The discussion over why there have been relatively fewer exploits for Macs than for PCs is one of the more incendiary topics in the security industry. Earlier this week, a Symantec security researcher waded in with his own theory.
In an interview with news Website Tech.co.uk, Ollie Whitehouse, an architect with Symantec's Security Response Advanced Threat Research team, trotted out the oft-cited idea that Apple's smaller desktop market share is one reason why Macs haven't been targeted by hackers on a grand scale.
A New Jersey teenager has unlocked the iPhone, opening the way to Apple's iconic mobile telephone being used by non-US networks.
The Associated Press news agency confirmed George Hotz, 17, had unlocked the iPhone and used it on T-Mobile, a rival to its sole US operator, AT&T.
The hacker says the unlocking takes about two hours and involves some soldering and skill with software.
AT&T and Apple have not yet commented on the news.
Want a cheaper iPhone? Apple has begun offering refurbished handsets for $100 less than it charges for freshly made models.
So a refurbished 4GB iPhone costs $399, while the pre-owned 8GB model costs $499. Apple said both come with a one-year warranty, extendible to two years with a $69 payment. They are tested and certified as fully operational, the vendor said, and "as good as new". Each refurbished iPhone comes in the standard box, with full documentation, accessories and so on.
Apple seeded developers with a new build of Mac OS X 10.4.11 Thursday. Notes accompanying build 8S144 (PowerPC) and 8S2144 (Intel) list only one known issue involving systems occasionally hanging at shut down. This newest seed corrects a handful of additional issues with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, bringing the list of documented bug fixes to about two dozen. Among areas addressed with 10.4.10 are: USB modem issues, CoreAudio and m4a audio files bugs, WebCore Editing, VPN and L2TP, AFP server, CUPS, and networking.
According to Macworld UK, Apple has officially informed retailers that its AppleWorks software has reached "End of Life" status. End of Life (EOL) products are those Apple no longer plans on selling or updating.
In 1984, AppleWorks creator Robert Lissner wrote the program for the Cupertino, California-based company. Soon after, Apple released the product to much fanfare on the popular Apple II computer. During one point in its life, AppleWorks became the most popular software in the industry and is still credited with being one of the best-selling programs in history.