Stuart Breckenridge

Another Apple Leak

Someone at Apple leaked public download links for the iOS 11 gold master.

The HomePod leak was considered to be a mistake, but as this is the second time it’s happened, it’s clear to me that Apple has a security issue. This was leaked with malicious intent.


Daring Fireball is 15 Years Old

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Lasting 15 years is one hell of an achievement for an independently run website. Congratulations.


MacBook Pro, Boot Camp, and Akitio Node

I hooked up an Akitio Node — armed with an nVidia GTX 1080 (from MSI) — to my MacBook Pro running Windows 10 in Boot Camp and boy does this thing fly. Battlefield 1, Crysis 3, Player Unknown’s BATTLEGROUNDS, Forza 3, and Gears of War 4 are all handled at 4K with relative ease.

So here’s my issue: I had planned on upgrading to Xbox One X, however, because future Microsoft first-party games, including Halo 6, will be cross-compatible between Xbox One (original, S, and X) and Windows 10, why would I bother? The MacBook Pro with an external GPU is a more powerful combination. Microsoft’s drive to harmonise the Xbox and Windows platforms is nullifying, to a certain degree, the need to buy Xbox hardware.


Stop Me If You've Seen This Before

The HomePod IPSW that was presumably released accidentally is the gift that keeps on giving. In a series of tweets many of iPhone 8 features have been revealed.

Infra-red Face-to-Unlock, via Steve Troughton-Smith (tweet):

The iPhone 8 design, via Guilherme Rambo (tweet):

Screen resolution of 1125x24361, via Steve Troughton-Smith (tweet):

Potential skiing workout on Apple Watch, via Steve Troughton-Smith (tweet):

This reminds of the iPhone 4 reveal when Steve Jobs joked:

Stop me if you’ve seen this before.

  1. Predicted in February by Ming-Chi Kuo. ↩︎


Face Detection Discovered in HomePod Firmware

Erik Slivka (via MacRumors):

One iOS developer has dug into the firmware [for the HomePod] and discovered that it also contains hints of what we can expect for other devices. Most importantly, the firmware includes numerous references to infrared face detection within the BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will rely at least in part on facial recognition.

I have no issue with face detection — but I still want Touch ID.