It would be a shame--after waiting hours in line and spending $500 to $600 on an iPhone--to lose it to a minor mishap. To see how well Apple's phone can stand up to abuse, we stressed it with increasingly rigorous scratch and drop tests, which we informally conducted in the PC World kitchen, hallway, and back alley.
First, to simulate how it held up when in a pocket or purse with house and car keys, we stuffed the iPhone into a plastic bag along with several key chains. We then gave the bag a few good shakes to see if the activity would scratch the iPhone's screen. It didn't.
Brandon Saunders, 16, had been saving his allowance and birthday money for months to get one of Apple Inc.'s coveted iPhones.
He waited in line with his 70-year-old grandmother for about eight hours Friday in front of a San Antonio AT&T store and left sunburned but grinning, shopping bag in hand.
"It's worth it," he said. "It's like Christmas in June."
The teen was among the first to get his hands on the coveted gadget from Apple, joining throngs destined to become braggarts of and guinea pigs for the latest must-have, cutting-edge piece of techno-wizardry.
Few people standing in line to buy an iPhone on Friday in the US will be focusing on the security of Apple's new phone. But some influential security researchers already have given the matter lots of thought.
I have been following the works of Trusted Computing Group (TCG) since their inception. The body, successor to the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance started by such giants as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, has a goal to develop vendor-neutral standard specifications for trusted computing. TCG is quite present on all the major information security conferences around the globe, so I had an opportunity to attend to some of their lectures and check out the actual trusted platforms (hardware devices with TPM chips) in test environments.
What is a TPM chip
If you're a big-name hack in New York, you've probably been strolling around with an iPhone for a couple of weeks now. Walt Mossberg and Kathering Boehret of the Wall Street Journal, and David Pogue of the New York Times are examples, and they've just published their reviews of Apple's first mobile phone.