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Here we go again. In 2016, authorities tried to legally compel Apple to unlock an iPhone model that belonged to one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino shooting that left more than a dozen people dead. Apple resisted, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation dropped its lawsuit before the legal matter had a chance to fully play out in court. That may still happen, as authorities in Texas have searched Apple with a search warrant for various data contained on an iPhone belonging to Devin Patrick Kelley, the person behind the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs. Kelley slaughtered 26 people in... Read more...
Apple's latest top-end iPhone may cost a cool $1,000 USD, but that hasn't stopped it from flying off of the shelves and into the hands of those who couldn't imagine not having the best possible iPhone available. Whether you like its design, its speed, or leading-edge technologies (like face recognition), the iPhone X has myriad features that comprise what is an otherwise very alluring smartphone, despite its cost. It seems that not everything is heavenly about Apple's new iPhone X, however.  There are usually a few caveats with every new device that in fact may not affect you personally, and... Read more...
Future iPhone models could go whole-hog with Intel's 5G modem, rather than splitting orders between Intel for GSM models (AT&T and T-Mobile) and Qualcomm's for CDMA phones (Sprint and Verizon). as is present the case. Citing an unnamed source, Fast Company says Apple's iPhone engineers have been working with Intel's team on hardware that uses the next generation wireless broadband technology. Likewise, Apple's communication with Qualcomm, the top supplier of modem chipsets, has been comparatively limited. That likely has to do with the ongoing legal battle between the two companies that started... Read more...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been unable to access data on a locked smartphone that belonged to Devin Patrick Kelly, the individual who opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 people dead and several others injured. In a subsequent press release, the FBI identified the handset as an iPhone and said it had not been able to access the data on it. Unfortunately, it might be too late to do anything about it. "They're in the process of looking at the phone," Christopher Combs, the special agent leading the investigation, told reporters earlier this week. "Unfortunately,... Read more...
The legal spat between Apple and Qualcomm has just taken an interesting turn, and this time around, Intel has been drawn into the mix. Qualcomm has just sued Apple (again) and it alleges that the company violated a chip software license agreement by sharing that code with Intel. If you recall, Apple began using Intel as a secondary supplier for iPhone LTE modems when the iPhone 7 launched in 2017. The modems are features in GSM iPhone models that are available for AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Given that Intel is a rival to Qualcomm with regards to winning lucrative contract dollars from Apple,... Read more...
Amazon has become a sort of one-stop-shop when it comes to buying just about anything you can imagine from clothing to furniture to electronics to food to car parts. The company is really looking to enhance the shopping experience by allowing customers to see how certain products will look in their home before they purchase them. To achieve this, Amazon has launched a new feature for its iOS app that is called AR View. AR View works in a myriad of product categories including furniture, electronics, toys, games, home décor, and others. This new AR View feature is much better than the AR Stickers... Read more...
Apple's decision to launch three different iPhone models has been met with a bit of intrigue since the plan originally came to light. Many figured that iPhone 8 sales might be sluggish as people held off for the fancier iPhone X. In China this has proven particularly true, as two major online retailers in China are already offering big discounts on the device to try and move iPhone 8 stock. Chinese e-tailer Suning.com is offering the iPhone 8 with discounts as large as 1,100 yuan, which works out to about $165.50 off the device. That discount makes it cheaper than pricing offered on the... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are locked in an extended legal battle right now that has seen the latter party attempt to block production and sales of the iPhone in China. Rumors had swirled that in response, Apple was looking to shed Qualcomm hardware from its phones. People claiming to be familiar with Apple’s plans are now saying that Cupertino is working on iPhones and iPads for next year that would be free of any Qualcomm hardware. The reports indicate that Apple is considering using LTE modems that are sourced from Intel and/or possibly MediaTek. The sources making these claims say that the reason... Read more...
For many people, the most important aspect of a smartphone is the camera performance. That is why phone makers put so much focus on the camera, with each new generation handset upping the ante with better photo-taking capabilities. But what if these cameras were used to spy on you? According to a software developer, the permissions granted to iPhone apps gives them the ability to take pictures and record video without the user's knowledge. Felix Krause, a developer who obtained a Software Engineering degree from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK and currently works at Google, wrote... Read more...
Apple is often accused of "adopting" features that have been found on Android devices for years, and making a big deal out of them when finally integrated into its own devices. Qualcomm was nice enough to give us a pretty nice rundown of tech that was first pioneered on Android devices ahead of the official unveil of the iPhone X. Now, a feature that has been included with the Samsung Galaxy Note series since its introduction in 2011 could be making its way to future iPhones: stylus support. A new report from The Investor says that Apple is working on a way to integrate Apple Pencil support that... Read more...
The gloves are coming off in the legit brawl between two major players in the smartphone industry: Qualcomm and Apple. While we've detailed the legal bickering between the two tech giants on this site on numerous occasions, Qualcomm's latest move is aimed at crippling Apple's base of manufacturing in China. The majority of Apple's iPhones are manufactured in China, and Qualcomm has filed lawsuits in that country that seek to have production halted and ban all sales. Qualcomm alleges that Apple is infringing upon three non-standard patents, which include the technology that enables Force Touch on... Read more...
A new iPhone rumor is making the rounds about what the device could look like in the future. This comes before the highly anticipated iPhone X even lands for consumers early next month. The new rumor claims that Apple has teamed up with LG Display to bring a foldable iPhone to market with production tipped to start in 2019. The source of the information claims a 2020 launch date for the device. The rumor claims that LG Display started a task force within the company to develop a foldable OLED screen for the new iPhone. LG Innotek, the arm of LG that makes components for devices, is said to be working... Read more...
Reports have been making the rounds over the last week (and for the past few years) that Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones when new iPhones are launched to push people to upgrade to the newer devices. The original claim that circulated was based on rather vague data relating to Google searches for "iPhone slow" spiking with the release of each new and updated iPhone model and the accompanying update to iOS.  Futuremark has now stepped in to debunk this claim and thankfully it doesn't have to rely on Google searches; it has actual real-world performance data for iPhones to base its... Read more...
Security researcher Will Strafach has discovered that Uber had been granted access to an undocumented, private app permission allowing its app to access the screen-recording feature on iPhones. To be able to access this screen capturing feature, Uber had to be granted special permission by Apple. That screen recording feature is said to be off limits to most app developers and is something known as an "entitlement". The screen recording feature in question is taken advantage of by screen recording apps on jailbroken iPhones, allowing apps like iRec to capture screens without needing permission... Read more...
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