'iPhone 13' dummy units hands on: What we can learn about Apple's upcoming iPhones


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When will Iphone 13 be released?

Apple is famously secretive when it comes to tech announcements but going by the latest rumours, Apple's iPhone 13 launch date will be September 2021. The next-gen iPhone is expected to bring a host of upgrades including a super-fast 5G modem, ultra-wide 48MP camera and Apple's first-ever 120Hz display. What Hi-Fi?iPhone 13: release date, price, leaks and all of the news

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New snippets of information about the upcoming iPhone

Let's start with the name. Previous rumours point to no major design changes in 2021, leading some tech analysts to suggest that Apple was considering naming the 'iPhone 13' the 'iPhone 12S'. 

Now it seems that Apple has shelved that that plan (if it ever was a plan). Instead, Apple will name its next handset the iPhone 13, according to supply chain sources quoted in this week's Economic Daily News (via Macworld).

That ties in with multiple investor notes penned by Ming-Chi Kuo. The respected Apple analyst has tipped the California tech giant to release four models in 2021: iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

What does it mean? Well, the larger bump seems to be yet more proof that the iPhone 13 Pro will feature Apple's first-ever ultra-wide lens with autofocus. There's also a suggestion that extra space is needed for motors that will drive improved optical image stabilisation, a feature currently restricted to the iPhone 12 Pro Max

If all the latest iPhone 13 rumours pan out, the iPhone 13 Pro could boast the same camera technology as the Pro Max. Perhaps it's all part of Apple's grand plan to tempt more users to pass over the standard iPhone 13 in favour of the pricier 'Pro' model? We'll find out soon enough.

The iPhone 13 is tipped to be announced in September (possibly the 14th). It's said to feature new TouchID, faster 120Hz refresh rates and improved 5G. There's even talk of Apple company releasing a folding iPhone in 2022.

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Apple tipped to bring 120 Hz ProMotion displays to all iPhone 14 models from next year

Notebookcheck.net 09 July, 2021 - 01:35am

Apparently, Apple will source LTPO panels from Samsung Display this year, with LG Display continuing to supply LTPS panels for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. However, The Elec alleges that LG Display plans to transition its LTPS panel production lines to LTPO so that it can supply Apple with 120 Hz panels.

The Elec adds that LG Display has already contacted Avaco about supplying the equipment needed to manufacture LTPO panels. Reportedly, LG Display is awaiting Apple's approval for switching its production lines from LTPS to LTPO.

The switch would mean that both of Apple's primary display suppliers could produce LTPO panels, leaving open the possibility that all iPhone 14 will support high-refresh rates. Reportedly, Apple will move away from the notch next year too, albeit only for its Pro models. In March, Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple plans to adopt a punch-hole display similar to many modern Android smartphones. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 13 series in September.

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Alleged iPhone 13 Pro case just revealed a big surprise

Tom's Guide 09 July, 2021 - 01:35am

iPhone 13 Pro could ship with a much larger camera than expected

There’s conflicting information about what is being shown in the image. Apple’s rumored design changes were previously based on the thickness of the camera bumps (not modules). Regardless, it seems like the iPhone 13 Pro could sport a new camera layout. 

Along with the notch reduction, other rumors are pointing to the iPhone 13 Pro offering a better ultra-wide camera with auto focus, as well as the ability to shoot portrait mode video and capture the night sky with new astrophotography features. Add in a rumored 120Hz ProMotion display for both iPhone 13 Pro models and Apple's flagship should be pretty formidable when it launches, likely in September. 

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Brazilian criminals detail how they gain access to bank accounts from stolen iPhones

9to5Mac 09 July, 2021 - 01:35am

The Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported last month how criminals had been stealing iPhones in Brazil to access people’s bank accounts instead of reselling the devices. Now, the police seem to have finally figured out how they gain access to bank accounts, and to our surprise, the process seems easier than you might think.

Folha de S. Paulo now reported that Police in São Paulo have arrested one of the gangs that specialize in smartphone theft, and the criminals have detailed how they crack the security of Apple devices. One of them even mentions that he can “unlock all iPhones, from 5 to 11.”

At first, it was believed that the thieves used some exploit or other advanced method (like Cellebrite’s tools) to unlock the stolen iPhones, but the whole thing is much simpler than that. Police Chief Fabiano Barbeiro revealed that criminals need only a single tool to access all the device’s data: the iPhone SIM card.

Basically, thieves take the SIM card out of the stolen iPhone and then put it into another iPhone. Using social networks like Facebook and Instagram, they can easily find out the email address used by the person who had the phone stolen. In most cases, this email address is the same as the one used for the Apple ID. All they need to do is reset the Apple ID password using the victim’s phone number.

Barbeiro says that the easiest way criminals have to find passwords is by looking in the Notes app since many users seem to store bank and credit card passwords there. However, with access to the iCloud account, they can easily get all the passwords from the iCloud Keychain as well.

One of the suspects arrested is a 22-year-old computer technician, who told police that he knows at least three other people who instruct criminals interested in getting passwords from stolen smartphones. The São Paulo police have arrested 12 people and already identified 28 others who are involved in smartphone theft. However, the police do not rule out the possibility that some gangs have access to more complex tools to unlock the victims’ iPhones.

Following the previous report, Apple has promised the Brazilian newspaper that it will make it easier for users to delete all data from a stolen iPhone. However, the company did not give details of what exactly it will implement. With iOS 15, users will finally be able to track a powered-off iPhone using the Find My app.

And, of course, the best thing you can do to protect your accounts is not to store your passwords in the Notes app or other non-secure apps. Another good option is to only use an eSIM instead of a regular SIM, as the eSIM cannot easily be transferred to another device.

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Brazilian iPhone thieves reveal trick to 'hack' devices with shocking ease

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A gang of thieves caught stealing iPhones in Brazil was able to access user accounts and iCloud Keychain data simply by swapping the SIM card from a stolen, unlocked device to another phone and looking up the user's email address online, a new report has revealed.

Folha De S.Paulo reports on a recently-caught gang who specialized in "hacking bank accounts after the theft of mobile phones" in late 2020. The report says that one of the criminals boasted to police they could unlock "all models of iPhone" from the iPhone 5 right up to the iPhone 11. (The iPhone 12 hadn't been released in Brazil at the time)

Whilst it had been postulated the gang was using some crazy hacking tool or system to access devices, it had actually found a very simple way to bypass iCloud security with worrying ease:

According to Barber, to get the devices unlocked, he removed the chip from the stolen device and insert it into another unlocked device. Then, he started doing searches on social networks (especially Facebook and Instagram) to find out which account was linked to that line number. Then, he went to search for the email address that the victim used to back up the contents of the device, especially in clouds iCloud and Google Drive, first searched for extensions @gmail.com.

The report says the criminals were seemingly able to restore new phones from an iCloud backup, using the phone number attached to the SIM card to reset the Apple ID, and would then scour the device for password information stored in an app likes Notes, or within iCloud Keychain for something like credentials for a banking app.

The report says 12 people were arrested last year as part of the scheme, with another 28 identified as members, it describes how "young men on bicycles" would steal phones from pedestrians, switching the phone to camera mode to stop the iPhone from locking and turning on airplane mode to stop the device being tracked.

This explains how the criminals were able to also bypass basic iOS security measures like Touch ID and Face ID, as well as the alphanumeric password protection usually required to unlock a device for use, and is a key reminder as to how important it is to use the password protection built into iOS to secure your device physically:

Whilst the exploit requires physical access to an unlocked iPhone, snatching the phones from the hands of unsuspecting pedestrians using them at the time meant this was fairly easy to achieve for the gang. It is also a reminder as to why many recommend using some of the best password manager apps to further secure information held on devices like the iPhone.

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Brazilian criminals mock Apple security

Fudzilla 09 July, 2021 - 01:35am

Brazillian criminals have been nicking Apple fanboy’s phones, bypassing the security and employing the account holder’s bank accounts.

The criminals would use the SIM card of the stolen iPhone in another iPhone and search social networks such as Instagram and Facebook to find out the email address of the stolen iPhone's owner. Usually, this email address is also the one used for their Apple ID.

Once the criminals have identified the email address for the Apple ID, they would reset the password of the Apple ID using the phone number of the victim.

Barbeiro said that when they download data from the cloud to the new device, they search for information linked to the word "password" and, according to them, they usually get what they need to access the victim's bank accounts.

Once they have this information, they return the SIM card to the victim's phone and give the device to the gang member responsible for access the bank accounts.

Apple assured that it would allow users to delete their data from stolen iPhones in a hassle-free way. Still, it did not state the exact measures it will implement for that to be possible, we assume it knows how… but then again everyone thought that a scam like this would be impossible because Apple told them so.

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