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  (Source: Capcom)
"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 tayb on 2/14/2013 1:01:53 PM , Rating: 1
Sales are up double digits across the board. Samsung is selling more smartphones but they aren't more profitable and profit is the only purpose of a business. Wasn't Q4 2012 the most profitable quarter ever? Wasn't Apple the #1 smartphone seller in America Q4 2012? I really don't understand the "Apple is in trouble" narrative. Is the OS stagnant, showing it's age, and in need of a major overhaul? Yes. Has the hardware been redesigned in 2+ years and need something new? Yes. Are either of these "issues" manifesting in lost revenue/sales? No....

I think the iPhone 5 is a pretty good phone. It's very light and has excellent battery life. It's a different phone, fundamentally, from the Galaxy S III or the Note 2. I'm not particularly interested in any of those phones but I can understand why someone would prefer the smaller/lighter iPhone 5. I can also understand why someone would prefer the simplicity of iOS over Android.


By retrospooty on 2/14/2013 1:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
Sales have been great, and well deserved... But my point is pretty much what Woz said... It's falling behind. If it falls much further, sales will start to reflect it. That is a given. Even an Apple fan must look at the latest round of competitive products and see that Apple needs to step it up, agreed?


By KiwiTT on 2/14/2013 1:59:49 PM , Rating: 2
I definitely prefer simplicity ... shesh ... its a Phone. If I want complexity, I have my home computer. Out and about ease of use is more important than features.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/14/2013 3:50:22 PM , Rating: 4
Except Apple is no longer the "ease of use" king. iOS is clunkier, less intuitive, and more restrictive than the competition. Here's a few really good examples if you actually watch all 5 parts. Which I know you wont, but here it is anyway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMiY1kSTHZw

The thing is being more "PC like" isn't a bad thing anymore, because we've pretty much all been experts at using the PC for years now. Android isn't "complex", in a lot of ways it behaves in ways we would expect it to, BECAUSE it's so "PC like". The file manager is VERY familiar and intuitive. Preferences (which Apple mostly hides from the user) similarly intuitive and easy to use/comprehend.

It's 2013. We're not a generation of noob dumbasses anymore who can barely work a VCR clock. Apple's approach of holding your hand and treating you like an idiot just isn't cutting it anymore.


By Rukkian on 2/14/2013 4:01:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's 2013. We're not a generation of noob dumbasses anymore who can barely work a VCR clock.


Speak for yourself! Pretty much every IOS user I know is this kind of person, and proud of the fact they cannot do anything more cause that would mean change.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/14/2013 4:42:23 PM , Rating: 2
lol Rukkian :D

Not gonna argue with that.

The Mac vs PC adds really went out of their way to make Apple users look like complete brainless morons. People who should just stay away from computing at all costs.

"I plugged my webcam in and it like, asked for drivers??? Like oh my god, so confusing!!"


By retrospooty on 2/15/2013 9:15:43 AM , Rating: 2
"People who say 'we are the more intelligent than Mac/iPhone/iPad users because we bought stuff that's unreliable, insecure, unnecessarily complex and hard use' just look bonkers to most normal people."

I don't think you have actually used a modern PC (Win7 or higher) or Android phone (4.1 or higher) ... Otherwise you would know how ridiculous your comment was.


By R3T4rd on 2/15/2013 9:42:17 AM , Rating: 2
Wow. Way to twist Reclaimer's comments around. Again, you do this to everyone's facts and never argue directly to the point that was posted. Instead you spit out irrelevant mumbo jumbo circumventing the subject.

Even Pirks who used to defend or argue about Apple products had good legitament basis for his arguments where as yours....are just confounded.

They need to add this......

New dictionary word:

Tony Swash (verb) [tonee swosh]
1. To twist facts around arguing and debating irrelevant points circumventing the subject at hand about Apple products.
2. To spew useless information.

Tony Swash (noun) [tonee swosh]
1. DT Poster who defends Appl Inc. every chance he gets and kisses Steve Jobs @ss even after he's dead.


By retrospooty on 2/15/2013 2:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
"Wow. Way to twist Reclaimer's comments around. Again, you do this to everyone's facts and never argue directly to the point that was posted. Instead you spit out irrelevant mumbo jumbo circumventing the subject."

LOL... So true.

"Tony Swash (verb) [tonee swosh]
1. To twist facts around arguing and debating irrelevant points circumventing the subject at hand "


I love this! Just need to add slang = "swashed it" - The act of deflecting the topic with irrelevant facts and avoiding the meat of the conversation.


By Uncle on 2/14/2013 2:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
" Wasn't Apple the #1 smartphone seller in America Q4 2012". May I add that apple in America is protected by judges and politicians, because they figure that apple is an Icon of America, what about the rest of the world. I don't see apple bragging about sales and profit outside American borders. America preaches Free Trade as long as their the beneficiary of the end result. I just see Protectionism at all cost.


By momorere on 2/14/2013 2:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
How dare you tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you Steve Jobs (I mean God)


By Tony Swash on 2/15/2013 7:36:06 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
" Wasn't Apple the #1 smartphone seller in America Q4 2012". May I add that apple in America is protected by judges and politicians, because they figure that apple is an Icon of America, what about the rest of the world. I don't see apple bragging about sales and profit outside American borders. America preaches Free Trade as long as their the beneficiary of the end result. I just see Protectionism at all cost.

Are you really (in public!) suggesting that the iPhone being the top selling smart phone in the US is the result of some sort plot?

If so the only plot is the one you have lost.

"It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought."
       -- John Kenneth Galbraith


By Uncle on 2/15/2013 12:57:20 PM , Rating: 2
So you think apple has honorable intentions when going to court, on their turf, using their influence, to have products, banned from entering the USA. Reads to me of Protectionism of their turf. As I said apple in the rest of the world is losing more court cases then winning, and that includes appeals. Even the judge in California is having second and third thoughts. This thing with apple is all about protecting their turf, if they lose some of their customers to new and improved products from their competitors, I'm sure they won't be going back to apple. This is why apple wants to shut the border down to the competition.


By Uncle on 2/16/2013 11:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
By the way Tony, this just in. "Apple has lost the rights to the trademark "iPhone" in Brazil to a local manufacturer which makes an Android phone called the iPhone NEO. Yesterday the Brazilian Trademark and Patents Office rejected Apple's claims to the trademark "iPhone" in the category of telecoms and the category of electronic devices.


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