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Why Apple shouldn’t develop a backdoor for iOS as requested by the FBI following San Bernardino events

FBI (a.k.a. USA Federal Bureau Investigation) wants one of the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone 5C unlocked by Apple; even though it seems an easy matter, Apple doesn’t want to comply. And they have more than good reasons to do so.

First of all, Apple isn’t siding with terrorists: many big tech companies like Google and Microsoft have expressed their support. They already provided their stored backups of the device and did everything they could to help the investigators: however Cupertino does not want to decrypt the device itself by breaking its passcode protection. Since iOS 8, Apple deleted the encryption keys of their customer’s devices from their servers: in other words, not even they can access the stored data because they don’t have any way to do so anymore. As a result, the FBI is locked out of the phone and so is Apple… more or less.

Due to the security measures of iOS, FBI has requested Apple to develop a very particular version of their mobile operative system by introducing a backdoor that would let them brute force the passcode with the speed of modern computers, something they can’t do with the iOS we all know. By “brute forcing” we mean trying to input every possible combination electronically: Apple doesn’t let this happen in two ways: by wiping the data after 10 failed attempts, or by repeatedly disabling the device after too many wrong attempts. Read More…

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Apple’s iOS 9 update may render your iPhone 6 useless

When iOS 9 launched some users had been hit with an “error 53” message at the end of the process. Rather than updating the device, it made some Apple iPhone 6’s owners a brick. Little was known about this cryptic error: Apple only knew that it was an unrecoverable system failure and the fix was to change the device with a new one (paying for it of course).

Error 53 would show up if the home button assembly had been repaired by a third-party rather than Apple itself: this is common practice among users as third-parties ask a fraction for the service compared to Apple. A large number of users found themselves forced to pay for a replacement when iOS 9 was made publicly available, and now we know why.

The home button on the iPhone 6 also houses the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. While it is extremely handy for unlocking the device, it’s also used for more important things like purchases on the App Store, Apple Pay and sometimes to access sensible information. The Touch ID sensor that comes with the iPhone has a unique pairing with the device itself: replacing the component causes this pair to fail, and locks you out permanently from using this feature at all, including all of those that depend on it. It’s meant to be a security feature to prevent that somebody could replaced the original Touch ID with a malicious one. When updating the device to a newer release of iOS additional security checks are the cause of the fatal error 53 that permanently makes the iPhone useless. Read More…

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus #chipgate is this year’s hoax, just like the precedent…

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It has become a trend; while Apple announces record sales for the new iPhones, there has to be somebody who’s ready to point the finger at everything that might not be working properly. The iPhone 6 bendgate has been demonstrated to be an overly exaggerated reaction to somebody who liked to try bending their device, which is definitely not a smart thing to do. For those who complained about the iPhone bending in their pockets, consider you are on the Internet: you do not know what the user had done with the phone itself. There are many who simply seek a short burst of popularity, and most of the Web surfers are easy to take sides. Read More…

The iPhone 6S’ 2GB of RAM do wonders compared to previous generations

As a rule of thumb, nowadays any computer should be fitted with at least 8GB of RAM to ensure a smooth experience as it gets older. Smartphones on the other side are much smaller and less powerful than a fully fledged computer: as a result, they don’t need as much power.

Anyway, up until the iPhone 6, all the iterations of iPhone lineup did never go beyond the 1 GB of RAM. The 4S, which is currently the oldest supported iPhone to date, has 512 MB which are hardly enough to carry the burden of the newest iOS. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus truly changed everything that’s inside the device: 3D Touch, 4K video recording, faster performance, you name them… RAM included. Read More…

“Dear Apple, please call it the iPhone 7”, says a NY-based ad agency

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We are just a few days away from the announcement of the next generation of iPhones, and by all means it’s likely to bear the 6S name right on the box. However a NY-based ad agency (founded in 2000) named 6S Marketing believes it might not be quite a good thing for their image.

Everything started with an open letter to Apple from 6S, explaining the reason of their name: a wordplay that uses the number six and the “s” letter to sound like the word success when pronounced together. They continued that in no way they imagined that one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world could inadvertently come out with a device whose name may cause a conflict between them. Read More…

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