Some Apple employees might refuse to help FBI unlock iPhone 5c if ordered to do so

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Date: Friday, March 18th, 2016, 08:15
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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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.

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iPhone SE leak indicates 16GB base capacity, NFC chip for Apple Pay

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Well, this kind of thing happens sometimes.

Supply chain personnel in China have apparently snapped a specifications sticker for the upcoming iPhone SE.

According to the sticker, Apple will drop the “5” from the new handset’s name, sticking instead with “iPhone SE.” The device will be available in a 16-gigabyte capacity and carry an NFC chip for Apple Pay support.

The leaker also seemed to indicate that the iPhone SE will arrive in a 64-gigabyte configuration, with four color choices — presumably silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. The tipster also wrote that the overall design of the iPhone SE is similar to the iPhone 6s, which matches up with numerous previous predictions.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus could incorporate 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 09:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It’s been speculated that Apple could sell an iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage, the NAND flash memory chip hailing from SanDisk.

Italian website HDblog has shared pictures of a SanDisk 256GB NAND flash memory chip that could be appropriate for the next-generation smartphone.

Apple has used SanDisk flash memory chips in a number of previous iPhone models, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, while other models have used NAND flash chips from Samsung, SK Hynix, and Toshiba.

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Evidence begins to point towards Energous’ development of long-range wireless charging technology for upcoming iPhone models

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 08:22
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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There’s evidence that Apple is looking towards a wireless charging feature for its upcoming iPhone models, albeit it’s been a bit scattered.

It was reported in January that Apple has been working on a wireless-charging technology with partners that would allow its devices to siphon power from “further away from than the charging mats used with current smartphones.”

A Morgan Stanley analyst note from February says the same thing: It expects wireless charging to be added to the iPhone in the next year or two, based on industry experts.

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iPhone 7 Plus leaked images go live, point towards hardware changes

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 16:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

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This may just be the iPhone 7 Plus.

A leaked photo of the upcoming handset has leaked onto Chinese website Bastille Post.

The centerpiece of the photo is what appears to be a dual-lens camera as well as a protruding, pill-shaped enclosure for it, which breaks from the two separate circular openings that were rumored for the component.

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Rumor: Possible dual-camera component images surface for iPhone 7 Plus handset

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 09:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone 7 could feature a dual-lens camera system.

A series of leaked images has indicated that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-camera component.

This morning, Taiwanese site Apple.club.tw shared images of a dual-camera module potentially destined for the iPhone 7 Plus, which matches earlier images of a dual-camera module shared in January by highlighted over the weekend by French website Nowhereelse.fr. Similar camera module photos have also been spotted on Chinese social networking site Weibo.

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Justice Department mentions that it could compel Apple for iOS source code to create back door to unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 08:00
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The Justice Department is now stating that it could potentially demand Apple hand over iOS source code and a signing key in the San Bernadino iPhone case.

A recent court filing states that the Justice Department made the proposal as a footnote in a recent rebuttal of Apple’s arguments in the case. In the brief, government laywers said they have so far pursued their current strategy — asking Apple to build a passcode limit break for the FBI — because they thought handing over code would be “less palatable” to the company.

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Possible 4-inch iPhone SE – or detailed knockoff – seen in wild in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 09:48
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Just one week before the Apple media event, the staff members of Beeep caught what might have been the 4-inch iPhone SE – or a very detailed knockoff – in the wild over in Huaqiangbei Shenzhen China, the so-called “silicon valley of hardware”.

They sent along pictures and video.

Take a gander.

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Apple announces media event for Monday, March 21st at 10 AM

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Apple TV, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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Give it enough time and eventually Apple catches up to the rumors.

Apple has announced a special event for members of the press at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21st, at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The event will be streamed via apple.com and can be accessed from any Mac running OS X 10.8.5 or later with Safari 6.0.5 or later, any PC running Windows 10 with Microsoft’s Edge browser, any iOS device running iOS 7 or later or any Apple TV from the second-gen on.

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Proposed California State Assembly Bill could work against smartphone encryption

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2016, 07:22
Category: Android, Google, iPhone, News, security, Software

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For California smartphone users, this hits pretty close to home.

Assembly Bill 1681, a California State Assembly bill, would ban default encryption on all smartphones. The bill, introduced in January by Assemblymember Jim Cooper, would require any smartphone sold in California “to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” This could be even more drastic than what’s going on with Apple’s legal showdown in the San Bernadino iPhone unlocking case.

Both Apple and Google currently encrypt smartphones running their iOS and Android operating systems by default. A.B. 1681 would undo this default, penalizing manufacturers and providers of operating systems $2,500 per device that cannot be decrypted at the time of sale.

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