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Apple just announced one of its biggest regional expansions for the App Store ever

April 21st, 2020
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Enlarge / The iPhone 11. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple says that Apple Music will now be available in 52 new countries, and other services including App Store, Arcade, Podcasts, and iCloud will hit 20 more countries.

These are the countries and regions that are getting access to services for the first time, according to Apple:
The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and iCloud are now available in the following countries and regions:
  • Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, and Zambia
  • Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar
  • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia
  • Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding Apple Music) and Iraq
  • Oceania: Nauru (excluding Apple Music), Tonga, and Vanuatu
Apple Music is also expanding to the following countries and regions:
  • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Tunisia
  • Asia-Pacific: Bhutan
  • Europe: Croatia, Iceland, and North Macedonia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, and Uruguay
  • Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar, and Yemen
  • Oceania: Solomon Islands

Users in the countries that are getting Apple Music for the first time will be offered a six-month free trial option. Also, Apple will extend its efforts to curate locally relevant playlists to these countries with titles like Africa Now, Afrobeats Hits, and Ghana Bounce.

That brings the total count for the App Store to 175 and Music to 167 out of the 193 United Nations-recognized countries in the world. If you want to see the full count, Apple has a support page that lists which “Apple Media Services” are available in which countries.

Apple made the announcement to the press via its newsroom website and to developers via its developer support portal. Apple maintains a page of resources for developers dedicated to localization efforts, and from what we've heard from developers, the company often makes an effort to prioritize promoting apps that are widely localized because of the global reach of Apple's platforms and services.

And since we're on the topic of developers, here's a side note that also just happened: Apple yesterday sent invitations to members of its developer community inviting them to an online session dedicated to implementing accessibility features in apps. The invite reads:

At Apple, we believe that technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone. Join us for an online event to learn how you can take advantage of the award-winning accessibility features that come standard on Apple devices. You’ll be able to ask questions during and after the sessions, and sign up for individual consultations.

The session will take place on Thursday and precedes the company's developer conference—at which it normally offers many sessions like this—in June. The developer conference will be online-only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Apple will update iWork suite with trackpad support and iCloud folder sharing

March 18th, 2020
The keyboard and trackpad attachment for the iPad Pro.

Enlarge / The keyboard and trackpad attachment for the iPad Pro. (credit: Apple)

In the notes for its iPad Pro announcement earlier today, Apple announced a couple of major new features coming to the iWork suite that are specifically oriented around new offerings for the iPad.

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will all get full trackpad support on the platform, but they'll also gain iCloud Folder Sharing. "Collaboration will also become easier than ever with support for iCloud folder sharing and the ability to edit shared documents while offline," Apple wrote in its newsroom article.

Users have been asking for iCloud folder sharing for a while, and there have been indications that the company has been working on it for a while, but it hadn't come to fruition yet. In fact, it seems to have been delayed before.

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Apple brings iCloud Photos and more to Android with new Web-based apps

February 5th, 2020

With no fanfare or public announcement, Apple has launched a mobile version of its Web-based interface for accessing iCloud services like Notes, Reminders, and Photos. Located at icloud.com just like the desktop version, this mobile site works on the default browsers for both iOS and Android devices (with some caveats for the latter) and has a more limited scope than users already saw on the desktop Web.

That smaller scope starts with the Web apps that are available: the mobile version only offers Photos, Notes, Find iPhone, and Reminders. By contrast, the desktop version also offers Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iCloud Drive, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and Find Friends. It's possible Apple will add more apps to mobile Web over time.

You can look through the screenshots above to see exactly how it all works. Generally, the core features of a given app are included but with no additional frills. The Photos app lets you browse, view, and share photos (though the share sheet is much more limited than what you'll see on the native mobile app). Notes lets you browse and write notes—you get the idea.

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Attackers exploit an iTunes zeroday to install ransomware

October 10th, 2019
The iTunes logo has been photoshopped onto a pistol target that has been shot multiple times.

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Attackers exploited a zeroday vulnerability in Apple's iTunes and iCloud programs to infect Windows computers with ransomware without triggering antivirus protections, researchers from Morphisec reported on Thursday. Apple patched the vulnerability earlier this week.

The vulnerability resided in the Bonjour component that both iTunes and iCloud for Windows relies on, according to a blog post. The bug is known as an unquoted service path, which as its name suggests, happens when a developer forgets to surround a file path with quotation marks. When the bug is in a trusted program—such as one digitally signed by a well-known developer like Apple—attackers can exploit the flaw to make the program execute code that AV protection might otherwise flag as suspicious.

Morphisec CTO Michael Gorelik explained it this way:

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Apple’s iCloud has been a poor experience in Windows, but a new update seeks to fix that

June 12th, 2019

Apple has released a new version of iCloud for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store, according to a recent blog post by Microsoft and a handful of Apple customer support documents. The new version claims to be a major improvement, with more robust features and more reliable syncing—the latter of those has been a common complaint for users of Apple's previous version.

Features listed by Microsoft include:

  • Access your iCloud Drive files directly from File Explorer without using up space on your PC
  • Choose the files and folders you want to keep on your PC
  • Safely store all your files in iCloud Drive and access them from your iOS device, Mac, and on iCloud.com
  • Share any file right from File Explorer and easily collaborate with others—edits will be synced across your devices

Interestingly, Microsoft says the new iCloud app is "powered by the same Windows technology that also powers OneDrive's Files On-Demand feature"—an unexpected technical and corporate partnership. But it shouldn't be too surprising at this point; despite the storied history and rivalries of the 1980s and '90s (as well as competition in areas like, yes, cloud services), Microsoft and Apple have largely played together nicely in recent years.

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