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As reported Tuesday by Motherboard, hackers that go under the code-name “Turkish Crime Family” have allegedly obtained, through unknown means, access to hundreds of millions of Apple email accounts, including iCloud inboxes with email addresses on @icloud and @me domains.
They’re threatening to remotely wipe iOS devices unless Apple pays a laughable ransom. It’s notable that iCloud has never been hacked into directly and other reasons make this story hard to swallow.
They’re demanding that Apple pay a ransom by April 7 in the form of:
Either $75,000 in cryptocurrencies Bitcoin or Ethereum;
Or $100,000 in iTunes Gift Cards.
If the Cupertino company does not comply with the request, the group says it’s going to reset the accounts and effectively wipe all data on the associated Apple devices.
Trying to apply pressure from the media to coerce payment from Apple, one of the hackers said: “I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing.”
The group originally shared a YouTube video allegedly proving they did hack into an elderly woman’s iCloud account. The video also demonstrated the ability to remotely wipe the devices, which is trivial when you have access to the underlying Apple IDs.
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It was subsequently removed after a member of Apple’s security team turned down the ransom and requested that the video be taken offline. Here’s what an unnamed member of Apple’s security team apparently wrote back to the hackers a week ago:
We firstly kindly request you to remove the video that you have uploaded on your YouTube channel as it’s seeking unwanted attention.
Second of all, we would like you to know that we do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law.
This is a laughable story, in my personal opinion.
Firstly, there are the inconsistencies.
The hackers originally said they held 300 million accounts for ransom. The figure later changed to 559 million accounts. Importantly, they did not provide Motherboard with a data cache of the supposedly stolen iCloud accounts to verify the claims.
The only piece of evidence they provided came in the form of alleged screenshots (images are easily faked, mind you) of the purported emails between the group and members of Apple’s security team.
“Motherboard only saw a screenshot of this message, and not the original,” states the article. For what it’s worth, the group did gave Motherboard temporary access to an email account allegedly used for communicating with Apple as proof.
The same email account was featured in the now-removed YouTube video.
If you had access to 300 million iCloud accounts, would you request only $75,000?
It’s safe to assume that some of the claimed accounts would have Apple’s two-factor authentication feature turned on. The problem is, Apple’s two-factor authentication servers have never been hacked directly on a mass scale. Leaks of compromising photos of celebrities from iCloud accounts? That was just smart social engineering.
I mean, you look at me with a straight face and tell me they compromised hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts belonging to unknown users via social engineering alone.
The laughable request for iTunes Gift Cards is also notable here. You don’t just issue serious threat like this and ask for a small amount of money while potentially giving Apple ample time to fix any vulnerabilities in iCloud systems.
If I were “Turkish Crime Family,” I’d first take ten million accounts offline so that Apple took me seriously before trying to extort the company, not for a paltry $75,000 but for a seven-figure sum. On the other hand, the reason they asked for a small amount of money could be hope that Apple would pay quickly and quietly.
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We cover everything you need to know about resetting your iPhone or iPad right here.In summary How to soft reset an iPhone or iPad
If your phone has frozen and you want to restart it but none of the buttons work, don’t fret; you can simply perform a soft reset.
For modern iPhones without a home button (iPhone X and later) press and release the volume up button, then the volume down button, then press and hold the side button (sleep/wake) until the Apple logo appears.
If you’ve got an iPhone with a home button, hold the power button and home button down at the same time until the device turns off and you see the Apple logo.Back up before you reset
There are occasions where you might want to factory reset your device, not because you want to give it away, but because it’s playing up.
The easiest way to back up your iPhone or iPad is to use iCloud – the 5GB of free storage should suffice for most backups, but you can purchase more storage if required.
Top tip: check the Encrypt iPhone backup box if you want all your passwords to be saved.
If you’re running macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, iTunes has been replaced by Finder. To back up using the Finder, plug your iPhone into your Mac, open a Finder window and look for your iPhone in the left-hand menu. Select the General tab and locate the Backups category. Select Back up all of the data on your iPhone to your Mac to initiate the process.
Once that’s done, you can begin the reset process. It’s also worth remembering to remove your SIM card before you pass on the iPhone or iPad on, as this may have information stored on it, and you might want to continue using it in a new phone or tablet.How to reset an iPhone or iPad
The steps or wording might vary slightly depending on your version of iOS or iPadOS, but generally speaking, here’s how to reset an iPhone or iPad.
Step 1. Tap Settings, then General. Scroll down until you see Transfer or Reset iPhone (also labelled as Reset in earlier versions of iOS).
Step 2. Tap Erase All Content and Settings. Depending on whether you’ve set a Passcode and / or a Restrictions Passcode (they are different) you might have to enter that code or password in order to erase and reset it. There is no way to reset the device unless you enter the code(s).
Step 3. You’ll be shown a summary of all the data being removed from your iPhone. To confirm, tap Continue. At this point, you’ll have to enter your Apple ID password. This is so the account can be removed from your device, and Find My iPhone can be switched off.
If you merely restore an iPhone via iTunes, you’ll be asked to enter the Apple ID and password when it reboots. Resetting it using the method we’re describing here will prevent the iPhone asking for an Apple ID when it restarts.
Step 4. The reset process can take a minute or two, after which you’ll see the welcome screen asking you to swipe to continue. It’s then ready to be sold on, handed to a family member or taken to an Apple Store for repair.
Losing your iPhone is frightening since someone may access your sensitive information, such as Photos or Apple Pay. So, the first thing you must do is erase all data on your iPhone. Although the Apple Pay service is very safe and doesn’t work without your Touch ID or Face ID, you should make sure to remove Apple Pay from a lost iPhone. Below, I will show you three methods to disable Apple Pay remotely.
How to disable Apple Pay using the Find My app
You may remove Apple Pay from your iPhone using other Apple devices linked to the Find My app. So, first, arrange for another iPhone from your family or friends. To turn off Apple Pay, do the following:
Open the Find My app.
Choose your lost iPhone and swipe upwards.
Now tap Activate under Mark As Lost section.
If you don’t have a passcode lock, set a new passcode. Then enter it one more time to confirm.
Also, leave a message on the device’s screen for more convenience.
This action will suspend all cards related to Apple Pay on the lost iPhone. If you previously have a passcode on your iPhone, it will immediately enable the Activation Lock.
Disable Apple Pay from iCloud
If you don’t have access to any iPhone, you may still activate Lost Mode for your stolen iPhone from the iCloud website.
Open chúng tôi on your Mac.
Log in using your Apple ID and password.
From the device list, choose your lost iPhone.
Tap Lost Mode. It will disable Apple Pay and lock your iPhone with a passcode.
You can also add your other phone number and a viewable message for other people. If you found your iPhone, input the passcode you generated to reactivate Apple Pay.
Remove card details from Apple ID website
From the Apple ID website, you may remove the cards linked to Apple Pay without turning on Lost Mode. This means you don’t have to contact your card issuer to suspend your cards from Apple Pay. What you need to do is as follows:
Open chúng tôi on your browser.
Then choose your lost iPhone to delete your cards.
A pop-up window will ask to confirm. Tap Remove.
Now Removal Pending will appear under the selected credit card. And the credit card will disappear in a few minutes. You must re-enter the credit card details once you get your iPhone back.FAQ
Q. Why should you disable Apple Pay?
You may think why you should remove Apple Pay from a lost iPhone if Apple says Apple Pay is almost impenetrable. In reality, there is a potential that a hacker might get beyond Apple Pay’s security, access your cards, and steal money from your accounts. So, Apple offers several ways to disable Apple Pay remotely and remove credit card information from lost iPhones.
So, that’s all for today, folks!
As you now know how to remotely disable Apple Pay on a lost iPhone, you can prevent others from using your cards. Mark your device as lost or manually erase your credit card information until you find the device again.
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Has there ever been an app that has caused so much of an uproar in the Apple community as Apple Maps? It was released in the fall of 2012 with iOS 6, and it was not received well to say the least. It was so poorly received that Tim Cook even wrote a letter apologizing for the poor launch of Apple Maps which contributed o the firing of Scott Forstall:
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
Now that we are almost six years into Apple Maps, I am of the opinion that Apple was right, certainly in a post Facebook privacy scandal world, to replace Google Maps with their in-house mapping product. In fact, Google Maps isn’t on my iPhone, and here are five reasons I prefer Apple Maps over Google Maps.
You don’t have to sign in to use Maps. Personalized features, like letting you know when it’s time to leave for your next appointment, are created using data on your device. The data that Maps collects while you use the app — like search terms, navigation routing, and traffic information — is associated with random identifiers so it can’t be tied to your Apple ID. These identifiers reset themselves as you use the app to ensure the best possible experience and to improve Maps. Maps extensions that are used in ride-booking and reservation apps run in their own sandboxes and share permissions with their own parent apps. For ride-booking apps, Maps shares only your starting point and destination with the extension. And when you reserve a table at a restaurant, the extension knows only the point of interest you tapped.
Location data is one of the most private things you can share with someone. I’m not a “tin-foil” hat type person, but I do not want an app tracking everywhere I go.
2. Siri Integration
Is Siri the best voice assistant on the market? Most definitely not, but I also find it incredibly useful in the car. Being able to say “Hey Siri, give me directions home” is incredibly helpful while driving. Unless Apple allows users to replace Siri with a new default assistant (Google or Amazon), Siri will remain the best Assistant for iPhone users. You can also ask for directions to specific places (Hey Siri, give me directs to 123 Main Street, etc.).
3. Apple Watch
In a period where a lot of Apple Watch apps are disappearing, Apple Maps remains a built-in (and useful) feature. When you have your iPhone doing navigation, Apple Watch will vibrate with alerts to turn. This feature also works with walking directions. This feature alone makes Apple Maps an incredibly attractive platform if you wear Apple Watch.
4. Yelp Integration
Instead of having to build a database of company reviews, Apple Maps has Yelp integration to populate data. Yelp has been around for years and has a plethora of great data about local businesses. In fact, I use Yelp quite a bit for restaurant reservations. The integration of the two apps is well done, and a key part of the Apple Maps experience. I’d love to see Apple look into features like restaurant recommendations though.
5. Good Enough Maps Data
If I had to pick a product based on the map data alone, it would be hard to choose anything but Google Maps. They’ve been around for a lot longer than Apple Maps, and are continually getting better. On the flip side, Apple Maps hasn’t given me incorrect information in years. My non-scientific opinion is that Apple Maps data is 85% as good as Google. That 85% is 100% of what I need, and the other benefits of Apple Maps outweigh any negatives.
One final reason I love Apple Maps: it lists if a business takes Apple Pay.
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iOS and iPadOS 15 will shed support for older hardware. Based on everything we know, here’s what we believe to be the complete list of supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.
iOS 14 works on all the same models as iOS 13.
iOS 15 may drop support for some older iPhones.
Apple will unveil iOS 15 at WWDC21 on June 7.iOS and iPadOS 15 device compatibility list
Based on all the information we currently have, plus conventional wisdom, educated guess, rumors and reports like this one from Wccftech, it’s fairly safe to assume that the following Apple device models (or newer) will get support for the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 software updates when the release publicly later this year.iOS 15: Supported iPhone models
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone SE 2 (2nd generation)iOS 15: Supported iPod touch models
iPod touch (7th generation)iPadOS 15: Supported iPad models
11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generations)
12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd and 4th generations)
12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generations)
10.5-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
9.7-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
10.2-inch iPad (7th and 8th generations)
iPad (5th and 6th generations)
iPad Air (3rd and 4th generations)
iPad mini (5th generation)
This isn’t an Apple-sanctioned list so we’ll need to wait until iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 become official to learn about their official system requirements.System requirements: iOS 15 v. iOS 14 v. iOS 13
Earlier, both iPhoneSoft and The Verifier reported that Apple was planning to remove support for the original iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, third-generation iPad mini and first-generation iPad Air with the upcoming iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates.
So there you have it, iOS 15 is probably going to nix support for the Apple A9 chip in the aforementioned devices. For reference, iOS 13 cut off support for the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, the sixth-generation iPod touch, the first-generation iPad Air and the third-generation iPad mini.
Meanwhile, iOS 14 supports all the same iPhone and iPad device models as iOS 13.Why Apple removes support for some devices?
If you’ve ever owned an iOS device, you probably know that Apple does not build major revisions to its operating systems with specific device models in mind. Rather, it optimizes them for a particular Apple chip as the lowest common denominator.
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Apple traditionally holds its annual pilgrimage for developers in the summer.
This is called the Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, and this year it will run from June 7 through June 11. Similar to 2023’s WWDC that was basically a prerecorded live-streaming presentation, WWDC 2023 is also going to an online-only event rather than an in-person gathering due to the current pandemic, Apple has confirmed.
Although a developer-focused event, WWDC also provides customers with first glimpses of the features they can expect from the next major software updates.
Apple has already confirmed that this year’s conference will offer “unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.” In addition, WWDC21 will offer a State of the Union talk along with online sessions, 1:1 labs offering technical guidance and much more.
CarPlay is an extension of your iPhone to your car. It lets you make calls, send texts or play audio using Siri. A lot of iPhone users were excited to update to iOS 16, and one of the reasons is that iOS 16 brought many new features to CarPlay. For example, Siri will be able to automatically send text messages and skip the confirmation step after the message was read back to you. Also, you can now say, “Hey Siri, hang up” to end a phone or FaceTime call, touch-free.
Some iPhone users who updated to iOS 16 said that Apple CarPlay had stopped working after the update. Users are complaining that their car is not recognizing the iPhone when it is connected to the car’s USB port; CarPlay refuses to load the infotainment system. From the users’ reports, it appears that this is not a connection problem because it does not affect the ability to charge the iPhone via the car’s USB port.
The other problem is that CarPlay is connected but not working properly. For example, notifications, Siri or GPS are not functioning as expected.
We are not sure yet if there is a common theme; that certain iPhone models or car makers are affected. If you are having this issue, here is what you can do:1: Update 2: VPN
Some users have said that VPN was the culprit in this case. These users have said that once they disabled VPN, CarPlay started working. You may want to test this, too, if you are using VPN. Disable it, then go to your car. Does CarPlay load now? If it is working now, there are a few further steps you may want to try:
You can contact the developers of your VPN. Let them know the issue. Maybe they can offer a fix.
Also, periodically check for iOS updates. This issue may be fixed by a future update so that you can start using both VPN and CarPlay.
If you do not want to give up VPN, you can try fixes 3 and 4 below to see if they help.3: Force restart
Force restart your iPhone. This is simple and does not erase any data. Follow these steps in order:
Press and release the Volume Up button.
Press and release the Volume Down button.
Press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo. Once the Apple logo appears, release the Side button.
Your iPhone will restart. Now try to use CarPlay again.4: Forget and then re-add your car
If the issue persists, disconnect CarPlay and re-connect again. Here is how:
To add your car back, start your car, then connect your iPhone. Make sure that your USB cable is plugged into the CarPlay or smartphone port on your car rather than just a charging port. Also, make sure that you’re using a decent cable that works for data transfer, not just charging.5: Reset network settings
Reset your network settings on your iPhone. You should know that doing this will restore your network-related settings to their factory state. For example, your Wi-Fi passwords and VPN configurations will be gone after doing this. Here is how you can do this:
Tap Settings, then select General.
Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
Tap Reset, then Reset Network Settings.
Now, restart your iPhone. Then re-pair it again via the USB port, or if your car supports it, connect wirelessly by following the steps here.
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