Apple mempublikasikan surat dukungan dari salah satu korban penyerangan San Bernardino

Salihin Kondoker, suami dari salah satu korban serangan teroris di San Bernardino kepada Apple (PDF):

In my opinion it is unlikely there is any valuable information on this phone. This was a work phone. My wife also had an iPhone issued by the County and she did not use it for any personal communication. San Bernardino is one of the largest Counties in the country. They can track the phone on GPS in case they needed to determine where people were. Second, both the iCloud account and carrier account were controlled by the county so they could track any communications. This was common knowledge among my wife and other employees. Why then would someone store vital contacts related to an attack on a phone they knew the county had access to? They destroyed their personal phones after the attack. And I believe they did that for a reason.

Apple kini menggunakan Twitter untuk memberikan bantuan, tips dan tutorial

Apple kini memiliki akun resmi di Twitter dengan username @AppleSupport yang akan memberikan layanan bantuan, tips-tips dan juga tutorial singkat seputar perangkat-perangkat Apple.

We’re here to provide tips, tricks and helpful information when you need it most, and if you have a question, well – we’re here to help with that too.

Tapi sebelum mulai me-mention @AppleSupport, pastikan kalau pertanyaan yang akan Anda tanyakan itu dalam bahasa Inggris, pastinya, karena akun tersebut hanya melayani atau berkomunikasi dalam bahasa Inggris saja. Kalau tidak, Anda akan diarahkan ke halaman support https://getsupport.apple.com/ yang merupakan halaman bantuan dan dokumentasi yang bahasanya bisa diubah sesuai lokasi atau bahasa pengguna.

So, jangan pakai bahasa Indonesia ya kalau mention @AppleSupport, kalau bisa di-translate dulu pakai Google Translate 🙂

Sejauh ini dari yang saya perhatikan akun @AppleSupport ini sudah cukup aktif menjawab pertanyaan atau mention pengguna di Twitter. Ada yang langsung dibalas dan ditindaklanjuti via DM, tapi kebanyakan balasannya adalah disuruh merujuk ke halaman support Apple. Itu bisa dimaklumi sih. Kebanyakan orang masih bertanya tentang hal-hal yang sudah ada penjelasannya di halaman support Apple.

Tanggapan seorang hacker iOS soal Apple vs FBI

Sebuah artikel menarik dari seorang ahli keamanan mobile yang juga seorang hacker iOS legendaris Will Strafach (@chronic) yang membahas beberapa poin soal perseteruan Apple vs. FBI yang lagi ramai dibicarakan.

3. Although the passcode attempt counter on the iPhone 5c can be handled without much work, the FBI request to allow it to electronically make passcode attempts is a considerable issue. This would specifically require Apple to modify the source code of SpringBoard (which powers the lock screen) to specifically add code that enables this capability, and sign it with the company’s production certificate so that the device will run the code. The reason Apple stresses that this is a “backdoor” in its statement is because the order is specifically requesting that Apple make a modification that serves no purpose other than to weaken iOS security by allowing brute force attempts. As touched upon in point #2, this will look horrible for Apple if it complies.

4. Here’s something pretty vital that no one has mentioned yet: The custom signed RAM disk that the FBI is requesting will not be possible to boot using the regular TSS restore servers, which check the validity of firmware files that are being loaded during each restore.

To allow restoration to a custom firmware, Apple would need to either: (a) make changes to the way its restore server works for this specific case, potentially causing major security concerns if any sort of mistake is made (which could make this an unreasonable / burdensome request, or (b) bring the device onto its internal network and load the firmware using the restore server used internally, since it can be assumed that such an in-house server exists for the purpose of restoring to unreleased firmware versions.

Selengkapnya bisa dibaca di sini.

“Open source company”

Setelah sukses membuat fansnya bangga karena telah meng-open source-kan Swift (bahasa pemrograman buatan Apple), ternyata Apple menjadi besar kepala dan memanfaatkan momen keberhasilan tersebut untuk memporomosikan halaman developer-nya…

Apple, the first major computer company to make Open Source a key part of its strategy,

Wow Apple wow, sebagai fans Apple saya rasa ini memalukan sekali. Klaim yang cukup kontroversial. Anyway, untungnya Apple sudah kembali ke akal sehatnya dan mengubah kalimat-kalimat kontroversi tersebut menjadi lebih nyaman dibaca, terutama bagi para developer/programmer:

Open source software is at the heart of Apple platforms and developer tools, and Apple continues to contribute and release significant quantities of open source code

“Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs”

Saat ditanya soal peran Steve Jobs pada masa-masa awal pengembangan komputer Apple, Steve Woz memberikan jawaban yang cukup brutal soal Steve Jobs (interview):

Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He’d never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn’t know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do

Woz: “Steve Jobs didn’t know shit, stop praising him!”

Hmm… wajar saja fans Apple generasi awal atau setidaknya orang yang paham sejarah komputer merasa kalau Apple = Woz. Nanti beberapa dekade kemudian setelah Woz keluar dari Apple dan Apple moved on, baru orang menganggap kalau Apple = (Steve) Jobs.

Doogee: Stop copying Apple!

Perusahaan pembuat smartphone asal China, Doogee, menyampaikan pesannya kepada perusahaan-perusahaan lain untuk berhenti menjiplak Apple (via Bestmobs.com)…

Since the birth of iPhone 6/6 Plus, curved edge design has been a fashion and followed by almost every manufacturer… Designs should be diversified.

Hahaha… berani sekali Doogee ini.

Swift menjadi open source

Dari Swift Blog:

Today at WWDC, we announced Swift 2.0. This new version has even better performance, a new error handling API, and first-class support for availability checking. An d platform APIs feel even more natural in Swift with enhancements to the Apple SDKs.

Open Source
In addition to new features, the big news is that Apple will be making Swift open source later this year.

Di luar dugaan, Apple membuat Swift menjadi open source. Good job!

Privacy war

Privacy War – Shots Fired by Apple at WWDC (via XDA Forums):

In his talk, Apple VP Craig Federghi talked about how data is processed by Siri without compromising user privacy, on-device as much as possible. He specifically mentioned the lack of cloud-based mining (ahem, Google and Facebook), and how the processing is done on-device, with the data staying on-device. Queries made to their server (for real-time internet-based queries, for example) are kept anonymous, not tied to an Apple ID, and not shared with third parties (another dig at the near-constant data sharing by applications on the Android platform).

Yosemite El Capitan

Yosemite El Capitan

Saya suka bagaimana Apple memberikan nama OS X 10.11. “El Capitan”.

Setelah kehabisan nama-nama kucing besar (Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion), Apple akhirnya butuh skema penamaan baru untuk OS X. Dan sejak OS X Mountain Lion, Apple mulai menggunakan nama daerah di California untuk nama OS X berikutnya.
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