Imessage for android planned internally at apple - but shot down

The legal dispute between Epic Games and Apple brings more internals to light: Apple’s head of services Eddy Cue wanted to bring iMessage to Android as early as 2013, according to internal company emails – and he did so at full speed. They had "the best messaging app" and should be urgently "Industry standard" make, Cue wrote to other top managers. A few employees are already working on it, but it has to become an official project.

The manager apparently feared a takeover of WhatsApp by Google, which was under discussion at the time. "Do we really want to lose one of the most important mobile apps to Google?", Cue asked in the email.

No strategy to poach WhatsApp users

Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi faulted the lack of a strategy to make iMessage the main messenger. Why would someone switch from WhatsApp to iMessage who hardly has any "iOS friends" have, Federighi said in his response to Cue. iMessage is "nice", but you need more than a "marginally better app", to entice users to switch their social network. In the absence of a clear strategy, he said he was concerned the move would only "remove an obstacle for iPhone families to give their children Android devices", said Federighi.

Study: more and more consumers pay without cash

Cash is the most widely used means of payment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – but its importance is steadily declining. This is the result of a representative survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the management and technology consultancy BearingPoint, which was published in Frankfurt on Tuesday. According to the survey, the trend toward contactless payment is steadily increasing, and payment services are also becoming more popular.

Spectacular gain by Apple

Among the new service providers that enable cashless payments, U.S. providers stand out: the Paypal payment service, for example, continues to be the second most-used payment method in Germany after cash. Although mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay or Google Pay only achieve around five percent usage overall, Apple’s rise in this segment is spectacular. The frequency of Apple Pay use among the younger generation has doubled compared to the previous year. Among 18 to 24-year-olds, 12 percent in Germany and Switzerland and 14 percent in Austria now use the payment option via Apple Pay. In the previous year, only an average of 6 percent of the young age group in the three countries had used this payment service.

In Germany, 66 percent of respondents primarily use cash, compared with 75 percent the previous year. In Austria, 78 percent (previous year: 83 percent) and in Switzerland, only 64 percent (previous year: 71 percent) use cash. According to the survey, the vast majority of respondents in all three countries cannot imagine giving up bills and coins altogether. As in the previous year, well over 60 percent of respondents cannot envisage giving up cash in the next five or ten years.

Lower app commissions for small developers: watch out for app transfers

Small and crude developers have long complained about Apple’s App Store commission of 30 percent, which is dropped on every paid app, as well as every in-app purchase and – at least in the first year – every in-app subscription. Therefore, in January, the corporation introduced the so-called App Store Small Business Program, which allows certain developers to achieve a reduction in payment to 15 percent. However, they must not be too rough – annual sales must not exceed US$1.2 million (without deducting Apple’s regular commission). There are also several rules to follow, which Apple says are designed to prevent abuse. But exactly these seem to be real pitfalls for some devs now.

Apple wants to prevent abuse

Developer Sean Harding, who has worked for Google, its YouTube subsidiary and Amazon, reports that he was kicked out of the program in 2020 despite making only $1,000 in revenue. According to his story shared on Twitter this week, this has to do with a provision Apple seems to be using to try to prevent benefits cheating – but that doesn’t fit Harding’s case at all. So it’s officially forbidden to transfer apps to other companies while you’re part of the Small Business Program. Apple wants to prevent developers from simply founding many small companies in order to achieve the commission reduction on all their apps.

Harding formed a private company (LLC) before joining the program, and set up a new developer account to transfer his existing apps to – because he wanted to take his app business more seriously in the future. To make sure he wouldn’t get in trouble for this, he wrote to Apple and asked if it was okay to do so. He did not get an answer from the Small Business Program support at first. After further inquiry, it chopped that the app transfer was okay because Harding was not yet part of the program. In the mail, however, it was also mentioned that there is no "Warranty" give. However, Harding did not ask again.

Csam detection on iphone: apple considers local child porn scanner safe

Apple considers its controversial local child porn scanner, which will be part of the iPhone and iPad from iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, to be fundamentally secure. Over the weekend, the company published a Security Threat Model Review, which discusses possible attack scenarios on the system.

Apple defends its approach (more)

In the 14-page document, the company ares, among other things, that the system, which is the subject of massive controversy among security experts, is designed in such a way that a user can neither "Apple nor any other single entity" in terms of its functioning must trust. Even "any number of potentially colluding entities" from the same sovereign jurisdiction ("under the control of the same government") could not do so, the group claims.

This is achieved through "various interlocking mechanisms" . These include Apple’s uniform software update, which is distributed worldwide for export to the devices, and which is "intrinsically verifiable" . However, iOS and iPadOS are largely proprietary, and a code review by the CSAM ("Child Sexual Abuse Material") is currently not foreseen by the company. However, he could be referring to the test on specially equipped rooted iPhones, which the company sent out to selected security researchers as part of the "Apple Security Research Device Program" ies.

Corona warning app: iphone users allegedly overrepresented

iPhone users appear to be particularly interested in installing the German government’s Corona warning app: About half of the downloads of the app, which was released last Wednesday, have so far been made with iPhones in Apple’s App Store, as ZDF reports – the other half falls correspondingly on Android devices and Google’s Play Store.

50:50 instead of 75:25

iPhone users thus had the app "Downloaded significantly more often than Android users" and are accordingly "overrepresented in percentage terms", writes the ZDF. Market researchers estimate that Android holds about 75 percent of the German smartphone market, with Apple’s iPhone accounting for about the remaining 25 percent. With similar interest in both user groups, the download ratio should have been around 75:25 instead of 50:50.

The reason for the considerable difference remains open. iPhone users are considered to be keen on updates and apps. According to Apple, iOS 13 is now running on a good 80 percent of all iPhones, and iOS 13 can be downloaded accordingly.5, which is a prerequisite for the Corona Warning app due to the integration of the contact log interface. older iPhones like the iPhone 6, which was introduced in 2014, cannot import the app.

Corona warning app to be expanded and run on older iphones

The functions of the official federal Corona warning app will be significantly expanded in the coming weeks. In addition, the app should also be able to run on the older iPhone models 5s and 6 from mid-February. This was announced by the Federal Ministry of Health on Friday.

The new functions include a dashboard on which current information about the infection events is to be made available. Afterwards the App is to be extended by a representation of the meeting history. The idea is to inform app users more accurately about the timing of risk encounters. This function will be implemented in accordance with the applicable data protection laws. As a third innovation, Apple’s interface for the older iPhone models 5s and 6 is also implemented on the federal Corona warning app.

This change alone increases the pool of compatible smartphones in Germany by up to four million devices. Apple previously had the necessary interface, the Exposure Notification Framework, for the older iOS 12 as well.5 made available. Apple complied with requests to change the Bluetooth interface so that even more iPhone models than before can run the Corona tracing app.

Corona warning app no longer opens on iphones: update should help

Shortly after the release of version 1.2.0 the Corona warning app for iPhones is now available in version 1.2.1 ready for download in the App Store. The emergency update is intended to fix a bug that prevents the app from launching.

After installing version 1, which has been available since Tuesday.2.0, which has been available since Tuesday, the app may no longer open – it then hangs on the home screen, as readers report. The problem can also be observed on a Mac iPhone i editorial team. It is said to be "many users" as the developers confirmed, version 1 of the app.2.1 fix it.

Problems with background update

Corona warning app no longer opens on iphones: update should help

A new notice warns if the user has switched off the background update – then there is no automatic risk detection.

Macos: hp apps lose security certification

Owners of Hewlett-Packard printers are currently experiencing problems if they use the device on a Mac: The official applications of the manufacturer fail in series, because the operating system seems to consider them as malware.

These include the widely used HP Utility (HP printing tool), which can be used to adjust printer settings, and HP frameworks for monitoring the printer, which run in the background. macOS shows at the start of the programs (respectively at the restart) that the applications are "damage the computer" could. This may also make printing impossible.

Certificate was apparently withdrawn

The reason for the error message is apparently the fact that there is a problem with the security certificate of the HP applications. macOS is apparently told that this has been withdrawn. Not all versions of the operating system are affected, however, since they use different databases; High Sierra (10.13) and macOS versions below it work normally.