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"Jill, here's a lockpick. It might be handy if you, the master of unlocking, take it with you" -- Barry

It's been a turbulent couple of months for Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  While Apple fans still abound and sales remains strong, the iPhone 5 launch was marred with shocking bugs which included cameraconnectivity, and battery life issues.  And then there was the Maps debacle, which was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook personally apologized to fans, telling them to use Google Inc.'s (GOOG) superior (or functional) products.  There've been shareholder lawsuits over Apple's profit hording and a dramatic plunge in stock prices after margins slid in Q4 2012.

Now there is a security flaw in iOS 6.1 that allows users to simply punch in a series of virtual and hard button presses to unlock an iPhone, bypassing the security passcode.  The instructions are seen below in the YouTube video by VideosDeBarraquito:
 

A text version of the unlock is as follows:

First part:
-Go to emergency call, push down the power button and tap cancel.
-Dial 112 and tap green and inmediately (sic) red.
-Go to lock screen.

Ok...ready for second part:
-Go to passcode screen.
-Keep pushing down the power button ...1...2...3...seconds and before showing the slider "turn off"...tap the emergency call button and ...voilá!
-Then without releasing the power button press the home button and ready...

With Apple currently working on fixing a Microsoft Exchange bug that it also introduced with iOS 6.1, it's unknown if this exploit will be patched at the same time.

Sources: YouTube, Gizmodo UK



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By Tony Swash on 2/14/2013 12:55:24 PM , Rating: -1
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Dont put words into my mouth you know I didnt say. "failing" did not come out of my mouth and we have had this conversation before. You are well aware, I said sales will start to fall, not that the company will fail. If they dont do something soon to catch up to the rest of the world, the rest will pass them by and they will only be extremely profitable instead of the current record breaking profitable. I am talking features and functionality here anyhow, not profit.


OK - edit my previous comment to change the word failing to shrinking - either way it still a lot wish fulfilment bollocks.

You say Apple sales will go down in the next year. I think they will go up. Lets make those two differing predictions a bit more specific and see how they pan out over the next year.

My prediction is a minimum 10% growth year over year averaged from quarterly fluctuations. I consider that a conservative projection.

What is your prediction, based on your analysis of the challenges that you think Apple is not meeting, for the percentage fall in Apple sales we can expect to see in the next year.


By retrospooty on 2/14/2013 1:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
"You say Apple sales will go down in the next year"

That isnt what I said. I said they are falling behind in features and specs and IF they dont raise the bar and release something compelling sales will start to decline. That may be a year or two away, and that can easily be stopped by releasing a great product.

I will say this, if the next 2 years are more of the same, with the same regurgitated IOS, and minor improvements to iPhone sales will show declines. Then again, rumours of a cheaper iPhone and a larger one are everywhere. Those products would definitely change everything. It would cover the low end and the high end.


By retrospooty on 2/15/2013 8:23:29 AM , Rating: 4
"As far as I can say your position is that if Apple stop coming out with great products, if they stop improving those products in ways that matter to end users"

I think your "rosed over" glasses cloud what you think. What I am saying is they havent been "innovating" lately and if the next iPhone comes out with just a faster CPU and few other minor improvements, but the same 4 inch non-HD screen like the last several iPhones they will start to be passed over by high end phone buyers. Todays Androids are just way better. In other words, Apple needs to do something interesting and different with the iPhone that they havent done since 2007. In other other words, the world, the reviewers and their mothers are all catching on that the iPhone is no longer the best phone around, it isnt even close to the top of the list.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/15/2013 8:34:48 AM , Rating: 5
Apple never had "mojo". They survive on gimmicks because they have a massive fanbase who believes they are buying a social movement, not a device.

iPhone 4S - Terrible phone that didn't even have 4G, which WAS standard at the time of release for 'halo phones'. How did it sell so good? The gimmick of Siri. Yeah remember Siri? It was supposed to "revolutionize" the way you used your phone. Riiiight. It's a glorified Google Voice app. And to further crank up the gimmick, users were told that Siri magically couldn't work on their older phones.

iPad Mini - Jesus, where to begin? We take a bunch of iPad 2 parts leftover, and throw it in a smaller iPad. Errr brilliant? Speaking of "mojo", this is a brand new tablet and the display isn't even "retina". But iTards buy it anyway because...because it's Apple.


By Piiman on 2/16/2013 10:13:54 AM , Rating: 2
"I think our difference is that you think there are signs all around that somehow Apple has lost it's mojo, and I don't. Time will tell which one of us is right."

There are signs you're just too much of a fanboy to see them. You will never admit Apple has done wrong no matter how much time passes or how much their stock value drops. You are the very poster child of what a iFANBOY is.


By maugrimtr on 2/15/2013 9:56:16 AM , Rating: 2
Arguing with Tony is irrelevant. He's a moron.

Also, 10% sales increase would be disastrous. That's even worse then the 2012 results and would signal ever more weakening sales and growth.

The only escape hatches in sight are an iWatch in world which has steadily abandoned watches in favour of mobile phones, and a cheaper iPhone unit which will cannibalize higher margin sales but let them jack into a broader market for growth.


By retrospooty on 2/15/2013 10:46:33 AM , Rating: 2
"The only escape hatches in sight are an iWatch in world which has steadily abandoned watches in favour of mobile phones"

Or making more iPhone models. The rumors are that a cheaper version will be released, and another rumor about a large screen model. That would be a game changer. The 4.8 inch "iPhone math" would be a huge seller and would also go a long way toward dispelling the "Apple in inflexible" with its products perception.


By maugrimtr on 2/15/2013 10:59:19 AM , Rating: 2
It's likely a no brainer that a small iPhone will show up. They need to get into China and other less-than first world markets. The smaller iPad did quite well in that regard.


By maugrimtr on 2/15/2013 11:04:13 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple is dooooomed!!


I never said that, Tony. You really have this habit of putting words into people's mouth while pretending not to comprehend what they are saying, don't you?

I said that 10% sales increase would be catastrophic. It was 27% in 2012 (adjusting for missing week over 2011). You predicted a ~66% drop in sales growth. It doesn't take a genius (ask around if you need help) to see that such a drop would be massive shock to their share price.


By retrospooty on 2/15/2013 11:24:00 AM , Rating: 3
"I never said that, Tony. You really have this habit of putting words into people's mouth while pretending not to comprehend what they are saying, don't you?"

Hell yes he does... To have a real debate he would have to be honest.


By Tony Swash on 2/15/2013 12:47:25 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I never said that, Tony. You really have this habit of putting words into people's mouth while pretending not to comprehend what they are saying, don't you?


You said 'ever more weakening sales and growth' - sounds pretty unhealthy to me :)

quote:
You predicted a ~66% drop in sales growth.


No I didn't. I said "My prediction is a minimum 10% growth year over year averaged from quarterly fluctuations. I consider that a conservative projection"

What's so telling is that none of you guys spouting tales of Apple sales falling, and Apple's business declining will actually say what you think is going to happen. You write about unspecified things but try to make them sound like dead certainties but when pressed not one of you has got the intellectual courage to actual make a concrete prediction.

The questions are simple: In your opinion are Apple's sales of the iPhone and iPad going to to go up or down in the coming year and if so by what sort of percentage? In your opinion are Apple's revenues and profits going to to go up or down in the coming year and if so by what sort of percentage?


By retrospooty on 2/15/2013 1:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'll bite...

I think that Apple will release a cheaper iPhone and a larger high end one and that sales will increase. I think that is obvious.

If they dont, and just re-release the same boring iPhone with a few minor improvements, that sales will basically stay where they are, maybe up or sown a small amount, but its a plateau... And eventually it will decline if they dont add something to the iPhone line.

Even you must agree that the iPhone looks pretty pale when comparing to the Experia Z, Droid DNA, or the many other 1080p models announced. Then we have the Galaxy S4 and Motorola X phone coming soon.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads














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