While many Silicon Valley tech companies famously employ ‘bug bounty’ programs whereby individuals or third-party groups can receive substantial monetary rewards for finding critical software bugs, Apple is curiously the odd man out. Whether it’s Google handing out $12,000 to a former employee who managed to purchase the Google.com domain name or Facebook paying $15,000 to a security researcher who happened upon a way to unlock any user’s account, paying cold hard cash to learn about previously undetected security vulnerabilities is not only commonplace, but also makes a lot of sense.
Apple may revamp its lineup of iPhones next year to include a new casing, new curved display and wireless charging, according to a reliable analyst.
An iPhone with a glass casing and curved AMOLED screen will debut in 2017, according to a note issued Saturday by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities. The note, as described by 9to5mac, appears to contradict an earlier report by the analyst that the Cupertino, California-based tech titan wouldn't release an iPhone with new screen technology until 2018.
As part of its big product event today, Apple is dropping a handful of significant updates to its four platforms. The final versions of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2, and WatchOS 2.2 will all be available to download today for all supported devices. Apple began beta testing the updates back in January.
When Steve Jobs took the wraps off iPad in 2010, he called the 9.7-inch, iOS-powered tablet "magical and revolutionary," a testament to Apple's industry-leading design and engineering prowess. It was Cupertino's first foray into slate-style computing and at $499 came at a price point nestled in that Goldilocks zone between iPhone and Mac.
Apple's engineers have joined the struggle between the company and the federal government over whether or not a court order can force Apple to de-encrypt an iPhone. If Apple loses, multiple engineers would resist building a backdoor to iPhone encryption and some would quit their jobs, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
Reporters from the Times interviewed more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees, including security engineers and executives involved in the development of the company's mobile products.