New Hands-Free Law in Tennessee
Starting July 1, a new law passed in Tennessee where you cannot be holding a device while driving. According to the Tennessean, “A driver's first violation will result in a $50 fine. If the violation is the driver's third offense or it results in a wreck, the fine jumps to $100. If the violation occurs in a work zone when workers are present or in a school zone when warning flashers are on, the fine is $200.” iPhone iOS has a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” option to help with distracting, or now tempting notifications. You can enable this in Settings, <Do Not Disturb>, and choose from three options for how and when to activate this feature. Drive safe out there!
Apple Temporarily Disables Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch
According to MacRumors and TechCrunch, Apple just announced that they were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function in order to fix the issue. They said, “We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent”. I’m not sure how popular this feature really was anyways but so glad that Apple is making sure they ensure that privacy is a top priority.
Apple Pushes Automatic Mac Software Update to Remove Vulnerable Zoom Web Server
Also on MacRumors, “Earlier this week, a serious vulnerability with the Zoom video conferencing app for macOS was disclosed, with attackers potentially able to hijack users' webcams.” Zoom did release a fixed app version last Tuesday. “Apple however took things one step further and pushed out a silent macOS update that removes the web server, reports TechCrunch. The update was deployed automatically, so users don't have to manually apply it in order for it to take effect. ‘Apple said its actions will protect users both past and present from the undocumented web server vulnerability without affecting or hindering the functionality of the Zoom app itself.’ The update will now prompt users if they want to open the app, whereas before it would open automatically.” I think it’s pretty cool that Apple deployed a fix before Zoom even got to an update!
New MacBook Air
Apple announced that they updated the MacBook Air with a True Tone Display and a lower starting price of $1099. According to MacRumors, the new base model still continues to get you a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 617. You can also save $100 more dollars if you are a qualified student through Apple's education store.
12” Macbook Discontinued
The 12” MacBook has been discontinued. With the recent update to the MacBook Air, and lower price, it just makes sense to get rid of this model in Apple’s lineup in my opinion.
New MacBook Pro
Apple has removed the old 13-inch MacBook Pro with Function Keys from its lineup and updated the base model to now include the Touch Bar, Touch ID, True Tone, and the Apple T2 chip. Starting at $1,199 you can check out the new models here.