Yesterday we brought you the story of two Dutch hackers who managed to find a way around the Activation Lock Apple introduced to curb iPhone theft, and now Cult of Mac reports that the duo deleted an e-mail from Apple asking for more information. One of them, AquaXetine, also announced the deletion in a tweet from yesterday.
Apple has done a lot to keep iPhones safer from thefts over the last year or so, most notably in the introduction of Activation Lock with iOS 7. But now Dutch publication De Telegraaf (via MacRumors) reports that two hackers dubbing themselves AquaXetine and MerrukTechnolog have found a way around Apple's usually effective system for keeping user data safe.
Looking for a great free app to download for the weekend? Google has you covered. The Apple rival just bought the beloved Word Lens app that lets you use your camera to translate text on real-life objects in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian immediately, and for now, it's completely free.
Despite how common Apple devices have become over the last decade, a significant fraction of the population still sees its products as status symbols. It's a perception Apple wants to maintain, apparently, judging from the latest commercial from the Bentley luxury automotive company (via The Loop). Called "Intelligent Details," the short was filmed using an iPhone 5s and edited with an iPad Air.
One of the big questions surrounding Apple's rumored transition to larger iPhones centers on what Apple plans to do with the device's screen resolution, and now 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman claims that Apple is testing a 1704×960 display for the units. (The current resolution for the iPhone 5s is 1136x640.) With those new specs, the new rumored 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones should be able to give us better images than what we're familiar with from Retina displays.
If you missed out on the Flappy Bird craze when it was at its height last winter, you might be happy to know that creator Dong Nguyen claims that the popular game will return to iOS in August. In a interview with CNBC (via MacRumors), the Vietnamese developer claimed that the app would somehow be "less addictive" and feature a multiplayer component.
A lot of mockups of the so-called iPhone 6 have been making the rounds ever since the rumors started flying not long after the release of the iPhone 5s, and now (unless Apple is really pulling a fast one) we now have enough information for creative minds to make some impressive mockups. The latest one comes in the form of a video from Italy's Macitynet (via MacRumors), which shows how the rumors 4.7-inch iPhone will look compared to the iPhone 5s.
The stormy relationship between Apple and Samsung continues to grow more interesting. After a series of brutal lawsuits focusing on Samsung's infringements of Apple's copyrights during the creation of the original iPhone, Samsung has now emerged as the top supplier of display panels for the iPad in the first quarter of 2014.
Presumably ahead of the announcement of the next iPhone at this year's WWDC, Apple has kicked off its iPhone upgrade event in an effort to get owners of older models to upgrade to the iPhone 5s or 5c. "It's a beautiful time for an upgrade," iPhone 4s owners are being told in e-mails from Apple, and signs with the same message were spotted in Apple retail stores as early as last week.
Nokia's smartphone division may have been officially acquired by Microsoft two weeks ago, but that doesn't mean that the long-time Apple rival gets to enjoy the Finnish smartphone maker's talent as well. Indeed, based on a series of tweets from earlier today that were first spotted by Engadget, former Nokia camera engineering executive Ari Partinen is headed to Cupertino.