Fears for iPhone 8 & X numbers, cheaper 2018 iPhones, KRACK fix & more


 

Much of this week’s news revolved around the iPhone 8 and X —in particular, fears that the 8 isn’t selling as well as hoped, and that production won’t meet demand for the X. Some potentially good news, though, was a rumor that next year’s iPhones will be somewhat cheaper.

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Everything you need to know:

  • Apple may be slashing iPhone 8 production in half > >
  • Foxconn’s first shipment of the iPhone X may have consisted of just 46,500 units > >
  • iPhone X production could improve in November, but the company might only have 2 to 3 million phones ready at launch > >
  • Next year’s iPhones could be less expensive > >
  • For now, Apple is still on the hook for $439.7M to VirnetX > >
  • Upcoming Apple software releases will fix a serious WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability > >
  • Apple and GE teamed up in a major enterprise partnership > >

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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

Rumor claims Apple cutting iPhone 8 production orders in half

First shipment of Apple’s iPhone X limited to just 46,500 units

Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to launch, component shortage eases in November

Rumor: Apple supply chain looking to cut iPhone X costs in 2018, reducing consumer prices

Apple on the hook for $439.7 million to VirnetX over FaceTime should appeals, patent invalidation fail

Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas

Apple, Predix team up for industrial gear control and monitoring, GE will standardize on iPhone and iPad

First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-up, signals larger push into healthcare

Supply chain claims Apple’s iPhone X part bottleneck woes will be resolved before Christmas

Apple adds several US airports to Apple Maps including Chicago’s O’Hare

New video rumored to show close-up of Apple car’s updated ‘Project Titan’ testbed

Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this year

LTE Series 3 Apple Watch cut off from networks in China, government concerns likely to blame

Opposition to Apple’s Irish data center stages last-ditch appeal, hearing scheduled next week

Apple teases opening of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue store, prepares ‘Chicago Series’ events

Tim Cook email claims Mac mini ‘important part’ of Apple’s product matrix

CEO of Canada’s Rogers sees ‘anemic’ demand for Apple’s iPhone 8

Apple sued over ‘Animoji’ trademark, allegedly tried to buy IP rights prior to iPhone X debut

Senators demand Tim Cook explain VPN app removal in China, suggest Apple enables censorship

Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid iPhone X production woes

How to Disable the Junk Filter in Mail for Mac

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Mail for Mac includes an optional Junk mail filter, which attempts to filter out and isolate spam messages so that they don’t clutter your email inbox. The junk filter can be helpful for some users, but it can also be overzealous from time to time, and you may find yourself with erroneously flagged emails appearing in the Junk inbox when they should be in the regular email inbox. A simple solution to this problem is to disable the junk mail filter in Mail for Mac.

Whether or not you want to disable the junk filter on Mail for Mac is up to you and how much spam or garbage email you get in general. Keep in mind that most ISPs and mail providers have some degree of server-side spam filtering for their email accounts, and so having an additional local client-side spam filter for email is not always necessary. For example, if you use Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail, each of those services has separate spam filtering that will occur before the email messages will even arrive to your local computer, assuming those email accounts are added to Mail app on the Mac.

How to Turn Off Junk Filtering in Mail for Mac

  1. Open Mail on the Mac if you have not done so already, then pull down the “Mail” menu and choose “Preferences”
  2. Select the “Junk Mail” tab in Preferences
  3. Uncheck the box for “Enable junk mail filtering”
  4. Disable junk filter in Mail for Mac

  5. Close Preferences, then, optionally but recommended, go to the Junk inbox and move or remove any emails that should not belong in the junk folder

Your junk mail inbox should be empty when finished, and emails should no longer arrive and be marked as junk by the Mail app in Mac OS.

Empty Junk folder in Mail for Mac

One decent strategy for managing junk email is to use multiple email accounts for different purposes. For example, you could create an iCloud.com email account and use that email address exclusively to sign up for online shopping or other similar activity, but have a separate email for personal communications and important information, and a separate email for work. Granted, managing multiple email accounts is a bit more advanced, but it can be helpful in many situations, just be sure to set the default email address if you go that route. You can always delete an email account from the computer if you later decide it’s too much of a hassle.

Remember, you can always re-enable the junk filtering in Mail for Mac again by returning to the preferences and adjusting the junk filter as suited to your needs. So if you try this out and find that you end up with a lot of garbage in your inbox, it’s just as easy to turn junk filtering back on again.

Mac OSX Trojan malware spread via compromised software downloads

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Elmedia Player downloads were compromised with Trojan malware.


Image: Getty

Downloads of a popular Mac OSX media player and an accompanying download manager were infected with trojan malware after the developer’s servers were hacked.

Elmedia Player by software developer Eltima boasts over one million users, some of whom have may have also unwittingly installed Proton, a Remote Access Trojan which specifically targets Macs for the purposes of spying and theft. Attackers also managed to compromise a second Eltima product – Folx – with the same malware.

The Proton backdoor provides attackers with an almost full view of the compromised system, allowing the theft of browser information, keylogs, usernames and passwords, cryprocurrency wallets, macOS keychain data and more.

In an email to ZDNet, an Eltima spokesperson said that the malware was distributed with downloads as a result of their servers being “hacked” after attackers “used a security breach in the tiny_mce JavaScript library on our server”

The compromise came to light on October 19, when cyber security researchers at ESET noticed the Elmedia Player was distributing Proton trojan malware. Users are warned if they downloaded the software from Eltima on that day before 3:15pm EDT, their system has may have been compromised by the malware.

If any of the following files or directories are on the system, it means the trojanised version of Elmedia Player is installed on the system.

  • /tmp/Updater.app/
  • /Library/LaunchAgents/com.Eltima.UpdaterAgent.plist
  • /Library/.rand/
  • /Library/.rand/updateragent.app/

Somehow, the attackers managed to build a signed wrapper around the legitimate media player which resulted in Proton being bundled along with it. Indeed, researchers say they observed the signing of the wrappers, all of which occurred with the same Apple Developer ID.

The ID has since been revoked by Apple and Eltima and ESET are working with Apple to find out how the malicious action was able to be taken in the first place. An Eltima spokesperson told ZDNet that while the malicious command and control server was registered on October 15, no malware was distributed until October 19.

For those unfortunate to fall victim to this attack – which only involved new downloads of Elmedia Player, automatic updates weren’t compromised – the only way to get rid of the malware is to undergo a full OS re-installation.

Victims are also warned that they should take “appropriate measures” to ensure that their data can’t be exploited by attackers.

Users are now able to download a clean version of Elmedia Player from the Eltima website, which ESET says is now free of compromise.

In response to the incident, Eltima says it has taken action to protect against future attacks and improve server security.

An Apple spokesperson told ZDNet the company “at this stage we have nothing to add”.

It isn’t the first time the Proton has been distributed via the use of a supply-chain attack. In May, users who had recently downloaded the Handbrake video transcoder for Apple Mac were warned how there was a 50/50 chance of having downloaded the application from a compromised mirror serving up the OSX Trojan.

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Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/Proton credential-stealing malware on Oct. 19


 

Popular media consumption application Elmedia Player and downloading tool Folx were both briefly infected with the Proton malware strain, with most installers of the software on Oct. 19 now infected.

Security firm researchers from ESET reported on Friday that the free Elmedia Player installer had been compromised for a period of time on Oct. 19 with the malware. The malware piggy-backed on the legitimate installer, in much the same way that the malware rode in on installs of media transcoding tool Handbrake in May —but using a legitimate developer ID for a certificate this time.

The binary substituted for the legitimate one was signed by a developer ID with the name “Clifon Grimm.” The provenance of the ID is unclear, but it was legitimate before Apple revoked the certificate.

Users who downloaded the installers and executed them on Oct. 19 before 3:15 PM are “likely compromised” according to ESET. It is not clear how many users were infected.

“As with any compromise with an administrator account, a full OS reinstall is the only sure way to get rid of the malware,” wrote ESET. “Victims should also assume that the secrets … are compromised and take appropriate measures to invalidate them.”

Secrets listed by ESET include operating system data including System Integrity Protection status and some location information, a wide array of browser data including cookies and login data, cryptocurrency wallets, SSH private data, macOS Keychain data, 1Password data, and a list of installed applications.

The full installers for Elmedia Player and Folx were contaminated with the malware. Applications updated through the built-in mechanism during the time period in question are apparently unaffected.

The presence of any or all of the folllowing files indicates an attack by OSX/Proton:

/tmp/Updater.app/
/Library/LaunchAgents/com.Eltima.UpdaterAgent.plist
/Library/.rand/
/Library/.rand/updateragent.app/

“Proton” is a remote access trojan (RAT) aimed at macOS systems. Written in Objective C, allowing it to run without any dependencies, the malware is marketed by the creator as a “professional FUD surveillance and control solution, with which you can do almost everything with (a) target’s Mac.”

With root-access privileges, the list of potential actions includes keylogging, uploading and downloading files, screenshots, webcam access, and SSH and VNC connectivity. It is also claimed the malware can also present victims with a custom window, which could be used to request extra information, such as a credit card number.

Previously, the tool cost 100 bitcoins ($126,000) to acquire, with a license for unlimited installations, but criticism from others prompted a reduction to 40 bitcoins ($50,400) for unlimited installations, or 2 bitcoins ($2,512) for a single installation.

New Mac mini release date, price, features, specifications

A new Mac mini could launch in 2017, since the line wasn’t updated at all in 2015 or 2016; but Apple (as usual) is giving nothing away other than to say that the Mac mini is still “an important product” in its lineup.

Based on past experience and the specs of current Macs, we’ve got a fair idea of what to expect from the new Mac mini, and when it is likely to arrive. Read on for the next Mac mini’s likely release date, specs, design changes and new features.

We’ll update this article whenever new information is unearthed, so check back regularly for the latest Mac mini update rumours, such as Tim Cook’s email to a Mac mini fan stating, again, that the Mac mini is “Still an important part of Apple’s product line”.

Important enough to update the model with new processors before the end of 2017? We hope so!

Mac mini release date

The last time that Apple updated the Mac mini was on 16 October 2014. More than three years ago.

We had hoped that Apple might be intending to issue an update to the Mac mini in October 2017, but that looks unlikely following an email from Tim Cook to a Mac mini fan which confirmed that while the Mac mini is “an important part of our product line going forward,” now is: “not time to share any details.”

There is hope that this email indicates that a new Mac Mini is coming soon.

It is feasible that Apple could update the Mac mini in 2017, perhaps coinciding with the launch of the new iMac Pro.

If it fails to materialise in 2017, looking to 2018, there are four times during a year when Apple has, at least in recent years, held events at which it announces new products.

In the past the company has made anouncements in the spring (usually in March), at its WWDC event in June, at an iPhone-specific event in September, and at an event in October.

At WWDC 2017, Apple updated the iMac and iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, and even made a minor update to the MacBook Air. However, we don’t think we will be waiting until June 2018 to see the new Mac mini.

Apple sometimes keeps product updates more low key and just shuts the Apple online store for a few hours while it adds new products to its range. This may well be what is in store for a Mac mini update. We think that the latter is more likely, unless the company has something particularly exciting planned for its low-cost Mac.

Price

There are currently three models of the Mac mini available; the one that’s best for you will depend on your budget and computing needs. The cheapest model currently costs £479, the middle model is £679, and the priciest model is £949.

Of course, you’ll still need to factor in the price of a monitor, keyboard and mouse. (For advice on that, see our roundups of the Best Mac monitors, Best Mac keyboards and Best Mac mice.)

We don’t anticipate Apple reducing the price with the new model when it launches, so you can expect similar (or higher) pricing. Hopefully better specs for your money, though.

Design

It’s possible that the 2017 Mac mini will get a new design. We’re not expecting a major visual or build redesign, but it is certainly possible that it could get thinner and smaller.

Alternatively the Mac mini might not be so mini anymore, according to a post on Pikes Universum. This could suggest that the next generation of Mac mini could be even larger, perhaps to incorporate more powerful components.

Right now the dimensions are 3.6cm high, 19.7cm wide, and it weighs 1.22kg. We think that Apple is more likely to reduce the size of the Mac mini. How about a Mac mini that has similar dimensions to an Apple TV? (That’s 9.8cm wide, 2.3cm high, and a weight of 0.27kg.)

New Mac mini 2016 release date rumours UK | New Mac mini specs & new features

New Mac mini 2016 release date rumours UK | New Mac mini specs & new features

There was some speculation that the reason for the long delay prior to the Mac mini update in 2014 was that Apple was looking at redesiging the Mac mini along the lines of the Mac Pro.

This was probably intended as an April Fool’s Day prank, but we like this render of a flat Mac mini, as seen on Apple User.

Even better, how about a Mac mini that’s also an Apple TV? Adding Apple TV functionality to a Mac mini would be a great way of getting the Mac mini into people’s living rooms as a home entertainment device. Read all the rumours about the next generation Apple TV here.

Processor

The Mac mini is Apple’s most budget-focused desktop system and as such features relatively low-end components. But what specs upgrades should we expect from the next Mac mini?

Intel is shipping Kaby Lake processors that would be suitable for a Mac mini, but even Skylake, the previous generation of Intel processors, would represent a significant power boost over the current, aging, Haswell processors.

Kaby Lake supports Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C/3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2, as well as 4K video. The chips are manufactured using a 14nm process, same as Broadwell and Skylake. The next generation, Cannonlake, will switch over to a more accurate 10nm process. We wouldn’t expect to see Apple introduce processors in the Mac mini line up before they appeared in other Macs though.

Graphics card

The current range of Mac mini models feature integrated Intel graphics, and we expect this to remain the case in the next generation. However, Apple did recently update the iMac range with discreet graphics cards, so it is possible that Apple will offer a discreet graphics card option in the Mac mini range, a move that would aid its acceptance as a gaming machine.

RAM

Right now, the entry-level Mac mini features just 4GB RAM as standard. It is the only Mac that still offers just 4GB RAM, now that the MacBook Air’s RAM has been incresaed to 8GB as standard, so we think it should be ramped up to 8GB.

Perhaps Apple will quietly update the RAM in the entry-level model, while keeping the processor the same, as it has done with the MacBook Air. We can’t see the comany doing that without raising the price at the same time though.

Storage

The other big change we hope to see in the new Mac mini is the addition of more flash drive options. Currently the flag-ship 2.8GHz model comes with a Fusion Drive, which combines flash memory with a standard hard drive for faster operation.

While the 500GB hard drive in the current entry-level model (and the 1TB hard drive as standard in the £569 model) might appear attractive to some, flash memory is so much faster that we believe it is well worth the compromise of storing additional files on an external hard drive.

You can add 256GB flash storage to the mid-range and top-of-the-range models as a £180 build-to-order option, but we’d like to see Apple offer larger SSD drive options.

It seems unlikely that Apple would do away with the hard drive storage option altogether, as many workgroups choose the Mac mini as a server and will need the extra capacity and lower prices that HD storage makes possible. We’d like to see the Fusion Drive appear as standard though.

For more information about the technology that could be coming to Macs in the future read: New MacBook Pro release, New MacBook Air release and New MacBook release.

Ports

You can expect to see Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C on the new Mac mini as the two standards use the same port. USB-C offers more advantages than just being reversible and thereby easier to connect when you can’t see what you’re doing.

It offers twice the data throughput of USB 3.0 and the ability to deliver far more power. The latter factor enabled Apple to use USB-C as a combined data and power port and further slim down its laptop design.

Hang on though… Won’t Apple discontinue the Mac mini?

Apple, to paraphrase a colleague, is generally very good at killing its darlings: at knowing when it makes sense to drop a much-loved product or product feature – one which is often still popular and/or profitable – and switch focus to something else that has more of a future. Think the iPod classic (and now the iPod Shuffle & Nano) or the optical drive, or dropping the headphone port from the iPhone 7.

There are a couple of candidates to be the next iPod classic. The MacBook Air is one. But the Mac mini, which hasn’t been updated since 2014 feels surplus to requirements now that the Apple TV is making its claim as a media centre device (although for storing a large number of films the mini remains an excellent choice, offering 500GB as standard and up to 2TB as a configuration option), will be expecting a P45 more than most of Apple’s product line-up.

The design of the Mac mini hasn’t changed significantly in recent years and is starting to feel a little dated, and the device doesn’t have a clear selling point (or at least, Apple isn’t doing a good job of communicating one). So it wouldn’t surprise us if Apple quietly retired the line. It’s either that or give it a radical overhaul.

However, speaking to press in April at a briefing designed to prove Apple still cares about the professional Mac user – and specifically the Mac Pro, Apple’s VP of product marketing Phil Schiller did briefly mention the Mac mini, saying: “The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren’t bringing it up because it’s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use. … The Mac Mini remains a product in our lineup, but nothing more to say about it today.”

Do you think it’s time for Apple to ditch the Mac mini or would you still buy one?

Also… what is the Mac mini?!

Not the no-brainer it might sound like to keen mini-heads: plenty of otherwise tech-savvy folk aren’t aware the Mac mini even exists. Indeed, sometimes it seems like Apple itself isn’t aware of its presence. That would certainly explain the long gap before the 2014 model was launched.

The Mac mini is Apple’s smallest desktop Mac and also its cheapest Mac, at £479. It’s a full-blown OS X or macOS Sierra desktop that fits into a self-contained chassis no bigger than a set-top box. It’s an inexpensive living-room Mac that lacks the power of even some MacBooks and comes with no keyboard, mouse or display, but one that works perfectly as the centre of your digital home – not least because it comes with HDMI sockets, so that plugging it into a modern TV is a doddle.

There used to be a Mac mini with OS X Server available for £849 but Apple removed that option from the line-up in October 2014.

New Mac mini 2016 release date rumours UK | New Mac mini specs & new features

New Mac mini 2016 release date rumours UK | New Mac mini specs & new features

Further reading

If you’re not sure which Mac is right for you, visit our Mac buying guide, and our guide to Where to buy a Mac mini.

Mac mini still an ‘important part’ of Apple’s lineup

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The Mac mini isn’t dead.
Photo: Apple

The Mac mini is still an “important part” of Apple’s lineup, according to CEO Tim Cook. The most affordable macOS machine has gone without an update for three years, but fans should not be worried about it getting the chop.

The Mac mini proved popular after bring introduced in 2005. It made owning an Apple desktop incredibly affordable for the first time. Apple has introduced eight updated versions of the machine since then, but the current model is now over three years old.

That makes the Mac mini, despite its affordable price tag, a bad purchase for any macOS user.

You still get a spinning hard disk drive as standard, its Intel processors are outdated, and the base model comes with a measly 4GB of RAM. There are a generous number of connectivity ports, however — including traditional USB and an SD card slot.

The Mac mini isn’t dead

The Mac mini has been ignored, while the rest of Apple’s lineup has been improved with fancy new designs and the latest technology. Most fans have already accepted that it’s dead; we’ve just been waiting for Apple to officially discontinue it.

But that’s not going to happen. At least not yet.

Cook told one Mac mini fan in an email that, “while it is not time to share any details, we do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward.”

Cook echoes similar comments made by Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, back in April. “The Mac Mini is an important product in our lineup,” he said after the

It looks certain Apple will update the Mac mini, then — we just have no idea when. With iPhone X and HomePod right around the corner, it seems unlikely the refresh will come this year, but Apple could be planning a surprise for the holiday season.

Via: MacRumors

How to Restore Missing Downloads Folder to Dock on Mac

Restore an accidentally deleted Downloads folder to Dock on Mac

Having the user Downloads folder in the Dock for Mac OS is undeniably convenient for quick access to downloaded files, so if you have accidentally deleted the Downloads folder from the Dock, or the Downloads folder is missing from the Mac Dock for some other reason, you may want to restore it back to it’s original Dock location.

Worry not, getting the Downloads icon back into the Dock on a Mac is super easy.


This is probably obvious and goes without saying, but if your Mac Dock already has the Downloads folder in it, which is the default state of the Dock for that folder to be included, then following these steps won’t do anything. But, you could add any other folder to the Dock this way.

Restore Accidentally Deleted Download Folder to Dock in Mac OS

These steps will return the Downloads folders into the Dock again in every version of Mac OS:

  1. Open the Finder in MacOS
  2. Finder icon on the Mac

  3. Pull down the Finder “Go” menu and choose “Home”
  4. The Finder Go menu choosing Home

  5. Locate the “Downloads” folder in the Home directory, then click and drag on Downloads and drop it into the far-right side of the Dock (look for the faint line, it must be on the right side of that near the Trash)
  6. Restore deleted downloads folder to Mac Dock

That’s it, the Downloads folder is no longer missing from the Dock, it’s now back in the Mac Dock where it is by default.

You can use this same method to return other folders to the Mac Dock if they turn up missing. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you can also use to add an item to Mac Dock with Control+Command+Shift+T keystroke.

While having the Download folder in the Dock is very convenient, there are many ways to access Downloads on the Mac, including multiple methods of navigating to the directory in the Finder, using file search, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

Of course another option is to reset the Mac OS Dock to it’s default icon set which would also include the Downloads directory, but that also clears out every other Dock customization that has been made, including any app arrangements, so that’s less than ideal for most users and is really best as a troubleshooting step.

Why is the Downloads icon missing from the Mac Dock?

Usually the Downloads icon disappears from the Mac Dock because it was accidentally deleted from the Dock. This can be intentional too of course, but users will often accidentally remove icons from the Dock by clicking and dragging them.

You can remove any icon from the Mac Dock by dragging it out, much like you can use the steps above to add an item back into the Dock on a Mac.

Rarely, the Downloads icon disappears from the Dock on a Mac because of some other issue or after a system software update. Regardless of why it’s gone, restoring the deleted Download icon to Dock is the same approach as detailed above.

How to Share Notes from iBooks in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

It’s easy to take and share notes in iBooks for both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Easy, that is, if you know how. So, let me show you how!

Firstly, I love taking notes in iBooks. I’d never desecrate a printed book with highlights, but I’ll do it all day long on an ebook. And Apple’s iBooks has the best ebook note-taking features that I’ve used.

Sharing iBooks Notes in iOS 11

iBooks started in iOS, and the ability to share or expert notes is a little better on iOS than it is in macOS High Sierra. Still, it’s not as intuitive or obvious as it should be, because you have to tap on “Edit Notes” before you can share. That is—in a word—frakking stupid. Make that two words.

Start with a note. Years before the Game of Thrones TV show, I figured out who John Snow was, and I did it, in part, thanks to the ability to take notes in iBooks. Every time I came across a reference to Rhaegar, Lyanna, the birthing bed, the bed of blood (hey, I didn’t write this stuff), and other references to Ned Stark’s early years and his sister, I highlighted them. The notes shown below are from Dance of Dragon, and deal mostly with Rhaegar and Lyanna.

To view all my notes in the book, I tap the table to contents icon, then the Notes tab at the top. That gives me a view like this:

Bryan's Notes from A Dance with Dragons

Bryan’s Notes from A Dance with Dragons

Now, tap the Share icon in the upper left.

Tapping the Share Icon in iBooks Notes

Tapping the Share Icon in iBooks Notes

You might think this would be how you share or export your notes. And it is, but there’s the stupid step to get through. You have to Tap Edit Notes > Select All, as shown below.

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Edit > Select All in iBooks

All of my notes get a check mark from being selected, and the Share button lights up. When you tap Share, you get a new menu with one option by default, Mail, as shown below.

Share Options in iBooks Notes

Share Options in iBooks Notes

Tap the Mail icon, and an email sheet will open where you can decide where to send it.

Exported iBooks Notes in Mail in iOS 11

Exported iBooks Notes in Mail in iOS 11

That’s it!

Sharing iBooks Notes in macOS High Sierra

You can share notes from iBooks in macOS High Sierra, too, but it’s even less obvious. First, get to your notes by tapping the Notes icon. Click on a note to select it. If you then right click on the note (you can also just right-click to select in the first place), you get the option to Copy, or to share via Mail, Messages, Notes, Twitter, or Facebook, as shown below.

Sharing a Note in iBooks on macOS High Sierra

Sharing a Note in iBooks on macOS High Sierra

Here’s the bad news. You can only export/share one note at a time. While you can shift-click or option-slick to select multiple notes at one time, rick clicking on any of them deselects all but the one you’re right-clicking on. You’d have to share one note at a time and then copy-paste each of them into an email or other app to share them all at once.

Which is—in a word—frakking stupid. Make that two words.

But, at least you can share them.

iPhone X Latest News: Release Date, Price, New Features & Specs

Apple has unveiled the iPhone X, which joins the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Apple’s all-new iPhone line-up. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the iPhone X, including its release date, price, specs and features.

If you’re wondering why this iPhone is called the X, let us explain. The iPhone X is actually pronounced “iPhone ten” (with the X representing the Roman numeral for 10 in the same way that Mac OS X used to). That’s because 2017 is 10 years after the very first iPhone launched at Macworld Expo in 2007. So this is a sort of special, celebratory anniversary iPhone.

iPhone X release date

So when is the iPhone X coming out? The iPhone X will be arriving slightly later than the other new iPhones unveiled by Apple at the event. You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone X from 27 October, before its official release on 3 November. You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone X from Apple here, from retailers like Carphone Warehouse here, and from networks including EE here.

iPhone X ‘will meet Christmas demand’ after all

Following reports that suppliers would struggle to meet anticipated demand for the iPhone X ahead of the Christmas and January sales rush, it’s refreshing to hear from sources in the supply chain that things are looking up.

According to Digitimes, component yield rates are up, shipments have increased and holiday demand will be met… although it should be added that nobody really knows what demand will be like, given the unusual timing and release strategy this time around.

Reuters reported in October that in the US, the iPhone 7 is still outselling the newer iPhone 8. It cites people waiting for the iPhone X, and also the 7’s attractively lower price to the similar hardware of the iPhone 8.

We will have to wait to the new year to see if iPhone 8 sales are even more negatively affected by the introduction of the X.

iPhone X spotted in wild (with ‘exclusive’ dynamic wallpaper)

A short video has been posted to the Apple subreddit showing what is allegedly an iPhone X out in public. The phone is turned over a couple of times and appears to be operational, because you can see red ink blobs moving around on the screen in what is said to be a new dynamic wallpaper which will be exclusive to this device.

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iPhone X retail box leaks online

The box that the iPhone X will be sold in has been spotted online, on Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program site. Unusually for an iPhone package, it shows the device screen-up, but this is understandable given how much focus is being placed on the handset’s upgraded (albeit notched) display.

iPhone X retail box

iPhone X retail box

iPhone X price

As expected, iPhone X is not cheap. It starts at £999 or $999, and that’s for the 64GB model. For the 256GB model, you’re looking at a whopping £1,149/$1,149. Wowzers.

That’s to buy the device outright, unlocked. But many people will buy it on contract instead. Sky Mobile, for instance, has released monthly pricing details for the iPhone X on its Swap12 and Swap24 plans:

  Swap24 Swap12
Upfront costs nothing £99
Monthly cost for your phone, data (500MB), calls and texts £42 £54
Monthly cost for your phone, data (1GB), calls and texts £47 £59
Monthly cost for your phone, data (5GB), calls and texts £52 £64
Monthly cost for your phone, data (10GB), calls and texts £57 £69

The names of those two plans refer to the number of months between phone handset upgrades. The company notes that “If Swap12 or Swap 24 customers choose not to upgrade their phone after one and two years respectively, their monthly cost drops for the rest of their contract.”

For more advice on this subject, take a look at our roundup of the best iPhone X deals.

iPhone X design

iPhone X design

iPhone X design

Almost everything about the iPhone X’s design was leaked ahead of its launch, but while it’s not much of a surprise it’s still pretty awesome. It’s made with glass and stainless steel, and is available in Silver or Space Grey.

It’s water- and dust-resistant just like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were, too.

Edge-to-edge display

The iPhone X looks stunning, with an OLED display that stretches across the entire front of the phone for an edge-to-edge finish. Apple has called the display Super Retina, and it is 5.8in diagonally.

The screen has a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide colour support, and there’s also HDR that supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. It’s finally a display that’ll be able to compete with rivals from the likes of Samsung and LG. Expect to be blown away by it.

True Tone for the display itself means that it will adjust the white balance to match the surrounding light, too.

iPhone X screen

iPhone X screen

No more Home button

In order to make an edge-to-edge display, Apple has done away with the Home button on the iPhone X. iOS 11 has been redesigned to replace to Home button’s functions. You’ll now raise to wake the iPhone X, or tap the display. And to go back to the Home screen, you just swipe up from the bottom. Swiping up and pausing before letting go will open the multitasking screen, and pressing and holding the side button will launch Siri (as will saying Hey, Siri as usual).

Face ID

iPhone X Face ID

iPhone X Face ID

To unlock the iPhone X, you can use the new Face ID feature. We’re pretty concerned about how this is going to work in practice. Apple has promised that it’ll just work, but when Apple’s Craig Federighi tried it in the live demo he had to go to his backup iPhone X because the first one didn’t recognise his face properly. Whoops! The backup iPhone X worked brilliantly, though, and it sounds like Apple has used some serious tech to make sure that Face ID doesn’t recognise photos or masks.

Interestingly, Face ID means that there’s no Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple says that Face ID is much easier and safer, with a one in a million chance of someone being able to access your phone, rather than one in 50,000 for the Touch ID. Everything that Touch ID did is now done by Face ID, including Apple Pay and access to secure apps.

We’ve put together a simple comparison of the two biometric systems: Face ID vs Touch ID: What’s the best way to unlock an iPhone?

A fun touch are new Animoji, which let you make emoji come to life with your own expressions. You’ll then be able to send Animoji you create to your friends and family via iMessage.

iPhone X specs

iPhone X specs

iPhone X specs

The iPhone X is powered by an A11 Bionic chip. It has a six-core CPU design which Apple claims is the smartest and most powerful ever seen in a smartphone.

It works with the Apple-designed GPU, which has three cores and is capable of powering AR at 60fps, as well as enabling new machine learning and 3D games.

it’s set to be available with storage of 64GB or 256GB, but there’s no microSD card slot (as with all of Apple’s iPhones) so you’ll need to choose wisely when you buy.

iPhone X cameras

iPhone X cameras

iPhone X cameras

On the rear of the iPhone X is a dual-lens set-up, with both lenses 12Mp and both offer optical image stabilisation. One has an aperture of f/1.8, and the other f/2.4. It’s paired with a new quad LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync, which is designed to offer a more natural light.

On the front of the phone is the 7Mp TrueDepth camera that Apple has developed for Face ID but will also help capture great selfies. The TrueDepth camera is made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator for advanced face mapping.

And you’ll now be able to use Portrait mode on both the front and rear cameras of the iPhone X. Previously limited to the iPhone 7 Plus (and now iPhone 8 Plus), and only the rear camera, Portrait mode will now be possible even when using the front-facing camera. There’s a new Portrait Lighting feature, too, that offers five different lighting styles to improve your portraits further.

Apple claims that the new camera in the iPhone X is capable of capturing the highest quality video ever from a smartphone. It has improved video stabilisation, offers 4K up to 60fps and there’s 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps.

We’re expecting some incredible photos and videos from this iPhone, that’s for sure.

The iPhone X’s cameras are also designed for AR, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for motion tracking. This is made possible by the new A11 Bionic chip. This is the same chip you’ll find in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X will enable some additional AR features.

iPhone X battery life & wireless charging

iPhone X wireless charging

iPhone X wireless charging

All of this new tech had us worried about battery life, but Apple claims that it’s been improved. So much so that it should last two hours more than the iPhone 7, but we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on it for testing to see how long it lasts in practice.

A Chinese regulatory filing reveals that the iPhone X battery will have a capacity of 2,716mAh, later confirmed by a Chinese telecoms authority. This compares to 1,821mAh in the iPhone 8, and 2,675mAh in the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone X can charge wirelessly, and Apple has made a new charging mat which has room for the Apple Watch Series 3 and your AirPods, too. Apple calls this charging mat AirPower, and it’ll be launching in 2018. If you don’t want Apple’s charging mat, others that work with Qi will be compatible with the iPhone X.

The iPhone X will run iOS 11, which is set to become available for other iPhones on 19 September. You can find out what new features iOS 11 will bring here.

macOS: Archiving Messages from Apple Mail (Redux!)

Back in 2014, I wrote a tip about how to archive your messages out of Apple Mail using the “Export Mailbox” option.

macOS Mail Mailbox Menu showing Export Mailbox

That still works (as long as you’re aware of the caveat at the end of this article), so if you’re looking to clean up your Mail program, go check it out. However, there’s one piece of it that needs an update. As it turns out, Apple has now hidden the “Export all subfolders” checkbox under a button, and if you aren’t paying attention, you could end up deleting critical info! Here’s how it works now: As I mentioned in the previous tip, you’ll click on your mailbox from the sidebar, and then you can right-click on it to choose “Export Mailbox” from the contextual menu or pick that option from the menus at the top (shown in my screenshot above). Whichever way you do it, though, Mail will next want to know where you intend to store your mbox file.

macOS Mail Export Mail dialog Options Button

See that “Options” button I’ve called out? Underneath that is the very important checkbox that you’ve gotta toggle on if the mailbox you’re exporting has subfolders.

If you forget to do this and then delete the originals from Mail…well, you’ll be sad. For example, here is a section of some of my saved mailboxes:

macODS Mail Mailboxes with Subfolders ready to export

If I exported those without “Export all subfolders” on, then I’d be saving “Work TO DO,” “TO KEEP,” and “Electronic Receipts,” but not the folders underneath them. Bad, bad, bad, wrong. I’m not sure why Apple made this choice—it’s not as if this saves a bunch of screen space or anything!—but as long as you’re aware of what you’re doing, everything should be OK.

Also, you used to be able to use Mail’s Window > Activity menu item to monitor your export’s progress. This often no longer works; now you’ll need to find the mbox files you exported, and if the process isn’t complete, you’ll see “partial” in the file name.

Finally, here’s the caveat: I’ve found these exports to be more persnickety and prone to failure in recent versions of macOS than before, so if you decide to attempt this, be sure you’ve got good backups in place and watch the progress carefully. What I’ve been doing as well is reimporting the mbox files after the export (using the steps in my previous tip) before I delete the originals. Once I make sure everything in the reimported mailbox matches the original, I then delete both the original and the newly imported one. This assures me that if I ever need to use those saved-out mbox files in the future, they’ll be accurate. Paranoid? Yes. But thorough? You betcha.