Tag Archive for ‘Craig Federighi’

Craig Federighi Says Sideloading on iPhone Would Open the Floodgates to Malware ➝

It doesn’t seem to have opened the floodgates to malware on the Mac. Perhaps this is more about controlling the platform and ensuring all of the money goes through them.

His quip about it taking “away user’s choice of a more secure platform” is just nonsense. If users want to exclusively install apps from the App Store, they can. Given how difficult it is to install unsigned apps on the Mac, I doubt many will be “tricked” into sideloading malicious apps. And there’s still plenty that Apple could do to mitigate the issue while still allowing for the installation of apps from outside the App Store.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

A Supposed Higher Bar for Customer Protection ➝

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors

Epic Games wants the judge to force Apple to allow multiple app stores on iOS, similar to how it works on Mac, which would allow users to install apps that have not been reviewed by Apple. During questioning, Federighi was asked why app stores on iOS shouldn’t work like the Mac, where apps can be installed via the Mac App Store or from third-party sources.

In response, Federighi said third-party app installation is often exploited on the Mac. “iOS has established a dramatically higher bar for customer protection,” he said. “The Mac is not meeting that bar today.”

I shudder to think about what this means for the future of the Mac.

If Apple eliminated the ability to install apps from outside of the Mac App Store, I would have to move to another operating system for our home server. And I’d likely start moving away from Apple-centric software and services too.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Apple Will Not Have an October Event This Year ➝

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

This shouldn’t come as any surprise given that it’s already the 20th of October, but Apple has no plans to hold an event to introduce new products this month. Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi confirmed there will be no October event in an email to MacRumors reader Luke.

Prior to Apple’s most recent event, I had hoped for a second keynote before the end of the year. I felt like there was plenty of product announcements and software recaps to do that would fill the time. And a second event would give each of the presenters an opportunity to dive deeper on product features.

But all of the important announcements that I noted in the aforementioned link were already discussed at last month’s event. They don’t have enough left to justify another keynote. That means we should expect the availability of the Amazon Video app for Apple TV to be announced in a press release. And the HomePod and iMac Pro will be released after private press briefings and published reviews by some of the more influential publications.

The only remaining wildcard was my expectation of some sort of third-party software integration in the HomePod. But as we creep closer to the device’s release, it’s becoming painfully clear that Apple isn’t ready for it this year or it isn’t going to happen at all.

Siri Leadership Has Officially Moved From Eddy Cue to Craig Federighi ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Apple has updated its executive leadership page to acknowledge that software engineering chief Craig Federighi now officially oversees development of Siri. The responsibility previously belonged to Apple’s services chief Eddy Cue.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but I’m starting to question Eddy Cue’s effectiveness. He loses the App Store to Phil Schiller in 2015, which has since seen several major improvements — a complete redesign in iOS 11, subscription pricing for non-media apps, and so on. More recently, there have been rumors of Apple having difficulty in securing deals with media companies, which is Eddy Cue’s responsibility. And now Craig Federighi is taking over Siri.

Maybe Cue just had too much on his plate. And it’s not like I expect Apple to give him the Scott Forstall treatment. But the September 12 event would be a good time for a slam-dunk product from one of his departments.

With watchOS 3, Apple Watch Gets a Do-Over ➝

Jason Snell, referencing Craig Federighi’s comments on the most recent episode of The Talk Show:

You may not remember this, but before the Apple Watch came out, there were many rumors that it wasn’t able to get through a day without a charge. It’s clear that Apple made battery life a top priority, perhaps even the top priority: This thing better last all day. And so everyone was incredibly conservative with power and memory.

The result: They overshot. Most of the people I know now report that they end their day with their Apple Watches reporting 40 or 50 percent of remaining battery life. Federighi admitted that there was a lot of extra memory and battery life available to them when building watchOS 3, because they overshot so much. And that’s why watchOS seems almost impossibly better than watchOS 2, given that it’s running on the same hardware.

I had a hunch that this was the case and I’m more than happy to have it confirmed.

The Talk Show With Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi ➝

From the show notes:

Recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco, John Gruber is joined by Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi to discuss the news from WWDC: WatchOS 3, MacOS 10.12 Sierra, iOS 10, and more.

I tried to watch the show live, as it was recorded Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the stream kept going down and I ended up having to find a stream on Periscope to see it to the end. But the video and audio quality were piss poor, at best, and I missed a big chunk in the middle while I was searching for a bootleg stream.

Luckily, John Gruber has now published a video of the episode which I’ll be watching later tonight.

The Talk Show With Very Special Guests Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi ➝

A delightful surprise today, John Gruber has published a new episode of The Talk Show with Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi. Topics include iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, the public beta program, and more. I’m about a quarter of the way through the episode and it is well worth a listen.

The Talk Show, With Special Guests Craig Federighi and John Siracusa ➝

There’s also a transcript of John Gruber and Craig Federighi’s conversation available, if you’re unable to listen to the episode. Either way, this is an episode you won’t want to miss.