After reading an article of the same title from Digital Trend’s portal, all I can say is WTF?!? Apple security researcher Charlie Miller did Apple a big favor by showing them a huge vulnerability that can affect all their customers using their iTunes software to download apps.
Then they remove the app (which is understandable) but then removed him from the the Apple developer program. Wow … arrogant.
According to Digital Trends, Miller’s app appeared as a run of the mill stock checking app which communicated with a server in his house. When the app was reviewed by Apple it looked like a normal app, and did not raise any red flags. The app uses security issues related to Apple’s mobile Safari app which allows apps to run code that was not seen or approved by Apple.
Miller demonstrates just how powerful this kind of app can be by downloading the app and showing how it looked to Apple’s review team. He then updates the app’s code on his computer and re-downloads the same program.
Upon start up Miller was able to access all kinds of information stored on the phone. Miller says that he is able to download contacts and pictures stored on the phone, and all of this is done without the phone user having any idea what is going on.
Great work Charlie Miller! For doing something that could help protect iTunes users by showing Apple that there is something amiss. Yet, by removing you from their developer’s program is so uncool. Your app should have wreaked havoc since your account got deleted anyway.
Finally the people at iFixIt got an iPhone 4S and ripped everything from its outer shell to the inside. Sad to say, the phone only has 512MB of RAM. I was hoping that it would at least have 1GB of RAM then maybe I might finally get one for my wife. Guess I will have to wait a few more months and see how much RAM the iPad 3 will have.
As Digital Trend’s review of the iFixIt dismantling mentioned that “Even though it might be disappointing on paper that the iPhone 4S only has 512MB of Ram, that does not mean the performance of the device will suffer. From what we can tell from early reviews of the device the phone’s performance is, “noticeably faster” than the iPhone 4.”, it is still disappointing for me because this phone can be good only for two years (3 years tops).
Once two more versions of its iOS will come out, this phone will crawl. At least with 1GB of RAM, the phone can still be useful even for a very long time. Those future games certainly will crawl the iPhone 4S in the long run when its requirements increase.
Of course, those who only use the phone for texting, calling and Facebook I think will find this phone more than enough. Also, I think Apple does not plan to increase the size of its iPhone. A bigger screen perhaps but they will remove the home button and place it on the side. Physically it will still be the same dimension. That is my prediction for next year’s model.