Sir Apfelot newsreel week 11, 2020

Events are canceled, meetings adjourned and football games are held without spectators - but the Sir Apfelot Wochenschau is there for you as always. You can even read them indoors. Washing your hands is not a must, but you should still do it again and again;) And with that it goes into the Apple and Tech News, which I noticed particularly in calendar week 11 of 2020. This time, the following topics will be included: wireless battery charging with 40 watts, security vulnerability in the Google Authentificator, Intel chips also with security vulnerabilities, developments in Apple events, services and products. And a little more.

Included in the Sir Apfelot Wochenschau for calendar week 11 of 2020: wireless charging with 40 watts, security vulnerability in Google Authentificator and other 2FA apps, Intel chips also with security vulnerabilities, developments on Apple events, services and products. Etc.
Included in the Sir Apfelot Wochenschau for calendar week 11 of 2020: wireless charging with 40 watts, security vulnerability in Google Authentificator and other 2FA apps, Intel chips also with security vulnerabilities, developments on Apple events, services and products. Etc.

Battery full in 40 minutes: Xiaomi shows 40 watt wireless charging

Apple uses the so-called Qi standard for wireless charging of iPhone batteries. Most Qi chargers have an output of 10 watts for iPhone and Co. Up to 15 watts have been possible so far. It is logical that some other manufacturers are therefore working on their own standards to allow their devices to charge faster. For example, Xiaomi already showed the possibility of wireless charging with 10 watts with the Mi 30 Pro. This is what distinguishes all-round PCs at this point again after. In addition, a Twitter from Xiaomi Germany published video referenced, which shows 40 watt wireless charging. The fast charging success is shown in time lapse, which leads to a 4.000% charge after 40 minutes with a 100 mAh battery.

Critical vulnerability in 2FA apps

The Google Authentificator is a way of using two-factor authentication (2FA) for various services. What should actually make corresponding user accounts secure, however, has to suffer from a security gap, such as Netzwelt shows. But the whole thing is not new, and the app is not there alone. The Microsoft Authentificator should also be affected by the security gap - interesting here: the warning relates to the Android versions. The Netzwelt test showed that the security gap (screenshots of the apps and thus the authentication codes can be made) also occurs in other Android apps such as Authy or 2FSA Auth.

Intel vulnerability: chips allow malware infiltration

Meanwhile, t3n (here) and at WinFuture (here). A report is made with regard to the vulnerability of the Converged Security and Management Engine (CSME) in the Intel processors. Almost all models from the last five years are said to be affected. The good news, however, is that in most scenarios, direct on-site access would be required to exploit the problem. In addition, according to Intel, attackers may even need special hardware for some of the possible scenarios. So the problem is widespread, but it cannot easily be exploited by criminal subjects. Further information and links to the English sources can be found in the linked posts.

Apple's March event: no longer hoping for a keynote?

I have another one this week Entry from MacRumors. With Reference Cult of Mac states that Apple will postpone its March event, at which the new budget iPhone (iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9) and the new iPad Pro with triple camera should be presented. The statement is said to come from a source close to Apple. Behind the cancellation or postponement of the event are concerns about bringing many people together in Apple Park. In addition to concerns, regulations from California's Santa Clara County are also available as an explanation - similar to Germany, no events with over 1.000 people should take place there. These are all sensible protective measures against the exponential spread of the coronavirus.

Rumors about the event: March Keynote 2020 from Apple

Use HERE WeGo as a car navigation system thanks to CarPlay

From HERE WeGo version 2.0.53 for iOS devices such as the iPhone, the navigation app can also be used via CarPlay on integrated displays in cars. That has, among other things, the iPhone ticker at this point shown. HERE WeGo is a good navigation app that can be used not only in the car, but also on bicycles and on foot. Some time ago I introduced them to you in this post: HERE WeGo user manual - this is how the navigation app works. The free download of the program for mobile Apple devices can of course be found in App Store.

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Found in iOS 14 code: Apple AirPods Max?

Here in the blog I've already summarized the latest rumors about Apple's March event, which is not taking place (see link above). The "Apple AirPods X Generation" were also named as an expected apple product. IFun will now berichtetthat a graphic should also have appeared in the iOS 14 beta. A new icon should indicate over-ear headphones. The report refers to a Entry by 9to5Mac. Further content from the previously known iOS 14 code provides app dangers here. Accordingly, the assumptions are condensed to an iPhone 9 with Touch ID, the triple camera of the upcoming iPad Pro is mentioned again, and a new Apple TV box is to come.

New features that watchOS 7 brings to the Apple Watch

While the insight into iOS 14 cannot reveal any major innovations, reports the iPhone ticker a total of eight new features that watchOS 7 should have ready for the Apple Watch. Here is the evaporated list (the explanations of the individual points can be found in the linked source):

  1. Divisible dials
  2. New Infograph Pro watch face
  3. Watch face for shared albums
  4. Children's watch on parents' iPhone
  5. Now finally sleep monitoring too
  6. "Schooltime" as a child mode
  7. New features for control center
  8. Even more independent app architecture

Because of Apple's travel ban: iPhone 12 only in October?

Let's get back to the ubiquitous topic of coronavirus. Because of this, Apple is currently banning Apple engineers from traveling to Asia. This can have a major impact on the development and manufacturing of the upcoming iPhone. The new iPhone 12 would not be expected until October at the earliest if the threat and travel stops continued. It is also possible that the entire event, which otherwise takes place in September, will take place Keynote postponed by Apple this year. MacRumors summarizes details at this point together; with reference to DigiTimes, Bloomberg, Reuters and other sources.

Auction of Apple Collectibles

A fully functional Apple 300.000 computer from 1 is said to bring at least 1976 US dollars at auction, berichtet iFun. With these expectations, the corresponding auction house aligns itself with the current ever increasing prices for Apple products and other Apple-related objects from the past. In addition to the Apple 1, a total of 26 pieces from Jerry Manock's collection are to come under the hammer at the special auction. Jerry Manock was responsible for the design of the products in Apple's early years. All auction items - including a PowerBook 190cs signed by Steve Jobs, old Apple T-shirts and "Think Different" items - can be found in the official overview by RR Auction.

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4 comments on "Sir Apfelot newsreel week 11, 2020"

  1. Thank you for your always interesting contributions!
    I read your newsletter regularly and I have a problem right now that I believe will affect many others as well.
    I work with a MacBook under macOS Catalina and have been using the Safari web browser instead of Firefox for some time, because Firefox (once the best of) now puts many advertisements on, which cover important text passages and often cannot be removed to read articles.
    I'm satisfied with Safari in this regard, but I don't have the “Print edit WE” program there, with which I used to “clean up” websites (remove spam) in order to download them as PDF files for archiving purposes.
    There is no Safari version of “Print edit”, but I was able to replace it with the “Printlimitator”. It suddenly disappeared from my MacBook the day before yesterday and there is no longer any suitable application on the Internet, and I have not found any other equivalent.
    Can you give me some advice on this ???
    Thank you very much and greetings from Vienna,
    Joseph V.

    1. Hello, Josef! Thank you for your interest and your question. Unfortunately, I don't know either of the programs and apps, but I also use Firefox and have the feeling that you may have caught an "add-on" that makes the advertisements appear. So my first recommendation would be to go to “Extras” > “Add-ons” in Firefox and see if there is anything in there that you haven’t installed.

      If that doesn't help, Safari still offers a reader mode that I did explained here. You may get the websites cleaned with it. Unfortunately, I don't know the two apps you mentioned and I don't know of any alternative. But maybe another reader has an idea.

  2. Many Thanks. Safari Reader mode solves my problem very well and I regret that I have only just met it now.
    The "Print Edit WE" and "Printlimitator" applications are therefore unnecessary for me, because in this mode I find text contributions that have already been "worn out", the download of which then only needs to be reworked slightly with PDF Expert or PDFelement.
    Three cheers to our Sir Apfelot !!!

    1. Josef, I would toast to that, but unfortunately that's totally forbidden right now... ;-) Or maybe someone will put me in the group of "systemically important people". Then I can certainly have a beer with you and toast to the solution.-

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