New iPhone Malware is Stealing User Data

Internet security company Trend Micro has discovered a new malware that infects iPhones running iOS 7 or iOS 8, known as XAgent. Though the method of infection is yet to be uncovered, it is thought be spread via phishing attacks, with messages from one infected phone being sent to others, containing malicious links.

XAgent steals user data, including photos, text messages, contacts, and location data. Trend Micro posted the following details about XAgent to its blog:

The XAgent app is fully functional malware. After being installed on iOS 7, the app’s icon is hidden and it runs in the background immediately. When we try to terminate it by killing the process, it will restart almost immediately.

Installing the malware into an iOS 8 device yields different results. The icon is not hidden and it also cannot restart automatically. This suggests that the malware was designed prior to the release of iOS 8 last September 2014.

Trend Micro claims that XAgent was developed by a team of Russian hackers – called Operation Pawn Storm – and that the malware may have been designed to target government, military, and media outlets. The Trend Micro blog continues:

The actors of Pawn Storm tend to first move a lot of pawns in the hopes they come close to their actual, high profile targets. When they finally successfully infect a high profile target, they might decide to move their next pawn forward: advanced espionage malware.

The iOS malware we found is among those advanced malware. We believe the iOS malware gets installed on already compromised systems, and it is very similar to next stage SEDNIT malware we have found for Microsoft Windows’ systems.

Anyone concerned about the security of their device can get more details of XAgent at the Trend Micro website.

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Steelseries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller Available Now For iOS7 Devices

Steelseries announced earlier today that their brand new Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller is now available for iOS7 devices. The Stratus is the only iOS controller that is wireless and that works with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so there is no need to have separate compatible gaming controllers for all your devices. The controller is available now from Apple stores as well as the website for $79.99/ €79.99.

The controller is quite expensive, but given the controllers capabilities it is easily one of the best options on the market today for mobile gaming. We actually saw the controller just a few weeks ago in Las Vegas when the eTeknix team stopped by the Steelseries suite at CES 2014, and at that point the controller was actually revealed to be a little over $100! We thought that was way too expensive and it looks like Steelseries thought so too, as they said they’ve made every effort since the show to reduce the price, so we are really happy to see that it has now been reduced by at least $20. SteelSeries will honour the launch price of $79.99 / €79.99 on all pre-orders it has already taken for the controller on its websites globally, which is obviously great news.

“The media and consumer reaction to the announcement of the Stratus Controller at CES really demonstrated the power behind this product, and the new category of gaming we can enable by working together with Apple,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “More than ever, we see the power of this platform and we want to make every effort to make it accessible to as many consumers as possible. We have therefore worked closely with our retail partners and suppliers with the objective of lowering the retail price target without changing any of the terrific features of this product.”

“Since our inception, SteelSeries has been committed to not only making great and innovative products, but also to investing considerable time and resources into building a global gaming community. Working diligently with our suppliers to lower the MSRP, which we believe will help welcome a new world of gamers into this exciting space, allows us to stay true to our roots and provide consumers everywhere an exceptional value,” said Jacob Wolff-Petersen, SteelSeries Founder.

The controller is packed full of features including four back buttons, pressure sensitive face buttons, dual analogue sticks and more. We plan to have one in for review very soon and personally I can’t wait to put it through its paces so stay tuned for an in-depth look at its features and performance in the coming weeks.

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First Official Apple Certified Wireless Controller Released By SteelSeries

SteelSeries has launched its first wireless controller for iOS 7 devices, making it the first fully wireless controller for iDevices certified by Apple. The Stratus looks like a smaller version of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 controller, and features a directional pad. There are two analog sticks and four face and shoulder buttons. All buttons are pressure sensitive, and the controller comes with a single micro-USB port at the bottom for charging. The controller connects via Bluetooth 2.1, and works with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad 4th gen and the 5th gen iPod Touch running iOS 7.

SteelSeries claims that the device has a full charge endurance of 10 hours, with the controller taking 2 hours to fully charge. Currently, not all games recognize a wireless controller, but more are starting to work with external controllers, so it should not be too long before every game in your catalogue works with the Stratus. Newer games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, for instance, work just fine with the Stratus.

Other wireless controllers like the MOGA Ace Power and the Logitech Powershell connect using the Lighting port, and as such aren’t the best solution if you’re looking to use the Lighting port for HDMI out. In that way, the SteelSeries Stratus is significantly better. However, the diminutive size of the controller is a drawback, and we for one cannot see the Stratus as the ideal controller for extended sessions of Infinity Blade 3.

Another major issue with the Stratus is its price, which is at $99.99. This is astronomically high considering Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PS4 controllers cost $59.99 and are leagues ahead both in terms of build quality and comfort.

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Latest iOS 7 Jailbreak Release To Lack Cydia, Has TaiG Chinese Alternative Instead

Following the release of Evad3rs’ new iOS 7 jailbreak for all iOS 7.x versions including 7.0.4, we now hear that it is not as expected. Meaning, the jailbreak posted on Evasi0n does not include a Cydia build in the jailbreak software, but a chinese alternative instead.

@saurik posted a series of tweets not long after the release informing us that he had no clue of the release, yet alone an early access to embed the official Cydia build in the jailbreak, pointing out that Mobile Substrate is bound to have issues. His presumptions were right as Mobile Substrate tweaks were not allowed to work “out of the box”.

The Evad3rs team quickly replied through @pod2g , one of the member’s account, stating that there will be a release soon with the Mobile Substrate issues fixed.

After the release, users reported that the Cydia build was missing from the jailbreak, and instead they were greeted with a Chinese alternative named TaiG.. Rumors has it that Evad3rs were paid off to include the Chinese build in the jailbreak release, and afterwards a recording followed by a letter to the community were revealed. However, Evad3rs state that they approved of it being bundled under two conditions: one is for Cydia to also be bundled in, and the other is for TaiG. to have a remove option.

Something else to add to the pile here is that TaiG has examples of piracy content in it as @saurik also mentioned. Not looking so good or ‘legitimate’, however Evad3rs’ letter also mentions that if TaiG does not resolve its piracy content, it will be removed from the jailbreak. On the other side of the barricade, @saurik agreed to work on a separate jailbreak with a goal of finding a jailbreak solution which didn’t include a “piracy-laden” bundled app. He also expresses frustration at the rushed launch, and mentions he handed an iOS 7 compatible version of Mobile Substrate out September 30th.

From a developer part of view, the whole debate gravitates around two main faults. The first is the lack of information about the TaiG app, it is installed without the user’s knowledge if the computer’s language is set to Chinese, and the other is that developers of major tweaks and Cydia itself were not given early access to the jailbreak for them to have time to work out a user-ready jailbreak software.

The story continues to unfold and fixed are in the works for a stable jailbreak tool that everybody is familiar with. What’s left now is to wait a few days for the dust to settle and a proper jailbreak tool to be released.

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iOS 7.0.4 Jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch From Evasi0n Has Been Released

The Evasi0n 7, iOS 7.0.4 jailbreak for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch has just been released, and just in time for Christmas Too! The move is quite surprising since we are just a few days away from Christmas and nobody thought we were going to see something like this until next year at least, but it seems that Evad3rs released the latest evasi0n jailbreak for Apple devices as a Christmas gift for all to enjoy. The latest evasi0n7 can jailbreak devices running iOS 7 through iOS 7.0.4.

The jailbreak tool is available for both Mac and Windows and the requirements posted on Evasi0n website are:

  • 5 minutes of your time!
  • A computer, running Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.6 minimum) or Linux (x86 / x86_64)
  • iTunes installed if you’re running Windows
  • An iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4 (you may check in Settings / General / About => Version)
  • A USB cable to connect the device to the computer

But do not forget about the precautionary measures as well, since we don’t want to write an urgent letter to Santa for a new iPhone this year if something goes wrong. Therefore, Evasi0n posted the steps to avoid such misfortunes:

  • Backup your device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n. If something breaks, you’ll always be able to recover your data.
  • Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
  • Avoid all iOS and iTunes related tasks until evasi0n is complete. Why not just enjoy a brief break from the computer to stretch your legs?
  • If the process gets stuck somewhere, it’s safe to restart the program, reboot the device (if necessary by holding down Power and Home until it shuts down), and rerun the process./li>
  • If you get an error on OS X 10.8 saying that evasi0n can’t be opened, control-click (or right-click) the app and on the revealed context menu, choose ‘Open.’ On the ensuing dialogue box, choose ‘Open’ as well.

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Three Out Of Four iPhones Now Run The Latest iOS 7 Firmware

Apple released the statistics gathered through the App Store usage tracking feature. The result gained were that devices running iOS 7 have a 74 percent share, and given the short amount of time the iOS 7 has been on the market, its adoption rate is astonishing. Apple first released the latest iteration of its mobile platform on Sep. 18 in concert with the iPhone 5s and 5c launch.

The adoption rate continues to rise every day, and while having only 22 percent running the older iOS 6 running on other active devices, we can very well see the iOS adoption hitting 96% as early as Q1 2014. To be noted here is that the iOS 6 is only one year old, and this points out that users are more and more inclined to keep their gadgets up to date as much as they can.

The numbers coincide with those of ad network Chitika, which on Wednesday released data regarding iOS device Internet traffic. According to the analytics, iPhone version distribution stood at 74.1 percent for iOS 7 and 22.4 percent for iOS 6 during the three-week period between Oct. 25 and Nov. 18. As for iPad users, some 9 percent were still using iOS 5, though the number can be attributed to the tablets’ longer lifespans.

The ad firm also compared the Android competition, which saw just over half of all users running the last-generation 4.1 to 4.3 Jelly Bean. Google’s current Android 4.4 KitKat is only operating on 1.1 percent of devices, while 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 2.3 Gingerbread account for 18.6 percent and 24.1 percent, respectively.

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Apple Store App For iPad Finally Gets Released

Apple is launching its very first Apple Store app for iPad, bringing a unique shopping experience to its tablet in a long-overdue move. The new app arrives just in time for the holidays and utilizes the display and capabilities of the iPad to present a best-in-class shopping experience.

Though there has been an Apple Store app for the iPhone for some time now, it has long neglected the bigger devices in its iOS arsenal. The iPad version of the store has been heavily customized for the iPad and features several flourishes that I think will be replicated heavily by other shopping apps in the future. More importantly, it’s incredibly well designed, and exhibits a balanced tension between the clean lines of iOS 7.

Given all the above, the Apple Store app for iPad is a standard-bearer for the way that native apps should look and feel under Apple’s new aesthetic. Users can download the application for their iPads from here.

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Apple Released iOS 7.0.4 and 6.1.5 With Fix For FaceTime and 6.0.2 For Apple TV

Apple has just released iOS 7.0.4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod that fixes an issue that was preventing some people from making FaceTime calls. In addition to this there is the usual round of performance improvements and bug fixes. The update is sized at 17-18 MB, depending on your device. You can choose between an OTA update through the handset’s Settings or alternatively you can connect your phone to iTunes on your PC or Mac and do a full backup and restore.


Apple has also released iOS 6.1.5 for the iPod Touch 4th Generation as an alternative fix for the lower end device. A new version 6.0.2 of the Apple TV software is also available, although it is unclear what has been changed. iOS 7.0.4 comes just over three weeks after the release of iOS 7.0.3, which added support for iCloud Keychain and fixed accelerometer issues. iOS 7.0.4 can be downloaded via the software update tool in the settings menu on iOS devices.

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Facebook Messenger Gets iOS 7 Design Refresh And New Features

Facebook just released Facebook Messenger 3.0 into the App Store and its the most significant design refresh to the app since its inception. Along with the simplified, flat interface and new iOS 7 style look and feel, Facebook Messenger 3.0 adds several new features including the ability to see which friends are using the app and on what platform (such as Mobile or Web along with the Online status in a magnificent green color on the right side) and, most notably, phone number support.

The app will guide you from the first launch on linking your phone number and contacts with the app, followed by a confirmation message for authentication.

The app has three menus, the Recent conversations tab, the People tab with all your contacts and the Settings tab. Now you can text your phone contacts even when they’re not among your Facebook friends. You can also find new Facebook contacts just by entering a phone number.

In the Settings you can see a number of features which the user can enable or disable by preference, including Notifications, Notification Preview, In-App Vibrate, In-App Sound, and the Synced Contacts feature that gives you the option to sync your device contacts with the Facebook Messenger or disable it.

However, Mobile carriers won’t be pleased with apps such as the new Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts since they are stealing away the once dominated feature, the SMS.

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Quick Fix For “Unable To Download Facebook App.” When Trying To Download Update

Facebook’s latest iOS 7 update is experiencing some issues when attempting to download the new released version. After being updated, many users are reporting that they are unable to download Facebook app and it’s been crashing on the launch. Today, an updated version v6.7.1 was released with bug fixes, however, many users are simply unable to download Facebook app update from the App Store.

The error “Unable to Download App. “Facebook” could not be downloaded at this time.” shows up when you try to update Facebook on iOS. Similar error also shows up when you try updating it from iTunes on the desktop which is giving “There was a problem downloading the artwork for Facebook.” error message. These both errors confirm that something is definitely going wrong with the iOS 7 Facebook app. However, it is unsure if the issue is at the end of Facebook or some problem with Apple’s App Store.

If you are one of those users who are unable to use Facebook when download failed on you, a very quick fix is to delete the Facebook app and reinstall it again from the App Store. The Facebook app will be downloaded, but without the update. Do not attempt to download the update again as it will just hit the issue described above again. Instead, iOS users should wait for a fix to be available for this issue before proceeding with the update again.

Multiple Accounts Support Added In New Google Drive Update For iOS 7

Google is stepping up its development for the new iOS 7. With the Google Search app for iOS receiving a significant update which added support for push notifications, it appears that Google Drive is receiving a big update as well. For those unaware, Google Drive is a cloud storage service by Google that competes with the likes of Dropbox. It’s not really an iCloud competitor so if you’re looking to jump to the cloud on your iPhone, Google Drive could be an ideal choice.

The update adds a few features which were sorely missing from the iOS 6 app. Google Drive users can now use multiple accounts. You can now switch between work or home accounts or whatever amount of accounts you may have. Another new, highly convenient addition is the support for single sign-in, which means your accounts will appear in Google’s other apps like Google+ or YouTube.

The updates highlighted are detailed below:

  • Multiple Account Support. You can now switch between personal, work, or any other Google account
  • Single Sign In: Sign in once to Google Drive and you’ll automatically be signed in to apps like YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome, and G+
  • Print your files now with Google Cloud Print or AirPrint
  • iOS 7 Support

Looking at the app’s UI design and style, there are no differences between the previous version and the newer one. However, one improvement could be considered that the user is not greeted with the iOS 6 style keyboard after launch.

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iOS 7.0.3 Launched After iPad Air Announcement

Apple is once again fixing its new iOS 7 bugs with today’s iOS 7.0.3 update, whether or not you’re ordering that newly announced iPad Air or the high-resolution iPad mini 2 with Retina display. The company didn’t actually mention iOS 7.0.3 during the unveiling of its new, slimmer tablet, but it and all iOS 7 compatible devices can download the 92.8MB update over a WiFi network.

At the top of the iOS 7.0.3 features list is support for iCloud Keychain, which is able to store usernames, passwords and credit card numbers that web users always forget. There’s also a password generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for the  unimaginative out there. iCloud Keychain can now be used across multiple Apple devices, including machines running OS X Mavericks, which was announced as a free download today.

The full iOS 7.0.3 release notes are listed below:

  • Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
  • Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
  • Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
  • Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
  • Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
  • Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
  • Improves system stability when using iWork apps
  • Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
  • Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
  • Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
  • Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
  • Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
  • Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software

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Unhappy Customer Suing Apple Over iOS 7

Sometimes smartphone vendors do things we don’t like – for instance they might release an update that causes more problems than it fixes or they might just stop releasing updates for old handsets which annoys people who don’t want to be forced to upgrade to gain access to the latest software features of their mobile OS. In the case of Apple their iOS 7 was a bit of a mixed bag because it brought a tonne of new features and improvements for iOS users but at the same time some old iPhones (such as the iPhone 4) saw noticeable drops in performance and battery life – many old iPhone users labelled their “newly updated” iPhones as unusable.

CNET reports that an iPhone user was so annoyed by the automatic iOS 7 update on his handset that he is now taking small claims legal action against Apple through the Superior Court of California in San Diego. Mark Menacher from Poway, California, is demanding that Apple remove the iOS 7 update from his phone and pay him $50 compensation despite the fact Apple doesn’t officially support iOS “downgrades”. Mark Menacher is also apparently investigating whether his case can be elevated to a class action lawsuit level.

“Apple’s disregard for customer preferences in relation to iOS7 is corporate thuggery. Steve Jobs was reportedly rough on company employees in pursuit of happy customers, but Tim Cook apparently cultivates a culture of contempt for customer satisfaction in pursuit of corporate profits. It is a policy that will eventually fail.” Stated Mark Menacher.

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iOS Controllers Support Added To The Newly Released Unity Engine 4.2.2

The popular mobile game engine, Unity 3D, has been updated to version 4.2.2. Starting with the latest update, your favorite game development engine now supports game controllers on Apple’s iOS platform, a feature which was introduced with the latest iOS 7 release. Meaning, iOS 7’s native game controller API is now included in the game engine’s package.

What the release notes state is that there will be no separate iOS-specific API for iOS Game Controllers in the new Unity release, the iOS Game Controller support plugs directly into the standard Unity Input API, making it a lot easier for developers to integrate the controller  functionality into games. To beard in mind however, games will not be developed with a controller-only input method. The game controller interface will be optional for every game to support it as per Apple documentation requirements, which state that every iOS game needs to be playable without a controller.

Some of you probably wonder if games made with the game controller API will only be supported for iOS 7 or above. Well, the answer is fortunately no. All games that include this functionality can be played on later versions of iOS (given that developers will actually want to support the game on later versions). This is thanks to Unity, which dynamically loads the Game Controller framework into the Unity iOS runtime. What it does for short? It will only load an empty list of controllers.

For those who want to read more about the feature and all updates added to the new Unity 3D version can head over to the manual page and Apple Game Controller documentation here.

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New iPhone To Feature ‘Screen Expansion’ At 4.8-inch Displays

A lot of rumours were circulating regarding Apple’s next big move in innovating their iPhone, with ‘big’ being the keyword being used. From reports which originally began appearing a couple of months ago till the new one which appeared today, Apple is working on something ‘big’. And that something is the internal prototype testing of bigger iPhones, with screen sizes ranging from 4.3-inches all the way up to 6-inches, which probably will be another product altogether. Perhaps the iPhone phablet is indeed in the works and Apple wants to gain ground with its competition, such as the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Galaxy Note 3.

“Despite still seeing risk to CQ4 and FY13 revs, we now believe better [gross margins] will allow Apple to skate by until iPhone 6 launches with its 4.8″ screen,” Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies & Co. ,  wrote in a note. “We est ~50% of smartphone shipments have >4″ screens and that iPhone 6 will catalyze a large upgrade cycle. The stock is attractive based on the attitude change, FY15 revs >+15%, and valuation.”

The rumours indicate that the next iPhone “6”, which will undoubtedly be launched in 2014, will come with a 4.8-inch display. We don’t know exactly how the number 4.8 was reached, but it is a  believable rumour. Apple’s next iPhone will undoubtedly be bigger, but reliable hard evidence has yet to arise. Therefore the iPhone 5s along with its fingerprint sensation and colourful iOS 7 interface will still remain the main subject attraction, for now at least.

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Apple iPhone 5s Battery Life Tests Not Looking So Good

GSM Arena recently did some power tests with the latest apple , the iPhone 5s. The results however, do not look as good we hoped, since Apple devices are characterized by their long battery life.

The iPhone 5S score a little bit higher than the iPhone 5, 54 hours when performing a test involving video playback, web surfing and 3G talk-time. The iPhone 5 scored 51 hours when tests were performed on the handset, however competitors such as Sony, LG or Samsung scored much higher, skyrocketing then above the iPhone 5S in terms of battery life.

GSM Arena also mentions that the iPhone 5S, as the iPhone 5C and some iPhone 5 devices in the past, experienced the battery drain issue currently present inside the iOS 7 operating system. On two occasions, they reported leaving the iPhone 5S fully charged in the evening and finding the handset completely discharged the following morning.

With higher competition on the market and the faulty iOS  7, things are not looking bright for Apple and especially iPhone users. Hopefully the newer iOS 7 updates will fix the battery problem users are repeatedly confronting and later tests will look better for Apple.

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iOS 7 Breaks iOS 6 Adoption Rate – 32% In Just 48 Hours

Chitika Insights reports that Apple’s iOS 7 was eaten up by Apple lovers at a record rate for the Cupertino based company. As the above graph demonstrates, in the first 48 hours the rate of adoption of iOS 7 across Apple devices was around 31.7% – dramatically higher than the 24.7% that iOS 6 managed two days after its launch.

Advertising firm Chitika reports that this uptake result is drastically faster than Google’s most popular OS Android Jelly Bean which only has 45% uptake to date. Of course that’s not a strictly sensible comparison because there’s no unified Android authority telling vendors which OS to use, and there’s also a tendency to not offer Android updates to new versions to encourage people to buy newer handsets. Its also worth noting that to this day you can still buy hundreds of different handsets that ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread simply because of hardware compatibility issues and performance limitations of certain hardware.

Analysts believe they may have seen much higher uptake had Apple’s update-servers been capable of handling the huge level of demand put on theme by the sudden rush of updaters. Maybe there will be a bigger uptake target for Apple with iOS 8 if they can manage to get those servers in check.

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iOS 7 On The iPhone 4 Reported As Unusable By Many Users

Softpedia and ARS Technica both report that iOS 7 is causing numerous problems on the iPhone 4. The general consensus is now that the 1GHz Cortex A8 processor on the Apple iPhone 4 is just no match for the new operating system. On Softpedia’s reports users commented broadly that the new iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 was a painful experience:

“There is at least a 5-15 second delay whenever I used the keyboard to type anything – pw to open phone, text, email, notes….. It is awful. I wish I could remove it and go back”

“iOS 7 has basically ruined my iphone 4”

“I installed iOS7 last night on my iPhone4 and my battery is worthless and my phone is HOT to the touch-burning hot….not a fan of that, otherwise, it seems to be working well…for the 5 mins it holds a charge”

Indeed testing by ARS Technica shows a notable drop in overall benchmark performance when moving from iOS 6 to iOS 7 on the iPhone 4. It also points out that a lot of the graphical effects and features of iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 have to be sacrificed in order to run it. ARS Technica claim 15 seconds more boot time and 20 minutes less battery life among other things. The key thing to take away from all of this is that if you have an iPhone 4 then you shouldn’t make the the upgrade to iOS 7 – if anything it is a downgrade because the usability of the phone is reduced substantially.

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Researcher Hacked Apple Dev Site To Show Flaws

A researcher from London has claimed that he hacked the Apple Developer site to prove a point about flaws in their security and that his attack wasn’t malicious, although the site remains shutdown after much sensitive information was apparently taken from their servers last week, which has forced them to rethink their security and Apple are still in the process of getting the service ready for redeployment.

The attack happened last Thursday, although it took apple three days to announce why the site was taken off-line while they investigated the damage done. This came at a tough time for Apple as many developers are busy testing apps for iOS 7 which is set to launch later this year and Apple had to make sure everything was safe as there was a fear that financial information could have been breached, fortunately it wasn’t and if the London based researcher is to be believed, nothing was truly “stolen” either.

While Apple haven’t officially revealed anything about the attacker, security analyst Graham Cluley noted that London-based researcher Ibrahim Balic had claimed responsibility for the hack to show Apple how insecure their system were. “Balic protests that he found the security hole in Apple’s Development Center, and sent details and screenshots of it to Apple via its online bug reporter,” Cluley said on his blog, noting that he did download 100,000 users’ details first to prove the flaw.

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