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.
In this episode of Patent Pending, Matt and I talk about wearables and the SSL/TLS bug…
Andrew Cunningham for Ars Technica:
Apple offers no end-of-life roadmaps for its operating systems, and it doesn’t officially comment on whether support has dried up for this or that version of OS X. The best you can do is look at historical data. Since switching to a yearly release cadence with Lion back in 2011, Apple seems to be willing to support whatever the latest version is plus the two preceding versions. When OS X 10.9.2 was released earlier this week, it was accompanied by security updates for OS X 10.8 and 10.7 but not for 2009′s OS X 10.6.
Although Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) was not affected by the SSL/TLS bug that affected OS X 10.9 Mavericks, other versions of OS X received security updates as well. Besides the fact that all but the oldest machines running 10.6 can obtain and run 10.9 for free, it’s pretty obvious where Apple would like to see its customers move. Although I still think 10.6 was one of the best releases of OS X, lack of support for a number of things means that it’s probably time to move on. If you’re running an older machine, Cunningham provides some great suggestions on some options.