Older versions of macOS no longer have access to the Apple Store

Apple sells most of its products through its Apple Store, including the online platform. Recently, however, the Apple Store is inaccessible from Safari on an old version of macOS.

Apple seems to have changed the prerequisites to access its Apple Online Store. Old versions of Safari and macOS can no longer access them. Users are now greeted by a nasty error message telling them they are using an “unsupported browser version.”

Apple claims a recent version of macOS and Safari is required to access its Apple Online Store

It is Mac Otakara who first evoked this discovery. Several users mentioned having to have OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite or later and Safari 10.1.2 or later. It also means that if for some reason you have an older version of Yosemite, you will not be able to access it.

And if you’re wondering if it’s possible to get around this restriction through a third-party browser, it seems like it’s impossible also because the compatible versions of Chrome and Firefox are also obsolete. It is therefore necessary to upgrade to a newer version of macOS, such as macOS 10.14 Mojave. It is hard to understand why Apple made these changes. According to AppleInsider, this could be to secure the purchase process as much as possible.

By forcing a newer browser, Apple limits the risk of security breaches and other theft of personal data. At least when browsing on its site. Still, all this is pretty ironic. Some customers with an old machine might just want to buy a new one on the Apple site, and discover that they can not.

Google engineers discover critical flaws in the iPhone

Despite all the means deployed by the giants of tech to secure their devices, there are almost always flaws. Including on products like the iPhone.

Researchers Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel GroƟ of the Google Project Zero have discovered six flaws in iOS. The researchers are members of Google’s bug-hunting program, which is often responsible for discovering flaws in various services and products. They then immediately inform the companies so that they can correct them before they are exploited.

Google researchers discover 6 flaws in the iPhone

Five of the six flaws discovered by these two researchers were corrected with iOS 12.4, deployed last week by Apple. This provided some security fixes for compatible devices, including fixes for the five vulnerabilities. Each of them can be used without any interaction on the part of the victim.

One of them is still not corrected

Originally there was a flaw in the iMessage client. Four of the flaws, including the one that has not been fixed yet, require the attacker to send a message with malicious code to an uncorrected device. It then executes as soon as the message is opened by the user. The other two vulnerabilities use a flaw in the memory.

Security experts have released details of the five flaws that have been fixed by Apple. The last will remain a secret until Apple has rolled out a fix.

Apple will sell Mophie’s multi-device wireless chargers

Now that the fate of the Apple AirPower has finally been sealed and everyone knows it will not happen, the Cupertino company can go ahead with wireless chargers. It’s Mophie who wins out here.

One of the key features of the Apple AirPower Wireless Charging Mat was being able to charge multiple devices at once, such as an iPhone, AirPods, and an Apple Watch. Unfortunately, there were many problems encountered by the development team. Apple had no choice but to finally abandon the project. That said, the Apple brand is well aware of the public interest in these kinds of accessories and seems to have made the decision to offer for sale third-party alternatives. It was necessary to choose a brand and it seems that it is Mophie who won.

Apple will sell a wireless charging pad developed by Mophie

Apple will start selling Mophie multi-device wireless charging mats. Mophie is a well-known manufacturer of smartphone accessories, especially for his battery cases. The brand has also been offering wireless charging products for some time, but the charging mat in question seems to have been designed specifically for Apple since it looks a lot like an AirPower clone. It would, however, be offered in black and be slightly thicker than what the Cupertino company had developed.

Comparisons with the AirPower

The Mophie version will not be as powerful as the original AirPower since it will only be able to charge two devices simultaneously at 7.5 W. But it will also offer a USB-A port. For now, there is no information about the price of this accessory, but if the information is proven, it should be on sale next week. We would then have all the technical details. Mophie is not the only manufacturer to offer such multi-device wireless chargers, but being sold directly from Apple is likely to help drive sales.

The end of iTunes scheduled for this year?

iTunes is a must-have software for any owner of an Apple device. Today, after many years of good and loyal service, Apple is preparing to make it disappear.

iTunes was launched in January 2001 by Steve Jobs. The versions have multiplied with the years, gaining more and more features. Today, the software allows you to listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks, watch movies and buy content. It also allows you to manage your iPhone and its various devices.

The end of iTunes recorded this year?

18 years later, iTunes is about to disappear. Or at least, iTunes as we know it should disappear. According to a report by Bloomberg, the end of iTunes is expected to take place this year, after the release of MacOS 10.15 which will be unveiled by Apple on Monday during the WWDC.

iTunes will then be broken up into three separate applications: Music, TV and Podcasts. The management of the iPhone and devices, meanwhile, will be done in the Music application.

We will know everything from Monday 3rd June, the opening of WWDC 2019

It had been mentioned several times that iTunes would still live at least until the time of a major update. This will most likely not be the case. We will see you from June 3 for the opening keynote of WWDC 2019 Apple. iTunes was one of the pillars of the Cupertino ecosystem. Let’s hope that the transition takes place very quietly.

New keyboards on the next MacBook

The very problematic Papillon keyboards have apparently been a bad enough experience for Apple to decide to switch to a new mechanism.

For several years now, Apple has had problems with its keyboards called “butterfly” which have a proprietary mechanism. The Cupertino company, however, seems ready to move on.

Finally a panacea?

Inaugurated during the marketing of the 12-inch MacBook in 2015, the keyboard “butterfly” is causing malfunctions. These include a character appearing twice on the screen after a single press and a phenomenon blocking the key in the aluminum body of the computer. The second version of the keyboard appeared in 2016 on the MacBook Pro, but did not correct its mechanical errors. Apple has tried again, in 2018, to review the keyboard, without more success.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that these problematic keyboards will disappear this year in favor of new ones. Apple would retain the backlight enjoyed by users, but is working on a longer activation point – the keyboards “butterfly” being too short and often not appreciated by users. The analyst believes that Apple may have resorted to a fiberglass structure to bring more strength.

According to Kuo, the MacBooks would be the first to enjoy it, and the MacBook Pro would benefit from them from 2020. Still, according to the analyst, Apple could change manufacturers and opt for Sunrex rather than Wistron, which currently produces the Papillon keyboards for the firm.