In a patent filing published earlier this month, Apple discusses the concept of illuminated touchpads that could improve the overall user experience of certain electronics devices by providing handlers with constant visual feedback. "Although touch pads work well, improvements to their form feel and functionality are desired. By way of example, it may be desirable to provide visual stimuli at the touch pad so that a user can better operate the touch pad," the Cupertino-based electronics maker wrote in the 34-page filing with the United States Patent and Trademark office.
A new botnet emerged last week that presents infected PC users with a phony web page selling iPhones, then steals any financial or personal information entered into the page.
The botnet, or army of PCs infected by the same malware that controls them without the user knowing it, is orchestrated by a Trojan called Aifone.A, according to PandaLabs, the threat-analysis division of security company Panda Software.
MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 fixes a display issue on 2.2/2.4GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro models. According to the Apple website, the update requires MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0. Some users are reporting of banding issues after applying the update; the fix is to flash the nvram and pram by holding down command + alt + p + r during boot up. One notable gain however is improved battery life - prior to this, MBP users were reporting battery life of about 3 hours 30 minutes. The update pushes this up by at least another 1 hour and 10 minutes! Sweet :)
Apple has plugged around 100 vulnerabilities in OS X so far this year, but the malware threat to Mac customers is insignificant compared to users of Microsoft Windows.
So far this year, Apple users have been exposed to the kind of vulnerabilities that are more commonly associated with Windows. The Mac maker has plugged security flaws that could have resulted in OS X customers being "owned" by basic actions such as visiting a malicious website, watching a video file or opening an email attachment.
Just a day after one of its Taiwan analysts predicted that Apple would produce an iPhone based on the iPod nano, JP Morgan's American headquarters has dampened expectations with a second report.
The financial institution appeared to distance itself on Tuesday from bolder claims made by Kevin Chang, who reckoned that a mid-priced iPhone was due to ship by the end of 2007. Senior analyst Bill Shope noted that Chang's sources have yet to be corroborated and would contradict Apple's historical business approach of waiting until a new device becomes truly necessary for the market.