Apple’s big security upgrades will save you from yourself

“During this week’s WWDC keynote, executives touted improvements to popular services like Siri, iMessage, and Apple Music. They demonstrated exciting new uses for nascent features like 3D Touch. Amid all the fuss, though, they neglected to talk much about the security measures coming to MacBooks and iPhones this fall,” Brian Barrett reports for Wired. “hat’s a shame, because there are lots. And they’re going to significantly alter how you interact with your Apple devices.”

“While Apple appears to have delayed some of its bigger security projects — most notably, encrypting iCloud backups so that not even Apple can access them — it’s still showing serious ambition, sometimes in surprising places,” Barrett reports. “The result will be an iOS and macOS experience that trades convenience for protection in a few key ways. Apple will introduce small frustrations now, to prevent large, even unfixable, frustrations down the road.”

“Think of it like this: Your iPhone and Mac are a house, and Apple’s covering up as many outlets as it can,” Barrett reports. “That’s a pain when you need to plug something in, but at least you won’t wind up electrocuted.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Myriad security improvements are coming soon to our already highly secure operating systems!


  1. First, I’m glad about increased security – of course.

    Second, I have begun to wonder from time to time whether Apple has hired a bunch of ex-Microsoft coders. There is an increasing lack of elegance in some of their approaches. While I don’t know yet what the pain will entail, somehow I think SJ would not have stood for it. Remember the Mac/PC commercials and the fun they had making fun of all the awkwardness that the new security measures in Vista subjected the poor Windows user to. I can hear someone saying (if SJ was around today), “Steve, this is the only way this can be done” and him saying, “No, I don’t accept that – yes to the added security, no to added pain for the user. Come back when you’ve got it right. Period.”

    I was glad to hear about added Continuity features, but I hope they make sure they work first. When they introduced them, it was one of the frustrating experiences of coming face to face with Apple products not “just working” any more.

    Love Apple, but they need to right the ship with regards to consistency in software releases. If this one is another disaster / broken mess, they will weaken the argument for Apple products – this should be the number one priority – quality in software to match quality in hardware.

    1. Microsoft do have some excellent coders, but the problem with Microsoft is not the coders themselves, but the constraints that they have to operate within.

      If they understand that Apple works in a different way and requires tight, simple and elegant code, then they should be able to work very effectively within Apple and make a valuable contribution.

      A good coder is a good coder irrespective of who they have previously worked for and the same is equally true of a bad coder. It’s down to Apple’s managers and team leaders to ensure that everybody is producing the sort of end product that Apple needs.

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