Its being predicted that Apple will kill the 3.5mm jack in next version of iPhone. When this may come as a surprise to some but if you notice carefully, Apple has always ditched popular interfaces ahead of its time. People did complain initially but latter adopted it and the industry followed its trend.
Apple has always ditched popular interfaces ahead of its time. People did complain initially but latter adopted it and the industry followed its trend.
Old time Apple user must have seen that Apple was first to drop the floppy drive from its iMac G3 in 1988,Apple was also the first to kill the CD Rom drive in laptops with its MacBook Air series later in ints Macbook Pro series of laptops and the industry followed. Apple also killed USB in its most latex MacBook Air to favour USB Type C port , well most of the major players have not done that yet on laptops but you can see the trend of USB Type C on mobile devices.
Apple was first to drop the floppy drive from its iMac G3 in 1988
My take is that there will be Lightning connector only in next iPhone that will serve all data/charge/audio. Probably next ten iPhone will come with an Lightning connected headphones.
May be it will be a USB Type C connector for headphone or it might be only wireless headphones for next gen of iPhone,we never know whats in store. We all can just wait and watch what Apple comes up with if they drop the 3.5mm port for iPhone.
If you are a programmer you know about Apple’s programming language Swift, which you can say is a successor of Objective-C, used for making apps for iOS , OSX and Apple Watch. Apple previously announced in WWDC in June that it is going yo make Swift Open Source, well this December , Apple has kept its promise and gifted the new programming language to the open source community.
If you need to know about Swift and its open source community go to Swift.org which has already been set up by Apple. You can also got and visit the GitHub page http://github.com/apple to learn more.
“Your time is limited, so don”t waste it living someone else”s life. Don”t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people”s thinking. Don”t let the noise pokies online of others” opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Rock Star Games has announced that very soon it will release the classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on mobile platform. Not just on iOS and Android but also on Windows Phone. No release date or pricing is provided yet, but it is expected to be released this December. So get ready to live in the early 90’s in the gangster world of Carl Johnson.
Is iMessages really secured? This question has been in mind of the many people who uses iMessages , after the NSA PRISM incident. Well sometime back Apple published a statement on their website that iMessages are protected by end to end encryption and there could not be any man in the middle attack , and even Apple could not decrypt the iMessages. You can view the statement by Apple here.
But this is not the case, iMessages can be intercepted by man in the middle attack and even Apple can decrypt the iMessages.
Here is a video that show a security researcher group doing a man in the middle attack on iMessage.
Its been two year since the founder of Apple Steve Jobs passed away. So today I am sharing few things to remind us one of the greatest person from the world of technology whose work will benefit our life for years to come.
Why I think Apple is falling but yet making profit.
By now most of you have seen the event either live in person or in video. (If not here is the official link) Apple launched two iPhone the iPhone5C and the iPhone5S and iOS7 the next generation operating system for Apple’s iPhone.
Everyone got glimpse of both iPhone5C and iPhone5S on the internet, before it was announced. From a company that had a good level of keeping a new product secret, this was not expected,even we saw a year before that iPhone5 photo was leaked before it was launched. Well that won’t hurt the product but it does kills the element of surprise when we see the product for first time during the event.
The iPhone5C which is a plastic iPhone, Apple will say its high quality polycarbonate, but it no way looks high quality. when I first saw the leaked images I thought it was fake some cheap fake iPhones. But during the even I just could not believe my eyes that these plastic iPhones were actually from Apple.It looks like one of those fake iPhone you get from unknown company on which they misspell the word “iPhone” but this time its from the company called Apple and they did not misspell the word.As a company which is known for its elegant design in all its product the iPhone5C seems out of place. I wonder if Steve Jobs was the one who really designed the products and Jony Ive only who took the orders and put the design on paper. Have you looked at the iPhone5C with the cover from back side? here have a look at this picture.
Now tell me which company will make a product that will make their own products name partially visible? “iPhone” became “hon” really a company which is known for its attention to details this was not expected. I am very much sure if Steve Jobs was alive he would have put a bullet in the person’s head who designed iPhone5C and its cover.
A new exploit in Apple iOS and OSX has been found which crashes any application which contains certain characters of Arabic text.It crashes applications running on iOS and OSX that uses WebKit engine. But I have seen that same character set does not crash WebKit application on different platform. So we can be assured that the bug is of Apple not WebKit engine as a whole. (I tested Google Chrome on Linux)
Versions effected are, iOS 6 , 7 beta and iOS< 6 ,Mac OS X 10.8
Version not effected Mac OSX 10.9 beta and OSX<10.8
This fatal error can be reproduced if
You send text message to your iPhone with the set of characters.
You sen iMessage to Mac of iPhone.
Those set of characters are displayed on applications like browser.
On Mac,I tested on Safari which crashed the whole Safari browser, but while on Google Chrome it only crashed the tab where the link was opened. In case you were wondering Firefox did not crash.If you are feeling adventurous and want to test which applications will crash the you can head to this link. Note this may crash your browser, if it does not then you will see the set of arabic characters.
Exploit Link: http://zhovner.com/tmp/killwebkit.html (Warning it may crash your WebKit browser) , copy paste the link I have deliberately not hyperlinked as to stop people from accidentally clicking it.
Apple showed off their latest iOS version on WWDC 2013. Well while I love the functionality of the new OS, I am not happy with the design process.
I mean the icons looks as if its designed by a kid with a box by crayons. It has too much of colour and it no way looks like its made by Apple. It seems that someone has installed a Cydia Theme in iOS.
I am sharing some pictures of the new iOS7 do comment your thoughts about it. Do you like it or hate it?
Mac OS X Mavericks uses Windows file sharing by default. Why?
As you already know that Apple OS X uses AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) and Windows uses SMB (Server Message Block), the new Mac OS X uses SMB2 over AFP !
Ok, I know you will say that how does it matter? or You would say it would be easier to share with Windows based computers. Well yes, but one of the most like feature of the Mac OS X, Time Machine over LAN relies on AFP. Third party Time Machine manufacturers have to reverse-engineer AFP to keep it working with the new version of OS X. What more bothering me is that who selected SMB2 ? OS X prior to OS X 10.7 uses open source implementation of SMB , called Samba. (used in popular Linux distro too) With OS X 10.7 , Apple replaced it with their own implementation SMBX.
Yes, you read it correct. A modified charger that can install malwares onto your iOS devices like iPhones and iPads, even though its not jailbroken, it does not even needs your interaction. And it takes less than a minutes of charging to get it infected.
Recently researchers will show a prototype of this charger in BlackHat Security Conference in late July. The prototype of the charge is named “Mactans” which is build on open-source single-board computer called the BeagleBoard,availavle at $45 from Texas Instruments.
Brief description by the researchers Billy Lau,Yeongjin Jang,Chengyu Song.
Apple iOS devices are considered by many to be more secure than other mobile offerings. In evaluating this belief, we investigated the extent to which security threats were considered when performing everyday activities such as charging a device. The results were alarming: despite the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, we successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software. All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction.
In this presentation, we demonstrate how an iOS device can be compromised within one minute of being plugged into a malicious charger. We first examine Apple’s existing security mechanisms to protect against arbitrary software installation, then describe how USB capabilities can be leveraged to bypass these defense mechanisms. To ensure persistence of the resulting infection, we show how an attacker can hide their software in the same way Apple hides its own built-in applications.
To demonstrate practical application of these vulnerabilities, we built a proof of concept malicious charger, called Mactans, using a BeagleBoard. This hardware was selected to demonstrate the ease with which innocent-looking, malicious USB chargers can be constructed. While Mactans was built with limited amount of time and a small budget, we also briefly consider what more motivated, well-funded adversaries could accomplish. Finally, we recommend ways in which users can protect themselves and suggest security features Apple could implement to make the attacks we describe substantially more difficult to pull off.