After several hours of downtime last night, Apple’s Online Store is back up and allowing customers to pre-order the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The iPhone SE starts at $399 off-contract, while the iPad Pro starts at $599. Deliveries will begin in one week on March 31st.
In terms of carrier availability for the iPhone SE, details are listed below:
For you display freaks out there, the mighty Dr. Ray Soneira will be reviewing the display on the just-announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro this week and has offered the following comments do far:
The new 9.7″ iPad Pro is a welcome return to Apple innovating again in displays. The wide DCI-P3 Color Gamut, with the TrueTone dynamic Ambient Light White Point correction, and the record low 1.8 percent screen Reflectance are all major innovations for Tablets and PCs, and presumably for iPhones in the near future. The 25% boost in brightness to 500 nits is much less important than lowering the screen Reflectance down to an impressively very low 1.8 percent – most other displays reflect 3 times as much ambient light, which reduces image contrast and color saturation.
The great iPhone Unlocking Controversy of 2016 may have an end in sight.
The United States Justice Department today asked the court overseeing its ongoing iPhone unlocking battle with Apple to postpone a hearing scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 22nd. The DoJ says new leads have been discovered that could provide it with a way to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without involving Apple.
“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking [terrorist Syed] Farook’s iPhone,” federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday afternoon. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.”
The 4-inch handset boasts the same A9 chip and the same embedded M9 motion co-processor as Apple’s flagship 4.7-inch phone, for double the CPU performance of the iPhone 5s, which was Apple’s last 4-inch handset. The new phone also packs the same graphics capabilities of the larger iPhone 6s, meaning it has three times faster GPU performance compared to the iPhone 5s.
On Monday, Apple launched its long-awaited 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro, the tablet gaining the magnetic Smart Connector, A9X processor and four-speaker array found on its larger 12.9-inch version, as well as compatibility with the Apple Pencil and a new True Tone display, all for $599.
The 9.7-inch variant’s True Tone display features two new four-channel ambient light sensors that measure both brightness and color temperature to adjust the display accordingly, resulting in a “paper-white” viewing experience.
The display is also 40 percent less reflective and 25 percent brighter than the iPad Air 2. Apple says it’s the lowest reflectivity of any tablet available. Color reproduction also hits new heights with the same color gamut offered on the iMac with Retina 5K display, as well as 25 percent greater color saturation than iPad Air 2.
As the iPhone unlocking controversy roars on, a number of Apple engineers have said they may decide not to cooperate with law enforcement.
Apple employees who might be called on to help the FBI are already considering their actions should Apple lose the case. This is according to interviews conducted by the New York Times with half a dozen people involved in the development of mobile products and security at Apple.
Per the interviews, some said they they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their premium jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees.
A new variant of iOS trojan has been found in the wild.
The trojan, named “AceDeceiver”, has been found to infect non-jailbroken iOS devices, was discovered by Palo Alto Networks and is currently affecting iOS users in China.
The malware exploits a flaw in Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management system. It apparently uses a technique called “FairPlay Man-in-the-Middle,” which has been used to spread pirated iOS apps in the past by using fake iTunes software and spoofed authorization codes to get the apps on iOS devices. The same technique is now being used to spread the AceDeceiver malware.