Everyone knows Apple. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, Apple are an American multinational technology company which designs, manufactures and markets smartphones, computers, tablets, watches and accessories. The Macintosh Operating System, also known as macOS, is an operating system developed by Apple. This operating system was the first to use GUI (Graphical User Interface). While Apple is still one of the most popular tech companies, Apple products do still come with some limitations.
Limitations of macOS
- Cost: Apple technology is known for its quality, and as such comes with an expensive price tag. The minimum cost for a Mac PC is over $1300, whereas a Windows PC is $1000. “The company always chooses quality over price”, advises Apple CEO Tim Cook.
- Hardware customization: When considering purchasing a Mac, you must keep in mind that unlike Windows you cannot change hardware parts such as the processor, graphics card, internal computer parts, etc. The only choice is to buy a new mac.
- MacOS file system: Windows doesn’t have the ability to read Mac file systems. To access a Mac file on a Windows PC, you first need to install 3rd party software. Also, there are compatibility issues with footnotes when transferring the files from Mac to Windows.
- Software and game use: There are a few software tools that are available on Windows and not on the Mac, such as Adobe Premiere Pro. Some game developers prefer using the Windows PC rather than the Mac. Mac users have also noticed low graphics on games that require high graphics.
Recent Apple Vulnerability
A recent report from Apple gave details about a newly detected vulnerability within its newest update iOS 15, which could have exposed users private Apple ID information and in-app search history to malicious third-party apps, allowing them to have access in overriding user privacy preference. Although Apple has not divulged much information about this vulnerability, we are aware that no indication was shown of it being actively used.
Apple has responded to the situation by:
- Updating its security content pages for numerous iOS, tvOS and macOS Big Sur security updates with each newly disclosed security vulnerability;
- Strongly encouraging users with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, and iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 to update to the latest versions; and
- Apple has reported that it is willing to give users a choice as to whether they wish to update to the newest version, or continue to receive iOS 14 security update.
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Author: Mahdi Kobeissi, Cybersecurity Consultant