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Woman burnt by charging Apple iPhone 7 as she slept

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

A western Sydney woman says she has suffered severe burns after falling asleep on her charging iPhone 7.

In a Facebook post, Melanie Tan Pelaez posted a picture of her red, blistered arm and issued a warning to others to keep their phones well away from their beds.

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Melanie Tan Pelaez posted a picture online showing burns received after falling asleep on her charging iPhone 7.

“I recently purchased an Apple iPhone 7 and accidentally fell asleep with my arm on my phone whilst it was charging. I was woken up by sudden pain, pins and needles, numbness and shortness of breath” reads the post.

“I have been an iPhone user since the beginning and have never had an issue or concern, so it’s really scary and disappointing that something like this happened and can happen to someone else”.


Henry Sapiecha

I switched from Android to iPhone for two months. Here’s what I learned

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Commentary: This Google fanboy lived with an iPhone for two months. What made him go back to Android?

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Android users are embracing the iPhone. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, 30 percent of new iPhone buyers had switched from an Android device in the July-to-September 2015 quarter. And this week, Cook reiterated that the trend is accelerating, saying: “We were blown away by the level of Android switchers that we had last quarter [October through December]. It was the highest ever by far.”

As an avid Android user, I had never thought of switching, but was curious why others were jumping ship at higher rates. Was it the larger screens that debuted with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, finally bringing the iPhone to parity with Android phablets? Perhaps frustration over the lack of Android software updates?

I decided it was time to try iOS for myself. I removed the SIM card from my Moto X Pure and popped it into a brand-new iPhone 6S. I’ve used an iPhone on a few occasions for work purposes, but this would be the first time I was using an iPhone (albeit a temporary loaner) as my personal phone. That means not carrying my Android device with me for two months, which included a hectic week in Las Vegas for the CES trade show.

I switched from the Moto X Pure to the iPhone 6S for two months. Josh Miller/CNET

I’ll state one obvious thing right up front: both Android and iOS, at this point, are very mature operating systems. They’re also, at this point, more similar than different from each other. And while I was moving from one high-end phone to another, I was focusing on software differences, not so much hardware ones, although I’ve included some below.

That said, here were the things that I noticed most when I went from Android to iOS.

Where Apple wins

Timely software updates

I started using the iPhone in early December and since then received two software updates (iOS 9.2 and iOS 9.2.1) with a third set to arrive shortly (iOS 9.3). And these software updates are available around the world, simultaneously, to all supported iPhones regardless of wireless carrier. As a result, iOS 9 is running on more than 75 percent of all iOS devices, which includes iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, according to Apple’s App Store Distribution page. Even more impressive, the company is still updating the iPhone 4S, which was released back in 2011.


Apple is still updating the iPhone 4S, which was released back in 2011. James Martin/CNET

For Google’s operating system, the situation couldn’t be more different. The latest operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, was released in late September and is found on less than 1 percent of Android devices. (You can thank the large number of Android hardware partners — and their insistence on customizing the OS — for that, but it’s still frustrating for the user.) Bottom line: Unless you are on one of Google’s Nexus devices, you rarely receive software updates on Android.

That’s not the case for Apple.

Apps still come to iOS first

It’s not nearly as bad as it used to be, but developers still tend to develop apps for iOS first. The live-streaming app Periscope was available on iOS two months before Android. Facebook’s Paper app and new Sports Stadium are only available for the iPhone, as is the the NYT Now app. Periscope’s new GoPro compatibility can only broadcast from iPhones for now as well. And the list goes on.

Touch ID is incredibly fast

I’ve used fingerprint sensors before, but Touch ID feels faster than the rest. I rarely saw the lock screen. A simple press on the home button would turn my screen on and unlock it within seconds. I also found Touch ID to be more reliable than others I have used, such as the one of the Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy S6.


Where Android still wins

Fast charging

I had to charge the iPhone at least once, sometimes twice during the work day. I’ve come to expect this with many smartphones, but charging the iPhone can be a real pain. It takes over 2 1/2 hours to go from zero to full.

A majority of recent high-end Android devices include a quick-charging feature. I could get about 8 hours of power from a 15-minute charge on my Moto X Pure. The huge market for iPhone battery packs and charging accessories shows that battery life remains a challenge for iPhone users.

Many recent high-end Android smartphones include a fast-charge feature. Josh Miller/CNET

Front-facing speakers

The Moto X Pure is one of a handful of Android devices that include front-facing speakers — a feature I desperately missed. The iPhone speakers sound clear, but they just don’t seem to get loud enough. I like to listen to music when I take showers. The speakers on the Moto X were able to get loud enough to overcome the sound of the water, but this wasn’t the case for the iPhone. I ended up having to pair it to a Bluetooth speaker to get my morning music fix.

OS-level Google integration

It’s scary how much I rely on Google for both work and personal use. While the search giant has all of its essential services on iOS, I miss how everything was integrated with Android. The Google Now home screen on my Moto X Pure provided me with all the essential information I needed — traffic information for my commute home, package tracking, stock information, suggested articles based on my interest, and more.


Freedom, efficiency and customization

Android gives users freedom over almost every part of the operating system. You can change texting apps, the look of icons, the default Web browser, and more. While iOS lets you choose from a variety of third-party keyboards, you can’t set any apps to be used by default.

I also noticed that actions on iOS tended to require extra steps. For example, on Android I can choose to connect to a specific Wi-Fi network in the notifications pull-down. While iOS will let you toggle Wi-Fi on and off through the Control Center (the menu that appears when you swipe up on the home screen), you have to go into the Settings app and click Wi-Fi to choose a specific network.

The upcoming iOS 9.3 update will let you 3D Touch the Settings app to jump directly into the Wi-Fi settings, but it’s still not as quick as pulling down the notifications menu.

And the winner is…ANDROID

Overall my experience was enjoyable. The iPhone 6S is a great phone, and I recommend it to almost everyone. The camera is top-notch, the phone runs smoothly and the operating system is easy to navigate.

But in the end I won’t be sticking with it. Android is more of a natural fit for me. I’m more efficient on my Android device and I love the deep Google integration. I also like that I can make my device look and feel unique with custom icons, launchers, widgets and home screens.

At least, that’s the case for now. Let’s see what Google and Apple have on deck for 2016.


Henry Sapiecha


Bend-gate: Apple iPhone 6 Plus found bending in the pockets of your pants

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

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A picture of an iPhone 6 Plus with a kink in it. Photo: MacRumors/iBoost621

Apple is very concerned about how it’s seen by the outside world. After all, it affects profit. So when a number of respectable media outlets began reporting about the potential for its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones to bend in pockets, the tech giant took them on a tour of its “torture testing” facilities, where it bends iPhones all day long.


Henry Sapiecha


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


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Harmony: Tim Cook says Apple devices are set to work together more closely than ever before. Photo: Reuters

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At Apple’s annual developer conference, Tim Cook spoke like an officiant at a wedding.

“This morning we’re gathered to talk about two powerful platforms: OS X and iOS,” he said. “You’re going to see how they’ve been engineered to work seamlessly together.”

As an introduction to Mac’s new desktop operating system—the successor to OS X Mavericks—the matrimonial airs were apt. It’s called Yosemite, and it brings the Mac and the iPhone closer than ever. They can even finish each other’s sentences.

The first thing you’ll notice about Yosemite when it’s released to the public this year is a smattering of iOS-like cosmetic changes. They include translucent sidebars on windows, a single typeface throughout the OS, and “beautifully crafted new icons” on the dock. The star of the show: a new trash can, which proves that Jony Ive can make even garbage look flat.

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It isn’t the appearance of those icons that’s significant, though. It’s their growing similarity to the ones you see on your iPhone or iPad. Apple’s demos of OS X increasingly involve launching apps like Maps, Calendar, Mail, and Contacts that look and function much the same across the Mac and mobile devices.

Meanwhile, the traditional desktop experience—which involved opening your hard drive and navigating through a hierarchical series of folders via the Finder—appears headed for the skeuomorphic dustbin. Now, when you want to open an application or file that isn’t on the dock, Apple wants you to use a revamped Spotlight search function that appears in the middle of your screen and pulls up results before you’ve even finished typing. Encroaching on Google territory, Spotlight can also search the Web.

In other phone-like developments, Yosemite sports a more prominent Notification Center. It appears to replace the old “Dashboard” function with something called the “Today” view that looks an awful lot like what you see on your iPhone if you drag your finger down from the top of the screen. Among other widgets, it features your calendar, reminders, and the weather for today and the coming week. In a bizarrely old-fashioned touch, it also includes a selection of world clocks.


The most phone-like thing of all about the new Mac operating system: You can use it to make phone calls. And send text messages. Via a new feature called Continuity, the Mac can pair wirelessly with your iPhone and serve as a sort of desktop-based speakerphone or text-message window. Apple VP Craig Federighi demonstrated the feature on Monday by using his Mac to place a call to the company’s new board member Dr. Dre.

I wasn’t kidding about the Mac and the iPhone finishing each other’s sentences: A neat trick called Handoff will apparently allow you to start typing an email on one and pick it up midstream on the other.

Your progress on one device will be instantly backed up to the cloud and available on all your others.

Desktop operating systems have been gradually converging with mobile operating systems for a few years now—some, like Microsoft’s, less gradually than others. Here, in an interesting role reversal, Apple is following Microsoft’s bold moves with its own, more conservative evolution. No doubt it has observed the pitfalls of Microsoft’s approach: Tim Cook bragged that Apple’s last Mac operating system, Mavericks, has reached 51 percent of all Mac users, while just 14 percent of Windows users have taken the plunge to Windows 8.

The next step for Apple: encouraging more small, third-party developers to build apps for the Mac as well as the iPhone and iPad, so that the Mac App Store becomes as robust as its mobile sibling.

What does it all mean? It’s another step toward a future in which phones, tablets, computers, and even televisions are all just different-sized screens for displaying the same stuff: email, Web pages, apps, documents.

Some devices will remain better for some purposes, of course: a TV for watching a movie on your couch, a phone for sending a quick text on the go, and—with apologies to the Microsoft Surface—a computer for typing. But you’ll likely be able to do just about any of these things on any of your devices.

What’s more, the transition between them will become seamless, with your progress on one device instantly backed up to the cloud and available on all your others. (Think of how Amazon’s Kindle service works today, marking your place in a book on your tablet so you can pick up where you left off on your phone or the Kindle Cloud Reader.)

It isn’t just Apple and Microsoft that are doing this, of course. Right there with them is Google, with its Android phones and tablets, Chromebook laptop, and Chromecast. It should be no surprise that Google is rumored to be working on an Android TV service next. Amazon sees the same future. It hasn’t yet built a computer, as far as we know, but it has the tablet and the TV set-top box and might also have a smartphone in the works.

And, of course, each of these four companies has been pouring efforts into streamlining its cloud services. Apple on Monday announced a Dropbox-like feature called iCloud Drive, which integrates files stored in the cloud with those stored on the hard disk so that both appear in the Finder.

It has long been fashionable in tech circles to predict “the death of the PC.” Microsoft has taken this to heart, so much so that it is now building tablets that directly compete with PCs powered by its own software. But Apple’s continued focus on—and success with—the desktop platform suggests that death is the wrong metaphor.

Mobile devices aren’t killing the personal computer. They’re getting hitched.


Henry Sapiecha

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


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Apple has announced their latest software update will include self-destructing messages, a move set to send shivers down the spine of Snapchat’s 23- and 25-year-old founders.

While it’s just one of the many updates revealed in the iOS 8 updates announced at Apple’s annual developer conference in San Francisco, this feature has caught the imagination of the tech industry, as well as the legion of Apple users who have Snapchat accounts.

More than 700 million messages and photos are shared on Snapchat each day. These digital missives appear for a total of 10 seconds before disappearing.

Not only are self-destructing messages the core of three-year old company’s offering, selling ad space to their momentarily captive audience is the central pillar of their commercial strategy.

With a host of high profile investors who’ve put more than $US120 million ($130 million) behind the company, co-founders Evan Spiegel, 23, and Bobby Murphy, 25, have a lot to prove.

The company recently turned down a $US3 billion cash acquisition offer from Facebook, with Spiegel declaring he wasn’t interested in short term gain.

“There are very few people in the world who get to build a business like this,” Spiegel told Forbes.

The pair armed their staff with a copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War after the freshly rebuffed Facebook launched their photo sharing app Poke.

But they may need to find another major morale booster. Spiegel is weathering a public rebuke after sexist and derogatory emails from his recent college days were leaked, while Apple has 15 per cent of global market share for phone users.

While this may not sound like much compared to Android’s staggering 80 per cent, Apple users are concentrated in countries such as the US and Australia, where Snapchat’s core users live.

As of January this year, Apple users made up 35 per cent of the Australian smartphone market, according to Kantar Worldpanel research.

The company also maintains the entire ecosystem of its products, including approving apps for sale via iTunes.


Henry Sapiecha

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Thursday, September 5th, 2013


A man shows a photograph he took on his iPhone of an Apple store in Beijing

(Reuters) – An Australian teenager who has built an online following by leaking pictures of upcoming Apple Inc products has done it again, showing off the purported fingerprint scanner of the latest iPhone ahead of its expected launch next week.

Sonny Dickson, who lives with his parents in suburban Melbourne, attracted attention in August after he released detailed pictures and videos of the new grey and champagne casing on the upcoming iPhone.

On Thursday, Dickson leaked what he says are the first detailed pictures of the new model’s new “home” button with its rumored biometric fingerprint scanner.

“While the design differences have yet to be technically assessed, they could have a whole lot to do with the rumored biometric fingerprint scanner that numerous pundits and analysts have predicted. In fact, we’d count on it,” Dickson said on his website,

Apple, which zealously controls information of its new product launches in the face of rampant interest from consumers, has invited media to an event on September 10, where it is expected to unveil at least one new model iPhone.

Supply chain sources told Reuters in June that Apple is expected to launch two new models this year, one with new fingerprint technology and a cheaper version in a plastic casing, widely referred to as the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C respectively.


Apple plans to dress up the 5C model in a range of five or six colors to differentiate it from the more expensive model that has traditionally come only in black and white, according to the sources.

Apple declined to comment on Dickson’s actions, and he says they have never contacted him about it.

Dickson told Reuters he has five to 10 sources in China who buy Apple prototype parts directly from factory-line workers, which are then sold from $250 to $500.

His sources then send him photos and videos of the parts, which are posted under his name on his website and YouTube channel, which generate ad revenue.

Initially communicating via Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service, Dickson said he and his suppliers moved to a secret website to discuss business.

“I’ve been doing this for many years, so I know what looks fake and what’s not,” said Dickson, a high school graduate with a penchant for luxury accessories such as watches that pepper his photos on the online Instagram service.

“I trust what they say to me – but I also back up the story with other people to make sure what I’m posting is legit.”

Spending 12 hours a day maintaining his website, Dickson said his blog views spiked to a million hits last month, making him A$2,000 ($1,850) from web traffic in August.

“Most of the traffic is from the U.S. – I’ve had 590 hits from Apple and about 53 from U.S. Homeland Security in August,” said Dickson, noting he had tracked IP addresses from Washington D.C. and Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

While Dickson denies he is breaking any laws, experts are not so sure.

“He may not think or know he’s doing the wrong thing, but a court would say Apple is one of the most tight and restricted IT producers in the world, notorious for locking things down,” said David Vaile, executive director at the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

“It’s also possible that generating ad revenue will open him to a wider range of offences.”

Dickson says he would stop if told to by Apple, where he has hopes of working one day.

“I’m not doing it just to piss them off – I still buy their products.”

(Reporting by Michael Sin; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Neil Fullick)


Henry Sapiecha

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Monday, June 10th, 2013



Three computer security researchers say they have worked out how to hack into iPhones and iPads through a USB charger.

Chengyu Song and Yeongjin Jang, doctoral students at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, and Billy Lau, a staff researcher at the institute’s college of computing, said they were able to bypass Apple software security and install ”arbitrary software”, including malware, allowing potential attackers to hack in.

“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,” reads the description of the researchers’ speech. “All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction.”

The malware is reportedly hard to detect, hiding in the iPhone’s software in the same manner that Apple’s pre-installed apps do. Once the charger is plugged in, it can infect the iPhone in less than one minute.


The malicious charger uses BeagleBoard, a $US45 open-source hardware single-board computer. The researchers said they chose BeagleBoard to demonstrate the ease of building malicious chargers that look innocent enough to trick most consumers.

The three plan to discuss their work, which the college says was done in the name of enhancing security, at the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas next month.

It’s unclear how serious or widespread the threat is to Apple mobile device users. ”We have notified Apple of the specifics of our work and wish to give the company adequate time to consider our findings,” the college said.

Apple products have had a reputation for less vulnerability to hackers and viruses in the past. This year, the company tightened security to block unauthorised changes to iCloud and iTunes accounts.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution and agencies

Henry Sapiecha
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Monday, September 24th, 2012

Reviewing iPhone 5

Does the iPhone 5 live up to the hype?

Buzz for the iPhone 5 began way back in 2010. Many then assumed that the iPhone 4’s sequel would be a major redesign; instead we got the incrementally-updated iPhone 4S. It brought a much-improved camera, a faster chip, and Siri, but it wasn’t a breakthrough update. We would have to wait a full 27 months after the iPhone 4 to get our hands on the next big refresh.

Now that it’s here, was the iPhone 5 worth the wait? To sum this review up in one word: absolutely.


The iPhone 5 (bottom) is 1.7mm thinner than the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 5 (bottom) is 1.7mm thinner than the iPhone 4S.

When discussing the iPhone 5, you have to start with design. It may not appear to be a radical departure from the appearance of the iPhone 4/4S, but the beauty here is in the details.

The most significant detail: weight. This iPhone is light – 112 grams to be exact. The iPhone 4 and 4S never felt heavy to me, but they do now. Much like the first Retina Display made the previous iPhones’ 480×320 resolution look antiquated, the iPhone 5 makes Apple’s prior handsets feel like bricks.

The second most striking design detail is thickness. Apple shrunk the iPhone 5 down to 7.6 mm, way down from the last two iPhones’ 9.3 mm. Apple claims that it’s the thinnest smartphone ever, and it probably is (the Droid Razr measures 7.1 mm, but that spec conveniently ignores its protruding hump). Regardless of the competition, the iPhone 5 is razor-thin.

Of course the iPhone 5 also sports a longer design (8.6 mm longer than the last iPhones, but the same width) and a longer display. The new shape feels great in the hand. Apple scrapped the glass back this year and replaced it with a unibody aluminum backing. The sides of the phone harken back to the 4/4S’s external antenna frame – only this time it too is aluminum (previously it was stainless steel).

Beauty can’t necessarily be objectified, but it’s hard not to appreciate the unified design of the iPhone 5. It may be Jony Ive’s best work yet.

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Not only is the display taller, but the pixels are closer to the surface.

The 4-inch display works better than I expected. The 16:9 aspect ratio makes for a more oblong window into your digital world, but Apple uses it well. Landscape videos play in their native aspect ratio, you can see more of your emails when typing, and you get an extra row of apps on your home screen.

There are some areas where the 16:9 frame feels a little wonky. Photos have black letterboxes in both portrait and landscape mode (until you zoom in). App Store apps that haven’t yet been updated for the new display also get letterboxed, though that will soon be a moot point. Browsing Safari in landscape mode could also feel a bit cramped, but Apple added a new full-screen mode to iOS 6, which works brilliantly.

The resolution is 1136×640, with the same sharp 326 pixels per inch (ppi) as the last two iPhones. In the iPhone 5, Apple moved those 727,040 pixels closer to the surface by moving a layer of touch electrodes. The resulting appearance is a welcome change. It’s moving closer to the Hogwarts parchment illusion: ink moving on paper.

Apple claims that the iPhone 5 has 44 percent greater color saturation than the last iPhones, and, though I have no way of testing that, colors do look better. It’s almost indisputably the best smartphone display on the market.
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Games like Real Racing 3 are inching closer to console-quality.

This baby zips. I didn’t notice a dramatic difference at first, but I soon saw it flying through tasks that would have bogged down the 4S. Most notable is the camera app, where I could go from sleep mode to snapping a picture in under three seconds. You can fire a burst of shots with no hesitation. It also flies through the new Flyover (3D aerial) feature in Maps; panning, zooming, and rendering of bird’s-eye views happen instantly.

What will developers be able to do with games on the iPhone 5? At the iPhone 5 event, EA offered an impressive preview of Real Racing 3, and that could just be scratching the surface. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft should take notice: the gap between mobile devices and consoles is rapidly shrinking



After four generations of 3G, the iPhone 5 jumps into the land of 4G (sorry, AT&T, but I don’t count HSPA+ 14.4). Those who live in an area with LTE coverage will see data speeds that may match or better their home broadband connections.

I haven’t yet been able to test LTE on the iPhone 5, but LTE Android phones have been around long enough for us to know what speeds expect. Apps will download quickly, videos will stream instantly, and VoIP apps like Skype will sound near-perfect.

In the US, Verizon has – by far – the most expansive LTE network, followed by AT&T, and then Sprint. Sprint is the only US iPhone carrier that still offers unlimited data, though, so everyone else will need to monitor their usage.


The camera isn't a dramatic upgrade, but Apple improved it in at least one important area.

The iPhone 5’s camera is only a minor improvement over the iPhone 4S, but it outperforms it in the most important area: low-light shooting. In my tests, indoor and poorly-lit shots looked much brighter and clearer than they did on the 4S.


Apple's redesigned earbuds deliver on the promise of better fit and better audio.

Apple’s redesigned earbuds (“EarPods”) are a big improvement. In this case, the company’s marketing is right on: they fit much more snugly and comfortably in the ear, and the sound is greatly improved. They won’t replace $400 TripleFi premium earphones, but they’re excellent economy headphones for most people.

Bundled for free they’re a steal, and, for the $30 price for a standalone pair, you can do much worse.
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The new smaller Lightning connector is tiny and convenient (its reversible design is a subtle but nice touch), and it allowed Apple to make the iPhone 5 so thin. There is, however, one big issue: unless you shell out $30 for an adapter, all of your old iPod/iPhone accessories will be useless.

I don’t know how much it costs Apple to make the 30-pin to Lightning adapters, but $30 is a steep admission fee just to continue using your old docks and speakers. Even if Tim Cook & Co. couldn’t bundle the adapter with the iPhone 5, it would have been nice to see it come in under $20. If any company can afford to eat a little cost for the customer’s convenience, it’s Apple.

Summing up

The iPhone 5 is a terrific phone. If you’re looking for the best smartphone on the market, you’d have to at least start here. On paper, it doesn’t bring much that hasn’t been done before, but it integrates those elements (performance, larger screen, LTE) into a seamless package. Above all, it’s a pleasure to use.

Combine that with iOS’s balance of power, simplicity, and elegance (see our in-depth look at iOS 6), and the iPhone 5 is like a remastered version of a classic movie. It’s a familiar experience, but its refinements are in all the right places.


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Friday, August 3rd, 2012


Apple extended its dominance in the sizzling tablet computer market in the second quarter of 2012, with the iPad grabbing 68 per cent of global sales, a survey shows.

The preliminary report released on Thursday in the US by IDC showed global tablet sales of 25 million – up 33.6 per cent from the first quarter and 66.1 per cent year-over-year.

Apple got a boost from the March release of its newest version of the iPad, and sold 17 million tablets in the second quarter.

Samsung jumped into second place with sales of nearly 2.4 million, up 117 per cent from a year earlier

“Apple built upon its strong March iPad launch and ended the quarter with its best-ever shipment total for the iPad, outrunning even the impressive shipment record it set in the fourth quarter of last year,” said Tom Mainelli, an IDC analyst.


“The vast majority of consumers continue to favor the iPad over competitors.”

Demand is increasingly strong in sectors such as education, said Mainelli.

“While iPad shipment totals are beginning to slow a bit in mature markets where the device saw early traction, growth in other regions is clearly more than making up the difference,” he added.

Amazon rebounded from a sluggish first quarter to sell 1.2 million of its Kindle Fire, which was launched late last year and is sold only in the United States.

Asus was fourth with 855,000 tablets sold, a jump of 115 per cent from a year earlier.

The data do not include the Google-Asus co-branded Nexus 7, which was launched last July.

IDC said it expects competition in the tablet market to continue to heat up in the second half of 2012 with new product launches from Amazon, probably Apple, and an influx of Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tablets.

“If anything, there’s a real risk that people will have too many options from which to choose this holiday season,” said Bob O’Donnell of IDC.

“Consumers baffled by the differences between Amazon and Google versions of Android, or Windows 8 and Windows RT, may well default to market leader Apple. Or they may simply choose to remain on the sideline for another cycle.”

Many analysts believe Apple will launch a smaller version of its iPad later this year, and that Amazon will release an upgraded Kindle Fire. Microsoft is set to release its Surface tablet in late October.

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012


SAN FRANCISCO: The private photos on your phone may not be as private as you think.

Developers of applications for Apple’s mobile devices, along with Apple itself, came under scrutiny this month after reports that some apps were taking people’s address book information without their knowledge.

As it turns out, address books are not the only things up for grabs.

Photos are also vulnerable. After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.

It is unclear whether any apps in Apple’s App Store are illicitly copying user photos.

Although Apple’s rules do not specifically forbid photo copying, Apple says it screens all apps submitted to the store, a process that should catch nefarious behaviour on the part of developers.

But copying address book data was against Apple’s rules, and the company approved many popular apps that collected that information.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

The first time an application wants to use location data, for mapping or any other purpose, Apple’s devices ask the user for permission, noting in a pop-up message that approval “allows access to location information in photos and videos.”

When the devices save photo and video files, they typically include the coordinates of the place they were taken — creating another potential risk.

On phones and tablets running Google’s Android software, apps must ask for approval before transmitting any photos.

On Apple devices, full access to the photo library was first permitted in 2010 when Apple released the fourth version of iOS. The change was intended to make photo apps more efficient.

The knowledge that this capability exists is not new, developers say, but it was assumed that Apple would ensure that apps that inappropriately exploited it did not make it into the App Store. Based on recent revelations, phone owners cannot be sure.

“Apple has a tremendous responsibility as the gatekeeper to the App Store and the apps people put on their phone to police the apps,” said David Jacobs, a fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Centre.

“Apple and app-makers should be making sure people understand what they are consenting to. It is pretty obvious that they aren’t doing a good enough job of that.”


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