Contradictory Rumors About iPhone 7 Create a Real Mystery

7:00 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · · Analysis

Contradictions and Induction rumors

Earlier today it was reported that, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple would return to an all-glass enclosure with the iPhone. But that the change will occur in 2017, not this year. In light of Apple's tradition and what we (think we) know about inductive charging, a really good mystery has surfaced.

Apple Might Turn Back to Glass Case for Futuristic iPhone in 2017

8:00 AM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · · Analysis

It's Cloudy

Apple could turn to a page from yesteryear when it comes to the next major form factor change in the iPhone, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo [via 9to5Mac]. The analyst said that Apple is planning to ditch aluminum for an iPhone refresh and return to an all-glass enclosure—but interestingly he says Apple will do so in 2017. 

FBI Still Manipulating Public in Encryption Fight

3:03 PM, Apr. 13th, 2016 · · Analysis

Director Comey says public encryption debate was a surprise benefit of San Bernardino iPhone case

The San Bernardino iPhone unlocking court battle is over, and FBI Director James Comey said he's glad for it. He also said the very public battle had an "unintended benefit," and lamented the fact it became an emotional issue—right before he added fuel to that fire by equating the encryption fight to the emotions he sees in the gun control debate.

Obama Administration Signals Potential Shift on Encryption

5:31 PM, Apr. 7th, 2016 · · Analysis

He's just a bill

The Obama Administration is a house divided when it comes to encryption, and it's clear that thinking on the issue is an ever-evolving state. This was highlighted this week when Reuters reported the White House would not be supporting a bill empowering judges to order companies like Apple to aid law enforcement help in accessing locked and encrypted devices.

Even the Federal Government Won’t Buy Apple Products That Don’t Meet Encryption Standards

3:25 PM, Apr. 7th, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple FIPS 140-2 certification

There's been much fuss lately about the desire by the FBI to be able to break into any iPhone it needs to. But the FBI is just one government agency. The interesting backstory here is that the Federal Government, in general, won't buy products that don't meet certain cryptographic standards. It's called FIPS 140-2 certification, and Apple has just announced that the cryptographic modules in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 have obtained that validation. It's delicious irony.

Syed Farook’s iPhone is a Bust for the FBI

10:52 AM, Apr. 7th, 2016 · · Analysis

FBI: Nothing to see here, move along

The FBI has had access to the encrypted contents of Syed Farook's iPhone 5c for at least a week and when asked about the status, FBI general counsel James Baker said they're still analyzing the data and the agency won't talk about what may or may not be there. That's government talk for, "We didn't find anything useful on the iPhone."

Apple Needs to Rethink its Convenience over Security Philosophy

10:34 AM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple often sacrifices security for convenience

When websites started showing how to use Siri on locked iPhones to access photos and contacts some people called it a Siri security flaw, others called it a poorly thought out feature. Either way, Apple addressed the issue quickly without requiring an iOS update. The problem is that the incident underscores Apple's tendency to favor convenience over security. 

Devs Ramp Up Security in Wake of FBI iPhone Unlock Fight

7:38 PM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · · Analysis

WhatsApp gives all users end-to-end encryption

Well done, FBI. In its fight to kill encryption-based privacy and security, public awareness is on the rise, and now WhatsApp expanded its built-in encryption to all supported devices all the time. The end result is that everyone—honest people and criminals alike—have yet another way to keep their private conversations from snoopy friends, bad guys, and the government.