Tag Archives: iCloud
The new iTunes 11 from Apple was expected to be available by the end of October, but here we are on the last day of the month and there is no sign of it.
When speaking to CNET, Tom Neumayr, who is an Apple spokesperson said the following:
“The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right, we look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November”.
Apple is usually pretty organised when it comes to the release of new products so this feels a little weird. Some of the recent events might help explain the delay.
Recently Apple has been in the news about their executive reshuffle. This included the announcement that the Senior Vice President of iOS software Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple. Forstall is a man which you may have seen in some of the iPhone and iPad videos and was once believed to be in the running to be CEO after Steve Jobs.
There have been a number of other changes within the structure of the Apple organisation announced over the last few days, maybe this has something to do with the iTunes delay.
I am sure the delay of iTunes will not be a significant problem for most users, but the fact that they said it would be here by the end of the month is a little frustrating. A lot of people were also expecting it to be involved in the recent keynote presentation.
The new iTunes will have a number of new features including increased iCloud integration and a brand new mini player.
All of the features can be seen on the Apple website, or you can see the preview and demo video from the September presentation if you click ‘read more’ below.
These sort of delays are not very fun for anyone, so hang tight and hopefully the new iTunes will be here before you know it.…Read More
Tech Blogger Mat Honan had his iCloud account hacked last Friday. Linked to that account were his iPad, iPhone, and computer, along with Gizmodo’s Twitter feed, which were all compromised in this attack. Funny thing is, Apple’s Tech Support were partially responsible.
Honan posted on his blog his own recollection of what was happening on his end during the attack. He says that his phone randomly went dead, then rebooted to the setup screen. He just assumed that it was a software glitch. Nothing more than a nuisance to him. When he tried to log into his iCloud account, his password was rejected. From there, he attempted to reboot from his MacBook, only to find that the iCal information for his Gmail account was incorrect. His screen then went grey, and it asked for his four-digit pin.
He didn’t have a four-digit pin.
“By now, I knew something was very, very wrong. I walked to the hallway to grab my iPad from my work bag. It had been reset too. I couldn’t turn on my computer, my iPad, or iPhone.”
His MacBook became completely wiped.
The full account can be found on his blog.
As he looked for solutions to his problem, the hacker made contact with him. Later, Mat found out how it all happened:
“I know how it was done now. Confirmed with both the hacker and Apple. It wasn’t password related. They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass security questions. Apple has my Macbook and is trying to recover the data. I’m back in all my accounts that I know I was locked out of. Still trying to figure out where else they were.”
It seems like you can simply sweet-talk your way into someone’s account. Awesome. I mean, for this to actually happen, you probably need to be someone recognised in a larger society. I don’t really think this is a random attack on a random person. But it’s still not very reassuring to know that, regardless of security questions, this sort of thing can happen.
Apple are supposedly looking into their policy now, and making the necessary alterations to protect its users more thoroughly. To be fair, though, there wasn’t really much for them to do in this situation – if the hacker had actually been telling the truth, and the account was genuinely his, they were obliged to help however they could.
It really makes you think, though, how many times this has actually happened to people. I, for one, hardly forget my passwords, and if I do, then my security question is usually enough to give it back to me. You would think that, in this situation, they would have seen that Mat Honan had been using his same password for years, so there wasn’t really any reason for him to randomly forget it, all of a sudden. But I guess different people have different circumstances.
Moral of the story: don’t become well-known enough to have people want to hijack you. Social protocol will usually always overrule any other security measures, when it comes to tech support with any products.
How safe do you feel, being in New Zealand? I’m not entirely bothered by this thought. I feel like, because we’re a smaller country, that this couldn’t really happen to anyone here. Call it ignorance, call it arrogance – I’m just saying that I have bigger things to worry about.…Read More
Ok so this time it’s for real… After yesterday’s shenanigans iTunes Match has gone live and is available to New Zealand as of right now. We’ve received confirmation from a number of users saying they have been succesful and have also confirmed it ourselves.
UPDATE: And now, to mitigate any concerns that this may be another mistake, we’ve had confirmation from Apple that the service is now officially available:…Read More
As reported on a number of other international sites today iTunes Match (the service that makes your entire iTunes music library available in the cloud) has been coming on and offline for most of the day for countries outside the U.S.
We have just taken a look ourselves and it would appear that whilst it is accessible to New Zealand we may be having the same issues as well. It’s possible that it going live is just a mistake or it could be that the servers are getting hammered. Either way at the moment even though we get a confirmation email to say we have subscribed it is erroring and asking us to sign out and in again. Once you have done that and you go back to your account it does say that you have a subscription and it will expire in a years time, but as yet I cannot get to the iTunes Match tab to actually use the service.…Read More
I am not sure I have been this excited about a beta in some time. Normally they come and go and eventually you get your GM release. But this one had me at hello.
iOS 5.1 beta 2 is available for developers now and with it comes the ability to delete/remove individual photos from iCloud’s Photo Stream, something that I, and many others, feel should have been there from day one.
The update is available for all the usual suspects, iPhone (4, 4S and 3GS), iPad (1 and 2), iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen) and also the Apple TV 2. Keep reading for more or head over to the developer site to download.…Read More
A short while ago Apple removed the beta and developer tags from iCloud.com and the iCloud preferences in the latest version of OS X Lion (which is still only available for devs right now). iWork won’t work fully just yet as it requires an update to the iWork apps, which we assume will be available tomorrow along with iOS 5 and OS X Lion 10.7.2. Anyway, hit the link above to start your transition to iCloud, oh and you may want to read some of the FAQ’s first: MobileMe to iCloud Transition FAQ’s…Read More
After all the hype and the months of insufferable wild speculation, it pains me to say that if today’s announcement could be summed up in a word it would be: yawn. This will certainly go down in history as one of the least exciting iPhone keynotes (in my opinion at least), but for New Zealand in particular there is even less to be excited about. Why? Keep reading.…Read More