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Yesterday, a video hit YouTube that could have been alarming to any Apple users anyone running an iPhone 7 or 7+, or even some iPhone 6 models. With a $500 device in hand, simple iPhone passcodes could be defeated quickly and easily, with the help of a brute force password-hacking tool. Many passcodes are just 4 digits long, so it doesn't even take that long to find a match. This kind of device is the same used by law enforcement, and ultimately, its use should be limited. However, from the looks of the video below, it does appear to be available online and it's pretty simple to use. Generally... Read more...
It seems like more now than ever, the chance that you'll run into a situation where law enforcement wants to see what's on your phone isn't outside the realm of possibility. The problem in many jurisdictions is that law enforcement is allowed to force you to unlock your phone, something easily taken care of with a finger print.  Well, while law enforcement may be able to get you to unlock your smartphone with your finger, problems will likely arise if you have a password-locked phone. Since a password is personal information that doesn't have to be handed over on a whim, law enforcement wouldn't... Read more...
There have been rumors of a fully-fledged Apple TV for years. No, we're not talking about the relatively small streaming box that competes with Roku and Amazon Fire TV, but a full-size television set that would be a central hub for media consumption. Up until now, the Apple-branded TV has just been a rumored product, and we haven’t seen any real physical evidence of its existence. That all changed this morning when alleged pictures of a prototype Apple OLED TV surfaced. The pictures were originally discovered in a Weibo post, before gadget leaker Benjamin Geskin made them widely available... Read more...
The lead-up to the launch of the iPhone 8 has been especially fruitful this year. In fact, we would say that the design and feature leaks of upcoming products has been unprecedented thanks in part to Apple’s own HomePod firmware leak. Today, we’re getting further confirmation about the arrival of an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE. Venerable Apple insider Mark Gurman first revealed the existence of the LTE Apple Watch earlier this month. The very next day, references to the next generation Apple Watch with LTE were found in the leaked HomePod firmware. Today, CNBC has corroborated those reports,... Read more...
How much secret information can you siphon out of one accidental firmware leak? Apparently, a lot according to prominent iOS developers that have been hammering away at the HomePod firmware that was mistakenly posted to Apple’s servers. The unreleased iPhone 8 has been the most frequent target of developers’ attention, and two fresh leaks have sprung. For starters, it is believed that Apple has completely give up on its Touch ID fingerprint authentication with the iPhone 8. That means that Apple will have to rely on the infrared cameras to scan your face to unlock the device, and manage passwords... Read more...
It has often been rumored that the iPhone 8 will ship with a front-facing 3D sensor to replace the Touch ID button, which would bring facial recognition to Apple's next flagship handset. However, that is not the only thing the 3D sensor could be used for. While digging around some source code, a Twitter user found lines of text suggesting that the iPhone 8 will silence notifications when peering at the OLED display. Silencing notifications would be a subtle feature upgrade, but also one that makes a lot of sense if and when the technology is available. It is an example of the kinds of doors having... Read more...
Apple is now under investigation by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) after Qualcomm was able to convince the commission that the company should be investigated. This is the first official step by the USITC into the legal war between Apple and Qualcomm. The USITC will investigate Qualcomm's allegations that Apple has been illegally using cellular technology in some iPhone models by including modems that were made by Intel. Qualcomm is wanting to see all iPhone devices that operate on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks hit with limited exclusion and a cease and desist orders. The initial... Read more...
Apple is going to have to pull out something major from its sleeve in order to surprise anyone with its forthcoming iPhone 8. Leak after online leak has revealed almost everything there is to know about the iPhone 8, except for what it might look like when surrounding by a protective case. Oh wait, that has now been leaked too, and from a highly reliable source (Evan Blass, otherwise known by his Twitter handle @evleaks), no less! Make no mistake, Apple is a master at controlled leaks, as it drums up hype and excitement. It gets people talking about a handset long before its launch, including chatter... Read more...
  Apple “accidentally” posted HomePod test firmware last month that has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving to the Apple community. Developers have picked apart the firmware, which was supposed to be distributed only among Apple employees for internal use, to uncover secrets surrounding the HomePod AI smart speaker, iPhone 8 and even the Apple Watch Series 3. This weekend, the HomePod firmware leak has shed light on yet another product in Cupertino’s pipeline: the next generation Apple TV. According to lines of code discovered by iOS developer Guilherme Rambo, the next generation Apple... Read more...
The third generation Apple Watch will be even less reliant on having an iPhone device nearby. After adding GPS functionality to the second generation wearable, it's said the Apple Watch Series 3 will feature an integrated LTE modem so that it can connect directly to high speed cellular networks without going through the iPhone.This would be a big feature upgrade for the Apple Watch. The first generation smartwatch from Apple lacked independent GPS functionality, which meant maintaining a connection to an iPhone in order to track distance when jogging, swimming, or riding a bike. Apple addressed... Read more...
Remember when mobile phones were used primarily for making actual voice calls while on the go? Pshaw! These days we use our handsets for all kinds of things, and for some, they are used most often for snapping pictures and recording videos. Smartphone makers have responded by using higher quality camera sensors, and with the iPhone 8 that is just around the bend, there is evidence to suggest that both the front and rear cameras will be able to record 4K resolution video at 60 frames per second. Image Source: Forbes via Gordon Kelly and Nodus Apple has not said a peep about the iPhone 8's camera... Read more...
  Apple’s uncharacteristic HomePod firmware leak continues to bear fruit pertaining to the upcoming iPhone 8 release. We’ve already learned quite a lot about Apple’s next-generation flagship including the shape of the device (at least from the front) and its front-facing infrared cameras that are used for facial recognition, but now we’re learning a little bit more about the cameras that will be employed on the back of the smartphone. Developer Guilherme Rambo has uncovered references to a feature called “Smart Camera” lurking within the HomePod’s firmware. This feature is expected to use... Read more...
Investors are pouncing on shares of Apple like a meaty bone thrown into a pack of hungry wolves after the Cupertino outfit posted earnings that came in higher than analysts had estimated. Apple shares climbed more than 6 percent in after hours trading and are currently trading at nearly $159, resulting in a market capitalization of more than $828 billion. It was a good quarter for Apple, to say the least. The company posted revenue of $45.4 billion with quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.67, compared to revenue of $42.4 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.42 in the same quarter... Read more...
  In what is likely the biggest internal Apple leak prior to release since the iPhone 4, developers are still uncovering details on the iPhone 8 thanks to a premature firmware release. In this case, Apple accidentally posted the firmware of the unreleased HomePod AI smart speaker to its developer site, after which it was quickly dissected. The newest details uncovered regarding the iPhone 8 include references in iOS to a split status bar. Previous iPhones have a traditional status bur that runs the length of the top edge of the screen where you’ll find information like the current wireless... Read more...
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