News roundup Jun 6

The latest Apple Mac news from the last week.

Mac Pro Security Lock adapter

If you are lucky enough to own a Mac Pro, you don’t want someone to be able to walk off with it, so some sort of security device is essential. The Mac Pro Security  Lock Adapter is Apple’s answer and it secures the housing to the enclosure, preventing access to the internal components. It also enables the Mac Pro to be physically attached to something, such as a desk, with a compatible lock – it is compatible with most standard Kensington lock products. Get it from the Apple online store or visit a local store.

Bypass Apple Activation Lock for $150

Apple’s anti theft feature, iCloud Activation Lock, can be bypassed for a fee by ChronicUnlocks. The iPhone feature is quite straightforward and when you first use a new (or second-hand) device you are required to sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password (your iTunes /App Store login).

Your Apple ID and password is require to turn off Find My iPhone, sign out of iCloud or erase the device, such as when you trade it in or sell it. You can do this on the iPhone or the iCloud website, so you would need to have lost your Apple ID and password in order to use this service. This isn’t likely, but if you are the forgetful type you can write it down and store it somewhere safe, then you’ll save having to spend $150 on ChronicUnlocks service.

It sounds dodgy, but mobile phone recycling companies get sent iPhones all the time that are still linked to iCloud and therefore cannot be resold until they are unlocked. For this reason there is a Frequent Buyer program.

It is difficult to imagine Apple being happy with this service, so whether it will still be around this time next year is anyone’s guess.

OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update

Apple updated OS X to version 10.9.4 Mavericks this week and if you haven’t already downloaded it, you should do so. Software updates can be downloaded by opening the Mac App Store, but you can also download it by going to http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1754.

According to Apple, this update Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks, improves the reliability of wake from sleep, includes Safari 7.0.5, and fixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup.

 

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