QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Many people see technology as the problem behind the so-called digital divide. Others see it as the solution. Technology is neither. It must operate in conjunction with business, economic, political and social system” ~ Carly Fiorina
APP STORE SETS A NEW RECORD
App Store breaks its own New year’s record on 2018’s first day.
WHAT IS THE NEW RECORD?
Looks like Apple is going to have a very good year. In 2017, iPhone and iPad customers bought apps of about $240 billion and this year, customers welcomed the new year by spending $300 million on App Store.
App Store and other services like iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud have become an important revenue generator for Apple. These services are doing so well that Apple can also think of starting them as an independent entity.
Not only Apple has benefited with this, it has shared the success with the developers. The developers got more than $86 billion. There has also been upgradation of technology in App Store as well. Since iOS 11, there have been 2000 apps powered by ARKit has been uploaded to App Store.
Apple has also updated App Store UI to make new apps discoverable with ease.
WHAT APPLE HAS TO SAY?
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said, “We want to thank all of the creative app developers who have made these great apps and helped to change people’s lives. In 2017 alone, iOS developers earned $26.5 billion — more than a 30 percent increase over 2016.”
BEWARE, YOUR APPLE DEVICE MIGHT BE INFECTED
ARM security update suggests that a couple of Apple devices may be infected.
WHAT IS THE THREAT AND HOW IT GOT DISCOVERED?
Found as an Intel chip bug in initial reports is so much more than that. The bug is also said to be affecting AMD processors and ARM-based chips. Intel CEO said, “phones and everything’ will be affected.
ARM security update claims that some of the iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple TV may be impacted.
WHAT ALL PROCESSORS ARE SUSCEPTIBLE?
ARM Processor Security Update made a list of processors that might be affected. Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A15 made the list.
Apple designs its own A-series chips for iOS devices but there are based on ARM architecture. Some of the elements of A-series chip includes Cortex-A8, A9, and A-15, so they may be susceptible.
The A4 chip includes a Cortex-A8 processor which is used in Apple TV (2nd gen), iPhone 4, iPad (1st gen), and iPod Touch (4th gen). Apple’s A5 and A5X chip have dual-core Cortex-A9 processors. A5 is used in iPad mini(1st gen), iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (5th gen) and Apple TV (3rd gen).The A5X is used in the iPad (3rd gen).The A6 has some elements of the Cortex-A15 and is used in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C.
WHAT DEVICES WILL BE AFFECTED?
With all this it can be said that some of the devices are prone to get affected. The list is given below:
- iPod Touch (4th gen)
- iPod Touch (5th gen)
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C
- Apple TV (2nd gen)
- Apple TV (3rd gen)
- iPad (1st gen)
- iPad 2
- iPad (3rd gen)
Well, this is not confirmed yet that these are the only devices which will get impacted by the bug. According to the Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, a wide range of products would get affected, but the impact would vary from one device to another.
According to ARM, “It is important to note that this [attack] method is dependent on malware running locally which means it’s imperative for users to practice good security hygiene by keeping their software up-to-date and avoid suspicious links or downloads.”
If iOS devices are impacted, Apple will soon release an update to get over it. Until then, you need to be careful.