Archive for November 2, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Little Snitch 5

Objective Development (also: MacRumors):

The main focus in the development of Little Snitch 5 was on the integration of the new network filter technologies introduced by Apple in macOS Big Sur. The underlying filter engine was re-built from ground up to replace the previous kernel extension based approach which is no longer supported by macOS.


System administrators now have the ability to configure a variety of program settings via a command line interface, making Little Snitch scriptable for the very first time.

This interface now also offers the possibility to report network connections in a log-based format for detailed and versatile traffic analysis.

I wouldn’t update to Big Sur without this. No more kernel extension means that it can now be installed via drag and drop. It’s $45 for new users, $25 for upgrades, or free if you purchased within the last year.


AirPods Pro Rattlegate Service Program

Juli Clover (also: Slashdot):

Apple today announced the launch of a new service program for AirPods Pro sound issues, which is designed to address AirPods Pro units experiencing static or crackling sounds or problems with Active Noise Cancellation.


Affected AirPods were manufactured before October 2020, and those who have AirPods experiencing issues can take them to Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider for service free of charge.

I still haven’t seen this problem with my AirPods Pro.

Peter Steinberger:

Oh look who’s finally acknowledging the widespread AirPods Pro issues. I’m at my 3rd pair.

John Gruber:

I have a bunch of friends who’ve had these issues with their AirPods Pro, and I don’t have that many friends. It’s pretty common.


Update (2023-02-16): My AirPods Pro did end up developing this problem, which made them unusable. I got some bad advice from Apple’s chat support, which delayed things for over a week, and then was initially denied because the repair program had just ended, but eventually Apple agreed to replace them.

Apple’s Q4 2020 Results

Jason Snell (transcript, also: MacRumors):

Apple announced its quarterly financial results today, with record Mac and Services revenue and a big drop in iPhone sales.

Despite the tough iPhone quarter, revenue was a record for the company’s fourth fiscal quarter, at $64.7B. iPhone revenue was $26.8B, down 20% year over year. Mac revenue was $9B, up 29%. iPad revenue was $6.8B, up 46%. Services revenue was $14.5B, up 16%. And Wearables revenue was $7.9B, up 20.8%.

John Gruber:

iPhone being down might largely be explained by the fact that none of this year’s new phones shipped in the quarter. Last year, the iPhones 11 and 11 Pro started shipping September 20.


Mac being up 29 percent is just fascinating.

Joe Rossignol:

Apple ended the year with annual Mac revenue of $28.6 billion, an all-time high.


In its annual Form 10-K report [PDF], filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today, Apple said increased Mac sales in fiscal 2020 compared to fiscal 2019 were primarily due to higher sales of the MacBook Pro.