Apple’s head of software admits that macOS is susceptible to malware

Apple isn’t pleased with the amount of malware on macOS




Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software engineering, said in court that Apple is not pleased with the amount of malware on its operating system macOS. While this may look like a suicidal revelation, it’s a cleverly plotted move to show how a closed ecosystem is better than an open one.

Apple says that users can install a third-party application from the internet, which could pose a potential threat. While an iPhone is considered to be far safer because apps can be installed only via the App Store, which acts as an added layer of protection.

“Today, we have a level of malware on the Mac that we don’t find acceptable, and that is much worse than iOS,” Federighi testified in the Epic Games vs. Apple trial. He also said that malware is regularly exploited on macOS.

While iOS and iPadOS aren’t spotless when it comes to malware, security is irrefutably less of an issue than macOS. Federighi said that there are 130 types of Mac malware that have affected at least 300,000 systems since last May.

Epic Games wants to launch its own app store for iOS, but Apple doesn’t permit third-party services. The gaming company argues that Apple wants everyone to forcefully use App Store and pay a commission for every sale. This revenue-sharing model is often called “Apple Tax” informally, and even Google levies it with the Play Store. But unlike Android, an iOS user doesn’t have the freedom to install any app independently.

The Cupertino-based giant wants to show that it takes privacy and cyber safety most seriously. If it opens up the iOS ecosystem, the threat via malware will automatically rise. Federighi also points out that iPhone devices are much more popular than Macs and therefore the company has a duty to protect users.

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Free Steam code awaits MSI RTX 40 series purchases

Review and get free codes too



MSI recently unveiled its latest set of laptops that are up the date with the latest 13th Gen Intel Core HX processors and RTX 40 series graphics.

These include the following models:

  • Stealth 16
  • Katana 15
  • Cyborg 15
  • Raider GE78 HX
  • Titan GT77 HX

Such Intel Core HX processors with 24 cores deliver up to 5.6GHz of processing speed, a big jump which shall be felt by users when it comes to gaming performance, creative applications, and programs requiring the heavy workload.

In the graphics department, the NVIDIA RTX 40 series cards are more efficient and feature Ada Lovelace architecture to take gaming to the next level.

Early bird, review bonuses

To spice things up, MSI is offering US$ 50 Steam wallet codes for customers who will pre-order any of the participating 2023 MSI RTX 40 series models until April 30.

Likewise, customers who post a review of any of the eligible models will also receive a free US$ 50 Steam wallet code as part of the Shout Out for MSI program.

Redemption will be until May 14. To check the full mechanics, click here.

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New iMac with M3 chip coming later this year

Already in late stages of development



After the launch of the M2 series, Apple proved that the success of Apple Silicon’s M series was not a one-off deal. Now, fans of the brand are anticipating what’s coming next from Apple’s in-house chip production. They might not have to wait long, though. According to a new report, Apple is readying the launch of a new 24-inch iMac with the unannounced M3 chip later this year.

It’s been some time since the launch of the last iMac. Back in 2021, Apple unveiled the all-in-one device with the then-new M1 chipset. Naturally, the focus was on the processor. The component’s reveal teased the future for Apple’s macOS lineup. With the M2 chip in full swing, it’s not hard to think that the currently available iMac is a tad bit outdated already.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, it won’t be long before a new one comes out. The new report shares that the upcoming iMac is already in “an advanced stage of development,” potentially paving the way for a release later this year.

Much like 2021, the device will come with a 24-inch display. It will also come in the same set of vibrant color options: Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

But, of course, the focus is on the M3 chipset. It’s still unknown how the chipset will stack up against the current slate of M2 chips. If the history of the M series is any indication, the M3 chip shouldn’t disappoint.

SEE ALSO: 2021 iMac M1 Review: Your Best Work From Home Setup

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Apple M2 Mac mini Review

More Affordable, More Powerful



Apple silently revealed the 2023 M2 Mac mini to the world.

Back in 2005, the Mac mini G4 was the cheapest Mac you can buy for US$ 499.

Almost 18 years after, the Mac mini still is the cheapest Mac at just US$ 599.

That’s still a lot of savings versus buying a US$ 1299 iMac.

The biggest difference? The newest Mac mini runs two of the most powerful chips right now — the M2 and M2 Pro.

But is it actually the right Mac for you?

Watch our Apple M2 Mac mini review now!

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