iOS

So Long, iPhone 4: Apple Drops Support in iOS 8

6:50 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · iOS

The iPhone 4 joined the ranks of the original iPhone, iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS on Monday as another device Apple is leaving behind. When iOS 8 ships this fall, it won't include support the older iPhone model, which means you'll need at least an iPhone 4S to try out the new features Apple announced earlier today.

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Apple maintains backwards compatibility for older hardware longer than many other companies do, but it isn't surprising to see the iPhone 4 dropped from the supported device list for iOS 8. Running iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 was frustrating, and several features weren't supported at all. iOS 8 would've been an exercise in pain on the iPhone 4.

Apple Announces Support for Third Party Keyboards in iOS 8

3:52 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · iOS

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Apple announced support for third party keyboards in iOS 8, correcting a long-standing shortcoming of the mobile operating system. The support is part of Extensions, a new feature in iOS 8 that allows features in an app to be extended to other applications.

Apple Opens iOS to Developers through Extensibility

2:54 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · iOS

Apple made both developers and end users happy on Monday with the introduction of extensibility as a new feature in iOS 8. Extensibility will let developers build apps that interact with each other and share information, but without giving up the security sandboxing brings to the iPhone and iPad.

Apple: iCloud Wasn’t Compromised in iPhone Ransom Attack

11:03 AM, May. 28th, 2014 · · iOS

Following news that some iPhone owners in Australia were locked out of their smartphone and presented with a demand for a ransom, Apple has said its iCloud servers weren't hacked. The ransom attack, called Oleg Pliss, demanded US$100 from victims and raised questions about how the attackers gained the necessary passwords to lock users out of their iPhones and iPads.

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It's good to know Apple's own servers weren't compromised, and it's a great reminder as to why reusing passwords is a bad idea.

Australian iPhone Owners Wake Up to Ransomware Threat

8:42 AM, May. 27th, 2014 · · iOS

Many iPhone and iPad owners in Australia woke up Tuesday morning to an unfriendly site: On screen demands for money to unlock their devices. The warning said their device had been hacked by Oleg Pliss and demanded a US$100 ransom before it would be unlocked so they could use it again.

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This doesn't look like a security flaw in iOS for the iPhone and iPad, but instead seems to be some other attack that involves account user names and passwords stolen from somewhere else. Those login credentials may have come from data breaches at other companies, or through some server spoofing attack. Changing your iCloud password seems to be the easiest way to protect yourself for now.