Apple seeds iOS 9.3.2 beta to users for feedback

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 12:54
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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Well, now you get to feel almost as cool/elite as a developer.

Apple on Friday released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update for public beta testers, just a day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes just over two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3 and a week after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a followup bug fix update.

Users who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device. For those of you who haven’t signed up and would like to, you can go through Apple’s beta testing web site, which offers users public betas of iOS and OS X as they become available.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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 […]

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Apple releases Safari Technology Preview for download

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Date: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 11:58
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, Software

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It’s time to feel included.

Apple has opened its Safari Technology Preview to the public, allowing developers and non-developers alike to download the latest builds of the web browser for OS X and iOS. The Technology Preview includes the latest layout technologies, visual effects, and developer tools so you can provide input on how they are implemented and deliver a best-in-class user experience on all Apple devices.

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Apple releases server-side patch to Siri bug allowing access to photos, contacts under iOS 9.3.1

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Date: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 08:42
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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A Siri-based vulnerability that allowed access to a user’s photos and contacts under the right conditions under iOS 9.3.1 has been patched server-side by Apple.

Shared recently by Jose Rodriguez, the vulnerability used Siri’s ability to access Twitter to find an email link or phone number, which could be pressed to open up an editable list of contacts even on a device that was locked. Through access to contacts, a user’s full photo library was also visible.

The vulnerability relied on Siri to perform a Twitter search and could give direct access to photos and contacts/ The method appears to have been disabled on all devices as of today.

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DisplayMate studies watching displays at night, analyzes Night Shift

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Date: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 07:06
Category: Hardware, iOS, News

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For more than 50 years, people have been watching TV at night, often prior to going to sleep. This has only expanded in the era of devices, especially with the introduction of Apple’s iOS devices along with those of its competitors.

Worse, these devices, which tend to be set to a bright level, are now directly in front of the user, often less than two feet away at the time before use.

With that in mind, Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate has done an extended study and breakdown of Night Shift, Apple’s light shifting technology that’s recently made its way to the iOS.

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Security hole in iOS 9.3.1 could offer access passcode-free access to photos, contacts under certain conditions

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Date: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 08:35
Category: iOS, News, security

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If you’re running iOS 9.3.1 and gave Siri access to your Twitter information as well as yourContacts or Photos, this is something worth looking into.

A video surfaced online yesterday purporting to show a vulnerability in iOS 9.3.1 that allows anyone to access photos and contacts on a locked iPhone without having to enter a passcode.

The YouTube video, uploaded by Jose Rodriguez, depicts a user performing a Siri search followed by a series of relatively simple steps, one of which involves 3D Touch, limiting the exploit to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.

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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

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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.

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iFixit posts 9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown

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Date: Monday, April 4th, 2016, 08:33
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News

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The cool cats at iFixit have just torn down the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and found the typical mix of components from Samsung, Bosch Sensortec, NXP Semiconductors, and others, plus a whole lot of battery. Cutting to the chase, iFixit rates the smaller iPad Pro’s repairability at a low 2 out of 10, which is the same as the iPad Air 2 it replaces but one point below what it rated the 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year.

Comparing the two, iFixit gave the 12.9-inch iPad Proa slightly higher repairability score because its battery features pull tabs which help when removing and replacing it; the smaller iPad Pro’s battery lacks these pull tabs and can’t be easily removed due to a ton of adhesive that keeps it in place almost like soldering.

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