Amazon EC2 推出 Mac Instance

AWSMac miniAmazon EC2 上推出了 Mac Instance:

Powered by Mac mini hardware and the AWS Nitro System, you can use Amazon EC2 Mac instances to build, test, package, and sign Xcode applications for the Apple platform including macOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, and Safari.

這批 Mac mini 是 Intel i7 的機器:

The instances feature an 8th generation, 6-core Intel Core i7 (Coffee Lake) processor running at 3.2 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 4.6 GHz. There’s 32 GiB of memory and access to other AWS services including Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), AWS Systems Manager, and so forth.

要注意的是最低租用時間是 24 小時:

Dedicated Hosts – The instances are launched as EC2 Dedicated Hosts with a minimum tenancy of 24 hours. This is largely transparent to you, but it does mean that the instances cannot be used as part of an Auto Scaling Group.

然後 Apple M1 也在規劃中:

Apple M1 Chip – EC2 Mac instances with the Apple M1 chip are already in the works, and planned for 2021.


You can start using Mac instances in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions today, and check out this video for more information!

以前是自己用地端的 Mac mini 去接雲端的服務 (有點 worker 的感覺),現在這樣看起來又多了一些東西可以玩...?

Apple M1 的效能與省電原因

Hacker News Daily 上看到 Apple M1 為什麼這麼快又省電的解釋,可以當作一種看法:

可以在 Thread reader 上面讀:「Thread by @ErrataRob on Thread Reader App – Thread Reader App」。

看起來 Apple 在規劃的時候就有考慮 x86 模擬問題,所以在記憶體架構上直接實做了對應的模式,大幅降低了當年 MicrosoftSurface 上遇到的問題:

3/ The biggest hurdle was "memory-ordering", the order in which two CPUs see modifications in memory by each other. It's the biggest problem affecting Microsoft's emulation of x86 on their Arm-based "Surface" laptops.

4/ So Apple simply cheated. They added Intel's memory-ordering to their CPU. When running translated x86 code, they switch the mode of the CPU to conform to Intel's memory ordering.

另外一個比較有趣的架構是,Apple M1 上面的兩個 core 有不同的架構,一顆對效能最佳化,另外一顆對效率最佳化:

13/ Apple's strategy is to use two processors: one designed to run fast above 3 GHz, and the other to run slow below 2 GHz. Apple calls this their "performance" and "efficiency" processors. Each optimized to be their best at their goal.

在 wikipedia 上的介紹也有提到這兩個 core 的不同,像是 L1 cache 的差異 (128KB 與 192KB),以及功耗的差異:

The M1 has four high-performance "Firestorm" and four energy-efficient "Icestorm" cores, providing a configuration similar to ARM big.LITTLE and Intel's Lakefield processors. This combination allows power-use optimizations not possible with Apple–Intel architecture devices. Apple claims the energy-efficient cores use one tenth the power of the high-performance ones. The high-performance cores have 192 KB of instruction cache and 128 KB of data cache and share a 12 MB L2 cache; the energy-efficient cores have a 128 KB instruction cache, 64 KB data cache, and a shared 4 MB L2 cache. The Icestorm "E cluster" has a frequency of 0.6–2.064 GHz and a maximum power consumption of 1.3 W. The Firestorm "P cluster" has a frequency of 0.6–3.204 GHz and a maximum power consumption of 13.8 W.

再加上其他架構上的改善 (像是針對 JavaScript 的指令集、L1 的提昇,以及用 TSMC 最新製程),累積起來就變成把 Intel 版本壓在地上磨蹭的結果了...

小企業的蘋果稅將從 30% 降到 15%

Apple 宣佈了小企業的 App Store 抽成將從明年起降價:「Apple announces App Store Small Business Program」。


New program reduces App Store commission to 15 percent for small businesses earning up to $1 million per year

細節會在 12 月釋出,但蘋果先解釋了有哪些情況會符合 30% -> 15% 的條件,分成現有的帳戶與新的帳戶,基本上是以一百萬美金為標準:

While the comprehensive details will be released in early December, the essentials of the program’s participation criteria are easy and streamlined:

  • Existing developers who made up to $1 million in 2020 for all of their apps, as well as developers new to the App Store, can qualify for the program and the reduced commission.
  • If a participating developer surpasses the $1 million threshold, the standard commission rate will apply for the remainder of the year.
  • If a developer’s business falls below the $1 million threshold in a future calendar year, they can requalify for the 15 percent commission the year after.

不知道對蘋果的影響會有多少,但對於個人開發的 app 應該是可以拿到多一點,大企業的 app 主要都會超過而沒有什麼大影響。



上個禮拜丟出來很轟動的一篇「side project」,三個月不斷的打穿蘋果的企業網路:「We Hacked Apple for 3 Months: Here’s What We Found」,對應的 Hacker News 討論可以在「We Hacked Apple for 3 Months (」這邊看到。


This was originally meant to be a side project that we'd work on every once in a while, but with all of the extra free time with the pandemic we each ended up putting a few hundred hours into it.

這是五個人通力合作打了三個月出來的成果,依照他們的回報數字,共打出了 55 個「洞」,考慮到週休的情況,幾乎是天天打洞出來玩:

There were a total of 55 vulnerabilities discovered with 11 critical severity, 29 high severity, 13 medium severity, and 2 low severity reports. These severities were assessed by us for summarization purposes and are dependent on a mix of CVSS and our understanding of the business related impact.

文章裡沒有對每個安裝漏洞都描述,但有針對一些比較「有趣」的漏洞說明,雖然看了以後知道是怎麼一回事,但對這些手法沒這麼熟,你叫我打我還是不會打啊 XDDD 反而是當作表演藝術來看...

用 picture + source + img 替代本來的 JavaScript 替換

目前我在 blog 上使用 Imgur 的圖檔主要是用 WebP 格式,然後針對不支援 WebP 的瀏覽器 (主要就是蘋果家的 Safari) 是用 JavaScript 換回 JPEG 格式...

昨天早上看到「AVIF has landed」這篇,提醒我有 <picture> 這個原生支援的方式可以用,翻了一下 Can I Use 上面的支援程度,看起來除了 IE11 以外幾乎都支援了 (參考「Picture element」),而且 IE11 應該也會因為語法的關係走到正確的 JPEG fallback,大概是這樣:

    <source type="image/webp" srcset="" />
    <img src="" alt="" />


蘋果也搞了個 Applebot 掃資料

Hacker News Daily 上翻到的:「About Applebot」,另外 Hacker News 上的討論也蠻有趣的,可以看看:「Applebot (」。

目前的用途是用在 Siri 之類的 bot:

Applebot is the web crawler for Apple. Products like Siri and Spotlight Suggestions use Applebot.

裡面有提到辨識方式,IP 會使用,反解會是 *

Traffic coming from Applebot is identified by its user agent, and reverse DNS shows it in the * domain, originating from the net block.

另外 User-agent 也可以看出:

Mozilla/5.0 (Device; OS_version) AppleWebKit/WebKit_version (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/Safari_version Safari/WebKit_version (Applebot/Applebot_version)

後面有提到 search engine 的部份 (About search rankings),這點讓大家在猜蘋果是不是開始在弄 search engine 了,在 Hacker News 上的討論串裡面可以看到不少對於蘋果自己搞 search engine 的猜測。

然後也有些頗有趣的,像是爆料當初開發的過程遇到的問題 XD

jd20 3 days ago [–]

Some fun facts:
- Applebot was originally written in Go (and uncovered a user agent bug on redirects, revealing it's Go origins to the world, which Russ Cox fixed the next day).

- Up until the release of iOS 9, Applebot ran entirely on four Mac Pro's in an office. Those four Mac Pro's could crawl close to 1B web pages a day.

- In it's first week of existence, it nearly took Apple's internal DNS servers offline. It was then modified to do it's own DNS resolution and caching, fond memories...

Source: I worked on the original version.

TLS 憑證的最長時效將從 825 天降到 398 天

在「Reducing TLS Certificate Lifespans to 398 Days」這邊看到才想起來沒寫這篇,這邊發生了一些有趣的事情...

提案是降低 TLS 憑證的有效時效,這件事情一開始是在 CA/B Forum 討論,但經過投票後沒有通過:「Ballot SC22 - Reduce Certificate Lifetimes (v2)」。

從投票記錄可以看到所有的憑證使用方 (包括了許多瀏覽器的廠商) 都贊同,但有大約 2/3 的憑證發行方都反對:

7 votes total including abstentions:

  • 7 Yes votes: Apple, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Opera, 360
  • 0 No votes:
  • 0 Abstain:

33 votes total including abstentions

  • 11 Yes votes: Amazon, Buypass, Certigna (DHIMYOTIS), certSIGN, Sectigo (former Comodo CA), eMudhra, Kamu SM, Let’s Encrypt, Logius PKIoverheid, SHECA,
  • 20 No votes: Camerfirma, Certum (Asseco), CFCA, Chunghwa Telecom, Comsign, D-TRUST, DarkMatter, Entrust Datacard, Firmaprofesional, GDCA, GlobalSign, GoDaddy, Izenpe, Network Solutions, OATI, SECOM, SwissSign, TWCA, TrustCor, SecureTrust (former Trustwave)
  • 2 Abstain: HARICA, TurkTrust

然後幾個比較大的憑證使用方 (AppleGoogleMozilla) 在提案被否決後就決定放到自家的規則了:「Apple strong-arms entire CA industry into one-year certificate lifespans」。

從 2020/09/01 開始,如果發出來的憑證超過 398 天就當作是無效憑證,也就是 2020/08/31 是最後一天可以發有效期限為 825 天的憑證,會落在 2022/12/05 失效:

$ date --date='Sep 1 2020 GMT+0000 +825days'
Mon Dec  5 08:00:00 CST 2022

這三家搞下去,就等於是強制性讓這些 CA 到九月就不能賣兩年的憑證了 (雖然還沒看到 Microsoft),這些 CA 一定是在心裡幹爆... XD

把 SSH Key 放進 Secure Enclave 裡保護

看到 Secretive 這個專案,是利用蘋果的 Secure Enclave 機制,把 SSH private key 放進去在裡面進行運算,避免 private key 檔案被惡意程式讀取就洩漏出去了。

從 Secure Enclave 的介紹頁面可以看到這個需要有 T1 或是 T2 晶片才有 Secure Enclave 功能:

Mac computers that contain the T1 chip or the Apple T2 Security Chip

而從 Apple Silicon 這邊可以看到 Apple T1 chip 是 2016 年後的機種引入的:

The Apple T1 chip is an ARMv7 SoC (derived from the processor in S2 SiP) from Apple driving the System Management Controller (SMC) and Touch ID sensor of the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

然後對於沒有 Secure Enclave 的古董機,可以透過有支援 smart card 的硬體掛上去,像是 YubiKey

For Macs without Secure Enclaves, you can configure a Smart Card (such as a YubiKey) and use it for signing as well.

照著他講的建議去翻了「YubiKey Smart Card Deployment Guide」這邊的資料,看起來 YubiKey 在 4 系列之後就有產品支援 Smart Card 了,不過要注意純 U2F 的版本沒支援。

WebP 的檔案大小未必比 JPEG 小...

在「Is WebP really better than JPEG?」這邊發現在差不多的條件需求下,WebP 壓出來的檔案大小未必會比 JPEG 小。

先講結論:提供服務的人可以先確認自家的 JPEG 壓縮是不是有先用 MozJPEG (壓縮率更好),然後再考慮要不要支援 WebP。

Google 在推 WebP 這個格式的時候,宣稱失真壓縮的部份可以比 JPEG 小 25%~34%:(出自「A new image format for the Web」)

WebP lossless images are 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs. WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller than comparable JPEG images at equivalent SSIM quality index.

但作者發現 Google 之所以可以達到 25%~34% 這個數字,是因為比較的對象是 Independent JPEG Group 所釋出的 cjpeg,而如果拿 MozJPEG 相比的話應該得不到這個結果,另外也把 AV1 的 AVIF 拉進來一起測試了:

I think Google’s result of 25-34% smaller files is mostly caused by the fact that they compared their WebP encoder to the JPEG reference implementation, Independent JPEG Group’s cjpeg, not Mozilla’s improved MozJPEG encoder. I decided to run some tests to see how cjpeg, MozJPEG and WebP compare. I also tested the new AVIF format, based on the open AV1 video codec. AVIF support is already in Firefox behind a flag and should be coming soon to Chrome if this ticket is to be believed.

這邊作者測試用的圖集是 Kodak Lossless True Color Image Suite,測試的結果發現 WebP 的確比 libjpeg (cjpeg) 好一些,但沒有像 Google 講的那麼多 (這邊就不知道是不是現在的 libjpeg 又有改善),而 WebP 與 MozJPEG 相比的話就沒有明顯優勢了:

WebP seems to have about 10% better compression compared to libjpeg in most cases, except with 1500px images where the compression is about equal.

However, when compared to MozJPEG, WebP only performs better with small 500px images. With other image sizes the compression is equal or worse.

I think MozJPEG is the clear winner here with consistently about 10% better compression than libjpeg.

另外也提到了 AVIF 的壓縮率很好,不過要注意演算法會把非重點部位的細節吃掉:

I think AVIF is a really exciting development and compared to WebP it seems like a true next-generation codec with about 30% better compression ratio compared to libjpeg. Only concern I have is the excessive blurring of low detail areas. It remains to be seen if this can be improved when more advanced tooling becomes available.

對網頁的應用來說,WebP 另外一個痛點是在 Safari 上的支援度,在 的「WebP image format」這邊可以看到目前各瀏覽器都支援了,就剩下 Safari 還不支援,所以目前在 iOS 上得降回 JPEG:

不過這點之後也改變了,在 iOS 14 beta 裡的 Safari 可以看到支援 WebP 了:「Safari 14 Beta Release Notes」。

New Features
Added WebP image support.


Safari 將會禁止長效憑證 (超過 398 天,大約十三個月)

在「Apple drops a bomb on long-life HTTPS certificates: Safari to snub new security certs valid for more than 13 months」這邊看到的,這次是 Safari 直接發難要幹掉長效憑證。

今年九月前發的憑證是照既有的協議,最長長度是 825 天 (大約 27 個月),但九月開始發的憑證,如果有效長度超過 398 天就會直接被 Safari 視為無效,所以大約是砍半,其他家瀏覽器不知道會不會跟進...

最早的時候可以直接買五年 (有印像是因為當年的 是我自己買的),後來好像降到三年,最近是兩年,看起來要變成一年了...