iOS 5 Gadgets: Fun Toys That Can Mess With Enterprise Security
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Apple’s latest update to iOS, iOS 5.1.1 fixes three serious security problems within the family of Mac personal gadgets, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Owners of these gadgets should make it a priority to apply the patch.
Today’s patch, if you haven’t already gotten to it, addresses a number of issues in the WebKit rendering engine, including a memory-corruption issue. It also addresses a security issue in Safari, which uses WebKit.
But it’s hard to understand why mobile device owners take their time installing important security updates. It seems too obvious to necessitate writing down, but a little alacrity with regards to patching is, in fact, an essential way to protect your toys from hacking and malware.
That occurred to me after looking at coverage of today’s patch by Sophos’s Paul Ducklin.
Not that a lack of alacrity is necessarily the fault of Mac users, mind you. As Ducklin pointed out, it’s actually Apple’s own weird lack of synchronicity with security-bulletin publishing that’s at issue.
Apple relegated the update’s security content to its HT1222 landing page. But when Ducklin visited that page, it showed the most recent security update as being April 13′s malware-related Flashback fixes. It turns out that the page you need to consult for iOS 5.1.1 is actually HT5278.
The HT5278 page is where you’ll find strong, specific warnings about a maliciously crafted site being able to spoof a Safari site address in your iGadget’s location bar; about the WebKit’s vulnerability to XSS (cross-site scripting) attacks spread by maliciously crafted sites; and about another WebKit vulnerability that can lead to unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.
So what’s up with Apple’s lack of centralized security update notifications? Ducklin actually posted a call for Apple employees to nag their employer about tweaking its update publishing system.
“Do you work for Apple?” Ducklin wrote. “If so, please suggest—to the highest authority in the company you dare to email directly—that your employer tweaks its update publishing system. Make sure that HT1222 is updated at the same time as any security-related product update is published, not hours or days later. This will have a positive outcome: Your users will apply security fixes more promptly.”
As far as Mac users’ responsibility goes, well, security industry analysts and news writers have been pounding the drum for quite a while with regard to a long-held and now discredited assumption that Macs are inherently safe.
That perception comes out of Apple’s history of having a relatively small share of the PC market compared with Microsoft. Remember the days when security headlines were Microsoft-centric? Not so much, nowadays.
iPhone 5 release date rumors and news show it won’t be features, specs, or concept designs that pull a seemingly endless line of consumers to their local Apple store come launch date. It will most likely be the loyal following, gained by Apple since the company launched their first iPhone back in 2007.
The 5th generation handset made its début last October, but the only noticeable difference for most consumers was the addition of Siri. Unless Apple has big plans to do a complete overhaul for their 6th generation smartphone design, specs and features, it seems unlikely the iPhone 5 release date will be a big enough draw for consumers who are not already Apple enthusiasts.
Since Apple customer satisfaction has been high overall, it seems likely the company won’t have to worry about a decline in large decline in sales — even if they don’t choose to change-up the iPhone 5 design. However, if they accept Android admirers to jump ship, they need to bring something new and unique to the table.
Do you think just another run of the mill Apple handset would hurt sales when the iPhone 5 release date arrives? Would you change from your current smartphone, Android, Microsoft or Blackberry, if the new Apple model were different than earlier designs?
May 8th, 2012, 5:15 P.M.–T-Mobile United States want the next iPhone? The fourth largest wireless carrier says it will be iPhone-ready before the end of this year. The company’s statement, unsurprisingly, came ahead of the rumored June (or October) release date of the widely anticipated smartphone.
T-Mobile, competing with Verizon, Sprint and ATT, is said to be working with Ericsson and Nokia-Siemens on a multi-billion plan to harness the power of the Long Term Evolution, and experts believe that T-Mobile wants the iPhone 5, the long-rumored Apple smartphone that is expected to support the faster 4G network.
The planned network overhaul, apparently, is similar to ATT’s 4G LTE network upgrade, but unlike ATT, T-Mobile’s plan is to work on its frequency band first, before heading to the LTE world.
T-Mobile’s problem is Apple’s iPhone, arguably one of the most popular smartphone brands in United States. Without the iPhone, analysts believe that T-Mobile will keep losing its subscribers–even the die-hard T-Mobile fans.
And the word “late” is better than “never,” with T-Mobile, now, talking about the Apple smartphone and promising their subscribers especially the customers with unlocked iPhones, that its upcoming upgraded network will soon support the iPhone’s 3G and 4G before the end of the current fiscal year.
The problem, apparently, is the so-called AWS frequency band or AWS, but it looks like T-Mobile will manually “adjust” its network just to support the iPhones, including the mythical iPhone 5 that will reportedly hit the lucrative world of smartphones before the fourth quarter of 2012. The new, official announcement, confirms that T-Mobile will soon launch its own 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900MHz band that will improve the carrier’s mobile coverage and quality, and mobile support including the iPhone.
By 2013, says T-Mobile, Ericsson Nokia Siemens will support the wireless provider’s own LTE and might get a 2013 launch date at 37,000 T-Mo sites nationwide. If T-Mobile, fingers crossed, will get the iPhone 5 this year, then it is highly possible that its variant will ship with 3G connectivity only, and the faster LTE will not come until next year. It is worth noting that Apple’s reps are not yet talking about the “iPhone 5,” and if it will support Long-Term Evolution or not.
Apple’s new iPad, or the “iPad 3,” was the first iOS device to support Long-Term Evolution, and based on its hidden chips, it is safe to say that Apple will offer an LTE iPhone this year. Analysts also say that Apple MUST support LTE this year because its rivals, Android and Windows Phone, are already selling LTE devices.
Article source: http://www.popherald.com/t-mobile-usa-lte-17150/
iPhone 5 Specs: Smart Haptics for Flexible OLED Screen Could Come to Next Apple Phone(Photo: Patentlyapple)
Do you remember YOUM – the official name for Samsung’s flexible OLED display? The new display technology isn’t featured in Samsung Galaxy S3, but it could see the day of light on the highly-anticipated Apple iPhone 5 along with smart haptics system.
As figured by Patently Apple, the Cupertino tech giant has filed a new patent for multi-tiered haptics system. The technology is currently utilized in an array of touch-enabled devices like robotics and video game controllers. It is also used in most of smartphones, but is a quick vibration. Apple seems to take the game to next level by combining flexible OLED display technology with multi-tiered haptic system.
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“A control system of a tiered haptic system may determine the amount of pressure, force, displacement, or other physical response associated with the user stimuli. For example, a tiered haptic system may distinguish between relatively light contact and a relatively heavy contact on the screen surface. In some embodiments, a tiered haptic system may perform particular tasks depending on the physical response of the stimuli,” said Apple in the patent filling.
The new technology can open a gate to the future. On iPhone 5, each letter on the on-screen keyboard can pop-out from the surface of the screen. While the screen will return to normal flat level when user finishes typing and exits keyboard.
Another interesting thing that the patent indicates is possibility of a 3D display in the upcoming iPhone. According to the report, the new technology will actually allow an iGadget display to contort, as a result the user with be provided with a button, an arrow or even a geological map to physically pop right out of the screen to give it 3D depth.
The report about advanced haptics technology is not a new case for Apple as it is the third such patent filed by Apple (following first in March 2011 and another in March 2012). Just before the launch of new iPad, several reports confirmed that Apple will integrate the new touch technology in third generation iPad. However, Apple seems serious about haptic systems this time as focused on a multi-tiered system.
Do you think we could type on 3D Keyboard in iPhone 5? The box below is waiting for your comments.
(reported by Johnny Wills, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)
Months before the next iPhone has been released, Apple is interested in seizing the domain iphone5.com from fans.
In a case filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Apple plans to gain ownership of the domain with the help of the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP), which allows a trademark holder to file a dispute against the domain-name holder if there is a copyright violation, or if the domain contains content that is damaging to the trademark holders reputation.
Interestingly, iphone5.com is home to a small community of diehard iPhone fans who are anxiously waiting for the next Apple smartphone. Needless to say, the seizure of their website by the company they love causes mixed emotions, with some members in opposition of the shutdown:
“Yes, You as the community can play a huge part in all this. we as members here before the 4s was even released at iphone5.com should stand our ground against Apple. We have every right to be a fan of the iPhone and to talk and discuss about it. THEY WIILL NOT SHUT US DOWN!!!!!
Call Corporate Of Apple and tell them to stop there persuit!! Blow up there phones, Spam there emails, call there Administration! Do something to get our point across. [sic]“
And others who are supportive of the shutdown:
“First of all, “iPhone” is a registered trademark of apple.
I’m sure many of users would like to type in “www.iphone5.com” and see that iPhone 5′s picture shining in front of their eyes, instead of seeing a forum that’s consisting of around 300-400 members, (and I’m sure more to come over publicity)
When the iPhone 5 is out, your domain name will lose its loyalty and who will come here to get all the upcoming information about the iPhone 5? When apple’s website has enough information provided when it’s out, this forum will be useless.
I’m sure if you were apple, you would want the same thing, you’ve had your time on the domain, now it’s time to give it up. [sic]“
There is a good chance Apple will be successful in the acquisition of iphone5.com, but the question remains how, if at all, the company will use it. It’s very possible Apple will go the route Samsung went with the Galaxy S III, and use it as a teaser page.
It could be said that the level of anticipation among Apple fans building towards the launch of the new iPhone 5 is incomparable to the hype around any other consumer product. Every now and then, news around the Apple product takes the anticipation a notch higher, which serves Apple well when it eventually release the actual product, which by then would have been subjected to various rumours and speculations.
We got the latest rumor and speculations round up for you!
Larger Screen, Cruved Cover Glass
According to the Apple news site iLounge, it has heard from its own sources that the next version of Apple’s phone will have a larger 4-inch screen (the current iPhone has a 3.5-inch display), a metal back, and a new dock connector. iLounge’s Jermey Horwitz added that “the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S,will have a new back; it it will have a metal panel but won’t be curved as other reports have suggested”.
Yet, there are rumours that it will be glass curved, as Digitimes reports, that according to industry sources, Apple is planning to adopt a “curved cover glass” for its next generation iPhone.
Rumoured Price Range
WIth regard to its price various reports say, the best prediction for the iPhone 5 handset price in the UK is around £510 for the 16 GB and £612 for the 32 GB which is similar to iPhone 4S at launch. The contract best prices are likely to be around £189 for 16 GB and £280 for the 32 GB on an 18 month £35 monthly tariff.
Rumours in liquidmetal which will used for the back of iPhone 5 was affirmed by Atakan Peker, Founder of Liquidmetal who says that Liquidmetal still needs time to develop. “For example, I estimate that Apple will likely spend on the order of $300 million to $500 million – and three to five years – to mature the technology before it can used in large scale,” Peker told Business Insider’s Steve Kovach.
It’s expected quad-core processor debut in the new iPhone 5 – probably called the Apple A6, larger 4-inch curved glass screen, 8mp camera and will cost £500 for a 16GB / 32GB model.
Apple is even rumoured to launch it in the second half of the year, perhaps in September, close to a year after the iPhone 4S was released.
The battle between Apple and Samsung has intensified with Samsung’s latest unveiling of the much awaited smartphone Galaxy S3.
Apple is now under pressure as its next generation iPhone 5′s launch is around the corner. Will it be able to stay ahead of its direct competitor Galaxy S3 in terms of innovative technology?
“The Galaxy devices helped Samsung overtake Nokia Oyj as the worlds’ top handset seller for the first time in the first quarter and regain the lead in the $219 billion smartphone market from Apple. Samsung is introducing a range of Galaxy phones to gain market share and compete with Apple, whose latest iPhone was unveiled seven months ago,” according to a report by Bloomberg.
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In its latest smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S3 features a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display powered by Android 4.0 with Ice Cream Sandwich. It comes with an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera which offers a variety of intelligent camera features and face recognition related options.
Samsung remains at second place, however, its smartphones and android products sales is increasing and is all set to capture Apple’s top position. Samsung was reported to have earned about $5 billion and could be eating away at Apple’s market share until an iPhone release date is announced. With the unveiling of its latest smartphone Galaxy S3, the company hopes to expand its share of the market with their latest generation Android products.
Though Apple has not revealed a launch date for the iPhone 5, features like 4G LTE connectivity powered by a 1.5 GHz quadcore A6 processor are keeping demands high. The iPhone 5 is also speculated to include 1GB or RAM, retina display of 1280 x 720 resolutions, and innovative Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
Apple may look to introduce its new liquid metal material into the future lineup of iPhones. The iPhone 5 could see its glass casing replaced with a liquid metal casting that offers strength and scratch resistance. The material will also give the device a liquid smooth finish and gives Apple more flexibility to create unique body shape designs.
Recent news of Apple’s filed claim to control the domain iphone5.com ahead of its launch which is likely to happen during the World Wide Developers Conference in June or in October.
With Apple not yet revealing the possible name of the new iPhone yet, rumors of being called iPhone 5 has been on for quite sometime now. However, there are also possibilities of Apple calling the next iPhone simply “new iPhone.”
“Apple’s pursuit of the iPhone5.com domain is interesting given how slow the company has been to take action to secure domains related to its previous products. Apple didn’t gain control of iPhone4.com until nearly a year after that device launched and Apple didn’t seek to gain control of iPhone4S.com until several weeks after that device debuted last October,” writes MacRumors.
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