Stuart Breckenridge

When Does the iMac Pro Go On Sale?

There’s been no clear indication from Apple as to which countries will be able to order the iPad Pro from 14th December. However, it appears that Singapore will not be one of them:

It’s strange, normally Singapore is a launch country for new products.


Month 13 is Out of Bounds

After the recent macOS security update I started seeing this message flooding the console:

It’s appearing at least 20 times per second and other than disabling Bluetooth, I haven’t found a way to stop it.

Update: This is wide spread.


Fast Charging Comparison on iPhone X

Fantastic comparison of wired (5W, 12W, 18W, 29W, 30W, 87W), and wireless (5W, 7.5W) charging speeds on iPhone X by Juli Clover, at MacRumors.

via MacRumors

Two things stand out to me:

  • Getting to 50% is noticeably quicker with fast-chargers (30 minutes vs. over 60 minutes with the 5W charger in the box)
  • After an hour of charging, the difference between the 12W iPad charger and the fast-chargers is negligible (~7%)

At work I use a 29W Anker USB-C charger1 and at home I use my iPad’s charger and don’t notice the difference. That said, I can’t help but agree with Juli’s conclusion:

It’s not really worth it using the 5W charger that the iPhone ships with if you can help it, because it’s incredibly slow.

Would a 12W charger in the box have been too much, Apple?

  1. This used to be available on Amazon’s Singapore site but has, for some reason, vanished. ↩︎


iOS 11.1.2 December 2nd Crash Loop

Juli Clover, for MacRumors:

A date-related bug in iOS 11.1.2 appears to be causing iPhones and iPads to continually crash or respring when time-based local notifications are received after 12:15 a.m. on December 2, according to reports on Twitter and reddit.

The problem seems to be tied to local notifications received from apps that offer daily or repeat reminders. For example, meditation app Headspace, one of the affected apps, sends daily reminders to users to encourage them to take some time to meditate. Any app using local (as in not pushed from a remote server) notifications that repeat will cause a crash.

I am intrigued as to what is tying December 2nd and repeating local notifications1 together to cause this issue. Regardless, along with #iamroot, this is yet another embarrassing bug for Apple.

Update 2017-12-02: Here’s an oddity: a major point release of iOS being made available on a weekend. It’s probably got something to do with this bug.

  1. I attempted to recreate the bug using a local notification from Todoist but it was unsuccessful, likely because it was a single notification. ↩︎


Why Hasn't Twitter Removed Trump's Retweets?

Ivana Kottasová, writing for CNN:

President Trump has been heavily criticized for his decision to retweet three graphic anti-Muslim videos.

But why did Twitter allow them in the first place?

The anti-Muslim videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far-right party Britain First. They depict violent assaults and the destruction of a statue of the Virgin Mary.

They also appear to violate the terms of use published by Twitter. It warns users: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

Asked why the original tweets have not been deleted, a Twitter spokesperson said:

“To help ensure people have an opportunity to see every side of an issue, there may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability.”

Twitter knows these tweets violate their rules and by not acting to remove them they show just how spineless they are as an organisation. There is no legitimate public interest in seeing these videos, one of which has already been debunked by the Dutch Embassy.

Twitter have effectively given Trump a blank cheque to say what he wants regardless of impact or truth. Their leadership should be ashamed of themselves.