iOS Lock Screen Bypass Vulnerability Fixed By Apple

Apple has reportedly fixed a security flaw in the iOS operating system that would allow attackers to be able to bypass passcode lock screens on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus that are running version 9.3.1 of iOS. The bypass would have allowed malicious parties to be able to access the address book and photos of a targeted device, which could expose a lot of private data.

German security firm, Evolution Security, were responsible for discovering the bypass, which takes advantage of the integration of Siri with apps such as Twitter or Facebook, as well as the new 3D Touch feature that is included only in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Even while the device is locked, an attacker would be able to request information on @ tags from Twitter, Facebook, and Yahoo. From there, the 3D touch’s hard push feature can be used to bring up the context menu for a string such as an email address. This menu provides the ability to add the data to a contact in the phone’s address book and from there, by accessing the choice to change user pictures, the photo gallery can be launched.

According to the Washington Post, the vulnerability was patched by Apple on Tuesday without users needing to install a software update. Considering the high level of security on the iPhone that led to Apple’s protracted battle with the FBI, it is surprising that so much user data can be exposed by a flaw in the lock screen, which is often the first and last line of defense for the security of the data on the device.

PQI Announces New Metallic Rose Gold iConnect for iPhones

One of the things that attract people to Apple devices is the design and that is something that can be matched to a whole lot of peripherals and accessories. Among those are the portable storage drives with a Lightning interface. PQI just updated the recently released iConnect series with a new Rose Gold version to match that style iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

The iConnect Lightning flash drive is made with a finish to perfectly match the popular Rose Gold iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and also comes in the previously available gold, silver, and grey versions. The iConnect’s outer casing is made with a metallic finish that has the same look and feel as the new Rose Gold iPhone for a more cohesive appearance as well as increased durability.

There are four different capacities available ranging from a small 16GB version and all the way up to 128GB. That is quite a lot of extra storage for your phone. The iConnect lightning drive also features a normal USB 3.0 port for connection to other devices such as PCs and laptops.

“Apple customers seek accessories that are an extension of their Apple experience, which is why PQI developed the new Rose Gold iConnect to meet Apple’s strict design specifications and are MFI (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) Certified,” proclaimed PQI Global CEO, Spencer Chiu. “The iConnect gives Rose Gold iPhone 6S and 6S Plus owners a high capacity external storage device that compliments their iPhone rather than detracts from it.”

In terms of pricing, the MSRP is $59.99 for 16GB, $71.99 for 32GB, $107.99 for 64GB and $179.99 for 128GB. Could be worse.

Custom-Designed Putin Head iPhone 6s Costs a Mere $3200

The iPhone 6s in any storage configuration is a costly endeavor and not financialy viable for many budget-conscience consumers. Historically, Russia’s communist ideology lends itself to the same inequality seen in a capitalist democracy. Without getting too political, both electoral structures can be horrifically unequal with the uber rich spending vast amounts of money in close proximity to poverty-stricken states. As a result, we often see modified versions of expensive items like the iPhone 6s. Unsurprisingly, a Russian jeweler called Caviar, has created the “Caviar Ti Gold Supremo Putin Anniversario Edizione 63”.

This rather lavish piece is unmistakably patriotic and embeds a large profile image of Putin in solid gold. Additionally, there is a verse from Russia’s national anthem and a crest. The gold sections are encrusted on a titanium back with the Caviar branding near the top. According to the jeweler, only 63 copies will be made which cost upwards of $3200. This depends on the storage model with 64GB and 128GB being the only options. I do find it amusing that a 16GB model wasn’t produced.

If the item isn’t luxurious enough, you can purchase a stunningly beautiful carry case from $306. Personally, I find the main handset quite garish, but the box is pretty nice. Although, I wouldn’t spend $500 on a handset, so it’s slightly out of my price range.

Perhaps, this is an example to illustrate Russian wealth for rich government members, or oligarchs. Whatever the case, it’s certainly an interesting design and makes the standard iPhone 6s suddenly look affordable.

What do you think of this $3200 beast?

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information. 

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.

Is The iPhone 6s And 6s Plus Waterproof?

Apple’s launch presentation of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus concentrated on 3D Touch, enhanced camera optics and other minor tweaks. While these are interesting additions, they don’t really compare to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ integrated protection against water spillages. Bizarrely, Apple didn’t mention this at all during their conference despite the technology being a huge selling point to demanding customers. You only have to look on eBay to see the amount of handsets being sold at a major loss from liquid damage.

So how does it work? Apple employs an adhesive edge surrounding the handset which acts as a gasket and results in a 0.3mm size increase. This material is designed to block any water coming into contact with the internal components and the logic board also features a silicone cover. As a result, the handset is virtually waterproof and users have reported no issues after submerging their phone in water. However, hardware damage can occur to the headphone port or other external inputs.

In the video, we can see how water interacts with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and the protection integrated into each handset. This makes it one of the most rugged phones out there, but I’m perplexed why Apple kept this to themselves.

iPhone 6s And 6s Plus Set New Sales Record

Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market doesn’t appear to be diminishing anytime soon according to official sales figures. In the previous year, Apple managed to shift an astonishing 10 million handsets during the first week of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’s launch period. Unbelievably, the company has managed to surpass this with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch and recorded 13 million sales. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook described the sales record and said:

“Sales for iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,”

Usually, manufacturers struggle to maintain their sales figures after many product launches. Apple is an anomaly though and continues to build on the company’s success. This even applies to niche devices like the Apple Watch which surpassed Apple’s expectations despite some negative press surrounding the product’s battery life. It seems Apple’s core demographic is hooked on their product line and cannot ever see themselves moving towards a competing hardware solution. As a result, Apple’s position in the smartphone market is incredibly secure and without the dramatic downturn some commentators expected after many years of product launches.

Whether you like Apple’s closed strategy or not, their sales figures once again continue on a rising trend.

Do you think Apple’s position will ever falter?

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information. 

iPhone 6s First Benchmarks Released

The iPhone 6s on paper has a fairly mediocre technical specification with a dual-core processor and 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. However, the closed ecosystem and software optimization provides surprisingly top-tier performance using lower-end internal hardware. WCCFTech’s benchmark results emphasizes this and the iPhone 6s destroys the competition in Geekbench’s single threaded test.

The iPhone 6s scored a very impressive 2446 which thrashes the Galaxy Note 5’s recorded figure of 1467. However, the top-end Android phones regain the top spot in multi-core workloads due to an Octa-core configuration. Although, the Galaxy Note 5’s score of 4787 isn’t a massive leap from the iPhone 6s multi-core score of 4390.

In AnTuTu, the iPhone 6S attained a score of 58602 which falls significantly behind the Galaxy Note 5’s figure of 69,702. Although, I would have expected the gap to be much larger given the dual core setup.

While the top-end Android phones have a very impressive technical specification, it seems the lack of optimization on Android results in smaller gains than expected. It would be interesting to see the performance numbers from an Octa-core, 4GB RAM Apple device. This doesn’t seem likely for some time though and it’s all down to personal taste. The iPhone 6s is extremely expensive when you factor in the specification, but this doesn’t seem to hold the phone back and does very well in major benchmarks.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.

Apple iPhone 6S Teardown Confirms Weaker Battery

IFixIt has performed a comprehensive technical Teardown of the iPhone 6S to examine the handset’s build quality and overall construction. The iPhone 6S features an Apple A9 processor with embedded M9 motion co-processor, 4.7-inch 1334×750 (326 ppi) screen containing 3D touch functionality, 7000 series aluminium enclosure and Ion-X glass making for the best protection on the market today. Additionally, the device opts for a 12-megapixel iSight rear camera featuring 4K video recording. The front shooter is a fairly standard 5-megapixel sensor and you can choose between 16GB/64GB/128GB SKUs.

As with any modern Apple device, a range of tools and patience is required to do a component rundown. This is only a brief overview, and the complete guide can be found here. Apple utilized the usual array of ribbon flaps and hidden screws, but the new Taptic-engine takes up quite a large amount of space. Furthermore, the display assembly is rather hefty at 60 grams, and marks a 15 gram increase from the previous model. Rather surprisingly, the panel section weighs the same as Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus handset.On another note, the 3D touch sensor is labeled 343S00014 which doesn’t pinpoint to any major manufacturer but falls in line with Apple’s ICs. The battery capacity has been reduced from 1810 mAh to 1715 and comes in at 3.8V, 6.55 Whr. Apple had to reduce the battery size and capacity due to the Taptic Engine and thicker display. Finally, here is a complete rundown of the logic board ICs:

  • Apple A9 APL0898 SoC + Samsung 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM (as denoted by the markings K3RG1G10BM-BGCH)
  • Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE Cat. 6 Modem (vs. the MDM9625M found in the iPhone 6)
  • InvenSense MP67B 6-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer Combo (also found in iPhone 6)
  • Bosch Sensortec 3P7 LA 3-axis Accelerometer (likely BMA280)
  • TriQuint TQF6405 Power Amplifier Module
  • Skyworks SKY77812 Power Amplifier Module
  • Avago AFEM-8030 Power Amplifier Module
  • 57A6CVI
  • Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking IC
  • Toshiba THGBX5G7D2KLFXG 16 GB 19 nm NAND Flash
  • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00043 Wi-Fi Module
  • NXP 66V10 NFC Controller (vs. 65V10 found in iPhone 6)
  • Apple/Dialog 338S00120 Power Management IC
  • Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00105 Audio IC
  • Qualcomm PMD9635 Power Management IC
  • Skyworks SKY77357 Power Amplifier Module (likely an iteration of the SKY77354)

The Apple iPhone 6S has some rather subtle under-the-hood changes but feels quite iterative compared to its predecessor.

What do you think of the iPhone 6S hardware?

Thank you IFixIt for providing us with this information. 

A Robot Queued Outside to Get an iPhone 6S in Australia

Apple has managed to create a huge buzz surrounding their hardware launches and fans often flock to stores on the retail release date. Obviously, this isn’t the most practical idea given the huge amount of time queuing outside while shuffling about with a large crowd. Lucy Kelly decided to forego the typical process and adopt the help of a telepresence robot to wait in-line while getting on with her daily routine.

The robot, created by Californian company Double Robotics, revolves around an iPad attached to a Segway-type unit which makes it portable and allows for human interaction via a video link. According to Lucy Kelly, she borrowed one from her workplace and argued:

“We use them for everything, just to show new technology. It is a cool demonstration of what the future of technology will be,”

“I wanted to be one of the first people to have the iPhone 6S, but obviously because of work I can’t spend two days standing in line waiting for a mobile phone,”

“So my boss said ‘Just take the robot down, you’ll still be able to do your work, but you’ll still be waiting in line.'”

Interestingly, it seems like the device was a huge success and other Apple fans felt inclined to give up their place in the queue:

“Everyone thinks it is pretty cool, they were happy to let a robot go ahead,”

So there we have it, a robot waiting in-line to buy an iPhone 6S. Was this an ingenious move to avoid queues or a barmy exercise to get a phone early due to impatience?

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Could Set New Sales Record

Apple recently announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus which look remarkably similar to the previous models. Despite this, the latest handsets feature a faster processor, 3D Touch sensors and a new Rose Gold finish. While critics weren’t overly enamored with the minor tweaks, it seems consumers are desperate to buy either handset and on course to set a new sales record. In an interview with PCMag, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller, said:

“Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and pre-orders this weekend were very strong around the world,”

“As many customers noticed, the online demand for iPhone 6s Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the pre-order period,”

“We are working to catch up as quickly as we can, and we will have iPhone 6s Plus as well as iPhone 6s units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday.”

While Apple didn’t release any specific data, early indications predict sales in excess of 10 million and their initial launch stock has already sold out. This occurred within a few days and it’s mind-blowing to see figures of this magnitude. In all honesty, I would have expected Apple’s appeal to have curtailed off after so many releases. Nevertheless, if the statistics are correct and Apple continues on its current sales rate, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will become the most successful launch in history.

Thank you PCMag for providing us with this information.

iPhone 6s Only Costs $234 to Make

Apple’s product-line has always incurred a premium price-tag and even extended to the “budget” iPhone 5C. Recently, the Phone 6s was announced with a retail price of $199 for the 16GB model plus a 24 month contract. Bear in the mind, these are very expensive contracts and usually start around $30+ and reach absurd pricing levels around Europe. A complete tear-down of the iPhone 6s has revealed the device only costs $234 to manufacture.

This includes $25 for the A9 CPU, $36 for the cellular radio, $22 for sensors, $20 for 64GB flash which accounts for the more expensive mid-range model. The camera, battery and other components make up $73 while the casing and front buttons cost $33.

If we dismiss the contract prices, then you’re looking at $749 for a 64GB iPhone 6s which results in a profit margin of $515. This is simply astounding, but there are a few caveats before Apple can be considered as fleecing their customers. Apple is a huge corporation and able to buy individual parts on a huge, global scale. As a result, this limits the cost of each component as the quantity is increased.

Furthermore, a large proportion of the $515 goes towards designing and marketing the iPhone 6s. To compare, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 costs $260 to manufacture and retails at $699.99. Although, as a technology enthusiast, I would prefer my money to go to a product’s specification instead of its marketing budget.

Do you care about the build cost of devices?

First Glimpse at Apple’s A9 Processor

There’s been an abundance of leaks of Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus leading up to its official release this Wednesday. We already know that the 6S models will feature Force Touch display technology – which was initially designed for implementation on the MacBook Pro and has become a popular feature on the Apple watch – and the approximate retail prices for each variant, but now we’ve been given our first glimpse of the chipset that will be powering the new handset, the A9 processor.

The A9 is produced by Samsung, who beat out previous chip provider TSMC to reunite with Apple. Prior to the A8, made by TSMC, Samsung provided Apple with all its chips, but a series of legal disputes drove a wedge between the two companies. For production of the new A9 chip, Samsung implemented its 14nm production process, which is said to have given the chip a smaller footprint than the A8.

The following photos, courtesy of GeekBar, reportedly show the A9, front and back, plus the iPhone 6S’ flash memory chip, size unknown, though we do know that models will include 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB options.

Reports suggest that the A9 clocks in at 1.8GHz, with single-core and multi-core tallies of 2248 and 4036, respectively.

iPhone 6S Revamps Internals but Leaves Shell Untouched

A source close to Apple has revealed new details about the rumoured new iPhone 6S and it’s larger sibling. This time, the source was able to provide images for the new phone to 9to5mac. As expected from previous transitions like the iPhone 4 to the 4S and the iPhone 5 to the 5S, most changes are internal or largely unnoticeable.

Starting from thickness and width, you will be hard pressed to notice any differences with the naked eye. Port locations and external features also remain the same with the buttons, speaker grill, microphone,  headphone port and charging port taking their familiar places. A patent had earlier suggested that Apple was moving to remove the antenna lines though it doesn’t look like the process made it in time for the iPhone 6S. A dual-lens camera also didn’t make the cut given the cutouts on the back for the camera.

Going inside, the internal mounting structure has changed, putting it in line with previous logic board leaks. While not confirmed by this leak, suggestions are that the new iPhone will be powered by the new A9 SoC being manufactured by Samsung and TSMC right now. In some sense, the lack of externally visible changes keeps in line with the Apple trend and honestly, absent a major form factor change, there isn’t a need to push out a new shell every year.

Thank you 9to5mac for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of 9to5mac

iPhone 6S to Feature Force Touch Technology

Apple’s Force Touch technology was showcased for the first time in May, and it was initially designed and implemented on the new MacBook Pro. What makes this particular tech special is the fact that it includes a series of pressure-sensitive mini-electrodes that can detect the force of a tap and provide access to new app options. The function has already proven quite useful on the MacBook Pro and Apple Watch, and it looks like it will also be installed on the upcoming iPhone 6S, at least according to a report by Bloomberg.

Apparently, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are already in production and feature the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays present on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. As for Force Touch, it could be used in a variety of ways once implemented, such as accelerating video playback scanning, bringing up new shortcuts in difficult to reach areas, creating new control options for games, and toggling between photo and video modes while using the camera.

Useful as it may sound, Force Touch could actually complicate the user interfaces of Apple’s gadgets, especially since it might not be supported by all applications, at least not at first. For now, all we can do is wait for the official release of the iPhone 6S and hope that this new feature will be a blessing and not a curse.

Thank you Forbes for providing us with this information.

Apple iPhone 6S Should Feature 2GB of RAM, A9 Processor

It looks like Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6S could feature twice the amount of RAM, with the next-gen iPhone being the first iPhone to feature 2GB of RAM. All other iPhone units have featured 1GB of RAM up, until now that is.

The rumours continue, with the new iPad could contain 4GB of RAM which should help it become a much better mutlitasking tablet. Considering flagship Android devices feature at least 3GB of RAM, this is some great news for Apple. The 2GB of RAM in the iPhone and 4GB of RAM in the iPad should make the 64-bit processor that Apple will be using with the A9 chip will improve overall performance, especially in demanding applications.

Source: KitGuru.