Kbase Article of the Week: Power Mac G4 Mac OS ROM 1.8.1: Document and Software →

Apple Support:

During testing, Apple has discovered a potential issue which may cause data corruption or system crashes in certain situations on Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics) systems. The Power Mac G4 ROM 1.8.1 Update includes fixes for the following:

  • Data or file corruption with Virtual Memory on
  • Photoshop crash when Extensis Photo Tools is installed

Apple recommends that all customers with Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics) systems install this new Mac OS ROM to prevent the data corruption problem and ensure the greatest stability in your system. Since this issue has already been addressed in Mac OS 9, as well as Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) systems, this update will not install on this version of the Mac OS, or on these Power Mac systems.

Pretty wild to think Apple pushed a ROM update to a machine to fix an issue with Photoshop. 1999 was a different time.

Kbase Article of the Week: If You See a Liquid-Detection Alert on Your iPhone →

Apple Support:

When you connect a Lightning or USB-C cable or an accessory to your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or later, your iPhone can warn you if there’s liquid in the connector.

If you see one of these alerts, your iPhone has detected liquid in the Lightning or USB-C connector or on the cable or accessory. To protect your iPhone and the accessory, charging and accessory connection are unavailable until the connector, cable ends, and the accessory are dry.

It goes on:

Here are a few things not to do:

  • Don’t dry your iPhone using an external heat source or compressed air.
  • Don’t insert a foreign object, such as a cotton swab or a paper towel, into the connector.
  • Don’t put your iPhone in a bag of rice. Doing so could allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone.

via Macworld via 9to5Mac

Kbase Dump the Quarter: Apple Vision Pro Support Documents →

Joe Rossignol:

Apple on Friday shared a wealth of information about its new Vision Pro headset, including a detailed user guide and dozens of support documents.

Joe’s article is full of links to support documents about the new platform. The use of “beta” in the headline for this one jumped out at me:

Get tips for setting up your Persona — a dynamic, natural representation of your face and hand movements that allows others to see you while you’re using Apple Vision Pro for FaceTime and other videoconferencing apps. This process also sets up EyeSight, which reveals your eyes on the front of your Apple Vision Pro.

Mine is really … something:

Kbase Article of the Week: About Stolen Device Protection for iPhone →

With iOS 17.3, Apple has (optionally) made it more difficult for someone with your iPhone and PIN to lock you out of your Apple ID:

Stolen Device Protection adds a layer of security when your iPhone is away from familiar locations, such as home or work, and helps protect your accounts and personal information in case your iPhone is ever stolen.

This extra security comes in two forms:

  • Face ID or Touch ID biometric authentication: Some actions such as accessing stored passwords and credit cards require a single biometric authentication with Face ID or Touch ID — with no passcode alternative or fallback — so that only you can access these features.
  • Security Delay: Some security actions such as changing your Apple ID password also require you to wait an hour and then perform a second Face ID or Touch ID authentication.

This comes almost a year after Joanna Stern and Nicole Nguyen reported on the issue, which was eye-opening to many of us. I instantly turned this on, and you should too.

Bonus Kbase Article of the Week: Using Apple Vision Pro with Certain Medical Conditions →

Apple Support:

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, consult with a medical provider before using Apple Vision Pro. Using this device with certain medical conditions might aggravate symptoms or increase the risk of injury or discomfort.

If you are at risk for falls or seizures, or have a serious medical condition such as a heart condition, consult with a medical provider before using Apple Vision Pro.

Kbase Article of the Week: MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 (Snow Leopard) →

Apple Support:

This update addresses an issue where MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video.

For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4088.

Here is a bit more from TS4088, via the Wayback Machine:

Apple has determined that a small number of MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video on the built-in display or on an external display connected to the MacBook Pro. In this situation, you may also see a restart warning message before the video is lost or the display turns black or gray. Affected computers were manufactured between April 2010 and February 2011.

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M was at the heart of this issue, and is one reason Apple and NVIDIA still don’t work together.

Kbase Article of the Week: FireWire 2.5 and 2.4: Document and Software →

And to think some people believe USB-C is confusing:

FireWire 2.5 is a component of the Mac OS. The FireWire 2.5 software includes three system extensions:

  • FireWire Support: This extension adds services to the Mac OS to support the use of FireWire hardware and software.
  • FireWire Enabler: This extension adds hardware-specific support for certain FireWire interfaces.
  • FireWire CardBus Enabler: This extension adds hardware-specific support for the Newer FireWire 2 Go CardBus interface, for use with PowerBook computers.

FireWire 2.5 fixes two issues that may be experienced by customers who are presently using FireWire 2.4 or an earlier version:

  • FireWire 2.5 supports more devices on a single FireWire bus. FireWire 2.4 and earlier versions often could not handle more than about ten FireWire devices.
  • FireWire 2.5 fixes an issue that could cause FireWire devices to work incorrectly when the computer is shut down.

If you want to use FireWire digital video devices with your computer, you need the latest version of QuickTime, which contains the necessary drivers.

Kbase Article of the Week: If an Error Occurred While Updating your Apple Studio Display →

Sometimes I forget there’s a whole dang computer in the Studio Display, then I come across a link like this one:

If a warning symbol appears on your Studio Display, your display is in recovery mode and needs to be updated.

If an error occurs while updating your Studio Display, a warning symbol and support.apple.com/display/restore appear on your screen. Use the built-in display on your Mac or another display connected to your Mac to update your Studio Display.

Kbase Article of the Week: Mac OS X: About File System Journaling →

Apple Support:

Journaling is a feature that helps protect the file system against power outages or hardware component failures, reducing the need for directory repairs. This document explains some of the benefits of using this feature and how it works.

Journaling for the Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) file system enhances computer availability and fault resilience, which is especially noteworthy for servers. Journaling protects the integrity of the file system on Xserve and other computers using Mac OS X Server in the event of an unplanned shutdown or power failure. It also helps to maximize the uptime of servers and connected storage devices by expediting repairs to the affected volumes when the system restarts.

When you enable journaling on a disk, a continuous record of changes to files on the disk is maintained in the journal. If your computer stops because of a power failure or some other issue, the journal is used to restore the disk to a known-good state when the server restarts.

Although you may experience loss of user data that was buffered at the time of the failure, the file system is returned to a consistent state. In addition, restarting the computer is much faster. Always remember to back up your data as frequently as necessary.