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Will Iphone 13 have Touch ID?

While the iPhone 13 series will not bring back Touch ID, it is said to come with some major upgrades over last year's device. This year's Apple iPhone series is said to come with a 120Hz display, and will come with bigger batteries across lineup. News18Apple iPhone 13 Will Not Have Touch ID: Everything We Know About This Year's iPhone

The ‌iPhone SE‌ was originally released in March of 2016 as a small entry-level ‌iPhone‌ to replace the ‌iPhone‌ 5S, released three years earlier. Apple updated the ‌iPhone‌ for the first time in April of last year with the A13 Bionic processor borrowed from the iPhone 11, a larger screen, a new design, and improved cameras. According to reports, the upcoming ‌iPhone SE‌ 3 will sport fewer changes, featuring only the improved A14 Bionic processor and 5G.

The ‌iPhone SE‌ is the only ‌iPhone‌ within Apple's current lineup that features a Touch ID sensor and a Home Button, and that design will continue with the ‌iPhone SE‌ 3 next year, according to DigiTimes and ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌. Looking further out, Apple is reportedly planning to redesign the iPhone SE with a punch-hole screen design rather than a notch in 2023.

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iPhone 13 to reportedly feature always-on display — here's how it could work

Tom's Guide 20 July, 2021 - 10:10am

Much like the Apple Watch, the upcoming line-up of iPhones could include an always-on display.

That's according to the latest report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who discussed Apple's next phone in his Power On newsletter, and reiterated rumors of a 120Hz refresh rate and a slimmer display notch for the iPhone 13 and noted it's set to be powered by the so-called A15 Bionic chip

While Android phones, most notably Samsung handsets, have had always-on display for some five years, Apple has dragged its feet with adopting always-on displays for its iPhones. 

Always-on displays are handy for seeing information and notifications at a glance without unlocking your phone. Well-implemented always-on displays can be very handy, with the likes of the OnePlus 8T showing off a smart gauge of how much you've looked at your phone throughout the day. 

And according to Gurman and other rumors so far, the iPhone 12, or the iPhone 12 Pro models at least, could make use of LTPO panels to facilitate an expected 120Hz refresh rate. As such, an always-on display could be enabled at the same time without compromising the generally solid battery life iPhones tend to deliver. 

This isn't the first time we've heard rumors of an always-on display for the iPhone 13, as leakers have previously detailed how such a screen could work. Supposedly, the always-on display will let future iPhone 13 users quickly review notifications, battery life and the time of day at a glance with a segment of the iPhone 13's OLED display illuminated with that information. 

While it's only a concept, a video on the A Better Computer YouTube channel shows what an always-on display could look like on iPhone 13. 

Aside from new display tech and features, the iPhone 13 range is expected to get camera upgrades, including an astrophotography feature and portrait mode video, as well as a new chipset that's likely to be called the A15 Bionic. Fast 5G is also reportedly on the way. Unfortunately, the iPhone 13 will may not offer under-display Touch ID, according to a separate Bloomberg report. 

With the iPhone 13 predicted to arrive in September, should not have too long to wait to see which rumors are legitimate. If they do bear fruit, then the iPhone 13 could offer significant upgrades over the iPhone 12

We just hope that Apple boosts all models in the iPhone 13 range to 120Hz and always-on displays rather than leaving some key features for the iPhone 13 Pro only

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iPhone 13 — 7 biggest rumored upgrades

Tom's Guide 20 July, 2021 - 05:45am

Counting down the juiciest iPhone 13 rumors so far

The possible addition of a 120Hz display is towards the top of our list, even if we’re not sure whether it’s a Pro-only feature. And some of the computational photography tricks we’ve heard about also sound very intriguing. These and other upgrades could help the iPhone 13 reach the top of our best phones list. 

Then again, some iPhone 13 leaks are definitely more exciting than others, so we wanted to help you cut through the hype with a ranked list of new iPhone 13 rumors to hold you over until the expected September Apple event. Let’s count them down.

When you already have the world's fastest phone, it's hard to keep topping yourself. But I'm sure we're going to hear how the iPhone 13's rumored A15 Bionic chip offers the best performance in any phone. We haven't heard much about the A15 Bionic yet, but it's predicted to be based on the same 5nm process as the A14 Bionic. Apple should offer more speed and better efficiency this time around, as well as improved graphics. 

Forgive me for not getting that excited, but a smaller iPhone 13 notch doesn't sound thrilling. A much bigger deal would be removing the display notch altogether, which has been around since the launch of the iPhone X

Still, I'm glad the iPhone 13 notch is reportedly shrinking, giving you a bit more screen real estate back and less of an interruption in the design. Apple will reportedly pull this off through a combination of moving the iPhone 13's speaker and perhaps shrinking some of the sensor that make Face ID possible. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will reportedly offer upgraded ultra-wide cameras with autofocus, whereas the current iPhone 12 Pro models have fixed-focus lenses. In addition, we've heard that the ultra-wide angle lens on the iPhone will be a 6P lens instead of 5P, which should result in brighter images and hopefully less distortion. Plus, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max could be upgrading to a larger main sensor with 1.9um pixels, which should help in low light. 

It's no secret that the iPhone 12 was not the fastest 5G phone around, but Apple should be upping its game for the iPhone 13 with a new modem from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon X60 modem tipped for the iPhone 13 is capable of aggregating 5G data from both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously. This should achieve an optimal combination of high-speed and low-latency network coverage, which should prove invaluable as 5G networks continue to roll out.

As fun as the new iPhone 12 "In the Dark" commercial is in terms of watching someone take all sorts of selfies in very low light, I'm more keen to see how the iPhone 13 fares with shooting the night sky. One rumor points to the iPhone 13 offering new astrophotography capabilities, which will presumably allow me to finally get a good shot of the moon without a tripod.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 is also tipped to offer a portrait mode video, which would add a bokeh effect to the background as you're shooting. iOS 15 is already adding portrait mode effects to FaceTime calls, so I would be very excited to see this come to the back cameras. 

A report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, among other sources, points to Apple offering an always-on display for the iPhone 13 that's akin to the Apple Watch 6. Presumably, you would be able to quickly check the time, your battery life and perhaps notifications at a glance. However, the feature could be limited to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max if those two handsets are also the only ones that are offering 120Hz displays that can scale down their refresh rates.

Which brings us to the last iPhone 13 rumor. 

The most heavily reported iPhone 13 rumor is also the most exciting, but we're not sure how limited this feature is going to be. The gist is that Apple could be offering a 120Hz display on at least the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max by employing LTPO technology. The panel would be able to scale all the way from 120Hz down to 1Hz, which would save power, similar to the Galaxy S21 Ultra

The overall benefit of 120Hz displays is that it enables smoother scrolling, as well as better movie playback and games. However, the titles need to be optimized for 120Hz playback, which we suspect will not be an issue for Apple given its focus on working with developers to roll out new features.

Apple is notoriously late to adopting features compared to Samsung and other Android phone makers, so it will be key for the company to demonstrate how it does 120Hz better than the competition. 

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

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Hackers load spyware on fully patched iPhones, showing no-one is safe - MSPoweruser

MSPoweruser 19 July, 2021 - 02:30pm

There is the widespread belief that not only are iPhones safer from hackers than Android handsets, but that they are completely safe and unhackable.

Every year at Pwn2Own this idea is proven wrong, but these hacks are usually in laboratory settings and not in the wild.

There has however been an increasing rise in politically motivated state-sponsored hacks, and these hackers are increasingly demonstrating no smartphone is immune from malware, and that some level of paranoia is necessary for smartphone users on any platform.

In a developing story, a large number of journalists and activists had their iPhones hacked by the Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli hackers NSO Group.

Pegasus is delivered in a zero-click attack by a silent iMessage message, and once in place it can collect emails, call records, social media posts, user passwords, contact lists, pictures, videos, sound recordings and browsing histories. It can even activate cameras or microphones, and listen to calls and voice mails. It can also collect location logs of where a user has been and also determine where that user is now, along with data indicating whether the person is stationary or, if moving, in which direction.

NSO Group may have targetted 50,000 people, going by a list liberated from the company. The hack is effective even against the latest iPhones, with hackers apparently able to bypass Apple’s latest security updates over the course of a number of years, challenging the company’s reputation for security and privacy.

An investigation by Amnesty’s Security Lab of 67 smartphones found 23/34 iPhones were successfully infected, while only 3/15 Android devices were infected (though evidence maybe better hidden on those devices).

Ivan Krsti, head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture, defended his company’s security efforts.

“Apple unequivocally condemns cyberattacks against journalists, human rights activists, and others seeking to make the world a better place. For over a decade, Apple has led the industry in security innovation and, as a result, security researchers agree iPhone is the safest, most secure consumer mobile device on the market,” he said in a statement. “Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals. While that means they are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users, we continue to work tirelessly to defend all our customers, and we are constantly adding new protections for their devices and data.”

Reports of hacks to iPhones have grown in recent years however as security researchers have discovered evidence that attackers had found vulnerabilities in such widely used iPhone apps as iMessage, Apple Music, Apple Photos, FaceTime and the Safari browser, with iMessage playing a role in 13 of the 23 successful infiltrations of iPhones.

“They can’t make iMessage safe,” said Matthew Green, a security and cryptology professor at Johns Hopkins University. “I’m not saying it can’t be fixed, but it’s pretty bad.”

“Your iPhone, and a billion other Apple devices out-of-the-box, automatically run famously insecure software to preview iMessages, whether you trust the sender or not,” said security researcher Bill Marczak, a fellow at Citizen Lab, a research institute based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. “Any Computer Security 101 student could spot the flaw here.”

Apple says it severely restrict the code that an iMessage can run on a device and that it has protections against malware arriving in this way. Other messaging apps request approval before displaying messages from strangers, but since iMessage replaces SMS, which is an open protocol, this is impractical. Apple would not comment on restricting messages from senders not in a person’s address book.

Some security researchers have said Apple’s sandbox actually makes iPhones more unsafe, since it is impossible for 3rd party malware scanning apps to fully scan iPhones. What is however clearly true is that reality has proven that despite their marketing, Apple has mainly been good at offering a false sense of security.

via The Washington Post

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