The country’s security agencies are concerned about the new iPhone. And it’s not because it may not fit comfortably in your pocket or has special bending abilities, but rather because they’re locked out. The main fear, notes the New York Times, is that the smartphone marks “the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities.”
Why this concern? Because under its new operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices, “once users set a passcode, Apple will no longer be able to unlock your device—even if ordered to do so by a court,” as Matthew Green explained in Slate earlier this week. That means if a court orders Apple to reveal the contents of a phone, all it will be able to turn over is a set of nonsensical data.
iPhone fan mania could result in another record weekend for opening sales of Apple’s new flagships the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We just don’t know yet.
The bigger question is: What will the numbers mean?
In what has become a pop culture rite, Apple fans worldwide stood in line for hours, and days, to be among the first to snag the new phones Friday.
“I can’t resist it,” said David Hearne, 27, of Seaford, Del. “It’s amazing. It’s gonna be sexy.” He showed up at 11 p.m. Thursday with a blanket and cot to be first in line at a Verizon Wireless store in Salisbury, Md.
As millions of people get their hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, many will no doubt be looking for new apps that take advantage of the new phones’ capabilities.
Chief among them is a bigger screen. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, while the 6 Plus checks in at a whopping 5.5 inches.
But they’ll also have better graphics and faster processors, as well as features that give app developers freedoms they’ve never had before.