FBI’s iPhone Breaking Trick Might Leak Soon

Everyone’s already aware that the FBI has recently closed its court case against Apple because they figured how to break into the locked iPhone with the help of an undisclosed party. However, even though the FBI is trying to keep the cracking method a secret for obvious reasons, chances are that this critical information will leak soon, especially since the agency has offered to help other authorities that are facing similar issues with locked phones in criminal cases. If a court were to force the FBI to disclose this information, defense attorneys would cross-examine all of the experts involved in the process, and the flaw would eventually be exposed. In that case, Apple would immediately move to fix the vulnerability and would likely announce it to its customers.

Moreover, if the FBI would choose to use the method on phones belonging to living criminals, defense attorneys would have a very good excuse to pry and ask for specifics. Then there’s the possibility that the tool’s creators could sell it to another party, in which case the likelihood of it to leak might increase quite a bit. Apple’s experts have stated that “flaws of this nature have a pretty short life cycle,” which means that we’re likely to find out exactly how the FBI cracked that iPhone very soon.

Reports of iPhone 6S & Plus Randomly Powering Down

Smartphones have moved on leaps and bounds over the last decade, the processing power which is confined within a portable device is quite mind-blowing. But, these devices do have their problems which include generally poor battery life and a tendency to break if dropped, unlike that Nokia 1100 model which would puncture the floor while leaving the phone unharmed.

Talking of glitches, there seems to be a new problem which has been reported by many consumers who have upgraded to iOS 9 while using the iPhone 6S and iPhone Plus. According to reports via various tech forums, the devices in question “randomly and unexpectedly power off” which is certainly inconvenient. Users also report that their phones power down even if the battery is fully charged while others have noticed the home button felt warm or even hot. These reports have been mainly attributed to the above models, although one consumer noted similar problems on the iPhone 5S.

Below are responses from consumers concerning this issue

“I overslept this morning, because my phone quit working overnight! (no alarm) I tried the power button, but it was unresponsive. When I went to try a hard reset, I BURNED my finger on the home button”

The screen was off, and the phone rang. The screen remained dark, but the ringing kept going, but couldn’t be answered. The home button was EXTREMELY hot, and the only way to get the screen back on was to hard boot it (home and power buttons)”

“Happened twice, bought 6s+ (9.1 beta 2) on Friday was dead on Saturday night while charging. Happened again Monday afternoon. Reset all settings and nothing since. Am currently running beta 3.”

Consumers have since upgraded their phones to iOS 9.0.2 and are waiting to see if the problem reappears. There is speculation although no firm conclusion as of yet that the glitches might be down to the A9 processor within the iPhone 6S, which had two manufacturers; TSMC and Samsung.

Unfortunately, the nature and power of these phones will always lead to glitches and errors, Apple will need to ensure such instances are dealt with in a speedy manner with the aim of avoiding potential negative consumer views of the brand. Consumers will also be hoping that any bug fix updates do not introduce new problems to their devices, as in the case of the botched bug fix for iOS 8.

Thank you cnet and macrumors for providing us with this information.

T-Mobile Blue Screen iPhone Bug

Oh the nostalgia of the blue screen of death which has been a constant annoyance for PC owners. Yes PC fanboy, I am aware that Macs have a variant of this bug which boots to a blank blue screen, I use the term PC for personal computer, otherwise it would be a PiM for Personal iMac, and nobody wants Pims o’clock. ABut as mobile devices have become more powerful, the threat of a blue screen might be lurking in your shiny new phone and it may depend on your network.

There have been rumours abound that subscribers of the T-Mobile phone network have become victims of a blue screen of death and also frequent restarts which seem to occur on their iPhone. So far the known devices of such a bug are the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s. Users of these affected models seem to suffer with restarts every 10 to 30-minute intervals. This bug also extends to multiple versions of iOS 8 including iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.3.

As yet T-Mobile has failed to clarify the problem, but there seems to be a feeling of the glitch being either a carrier update from T – Mobile or memory problems with the devices in question. Users who have experienced this glitch have managed to halt the ascendance of the blue screen of death by performing a “hard reset” on their iPhones, it’s a good job we are talking about tech, otherwise I would be known as the ex writer of eTeknix.

If this fails, T-Mobile are instructing customers to delete their old text messages and do a factory restore via iTunes. It suggests to me that T-Mobile might be at fault for this glitch, if it was a problem with the devices then people from all networks would be effected. The advancements in tech but the same old glitches, it’s a funny old world.

Thanks You MacRumors for providing us with this information.

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Apple Inks Deal With China

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be made available in China from January 17th 2014 

Under a new deal that has been in the works for years Apple will release the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c to the Chinese market starting January 17 2014. The phones will be made available through the Apple retail stores throughout china and will be available at China Mobile. With access to China Mobile’s 700 million subscribers, and the network rolling out the biggest 4g network in the world the deal couldn’t have come at a better time. With this deal apple will be able to boost its sales after a dramatic drop in its global market share.

Apple CEO Tim Cook went on to say this about the new deal;

China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring the iPhone to the customers of the world’s largest network. iPhone customers in China are an enthusiastic and rapidly growing group, and we can not think of a better way to welcome in the Chinese New Year than getting an iPhone into the hands of every China Mobile customer who wants one.”

The deal which has been in negotiations for years, finally passed the one hurdle that was holding Apple back from releasing their phone into the Chinese market. That being that Apple reportedly wanted demand for sales volume guarantees. This shouldn’t be a problem for Apple with market tracking firms expecting Apple to sell as many as 24 million iPhone’s on the China Mobile network within its first year on the market. It is a great step for Apple, although they will still have to compete with the lower priced Android powered smartphones all ready on sale in China.

Thank you News.com.au for the information provided.

Image courtesy of TimesLive.

Apple Reportedly Could Sell 175 million iPhones In Fiscal Year 2014

Apple’s iPhone 5S could have sales of 175 million for the current fiscal year and 193 million the following year. The predictions come from Michael Walkley, analyst at Canaccord Genuity.
These latest estimates are an upgrade from the previous predictions of 171 million for fiscal 2014 and 186 million for fiscal 2015.

Surveys taken by Canaccord Genuity point to strong iPhone 5S sales, pegging it as the top-selling smartphone around the world and at all four of the major US carriers. A report out Thursday from Counterpoint Research tagged the 5S as the world’s best-selling smartphone in October. The 5S’ availability has improved as Apple and its suppliers have worked to meet the heavy demand.
A launch of the iPhone 5S through China Mobile is also “imminent,” according to Walkley, who expects strong sales through China’s largest carrier.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Apple had already reached a deal with China Mobile to offer the iPhone to its subscribers. Neither company has revealed any such agreement, but a preorder page posted Thursday on China Mobile’s Web site clearly shows an image of the 5S.

Fiscal 2015 won’t start for another year, so analyst estimates that far in advance should be taken with a grain of salt. From that point on, Apple’s sales will depend largely on demand for the iPhone 6. But assuming a major upgrade and a launch by China Mobile and potentially other new carriers, iPhone sales for that year are certain to top those of 2014.

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information
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Apple iPhone 5S 64GB Winner Announced

Today we are announcing the winner of the Apple iPhone 5S 64GB competition that ended on Monday. We had a lot of entries but sadly there can only be one winner. By random selection, the winners have been chosen as:

If you are interested in seeing any past competition winners then be sure to check out our competition winners page.

If you would like to participate in one of our many competitions then be sure to check out our competitions section. We currently have a lot more competitions running which you can still enter.

Winners will be contacted shortly to request shipping details so please keep an eye out on your email account for correspondence from eTeknix.

Congratulations to all the winners!

With The Launch-Buzz Gone The iPhone 5C is Starting To Outsell The 5S

Engadget reports that new figures have emerged showing the iPhone 5C is starting to close the gap on the iPhone 5S in terms of the usage ratio. New figures from analytic firm Localytics suggest that every week since the release of the two new handsets the iPhone 5C has edged closer and closer to parity with the iPhone 5S. This suggests that the iPhone 5C is currently outselling the the iPhone 5S and it is hardly surprising as the iPhone 5C is quite a bit cheaper.

The iPhone 5C costs $549 for the 16GB handset and $649 for the 32GB handset while the iPhone 5S costs $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 32GB model and $849 for the 64GB model. Of course you can get the majority of that cost subsidised if you buy your handset with a contract or SIM from certain carriers, like AT&T, Sprint and others. The iPhone 5C typically starts from $99 on contract while the iPhone 5S typically starts from $199.

Sadly the above figures tell us nothing about the volume of sales of the new Apple handsets but we can imply that users upgrading from older iPhones are finding the iPhone 5C a more attractive proposition now that the spectacle and glamour of the launch event has faded into distant memory.

Image courtesy of Localytics

The Apple iPhone 5s Slo-Motion Video Is Not 720p

The slo-mo videos has been kind of a big deal about the iPhone 5s since Apple announced the fella in September. The iPhone 5s indeed outputs 720p videos at 120 fps, but our question is if it does record them at 720p as well. As it turns out, it does not.

GSMArena performed a test with the help of a Galaxy Note 3, recording simultaneously with both an iPhone 5s and the Note 3 in slow-motion. The results gained were interesting, as the Note 3 had more detail compared to the iPhone 5s footage. Another test was performed in which the Note 3’s video was downsized to 480p and afterwards the footage was upscaled to 720p.
And what do you know? the upscaled video from the Note 3 resembled considerably with the iPhone 5s’ video.

The slow motion video from the iPhone 5s might look brilliant on the handset itself, but they look disappointing when outputted on an external display.
GSMArena also noted that the video from the iPhone 5s is encoded at 120 FPS and requires the user to slow down the FPS in order to achieve the desired slow-motion effect when played on a PC.

Whether or not Apple will fix these issues, we do not know. But it can’t be that hard if most non-Apple handsets are able to do it, right?

Thank you GSMArena for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of GSMArena.

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.

Thank you NextPowerUp and BGR for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NextPowerUp and BGR.

New iPhone Naming Is Confusing Customers Says Research

A study by Experian Marketing Services suggest that the new iPhone naming schemes have created confusing among online consumers. Using data from Hitwise EMS discovered that consumers simply haven’t warmed to the iPhone 5C because consumers just aren’t that aware of the 5C model’s existence. The survey data for the week ending September 14th suggests that iPhone 5S search queries outnumber iPhone 5C search queries by a ratio of 4:1.

Interestingly search terms for the iPhone 6 were also incredibly popular as many Apple customers, or potential customers, weren’t sure if the newly released iPhone 5S was the iPhone 6 or not.

Apple’s iPhone is now in its seventh generation yet has only reached the number 5 and the newly added C letter to the naming system, that was already made more complex by the S, is apparently causing great confusion among Apple customers.

The study also revealed that the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner was the most popular differentiating feature between the two handsets while the study also showed a hardline loyalty from iPhone users denoted by the fact searches comparing different iPhone models were twice as frequent as those comparing Android and iOS handsets.

Image courtesy of IBTimes.co.uk

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.

Thank you GSM Arena for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of GSM Arena.

Latest Leak Shows That iPad 5 Will Feature Touch ID

While the launch of the iPad 5 release date is closing in later this month, leaks and speculation have been continuously flowing. The latest is from a YouTube channel named Unbox Therapy.

Using one of the leaked iPad 5 front panels that have been roaming around from part suppliers, Unbox Therapy shows how the iPad 4’s current home button will not fit in the new build. However when he dismantled an iPhone 5S’ Touch ID home button and placed it into the iPad 5 case, they got a perfect fit. It’s like it was made perfectly for the iPad 5.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6zEOiPlYtw[/youtube]

However, this  is not concrete evidence that Apple will include Touch ID on the new iPad. Apple is known to adopt its new technology into the whole line of iDevices, this including the iPad mini 2 as well. So this makes perfect sense to expect the newer iPad devices with Apple’s latest technology implemented.

On the other hand, the Sapphire Crystal home button that houses Touch ID is presumably under tight constraints thanks to iPhone 5S popularity, so in some regards, it may make sense for Apple to leave it out of this iPad generation – making for a bit of inconsistency. We will just have to wait for the release and know for certain what will the new iPad devices have in regards with the previous generations.

Apple hasn’t officially confirmed an event for October, but many publications have word Apple will announce the iPad 5, iPad mini 2, new Macs, and OS X Mavericks before the end of the year.

Thank you Pocket-Lint for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of Pocket-Lint.

Samsung to Release Gold Edition Galaxy S4

The champagne-coloured iPhone 5s, which made its début a couple of weeks ago, is outselling any other iPhone model by far. Samsung also has announced its competition, a Gold Edition of its latest Galaxy S4.

The new devices will come with a gold plastic trim on the outside, while the front glass will be available in brown or pink. The handsets were announced by Samsung Gulf, the company’s Middle Eastern branch.

However Samsung did not announce if the Gold Edition will be available outside of the Middle East. But given the rumors  that HTC are also planning to have a go with a gold version of its flagship One smartphone, a strong competition could be heading behind Apple and its champaign-colored iPhone 5s.

Both HTC and Samsung have accordingly been sued by Apple, accusing its rivals of stealing their ideas. HTC smartphones were first attacked by Apple in 2010, though those complaints were eventually settled. Apple’s patent infringement pursuit against Samsung began in 2011 and remains ongoing, having expanded to new courtroom venues throughout the world.

Thank you AppleInsider for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Samsung Gulf.

 

Will Rhino Shield Screen Protectors Make the iPhone Devices Indestructible?

Corning Gorilla Glass protects iPhone displays from scratches, but when it comes to dropping the iPhone or impacts with the device’s screen, cracks will appear. Two students from the Cambridge University however have developed a screen protector that grant the iPhone full protection against these problems.

Rex Rhino Shield offers 5 times more protection than Gorilla Glass, according to the manufacturers. The screen protector is however only available for the iPhone 5 or higher.

Having only 0.028 cm thickness, it is made of a special polymer alloy that absorbs the kinetic energy from impacts, thus preventing the Kinetic force from hitting the display and creating the common cracks that people are facing when accidentally dropping their iPhone.

Below are some tests performed on this amazing screen protector, and from the looks of it, it really does its job pretty well:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRH13JKZHj4#t=91[/youtube]

When talking about the price, the Rhino Shield can be bought at only £17.99 and iPhone customers looking for this extra protection can buy it from here.

Thank you Adevarul.ro for providing us with this information.

Images and video courtesy of Adevarul.ro

Samsung to Launch Curved OLED Smartphone in October

Samsung is preparing to launch a revolutionary curved OLED screen device, codenamed “Youm” this October. This news comes after Samsung announcing the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 3 model with curved display.

According to The Inquirer, DJ Lee, head of strategic marketing for Samsung Mobile spilled word of the announcement to Reuters, saying, “We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October.”

The “Youm” device is rumored to feature a 5.5 inch display and given its curved surface, the size in 2D could appear compact and closer to a 5-inch displays. Since Samsung is looking to score big on the aesthetics front by releasing a cutting-edge display, maybe it could even be enough to change user perspective away from the iPhone 5S and HTC One. The  manufacturing of the curved OLED panel for the device has solely been done by Samsung, and even demonstrated its prototypes at this year’s International CES.

In the meantime, the Galaxy S5 development codenamed Project Design 3.0 is still in progress.

Thank you NextPowerUp and The Inquirer for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of NextPowerUp.