CIA spends years trying to break Apple’s security

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The CIA is gunning for Apple's security. Photo: Spy vs. Spy
The CIA is gunning for Apple's security. Photo: Spy vs. Spy

The CIA has been been involved in a multi-year effort to crack iOS security, according to new information provided to The Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The attempts have been the focal point of multiple yearly CIA conferences called “The Jamboree.”

Among the possible solutions proposed include a means of “whacking” Xcode, the software used to create apps for iOS and Macs. Researchers claimed they had discovered a means by which Xcode could be manipulated to allow devices to be infected, so as to allow for the extraction of private data — thereby creating a “remote backdoor” that would disable core security features and allow undetected access to Apple devices.

Bigger iPhones and iPads hinted at in new developer tools

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The Rumor: The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will start production in July, but the 5.5-incher will wait until August.The Verdict: Definitely yes. Even though the rumor comes from the unreliable Digitimes, Apple has to start producing the iPhone 6 en mass by late-July or early-August if it hopes to have enough on shelves for its regular fall launch. The production delays on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be frustrating for fanboys wanting their first phablet, but maybe the goodies in iOS 8 will keep them distracted long enough they won't notice.

The Rumor: The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will start production in July, but the 5.5-incher will wait until August.

The Verdict: Definitely yes. Even though the rumor comes from the unreliable Digitimes, Apple has to start producing the iPhone 6 en mass by late-July or early-August if it hopes to have enough on shelves for its regular fall launch. The production delays on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be frustrating for fanboys wanting their first phablet, but maybe the goodies in iOS 8 will keep them distracted long enough they won't notice.


Everyone expects Apple to release a larger 4.7-inch iPhone this fall, and there are reports of an even larger 5.5-inch model floating around the supply chain. Heck, we’ve seen 12-inch iPad parts leak recently. It’s pretty clear that displays are only going to be getting bigger.

Developers will need to update their apps to fit new screen sizes, and today Apple provided a way for them to do just that.

Let the coding begin: Apple drops Swift programming guide

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One of the biggest announcements coming out of Cupertino today is the creation of a completely new programming language called Swift – a programming language for the App Age.

Apple is wasting no time getting developers educated on the new tools available to them by making the Swift Programming Language guide book immediately available on iTunes.

Spruce Up Your Apps With Two Flawless iOS 7 Design Templates [Deals]

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With over 1 million apps in the App Store, your app needs a good design to stand out. Cult of Mac Deals has got an offer that will help you get that good design – and at a fraction of hte cost and effort.

This deal is for two iPhone/iPad App Design Templates that will help you bring your app to life. The templates include an Xcode project which shows you how to implement the design in the template. You also get access to a Photoshop PSD file which means you can tweak the colors or look and feel of the app. For a limited time you can get these flawless iOS 7 App Design Templates at the low price of $39 – a savings of 80%!