Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 20 September 2013
Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!
Big iOS 7 security flaw could prevent people from recovering stolen iPhones – Apple’s new iOS 7 software wasn’t even available for a day before a potentially serious security flaw was discovered. iOS 7 features several enhancements to Siri as well as a new Control Center, each offering a number of new conveniences. By default, both are also available while the user’s iPhone or iPad is locked. As reported by MacRumors, these conveniences come at a price: Using either the Control Center or Siri, someone who steals an iOS device or finds a lost device can quickly and easily disable Find My iPhone or Find My iPad, thus preventing a user from recovering his or her device.
Apple’s 64-bit A7 is seriously impressive – Nick DePetrillo is putting his money where his mouth is. As people debated online the feasibility of hacking the fingerprint sensor on the yet-to-be-released iPhone 5S, he decided to do one better.
Line grows at Apple’s flagship Fifth Ave cube in anticipation of Friday launch of new iPhones – With less than 24 hours remaining before the launch of the newest iPhone models, more customers have begun to call the pavement with a view of Central Park their temporary home.
iOS 7.0.1 released for iPhone 5c and 5s – Apple has just released iOS 7 to the public. However, as noted by Apple’s update XML — which is where the OTA service in iOS gets its data — iPhone 5c and 5s users will be prompted to update to 7.0.1 when users unwrap their new devices this Friday.
A Beginners Guide to iOS7 – Did you update your iPhone, only to find that it suddenly looks very unfamiliar? Don’t recognize your stock apps? Having trouble finding things? If so, I’m here to help. This brief guide covers most of the basic things that have changed or moved, and also points out a couple of the less intuitive new features.
iOS 7 Software Update Failed Errors Frustrate Users – Those trying to upgrade to the new iOS 7 update have encountered an issue during the installation process with iPhone and iPad owners reporting a “Software Update Failed” error while downloading the software from Apple’s servers shortly after the iOS 7 release.
iOS 7 adoption rate: 29% of Apple’s customers in first 16 hours – The mobile analytics firm Mixpanel has posted a cool little widget that lets you track the rate at which Apple’s (AAPL) mobile customers are switching from iOS 6 to iOS 7. Here’s what it tells us: As of 1 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, when Apple released its new operating system, the previous version was running on 93% of the iPhones, iPads and iPod touches still in use.Sixteen hours later, 29.25% of those devices were running iOS 7.
Apple could sell up to 8M iPhone 5s and 5c units over launch weekend, analyst says – While many market watchers are concerned that Apple has not announced preorder numbers for the iPhone 5c and may face supply constraints with the iPhone 5s, one analyst believes launch weekend sales will blow past last year’s record setting iPhone 5 performance.
Apple Releases Chrome and Firefox Extensions for Windows to Support iCloud Bookmark Syncing – As part of a new 3.0 update for iCloud Control Panel for Windows, Apple has created new browser plugins for both the Chrome and Firefox Windows apps. Using the plugins, Windows users can now sync their iOS Safari bookmarks with the Chrome and Firefox browsers. Previously, browser syncing was limited to Internet Explorer.
iPhone 5C Pre-Orders Reportedly Underwhelming – Apple changed course from past iPhone launches twice last week. First, they announced the lower-cost, plastic iPhone 5C to replace the iPhone 5. And secondly, they didn’t offer pre-orders for the flagship iPhone 5S. According to Reuters’ anonymous source, pre-orders for the iPhone 5C aren’t painting a promising forecast.
First Two iOS 7 Game Controllers Teased By Logitech, ClamCase – As we noted earlier this week, iOS 7 includes some code that will allow third party manufacturers create universal controllers for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch using Apple’s latest mobile operating system. It’s groundbreaking stuff, especially for a traditionally game-averse tech company, but we’re starting to see the first wave of controllers to come out.
Google Wallet released for the iPhone – Whoa, this one caught our newsroom off-guard: Google has finally brought Google Wallet to iOS, with a version that came out for the iPhone today. Along with the iOS release, Google has added the ability to send money from within the app.