Items tagged with iPhone

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...
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...
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 can’t be happy about how leaky its supply chain and its own internal operations are right now. Thanks to supplier leaks and slow drips from its own HQ, nearly every aspect of its next generation iPhones has been revealed. The latest pieces of the puzzle that has been confirmed by the iOS 11 Gold Master (GM) leak are the names of the three smartphones that will be announced on Tuesday: iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (confirming previous rumors). As you might expect, iPhone X is what we have all been referring to as the iPhone 8 for the past year. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are what... Read more...
Do you have an iPhone that is looking a little worse of the wear and needs serving at an Apple Store? Well, it might be good to know beforehand whether that cracked screen or potential water damage is covered under warranty. Thankfully, internal Apple documentation has leaked out that gives us a good look at what Apple deems covered (or not covered) by its warranty services. The service guide was obtained by Business Insider, which has posted a few select pages for all to view. The Visual/Mechanical Inspection Guide (VMI) covers Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, and 7 Plus smartphones.... Read more...
Law enforcement officials in New York are not happy with NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch, who made the decision two years ago to purchase 36,000 Nokia brand smartphones running Microsoft's unpopular Windows Phone platform. Due to Microsoft's lack of ongoing support, all of the phones have to be decommissioned, and replaced with iPhone models from Apple.The move to replace what are essentially outdated and obsolete Windows Phone hardware comes just months after the last one was handed out to police. While this may seem like an overreaction, bear in mind that law... Read more...
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...
  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...
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