Cellebrite says it’s “optimistic” it can unlock iPhone 6 units

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2016, 09:51
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security


Cellebrite, the company that is believed to have been hired by the FBI and successfully unlocked the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, says that it is “optimistic” that it will also be able to access a locked iPhone 6.

Earlier this year, Italian architect Leonardo Fabbretti met with the company last week to see whether it could help gain access to his dead son’s iPhone. Before his death from bone cancer, 13-year-old Dama Fabbretti had added his father’s thumbprint to allow him access – but the phone required the passcode after a restart, and his father didn’t know the code.

Apple had told him it was impossible to access the iPhone without the passcode, but Fabretti stated that Cellebrite has already made progress.


Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to be 20% to 40% thinner

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 09:33
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables


It’s a rumor, but it’s interesting.

Apple analyst Brian White of Wall Street firm Drexel Hamilton on Friday issued a pair of research notes highlighting his upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone expectations through the end of 2016.

The most prominent point expressed was White citing a source who believes only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, echoing the same prediction made by often-accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

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White claims that iPhone 7 production is expected to begin in July, the iPhone 7 helping Apple and its supplier return to growth in the second half of 2016.

White also predicted that the next-gen Apple Watch could be seen in the next two to three months and could be 20 to 40 percent thinner and could be unveiled by June, possibly at the Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Finally, White predicted that the next-gen Apple Watch will not appear until September, but would debut alongside the iPhone 7.

Whether the Apple Watch 2 is introduced in June or September, it appears clear that Apple may be elongating the wearable’s release cycle beyond one year to avoid consumer exhaustion. Many customers only received the Apple Watch in December during the holiday shopping season, so a new model launching this spring may be considered too soon. A closer to year-and-a-half refresh would seem more appropriate.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors

FBI director Comey says purchased hack tool will only unlock iPhone 5c units running iOS 9

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Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 08:07
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security, Software


The tool the FBI bought to crack the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c can only be used on an iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

According to FBI director James Comey, the tool will not work on the iPhone 5s or 6 series, a statement Comey offered during a speech late Wednesday at Kenyon College.

The government is considering whether it should disclose to Apple the flaw that aided the hack: “We just haven’t decided yet,” he said at the Ohio college’s Center for the Study of American Democracy.


FBI unsure if unlocked San Bernadino iPhone data may be useful

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Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 07:14
Category: iPhone, News, security


The good news is that the FBI was able to unlock the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c.

The bad news is that it might not be a treasure trove of information.

According to a recent report, despite having had access to all the data on the phone for more than a week, the FBI has apparently not yet found anything of value.

FBI general counsel James Baker told an International Association of Privacy Professionals conference that it was “too early” to say whether anything useful would be found, and that it may or may not choose to reveal the answer once it is certain.

“We’re now doing an analysis of that data, as we would in any other type of criminal terrorism investigation,’’ Mr. Baker said, adding: “That means we would follow logical leads.” But because the agency has only had access to the data for a short period of time, he said “it’s simply too early’’ to say whether anything found on the phone has been valuable to investigators […]


Apple Pay now supported by Barclays, all major UK banks

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Date: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Finance, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables


Apple appears to have locked down Barclays and the major UK banks for Apple Pay.

Barclays has announced that the bank has finally gone live and launched its support for Apple’s mobile payments service. This means that every major bank in the UK now supports Apple Pay, a big win for a country that already has wide availability of contactless merchant terminals in many stores.

Barclays customers can open the Wallet app on their iPhone and configure Apple Pay for their account on any iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the new iPhone SE.


SquareTrade completes iPhone SE durability tests, finds device less durable than iPhone 6s, 6s plus

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Date: Monday, April 4th, 2016, 08:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News


How durable is your new iPhone SE?

The best answer might be “fair to middling”.

Recently, extended warranty provider SquareTrade subjected the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to a series of excessive bend, drop, tumble, and water tests, and the results show that its compact design does not necessarily make it more durable than the slimmer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones.

The company noted that the iPhone SE bent at 160 pounds of pressure as opposed to the 170 pounds that the iPhone 6s began to bend at. Moreover, at 178 pounds, the iPhone SE reached “catastrophic failure,” whereas the iPhone 6s Plus was only beginning to bend under the pressure.

The iPhone SE permanently shut off after less than one minute when submerged under five feet of water, whereas the iPhone 6s survived for 30 minutes and only lost audio. The iPhone 6s Plus, in turn, began malfunctioning after 10 minutes. (more…)

iFixit posts iPhone SE teardown, notes impressive battery, silicone seals, other features

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Date: Friday, April 1st, 2016, 08:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News


The cool cats at iFixit have found some interesting stuff within the iPhone SE.

The company, which posted its own teardown, but also installed an iPhone 5s display into the iPhone SE, noting that the display from the older model fits and functions perfectly into Apple’s new handset. iFixit also noted that the parts are interchangeable between the loudspeaker, SIM card tray and vibration motor.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.