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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Leaked Photos of the Space Gray and Silver iPad 5




Sonny Dickson has leaked photos of the upcoming 'space gray' and silver iPad 5.

As expected, the photos show a device with narrower side bezels, similar to the iPad mini. Dickson says even more photos will be posted tomorrow.

Take a look below at the images.




















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Hackers Circumvent Apple's Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor Using a Printed Finger




The Chaos Computer Club has successfully bypassed the biometric security of the Apple Touch ID fingerprint sensor using a photograph of a fingerprint to create a fake finger.

According to the hacking team, "fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided."

The team detailed the steps they took to bypass Apple's new security measure.

The method follows the steps outlined in this how-to with materials that can be found in almost every household: First, the fingerprint of the enroled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone. This process has been used with minor refinements and variations against the vast majority of fingerprint sensors on the market.

"We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics. It is plain stupid to use something that you can't change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token", said Frank Rieger, spokesperson of the CCC. "The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access."

Check out the video below to see a demonstration of how the Touch ID fingerprint sensor can be tricked.



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AppleCare to Cover iPhone 5 Owners Traveling Internationally Starting September 27th




AppleCare will cover iPhone 5 owners traveling internationally starting September 27th, according to internal documents leaked by Sonny Dickson.

AppleCare is pleased to announce the enhanced availability of international service for iPhone 5 customers beginning September 27, 2013. If customers traveling internationally require service for their iPhone 5, follow the instructions in the Service procedure iPhone 5 service for internal customers to replace their original iPhone 5 with the same model.

Note: AppleCare is enhancing international service for iPhone 5 customers in most countries. However, local laws and/or import regulations in some countries may prohibit the availability of some iPhone 5 models.

AppleCare+ costs $99 and gives you two years of coverage on your device.

Take a look at the screenshots below for more details.





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Apple Releases New Build of 6.0 Firmware for Apple TV




Apple has posted a new build of the 6.0 Apple TV firmware which resolves issues that prompted the company to halt software updates.

On September 20th, Apple released a software update for the Apple TV that brought iTunes Radio, iTunes Store, AirPlay from iCloud and more. The software update was soon pulled after users complained of bricked devices and lost content.

A new build of the 6.0 firmware numbered 11A502 has been posted. The previous build was 11A470e.

Here are the Apple TV Firmware Download Links or you can select Software Update from Settings on your device.


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IHS Teardown Finds iPhone 5s Costs $199 to Build, iPhone 5c Costs $173 to Build




An IHS teardown of the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c finds that a 16GB costs about $199 to build and a 16gb iPhone 5c costs around $173 to build, reports AllThingsD.

According the findings of an IHS report coming tomorrow (but shared with AllThingsD today), Apple spends at least $191 on components to build a 16 gigabyte iPhone 5s. The cost rises to $210 for a 64GB unit. The cost of assembly adds another $8 per unit, bringing the range to between $199 and $218. That cost estimate is pretty close to that of the original iPhone 5, which IHS pegged at about $205 last year. Without a contract, the iPhone sells at prices ranging from $649 to $849, depending on storage capacity.

The iPhone 5c is estimated to cost about $173 to $183 to build, including $7 for assembly.

IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler says the devices are surprisingly similar.

“I would say that they’re almost the same phone, except that the 5s has the fingerprint sensor, the A7 processor and some newer memory chips that consume less power. Beyond that, they’re basically the same,” he said.

He also highlighted Apple's efforts to support multiple cellular technologies.

“Apple seems to be spending a lot of time and money combining RF chips,” he said. “Where other phone companies would be using whatever chips its various vendors sell off-the-shelf, Apple seems to be pushing its RF suppliers to do things they don’t do for anyone else.”

“The iPhone 5 supported no more than five LTE bands. The 5s and 5c can support as many as 13, and that’s unique,” he said. “Unlike other phone designers, Apple has spent a lot of time collaborating with the RF chip companies to find novel solutions that its competitors don’t have.”

Other notable findings include:
● $41 for parts associated with the display
● $32 for RF chips
● $7 for the fingerprint sensor
● $19 for A7
● $13 for A6
● LPDDR3 RAM for iPhone 5s, LPDDR2 RAM for iPhone 5c





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China Prefers iPhone 5s Over iPhone 5c




While analysts have seen the iPhone 5c as being an important device for the Chinese market, it appears the country with the highest preference for the iPhone 5s is China, reports Localytics.

One possible explanation: there was a lot of hoopla around the addition of the gold-colored iPhone 5s as a very attractive addition in particular for Asian markets so this hypothesis may hold true. Keep in mind the gold-colored version is only available on the 5s, not the 5c.

Other major markets also had a very high ratio of the 5s vs. the 5c. In fact, the only country that didn’t have at least a 3 to 1 ratio of the 5s vs. the 5c was the United Kingdom. With the economy in the UK still in recovery, a slightly less strong affinity for the 5s could be the result of a more cost-conscious buyer. Subsidies also play less of a role in the UK’s phone market than in the US, making the upfront cost of phones higher for consumers. Globally the iPhone 5s represented 78% of all of the new iPhone 5s and 5c devices; 76% in the U.S. and 82% in the rest of the world.


Another reason why more iPhone 5s devices have been sold could be that 'hardcore' Apple users rushed out to purchase the latest and greatest iPhone device. Over the next few weeks the iPhone 5c could pick up momentum.

The United States accounted for 68% of all active iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices worldwide. Japan came in second with 13%.






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Apple Updates the iMacs With Intel Haswell Processors, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, New Graphics




Apple has just updated its iMac desktop computer with Intel Haswell processors, new graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options.

“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”

The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics for unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance. The high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation.* Customers looking for the ultimate in performance can upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.


iMac now supports next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi. When connected to an 802.11ac base station, iMac delivers wireless performance that is up to three times faster than the previous generation.


The updated iMac now features support for PCIe-based flash storage that makes Fusion Drive and all-flash storage options up to 50 percent faster than the previous generation. The popular Fusion Drive option combines the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the high performance of flash to deliver shorter boot times and faster access to apps and files. Customers can configure their iMac with a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, and all-flash storage options are now available in configurations up to 1TB.


iMac comes standard with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive, and customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and up to a 3TB hard drive. iMac also comes with two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports for connecting to external storage and other high performance peripherals.


Pricing & Availability
The new iMac is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and Intel Iris Pro for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US); and with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US).

The 27-inch iMac is available with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US); and with a 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US).


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App Store stops by 950K apps on its way to 1 million







Last time Apple checked in during its Q3 2013 earnings report it announced the App Store was home to 900,000 apps and over 375K designed specifically for iPad. Today, the App Store has now reached 950,000 apps and quickly approaches 1 million with Apple accepting 50K new apps in the last two months alone. The news comes from app discovery service Appsfire, which regularly tracks new and updated apps added to the App Store.

Apple often celebrates milestones for its App Store with some type of giveaway or contest for users. Earlier this year it made a number of premium apps available for free to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the App Store and also gave away a $10,000 App Store gift card to announce the 50 billionth app download. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple do something similar for the 1 millionth app on the App Store.

Apple has likely seen an increase in new app submissions in recent weeks, as a long list of developers update and release new apps to accompany last week’s launch of iOS 7 and the new iPhones. At the current rate, it will take Apple just another couple of months to hit the 1 million mark.


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