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FBI Manages to Break Into a US Gunman's iPhone Without Apple's Assistance

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The iPhone belonged to Mohammed Aishamrani, the Saudi air force officer, prime accused in the Florida Naval Air Station shooting in December 2019.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 11:48 AM IST

The US government has accessed an iPhone of a terrorist involved in December shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, without any help from Apple despite repeated requests. In a media briefing, US Attorney General William Barr said that Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi air force officer accused of killing three classmates and injuring eight others at Florida Naval Air Station on December 6 was affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Alshamrani shot one of his two iPhones, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wanted to examine but Apple refused once again, reports NBCNews. “Apple’s decision has dangerous consequences for public safety and national security and is, in my judgment, unacceptable,” Barr said on Monday.

The FBI director Chris Wray credited technical skill of the agency in accessing the iPhone “We received effectively no help from Apple,” said Wray. According to Forbes, the FBI has spent $72,150 on GrayKey technology in April that can break through Apple encryption and get data. The agency has spent over $1 million on the technology that costs $15,000-$30,000 for a license.

Apple earlier defended its stance on hardware encryption, as the FBI asked the Cupertino-based giant to unlock two iPhones owned by the Florida shooter. “Building back doors into encryption is not the way we are going to solve those issues,” Jane Horvath, Apple’s Senior Director of Global Privacy, said in January this year. Apple also denied FBI access to an iPhone belonging to the shooter in San Bernardino terror attack in 2016. The FBI had to pay professional hackers to break into the device.




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Apple's Siri Will Now Give Out Information Related to Coronavirus Pandemic in India

A new Apple Siri feature providing audio news briefs with the latest COVID-19 information has now come to Indian users. Apple last month updated its Siri voice assistant with information and assets designed to help users in the US who have flu symptoms and believe they are suffering from coronavirus.

The feature is now live in several countries, including India, according to the company. The feature is triggered by queries like “Hey Siri, do I have the coronavirus?” and “Hey Siri, I think I have COVID-19.”

Siri will ask users if they are exhibiting symptoms of the disease, such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath. It will advise people who say they have extreme or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling the local health services.

The users who answer “yes” to certain questions, specifically those referencing COVID-19 symptoms, are urged to isolate and closely monitor the situation or contact a medical provider. Just say “Play COVID-19 news” or “Play the Coronavirus news” and Siri will update you with the latest news. The news briefs are available across all Apple devices and in India, the source is the BBC World Service.

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Coronavirus Delays Production of iPhone 12, But Will Not Affect Apple's Launch Cycle: Report

iPhone 12 Pro leaked renders in Navy Blue.

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iPhone 12 Pro leaked renders in Navy Blue.

(Image: Screen grab/ EverythingApplePro/ YouTube)

If the rumour mill is to be believed then the Apple iPhone 12 line up will include four models this year.

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  • Last Updated: February 14, 2020, 1:48 PM IST

Apple’s upcoming flagship range, the iPhone 12 series’ production is likely to get delayed but the same is not likely to affect the date of its scheduled launch in September this year. The delay in the production of the upcoming iPhone has occurred due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in China.

Unnamed sources have been quoted by Digi Times as stating that the iPhone 12’s production will not begin in June, however, even in that case, Apple’s launch of the iPhone 12 lineup in September is likely to get affected. Meanwhile, what must be taken into consideration is that Apple has stopped sending engineers to China to assist with the Engineering Validation Test of iPhone 12 development. It is also being said that there is a high demand for the new A14 chip as orders going up to 50-percent higher compared to the A13 chips. This is notably due to the fact Apple is going aggressive when it comes to rolling out 5G on its phones.

If the rumour mill is to be believed then the Apple iPhone 12 line up will include four models this year. All four are expected to feature 5G connectivity and will be available in four sizes, a 5.4-inch OLED iPhone, a 6.1-inch OLED iPhone with dual-rear cameras, a 6.1-inch OLED iPhone with triple rear-cameras and the new 3D time-of-flight sensor, and a 6.7-inch OLED iPhone. Further, the report also adds that suppliers based in Taiwan are gearing up for the production of a lower-cost iPhone which is being rumored to be known as iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2.