Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018

So much for the holiday rushed. Apple announced this morning that its premium HomePod smart speaker won’t be making the company’s initial December ship date. According to a brief statement issued by the company, the production process needs “a little more time” to bake.

A spokesperson told TechCrunch, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a bit more hour before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018. ”

Of course, it’s always smart to expend a little extra time getting things right, rather than rushing into production — a lesson numerous tech co’s have learned in recent years. But this delay has got to be a a bummer for a product Apple was banking on for the holidays. The $350 speaker is the first home device to feature Siri cooked in, a high-end competitor to Echo and Assistant offerings from Amazon and Google.

We had a chance to experience the smart speaker first hand when Apple unveiled it at WWDC back in June. It wasn’t a full hands-on opportunity, but the HomePod definitely sounds great as advertised, featuring 360 -degree sound, and full, room-filling audio. Unlike earlier takes on the category, the HomePod underlines the speaker part of the smart speaker category first.

Of course, since that initial proclamation, the rivalry has introduced similar offerings. Amazon announced and started shipping a new version of the standard Echo, improving upon the earlier product’s audio with Dolby sound, coupled with a 2.5 -inch subwoofer and 0.6 -inch tweeter. Google, meanwhile, introduced an even more direct challenger in the Home Max, a $399 smart speaker that appears to still be in line for a release next month.

There are also a number of third party offerings from the likes of Sony and JBL — Harman Kardon even built sure poor old Microsoft Cortana was represented this holiday season with the Invoke. Perhaps the suddenly crowded playing field was enough to convince Apple to expend a little more time in the kitchen with HomePod.

The move echoes a similar decision by the company last year to delay the launch of its wireless AirPod earbuds last year( something Google might have considered ). Initially planned for an October release, the headphones finally arrived in December — in that case, merely creaking in before Christmas.

Apple hasn’t specified whether hardware or software is the root of the problem, though it’s not entirely a astound given that this is a first-gen product for the company. It’s also the device that they are able to set the stage for Siri’s life outside of the phone/ desktop — at $350 a pop, it’s important to get things right the first time.

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Jony Ive is leading Apples design team again

Two years ago, Jony Ive was promoted to chief design officer at Apple. The newly created role observed the company’s beloved decorator taking a break from day to day management of the team, handing the reins over to VPs Richard Howarth and Alan Dye. The duo took over the management of its industrial design and user interface design, respectively. Now Ive is stepping back into the part of the position he vacated back in 2015.

Earlier today, 9to5Mac noted that Dye and Howarth were no longer listed on the company’s official leadership page. While both appear to still be on-board, the move seemed to be an indication of Ive’s return to to his former role, a move TechCrunch has since corroborated with Apple.

“With the completion of Apple Park, ” a spokesperson for the company told TechCrunch, “Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design.”

The note, of course, refers to Apple’s sprawling new 2.8 million-square-foot campus in Cupertino, which clearly has Ive’s fingerprints all over it, right down to the stair railings embedded immediately into the walls.

Ive’s work at Apple has built him a hotshot within the design community. He joined the company back in 1992, in the days of the Newton, subsequently working on the original iMac and eventually collaborating immediately with Steve Jobs on the iPhone and iPad.

As he moved to CDO, Apple explained that Ive would continue to play a direct role in the company’s design options. “As Chief Design Officer, Jony will remain responsible for all of our design, ” Tim Cook wrote in a 2015, “focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives.”

At the time, it was widely theorized that Apple had offered him a change in position to persuade him not to step out of video games entirely. But even without a direct management role, Ive continued to have a public one at the company, still appearing regularly to discuss the company’s projects — an increasingly wide range that also included things like Apple retail store.

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Apples hand is down and its $1 trillion dream now rests with consumers

As we head into the end of 2017, it’s fairly safe to say that Apple’s fate — barring any major issue with its telephones — is now in the hands of its consumers.

With the iPhone X now in stores( well, kind of — if you catch them at the right time ), Apple has now laid down its hand and waits to see where consumer demand lands. Its bid to unlock a higher-tier customer could indeed end up creating a ton of value for the company, which has expended the past year looking to reignite growth in its core driver.

While the iPad and Mac continue to contribute, Apple’s fate largely rests on the success of the iPhone X. Apple this year has increasingly looked like it’s on a real pathway to becoming a$ 1 trillion company, and now the holiday quarter is going to show if it’ll be able to pulling that off.

And the signals are definitely there. Apple briefly tapped a $900 billion marketplace cap, though it’s slipped since then. That $ 1 trillion goal is just a jumping of a bit more than 10 percent for the company, though for Apple that means adding more than $100 billion in value. But this year alone, shares of Apple are up nearly 50 percentage as it increasingly looks like Apple is get its act together after a middling 2016.

Huge security flaw lets anyone log into a High Sierra Mac

Update : Apple has acknowledged the issue and is working on it. Statement and workaround below.

Wow, this is a bad one. On Macs running the latest version of High Sierra — 10.13.1( 17 B48) — it appears that anyone can log in only by putting “root” in the user name field. This is a huge, huge problem. Apple will fix it probably within hours, but holy moly. Do not leave your Mac unattended until this is resolved.

The bug is most easily accessed by going to Predilections and then entering one of the members of the commission that has a lock in the lower left-hand corner. Normally you’d click that to enter your user name and password, which are required to change important situates like those in Security& Privacy.

No need to do that any more! Just enter “root” instead of your user name and hit enter. After a few tries, it should log right in. There’s no need to do this yourself to verify it. Doing so generates a “root” account that others may be able to take advantage of if you don’t disable it .

The bug appears to have been first noticed by Lemi Orhan Ergin, founder of Software Craftsman Turkey, who noted it publicly on Twitter.

Needless to say, this is incredibly, incredibly bad. Once you log in, you’ve basically authenticated yourself as the owner of the computer. You can add administrators, change critical decideds, lock out the present owned, and so on. Do not leave your Mac unattended until this is resolved .

So far this has worked on every preference panel we’ve tried, and when I employed “root” at the login screen it immediately created and pulled up a new user with system administrator privileges. It didn’t work on a 10.13( 17 A365) machine, but that one is also loaded up with AOL bloatware — sorry, Oath bloatware — which may affect things.

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We are working on a software update to address this issue. In the meantime, setting a root password avoids unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and defined a password, please follow the instructions here: https :// en-us/ HT204012. If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a blank password is not set, please follow the instructions from the’ Change the root password’ section.

You can find Directory Utility via the instructions in that link, but you can also reached command-space now to open Spotlight and merely type it in. Once it opens, click the lock and enter your password and then under the Edit menu you’ll have the option to change the root password. It looks like this 😛 TAGEND

Anything’s better than nothing, which is the password the root user has now, but make it strong just in case.

We hope Apple has a fix soon because even though this workaround exists, we can’t be sure of the extent of this particular flaw until Apple takes a looking. No one should leave their Mac unattended until this is resolved .

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PSA: Is your iPhone suddenly crashing? Heres why (and how to fix it)

Is your iOS device rebooting itself seemingly at random this morning? You’re not alone.

Apple is having a pretty rough week when it is necessary to nasty software bugs. First there was that crazy admin login bypass in macOS– now a glitch is causing iOS devices around the world to crash.

Here’s what’s happening: a glitch in the notifications system is crashing springboard, the part of iOS that handles your home screen.

Apps with daily notifications( workout apps, medication reminder apps, etc ), in particular, seem to be triggering the accident … but only after your device’s clock passes 12:15 AM on December 2nd, 2017. That it originates from apps with daily notifications means it’s not affecting everyone — but it also constructs it pretty hard to narrow down the list of impacted apps. There are just too many.

The workaround: if you can get your device to boot for a few minutes without crashing and you can recollect which apps send daily notifications, turn off notifications for those apps( Settings> Notifications> the app in question> toggle “Allow notifications” .)

( As a last resort, you can go through and manually turn off notifications for each and every third-party app and work backwards in turning them back on … but that’s a pretty huge pain .)

Update : Once you’ve get your device to stop resetting, update iOS. Apple has just officially released iOS 11.2 to all, and it appears to fix this issue — but you’ll still need to get your device stable enough to update, first. Once you’re on 11.2, you can turn all those notifications back on.

What you probably shouldn’t do, though some are recommending it, is set your system clock back to a time before December 2nd. Lots of things on modern devices tap the system clock as part of their encryption/ certification algorithms, so things( like, say, iMessage) start to break when your system clock is way off. It won’t brick your device, but lots of apps and games will act funny. If you have to do it, make sure to defined it back to automatic when you’re done.

If your iOS device isn’t crashing after December 2nd at 12:15 am local time, meanwhile, you likely don’t need to do anything. You likely don’t use any apps with local/ scheduled notifications, or you’ve already got them turned off. Curiously, this glitch doesn’t seem to be impacting users running the latest iOS beta, iOS 11.2.

One could follow reports of the glitch as it spreads around the world, starting in Australia. It’ll presumably start to made West Coast US phones shortly after this post is up.

We’ve reached out to Apple for commentary, and will update when we hear back.

[ Hat tip to the folks in this reddit thread who were the first to figure out what the heck was going on ]

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Apple has reportedly relocated its international cash to Jersey

The Best MAC Black Friday 2017 Bargains For The Beauty Lover On A Budget

With Black Friday right around the corner, if you’re a serious deal-seeker, you and your shopping companions are probably already scheming out your big day from start to finish. You ladies are on a mission, and nothing’s going to stand in your way. We salute you. If beauty and makeup items are a top priority, you’ll be on the hunt for the best MAC Black Friday 2017 bargains.

Whether you’re looking for a killer lipstick for the vacation parties you’ll be attending, or some great deal to score presents for your besties, you know MAC cosmetics won’t let you down. They have everything you could ever want, from liners and eye shadows, to skincare products and brushes. Many of us are a little too preoccupied with MAC’s epic lipstick collecting. But who could even blame us? They have every color a gal could ever dream of.

We all remember MAC’s National Lipstick Day free giveaway. It was such a swoon-worthy opportunity to be #blessed with a free lipstick, but the long lines were completely and utterly insane. Well, at least we can rest assured that MAC is getting ready to bless us yet again with amazing Black Friday deals, and for that, we are grateful AF.

As of right now, it’s still on the earlier side to know exactly what MAC has prepared for Black Friday in stores and online. But, according to Blacker Friday, we may see something similar to their deals from the previous year, which included 40 percentage off products for the day. They also offered an exclusive Black Friday kit which consisted of Rebeleyes gel eyeliner in smoky black, a limited-edition Vampify shade in Black Plum, and their Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Bespoken For. We can only hope for a similar gift defined this year.

We won’t know until the official Black Friday bargains are released a little closer to Thanksgiving, but until then, you can investigate their site for anything you want to add to your holiday wish list. The hype and anticipation is all too real.

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MAC has an awesome vacation Snow Ball collection that we have our eyes on. If you love sparkles and glisten, this collection is truly a dream come true with cool, frosty colorings and high-chrome glisten.

We’re in love with this chic Snow Ball Face Bag, which is currently sold online for $49.50. You’ll find Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt and a beautiful rose gold-handled 140 Synthetic Full Fan Brush in the kit.

There’s also a Snow Ball Lip Bag, which is currently priced at $39.50. We know this set will come in handy for any upcoming holiday party. The kit comes in two tints — nude and red.

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