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iOS 11.4 to Disable USB Port After 7 Days: What Does It Mean for Mobile Forensics?

A new iOS update is expected to be released in the coming days. Surprisingly, the new update comes with a major security feature and the lightning port will be disabled after 7 days. Let’s have a closer look at the security measure and the reasons behind the update.

USB Restricted Mode in iOS 11.4

Apple has introduced a term “USB Restricted Mode” in the new update iOS 11.4 Beta, but this feature appeared first in the iOS 11.3 Beta. In order to enhance the security features for iOS devices that are locked and to communicate with USB accessories, the device needs to be connected with the help of a lightning connector while it is unlocked. But, the functionality of USB Restricted Mode is very much simple. When any iOS device is upgraded to the latest version, it will disable USB connection via Lightning port after 7 days once it has been unlocked.

But, it’s not clear whether the USB port gets blocked if the iOS device is not unlocked using password for a week or if the device is not connected to a genuine computer USB or a PC. When it was tested, it was confirmed that the USB locks even if the device remains idle for 7 days and the lightning port can only be used as a source for charging.  

Forensic Consequences of USB Restricted Mode

iPhone that runs on version 11.3 has to be unlocked once in a week in order to achieve Restricted USB Mode. If you fail to unlock the iPhone, the Lightning port will reduce itself only to charge mode. Hence, the device will no longer be able to establish a data connection and would also fail to prompt “Trust this computer?” until the user unlocks the device that has to be updated.

What Happens After 7 Days?

Information such as date and time of the device, which was unlocked, will be recorded by the iOS. Based on this information, the Lightning port will disable after 7 days. Soon after this, the device will no longer be able to pair with any existing lockdown record, USB accessory or computer without unlocking it using passcode.

Apple to get true tone display in its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models

True tone display

Reports say that the upcoming series of iPhone’s this year will get a True Tone display. This technology was found in 9.7-inch iPad Pro earlier. This True Tone display was developed by Apple will shift the screen shades depending on the atmosphere.

As per the report, Austrian semiconductor manufacturer AMS supplies this ‘full spectral sensing’ ambient light sensor. Essentially, the technology requires this full spectral sensor for its functioning. It is more like a Night shift, but it performs more than just reducing the blue light emission. However, it is activated in the day time too.

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This true tone technology could be a 24-hour solution which works to adjust the brightness, white balance, and color, to enhance color accuracy and text legibility.

“For the expected iPhone 7S models, as well as the iPhone 8, we think ams’ content increases due to the inclusion of its full spectral sensing ambient light sensor, as already seen in the iPad Pro for that device’s True Color screen functionality. We estimate this to be a material step-up in content from the $0.60 range to $1.0,” the Barclay’s report notes.

Apple iPhone RED Edition to be rolled out across retailer chain starting 23 March

Besides this, iPhone 8 is also expected to feature 3GB of RAM, advanced wireless charging, an edge-to-edge display, a fingerprint scanner underneath the display, some form of augmented reality feature, a 3D sensor FaceTime camera, a dual camera setup at the back and more dust and water protection than before.

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Apple iPhone RED Edition to be rolled out across retailer chain starting 23 March

iphone 7 red edition

Apple has introduced the new jet black and black variants with the launch of iPhone 7. Now, the manufacturer has launched iPhone 7 RED edition in its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. Commemorating Apple’s 10 years collaboration with RED, a special edition of iPhone 7 range were launched in red color. The California-based tech giant donates to the Global Fund which fights against the AIDS.

The iPhone 7 RED edition comes with a completely red color Aluminum body with white color on the front panel. However, this iPhone special edition will only be available in 128GB and 256GB variants. On the other hand, you don’t find any changes under the hood when compared to other color variants.

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“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT) RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customer’s hands,” says, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.

The Red color iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available across online and offline retailers starting March 24. iPhone RED edition price in India is unknown as of now and will be rolled out in April at launch. The latest 9.7-inch iPad is brought substituting iPad Air 2. On the other hand, iPhone SE storages have been doubled and now get 32GB and 128GB on board.

New 32GB and 128GB iPhone SE starts at Rs 27,200 will be shipped from April. Besides this, Apple has also launched new color options in its silicone and leather cases.

Apple to make iPhone in India : Manufacturing to start from 2017 in bangalore

Apple at bangalore

Apple made in India iPhone is going to be soon manufactured in Bangalore in the month of April. It is the biggest news to our country because iPhone is one of the popular products in the world. The company has decided to establish a manufacturing company in India. Finally, they decided Bangalore is the good place to develop.

Many of the people put a question that why only Bangalore out of many cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad.

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Bangalore is the only city in India and the second city in Asia to make it to the “Global startup ecosystem ranking. This list is compiled by Compass and ranks cities on their ability to produce and support great startups. They are many young entrepreneurs in the state who are famous around the world.

Nasscom Start-up report also states that Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi have 70 percent start-ups in the country. India is the third largest ecosystem in the world.

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There is also government support for the companies to develop their business, so most of the people are showing interest to set up business in Bangalore.

The company will be set up by Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron in Bangalore. Apple has reportedly been discussing the possibility of making the iPhones in the country, with the government, with an aim to make inroads in the South Asian market.

Recently a meeting was held between Apple company and department of industrial policy and promotion secretary Ramesh Abhishek are discussed. Soon plans were implemented to start the company.

FaceTime Patent Issue Costs Apple to pay $302.4 to VirnetX

FaceTime Patent War Between Apple and VirnetX may cost $302.4 million 

Globally, Apple has its own craze among users and buyers. But is has its own problems related to the technologies included in the iPhone. Since 2010 there is a case against the American multinational technology company Apple Inc. regarding face detection technology.

VirnetX has sued Apple for using its face time technology without permission. This is a breach of patent rights. Hence, Apple is struggling to come out clean. But, the situation seems to be unfavorable for the company.

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Worldwide VirnetX Company has over 80 Internet security patents, and 100 patents pending on its name. Apple has lost the patent war in regarding to the face time technology. All new models are using this technology without finalizing this issue. Federal court in the Eastern District of Texas has given a judgment in favoring VirnetX and a payment of pay $302.4 million. Now, the due amount has pooled up to $600 million.

Apple hopes to get some relief at least in the US courts where the matter is presently pending. This is the only hope that is making Apple stand against the payment. The judgement is important for both. VirnetX will only get payment if it wins in the US court. Hence, the judgement is awaited by both.

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On the other side, VirnetX also sued Apple for using some of its patented security systems like iMessage. This is also in trails before the law. Anyhow, this is a separate case that is running between the two. Patents rights are very important for the companies to abide by. Any breach in this regard will cost the tech companies with huge revenue loss and an estimated financial burden.

Almost all the tech giant companies are struggling with the Patent issues in one or the other cases. But Apple might suffer a huge financial loss if the US court also delivers its judgement in favour of VirnetX.