It's been a busy week for Apple as iOS got updated, the Apple TV gets new content, we had the quarterly earnings report, the new SVP of retail is finally starting and more on Week in Review.
Malware makes appearance on iOS
A malware app has been discovered that hunts for Apple ID credentials. "Unfold Baby Panda" is the app that runs in the background trying to snoop your info. Fortunately, this only affects jailbroken devices so the majority of users won't have to worry. Unfortunately for jailbreaks, the best way to resolve the issue is a full restore of the device, thus losing the jailbreak.
"Currently the jailbreak community believes that deleting the Unfold.dylib binary and changing the apple-id's password afterwards is enough to recover from this attack. However it is still unknown how the dynamic library ends up on the device in the first place and therefore it is also unknown if it comes with additional malware gifts," the researchers wrote in an analysis of the infection.
"We therefore believe that the only safe way of removal is a full restore, which means the removal and loss of the jailbreak."
This is a perfect example of why you should avoid jailbreaking and how Apple's lock down of iOS protects the users.
New Channels appear on Apple TV
Apple TV users will find they now have access to A&E, Lifetime and the History Channel. Of course, full access to the content requires a cable subscription. These come after their iOS counterparts were updated to support live streaming.
As you know, I always enjoy more content on the Apple TV but the user interface NEEDS to be updated. There are a lot of channels now on the Apple TV and it is starting to become cluttered.
Apple releases video in support of Earth Day
Video is narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple interviewing candidates for mobile payment service
The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the hundreds of millions of credit cards it already has on file. Apple is seeking to fill head of product and head of business development positions, one of these people said.
Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s long-time e-commerce head, has met with candidates and is currently leading the initiative, according to these sources.
With the recent talks of Square looking to sell, I think Apple should snatch them up.
iOS 7.1.1 released
This release contains Touch ID improvements, bug fixes among other improvements. Some users are also reporting improved battery life. The update is available to anyone on iOS 7.1 and can be done from the settings app or by plugging into iTunes.
Apple opens OS X Beta program to everyone
Previously only accessible to paid developers, Apple is now allowing the everyday person access to the beta versions of the Mac OS.
Word of advice, stay away if you only have one Mac. You don't want to go mucking up your only machine. And there is this:
Apple's Quarterly Earnings Call
Apple held their earnings call this week and it was impressive. Lets take a look:
- Sold: 43 million iPhones, 16 million iPads, and 4 million Macs.
- Revenue: $45.6 billion
- Profit: $10 billion
Consistently hitting high revenue is great for the company and proves they aren't "Doomed". Also from the call: stock is splitting 7-1, iPad has 95% of the education market and 91% of the enterprise market. Hit the source for a nice run down of the call.
Angela Ahrendts to join Apple next week
Apples new SVP of retail is finally set to join Apple next week. Angela is coming over from the CEO roll of Burberry and will take the reigns of Apple retail. Lets hope she does a better job then the last guy that got fired.
Siri coming to Apple TV?
9to5mac has uncovered code in iOS 7.1 & 7.1.1 that points to yes.
The file is a supporting property-list resource for Assistant (Apple’s internal name for Siri), containing information about the feature. The UIDeviceFamily array declares what platforms are compatible with the feature. As shown by Apple’s documentation, ’1′ and ’2′ represent the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad families. The ’3′ represents the Apple TV family.
This would certainly lead to a redesigned device as the current Apple TV does not have a source for audio input.
Apple launches new repair program for iPhone 5
Apple has launched a new program for iPhone 5 users that have faulty sleep/wake buttons. The downside is users have to send their phone in to apple for repair. Users will get a loaner iPhone to use until their device is returned. Also as a bonus, users that paid for the repair may be eligible for a refund.