Items tagged with Touch ID

The government’s ability to compel you to cough up the contents of your smartphone is growing with each day. Just last week, we reported that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted federal law enforcement agencies the ability to issue search warrants for computing devices in any jurisdiction in the United States; an act that U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said would allow the government to “search thousands or millions of computers at once; and the vast majority of the affected computers would belong to the victims, not the perpetrators, of a cybercrime.” Now, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg has granted the FBI the the authority to force a suspect to unlock her iPhone using her fingerprint. According... Read more...
Apple offered a logical explanation as to why iPhone 6 users might see the dreaded "Error 53" code on their smartphone after having an unauthorized repair person replace a defective screen, but will that explanation hold up in court? A class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California aims to find out. Let's back up a moment. The Error 53 code appears on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices that detect a change to the Touch ID sensor. It's a security feature designed to prevent unauthorized users from being able to access a person's sensitive data and to ensure that Apple Pay and other "iOS features related to Touch ID remain secure." Normally that wouldn't... Read more...
Accidents happen, and even if you use a case, a hard drop could end up cracking your screen or damaging other components in your smartphone. If you own an iPhone 6 from Apple, you might want to think twice about going to an unauthorized service center to have your device repaired. Since getting a screen replacement from Apple is often quite pricey, some people turn to technicians not certified by Apple for repairs. Be it an ad you see via Craigslist offering “mobile” $75 screen replacements right in your home or place of business, or mall kiosks that advertise repairs in less than an hour, consider yourself warned. Some iPhone 6 users are finding out the hard way that those repairs can lead... Read more...
Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were two of the most highly anticipated smartphones to launch so far this year. The excitement surrounding Apple’s new “refresh cycle” flagships was so great that the company reported record first weekend sales, with 13 million devices finding their way to customers. However, it appears that some of those customers are having a puzzling issue with their brand new iPhones. Owners are reporting that their phones are turning off randomly when left alone — even when the smartphones have sufficient battery remaining to avoid falling into a “no power” coma. This odd behavior has been picked up by both reddit and the official Apple Support Communities. “New Phone 6s 128GB... Read more...
Motorola released the Nexus 6 to much fanfare back in early November. The Nexus 6 was the high-profile launch vehicle for the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. As we reported in our review, the Nexus 6 packs in plenty of high-end hardware including a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, up to 64GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a huge 5.9-inch QHD AMOLED Display (2560x1440). But according to a new report from The Telegraph, the Nexus 6 was supposed to include support for another promising hardware feature. Dennis Woodside is currently the CFO for Dropbox, but he was CEO of Motorola during the time the Nexus 6 was developed. He reveals that the... Read more...
Apple has been inviting members of the media to a press event scheduled for Thursday, October 16, and it's widely believed we'll see the unveiling of a new iPad Air model, among other items. With just days to go before the event, photos of leaked second generation iPad Air (or iPad mini) parts are making the rounds on the web, potentially giving us an early look at what Apple has in store. The photos come from Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw. Different components are shown, including the front panel, which sports a Touch ID fingerprint reader with a gold capacitive ring around it. Not only does this suggest that a Touch ID upgrade is imminent, it also hints at there being a gold colored iPad... Read more...
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