Justice Department cites Apple as “having raised technological barriers” in San Bernadino iPhone unlocking case

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 22:52
Category: Archive, iPhone, security, Software

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This is probably the next step in the escalating war between Apple and the Justice Department.

The Justice Department on Thursday issued a statement claiming Apple’s rhetoric of privacy protection in the San Bernadino iPhone 5c unlocking case to be “false”.

Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a court order requiring Apple to write new software and take other measures to disable passcode protection and allow access to shooter Rizwan Farook’s iPhone.

Apple has yet to comply, stating that the government’s request would create a back door to devices that could not be removed from existence and could be used by criminals and governments. Apple added that Congress has not given the Justice Department the legal authority to make such a demand.

Apple has also attacked the FBI investigation as “shoddy” and portrayed itself as “the primary guardian of Americans’ privacy,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday.

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Hardware hack for San Bernadino iPhone 5c possible but risky

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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The data onboard the iPhone 5c at the heart of the decryption/unlocking scandal could be accessible via a hardware technique.

This hardware technique, apparently, isn’t for the faint of heart.

In recent days, the American Civil Liberties Union’s technology fellow and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have suggested a method that would let investigators repeatedly guess the iPhone’s password.

Federal investigators fear San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook may have configured his work phone to use an Apple security feature that erases a key for decrypting data after 10 incorrect guesses of the phone’s password.

The forensic technique to get at the data, known as “chip off,” involves removing a NAND flash memory chip and copying its data. If successful, this would yield a decryption key that can be restored if it is erased after incorrect guesses.

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Early iPhone 7 case leaks point towards revamped camera, speaker systems

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Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 08:29
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

Sometimes it’s the leaked cases that reveal the most about an upcoming product.

To the point, one Steve Hemmerstoffer has leaked photos one of the first cases prepared for Apple’s next-generation flagship smartphone.

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The case has a larger cutout for either a traditional camera and LED flash setup, or possibly dual cameras. There are also two openings for stereo speakers in lieu of a 3.5mm headphone jack on current iPhones.

The case seems to closely represent an iPhone 6s, but includes cutouts for a possible all-in-one Lightning connector, pill-shaped volume buttons, and side-facing power button in their traditional places.

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Google Photos updated, now features Live Photos, improved backup support

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 15:53
Category: Google, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This is sort of nifty.

The Google Photos app for iOS has been updated and now allows users to back up and view Live Photos taken with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The latest version of the iOS app has finally received support for the format, nearly six months after Apple introduced Live Photos in the latest iPhone.

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Department of Justice uses New York case to cite All Writs Act towards iPhone unlocking case

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 07:35
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The legal soap opera continues.

As Apple remains embroiled in the San Bernadino iPhone unlocking controversy, a New York judge ruled last week that the government couldn’t force Apple to unlock a device. Now, apparently, the Department of Justice is fighting the ruling and is again citing the All Writs Act as reasoning.

The Justice Department has today resubmitted its case to a higher judge in the Eastern District of New York. In the filing, the government argues that the case regarding the San Bernardino gunman is evidence that the All Writs Act can be used to force a company to unlock a device.

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Rumor: Intel may provide LTE modems for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016, 07:28
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Intel is looking to be a provider of some dead-nifty LTE modems for the next-gen iPhone.

CLSA Securities analyst Srini Pajjuri has corroborated multiple reports claiming that Intel will supply LTE modems for the iPhone 7, according to a research note obtained by NDTV.

Pajjuri stated that Intel has acquired a “significant portion” of the LTE chips, this percentage thought to be around 30 to 40 percent of production. While supplier Qualcomm will be tasked with the remaining orders, Apple is apparently looking to cut some of its reliance on Qualcomm and is thus looking to Intel to pick up some of the slack.

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Rumor: Apple looking to switch to OLED displays for 2017 iPhones

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Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 08:17
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple will switch over to an OLED display for its next-gen iPhones as soon as 2017, a year earlier than previous estimates and in the face of initial supply constraints.

Sources close to the story have said that Apple has reached out to South Korean display suppliers LG and Samsung in December to discuss the viability of ramping up OLED production in time for next year’s iPhone launch, Nikkei reports. Along with the two tech companies, Apple also informed the appropriate industry associations of the potential change.

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Apple files formal objection in iPhone unlocking case, guarantees appeal via motion

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Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 07:12
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Apple is apparently creating a second chance for itself with the iPhone unlocking/San Bernadino shooter case.

The company, following yesterday’s Congressional hearing, filed a formal objection to the court order instructing it to assist the FBI in breaking into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Apple had previously filed its mandatory response, in which it called for the court to vacate the order. This was a 65-page detailed document setting out the reasons the company believed the order should not have been granted.

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Husband of San Bernadino shooting survivor takes Apple’s side in iPhone encryption controversy

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 12:36
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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While a recent poll has suggested that the majority of Americans support the FBI and would have Apple decrypt the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, Apple apparently has the backing of the husband of one of the survivors of the terrorist attack, which left 14 people dead and 22 others seriously injured, after he changed his mind over the case.

Salihin Kondoker, whose wife Anies Kondoker was shot three times in the attack but avoided the main hall after taking a trip to the bathroom, filed a friend of the court brief siding with Apple in its dispute with the FBI. Writing in a letter to Judge Sheri Pym, Kondoker, Kondoker explains how his opinion on the case turned when he delved deeper into the longer term implications of the FBI’s order.

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Judge clears Apple from having to hack iPhone in New York case, could set precedent in San Bernadino controversy

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 08:10
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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This is interesting.

Although it’s not tied to the headline-grabbing San Bernadino case, a federal judge has denied a government motion to force Apple to unlock an iPhone. The ruling could have implications for Apple’s current battle with the FBI over San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c.

In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled on Monday that the All Writs Act is being applied overly broadly by the government.

The case concerns an iPhone 5s used by a meth dealer who later pled guilty. Although the iPhone wasn’t running iOS 7 or later and wasn’t encrypted by default, it was felt that Apple could extract the data without needing to break the phone’s passcode.

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