Apple’s A7 Processor is Made by Samsung

Chipworks has determined that the new A7 processor in the iPhone 5s is made by Samsung.

We have confirmed through early analysis that the device is fabricated at Samsung’s Foundry and we will confirm process type and node later today as analysis continues. That being said, we suspect we will see Samsungs 28 nm Hi K metal Gate (HKMG) being used. We have observed this same process in the Samsung Exynos Application processor used in the Galaxy S IV. Our engineers will be deprocessing the Apple A7 as soon as they can to confirm this or to provide different information.

You can check out the external die, package photo, top metal die photo and package markings below…

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Posted by plates55 - September 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

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iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Drop Tests [Video]

Within a few hours after its release, ‘drop tests’ for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s have already surfaced on the web.

Check the video out below to see how the new iPhone 5c’s plastic shell holds up against the iPhone 5s’ sturdy aluminum casing.

We’re sure more of these will come through during the day, so we’ll add anymore we find below.

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Posted by plates55 - September 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

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New iOS 7 Bug Lets Anyone Make a Call From Your Locked iPhone [Video]

A new bug has been discovered in iOS 7 that lets anyone make a call from your iPhone even if you’ve set a lockscreen passcode, reports Andy Greenberg for Forbes.

The bug was discovered by Karam Daoud and it couldn’t be any simpler.

All you have to do is dial a number from the emergency call screen and keep tapping the call button until you cause a crash which displays the Apple logo.  Once that happens, your iPhone will call the number in the background and when the app returns the call duration will be displayed.

We’ve confirmed this works as described; however, we had to repeatedly tap the Call button for about 30 seconds.

This is the second security related bug that has been discovered in iOS 7 in past few days.  Jose Rodriguez found the first bug which lets you bypass the lockscreen passcode to access all the photos on an iOS device and send emails and tweets.

Take a look at the video demonstration below…

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Posted by plates55 - September 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

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First Unboxing Video and Photos of the New iPhone 5c

Check out the first unboxing video of the new plastic iPhone 5c posted to youku via

To prove you are new photographs and even a first video unboxing of the iPhone 5c, appeared a few hours on the net. The material has been realized within a branch of China Unicom, the second largest telephone company in the country. An employee did not miss the opportunity to open some of the boxes delivered, and show the world the packaging and sale of the iPhone 5s 5c.

We’ll post a clearer video once one becomes available.  The iPhone 5c is set to arrive to pre-order customers on September 20th.

In the meanwhile, take a look below!

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Posted by plates55 - September 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm

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This Week’s Apple Rumors, Ranked From Dumbest to Most Plausible






Apple’s little September get-together is over. As expected, the iPhone- and iOS-centric event produced a line of colorful iPhones, a new flagship…and, well, that’s about it. So what about all the stuff that wasn’t announced? We’ve parsed the patents and rumors that didn’t materialize this week, and ranked them in order from “utterly ridiculous” to “Duh, of course.” First up…

DON’T COUNT ON IT: Text-to-Speech Capabilities Coming to Notes App A European patent filing from Apple shows that the Notes app could be getting a text-to-speech function that supports multiple languages. According to the filing, Apple will add a “speak” button to the app’s option menu. This function seems useful, but somewhat out of place for the Notes app.

ASK AGAIN LATER: A New Apple TV Box for October? Apple is reportedly working on a new Apple TV set top box, and it could arrive as soon as October. After a series of rumors and reports over the last few weeks, it seemed likely that some big Apple TV updates are in the works. None of them happened Tuesday, but it’s possible an updated Apple TV set top box could make an appearance at Apple’s next event, which may be in October.

ASK AGAIN LATER: The iPad Could Get an Anti-Reflective Display A recently published patent filing shows that Apple could be developing a new anti-reflective display for the iPad.  Apple would add another process to its display manufacturing, an anti-reflection layer, and a layer of UV absorption film. This could be something Apple is getting ready to implement, or it could just be a process the company is exploring and what to put some IP behind.

SIGNS POINT TO YES: Redesigned iPad and Retina iPad Mini at Apple’s October Event A number of us were surprised that iPhones and iOS were the only focus of Tuesday’s media event. But not to fret. All those rumors of a slightly redesigned iPad and Retina iPad mini still carry some weight. Apple is expected to hold another media event in October, and at it, we’ll likely see new iPad models, as well as the release of OS X Mavericks and new MacBook Pros. These are products that will definitely be released before the holiday season. The only thing up in the air is when (and if) Apple will hold an event to debut these guys.

SIGNS POINT TO YES: Apple TV Refresh Coming September 18 A number of us were surprised Apple made no mention of the Apple TV in Tuesday’s keynote. But apparently that update is scheduled for September 18 according to AllThingsD. This is the same day Apple is opening up iOS 7 to the masses, so this could mean that Apple TV is getting updated with something iOS 7-specific like iTunes Radio, as well as an AirPlay update.

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Posted by plates55 - September 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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Apple’s Fingerprint ID May Mean You Can’t ‘Take the Fifth’

There’s a lot of talk around biometric authentication since Apple introduced its newest iPhone, which will let users unlock their device with a fingerprint. Given Apple’s industry-leading position, it’s probably not a far stretch to expect this kind of authentication to take off. Some even argue that Apple’s move is a death knell for authenticators based on what a user knows (like passwords and PIN numbers).

While there’s a great deal of discussion around the pros and cons of fingerprint authentication — from the hackability of the technique to the reliability of readers — no one’s focusing on the legal effects of moving from PINs to fingerprints.

Because the constitutional protection of the Fifth Amendment, which guarantees that “no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” may not apply when it comes to biometric-based fingerprints (things that reflect who we are) as opposed to memory-based passwords and PINs (things we need to know and remember).


Marcia Hofmann

Marcia Hofmann recently launched a boutique law practice focusing on computer security, electronic privacy, free expression, and intellectual property. Prior to that, she was a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Hofmann is also a non-residential fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society and an adjunct professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Follow her on Twitter @marciahofmann.

The privilege against self-incrimination is an important check on the government’s ability to collect evidence directly from a witness. The Supreme Court has made it clear that the Fifth Amendment broadly applies not only during a criminal prosecution, but also to any other proceeding “civil or criminal, formal or informal,” where answers might tend to incriminate us. It’s a constitutional guarantee deeply rooted in English law dating back to the 1600s, when it was used to protect people from being tortured by inquisitors to force them to divulge information that could be used against them.

For the privilege to apply, however, the government must try to compel a person to make a “testimonial” statement that would tend to incriminate him or her. When a person has a valid privilege against self-incrimination, nobody — not even a judge — can force the witness to give that information to the government.

But a communication is “testimonial” only when it reveals the contents of your mind. We can’t invoke the privilege against self-incrimination to prevent the government from collecting biometrics like fingerprints, DNA samples, or voice exemplars. Why? Because the courts have decided that this evidence doesn’t reveal anything you know. It’s not testimonial.

Take this hypothetical example coined by the Supreme Court: If the police demand that you give them the key to a lockbox that happens to contain incriminating evidence, turning over the key wouldn’t be testimonial if it’s just a physical act that doesn’t reveal anything you know.

However, if the police try to force you to divulge the combination to a wall safe, your response would reveal the contents of your mind — and so would implicate the Fifth Amendment. (If you’ve written down the combination on a piece of paper and the police demand that you give it to them, that may be a different story.)



The important feature about PINs and passwords is that they’re generally something we know (unless we forget them, of course). These memory-based authenticators are the type of fact that benefit from strong Fifth Amendment protection should the government try to make us turn them over against our will. Indeed, last year a federal appeals court held that a man could not be forced by the government to decrypt data.

But if we move toward authentication systems based solely on physical tokens or biometrics — things we have or things we are, rather than things we remember — the government could demand that we produce them without implicating anything we know. Which would make it less likely that a valid privilege against self-incrimination would apply.

Biometric authentication may make it easier for normal, everyday users to protect the data on their phones. But as wonderful as technological innovation is, it sometimes creates unintended consequences — including legal ones. If Apple’s move leads us to abandon knowledge-based authentication altogether, we risk inadvertently undermining the legal rights we currently enjoy under the Fifth Amendment.

Here’s an easy fix: give users the option to unlock their phones with a fingerprint plus something the user knows.

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Posted by plates55 - September 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

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Apple TV Update Brings Redesigned Hulu Plus Interface

Apple today updated the firmware of its Apple TV bringing a redesigned Hulu Plus interface.

The company outlined the changes in a recent blog post:

Right away, you’ll notice we’ve added content categories across the top navigation bar to make it easy to for you to jump to your chosen section – whether it is TV, Kids, Latino, Search, or something else. Inside each category, you’ll discover what’s new in our content library so it’s easy to discover new shows and keep up with the shows you already love. You can also jump into your favorite shows right away with the “Shows You Watch” tray. We built this to make sure you never miss a new episode or lose your place in a series.

When redesigning the experience, we looked for ways to grant you instant access to exactly what you want to watch. Once you decide on the show you want to watch, simply press the “Play” button and the latest episode of the series will automatically start playing.

While your favorite episode or clip is playing, hold down the “Select” button until Subtitles and Audio appears to turn on captions.

You can get the latest Apple TV Software from the Settings menu or you can find the download links here.

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Posted by plates55 - March 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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Iphone 5 quality control costs

Analyst Shaw Wu expects “vintage conservative” guidance from Apple ahead of their quarterly earnings report this Thursday. While he still expects Apple to have a big holiday quarter, he believes that Apple will partially absorb quality control costs associated with the iPhone 5.

This news follows Foxconn‘s own claims that the iPhone 5 is such a hard device to assemble.

Beyond the iPhone 5, Wu believes that Apple’s margins will also be pushed lower by the anticipated launch of a smaller 7.85-inch iPad. He expects Apple will sell its so-called “iPad mini” at lower margins than the full-size iPad, at least initially, allowing the company to achieve a lower price point and take on competitors like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7

Wu expects Apple to sell 25-26 million iPhones, 16.5 million iPads, and 4.8 million Macs. Wu believes Apple’s near-term gross margins will be between 40.5 percent and 41.5 percent, slightly lower than Wallstreet’s estimate.

via AppleInsider

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Posted by plates55 - October 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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Questionable Images of iPad Mini Rear Shell Surface Online [Photos]

Photos purportedly depicting a rear shell for the iPad mini have surfaced online, reports  Notably, the shell does not feature a camera hole and its authenticity cannot be verified; however, we’ve posted them for discussion.
Earlier today the Apple vs. Samsung trial revealed that by January 2011, Steve Jobs was ‘very receptive‘ to the idea of a 7-inch tablet.
With the New York Times, the WSJ and Bloomberg all ‘confirming‘ that Apple will announce an iPad mini this year we should start seeing leaked parts soon.
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Posted by plates55 - August 5, 2012 at 10:46 am

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Thin Ipad Mini with 3g to be Produced in Brasil

The much rumored iPad mini will be produced in Brazil; although, testing to collect data for the cutting machine has already been done in China, reports Macotakara.
Citing a ‘reliable source’ the production phase for the new iPad will begin in September and the tablet will ship in time for the holidays.  The iPad mini appears to have a 3G model; however, their sources says not all carriers are found in the list of resellers.
This source, who seems to look a prototype, told that new tablet (iPad mini?) had same height with Nexus 7 and slight larger width. Even though front projection size is larger than rivals, thickness of that new tablet is considered to be thinner than current most thinnest tablet Kindle Fire, and to be similar with iPod touch (4th generation) by this source.
Both the WSJ and Bloomberg have also reported that Apple intends to launch an iPad mini this year.
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Posted by plates55 - July 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

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