Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.
Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.
On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting. They say it’s an infinitely more trustworthy method of knowing your phone’s radios are off than “airplane mode,” which people have shown can be hacked and spoofed.
In short, this could stop the transmission and thus better protect the user’s privacy.
It’s a rumor, but it’s got some interesting elements to it.
Following Apple’s acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, Apple could be in line to use the Huawei P9 dual-lens camera system in its next-gen iPhone. The P9, created in a partnership with Leica, users two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome image that allows for more focus on the lighting of a scene. The advantage, Huawei claims, is a better overall image with higher clarity and professional camera-like quality.
In addition to Apple’s OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update on Monday, Apple also released updates for iOS, watchOS and tvOS.
While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.
The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.
Apple may be dropping Samsung as the manufacturer for its next-gen iPhone processors in favor of TSMC.
Back in February, it was rumored that TSMC would be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.
At present, TSMC is already the exclusive provider of the A10 chip slated to power the next-gen iPhone. TSMC is also rumored to be the sole supplier for the A11 processor for future iOS devices.
Touchless transactions complete with Touch ID compatibility are en route to a point of sale station near you.
FIS and Payment Alliance International have announced a new partnership that will see cardless withdrawals with Touch ID enabled at over 70,000 ATMs at stores, gas stations, restaurants, and shopping malls across the United States.
FIS Cardless Cash is a QR code-based solution that will reduce the risk of card skimming and shoulder surfing at ATMs by allowing customers to securely withdraw their funds through an iPhone app without inserting a plastic card into the machine. All transactions will require Touch ID verification as an additional layer of security.
On Thursday, a set of leaked pictures shows an alleged iPhone 7. While there’s a chance this might be a clone that tends to emerge before a new iPhone launch, a video posted on Chinese website Weibo shows a similar design to previous leaks.
The device in the video below shows many of the characteristics we’ve seen in previous photos allegedly showing next-gen iPhone components. Most notably, those include a larger camera opening — the iPhone 7 is rumored to include a new and improved camera system —the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and redesigned antenna lines that are repositioned from across the back of the device to along the edge.
Other leaks have shown an even larger camera opening than the one shown in the video as well as other features like a Smart Connector and the removal of the classic mute switch. The larger camera opening could possibly be reserved for the dual-camera system expected to arrive on only some of the new models. In the video, the mute switch is once again present.
Per a series of pictures released on Chinese social media website Weibo, the latest iPhone 7 photos appear to show a very similar design to the iPhone 6s Plus … with the interesting addition of a Smart Connector, visible at the bottom of the device on the back side.
In addition to previous rumors, a new rumor has sprung up about a flush capacitive Home button for the next-gen iPhone, albeit details are still murky.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the new photos of the iPhone 7 Plus do not include a mute switch. A toggle to enable and disable the ringer cannot be seen in its usual location above the volume buttons. This is the first time the removal of the mute switch has been floated for consideration, albeit the source is still considered murky at this point.
If you’re looking to install Pokémon Go on your iOS device, you might want to wait a few days.
Amid revelations that the popular Pokémon Go game for iPhone offers universal access to Google accounts, Google and Niantic have said that user emails and other sensitive data are not being harvested, and that a pair of fixes are incoming.
Early Monday, analytics firm architect Adam Reeve claimed that installing Pokémon Go and using a Google account to play the game granted full access to linked accounts on both Android and iOS, without informing the user. The apps, per the Google Play description, “can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account” but “can’t change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google Wallet on your behalf.”
With roughly eight weeks before the next iPhone debut, a newly-leaked image shows the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 back casing. The most obvious change is the redesigned antenna lines. Rather than extending lengthways across the main body of the phone like the current iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7 antenna lines are sleeker and smaller. As shown in the picture, the white antenna lines are only visible at the top and bottom edges of the device.
The photo also highlights changes to the camera system as well. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 seems to incorporate about a 25 percent wider camera hole, meaning a revised or updated camera will probably be used.
As of now, it’s unknown as to whether the new camera will incorporate more megapixels or allow in more light to take better photos. The 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to feature a dual-camera component system which will take even better photos thanks to the larger sensors. One rumor indicated that the Plus’ dual-cameras are a set of twin 12 megapixel sensors.
If you’re feeling brave, here’s the iOS 10 public beta.
After only two developer releases, Apple has released the public beta of iOS 10 into the wild for public testing.
Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.
As of now, Apple has released the iOS beta to the public in order to receive feedback from regular users as opposed to strictly developers. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple.