Stop Bending the Apple Store’s iPhones

From the Gizmodo.com Article by Ashley Feinberg

In the wake of the uproar that followed last week’s purported iPhone 6 Plus pliability problem, some people have apparently taken it upon themselves to go into Apple Stores and bend iPhones. And while it pains us that this even needs to be said, guys, please: Breaking private property doesn’t prove anything. Except that you’re an asshole.

The most notable case of bandit benders so far comes in the form of a couple of British teens, who tried to stick it to the man by breaking wildly expensive smartphones that they did not pay for. As the Daily Dot notes, in the five-minute video the pair posted online, the kids not only recorded themselves breaking thousands of dollars worth of hardware for all the internet to see, but they round it all off with a solid “I don’t even care to be honest, because it’s Apple’s fault.” Except that no, it’s not.

Apple itself acknowledges that there are confirmed issues with new iPhones bending under some circumstances. But intentionally seeking to destroy an iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t mean it was poorly built, any more than walking into Best Buy with a baseball bat and smashing TVs doesn’t mean that the TVs should be more shatter-proof. It just means that you’re an idiot.

But they’re kids, you might say. Kids make mistakes. They sure do! And hopefully these particular teens have been publicly shamed enough that they’ll at least make their criminal activity less absurdly indictable in the future. But it’s not just kids that are doing this. Full-grown, literate, presumably mentally sound adults are walking into Apple Stores, bending iPhone 6 Plus floor models, and sharing their abuse of private property under the pretext that this somehow validates people’s complaints.

Why are you doing this? What is there to prove? Apple has received at least 9 official complaints. Some users have bent their iPhones through typical use. And physicists haveacknowledged that, yes, this phone does have some weak points. All of this is already established. When you go breaking private property on purpose, you’re not proving anything. You’re just creating noise. You’re distracting from the real conversation that needs to be had, which is just how common is this bending under normal circumstances, not under the circumstance where you intentionally act like a half-wit.

So please, stop going into Apple Stores to break the iPhones. And for god’s sake, don’t put it on the internet if you do.

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Apple mops up iOS mess with new update

t’s iOS 8.0.2 to the rescue, Apple hopes, after a software upgrade the day before had a rough landing on thousands of iPhones. By   of CNET.com’s FULL ARTICLE

One day after a bungled iOS update disrupted key features on thousands of iPhones, Apple on Thursday issued a follow-on version of the software to set things right.

The newest update, iOS 8.0.2, is available immediately. The bruise to Apple’s public image — also dinged in the last few days by the discovery that its iPhone 6 Plus can be bent — may take longer to heal.

“iOS 8.0.2 … fixes an issue that affected iPhone 6and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1, and includes improvements and bug fixes originally in iOS 8.0.1,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1.”

The impact of the bug was startling. Immediately after downloading iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday, users began reporting that their iPhones could no longer connect to a cellular network to make calls. In addition, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on some devices ceased working, meaning people could not unlock their phones.

Apple reacted quickly, putting a stop to the 8.0.1 update after just a little over an hour, saying that it was investigating the reports of problems and promising that 8.0.2 would come “as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.” It also issued a workaround for those who’d lost cell service or the use of the Touch ID feature.

The company said that the problems affected fewer than 40,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. Those latest-model phones had only just started arriving in consumers’ hands last Friday, and Apple had said that in the first weekend of sales, consumers had scarfed up 10 million of the devices.

And iOS 8 itself was hot off the presses. It had become available two days earlier, bringing with it a number of fixes and new features…

MORE AT CNET.COM IN THE LINK AT THE TOP.

 

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The iPhone 6 Plus Really Does Have A Bending Problem

Apparently metal may not be all its cracked up to be when it comes to the iPhone 6 Plus which, according to multiple complaints on the web and blogosphere, is becoming bent in peoples pockets. Check out the article and video links provided by Business Insider’s Sam Colt below:

On Tuesday the iPhone 6 Plus was forced to confront a question near the hearts of many new owners: will it bend?

In a word: Yes.

After photos of slightly bent iPhones began cropping up on social media, the folks at Unbox Therapy took to YouTube to decide once and for all whether the iPhone 6 Plus really had a bending problem.

The video shows a man take out his iPhone 6 Plus, which he apparently purchased last Friday, and try to break it in half.

At one point the iPhone looked as if it would snap in half, but after exerting ample force on the phone, the tester was able to do no more than bend the aluminum shell.

Still, it’s unclear how or why iPhones are bending in people’s pockets. It seems you need to apply a lot of force. Other tech journalists have said iPhone 6 Plus users should wear looser jeans, but you can chalk this up as a victory for the smaller, more practical 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-iphone-6-plus-bends-easily-2014-9#ixzz3ELPsMn2e

 

**Side note from the CMOKC Blogger, if you watch a linked video from Unbox Therapy, you will see he did the same test to the Galaxy Note as well with different results. Maybe there is something to be said about plastic.**

 

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Apple Iphone 6 & 6 Plus hardware Revealed

In case you kept getting programming interruptions or couldn’t hear over the Chinese interpreter,  here’s a run down on the specs of the new iPhone 6/6 Plus and some information about the Apple Watch.

Storage Capacity: Both the Iphone 6 & 6 Plus come in 16gb, 64gb, or 128gb capacity ranging from $199-$399.
Weight & Dimensions: The iPhone 6 measures 5.44″ x 2.64″ x .27″ and weighs only 4.55 ounces. Its big brother the 6 Plus measures in at 6.22″ x 3.06″ x .28″ and weight 6.07 ounces.
Display specs:  The iPhone 6 has a 4.7″ Retina HD multi-touch display with IPS technology. Its resolution is set at 1334×750 with 326ppi and 1400:1 contrast ratio. The 6 Plus features a 5.5″ Retina HD Multitouch display with IPS technology, 1920×1080 resolution and a 1300:1 contrast ratio.
Processor: Both the 6 & 6 Plus feature an A8 chip with 64-bit architecture and an M8 motion coprocessor.
Camera: Both versions sport an 8-megapixel iSight camera, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, and a plethora of shooting modes including Burst mode,  Timer Mode, Panorama Mode, and improved face detection. Both phones can shoot video in 1080p at 30/60fps, slo-mo video at 120/240fps. Facetime cameras on both phones shoot at 1280×960 resolution and can record in 720p hd.
Security: Fingerprint identity sensor once again appears in the Home button.
Wireless Communication: NFC, 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0

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If you’d like to learn more about the new Iphone 6/6 Plus check out Apple’s Iphone 6 site HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to expect from Apple’s Event today

Today is the big day, Apple’s Grand Announcement Event!

For all of you Apple fanatics out there you’ve come pretty accustomed to Apple’s early fall launch events and we are no different. Here’s what Syracuse.com’s Geoff Herbert ( @deafgeoff) wants you to know:

‘ Wish we could say more”: Apple CEO Tim Cook is unveiling a new product — or several — at a special event today at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. We’ll be posting live updates on syracuse.com starting at 1 p.m. EST.

Expectations are higher than perhaps ever for the famously secretive tech giant, which will likely unveil a new iPhone 6 with a larger display. Other rumors point to a wearable smart device (iWatch?), an NFC chip for mobile payments (iWallet?), an updated iPad, and even a possible appearance by U2, who could use the event to promote their upcoming 13th album.

Here’s what to expect at today’s next-generation iPhone unveiling:

1. Two new, bigger iPhones
Apple may launch not one, but two completely redesigned smartphones: An iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display, plus an even bigger one with a 5.5-inch display. Different reports, however, suggest the larger model, a full 1.5 inches bigger than the iPhone 5C and 5S, may not be released or even announced until December. Other rumored features include a faster A8 processor, improved camera, an unbreakable (or at least harder to break) sapphire glass display and better security measures for iCloud users.

2. Use your phone like a credit card with “iWallet”
New leaked images of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 show the Passbook app icon (on an extra row of icons thanks to the larger screen) with four tabs instead of just three. Passbook previously allowed users to store airline boarding passes, movie tickets and gift cards, but the added red tab is believed to use a near-field communication (NFC) chip to make credit card payments at stores and restaurants simply by waving the phone in front of a scanner.

3. iWatch: A smart device you can wear
Smartwatches? Apple’s expected to showcase an “iWatch” device with a curved, rectangular screen made of sapphire crystal, a heart-rate sensor to go hand-in hand with iOS 8‘s new HealthKit app, 8GB of storage, and the ability to make mobile payments with iWallet. It’s unknown if the product will be available before Christmas, so we may only get a preview today.

4. iPad XL: One more thing?
Two iPhone models, an iWatch and an iWallet all at one event? Visionary Steve Jobs loved to add “one more thing” and, while Cook likely won’t use his signature line, he could shock the audience by adding an iPad XL (or an upgraded iPad Air with a fingerprint sensor) to the 2014 holiday shopping season. The iPad currently has a 9.7-inch display and the iPad Mini measures 7.9 inches, but sources say the company will unveil a new iPad with a 12.9-inch display in 2015 — or sooner.

5. A U2 surprise
The New York Times reports U2 will perform at the Cupertino event and demonstrate an “integration” with iDevices to promote the rock band’s upcoming album, expected in stores later this year. Jobs and Bono previously teamed up for a “Special Edition” iPod in 2004 pre-loaded with their music and signed by all four band members.

6. iPhone 6 release date later this month
If history’s any indication, Apple will announce the new iPhone today and release it next Friday, Sept. 19. That gives the company the whole weekend to try and break previous iPhone sales records, which analysts already predict it will by moving 6.5 million units over the first three days. And it’s easy to see why: People have already started lining up to buy it.

 

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Apple Investigating Reports of iCloud Vulnerabilities: Probe Comes After Celebrities’ Accounts Were Hacked, Nude Photos Published

From the Wall Street Journal‘s Daisuke Wakabayashi

Initial media reports suggested that the hacks stemmed from individual accounts on iCloud, an online service to store photos, music and other data from Apple devices.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris said in a statement.

A posting on online code-sharing site GitHub said a user had discovered a bug in Apple’s Find My iPhone service, which tracks the location of a missing phone and allows a user to disable the phone remotely if it is stolen. The bug allowed a hacker to keep trying passwords until identifying the right one.

Most online services lock down an account after multiple incorrect password attempts to prevent this type of so-called “brute force” attacks.

Apple is looking into reports that iCloud vulnerabilities were exploited to hack into accounts. Associated Press

The GitHub post was updated on Monday to read: “The end of fun, Apple have just patched.”

Rich Mogull, chief executive of security research and advisory firm Securosis, said it is plausible that hackers exploited that vulnerability. “We don’t know for sure, but it’s very possible that those are related,” he said.

He also said it seems more likely that the hackers broke in through the individual accounts of the celebrities versus breaking Apple’s system. “I would be shocked Apple itself was hacked,” said Mr. Mogull.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton were identified as possible victims. Another actress, Mary E. Winstead, said on Twitter that the hackers grabbed photos she took with her husband last year in their home and that she had since deleted. “I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this,” she wrote on her verified Twitter account. Actress and singer Victoria Justice said from her Twitter account that the supposed nude photos of her were fake.

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Football and Apple Fans Rejoice Together

For all you rocking Apple TV and love the NFL you may now rejoice: NFL Now is coming to the Apple TV. Don’t worry Amazon Fire TV Users Want to know more? Here’s an excerpt from CNET.com’s Ben Fox Rubin.

‘The National Football League announced Wednesday that NFL Now has come to Apple TV, bringing the league’s new video network to another major streaming service.

NFL Now, which officially launched earlier this month, is a digital network that offers free on-demand videos from across the league’s video catalog, including game highlights, press conferences, and videos produced by NFL Films and the 32 NFL teams. The network was already available through Roku and Microsoft’s Xbox streaming services, as well as on Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices, and online at NFL.com/Now.

A person familiar with the service told CNET earlier this month that Apple TV was expected to become a partner a few weeks after the service launched. Also, the NFL previously indicated that NFL Now will be available on the Kindle Fire, Amazon Fire TV, Yahoo Screen, and Yahoo Sports by the start of the 2014 NFL regular season, which kicks off September 4.

NFL Now is the league’s latest effort to offer up more NFL information and videos over the Internet, as it seeks to join in on the growing popularity of on-demand streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Also, Apple TV now matches Roku for this particular channel. However, Roku is approaching 2,000 channels while Apple TV’s more selective approach means it has only about two dozen content partners.’

To read more head over to the full story HERE

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iOS Scores As Most Secure Mobile OS in Spyware Report

From Cnet.com’s Lanc Whitney (@lancewhit)

Apple’s iOS has emerged as the most spyware-proof mobile operating system in a test conducted by a surveillance software and hardware vendor.

Detailed in a leaked document apparently from the Gamma Group, a piece of its spyware called FinSpy was used to determine whether various mobile platforms could withstand snooping attempts on phone calls, contacts, and other data. In the document seen by the Washington Post and noted by Cult of Mac, FinSpy is “designed to help Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies to remotely monitor mobile phones and tablet devices.”

FinSpy can gain full access to phone calls, text messages, the address book, and even the microphone via silent phone calls. It can also trace a device to determine its location. Used by law enforcement and government agencies, FinSpy has earned a reputation for itself as a powerful but controversial tool for sneaking into mobile devices. That’s why iOS’s ranking in the Gamma Group’s document from April is a nod to Apple security.

Among the major mobile platforms cited in a chart in the document, all of them were susceptible to FinSpy. The spyware was able to bully its way into andorid (all versions from 2.x.x to 4.4.x), BlackBerry (versions 5.x, 6.x., and 7.x), Symbian, and Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 (Windows Phone 8 is not yet supported by the software).

And what of iOS? Apple’s mobile OS did make the list but only in jailbroken mode. According to the Gamma team, iOS versions 4.3.x, 5.x, 6.x, and 7.0.x are vulnerable to FinSpy but an untethered jailbreak is required. As the document explains: “The iOS target (meaning the FinSpy software itself) can be installed only under iOS jailbroken devices.”

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The iPhone 6 Rumors, According to CNET

Cnet.com recently published information regarding the new iPhone 6 by Apple. While all of the aforementioned information is stipulation and rumor cnet.com has been pretty good with their info during the last iterations of Apples hardware.
Here’s what we know so far:
1) The iPhablet 6 : You read right, according to cnet.com, the iPhone 6 will be available in its standard 4.7″ and a new 5.5″ to keep up with its bigger screen competition.
2) Released by the Holidays? :  That’s right, if Apple follows its history we will see the formal announcement in September and on shelves just in time for the holidays.
3) Sapphire Glass : Still a rumor but there are already videos on the web showing this super strong glass, even stronger than 3M’s Gorilla Glass. Could this mean fewer broken i-screens, we will have to wait and see.

 

 

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Apple Makes A Move For The Enterprise Solutions Arena

Apple Makes A Move For The Enterprise Solutions Arena

Apple announced on Tuesday that it would be joining forces with its one time business rival IBM. In an attempt to transition from solely consumer product arenas to the ever growing enterprise arena, Apple and IBM will focus on enterprise applications geared for iOS. Together they will create  100 industry-specific application that will run on both iPads and iPhones including apps designed for security, big number crunching for corporate data, and a hardware management software to manage the phones themselves. Aside from the application side, Apple will be creating a whole new class of AppleCare specifically to support enterprise clients and their hardware while IBM will continue support of their already supported devices including Android base platforms.

It will be interesting to see where this deal goes and how long term this once rocky relationship will last but only time will tell. From a technician standpoint having someone else handle the Mac repairs will definitely light the work load.

For more information regarding this partnership of strange bed fellows click HERE

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