April 1, 2016

Link: The Macs Apple Was Selling in 1996 ☍

Riccardo Mori:

But just how chaotic was the Macintosh offering in 1996? I was already a Mac user then, and keeping up-to-date with Apple and tech news in general. I remember product announcements and various reviews in computer magazines. It’s easy to see, in retrospect, the huge amount of Apple hardware that was available twenty years ago compared to the post-Jobs order in the early 2000s. At the time things felt a bit different, perhaps in part due to the fact that Apple kept discontinuing Mac models and introducing new ones at a sustained pace. Another thing to consider is that not all Mac models introduced at the time were available everywhere.

I remember these days and if anything, it really should make everyone appreciate that you can mostly count Apple’s Mac lineup on your fingers (and some non-Retina-Display-equipped models are probably going away, too). Other devices may have a lot of variants, but there weren’t two or three identical products, but with different names and retail channels.

March 29, 2016

Review: Already-Reviewed iPhone SE Cases

Thinking about getting an iPhone SE? As it turns out, it is compatible with all iPhone 5/5S cases. Because it’s Recycling Week™ at SchwarzTech, why not look at some prior cases that were covered on the site? The best part is that some of these can be found heavily discounted online and at your favorite discount store. To the archives!

Special: Regarding the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7″ Event

It took me a little while to comment on last week's Apple event because it was unlike almost every other Apple event in recent history. Besides the fact that it was done after about an hour, most of the products were variations on products that we had already seen before. After taking about a week to think things over, I think this may be a very notable event for years to come, although many have not realized it yet…

March 28, 2016

Link: FBI Claims to Have Broken Into San Bernardino iPhone ☍

Russell Brandom for The Verge:

After months of work, the FBI finally has a way into the San Bernardino iPhone. In a court filing today, prosecutors told the court the new method for breaking into the phone is sound, and Apple’s assistance is no longer required. “The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone,” the filing reads, “and therefore no longer requires assistance from Apple.” The filing provides no further details on the nature of the new method. Still, the result effectively finishes the court fight that has consumed Apple since February.

The Department of Justice first announced the existence of the new attack on March 21st, less than 24 hours before the first hearing on the order was scheduled to begin. According to prosecutors, the method was first demonstrated to law enforcement on the 20th and was sufficiently plausible that the bureau could no longer continue its case, which was premised on the claim that only Apple was capable of unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone. The government was scheduled to report on the effectiveness of the exploit on April 5th, but the FBI’s researchers appear to have finished early.

Of course, I’m sure we won’t hear how they did it…

Review: MacID

MacIDAbout ten years ago, a number of PC laptops were starting to include fingerprint readers (the kind where you have to slide your finger across a small strip to read) to log into Windows and perform other tasks. Most of the time, these didn't work very well and I think I only saw a handful of people actually use them. I sort of dismissed fingerprint readers until Touch ID made an appearance with the iPhone 5S and it feels like a must-have capability. Curiously, Apple hasn't included this with any Macs. Originally marketed as a way to unlock a nearby Mac with an iPhone, MacID has grown to include some other capabilities. Is Kane Cheshire's app worth using or is it merely a gimmick?