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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 2/15/2013 10:49:59 AM , Rating: -1
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.

Apple is dooooomed!!

How can poor Apple escape being trapped in the cul-de-sac of being the largest and most profitable tech company in the world, of only capturing 70% of of entire world's total handset profits, of seeing ever increasing visitors and turnover at it's retail stores, of selling 90% of the digital music, of making the world's top selling handset and tablet, of having the platform with only several times the performance of the Android platform. Pity poor, poor Apple because they are going to suffer in the coming years watching their business and profits grow even more, if only Apple could catch up with all those Android OEMs that make so much less money. If only Apple realised it's better to sell more things and make less money, to have a platform nobody uses, to do things the Android way.

But wait! Salvation is at hand. Johnny Ives has just been awarded a Blue Peter Gold Badge. The secret powers it endows will be desperately needed in Cupertino during the dark future that Apple faces.

By maugrimtr on 2/15/2013 11:04:13 AM , Rating: 2
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
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 :)

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.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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