Teen hacker took less than 24 hours to jailbreak the new iPhone 7

While it’s only been two weeks since the new iPhone 7 dropped, someone has already managed to circumvent its defenses.

Teenage hacker Luca Todesco, better known under the alias of qwertyoruiopz, has figured out how to jailbreak the iPhone 7 running iOS 10 – and he claims it took him less than 24 hours to bypass.

Although Todesco bragged about his achievement on Twitter and YouTube, he says he has no immediate plans to release the details of the exploit he used – not until Apple has released a patch at least.

Speaking to Motherboard, Todesco said the iPhone 7 wasn’t easy to crack. He further added he’s considering submitting the vulnerabilities to Apple’s bug bounty program, but is yet to make a final decision.

They definitely made my life harder. The iPhone 7 is a step in the right direction. Obviously it’s not 100 percent secure – like nothing else is.

As is often the case with these things, Apple will probably catch up with Todesco’s exploit and patch the holes he used to jailbreak the device. Still, as the crafty hacker says, “they can raise the effort required, but there will always be someone willing to invest enough time to do it.”

You can take a peek at the jailbreak iPhone 7 in the video section above.

Apple will probably launch its iPhone 6 One Month Later

The September launch of iPhone 6 might be postponed. MacRumors claims that Apple has plans to launch the so much expected iPhone 6 in the month of October, with some other new products. Although, smart phones enthusiasts might be a bit disappointed this postpone will probably have no impact on the company’s success or failure with the product. The report claims that the new launching date for the iPhone 6 is going to be the 14th of October 2014.

The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C were launched on the 10th of September 2013. By the end of the month the smart phones were already in stores, ready to be bought.

Apple has the tendency to make most of its iPhone sales towards the end of the year. The first quarter report for 2014, which actually referred to the sales registered during the last quarter of 2013, showed that Apple had managed to sell fifty-one million iPhones. During the most recent quarter the company managed to sell around thirty one million units.

The NPD analyst, Eddie Hold, said that the majority of phone producers had to ship by the end of September or the beginning of October. However, quarter number four, which begins on the 1st of October and ends after the winter holiday season, is the period when lots of customers renew their contracts and buy new mobile devices. Producers that have at least one new product are like a real magnet for customers during the fourth quarter. If the producers of phones running on Android do not have a new mobile phone to offer, then buyers might simply purchase something else, even if it is quite different from their previous gadget. The analyst does not consider that a delay of any kind would affect Apple sales. The iPhone is a product capable of attracting people who will line up to buy it, not matter when the new model hits the market.

The question is what happens with the sales impact when several phones are released at the same time. This is not something new for Apple which has already used the strategy with iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The data gathered up till now, point out the 5S is more appealing to customers than the 5C. However, they also reveal that the simultaneous release of two phones does not have a negative impact on sales.

Apple might face some problems if it announces two products but ends up delivering only one. The people who want to purchase the second product might decide that it is worth waiting for and they might not want to purchase the product available in stores.

Nonetheless, there are more chances for Apple to announce two phones and actually launch two. The company might also decide to announce one phone and launch only one.

The Apple representatives have not commented yet on these new rumours.

Apple defends its iOS against Accusations of Forensic Snooping

Apple has finally given its official response to the surveillance claims which were made public by Jonathan Zdziarski, a person having expertise in both forensic and iOS security domains.

Mister Zdziarski says that the iOS is quite protected in front of attacks coming from hackers. However, the operating system produced by Apple has some sort of a backdoor mechanism for security which has made the system extremely weak to snooping.

The experts claim that certain services should not be running on iOS. They have been introduced by Apple with the purpose of being part of the firmware. These services manage to pass backup encryption. Furthermore, the services copy too much more personal data than a common smart phone.

It is obvious that the electronics company denies all accuses brought by Zdziarski. The company hs given an official declaration to Tim Bradshaw, one of the most reputed technology reporters working for the famous Financial Times. Apple claims that the diagnostic functions of the iOS do not put in danger the user’s security or privacy. However, the functions provide all the information needed by the various departments of the company. A user has to have his/her device unlock and has to grant access to another computer before the respective computer is actually capable of gaining access to the diagnostic information. The information is obtained with the user’s consent. Moreover, no information or data is transferred without having the user’s permission.

Apple denies having collaborated with government agencies in order to make a backdoor in its services and products. Once again Apple points out that its location tracking feature is not at all a menace for the national security of any country, as state Chinese broadcaster pretended earlier this month.

The uncovering of the DROPOUTJEEP project conducted by the National Security Agency created a lot of buzz at the end of 2013. The exposure determine Apple to make an official statement in which it said that the company had never collaborated with the American intelligence services in order to spy people using iOS gadgets.

Developers Receive an Apple Treat: the Launch of iOS Beta 3

On July 7th 2014,  Apple manages to launch its iOS 8 Beta 3 for towards its developers; at a three weeks’ distance after the release of the second beta upgrade and at a month’s distance from presenting its new programming system with the International Developers Conference.

The upgrade having the number 12A4318c is available on the iOS gadgets and it can be downloaded from the iOS Dev Center as well.  The electronic giant has launched a brand new beta alternative for Find My iPhone, an entirely new version of Find My Friends for iOS 8, a recent Apple television beta, some new Swift upgrades and the software presented at the Developers’ Conference.

The iOS 8 has many new characteristic like an improved integration by means of Continuity with OS X. To this, the company has added some Health applications, Family specific features, a modern Quick Type Keyboard and interactive type notifications. Improvements were brought to applications like Messages, Mail as well as Safari.

The recent iOS 8 has some tweaks into its operating system. These include the newly created options for iCloud Drive, some changings in the Settings toggle of Handoff and of course the new feature that allows the users to either enable or on the contrary disable the Quick Types. The weather application has undergone some design changes and the same happened to some of the wallpapers.

A reporte that hit the web in the month of June, spread the rumour that the third version of IOS 8 beta would be released on the 8th of July. However, we see now that it all happened a day in advance. The 7th July update has arrived just after Apple’s announcement referring to wiping out all the data belonging to the CloudKit for Yosemite and iOS betas. The company claimed that wanted to get rid of the data extant in the Library of iCloud Photo, Mail Drop and iCloud Drive.

For the time being, iOS 8 is not available for the public at large, but only for developers. However, it is expected that the new iOS version to be launched somewhere in autumn. Considering the launching habits and marketing strategy of Apple the new iOS 8 has high chances to be launched at the same time with the new iPhones and the iWatch.