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Recode reports today on WikiLeaks’ new Vault 7 series that has released more than 8,000 pages of documentation about various CIA programs, including those designed to break encryption of iPhones, Android phones, Samsung Smart TVs, among other devices.
WikiLeaks says that this has enabled the CIA to hack the various operating systems via various private messaging apps such as Signal, WhatsApp, Telegram, Weibo, and Confide.
“These are not hacks against those apps, but hacks against the underlying operating systems,” security technologist Bruce Schneier told Recode.
Also reporting on the story, MacRumors writes that WikiLeaks says that the CIA has placed a “disproportionate focus” on iOS devices, probably because of the popularity of Apple products. In fact, WikiLeaks says that the agency even has a special unit within its Mobile Development Branch to create and execute malware to infiltrate, control, and exfiltrate information from iOS devices. WikiLeaks also says that the CIA has “lost control” of this vast arsenal of hacking exploits.
Sources: WikiLeaks reveals the CIA hacked into Apple iPhones, Google Android phones and Samsung TVs
New Wikileaks Series Details CIA's 'Specialized Unit' Dedicated to Creating iOS Exploits
9to5 Mac reports today on the new Annual Jamf Trends Survey that was published today by Jamf, a company that makes Apple device management software for businesses, and which shows that both iOS and Mac adoption rose in the enterprise over the past year.
Jamf collected data from 300 IT professionals, managers and executives from commercial organizations around the world that had from 50 to 10,000 employees.
Jamf’s data reveals that 91% of enterprise organizations now use Mac, and 99% say that they use iPhone or iPad. Both Mac and iOS device adoption rates have increased in the past year.
Forty-four of the organizations surveyed by Jamf said that they give their employees the chance to choose between Mac and PC, and 71% said that they offer their employees a choice between Apple, Android, and other mobile devices.
Jamf says that the reasons given by companies for opting for Macs and iOS devices include ease of use, security, device configuration, support, software and app development, and integration.
Source: Report highlights growth for Apple devices in enterprise: 91% now using Mac, 99% iPhone & iPad
In this week’s Recode Decode podcast, Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher had a very interesting conversation with Ron Johnson, founder and CEO of personal commerce tech product delivery company Enjoy. Johnson previously worked at Apple from 2000 onwards, running the Apple retail stores division.
As you might expect, Johnson had some interesting things to say about his time at Apple, and in particular about the late Apple co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs.
Johnson said that he and Jobs “clicked from Day One,” and that Jobs even gave him some homework when he went to interview for a job at Apple,
“He said to me, ‘It’s Thanksgiving weekend coming up. Why don’t you write down what you would do? How would you approach retail? Tell me about it,” said Johnson. “So I went back and I wrote this 10-page thesis of why Apple should do stores, what they should be like, blah blah blah.”
“I get the call, ‘Hey, can you come back?’ I walk in, he goes, ‘Hey, thanks for coming back.’ I said, ‘So what’d you think of my thesis?’ And he goes, ‘Well, I don’t like it very much, but that’s OK. Let’s talk!’ That’s Steve. He offered me the job that day.”
Johnson also revealed that Jobs was initially very opposed to the idea of having Genius Bars in Apple retail stores.
“I remember the day I came in and told Steve about the Genius Bar idea and he says, ‘That’s so idiotic! It’ll never work!’ He said, ‘Ron, you might have the right idea, but here’s the big gap: I’ve never met someone who knows technology who knows how to connect with people. They’re all geeks! You can call it the Geek Bar.’”
But Johnson said that he convinced Jobs to agree to the Genius Bar idea by telling him, “‘Steve, kids who are in their 20s today grew up in a very different world. They all know technology, and that’s who’s going to work in the store.’”
The next day Jobs had the phrase “Genius Bar” trademarked, and the rest is history.
MacRumors reports today on a new story from The Bell, which claims that Apple wants every iPhone to have an OLED display by 2019, kicking off with the iPhone 8, which is due to launch later this year.
According to The Bell’s supply chain sources, Apple has ordered 60 million units of the OLED iPhone 8, which represents approximately 40% of Apple’s total manufacturing run.
The sources say that Apple will double the adoption of OLED panels for the 2018 iPhone lineup to 80%, and then have 100% OLED models by 2019.
The same source also says that both Samsung and Interflex will be manufacturing flexible printed circuit boards (FPCB) for the forthcoming iPhone 8. In fact, Samsung is just about to expand its Electro-Mechanics plant based in Vietnam in order to cope with the extra demand.
The source for today’s story also said that Apple is using three suppliers to make the OLED panels, with the exact quota of orders for each manufacturer to be decided upon when production starts in April or May. This contradicts another rumour that we reported on yesterday that said that production would not start on the OLED iPhone 8 until September.
Source: Apple Aims to Make Every iPhone With an OLED Display by 2019
A new report in Nikkei Asian Review, via MacRumors, says that Apple will launch three new iPhone models this fall, one of which will be a 5.8-inch OLED display model, and two of which will have LCD displays.
This ties in with many recent rumours from various news sources about the forthcoming iPhone lineup, but represents the first time that Nikkei has referred to a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 8, having previously reported last October that Apple would be launching 5.5-inch, 5-inch, and 4.7-inch iPhones, with no mention of a 5.8 model.
According to MacRumors, the reason why Nikkei might previously have thought that Apple was to release a 5.5-inch iPhone could have something to do with another recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that while the OLED iPhone 8 will have a 5.8-inch display, the main area will only be 5.15 inches, with the remaining space used for a number of virtual buttons.
Source: Nikkei Now Agrees 'iPhone 8' Will Have Larger 5.8-Inch OLED Display
AppleInsider reports that according to a story in DigiTimes, Apple will be using custom fingerprint technology in its forthcoming OLED iPhone 8, and therefore the phone will not enter production until September 2017. If true, this would be much later than the expected July start date for full production of the forthcoming iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models.
DigiTimes’ source says that Apple will be using an algorithm from AuthenTec, a sensor company that it acquired in 2012, in combination with glass identification technology from Privaris. The source also says that the sensor will be manufactured at TSMC’s 12-inch line with a 65-nanometer process.
The report goes on to say that with the OLED iPhone 8 not having a physical home button, Apple will be using other technology, including ultrasound.
It’s hard to know how seriously to take this report, as if true, it would mean that the iPhone 8 would most likely be released in November, which would be unprecedented for Apple. However, that’s not to discount the report entirely.
Source: Apple's 'iPhone 8' using custom fingerprint tech, not starting production until September -- report
If you’re someone that needs a little motivation to keep up your fitness program, then Animoca’s Garfield Fit health app might just be the most fun way possible to get you moving on your iOS device or Apple Watch.
The free-to-play app features the world’s cutest lasagna-lover, Garfield the cat, as your exercise buddy.
Garfield Fit turns exercising into a game to help increase your motivation and keep you on track to meet your exercise goals. It features a sophisticated pedometer with tailored fitness programs for adults and children, and includes interaction with Garfield, Jon, Odie, and other characters from the series created by Jim Davis.
The app is really easy to use: all you have to do is launch the app then start walking or running. Garfield will respond to your activity level and track various information, including steps taken, pace, calories used, and time spent exercising. The app lets you set daily goals for you or your children, and then work to achieve them with Garfield and his friends.
The personalized coaching offered by the app is based on algorithms that adaptively adjust training schedules so that you can continue to challenge yourself. You’ll also get frequent progress reports to help you stay motivated, and you can earn coins the more you walk or run to unlock outfits for Garfield.
According to new figures from research firm IDC, via MacRumors, Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are a “magnificent success” for Apple, resulting in the company recording its “best quarter ever” for the wearables market.
IDC’s figures show that Apple shipped an estimated 4.6 million Apple Watch units in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase from an estimated 4.1 million in the year-ago quarter. This meant that Apple’s share of the wearables market, including fitness trackers, was estimated at 13.6%, a slight drop from 14.1% in the year-ago quarter.
In contrast, IDC’s figures show that wearables market leader Fitbit had one of its “largest declines ever” in the fourth quarter, shipping an estimated 6.5 million fitness trackers, down from 8.4 million in the year-ago quarter. This meant that Fitbit’s market share fell from 29% to 19.2%, according to IDC.
IDC notes that Apple’s increased focus on marketing the Apple Watch as a fitness device rather than a fashion device has greatly helped its growth in the wearables market, as has its lower entry price point and the fact that the Series 2 now has GPS.
“Apple is one of the few companies that has been able to quickly refocus its watch to gain traction in the consumer market and has also been leading the charge on introducing the smartwatch category to the commercial segment,” said IDC.
As far as Apple’s official word on this is concerned, while Apple doesn’t release Apple Watch sales figures, Tim Cook recently said that holiday demand for the Apple Watch was “so strong” that Apple “couldn’t make enough.”
Source: Apple Watch's Record-Breaking Quarter Was Opposite One of Fitbit's 'Largest Declines Ever'
AppleInsider reports that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note saying that all three of the new iPhone models expected to launch this year will still have Lightning ports, despite other recent rumours saying that they would be replaced by USB-C ports.
Kuo says that while Apple will indeed be using “Type-C Power Delivery” technology in the new phones, it will not be using USB-C ports instead of Lightning ports as The Wall Street Journal claimed this week.
Kuo says that he thinks Apple will be using Texas Instruments for the power management aspect of the new technology, and Cypress for the power delivery chips.
And as far as the flagship iPhone 8 is concerned, Kuo says that it may have faster charging than the other two models due to a 2-cell L-shaped battery pack.
Source: Rumour All of the 2017 iPhones Will Have3 Lightning port fast charging
MacRumors reports that Target has this week issued a memo to employees that requested its store to return some iPhone SE models to Apple by March 1. The models in question include six unlocked 16GB and 64GB Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold models, as well as two Spring models.
MacRumors says that an anonymous Target employee told them that her particular Target store had not received any iPhone SE stock since September 2016, which was before the iPhone 7 was announced.
MacRumors notes that while there are many reasons why Target might be sending iPhone SE stock back to Apple, including the models in question not selling well, it is particularly timely considering the fact that Apple is rumoured to be hosting a March event where it might possibly announce a new 128GB iPhone SE.
However, countering this possibility are the recent words of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has said that he doesn’t think an iPhone SE refresh is likely to happen in the first half of 2017.
Source: Target Returns iPhone SE Stock Ahead of Apple's Rumored March Event
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