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Apple has just updated the MacBook Pro range, bringing Touch Bar, Touch ID, T2 and True Tone to all models, along with faster processors.

Apple have update the MacBook Pro range to now include a Retina TrueTone display and TouchBar across all models.

Starting from A$1,299 for the 13″ model and A$2,399 for the 15″, the laptops will also include Apple’s TouchID sensor as well as its T2 security chip.

Spec wise lower end machines such as the base 13″ model received minor bumps in SSD storage and RAM but largely remain unchanged.

In addition to bringing the MacBook Pro range into line Apple have also discontinued what was their smallest laptop, the 12″ MacBook Air.

The 12″ Air hasn’t been updated since 2017 and those wanting the smallest of form factors will have to settle for Apple’s 13″ version, which now also comes equipped with a Retina True Tone display.

Now also slightly cheaper the 13″ MacBook Air will be sold at the 12’s former price point of A$1,099 (US$999).

Join James Croft, Raj DeutAnthony Agius and special guest Terence Huynh as we chat about dirty data done dirt cheap, Spotify gradually becoming the Netflix of audio, Apple wrecking Fed square with their eventual Telstra shop, and Australia’s tech scene rising up against the Assistance and Access legislation that was rushed into law last year.

 

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They did it, Apple has finally showed some teeth!

Facebook, developer of some of the most installed apps on all iOS devices, have had their iOS enterprise distribution certificates revoked after blatantly breaching their enterprise agreement with Apple.

Apple who’ve long campaigned as the champion of user privacy have taken action in the wake of the latest Facebook privacy scandal. Details emerged yesterday that that Facebook were installing a “research” app codenamed “Atlas” onto paid participants phones. Running since 2016 the app has the ability to collect data from any instant message app, media sent to anyone, ongoing location information and more.

Despite Facebook releasing a statement saying they would close the program after it went public yesterday Apple have taken steps to ensure they stay true to their word by revoking their method of distribution. The side effect of doing so is that all of the apps that made use of the same certificates and did not breach the agreement by being loaded onto internal staff’s devices only no longer launch.

Internally Facebook distribute apps for users to arrange travel as well, of course, early builds of Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. Whilst revoking the certificates doesn’t deny Facebook the ability to load apps via other methods it does make it exponentially harder for them to do it at scale.

Apple’s actions will certainly disrupt Facebook today but are far from the company’s apps being removed completely, which I fear other developers (had they done similar) would likely suffer.

A slap on the wrist it may be, it’s nice to Apple back themselves when it comes to privacy.

Over the years, my relationship with Apple has soured. From fanboy to supporter, a workplace user and now a switcher, I think it’s fair to say the string may have finally broken on my Apple yo-yo.

That’s not to say how I feel is any reflection of how well they’re doing. Quite the opposite in fact. Last year they became the first US company worth a trillion dollars; they have hundreds of millions in cash tucked away for a rainy day and are largely considered the people to beat when it comes to smartphones, tablets and industrial design.

But something’s wrong. There’s been a turn. A shift in the tide, if you will, and now long time supporters like myself feel ostracised and ignored. It feels like they’ve lost their way. Their products no longer exhume excitement and as I’ve argued before, lack direction.

Apple need to win me back. And now, after downgrading their forecasted revenue for the first time since 2007, they might need to convince a lot of others too. So to help them out and be constructive, instead of merely criticising them, I thought I’d offer my thoughts on exactly how they might go about doing that. Continue reading

Join James Croft, Raj Deut, and Anthony Agius as we discuss a whole crateload of news and reviews. Allow me to summarise in the show notes: man, the Mini is fast! But hoo boy, it’s expensive! The MacBook Air is better! But it’s also, like, confusing! And still quite expensive! The iPad is fast! But man, it’s expensive, and can’t do a bunch of computer things! Facebook is kerosene poured on a fire of social unrest. PAX is a cool convention for games.

Now you know these things, you still have to listen to the show. I insist.

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