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  1. steven36

    Sure Apple, Whatever

    Apple still hasn’t set an official day for its annual fall product launch event (aka iPhone Day), but that hasn’t stopped leaks and rumors from shedding light on what we might see some time in early September. But one thing that’s still mostly a guess are the official names for Apple’s upcoming batch of iPhones. However, based on a stock list from smartphone case maker ESR (discovered by iPhonesoft.fr), the general consensus is that the next products in the iPhone family will be called the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max. While these aren’t exactly the most intriguing or eye-catching names, by simplifying its naming scheme, Apple could eliminate some consumer confusion now that the iPhone portfolio has expanded to three new phones every year instead just two. The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 looks to be the replacement for the iPhone XR, which should continue to be the “entry-level” phone in Apple’s smartphone lineup. Meanwhile the iPhone 11 Pro will succeed the iPhone XS as Apple’s smaller, but still a very premium option. The one that sort of throws a wrench into things is the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max, which seems like a mash-up of tags and monikers from Apple’s phone and laptop lines. While this isn’t really the first time people have theorized that Apple could add the “Pro” tag to the iPhone line, an accessory maker having the confidence to list the next iPhone as the iPhone 11 in their internal records does add a little bit of weight to previous reports. Of course, none of this means much until Tim Apple, I mean, Tim Cook gets on stage and officially announces the name of the next iPhone to the world. Personally, I think this leaked naming scheme is a little boring and somewhat clunky, but it works, even if the next batch will technically be the 13th generation of Apple’s iPhones. Source
  2. LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is offering cyber security researchers up to $1 million to detect flaws in iPhones, the largest reward offered by a company to defend against hackers, at a time of rising concern about governments breaking into the mobile devices of dissidents, journalists and human rights advocates. Unlike other technology providers, Apple previously offered rewards only to invited researchers who tried to find flaws in its phones and cloud backups. At the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, the company said it would open the process to all researchers, add Mac software and other targets, and offer a range of rewards, called "bounties," for the most significant findings. The $1 million prize would apply only to remote access to the iPhone kernel without any action from the phone's user. Apple's previous highest bounty was $200,000 for friendly reports of bugs that can then be fixed with software updates and not leave them exposed to criminals or spies. Government contractors and brokers have paid as much as $2 million for the most effective hacking techniques to obtain information from devices. Apple's new bounties, however, are in the same range as some published prices from contractors. Apple is taking other steps to make research easier, including offering a modified phone that has some security measures disabled. A number of private companies, such as Israel's NSO Group, sell hacking capabilities to governments to target their critics. One such attack was made against a friend of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi Arabian government, who was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. A principal component of such breaches is programs that take advantage of otherwise unknown flaws in the phones, their software or installed applications. A number of private companies, such as Israel’s NSO Group, sell hacking capabilities to governments. “NSO Group develops technology that is licensed to intelligence and law enforcement agencies for the sole purpose of preventing and investigating terror and crime,” NSO said in a statement. “It is not a tool to target journalists for doing their job or to silence critics.” Source: Reuters
  3. Apple’s AirDrop and password sharing features can leak iPhone numbers Partial hashes broadcast in Bluetooth can be converted to phone numbers, researchers say. Enlarge Valentina Palladino Apple makes it easy for people to locate lost iPhones, share Wi-Fi passwords, and use AirDrop to send files to other nearby devices. A recently published report demonstrates how snoops can capitalize on these features to scoop up a wealth of potentially sensitive data that in some cases includes phone numbers. Simply having Bluetooth turned on broadcasts a host of device details, including its name, whether it's in use, if Wi-Fi is turned on, the OS version it’s running, and information about the battery. More concerning: using AirDrop or Wi-Fi password sharing broadcasts a partial cryptographic hash that can easily be converted into an iPhone’s complete phone number. The information—which in the case of a Mac also includes a static MAC address that can be used as a unique identifier—is sent in Bluetooth Low Energy packets. The information disclosed may not be a big deal in many settings, such as work places where everyone knows everyone anyway. The exposure may be creepier in public places, such as a subway, a bar, or a department store, where anyone with some low-cost hardware and a little know-how can collect the details of all Apple devices that have BLE turned on. The data could also be a boon to companies that track customers as they move through retail outlets. As noted above, in the event someone is using AirDrop to share a file or image, they’re broadcasting a partial SHA256 hash of their phone number. In the event Wi-Fi password sharing is in use, the device is sending partial SHA256 hashes of its phone number, the user’s email address, and the user’s Apple ID. While only the first three bytes of the hash are broadcast, researchers with security firm Hexway (which published the research) say those bytes provide enough information to recover the full phone number. Below is a video of an attack: Apple AirDrop mobile phone catcher. Hexway’s report includes proof-of-concept software that demonstrates the information broadcast. Errata Security CEO Rob Graham installed the proof-of-concept on a laptop that was equipped with a wireless packet sniffer dongle, and within a minute or two he captured details of more than a dozen iPhones and Apple Watches that were within radio range of the bar where he was working. The highlighted device in the middle of the picture below is his iPhone. Enlarge Rob Graham “It’s not too bad, but it’s still kind of creepy that people can get the status information, and getting the phone number is bad,” he said. It’s not likely, he added, that Apple can prevent phone numbers and other information from leaking, since they’re required—in some form, anyway—for devices to seamlessly connect with other devices a user trusts. The MAC addresses shown in the image above aren’t the actual device numbers, but rather temporary MAC addresses that rotate regularly. But Graham said unlike iPhone and Apple Watch addresses, MAC addresses for Macintosh computers aren’t obfuscated this way. By broadcasting only partial hashes of phone numbers, email addresses, and AppleID, Apple is clearly making an effort to make data collection hard. But the reality of rainbow tables, automated word or number lists, and lightning-fast hardware means it’s often trivial to crack those hashes. “This is the classic trade-off that companies like Apple try to make when balancing ease of use vs privacy/security,” independent privacy and security researcher Ashkan Soltani told Ars. “In general, automatic discovery protocols often require the exchange of personal information in order to make them work—and as such—can reveal things that could be considered sensitive. Most security and privacy minded folks I know disable automatic discovery protocols like AirDrop, etc just out of principle.” Source: Apple’s AirDrop and password sharing features can leak iPhone numbers (Ars Technica)
  4. No country on Earth has benefited from President Donald Trump’s trade fight with China more than Vietnam. The country’s factories have swelled with orders as American tariffs cause companies to reconsider making their products in China. Now, more big technology firms are looking to bulk up their manufacturing operations in Vietnam, lifting the ambitions of a nation already well on its way to becoming a powerhouse maker of smartphones and other high-end gadgets. First, though, Vietnam needs to get better at making the little plastic casings on your earbuds. Vu Huu Thang’s company in the northern city of Bac Ninh, Bac Viet Technology, produces small plastic parts for Canon printers, Korg musical instruments, and Samsung cellphones and phone accessories, including earbuds. He said it would be hard for his firm to compete against Chinese suppliers as long as he had to buy 70 to 100 tons of imported plastic material every month, most of it made in China. “Vietnam cannot compare with China,” Thang said. “When we buy materials, it’s 5, 10% more expensive than China already.” And the Vietnamese market is too small, he said, to entice plastic producers to set up plants here. Negotiators for the US and China are meeting in Shanghai this week to try to find a way forward in resolving their bruising trade war. But for some companies, spooked by what now appears to be a definitive darkening in the United States’ relations with China, the appeal of working in the world’s second-largest economy may already be tarnished for good. With smartphones, video game consoles and other consumer favorites potentially next on Trump’s tariff list, gadget-makers in particular are feeling pressure to find new low-wage places to make or finish their products. Apple has homed in on Vietnam and India as it intensifies its search for ways to diversify its supply chain. Nintendo has accelerated a shift in the production of its Switch console to Vietnam from China, according to Panjiva, a supply chain research firm. The Taiwanese electronics behemoth Foxconn, a major assembler of iPhones, said in January that it had acquired land-use rights in Vietnam and had pumped $200 million into an Indian subsidiary. Other Taiwanese and Chinese partners to Apple have indicated that they are considering ramping up operations in Vietnam as well. Even so, this nation of nearly 100 million people is not about to replace China as a manufacturing hub overnight. Land here can be expensive, and ready-to-use factories and warehouses are in short supply. Recruiting enough trained workers and managers is another potential challenge. “It’s definitely stretching Vietnam’s capabilities,” said Frederick R Burke, a managing director in Ho Chi Minh City for the law firm Baker McKenzie. Even though the country’s labour force is expanding by 1 million people a year, he added, “people are talking about labour shortages already.” Vietnam also does not have vast galaxies of companies churning out specialised components, parts and materials like those that manufacturers can call upon in China. Tran Thu Thuy said that “of course” she would love to work with Apple someday. Thuy’s firm, HTMP, makes metal molds that factories use to produce plastic and die-cast parts. She gestured toward a nearby MacBook. One day, she said, HTMP might be able to make the molds for metal laptop bodies. But she knows the company has to improve in many ways before that day can come. “There’s a long list,” she said. Vietnam is already a colossus in producing shoes, clothes and other types of labour-intensive goods, having long ago begun siphoning business away from its giant northern neighbour. Nike and Adidas now make close to half their sneakers in Vietnam. As factories have sprung up, the Vietnamese government has pledged to improve roads, ports and power plants. Hanoi has also signed deals with governments around the world to reduce tariffs, including an agreement reached last month with the European Union. The Trump administration has not failed to notice that its import levies have been shifting global commerce in Vietnam’s direction. The Treasury has put Hanoi on a watch list for manipulating the value of the Vietnamese currency, the dong, to help exporters. Trump suggested last month that Vietnam might be the next target for punitive tariffs, calling the country “almost the single worst abuser of everybody.” In response, the Vietnamese government said it wanted mutually beneficial trade ties with the United States, and it highlighted its efforts to punish exporters who illegally relabelled their goods as “Made in Vietnam” to dodge US taxes. Yet even Trump’s feuding seems unlikely to reverse the broader shifts that are turning north Vietnam into a major hub for electronics. Many of the hulking factory complexes that stretch across the horizon in long, palm-fringed rows are in no small part thanks to one company. More than a decade ago, Samsung Electronics, the South Korean titan, set up a plant in Bac Ninh to reduce its dependence on China. The move was prescient. Costs in China continued to increase, and Samsung’s sales there withered after Beijing called for boycotts on South Korean products over Seoul’s embrace of an US missile defence system in 2017. Samsung has since closed all but one of its smartphone plants in China. It now assembles around half the handsets it sells worldwide in Vietnam. Samsung’s subsidiaries in the country, which employ around 100,000 people, accounted for nearly a third of the company’s $220 billion in sales last year. A Samsung spokeswoman said about 90% of those sales involved goods shipped from Vietnam to other countries. That implies Samsung alone accounted for a quarter of Vietnam’s exports in 2018, although even that might not fully capture the company’s effect on the wider economy. Samsung’s success in Vietnam helped convince many of its South Korean suppliers that they needed to be here, too. “When you are a big company and you move to a place, everything follows you,” said Filippo Bortoletti, the deputy manager in Hanoi at the business advisory firm Dezan Shira. Some Vietnamese business owners say the blessings are mixed, though. Foreign giants, they say, come to Vietnam and work largely with vendors they already use elsewhere, leaving little room in their supply chains for local upstarts. Samsung has 35 Vietnamese suppliers, the company spokeswoman said. Apple declined to comment. When Samsung first set up in the country, it bought some of the metal fixtures used on its assembly lines from a local firm, Vietnam Precision Mechanical Service & Trading, or VPMS. But then more of Samsung’s South Korean partners started coming into the country, and after a year, Samsung and VPMS stopped working together, said Nguyen Xuan Hoang, one of the Vietnamese company’s founders. Price and quality were not the issue, Hoang said, over the hissing and clanging of machinery at his factory near Bac Ninh. The problem was scale: Samsung needed many more fixtures than VPMS could deliver. Vu Tien Cuong’s company, Fitek, produces industrial equipment for Samsung, Canon and other big firms around Bac Ninh. He acknowledged that most Vietnamese suppliers had quality and productivity issues that kept them from winning business from multinational companies. But he thinks that the root problem is inexperience, not a lack of money or knowledge. “Day by day,” Cuong said, Vietnam’s supplier base is improving and “growing up.” Nguyen Thi Hue, 28, knows a thing or two about growing up on the job. For a long time after starting her own company in 2015, Hue worked 16-hour days juggling a day job for another firm while getting her new venture off the ground. Her startup, Anofa, specialises in surface treatments for metal parts. It has worked with suppliers for foreign brands like the South Korean electronics-maker LG and the Italian motorcycle-maker Ducati. “We really look forward” to Apple’s expanding its supply chain in Vietnam, said Nguyen Van Huan, Hue’s husband, who is also her lawyer. Anofa has invested in new machines to try to win more business from foreign clients. “They have higher standards and requirements,” Huan said. “We can meet them,” Hue said, beaming. Source
  5. Which iPhones, iPads support Apple's iOS 13 and iPadOS? With the arrival this [Northern hemisphere] fall of iOS 13 and iPadOS, there's some bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and some of Apple's older iPads. Apple When it unveiled iOS 13 and iPadOS last month, Apple had bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and brushed off customers with an iPad Mini from the same years or a 2013 original iPad Air. According to Apple, iOS 13 - likely shot out of Cupertino in September - will be supported on these devices: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR (2018) iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus (2017) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (2016) iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (2015) iPhone SE (2016) iPod Touch, 7th generation (2019) [iOS 13 will also be pre-installed on the new iPhone(s) Apple introduces this [Northern hemisphere] fall.] This year's list is similar to, but not identical to the one Apple issued for iOS 12 in 2018. Several models were cut from 13's line-up, specifically: iPhone 5S (2013) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (2014) iPod touch, 6th generation (2015) At times, Apple has held the iOS support line for a year - it did just that in 2018, when the list was identical to 2017's. But more often, the company strikes the oldest devices, belatedly acknowledging what many users had concluded earlier: that the hardware couldn't execute the new OS and/or run recent apps without shifting into tortoise mode. This year's cull was much like 2017's, when that [Northern hemisphere] fall's iOS 11 declined to run on the then-aged iPhone 5 (2012), iPhone 5C (2013) and 4th generation iPad (2012). iPadOS dismisses a few tablets The new spin-off from iOS that Apple's billed as "[built on] the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad," has its own list of supported tablets, separated from the once-master line-up of all mobile devices. iPadOS will be supported on: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2015-2018) 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017) 9.7-inch iPad Pro (2016) iPad, 5th and 6th generations (2017-2018) iPad mini, 5th generation (2019) iPad mini 4 (2015) iPad Air, 3rd generation (2019) iPad Air 2 (2014) As on the iOS-iPhone side of Apple, this year's iPadOS-iPad platform had a few no-shows that were on the 2018 list, although the latter retained 2015's devices. These models have been winnowed: iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3 (2013-2014) iPad Air (original, 2013) Apple also listed the Mac models that will run the upcoming macOS 10.15, aka Catalina, when it delivers that upgrade. For its personal computer line, Apple will retain the prior year's models on the new version's support list. iOS 13 and iPadOS will be offered as a free over-the-air upgrade when they launch this [Northern Hemisphere] fall. Source: Which iPhones, iPads support Apple's iOS 13 and iPadOS? (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  6. Here We Go Again: Next iPhone Expected to Replace Lightning with USB Type-C Apple giving up on its proprietary Lightning connector on the iPhone and going for USB Type-C isn’t something that we haven’t heard before. In fact, the first time I reported about the Cupertino-based tech giant making this switch was in June 2018, while similar rumors surfaced once again in early January and then a few days later. All of them suggested that the 2019 iPhone could finally represent the end of the Lightning connector on Apple’s flagship product, as the company wants to embrace the port that everyone is using these days and provide users with a more convenient method to recharge their devices. Most recently, it was discovered that the first beta of iOS 13 that was announced at WWDC comes with similar hints the move from Lightning to USB Type-C is real and is happening as we speak. The recovery animation that it shown on an iPhone running iOS 13 beta no longer displays a Lightning cable, but an USB-C connector, and this is considered living proof the next-generation iPhone could indeed come with a new port. Three iPhones coming in September On the other hand, it’ll be interesting to see if this animation is also displayed on older iPhones where a Lightning cable is still required. iOS 13 is projected to go live in September, the same month when Apple will take the wraps off the 2019 iPhone generation. A total of three different iPhones will go live this year, and all of them will be successors to the existing models. This means Apple will launch upgraded iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR configurations, and people close to the matter said 2019 is the last year when an LCD iPhone sees the light of day. Further details are expected in the coming months as we approach the expected September unveiling date of the new iPhone generation. Source
  7. iPhone Users Can Now Download Larger Apps Over Cellular Apple has silently implemented a change in the App Store that’s likely to be well received by iPhone user with unlimited data plans. The company now allows us to download apps and games up to 200 MB using a cellular network. The older limit was 150 MB, and anything larger than this required a Wi-Fi connection. The increased cellular download limit covers any content that is published in the App Store, like apps, games, podcasts, and pretty much everything else. If a file is larger than the set limit, the following message is displayed on the iPhone: “App over 200 MB. Connect to a Wi-Fi network to download [app name].”No way to bypass the blockWhile the idea behind this restriction makes sense, the way it’s implemented leaves a lot to be desired. Technically, Apple wants to prevent iPhones from downloading larger files on cellular networks in order to avoid extra charges for customers with limited data plans. But as 9to5mac also notes, there’s no way to bypass this restriction and download large files over cellular, even if an unlimited data plan exists. In other words, regardless of your plan you can’t download apps and games over 200 MB without a Wi-Fi connection, and Apple doesn’t seem to keen on lifting this restriction. The previous update in this regard happened in September 2017 when Apple increased the cellular download limit from 100 MB to 150 MB, so it could take a while until the company pushes this limit even further or implements an option that would allow users to ignore the warning. Because this update takes place on Apple’s side, all devices connecting to the Apple Store are getting it, so it’s not dependent on model or iOS version. You can try it out yourselves by disabling the Wi-Fi connection and starting the download of a large app on cellular. Source
  8. The Cheapest iPhone This Year Will Launch in Two New Colors 2019 will be the last year when we get an LCD iPhone, so Apple might either retire the iPhone XR next year or switch it to OLED as well beginning with the 2020 generation. For the last LCD generation of the iPhone XR, Apple wants to introduce two new colors, according to a new report. The 2019 iPhone XR is expected to debut in a six-color lineup as well, albeit this year Apple wants to give up on two versions and replace them with two others that are completely new. Japanese site Macotakara reveals that the iPhone XR will be sold in white, black, yellow, and the special-edition (PRODUCT)RED, as well as in new green and lavender colors, which replace the existing coral and blue options.Hello, lavender!In other words, Apple is giving up on coral and blue and instead introduces a new green and lavender option that will be sold alongside the four mentioned above. It goes without saying that Apple has remained tight-lipped on this change, but if it indeed happens, it’s a clear indication that green coral and blue versions of the iPhone XR aren’t selling necessarily as good as anticipated. At the same time, introducing new options, like lavender, could help Apple increase the customer appeal of the iPhone XR, which would thus become available in new special colors that haven’t been previously offered on an iPhone. iPhone XR will undergo a massive upgrade under the hood this year, so expect it to get the same A13 processor as the other iPhones, but at the same time, it should also get two cameras instead of one on the back. On the other hand, it’s important to note that the other iPhones launching this year could come with a triple-camera setup on the back, so iPhone XR would continue to be positioned as the more affordable version of the three. Source
  9. The iPhone maker saw more of the same during the second quarter of 2019. Enlarge Andrew / Flickr Today, Apple shared its fiscal second-quarter results with shareholders. After a tumultuous first quarter that saw CEO Tim Cook revise the company's guidance weeks before the earnings report was made public, investors and analysts were looking for Apple to divulge some good news—particularly surrounding iPhone sales, its services business, and the situation in China. Apple somewhat delivered on those fronts, but overall, its Q2 2019 earnings report is a mixed bag. The company made $58 billion in revenue this quarter, which is on the higher end of its expected revenue spectrum ($55 to $59 billion), but down 5 percent year-over-year. iPhone sales made up $31 billion of that total amount, down from $37.5 billion during the same quarter in 2018. Apple stock jumped over 4 percent after the earnings report was released, pushing the company close to a $1 trillion valuation. Handling the iPhone’s decline Generally, Apple's other product segments did well this quarter. iPad sales revenue saw an increase from $4 billion in Q2 2018 to $4.8 billion in Q2 2019. Apple's wearables, home, and accessories category also saw revenue gains: up from $3.9 billion in Q2 2018 to $5.1 billion this quarter. Mac sales revenue saw a slight decline year-over-year. Cook attributed that decline to "processor constraints," but the CEO also said that these constraints should not have a long-term effect on Mac sales. But, as anticipated, Apple's services business hit an all-time high of $11.5 billion in revenue this quarter, up from $9.8 billion during the same period last year and up from Q1 2019's total revenue of $10.9 billion. After years of detailing iPhone sales growth, Cook described this quarter's iPhone sales revenue decline as being "significantly smaller than last quarter." Cook noted that the most challenging months in recent memory for iPhone sales was November 2018 and December 2018, and the company's goal is to "pick up the pace" to accelerate iPhone sales in the future. While users may be holding onto their iPhones for longer now, Apple cited the strong, positive response to its revamped trade-in and financing programs. After launching new programs in the US, China, UK, Spain, Italy, and Australia, Apple saw four times the trade-in volume than it did in March 2018. That means that customers are more likely to buy new iPhones if they can get some money back by handing over their existing handsets or if they can choose a financing option that works for them. At the end of last year, Apple explained that it would not report iPhone unit sales per quarter, a decision that frustrated some but makes sense for Apple's bottom-line. Instead, the company disclosed on its Q1 2019 earnings call that its global install base includes 900 million iPhones—and today's earnings report shows that the company's install base is comprised of 1.4 billion devices. Rather than focusing on how many new iPhones it has sold, Apple wants to now focus on how many iPhones are out in the world to show how vast its services business could be. Services and China Apple is hoping its slew of new services will appeal to many iPhone users. At an event in March, the company announced Apple News+, a news and magazine subscription program; Apple Arcade, a gaming subscription service; and Apple TV+, a TV-streaming subscription program. The former of the three is already available for $10 per month, but the latter two will debut in the fall. All of these new endeavors, along with Apple's existing services, represent a big part of the company's future. Cook described the "singularly exceptional experience" that Apple is trying to achieve with its devices and services. The company hopes that it can keep users in the Apple ecosystem by offering services that are similar to its hardware: easy-to-use, detail-orientated, and focused on privacy and security. How Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade will be received is unclear, but Apple's existing services are already bolstering this effort. Currently, Apple has 390 million paid subscriptions across its entire services portfolio—up from 120 million paid subscriptions at this time last year, and up by 30 million since last quarter. Cook did not break down that subscriber number, but as of last quarter, Apple Music had 50 million paid subscribers. On the topic of China, the country continues to present struggles for Apple as the company saw lower sales revenue than last year. This quarter, sales in Greater China produced $10.2 billion in revenue, down from Q2 2018's total revenue of $13 billion. However, Apple's leadership remains optimistic about its efforts in China. Tim Cook cited again the popularity of Apple's new trade-in and financing options, which have been a big hit in China as well as other countries. Cook also explained that price adjustments to account for weaker currency have had a positive effect in the region, as well as stimulus programs created by local governments and the improved trade dialogue between the United States and China. Many analysts probed Apple about its recent settlement with Qualcomm, in which the companies came to an agreement to dismiss all litigation after just one day in court. The agreement resulted in a multi-year supply and licensing deal in which Apple will continue to use Qualcomm's chips in its devices. Cook didn't provide any more details about the settlement, only saying that the company is "glad to put the litigation behind us." Source: Apple sets sights on services as iPhone revenue continues to fall (Ars Technica)
  10. Apple to Launch a “New” iPhone 8 in 2020 with Upgraded Hardware, Lower Price The 2020 iPhone lineup could include an upgraded version of the original iPhone 8, according to a new report. China-based Economic Daily News reveals that Apple wants to give the iPhone an under-the-hood upgrade and re-launch the device in global markets next year in order to tackle the mid-range smartphone market. As a result, Apple also wants to make this second-edition iPhone 8 more affordable, with the cited source indicating a target price of approximately $649. The original iPhone 8 was launched in 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, and it’s still available for purchase worldwide. There are no plans for a revised iPhone 8 Plus, it seems. However, if this plan indeed gets the green light, the current version of the iPhone could be retired, while the new model would be positioned as a more affordable alternative to the upgraded iPhone XS and XR.Same design, same dimensionsThe source claims the 2020 iPhone 8 would still feature a 4.7-inch LCD screen with the same dimensions as the current model. It will however boast an Apple A13 processor, an upgraded camera (a single lens, not a dual-lens configuration), plus 128GB storage. A new PCB design will also be used. Pegatron is very likely to be in charge of manufacturing the new iPhone 8, and it looks like Apple wants to build approximately 20 million units in the first year, though these numbers could be adjusted as we get closer to the estimated launch date. Most likely, the new iPhone 8 would be primarily aimed at markets where the new-generation iPhones fail to meet the expected figures due to their premium price. Older iPhones, including here the iPhone 8, continue to sell like hotcakes in countries like China, so with this new model, Apple wants to benefit from this strong demand while also giving owners of older iPhones another reason to upgrade. Keep in mind that right now we’re still in the rumor stage, so a certain amount of skepticism is recommended at this point. Source
  11. Company Claims All iPhones Violate Its Wi-Fi Patents As if Apple’s legal trouble with Qualcomm wasn’t enough, the Cupertino-based tech giant is now dragged to the court once again, this time for allegedly violating the Wi-Fi patents owned by a company called Red Rock Analytics. In a lawsuit discovered by AI, this company claims that Apple uses its patents covering transceiver technology for Wi-Fi chips without authorization. The alleged technology is being used by Apple on most of its products, including iPhones (all models dating back to the iPhone 4), iPads, Apple TV, MacBooks, and the Apple Watch. The new-generation iPhones, including the XS and the XR, are also infringing on the patent, Red Rock claims. As a result, this company is now seeking a trial by jury and wants Apple to pay damages for using its patent without authorization. As per Apple’s approach, the Cupertino giant hasn’t commented on these claims, and there’s a chance it’d never say anything public about the lawsuit until it comes to an end. As the cited source notes, Red Rock has previously sued Samsung over the same claims as well, but details on how everything ended aren’t available at this point. However, the South Korean firm itself filed a countersuit, so it remains to be seen if Apple wants to the same time.Apple’s legal battlesMeanwhile, Apple is involved in other legal wars, several of them against the San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm. The company has already lost lawsuits in China and Germany, where it was accused of violating Qualcomm patents, and despite appeals already being filed, the iPhone was subject to a local ban following the court ruling. Apple remains one of the favorite targets of patent trolls across the world, so the dispute against Red Rock is something that’s very common for the iPhone maker. Source
  12. Microsoft Announces New Translator App Update for iPhone Microsoft has just released a new update to the official Translator app for iPhone, and this time the company hasn’t necessarily focused on new features, but on refining the performance of the existing ones. As a result, Microsoft Translator for iOS version 3.2.12 features improvements for visual accessibility, with Microsoft explaining that it added additional labeling, localization, and support for screen-readers. This will certainly come in handy for users with accessibility features enabled on their devices, so the translation process should be greatly enhanced. Additionally, this new version of Microsoft Translator includes improved support for landscape mode in the conversation feature, translation history, phrasebook, and settings. This means that if you use the app in landscape mode, the Translator app should adapt to your settings much faster and the experience overall should be smoother.More bug fixes under the hoodAnd last but not least, the Translator app is being updated with bug fixes, including a patch for the language selection issue on larger sizes of the Apple Watch. So if you used the Translator app on an Apple Watch, selecting the language should now work correctly regardless of the smartwatch version that you own. Microsoft Translator is quite a popular app on both Android and iOS, and the rating that it has in both stores speaks for itself. For example, the app has an overall rating of 4.7 points out of a maximum of 5 in the App Store, with nearly 47,000 ratings at the time of writing this article. The Translator app requires iOS 10 or later, and it supports a wide array of languages, including not only the most popular ones, like English, Spanish, French, and German, but also less widespread languages such as Hungarian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, and Turkish. You can download the Microsoft Translator app for iOS from the App Store using this link. Source
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  14. How to stop your iPhone from tracking and storing the locations of where you live, work, and visit Did you know that your iPhone is keeping a detailed history of places you visit on a regular basis? A feature built into iOS is constantly tracking your movements and storing a detailed history of places you visit on a regular basis on your iPhone. The feature, called Significant Locations, is described by Apple as follows: Allows your iPhone to learn places significant to you in order to provide useful location-related information in Maps, Calendar, Photos, and more. Significant Locations are encrypted and cannot be read by Apple. For some, this is going to be no big deal. For others, this will be seen as overreach on Apple's part, and an invasion of privacy. So how do you find what information this feature has collected avbout you? Well, good luck finding it on your own because Apple has done an amazing job of burying it deep within the bowels of iOS. This feature is located at Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Significant Locations. Note that you have to scroll to the bottom of the list in Location Services to find System Services, and Significant Locations is also at the bottom of the list. In order to gain access to this data you will need to authenticate yourself using the iPhone's passcode, or using Touch ID or Face ID, so it's not like this information is available to anyone who has access to your iPhone. Once you're in the Significant Locations screen, you will be greeted with a list of places you have visited, which is then further broken down into more detailed locations, along with dates you were at that place. Tapping on any of the entries brings up a map showing the precise location, along with the times that you were at that location. To delete the data already collected you have two options: Selectively delete the data by going into each entry, tapping Edit in the top-right of the screen, and removing the entries one at a time Bulk deleting the data scrolling to the bottom of the listing on the Significant Locations page and tapping Clear History You can turn off this feature completely by toggling the switch in the Significant Locations page in Settings. This prevents new data being collected, but it's important to note that it does not delete data already collected and stored. Source
  15. Hackers use stolen Apple prototypes to break into iPhone Apple's production lines are so massive that it's easy to imagine iPhones being smuggled out of there. We all know the story of the prototype iPhone 4 that was left at a bar, spoiling what could have been one of the biggest surprises in Apple history. But have you heard the one about the stolen prototype iPhones that are still winding up in unintended hands — in this case, hackers bent on finding ways to break into Apple’s operating system? As per a report, some of the most prominent iOS hackers have made use of prototype iPhones to break into iOS. Just like every smartphone maker, Apple also develops a prototype or 'dev-fused' iPhone for testing different technologies, modems, chips. If you are an iPhone user, chances are that you know about Cydia, the jailbroken app store for iPhone and iPads. While Jailbreaking is a type of hack that is mostly used to sideload paid apps for free, there are other types of hacks as well. Hacks that are either much more problematic or useful, depending on which side of the hack one is in. Apple phones come with a Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) that encrypts sensitive data on the phone and is set-up as a separate entity. Motherboard investigated how some of the best hackers were able to get study the chip and the answer is said to be a “dev-fused” iPhone, which is an iPhone that was lifted before finishing the production process. As per the report, these dev-fused iPhones are pre-jailbroken devices in which many security features are disabled. This is so that researchers can test them easily but these devices were never intended to get out of Apple’s reach. The Motherboard report says there’s now a gray market for “dev-fused” iPhones and each product sells for thousands of dollars. Why? Because they help hackers, security researchers crack iPhones and find critical vulnerabilities in them. Gaining root access to these pre-production iPhones is said to be much easier than doing the same on a commercially available iPhone. Source
  16. iPhone Users Now Complaining They Accidentally Turn on the Flashlight It’s never quiet in the Apple world, especially right now when the company is getting through some very difficult times due to lower than anticipated iPhone sales. But when it comes to customers, they always find the most unexpected problems in Apple’s products, so it shouldn’t be such a big surprise that some are now complaining of accidentally turning on the flashlight on their iPhones. A report from USA Today cites a number of iPhone users who claim this feature is too easy to enable from the lock screen because Apple has placed a shortcut right on the main screen. In other words, a feature that was supposed to be super useful is turning into an annoying thing, all because enabling the flashlight is too easy to do by accident.Apple hasn’t yet acknowledged the problemThe cited report claims that many users ended up walking on the street with the flashlight turned on in their pocket, only to be warned by others that the light shines behind their clothes. It looks like nearly 500 iPhone users have already reported the problem to Apple, but an official statement from the company isn’t yet available. And I guess there will never be one, as the Cupertino tech giant doesn’t typically acknowledge such issues, but instead fixes them quietly if this ever happens. By the looks of things, the problem is mostly experienced on new-generation iPhones, starting with the iPhone X and continuing with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. USA Today says the first reports of flashlight accidentally enabled made the rounds last year, just after the debut of the iPhone X, but the number of complaints is significantly higher this year after the introduction of the new models. For now, if you end up with the flashlight enabled in your pocket, there are several ways to disable it, including touching the icon on the lock screen or by asking Siri to do it. Source
  17. Apple’s declining revenue from iPhone sales fueled concerns about the company’s smartphone business, but CEO Tim Cook used Tuesday’s earnings conference call to highlight Apple’s success in other areas, including wearables. Apple said its iPhone revenue declined 15% while revenue from other areas grew by 19%. Services revenue reached an all-time high of $10.9 billion, up 19% over the prior year, and revenue from Mac and Wearables, Home and Accessories also reached all-time highs, growing 9% and 33%, respectively. Revenue from iPad grew 17%. In prepared statements, Cook referenced the Jan. 2 letter he sent to shareholders signaling Apple’s revenue for the quarter would be lower than originally guided. He reiterated the factors that went into that assessment, including a drop in revenue in parts of China where it saw declines across iPhone, Mac and iPad products. However, he emphasized that the company remains optimistic about its business in China and areas in which it sees growth there. Asked whether perhaps Apple priced the latest iPhones too high and might have to bring prices down in the future, Cook said the iPhone XS initially cost the same in the U.S. as the iPhone X was priced a year prior. It priced the XR in the middle of where the entry iPhone 8 and 8+ had been listed, so it was a small difference in the U.S. compared to the year-ago period. However, a foreign exchange issue amplified the difference in international markets and in emerging markets in particular, he said. “What we have done in January, in some locations in some products, is essentially absorb part or all of the foreign currency” moves and get close to or right on the local price from a year ago. “So yes, I do think price is a factor,” Cook said. In some developed markets, such as Japan and the U.S., even though the subsidy has gone away for a period of time, the subsidy is probably the bigger of the issues. “We are working through those and we’ve got a number of actions to address that,” including trade-ins and installment payments, Cook said. Of course, some people are just holding onto their iPhones longer. “We do design our products to last as long as possible,” Cook said, noting the some people hang onto their phones for the life of the product and others trade them in. There’s no doubt that the upgrade cycle has extended and the upgrades for the quarter were less than anticipated for several reasons. Where that goes in the future, “I don’t know, but I’m convinced that making a great product that is high-quality product is the best thing for the customer and we work for the user," Cook said. As for Apple’s plans for video, Cook said the company participates there in a variety of ways, including through Apple TV. Airplay 2 has support on a number third-party TVs. Apple also will participate in the original content world, having signed a multiyear deal with Oprah. But Cook’s not ready to talk about it too much. “We’re hired some great people” who are working very hard, and there will be more to say about that later. Apple shares were up about 5% in after-hours trading, at around $163.50. That compares to its closing price of $157.92 on Jan. 2, when Apple lowered its revenue projections for the quarter. "Apple’s Q1 (holiday) earnings report didn’t hold many surprises,” said eMarketer Principal Analyst Yoram Wurmser in a written statement. “The headline number is the 15% YoY drop in iPhone revenue, which Apple largely attributed to problems in the Chinese market. On the bright side, many of its other devices did well, including iPads, wearables and iMacs. But the iPhone has been the big driver for Apple’s earning for the past decade, so investors will likely be curious to see how Apple plans to regain its momentum." Source
  18. Google is also monitoring iPhone usage with a private app Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Google is distributing a private app that monitors how people use their iPhones, in much the same way that Facebook did — and got in trouble for. Google’s app, reported today by TechCrunch, rewards users with gift cards for letting Google collect information on their internet usage. The app appears to rely on Apple’s enterprise program, which allows for the distribution of internal apps within a company. That could be a problem: Apple says these apps should only be used by a company’s employees, and companies that violate the policy could be banned, having all their internal apps disabled. That’s exactly what happened to Facebook today. Google’s app, called Screenwise Meter, is part of a program that’s been around since 2012, which first started tracking household web access through a Chrome extension and a special Google-provided tracking router. Screenwise is open to anyone above 18, but allows users 13 and up to join the program if they’re in the same household; that’s different than Facebook’s tracking app, which specifically targeted people between the ages of 13 and 25. TechCrunch Though both Facebook’s Research app and Google’s Screenwise apps are fully opt-in, recent privacy issues have put the spotlight on tech companies’ vast collection of user data. The apps aren’t necessarily malicious since users must consent to join the programs, but $20 a month from Facebook or a couple gift cards from Google in exchange for total access to all your data is, as our Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton argues, “a bad bargain for participants.” The question is whether Apple will enforce a similar kind of punishment on Google as it has on Facebook. This morning, Apple shut down Facebook’s ability to run and distribute internal iOS apps, denying distribution to the pre-release version of Facebook, Instagram, and more. In a statement about Facebook, Apple said “any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked.” We’ve reached out to Google and Apple for comment. Source
  19. If This Is the iPhone 11, I Buy Two of Them Right Here, Right Now - Video The current iPhone generation isn’t selling very well, and just like customers, Apple is very likely to be looking forward to the next model due in September. This is because the Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to make some significant tweaks on the new iPhones, especially because otherwise, it’s pretty clear that the days when Apple managed to set sales records would be gone. And while the company itself remains tight-lipped on everything related to a new iPhone, the fanbase out there knows exactly what it should look like. The concept you see here, and which was created by Gunho Lee and Ran Avni for ConceptsiPhone, is based on an idea that I’ve seen before but which I’m still not sure Apple would use. The new iPhones use a design inspired from the original iPhone 4, or the iPhone SE if you want a more recent example. At the same time, it bundles changes that would make this alleged iPhone 11 the best model ever released by the company, including a triple camera layout placed on the back.Touch ID in the screenWhat’s more, the concept creators believe it’s time for Apple to embrace fingerprint sensors embedded into the screen, as this is becoming a key feature of modern flagships. There are also other upgrades on this proposed iPhone, including a 120Hz display borrowed from the iPad, as well as a Product(RED) version. While there’s no doubt that Apple designers do come across these concepts, I really doubt the design of the next iPhone is tweaked based on these ideas. However, there’s a chance some of them get very close to the real deal simply because they make sense, as it’s the case of the triple rear camera placed in a vertical orientation. The new iPhones will go live in September, so expect further leaks and concepts to make the rounds in the meantime. Source
  20. Earlier this week, Apple released the third maintenance update for its iOS 12.1 mobile operating system for supported iPhone and iPad devices, versioned 12.1.3, which fixes a handful of annoyances, but also introduces a nasty issue. We usually recommend our readers to update to the latest stable software version of their operating systems and apps as soon as possible, but if you haven't updated your iPhone to iOS 12.1.3, don't do it, because it may cause a "No Service" issue where you're left only with Wi-Fi and no mobile network/data. It happened to me too, hours after updating to iOS 12.1.3, I was slapped with a "No Service" issue on my iPhone 7. After enabling AirPlane mode and then disabling it, the device wasn't able to find the mobile carrier, first displaying "Searching..." and a minute later showing "No Service" in the left side of the screen, next to the Wi-Fi icon. I thought it was just me, but it looks like more and more users are reporting this issue.Here's how to temporarily fix the "No Service" issue on iOS 12.1.3While Apple is yet to release a fix, I was able to resolve the "No Service" issue on my iPhone 7 with a little bit of patience. As expected, my first instinct was to turn on and off the AirPlane mode, but that didn't work. I also rebooted the phone, and that didn't work either, so I enabled AirPlane mode again (with Wi-Fi also disabled) and placed the device on its stand. A few hours later, I turned off AirPlane mode and the "No Service" issue was still there, so I rebooted the phone again, and, finally, the problem was fixed. So, as you can see, there's no exact workaround for this unwanted problem Apple brought on us with the iOS 12.1.3 update, but you could also try resetting the Network Settings if rebooting/AirPlane mode combo doesn't work for you. The "No Service" issue hasn't returned to this day, but I decided not to take any risks and upgraded my iPhone 7 to the first beta of iOS 12.2 until Apple decides to release another maintenance update for iOS 12.1 to fix the problem. I do not recommend you switch to the latest beta iOS update, as that may cause other issues as well, so all you can do is wait for a fix or try your hand at the workarounds mentioned above. Source
  21. Chaos’ iPhone X Attack Alleges Remote Jailbreak The attack makes use of previously disclosed critical vulnerabilities in the Apple Safari web browser and iOS. A Chinese security researcher has published what he claims is a proof-of-concept exploit that would allow a remote attacker to jailbreak an iPhoneX, unbeknownst to the user – allowing them to gain access to a victim’s data, processing power and more. Qixun Zhao of Qihoo 360 built the exploit, which he calls “Chaos,” around previously disclosed critical vulnerabilities in the Apple Safari web browser and iOS, which Apple patched this week with iOS version 12.1.3. Phones running iOS 12.1.2 and earlier versions are still vulnerable to Chaos, which employs two security vulnerabilities that were first demonstrated at TianfuCup hacking contest last November: A memory corruption flaw in Apple’s Safari WebKit (CVE-2019-6227); and a use-after-free memory corruption issue in the iOS kernel (CVE-2019-6225). The first vulnerability would allow a malefactor to create a malicious web page using the Safari browser, containing scripts for executing arbitrary code on a targeted device. Once that code is executed, an attacker can use the second flaw to gain elevated privileges and stealthily install a malicious application of his or her choice. That application can be any kind of malware, built for eavesdropping or other espionage, ad fraud, premium SMS fraud, cryptomining or a raft of other nefarious activities, the researcher said. The attack does of course have a social-engineering aspect; victims would need to be enticed to visit the malicious webpage via Safari on their iPhone Xs. While the researcher published a PoC video, he has opted not to publish the jailbreak code itself, given the potentially large attack surface. “I will not release the exploit code, if you want to jailbreak, you will need to complete the exploit code yourself or wait for the jailbreak community’s release,” he said in a technical write-up of the exploit on Wednesday. “At the same time, I will not mention the exploit details of the post exploit, as this is handled by the jailbreak community.” Interestingly, the news comes shortly after exploit acquisition vendor Zerodium said that it is upping its payouts for full, working exploits across its entire program. Apple attacks fetch the highest price: It’s now paying $2 million for remote iOS jailbreaks. Threatpost has reached out to Apple and will update this story with any comment. Source
  22. A California judge has ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision. Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds weren’t permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to a ruling uncovered by Forbes, all logins are equal. The order came from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the denial of a search warrant for an unspecified property in Oakland. The warrant was filed as part of an investigation into a Facebook extortion crime, in which a victim was asked to pay up or have an “embarassing” video of them publicly released. The cops had some suspects in mind and wanted to raid their property. In doing so, the feds also wanted to open up any phone on the premises via facial recognition, a fingerprint or an iris. While the judge agreed that investigators had shown probable cause to search the property, they didn’t have the right to open all devices inside by forcing unlocks with biometric features. On the one hand, magistrate judge Kandis Westmore ruled the request was “overbroad” as it was “neither limited to a particular person nor a particular device.” But in a more significant part of the ruling, Judge Westmore declared that the government did not have the right, even with a warrant, to force suspects to incriminate themselves by unlocking their devices with their biological features. Previously, courts had decided biometric features, unlike passcodes, were not “testimonial.” That was because a suspect would have to willingly and verbally give up a passcode, which is not the case with biometrics. A password was therefore deemed testimony, but body parts were not, and so not granted Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination. That created a paradox: How could a passcode be treated differently to a finger or face, when any of the three could be used to unlock a device and expose a user’s private life? And that’s just what Westmore focused on in her ruling. Declaring that “technology is outpacing the law,” the judge wrote that fingerprints and face scans were not the same as “physical evidence” when considered in a context where those body features would be used to unlock a phone. “If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one’s finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device,” the judge wrote. “The undersigned finds that a biometric feature is analogous to the 20 nonverbal, physiological responses elicited during a polygraph test, which are used to determine guilt or innocence, and are considered testimonial.” There were other ways the government could get access to relevant data in the Facebook extortion case “that do not trample on the Fifth Amendment,” Westmore added. They could, for instance, ask Facebook to provide Messenger communications, she suggested. Facebook has been willing to hand over such messages in a significant number of previous cases Forbes has reviewed. Law finally catching up with tech? Over recent years, the government has drawn criticism for its smartphone searches. In 2016, Forbes uncovered a search warrant not dissimilar to the one in California. Again in the Golden State, the feds wanted to go onto a premises and force unlock devices with fingerprints, regardless of what phones or who was inside. Andrew Crocker, senior staff attorney at the digital rights nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the latest California ruling went a step further than he’d seen other courts go. In particular, Westmore observed alphanumeric passcodes and biometrics served the same purpose in unlocking phones. “While that’s a fairly novel conclusion, it’s important that courts are beginning to look at these issues on their own terms,” Crocker told Forbes. “In its recent decisions, the Supreme Court has made clear that digital searches raise serious privacy concerns that did not exist in the age of physical searches—a full forensic search of a cellphone reveals far more than a patdown of a suspect’s pockets during an arrest for example.” The magistrate judge decision could, of course, be overturned by a district court judge, as happened in Illinois in 2017 with a similar ruling. The best advice for anyone concerned about government overreach into their smartphones: Stick to a strong alphanumeric passcode that you won’t be compelled to disclose. Source
  23. The AchieVer

    iPhone 11 Could Feature Wi-Fi 6 Support

    Apple’s 2019 iPhone may not feature significant upgrades in terms of design, but the real magic could happen under the hood if all the recent rumors are anything to be believed. Most recently, Barclays analysts projected that the next iPhone family could come with support for Wi-Fi 6, thus providing faster wireless connectivity by using the latest generation technology. Wi-Fi 6 (ax) was announced in late 2018, and it is expected that the standard would be adopted by devices launching this year, including flagship products from Apple and Samsung. As far as the South Korean firm goes, for instance, the analysts believe the Galaxy series could use it too, so we expect both the Galaxy S10 launching next month and the Galaxy Note 10 due in the summer to include support for the tech. Needless to say, iPhones coming with Wi-Fi 6 tech is just a guess for now, and confirmation would only be offered in September when the new models are projected to be unveiled.5G support on new iPhones?A report that made the rounds earlier this week indicated that the 2019 iPhone project is already in an advanced stage and Apple is no longer expected to make any significant changes. The new generation is likely to include three different models, all of them based on the existing versions. There will be a successor to each 2018 iPhone, with the 2019 iPhone XR to use a dual-camera system. The iPhone XS Max will also be upgraded to three cameras on the back. One particular question that isn’t yet answered concerns the 5G support. While reports that made the rounds in late 2018 indicated that Apple could wait until 2020 to bring this feature to its devices, more recently it has been speculated that the company is already in talks with Samsung and MediaTek over 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones. The two could join Intel into providing new iPhones with 5G capabilities, though for now, it’s not exactly clear if the talks are on the table for the 2019 products or the ones coming next year. Source
  24. Hardware security key maker Yubico has a new product in the works to give iPhones the same authentication technology available today to Android phones and to Windows and Mac personal computers. Previewed at the CES show this week, the YubiKey for Lightning supports Apple's proprietary iPhone and iPad port on one end and the USB-C port common on Android phones and PCs. By tapping into logon standards such as FIDO 2, WebAuthn, and U2F, hardware security keys provide extra security in addition to passwords -- or sometimes with no password at all. Hardware security keys are an important development in the quest to keep accounts secure from hackers and identity thieves. The new YubiKey for Lightning should help iPhone owners keep up with modern practices. Passwords are plagued with shortcomings -- chiefly that the ones easiest to remember and type are the most vulnerable -- and even stronger protections like one-time codes sent by text message are increasingly vulnerable. Google credits its security keys for thwarting phishing attacks against its employees. To use the keys, from companies like Yubico and Feitian, you insert the key into your device's USB port during logon and push a button. You might have to use them in conjunction with a second authentication factor like passwords, fingerprints or face recognition. Some of Yubico's keys work wirelessly, too, with NFC (near-field communication) radio technology. Even though newer iPhones support NFC, though, there are limits that hobbled YubiKey abilities. The Lightning-enabled model should get around those, Yubico said. The product should be a boon to anyone using hardware keys to protect accounts like Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and Office 365, Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook, Github, LastPass, 1Password and Dashlane. Source
  25. New cameras to compete with Android handsets Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple is reportedly planning to release three new iPhones later this year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will introduce a successor to the iPhone XR with an LCD display, alongside two other handsets. The high-end 2019 iPhone. presumably the largest of the three, is also rumored to include a triple camera system at the rear, in an effort that’s clearly designed to compete with the latest crop of Android handsets that include multiple cameras. Renders of a triple camera iPhone leaked last week, with OnLeaks claiming Apple will introduce such a system later this year. It’s not clear what an additional camera at the rear of an iPhone will enable, but the rumors have emerged after reports that Sony is boosting its 3D camera output for chips that will power rear-facing 3D cameras on smartphones in 2019. View image on Twitter Apple is also reportedly considering going OLED-only for its 2020 iPhone models, according to the WSJ. Such a move would likely raise the overall selling price of Apple’s iPhones next year, amidst concerns over iPhone sales in China and other developing markets. Apple recently warned it could miss $9 billion in iPhone sales in the recent quarter due to weaker demand. source
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