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Apple has been at odds with law enforcement over its ever-increasing security measures that have at times thwarted efforts to gain access to iPhones during an investigation. Earlier this month reports surfaced indicating that law enforcement had been able to get a user to unlock his iPhone using Face ID. Law enforcement now faces a new challenge; a company called Elcomsoft is warning law enforcement to not look at an iPhone with Face ID. The reasoning behind not looking at the iPhone is that security measures on the device can make it harder to unlock the phone if it sees the wrong face too many... Read more...
When Apple launched the iPhone X, it went through extremes to make the display are of the smartphone as large as possible while minimizing the bezels. This meant the introduction of the notch at the top of the screen and the deletion of the home button where the fingerprint scanner was previously placed. Rather than put the fingerprint scanner on the back of the iPhone, Apple went to Face ID where your face serves as your password. The first reported instance of law enforcement having an iPhone X owner unlock their device with their face has now occurred. Forbes reports that when the FBI searched... Read more...
Apple has begun pushing out its iOS 12.1 update in beta form, and in doing so the Cupertino company may have revealed some new details about upcoming features and products that have not yet been announced. Taking things a step further, the iOS 12.1 beta appears to confirm a new iPad Pro model coming out before the end of the year. Source: @OnLeaks via MySmartPrice We have already seen leaks pertaining to a new iPad Pro. Earlier this month, prominent leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (@onleaks) posted a link on Twitter to several "official looking" renders of an upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro. He couldn't... Read more...
We're roughly a month away from when Apple is rumored to be launching its 2018 family of iPhone devices. According to various sources over the past few months, there will be three standard models available at launch: a 6.1-inch LCD variant along with 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED models. Earlier this week, references were found in iOS 12 beta code suggesting that a dual-SIM version of the new iPhones will be made available. Now, according to the Economic Daily News, it's being reported that the dual-SIM capabilities will be limited to the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone -- the cheapest of the three.... Read more...
We're getting our first look at Apple's next-generation iPad Pro, and surprisingly, it's not coming from a supply chain leak. Instead, it's Apple that has leaked the details courtesy of the newly-released iOS 12 Beta 5. As was the case last year when a glyph of the iPhone X confirmed the shape of the device before its official reveal, this new iPad glyph tells us a whole lot with just a few pixels. For starters, the bezels around the display are a lot smaller; especially along the top and bottom of the device. This has allowed Apple to expand the size of the display while apparently... Read more...
Apple is set to unveil its next generation iPad Pro models this fall, and we've got a fresh round of rumors with regards to what to expect. As before, there will be two sizes: the smaller 10.5-inch model, which will be joined by the 12.9-inch model. The smaller of the two will be roughly 6 mm thick, while the larger one is slightly thinker at 6.4 mm.  This will be complete redesign of the iPad Pro family, and Apple is said to have trimmed the bezels all around. Apple has reportedly killed off the home button, just as it did when the iPhone X was introduced in the fall of 2017. In its place... Read more...
There have been issues with Apple's facial recognition tech used on the iPhone X in the past, however, most of those concerns had to do with Face ID not being as secure as Apple had claimed with fancy masks being able to defeat the security. Over the weekend, a support document was unearthed that claims Apple is now making repairs to help users having issues with FaceID on the iPhone X. The document outlines tests that employees should run on the device to see if issues with Face ID are related to a rear camera failure. The document instructs employees to run a diagnostic test to detect rear... Read more...
Although we doubt that there are many iPhone X owners out there that actually like the notch cutout from the top of the display, most have just learned to embrace it. The reason for the notch is due to the TrueDepth camera system that powers the Face ID facial recognition system. Face ID is capable of powering rather whimsical Animojis that users can share with each other in iMessage, or for more serious business when it comes to unlocking your smartphone, authenticating purchases (via Apple Pay) or entering your password/credit card details into a web form. Apple says that its Face ID technology... Read more...
2017 saw the launch of a trio of new iPhone models with a mixture of old and new design themes. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launched first, which marked the latest evolution in a smartphone design that started with 2014's iPhone 6, and the iPhone X, which brought forth a new styling direction for Apple. A fresh report from a generally reliable source is now further confirming that Apple will launch three new iPhone models this fall. The first of these devices will be an upgraded version of the current iPhone X. Given that the iPhone X's design was all-new, don't expect any major changes on that... Read more...
Another day, another Face ID fail that allows unauthorized people to log into the iPhone X. This time around, no creepy masks or 3D printing hardware was needed. The two women who can unlock the same iPhone X are not even related, as we have seen in the past when a child was able to unlock his mother's iPhone X using Face ID. The two women are colleagues that work for the Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation in China. One of the women, Ms. Yan, purchased an iPhone X and when she found that one of her coworkers could routinely unlock her iPhone using her face, which wasn't registered in the device,... Read more...
One of the fancy new features of the iPhone X has repeatedly come under fire. We are talking about Face ID, the biometric security feature that Apple touted as being highly secure. Face ID allows iPhone X users to sign into their phones without entering a password or PIN code. However, there is growing concern about the amount of data Face ID might be sharing with third-party apps. This was a concern that surfaced several weeks ago, as it came to light that Apple's policy is to let developers access any necessary facial data if they are granted permission by the customer, and agree not to sell... Read more...
iPhone X users must be feeling a little unsure of their Face ID security. Recently we have seen a son unlock his mother's phone using his own face just because they look alike. A security firm from Vietnam called Bkav was able to defeat Face ID security earlier this month using an ornate mask. Bkav is back at it again and has been able to use another mask to defeat Face ID even with the added security of Face Detection turned on. Apple stated this about its facial recognition technology, "Face ID matches against depth information, which isn't found in print or 2D digital photographs. It's designed... Read more...
A security firm called Bkav Corp. from Vietnam is claiming that it has been able to defeat Apple's new Face ID facial recognition technology to access an iPhone X using a mask. The firm says that for its test, Face ID was set up normally with no special tweaks. The company offered up a Q&A session about how exactly it pulled off the security bypass that sheds detail on what exactly happened. One of the big questions asked here is how exactly Bkav could beat Face ID when similar efforts failed. The answer is somewhat self-serving, "Because... we are the leading cyber security firm ;) It is quite... Read more...
One of the biggest factors that has led to alleged issues with iPhone X production is said to be a shortage of functional TrueDepth camera components, which are used for Face ID. At one point in the production of the camera hardware, it was said that only 20% of the dot projectors, a critical component for Face ID, were functional. According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, those production issues have now been resolved. Kuo says that Apple "won't repeat" the supply and production issues with the 2018 iPhone models that it has faced with the iPhone X. Rumors have suggested that the Touch... Read more...
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