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The Tech Media Minute: The Sad State of Apple's Mac and Ransomware on iOS

The hottest stories in tech, Aug. 4, 2016
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August 4, 2016

If you’ve been waiting for Apple to release new Macs before making a purchase, your patience should soon be rewarded. Or perhaps this is just wishful thinking. Welcome to Thursday.

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What’s up with Mac?

It hasn’t been a good year for folks looking to buy a new Mac. In this calendar year, Cupertino has only refreshed one Mac product, the 12-inch MacBook, which received Intel’s Skylake processors in April.

The MacRumors Buyer’s Guide tells an unfortunate story: Macs simply aren’t getting much attention from Apple anymore in terms of upgrades.

Here’s the last time Macs were last updated:

  • MacBook Air, May 2015
  • Retina MacBook Pro, May 2015
  • iMac, October 2015
  • Mac mini, October 2014
  • Mac Pro, December 2013

And let’s not forget that the non-Retina MacBook Pro hasn’t been updated since June 2012. As The Verge rightly notes, Apple should stop selling four-year-old computers.

The iPhone accounts for two-thirds of Apple’s revenue, we get it. Still, for a company that prides itself on being cutting edge, the current Mac situation is beyond laughable.

In September, I fully expect we’ll see upgrades for the MacBook Pro and iMac. The non-Retina MacBook Pro? Hopefully, Apple will pull it from the market, which they should have done years ago. The future of the Mac Pro and Mac mini is a different story entirely.

Beware this message

According to Dutch site AppleTips (via 9to5Mac), hackers are trying to fool people into thinking their devices have been compromised to gain access.

Hackers use Apple’s Find My iPhone app to lock an iPhone and display the following message:

This device is locked. Unlock 50$. Email for details: [email protected]

As 9to5Mac explains:

The attack requires someone to have compromised the Apple ID associated with the device, but again non-tech users tend to re-use passwords and not use two-factor authentication, so it would only require an unrelated website to be hacked to gain access to credentials that also serve as Apple ID logins.

A good rule of thumb: If you get a weird message on any of your devices, contact the manufacturer or at least do a Google search to see if other folks are experiencing it. And don’t click on it.

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