The news: Apple released a slew of security updates for iOS, watchOS and macOS on Monday morning.
So…what’s new in these updates? Apple says “this update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users”
Specifically, Apple has fixed a WebKit vulnerability that was seemingly pretty important
Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved validation.
CVE-2021-1844: Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, Alison Huffman of Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research
Our take: Looks like these updates were pushed out due to a potential security risk, but there isn’t anything else new to see here. Updating simply nets you better security on your device, which is always recommended.
The news: The biggest update ever for Unite has just been released with a number of incredible new additions and significant improvements to existing features.
Unite 4 lets you build native web apps in one click, with a redesigned setup UI that supports both light and dark mode
Apps are highly customizable, with everything from fonts to window shading and opacity user-configurable
Status bar support is available for all of your Unite 4 apps, bringing Twitter, Instagram and other favorite sites just a click away
Other major upgrades in Unite 4: refreshed in-app UI, notifications, live dock slices, macOS Keychain support and new pro tools
Use code appletrackat checkout to receive 20% off your purchase.
Our take: Running websites as near-native apps is incredibly helpful for checking things at a glance…it’s like if complications for Apple Watch also existed on Mac. My two favorite uses so far? Twitter running in the status bar and showing Robinhood as a dock slice.
The news: Safari on macOS Big Sur beta 4 finally supports native playback of YouTube videos in 4K.
For years, videos could only be played in up to 1080p
Users were forced to choose Chrome or another web browser for higher resolution viewing
Our take: As somebody who watches (and creates) YouTube videos every day on a 5K iMac, this is a godsend. There was always some weird engineering explanation for why 4K videos never worked, but none of that matters anymore. Videos will look so much better than they used to.
The news: Beginning on the iPhone, Apple is looking to expand Face ID to Macs in the future, according to an exclusive report from 9to5Mac (75.1% accurate).
macOS Big Sur beta 3 suggests that Face ID will be present on some future Macs
‘Codes such as “FaceDetect” and “BioCapture” found within this extension confirms that Apple is preparing macOS to operate with Face ID’
Our take: Face ID, to me, has always made more sense on the Mac than the iPhone. You generally sit further away from a Mac at any given moment than your iPhone, so why would moving closer to press a Touch ID sensor make sense? This is the perfect use casenario.