Archive for July 5, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

FaceTime Attention Correction

Rachel England:

A video call is a great way to connect with friends and family when you can’t physically be together. But even if you’re staring directly at your loved one’s face, there’s still something a little off about the whole process. The way your phone’s screen display and camera lens sync up means you’re never quite able to look your conversational partner squarely in the eye. Until now, that is. Apple is allegedly working on a new feature that subtly adjusts your gaze during video calls, so it appears as if you’re looking into the camera when you’re actually looking at the screen.

Tim Hardwick:

The new “FaceTime Attention Correction” feature, first spotted by Mike Rundle on Twitter, can be turned on and off in the FaceTime section of the Settings app, although it only appears to work on iPhone XS and XS Max devices in the third iOS 13 beta sent out to developers on Tuesday.

Juli Clover:

FaceTime Attention Correction appears to use an ARKit depth map captured through the front-facing TrueDepth camera to adjust where your eyes are looking for a more personal and natural connection with the person that you’re talking to.

Twitter users have discovered the slight eye warping that Apple is using to enable the feature, which can be seen when an object like the arm of a pair of glasses is placed over the eyes.

“S” iPhones Get the Most Software Updates

Steve Moser:

I never noticed this before but you want the most number of major iOS updates go with an ’S’ iPhone. They get the same number or one more year of updates over the non-S iPhones.

I will be interested to see whether the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE are supported by iOS 14. Given how well they currently perform, it seems like they could be. Launching apps is one of the slowest things, and that’s greatly improved in iOS 13.

Requesting Entitlements

Felix Schwarz:

Has anybody heard back from Apple after requesting the #DriverKit entitlement? I requested mine 26 days ago and didn’t so far.

Timo Hetzel:

Requested CarPlay entitlement about 5 years ago 👴🏻

LateNite Films:

Same here for Final Cut Pro’s Workflow Extensions API - radio silence.

Robbie Trencheny:

Same here for Critical Alerts for @home_assistant until about 5 phone calls to dev support, two forums threads and finally only noticing that I got the entitlement without them notifying me by clicking around and doing network debugging in certificates area. Ugh.

I also wonder whether many (or any additional) apps have gotten the entitlement.


Update (2020-02-22): Steve Troughton-Smith:

Wow, adding CarPlay support is really easy these days. Still, no reply from Apple means no entitlement means it could never ship

Still frustrating that Apple doesn’t have the decency to reply to CarPlay entitlement requests to say you’ve been rejected, so you’re just sitting there for years wondering what to do

(Yet another massive target for the antitrust hammer, too; how can any app compete fairly with Apple’s own native experiences if they’re not allowed build a CarPlay UI and Apple can)

Giving Notes on Apple’s TV Shows

Tripp Mickle and Joe Flint:

Tim Cook sat down more than a year ago to watch Apple Inc.’s first scripted drama, “Vital Signs,” and was troubled by what he saw. The show, a dark, semi-biographical tale of hip hop artist Dr. Dre, featured characters doing lines of cocaine, an extended orgy in a mansion and drawn guns.

It’s too violent, Mr. Cook told Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, said people familiar with Apple’s entertainment plans. Apple can’t show this.

Alexandra Steigrad and Nicolas Vega:

But as the company’s streaming project gets ready for launch, agents and producers can’t stop griping about how “difficult” Apple is to deal with — citing a “lack of transparency,” “lack of clarity” and “intrusive” executives, including CEO Cook.

One of the biggest complaints involves the many “notes” from Apple executives seeking family-friendly shows, sources said.

“Tim Cook is giving notes and getting involved,” said a producer who has worked with Apple. One of the CEO’s most repeated notes is “don’t be so mean!,” the source said.


Apple executives in general have been “very involved,” this person said, adding that writers and directors prefer to work without corporate intrusions.

Stuart McGurk (via MacRumors):

“I saw the comments that myself and Tim were writing notes on the scripts and whatever,” says Cue. “There’s never been one note passed from us on scripts, that I can assure you. We leave the folks [alone] who know they’re doing.”

So Cook didn’t give that particular note?

“I can assure you that was 100 per cent false. He didn’t say, ‘Don’t be so mean.’ He didn’t say anything about a script.”


Update (2019-09-05): Chance Miller:

The Apple TV+ series was said to focus on two Vietnam veterans and best friends, and would have been Richard Gere’s highest-profile TV role:

Richard Gere was set to star as one of two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved 50 years ago is killed by a car. Their lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today’s self-absorbed millennials and the duo then go on a shooting spree.

Howard Gordon and Warren Leight collaborated on two scripts for “Bastards,” but Apple reportedly sent notes with concerns about the “show’s tone of vigilante justice.” According to the report, Gordon did not want to focus on the friendship between the two characters, but rather wanted to emphasize the “darker elements of the series.” Apple, however, wanted to ensure the “series was focused on the heart and emotion of the central friendship.”

Update (2020-02-06): John Gruber:

Say what you want about Apple’s original content thus far, but it does not lack for meanness.

YouTube Hacking Video Ban

Kody Kinzie (via Hacker News):

We made a video about launching fireworks over Wi-Fi for the 4th of July only to find out @YouTube gave us a strike because we teach about hacking, so we can’t upload it.

YouTube now bans: “Instructional hacking and phishing: Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems”


Just a clarification, we haven’t even uploaded the firework video. We can’t due to a strike on a video about the WPS-Pixie Wi-Fi vulnerability.

YouTube Help:

Don’t post content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions noted below.


Instructional hacking and phishing: Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems or steal user credentials and personal data.

Kate O’Flaherty:

But the infosec community says this policy is broken, because it’s seeing viable educational content also being removed. This content has been used by security professionals and businesses for many years to hone their skills and learn about new threats.


YouTube has now reinstated the video. It responded to Kinzie on Twitter, saying: “Our policy team reviewed the flagged video and determined that it was taken down by mistake. We have gone ahead and reinstated the video and resolved the strike on your channel. We hope you can upload the 4th of July fireworks video now!”

This doesn’t resolve the core issue, though, because the policy still bans this type of content.