Two hackers have apparently found a means to avoid Apple’s “Activation Lock” attribute in iOS 7, which demands an Apple ID and password to reactivate whether a mobile is remotely wiped.
The iPhone or iPad is then tricked into connecting to the hacked server, which unlocks the gadget.
Team DoulCi promises to have built the system “with love” for people who have recovered their lost or stolen iDevice, in a effort to regain access to contacts, e-mail, notes, and more.
But, as the SecurityWatch pointed out, that’s probably not this hack will be used. A cursory investigation of eBay for “iCloud locked” returned almost 1,000 results.
CNN emphasized users who were boasting about their purloined gadgets on Twitter: User esonglance on Wednesday posted a picture of six unlocked iPhones, while illPaick littered his timeline with pictures of various unlocked iDevices.
Of course, these Twitters users could possess iPads and half a dozen iPhones, for all of which they’d forgotten their login details. But it is highly unlikely.
Team DoulCi maintains huge success because of its undertaking up to now, this week about unlocking more than 5,700 apparatus in just five minutes. posting screenshots and celebratory messages
The firm did take actions, however, based on AquaXentine, who tweeted this week that he “merely deleted the mail from Apple,” saying Cupertino was “too late.”
“They’ve asked me to contact them as quickly as possible, but why now?” AquaXetine told Cult of Mac, including that he’d already warned Apple of the hack in March.
This exploit established amidst discussion of incorporating “kill switch” technology into new handsets, beginning next year. The baseline tool would allow users to remotely wipe all private datacontacts, pictures, emails and render their device inoperable to unauthorized users.
Perfect for the Neanderthal who snatched your iPhone on the subway platform, expecting to sell it for cash. But tech-savvy thieves would have no trouble using a hack like doulCi to reboot the phone for his or her own personal use.
There continues to be lots of speculation recently on what Apple will do for its next smartphone, frequently dubbed the iPhone 6. Various rumor sites have suggested Apple will reveal a bigger cellphone this fall, perhaps with a 4.7- or 4.8-inch screen.
Earlier in the year speculation was high that Apple would also do a 5.5-inch or 6-inch mobile, but recently these rumor sites are now saying that a phablet-sized iPhone won’t come out in 2014 due to manufacturing problems.
Personally, I doubt that the iPhone in the 5.5-inch or 6-inch range was ever was on the roadmap for 2014. I have talked to various Apple execs over time about their smartphone design philosophy, and there always appeared to be one theme that was common. Steve Jobs himself drove this subject, and it evolved around the idea that folks wish to be able to answer emails, sort short texts or the phone, and generally browse a smartphone.
Now, that doesn’t mean that Apple hasn’t been toying with a larger smartphone, or that it’s one in the works for the future. But as for this year, I’m convinced that any new iPhone will reflect Steve Jobs’ powerful standing that the smartphone has to be used with one hand. Nevertheless, with Jobs gone, is it maybe time for Apple’s top leaders to break away from this Jobsian line of layout guidelines and eventually do a phablet-sized smartphone?