This prank webpage will crash your iPhone, iPad and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016

Jokers on Twitter are tweeting out links to a new prank webpage that, when clicked, will crash your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac, or cause the device to become unresponsive.

As Gizmodo explains, the aptly named website CrashSafari.com uses just four lines of code to crash Safari for iOS and OS X by running a script which adds thousands of characters per second into the address bar, causing Safari to overload its memory.

In the case of the Mac, you’ll see the beach ball spinning and your computer will become unresponsive. On the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, Safari will hang and start heating up your phone until it reboots itself. Read More

 

Safari for Mac not resolving Twitter’s shortened “t.co” links? Apple’s identified a fix.

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2016

If you prefer to browse your Twitter timeline in Safari for Mac, you must have noticed the irritating issue where the browser won’t resolve shortened “t.co” links, resulting in an error message informing you that “Safari can’t open the page because the server where this page is located is not responding”.

What’s really surprising is that this persistent Safari bug, which basically renders most Twitter links unreadable, has been around since last November, as evidenced by the Apple Support Communities.

According to an Apple engineer, a fix has been identified but it’s unclear when an OS X software update, or a Safari patch, that would squash the bug might be issued. Read More

 

Apple investigating iPhone 6s battery percentage issue, offers temporary fix

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016

Has the battery percentage indicator been acting up lately on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? If so, you’re not alone: this is a known issue, according to Apple’s newly published support document.

“If you change the time on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus manually or change time zones when traveling, you might notice that the battery percentage doesn’t update,” reads the document.

Apple is aware of the problem and working hard to deliver a permanent fix. Read More

 

App Store acting up and not showing updates correctly? Try this workaround…

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Have you experienced an annoying hiccup in the App Store where it shows that one or more apps need updating but you can’t actually apply the updates? Or perhaps the App Store’s icon on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad’s Home screen is showing a badge even though you’ve just successfully downloaded all app updates?

I first noticed this odd behavior back in the summer and thought it was a temporary problem that would get fixed soon, but it persisted. As it turns out, this is a caching issue that can be easily circumvented with a simple, cool trick. Read More

 

Apple provides interim fix for iPad Pro sluggishness after long charge

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Following reports from iPad Pro owners who have been complaining about the device becoming unresponsive after being charged for a lengthy period of time, which typically occurs during overnight charging, Apple has now acknowledged the issue and confirmed it’s working on a permanent fix.

In the meantime, the company has provided an interim fix that it says will temporarily restore normal operation after the iPad Pro becomes unresponsive. Read More

 

Many iPad Pro owners are complaining about unresponsiveness after long charge

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

A couple of threads are currently growing on Reddit and the Apple Support Communities forums, with a significant number of lucky owners of the iPad Pro complaining that their device becomes unresponsive after being charged for a lengthy period. This typically occurs during overnight charging.

The annoying issues causes the device to require a hard restart to restore functionality. Apple had not commented on the hiccup publicly at the time of this writing, and almost certainly will not. Read More

 

Mac App Store authentication glitches forcing users to reinstall apps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2015

As first spotted by Tweetbot developer Paul Haddad, some Mac owners are being forced to download and reinstall apps on their computer following what appears to be a security glitch in the Mac App Store.

The affected users are seeing a message saying that their app has been damaged and cannot be opened, with the prompt advising folks to download the app again from the Mac App Store.

Here’s what you can do about it. Read More

 

Some users are complaining about Touch ID issues after updating to iOS 9.1

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

A growing number of iPhone and iPad users are taking to Apple’s Support Communities forums to complain about slow or unreliable Touch ID performance after applying Apple’s iOS 9.1 software update to their devices.

In addition to slow response times and unreliable performance, other issues plaguing an unknown number of users include Touch ID stopping working altogether on their iOS 9.1 devices. Read More

 

No, it’s not just you; the iTunes Store is experiencing issues [Updated]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

If you’re having problems downloading apps or installing updates from the App Store, you’re not alone. I am not able to download apps or install updates, and another colleague has verified the same. Also, if you check Apple’s system status page, you’ll see where the iTunes Store is experiencing issues.

This issue appears to be affecting iTunes Store, App Store, and Mac App Store purchases and updates. Best advice? Just be patient until Apple gets things resolved. Read More

 

Some of the previously pulled apps and games now returning to App Store’s Purchased history

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2015

Many of the iPhone and iPad applications that have vanished from users’ Purchased histories are now returning to the App Store, TouchArcade reports, suggesting the whole brouhaha was but a glitch in the App Store.

Not all of the pulled games have returned, however, though some classics like Ngmoco’s games and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 can now be re-downloaded through the App Store’s Purchased tab again. Read More

 

iOS 9.0.2 fixed vulnerability that allowed Lock screen access to photos and contacts

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

iOS 9.0.2 has patched a potentially disturbing vulnerability which allowed malicious users who have access to your device to use Siri from the Lock screen in order to browse your photos and contacts.

According to Apple’ official iOS 9.0.2 release notes, the software has fixed the issue which allowed access to photos and contacts on a locked device by “restricting options offered on a locked device.”

The vulnerability was left unpatched in iOS 9.0 and iOS 9.0.1 and affected the iPhone 4s and later, fifth-generation iPod touch and later and iPad 2 and later. Read More

 

Some Skype users experiencing issues with calling and messaging, Microsoft working on a fix

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

Are you plagued with various Skype issues, such as the inability to place VoIP calls, update your status or send instant messages? Are all of your Skype contacts showing as offline? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

According to a support document published Monday morning, many people are reporting issues with Skype status and calling and Microsoft is working on a fix.

“We’re doing everything we can to fix this issue and hope to have another update for you soon,” the company wrote. “Thank you for your patience as we work to get this incident resolved.” Read More

 

Stay away from new Mailbox for Mac update: it’s full of bugs and breaks support for Mavericks

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

It’s been more than two years since cloud-storage startup Dropbox acquired the popular iOS email client Mailbox, and a full twelve months have passed since a public beta of Dropbox for Mac launched, and the software still hasn’t dropped the beta flag.

As a matter of fact, those among you who use Mailbox as your daily driver should hold on upgrading to the most recent release as it breaks compatibility with Macs running OS X Mavericks while introducing a host of new problems, as first reported by The Next Web. Read More

 

Apple recalling some third-generation Apple TV models due to faulty component

By Cody Lee on Aug 12, 2015

Apple is recalling some third-generation Apple TV models due to a faulty component, reports MacRumors. The site says that the company began contacting select customers yesterday who recently purchased an Apple TV, informing them that their devices had shipped with an unspecified faulty part.

Alongside the warning, Apple is offering to exchange the bad set-top boxes for new units shipped from the company. As of Wednesday afternoon, no word had been posted on Apple’s official website regarding the recall, suggesting that the amount of affected devices out in the wild is fairly small. Read More

 

The next Mac security update will patch a serious privilege-escalation DYLD bug in OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2015

A “privilege escalation” bug plaguing Apple’s OS X desktop operating system will be patched in the next security update that the company is working on as we speak, a company spokesperson said today.

The Guardian newspaper reported that a fix for the dangerous zero-day vulnerability, known as DYLD, will be patched before OS X El Capitan releases for public consumption this fall. Read More

 

iMessage crashing bug fixed in iOS 8.4 beta 4

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2015

An annoying bug that crashes your iPhone after a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters is received through iMessage or SMS from another party has been fixed in iOS 8.4 beta 4, as first reported by Italian blog HDBlog.it. The beta software was seeded to registered Apple developers two days ago. The iMessage crashing bug is tied to how iOS banner notifications process Unicode text.

Apple has offered a temporary bandaid solution of sorts until a proper fix is delivered. iDownloadBlog has posted a few potential fixes of its own, too. That being said, the iOS 8.4 software update will squash this pesky bug for everyone when it arrives on June 30. Read More

 

Flaw in Mail for iPhone and iPad can be used to hijack your iCloud password

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2015

A serious bug in Apple’s stock Mail application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad permits attackers to fool users into providing their iCloud credentials.

Such phishing attacks can be devastating as iCloud increasingly becomes home for our digital life in the Apple universe, including our photo libraries, notes, contacts and other personal data.

The scam takes advantage of an exploit in the Mail application that makes it easy to deliver convincing-looking pop-ups resembling iCloud password prompts through a simple email message, The Register reported Wednesday.

While such emails look like they’re coming from a real company, they’re spoofed and once an unsuspecting user opens them on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 8.3, the operating system will execute malicious HTML content embedded inside. Read More

 

Apple recalls overheating Beats Pill XL speakers that pose fire safety risk

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2015

In a rare display of a voluntary product recall, Apple has pulled the Beats Pill XL wireless speakers citing a possible fire safety risk caused by overheating.

According to a media release Apple PR put out Wednesday, the voluntary recall of all Beats Pill XL speakers, “including a refund for customers,” does not affect any other Beats or Apple products.

“Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the battery in the Beats Pill XL may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,” notes the press release. Read More

 

Unsurprisingly, iPhone Messages bug crashes iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

An odd software bug which causes the iPhone’s Messages application to crash and sends the handset into a respring after a certain text is received affects the iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, too. In addition, the text bug apparently affects third-party social and messaging apps that deal with text, including WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat, The Guardian newspaper learned today.

That’s hardly surprising. The issue can be traced back to a specific series of Unicode characters, suggesting a bug in the text engine framework called CoreText that exists in iOS and OS X.

That would explain why third-party apps that deal with messages, like Twitter and Snapchat, were affected as they tap into Apple’s CoreText engine to manage strings of text and layouts. Read More

 

Apple publishes temporary fix for Messages issue, says software update coming soon

By Sébastien Page on May 28, 2015

In a new support document published Thursday night, Apple acknowledges the Messages bug that was first uncovered two days ago, offering a simple workaround to temporarily circumvent the issue, while announcing a fix will be available via a software update soon. Read More