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In December 2015, a man in San Bernadino, California and his wife participated in a terrorist attack that left 14 people dead. In the wake of that attack, the FBI opened an investigation into the couple and ties to other potential terrorists living within the US. An iPhone 5C was discovered that belonged to one of the terrorists, and the FBI wanted Apple to create a tool that would bypass the security on the iPhone in question and allow law enforcement into the device to look for leads and other evidence. Apple refused to help the FBI develop a backdoor into the device leading the Justice Department... Read more...
Tell us if you've heard this one before. Apple, which is obsessed with bringing as much of its hardware design in-house as possible, is looking to cut out supplier like Intel and Qualcomm with its own custom chips. We've seen it happen recently with Imagination Technologies, which was dropped by Apple in favor of its own tri-core GPU that is found in the A11 Bionic SoC powering the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Now, a new report is reigniting rumors that Apple could move away from the Intel processors that it has embraced since 2005 for its MacBook, Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro family of... Read more...
Around two years ago, researchers discovered serious firmware vulnerabilities in Mac laptops and desktops, and then developed a proof-of-concept worm to demonstrate how potentially damaging they could be. Since then, Apple has been pretty good about including EFI (extensible firmware interface) updates with its macOS security and software updates, though new evidence suggests it is not nearly enough. This time around, researchers at Duo Security took a detailed look at the firmware used in Mac systems, and found them to be lacking. This is the part of the system that makes a series of checks and... Read more...
Apple is under pressure from various sources to activate the FM radio in iPhone handsets, in the name of public safety. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is among those encouraging Apple to "step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first." In his open letter to Apple, Pai brought up a rash of recent natural disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The only problem with is request is that newer iPhone models do not have an FM chip. The reason for wanting smartphone makers to activate FM chips is so that people who find themselves in an emergency... Read more...
Apple fans are not going to like this, but despite all of the hype surrounding the company's custom A11 Bionic processor, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is faster than the iPhone 8 Plus in real-world usage, according to a series of app loading tests. The results run counter to what we have seen in previously leaked benchmarks, in which the A11 Bionic trounced the competition. In a leaked Geekbench test run, for example, the A11 Bionic-powered iPhone X posted a single-core score of 4,061 points and a multi-core score of 9,959 points, putting it well ahead of every Android phone we have tested to date,... Read more...
It used to be that Macs were thought to be nearly immune to malware, viruses, and serious security issues. That certainly isn't the case with modern Macs because as the user base has grown, the amount of malware and viruses targeting the platform has also grown. Back in June, we talked about malware-as-a-service attacks targeting Macs. This week Apple launched a new and free update to the macOS called High Sierra. Only a few days after the release of that software, Apple has acknowledged a security flaw in the update. Reports indicate that programs not approved by Apple might be... Read more...
Microsoft attempted to use its purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services division to give it a first-row seat in the global smartphone market, pitting it against the likes of the Apple iPhone and smartphones running Google's Android operating system. In addition, by developing both the operating system and hardware in-house, it would give complete control over the user experience, much like Apple and Google do with the iPhone and Pixel respectively. Hindsight is 20/20, and knowing what we know now, it's easy to see that acquisition was a mistake. In a new book that was published today – Hit... Read more...
As much as we have come to rely on our smartphones—checking mail on the go, surfing the web, posting to social media, looking up directions, and the list goes on—battery life can be viewed as paramount to the mobile experience. After all, a phone with a depleted battery is a useless one. Will the iPhone X have enough juice to get us through the day? That remains to be seen, though one thing that has come to light is that it will wield a 2,716 milliamp-house (mAh) battery. Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks on Twitter, discovered a filing by Apple with Chinese regulator TENAA. The document... Read more...
Apple may be at odds with Google when it comes to iOS versus Android, but it appears that the two can still find common ground on search. Google has been a long-time fixture in iOS and macOS as the default engine for Safari searches. However, Microsoft Bing has been the default provider for Siri queries, iOS Search and Spotlight on macOS. In a bid to provide a more consistent experience across all of its platforms and areas of search, Apple is kicking Bing to the curb, and has retained Google's services for nearly all areas of search (by default), with the sole exception being image searches via... Read more...
The Apple Watch Series 3 was released last week to mixed reviews. While some reveled in the ability to make phone calls without needing to be tethered to an iPhone, nagging connectivity issues lead many reviewers to shun the hot new wearable. However, now that the device is out into the hands of millions of customers, you knew what was coming next: the teardown, of course. The folks at iFixit broke out their heating pad and knife to slice into the Series 3, much like it did with the previous generation Series 2. Inside, they found that the layout of the device's internals hasn’t changed much, although... Read more...
If you own and iPhone or iPad device and have not yet upgraded to iOS 11, you may want to hold off for the time being. A new study by researchers at Wandera, an enterprise mobile security and data management outfit, indicates that battery drain on mobile devices running the latest version of iOS is significantly higher compared to iOS 10 and earlier versions of Apple's mobile operating system. The report show that on average an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 runs out of battery life in just 96 minutes, whereas the same devices running iOS take 240 minutes to drain the battery from 100 percent to... Read more...
The ongoing debate between Apple and Samsung might never be settled—some people prefer iPhone handsets and iOS, others are big time fans of Galaxy devices and Android. Each side has their pros and cons, though if you purchased a Galaxy Note 8 and are looking for bragging rights over the iPhone 8, you can point to durability. After putting both hands through a series of drop tests, the folks at PhoneBuff found Samsung's handset to be the tougher of the two...barely. What makes this face off interesting is that both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 are using an all-glass back design. Samsung has actually... Read more...
Back in the good old days, it used to be rather trivial to replace components on many smartphones. If your battery was dead, you just popped off the back panel and installed a fresh one. Cracked display? Loosen a few screws, lift up the display panel, remove a few flex cables and you're good to go (i.e., iPhone 4/4s). However, as smartphones have become more complex (and laden with glue and more intricate components), those easy repairs have become more difficult to complete on your own. With that in mind, Apple is telling users that they are better off not trying to fix new smartphones like the... Read more...
It looks as though the higher costs of today’s flagship smartphones are being complemented by repair/replacement costs that are also soaring through the roof. In Apple land, the AppleCare+ extended warranty program received a price hike to coincide with the launch of the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. AppleCare+ costs $129 for the iPhone 8 and $149 for the iPhone 8 Plus. If you purchase an iPhone X next month, AppleCare+ will cost a staggering $199. But what is really baffling some Apple fans is how much glass replacements will cost under AppleCare+. Apple will replace the front glass... Read more...
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