Hopefully the Apple news lull is coming to a close. I expect we will be hearing news in the next few days of Apple’s rumored September event. Until then, the rumor mill is buzzing with anticipation. Here are a few links of note for the week ending August 28, 2016:
- Apple Patches Critical Zero-Day Data Security Exploit in iOS 9.3.5 Update - Apple released an unexpected software update this week, but a critical one. If you haven’t already make sure your iOS devices are all up to date. As Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer reports this patch specifically addresses a major zero-day security flaw that could cause an iOS users personal information to be shared simply by clicking on a link. As reported by Nicole Perlroth of the New York Times, is believed that the flaw was used against at least one human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates.
- Apple Music Festival to Light Up London with 10 Nights of Spectacular Performances This September - Apple has announced it’s “Apple Music Festival” will be back in London this September for a 10th anniversary celebration. headline acts include Elton John, Alicia keys, Britney Spears, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic and more. Performances will be made available live and on-demand to Apple Music members.
- Spotify Is Burying Musicians for Their Apple Deals - Speaking of music, there are reports that Spotify is making it more difficult to find music of artists who have signed exclusive deals with Apple Music by making those artist’s tracks less likely to be featured or burying them in search results. Lucas Shaw, writing for Bloomberg, reports that Spotify has been implementing this retaliation strategy for about a year now and targets artists who sign exclusives with Apple Music and other services. Spotify has denied these accusations.
- The iBrain is Here and It’s Already Inside Your Phone - Steven Levy spoke with Eddie Cue, Craig Federighi and other sat apple about machine learning and artificial intelligence. The article gives an in-depth look at Apple’s philosophy on machine learning and why this is such a difficult and important area for the company.
- Vesper, Adieu - John Gruber, Dave Wiskus and Brent Simmons launched Vesper, a notes App to much fanfare in June of 2013. With such a well known group behind the development it came as a bit of a shock this week when it was announced that Vesper was shutting down due to lack of sales. John Gruber gave a fairly detailed post mortem on Daring Fireball and explained why he believes the App ultimately failed and what they might have done differently.
- Instapaper is joining Pinterest In other interesting App news this week, Instapaper, my read it later service of choice, announced that it was joining (being acquired?) by Pinterest. The Instapaper developers claim that nothing is changing for the ned user but they are sunsetting the developer product, Instaparser. On one hand, I’m happy for the Instapaper folks, but also nervous about what this might mean for the future of one of my favorite apps.