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New York case could push DOJ to tell Apple how FBI unlocked San Bernadino iPhone

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016, 09:57
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Apple might be able to learn how the FBI unlocked the iPhone 5c used in the San Bernadino shooting if a New York lawsuit goes through.

To date, the FBI has remained mum as to how it unlocked the iPhone without Apple’s help, halting its court case against Apple. Interestingly, the unlocking brought a temporary halt to a second case in New York. There the Department of Justice was using the same All Writs Act argument in a Brooklyn court (above) to demand Apple help it unlock another iPhone in an unrelated drugs case.

That case was deferred in order to await the outcome of the FBI’s unlock attempt.

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Chipworks posts teardown of iPhone SE, finds mix of new and old components

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016, 07:58
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News, Processors

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The iPhone SE has arrived for a few users and the official teardown have begun.

As of Wednesday, Chipworks posted a teardown report of the new handset, citing its composition of parts that had largely been borrowed from the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6s, with a few new chips thrown in to keep the platform fresh.

The major difference, though, appears to be the A9 processor, which is currently also found on Apple’s flagship iPhone 6s handset.

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Assorted customers receive early iPhone SE shipping notices

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Date: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, 08:11
Category: iPhone, iPhone SE, News, retail

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A number of iPhone SE orders, which commenced on March 24th, have shipped out the door. Customers in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and elsewhere have received notifications that their smartphones are en route ahead of the official March 31st launch tomorrow.

Multiple users tracking their iPhone SE shipments have received delivery estimates of between March 31 and April 4. As usual, it appears that UPS is Apple’s primary courier for orders placed in North America, while DPD and UKMail are handling deliveries in the United Kingdom.

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Apple acknowledges iOS 9 crashes when tapping links, says fix is “coming soon”

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Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, 09:03
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Apple has acknowledged that some apps are hanging or crashing when tapping links, the issue spanning multiple variants of iOS 9 and has vowed to fix the issue.

“We are aware of this issue, and we will release a fix in a software update soon,” the company offered in a recent announcement. A temporary workaround is still unknown, although community investigations have revealed why the bug has arisen. It is based on what apps the user has installed and how those apps handle universal links.

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Justice Department unlocks San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c through third party, drops case against Apple

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Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, 09:19
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The FBI finally unlocked the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, even without Apple’s help.

The Justice Department announced yesterday that it was able to unlock San Bernadino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c and released the following statement:

The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court’s Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016.

Accordingly, the government hereby requests that the Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016 be vacated.

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Apple releases new build of iOS 9.3, looks to resolve Activation Lock issue with older iPhones, iPads

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 11:46
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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It might not resolve all the problems associated with the iOS 9.3 release, but it’ll handle some of it.

Apple on Monday released an updated build of its iOS 9.3 operating system. The new version attempts to fix issues related to an Activation Lock bug that presented itself on older iPhones and iPads.

The build is still identified as iOS 9.3 and is identified as build number 13E237 and users can restore from it via iTunes as needed..

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Some iOS 9.3 users report errors of web links crashing apps, Universal Links bug thought to be the cause of the problem

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 08:59
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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This is why they invented bug fixes.

Following last week’s release of iOS 9.3, a significant number of users have complained about an apparent iOS bug that causes Safari, Mail, Messages, Notes, Chrome, and select other preinstalled and third-party apps to crash or freeze after tapping or long-pressing on web links.

The issue has actually spread, with some users claiming to have encountered the bug in iOS 9.2.1 or earlier versions of the firmware. A wide range of devices appear to be affected, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini.

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Rumor: 2017 iPhone to feature AMOLED display, other changes

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 08:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The mighty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities released a new note to investors stating that Apple is likely to release a new iPhone with glass casing and an AMOLED display. This somewhat contradicts an earlier note from the analyst that said Apple was aiming for an AMOLED iPhone by 2018.

Kuo cited that he believes Apple will decide between a glass, plastic and ceramic casing for the 2017 model, but will ultimately settle on glass, as it did with the iPhone 4, given that “plastic doesn’t offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic.”

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Netflix admits to throttling AT&T, Verizon users’ data

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Date: Friday, March 25th, 2016, 11:02
Category: Legal, News, Software

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Well, that could have gone better.

Netflix, which has been caught with its hand in the cookie jar, has gone on record to say that it throttled user data through AT&T and Verizon while trying to “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps.” As of now, AT&T and Verizon wireless customers are still limited to streaming Netflix at 600 kilobits per second, which reduces video quality in the process.

Sprint and T-Mobile have gone unthrottled because “historically those two companies have had more consumer-friendly policies,” Netflix asserted, referring to the fact that those carriers have typically slowed users down to 2G speeds when they exceed data caps, rather than threatening overage fees. Sprint, however, was throttling nearly all video until it was pressured to stop last year, and T-Mobile is marketing “Binge On,” a controversial program which lets customers watch unlimited video from select services, but only at DVD quality (480p).

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Apple releases updated version of iOS 9.3 for iPad 2 following activation/bricking complaints

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Date: Friday, March 25th, 2016, 08:40
Category: iOS, iPad, News

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Well, this is awkward.

And good reason to maybe wait a day or two after a major system upgrade to see if there’s any negative feedback.

Apple has both confirmed that its initial release of iOS 9.3 causes problems on the iPad 2 and has released a new build of the operating system for the device. Carrying build number 13E236, the update appears to be rolling out to iPad 2 users now. Presumably, it’s the same build that was released to everyone earlier this week, just with the activation issues fixed.


iPad 2 users can update to the new firmware update by plugging their iPad into iTunes if it’s in a bricked state or by heading into Settings and navigating to the software update menu and updating like they normally would.

Apple offered the following comment regarding the issue:

“Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update. In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.”

If you’ve tried the new build on your iPad 2 and have any feedback, let us know in the comments.

Via 9to5Mac