The iPhone 5s has been available for only three days and already a group has found a way to bypass the smartphone's Touch ID fingerprint-based authentication system. The group concocted an elaborate system to replicate a fingerprint that's associated with a particular iPhone 5s, and the hack requires physical access to the device.
Initial Supplies of gold and silver iPhone 5s models appear to be quite constrained as the September 20th launch day begins on the other side of the planet. Australian orders for gold iPhone 5s immediately showed delivery times of 7-10 days, and carriers in the U.S. have little or no inventory on hand for Friday morning.
It's always a guess on how much inventory Apple will have for an iPhone (or iPad) launch, but carriers are saying they will have little inventory for Apple's launch. One carrier source characterized inventory levels for launch day as "grotesquely low." Another carrier said it was extremely disappointed in Apple's inventory deliveries.
Apple is asking a federal court to prevent Samsung from attempting to retry the validity of five Apple patents that a jury already found to be both valid and infringed. Apple wants the court to keep Samsung from using terms in a damages retrial that question the validity of those patents. Bryan Chaffin breaks down the issues at hand.
Some observers underestimate what's to be gained by Apple's 64-bit A7 in the iPhone 5s. Is it really just a marketing stunt? Or an inadvisable plan to put 64-bit ARM CPUs into MacBooks? John Martellaro explains why the move to marry iOS with 64-bits is so darn clever, now and for the long term.
The technology Apple uses comes from Authentec, a company it bought over a year ago for US$365 million. The company was known for its fingerprint scanning technology and Near Field Communication (NFC) tech, too. At the time, there was speculation that Apple was bringing NFC to the iPhone for a digital payment system, but in the end it turned out Apple was far more interested in fingerprint scanning than NFC.
Twitter, Inc. announced on Thursday that the company has filed a confidential (i.e. secret) filing with the SEC to go public. The company has been valued at US$10 billion, but so far Twitter has not announced what kind of valuation it will shoot for in its initial public offering (IPO).
Apple's new iPhone 5s uses a 64-bit A7 CPU. The next generation 64-bit apps will be a little bit larger and hybrid 32/64-bit apps will be almost double in size. If you're you're thinking about a 16 GB iPhone 5s, should you consider a 32 GB model instead? John Martellaro asks the experts.
The iPhone's camera has been sitting at 8 megapixels ever since the iPhone 4S, and with the introduction of the iPhone 5s, that hasn't changed. Even though other smartphones offer higher camera resolutions, Apple has managed to find ways to make its 8 megapixels look surprisingly good, and with the just announced 5s, it's working to make those 8 megapixels more compelling, too.
Apple announced on Tuesday a major deal to bring the iPhone to Japan's largest wireless carrier, DoCoMo. DoCoMo is the largest carrier in the developed world to have resisted carrying the iPhone, and the deal significantly extends Apple's reach with the iPhone.
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