Create macOS Catalina bootable USB drive

You may recall my post from last year detailing the steps on how to create a bootable USB drive for macOS Mojave.  Thank goodness Apple still allows for end users to do this; there’s something about possessing physical media that makes things so much easier from a technical perspective.

Despite the fact that you will now need to use a USB drive with a minimum capacity of 16GB as opposed an 8GB one that was standard with past versions, the steps haven’t changed much…check out AppleInsider’s summary on how to perform this task here.

Apple’s September Event Recap

When you’re pressed for time for whatever reasons, sometimes you can appreciate someone who has a unique talent of being able to break down and analyze an event while only giving you the info you need…

Shout out to Nathaniel Parker (via Askwoody.com) for his quick, yet detailed breakdown of Apple’s event…

https://www.askwoody.com/2019/parker-apple-announcements-the-bottom-line/

Apple and Siri

So it appears that Apple, which has tried over the past few years to set itself apart from the competition as being all about user privacy and security, is now facing allegations that contractors working with the company are actually listening in on sensitive items such as confidential medical information, sexual acts amongst couples, drug deals, etc. according to the Guardian.

Jonny Evans at Computerworld has written a great article here that elaborates more on the issue and gives excellent recommendations on what Apple should do to fix the problem.

Check it out and let me know what you think about these developments!

MacBook keyboard issues (again)

ZDNet.com is reporting that Apple is still plagued with MacBook Pro/Air keyboard issues using their “butterfly” style keys.  Simply put, there have been too many missteps and mishaps in trying to create, recreate, refurbish, repair, etc. all these devices.

On the heels of receiving more negative press, (as shown in the article here) Apple has decided that they would be getting rid of the butterfly design and replace it with something that actually works (!)

More MacBook Pro disaster stuff!

In building off of the absurd snafu on Apple’s part in spending over $10K in trying to fix a user’s laptop (still can’t believe it), now they have officially started a recall for select 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros with defective batteries that are prone to overheating and hence need to be replaced immediately.

Check out Engadget’s story here and if you happen to own this particular model, check the recall site page here to see if yours is on the list!

New stuff unveiled at WWDC 2019!

ZDNet.com has a great rundowns of all the announcements that were made by Apple today.

Lots of new additions to the lineup include brand new OSs (MacOS, iOS, WatchOS, iPadOS, etc.), a brand new monster of a Mac Pro, and an awesome display to go with it.

Also of note, iTunes will cease to exist on the latest MacOS however it will still have life on Windows based PCs.

Check out the full scoop at ZDNet here for further details!

Webpage “Not Secure” using Safari on Apple Devices

Recently, I received an email from a user stating that they are noticing almost all websites they visit show as being “Not Secure”.  This is a result of the recently released iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 updates with the main objective being that users will be aware of the security of the websites they’re visiting and should not be mistaken for actually BEING more secure.

According to 9to5Mac as to when you can anticipate seeing this prompt:

All the big sites have already moved over to universal HTTPS, so you shouldn’t see Not Secure warnings that often…

However, older sites, unmaintained sites, or sites run by smaller companies, may not have made the switch. This is when you will see the Not Secure text in the main Safari toolbar.

Check out the full article here for more details!