OCSP Privacy Promises, Coming Soon!

Apple made some updates to this page (h/t to Rene Richie for finding this): Privacy protections macOS has been designed to keep users and their data safe while respecting their privacy. Gatekeeper performs online checks to verify if an app contains known malware and whether the developer’s signing certificate is revoked. We have never combined […]

Apple’s OCSP Problem

How it started Jeff Johnson (@lapcatsoftware) seems to have noticed it first: Hey Apple users: If you’re now experiencing hangs launching apps on the Mac, I figured out the problem using Little Snitch. It’s trustd connecting to https://t.co/FzIGwbGRan Denying that connection fixes it, because OCSP is a soft failure. (Disconnect internet also fixes.) pic.twitter.com/w9YciFltrb — […]

One Moore Thing

If the event next week is about Apple Silicon, I can’t believe they didn’t go with this. pic.twitter.com/pvLqHw7UHg — James Thomson (@jamesthomson) November 3, 2020 Brilliant.

iPhone Production and Putting Wages in Context

This article from 9to5Mac had me thinking: The company has reportedly introduced mandatory overtime for workers, and employees have been asked to forgo the eight-day national holiday beginning on October 1 … Sounds…not great, by American standards. On the other hand: One worker said some are happy to comply with the stringent iPhone 12 production […]

Challenged by Change

From Eclectic Light Company: It’s curious that Apple, a vociferous supporter of diversity in the workplace, doesn’t see the choice of change in the same terms. It uses all manner of devices to nudge or persuade us to keep upgrading our operating systems, Mac hardware and more. If you run macOS, iOS, etc., Apple will […]

App Store Scams

From ArsTechnica: Researchers said that a tip from a child led them to discover aggressive adware and exorbitant prices lurking in iOS and Android smartphone apps with a combined 2.4 million downloads from the App Store and Google Play. Scams do happen. Regardless of what sort of filtering Apple and Google try to apply via […]

John’s Mac Pro Woes

From ATP episode 393, this entire chapter is wonderfully entertaining. I love tech support stories, and the “process of elimination” we all follow when trying to figure out what is causing a ghost-in-the-machine type problem. Disconnect one thing Disconnect another … Disconnect everything and hope that solves it …Nuke and Pave John Siracusa has not […]

Quality Journalism and The App Store Cut

From 9To5Mac: A letter signed by a trade group that represents top newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Washington Post says that Apple’s rules prevent them from investing in quality journalism. Among other changes, the letter asks for Apple’s cut of in-app purchases to be reduced to 15%. Currently, Apple charges […]

The Case of the Top Secret iPod

From Tidbits: It was a gray day in late 2005. I was sitting at my desk, writing code for the next year’s iPod. Without knocking, the director of iPod Software—my boss’s boss—abruptly entered and closed the door behind him. He cut to the chase. “I have a special assignment for you. Your boss doesn’t know […]