took a bit of an extreme route to fix his 2011 MacBook Pro with a faulty GPU:
Even after having spent the whole day scavenger-hunting through the Apple support site and reading pages upon pages of obscure forums with people having apparently similar but in reality completely unrelated problems, I didn’t give up. Having tried every trick in the book, there was only one thing left to do: cook the Books. Yes, I literally took the broken laptop and shoved it in a hot kitchen oven for what felt like an eternity.
Benjamin Stein draws attention to a nasty bug that occurs when you switch away from iOS/iMessage (via David Chartier):
Let me recap: I no longer have iPhone. My phone number isn’t associated with Apple, iCloud, iMessage, or FaceTime any more. But every single iOS device I have ever messaged in the past 5 years has my phone number cached! Every single phone will only try to message me via iMessage, not SMS. And to make matters worse, it fails SILENTLY!
This new hint posted over at Mac OS X Hints was a nice little way to end a Friday:
…In Terminal, type in the following command and then press Enter.
defaults write com.apple.loginwindow PowerButtonSleepsSystem -bool no
This causes the ‘Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?’ dialog to come up much quicker too.
I didn’t mind the new behavior of the sleep button, but I know plenty who were annoyed—especially with machines that have the power button on the keyboard. It’s also easily reversible by replacing ‘no’ with ‘yes’ on that command.
Apple is losing another member of its leadership team—this time it’s a planned transition. Peter Oppenheimer, the company’s senior vice president and CFO will retire at the end of September, and be replaced by Luca Maestri, Apple’s vice president of Finance and corporate controller, a position that Oppenheimer himself once held. Oppenheimer started at Apple in 1996…
In this episode of Patent Pending, Matt and I talk about wearables and the SSL/TLS bug…