iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Size Comparison to Existing Smartphones

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I recently published an article on Mobile4Law.com comparing the size of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to flagship devices produced by Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and OnePlus. The interesting thing that I discovered when comparing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the top-end Android phones that are either currently on the market, or will be in the next month, is that both models of the iPhones are big in comparison to similar screen size Android phones.

If you are interested in how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compare to other phones on the market, visit Mobile4Law.com and read “The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are Big Phones”. It will be interesting to see how the consumer market reacts to these devices when they go on the market on September 19, 2014.

Apple Watch Announced, Available Early 2015

Apple Watch Series

Today Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the first new product segment for Apple since he came CEO. The new Apple wearable is simply called the Apple Watch. Cook teased the Watch as being highly customizable and including an “intimate way to connect and communicate.” It is a comprehensive fitness and health device, that includes multiple sensors for tracking your health and allows installation of apps to further customize your experience. The Apple Watch will not be available until early 2015, but will include 2 different sizes and 3 different collections. The starting price for the standard Apple Watch will be $349.

Cook noted in his presentation that Apple was faced with the challenge of creating a user interface that fit the form factor of a watch. He stated that for every new breakthrough device created, Apple has needed to create a new intuitive interface. Rather than trying to shrink the iPhone interface down to the size of a watch face, Apple created a digital crown for the Apple Watch to help provide a simple and elegant navigation method for accessing information. Not only does this make it easy to interact with data on screen, it allows you to do so without needing to block the screen with your fingers. It is designed to be used for all your activities all day.

Apple Watch

The actual watch is a rectangle with several different finishes and multiple bands with different finishes and colors available. The bands are easily removed and interchangeable. It has a touchscreen in addition to the digital crown. Your daily activities are recorded through the Apple Watch and fitness goals are provided for you. Apps will be available, and you can dictate messages without taking your phone out of your pocket or purse. Many different watch faces come standard, but you are able to personalize how they appear and the information available.  Charging is done through an Apple proprietary MagSafe wireless inductive charger.

The Apple Watch will initially consist of 3 watch lines to meet the specific needs of different types of people. The functionality will remain the same, but the finishes will vary. The watch lines include Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport Edition, and Apple Watch Edition. The Apple Watch will work with an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, or iPhone 6

More to come……

Apple Introduces Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple PassbookApple today announced a new payment system that is called Apple Pay. Apple Pay is available as a payment option using the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, every day in the United States $12 billion is spent in over 200 million credit card transactions. He discussed the difficulty of using credit cards today and the fear that consumers have in losing their cards (or card data). Apple Pay is built using a combination of TouchID, NFC and a Secure Element on the device to allow you to use your iPhone to make secure purchases.

When you open passbook on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you have the option of using a credit card that is already stored in iTunes or adding a new credit card. Your credit card number is not actually stored on the device, instead when you register a new card, a token is stored on your device that dynamically changes. If you lose your device, you can use Find My iPhone and it disables payments using your iPhone.

It will start in the US using American Express, Mastercard and Visa. It will work with the top 6 banks in the US to begin with and will work with 83% of cards (your bank must be a partner in order to use Apple Pay). Retail partners include Walgreen’s, CVS, Subway, Toys R’ Us, Macy’s, Panera, McDonalds, Disney and Apple Retail stores to begin, with more to come. It will be as easy as touching your device to the payment terminal to make payments.

Loyalty programs are also being added to Apple Pay. You will be able to use third party apps from Target, Groupon and OpenTable to make payments through Apple Pay. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to make purchases without having to touch your actual wallet.

Apple Pay is a new service that Apple hopes will revolutionize the way that you make payments. More to come….

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Announced, Available September 19, 2014

New iphone 6Today Apple CEO Tim introduced two new models of the iPhone, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to Cook this is the “biggest advancement in history of the iPhone”. These are both Retina Display with 1334 x 750 resolution in the 4.7” iPhone 6, and 1920 x 1080 on the 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus. These are the thinnest iPhone’s yet, with the iPhone 6 coming in at 6.9mm and the iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1 mm (these compares to 7.6 mm of the iPhone 5s). The display promises a broader angle of view with improved polarizer so it is easier to view.

Apple is using the additional resolution of the iPhone 6 plus to add an expanded view in apps like eMail, Messages, and Calendar. For example, the additional size of the plus allows you to see your list of messages in your email inbox while also reading the message (similar to the iPad). In Messages, Apple has used the additional space to show pictures of your contacts next to the messages.

Even the home screen of the iPhone 6 Plus has a horizontal mode. Unlike the iPad, your persistent launcher stays on the side of the screen, but changes the orientation of the App icons. If you cannot reach the top of the display, you can double-click the home button and the display slides down to half-height so you can reach the top buttons. The power button has been moved to the side of the device so that it can also still be reached in one hand use.

Although both new models of the iPhone use different resolutions, existing apps will simply scale up to fill your screen. Apple promises that the new A8 processor is 25% faster than last year’s A7 for computing and 50% faster for graphics. The updated graphics processing allows users to play game-console like games on their mobile device.

In addition to being a bigger and faster device, both iPhone 6 models promise improved battery life. The iPhone 6 will give you 14 hours of talk time, 10 days of stand-by, or 11 hours of video. The iPhone 6 Plus gives you 14 hours of video, 24 hours of talk-time, and 16 days of standby. Definitely, this device should last well over a day in normal use.

The M8 co-processer now does an even better job of measuring your motion. In addition to running, it can now tell if you are cycling, and calculate your distance and elevation. Air pressure is measured with a built-in barometer, and these advances can even be used in third-party apps.

LTE now supports more bands, and Voice over LTE has been added. WiFi has been updated to 802.11ac and WiFi calling is supported. The camera has been updated, but the resolution remains at 8MP. Although the resolution has not increased, Apple has made improvements to all aspects of the camera that promises to give even better images, and to focus and allow taking pictures faster than before. The front-facing camera has also been updated and promises better facial recognition and “killer selfies”.

The iPhone 6 will be available for $199 for the 16 GB model, $299 for the 64 GB and $399 for the 128 GB. The iPhone 6 Plus will be $299 for the base model with 16 GB storage, and $399 for the 64 GB and $499 for the 128 GB version. The iPhone 5s will remain available for $99 with 8 GB storage and the 8 GB 5c will be available free. These are all 2 year contract prices. Pre-orders will begin on Friday September 12, 2014 and the both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available on September 19, 2014.

More to come…

wpid-Photo-20140705215142.jpgThis post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being a contributor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

Last Minute Apple iPhone/iWatch Event Predictions

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In just a few hours Apple will announce this year’s iteration of the iPhone. Whether it will be iPhone 6, just the New iPhone, or some other name, it is still not known, but it is looking very likely we will see a 5.5 inch and 4.7 inch screen model for the first time. It is also expected that we will at least see a preview of Apple’s new wearable device, the predicted iWatch, even though it probably won’t go on sale until next year. Beyond that, I would not be surprised to see new iPods and maybe even the next generation of the iPad. Unfortunately, new Macs are not expected at this event, but could possibly come next month.

Perhaps more important than the new devices will be the release of iOS 8. Although I have been running a beta of iOS 8 for some time, the true power of this update will not be seen until 3rd parties begin to release iOS 8 apps. iOS 8 introduces new features like app extensions that will allow app creators to offer exciting new opportunities to enhance other apps on your iPhone or iPad. So far Apple has talked about the ability to use image editing when viewing photos, and password manager apps that will be able to interact with other apps to offer more security, but I’m more excited about apps that will dream up unique new ways to interact with one another and enhance your experience. The way Apple has introduced the ability to customize your experience with new keyboards and app extensions is probably the most exciting change in the operating system since the app store was introduced.

I will update the site with the new announcements later today and with my initial thoughts, but for any Apple fanboy, this afternoon should be a very exciting time. Luckily the event will be steamed live from Apple at 1:00 pm EST, so you can follow along by visiting http://www.apple.com/live/.

UPDATE (September 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm): Please see the iPlugDelaware Coverage of today’s Apple Announcements: Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; Apple Announces Apple Pay; Apple Announces Apple Watch.

Serious Flaws Discovered in Apple iCloud Backup Security

Recently I posted an article explaining why attorneys should be concerned about the recent iCloud celebrity photo breach. At the time that I posted the article, details were just coming out about how these individuals had their confidential materials leaked. Since then, the leading theory has been that the celebrities had their iCloud iPhone backups accessed by malicious users using tools originally developed for law enforcement purposes. Christina Warren of Mashable recently posted a great article explaining just how easily she was able to hack her own iCloud backup. I recommend that all attorneys read her post to see just how easy some of this information can be obtained.  

My recommendation based on the events of the past week is that attorneys should not store confidential materials on iCloud until Apple makes the online service more secure. If you backup your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, you have the option of encrypting your backup with a separate password (that can and should be different from your iTunes password). Unfortunately this option is not available for iCloud backups. Without a second-factor authentication option or a separate encryption password for your online backups, a malicious user would only need to determine your iCloud password to access all your backed up data.

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You can turn off iCloud backup by going into your iOS settings and choosing iCloud. Within the initial iCloud settings you can choose Storage & Backup to choose whether to enable iCloud Backup. Within that settings panel simply disable iCloud backup to turn it of on your device.

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If you have other iOS devices, choose Manage Storage and from there you can delete backups from iCloud. You also should be careful that you understand what other apps on your device may be using iCloud to store data. To determine this, choose Documents & Data from within the initial iCloud settings. This will give you a list of apps that are storing data on iCloud. If you keep confidential client data within any of these apps, you may want to disable the ability of these apps to store documents and data in iCloud.

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It is important to remember that these recommendations are only if you have confidential information on your device. If you do choose to disable iCloud backups, it is important that you plug your device into your computer and backup using iTunes on a regular basis (and select the encryption option in iTunes). Email account passwords are not stored on the iCloud backup, so do not worry about this information being at risk if you do choose to use iCloud backup.

I am hoping that with the attention this has been receiving in the press that Apple quickly offers options to better secure iCloud in the near future. In the meantime, it is important that you at least understand what data on your device is being uploaded to the cloud and that you know if it is adequately protected.

Update: According to 9 to 5 Mac, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has issued a statement promising that Apple will enable new notifications in the next two weeks to address some of the concerns discussed above. Notably individuals will begin to receive emails when a password is changed, when a backup is restored to a new device, when a device logs into iCloud for the first time, and users will be able to use two factor authentication for iCloud when iOS 8 is released. It is nice that Apple is promising quick improvements to better secure user’s data.

Read Christina Warren’s How I Hacked My Own iCloud Account, for Just $200 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Mashable/~3/I41sXRKDLao/

Celebrity iCloud Image Breach and Client Confidentiality

iCloud ConfidentialityI recently posted a new article on Mobile4Law.com about Client Confidentiality in light of the recent iCloud celebrity image leak that occurred over this past weekend. iCloud is a service offered by Apple that is available on every current iPhone and iPad that allows certain data on your device to be stored in the cloud. Over the weekend, it was reported that about 100 different celebrities had personal images accessed that were being stored using Apple’s iCloud service.

It is suspected that these photos were accessed by malicious users using a brute-force attack to guess passwords of the accounts affected. It appears that the only reason they were successful in the attack is because the accounts were using simple passwords, and that Apple did not lock accounts after a certain number of unsuccessful login attempts. 

In the article on Mobile4Law.com, it is explained why this should be a concern to individuals in the legal community that use cloud services for storage of confidential cloud information. I suggest that attorneys take a look at revised Rule 1.6 and the comments to that rule, and determine if they would have committed an ethical violation if confidential client information had been accessed from their account using this same attack.  

Steve Butler PhotoThis post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being a contributor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

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