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The FBI has been unable to retrieve data from more than half of the devices it’s tried to access, Director Christopher Wray told an audience on Sunday.
All in all, the Bureau was unable to access the contents of about 6,900 devices in the first 11 months of the fiscal year, Wray said at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia over the weekend. Wray’s comments are just the latest piece of a long-standing debate about digital privacy.
“To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem,” Wray said, according to the Associated Press. “It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime, child exploitation.”
Law enforcement agencies across the country have long complained about their inability to unlock and extract data from smartphones and other devices. But tech companies have, in general, been staunchly opposed to opening up access — saying they must protect their customer’s digital privacy.
Of course, this debate seemingly peaked in 2016, when the FBI and Justice Department tried to force Apple to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the gunmen in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Apple refused, saying that could set a “dangerous precedent” with serious implications for digital privacy. The FBI only stopped its endeavor when it was reportedly able to unlock the device with help from a third-party company.
It’s unclear how many of the more than 6,900 devices that the FBI couldn’t unlock were iPhones.
The FBI’s struggle also echoes trouble that other law enforcement and legal organizations have had in unlocking devices. Under the Trump Administration, the Justice Department has suggested that it will aggressively seek access to private information from tech companies, but has stopped short of clarifying what that could look like.
Apple, for its part, seems committed to the privacy of its users — even as the battle is far from over. “Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve dat protection, security and privacy,” the company wrote in a statement. “Sacrificing one or the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.”
This year’s stable of iPhones all include wireless charging as a feature. It’s a welcome addition to the iPhone lineup, but it’s only really useful if you have a compatible charger. That’s especially true for wireless chargers installed in vehicles.
Luckily, Apple has revealed in a support document which car-based wireless chargers will work with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
While the document doesn’t currently list compatibility with the iPhone X, we can safely assume that it’ll work with the same chargers.
Wireless chargers in cars made by the following brands all support the Qi standard, and therefore, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.
For prospective buyers, be sure to double-check whether wireless charging is an included feature in the model you’re considering.
Car Brands Supporting Qi Wireless Charging
Of course, Apple adds that some of the charging areas might not fit the larger iPhone 8 Plus device. “Some automotive wireless chargers have physical size constraints and might not fit every phone. If you’re planning on buying a car with a wireless charger, make sure that your iPhone will fit in the charger first,” Apple wrote.
Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC also manufacture vehicles with wireless chargers, but only some 2018 models support the Qi standard — you can see which ones below.
- 2018 GMC Terrain
- 2018 GMC Yukon
- 2018 GMC Sierra
- 2018 Chevrolet Bolt
- 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2018 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2018 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2018 Cadillac Escalade
- 2018 Buick Enclave
If you don’t see your vehicle (or prospective vehicle) listed above, you might not be completely out of luck. While Apple listed and confirmed compatibility with the above brands and models, there are some other vehicles that support Qi-based wireless charging — including the 2017 GMC Sierra and 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT.
Your best bet is to check the features list of the car you had in mind. And, of course, figure out whether the iPhone you own will fit in the wireless charging space.
As the official launch of its all-new iPhone X flagship draws closer, we’ve seen a persistent influx of leaked images, hands-on spyshots, and brief videos in which some of the luckiest people in the world have showcased Apple’s new device for all to see.
We previously learned that Apple allowed its employees to start using their iPhone X in public, well ahead of pre-orders going live this Friday, October 27th; so that certainly explains why we’ve seen so much of it.
Adding to the list of leaks this morning we have yet another, short but sweet video showing Apple’s iPhone X in the wild, which was published over the weekend to Reddit by the same user, @anonymousdave52, who’s so far been the source of multiple iPhone X leaks.
Like his other video, this one is quite short and to the point. But it nevertheless gives us a crystal clear look at the thousand-dollar iPhone X in its gorgeous, pearly-white hue. Check out the clip below:
Of particular interest in this video (and as the Redditor points out in his since-gone-viral post) is that certain iOS apps have yet to be updated for optimization on iPhone X’s massive 5.8-inch AMOLED display, which we’ve already noted is an issue that app developers will have to address through updates to each of their titles. As evidence, the Redditor gives us a look at the Instagram app which on iPhone X displays unmistakeable text alignment issues.
Which isn’t surprising, actually, seeing as how Apple employed a screen resolution unlike its ever used before at 1125 x 2436 pixels, while also incorporating ‘the notch’ on iPhone X. Developers will therefore have to recalibrate their apps to fit the iPhone X’ untraditional 19.5:9 aspect ratio and wrap around the notch.
The video is merely the latest in a string of drool-worthy iPhone X leaks — most of which have surfaced courtesy of the same Redditor. Previously, we’ve seen iPhone X in the wild decorated in both Black and White hues, with the screen turned on and off. So while there’s nothing particularly new or noteworthy to see here, it’s still a pleasure to just see — especially if you’re planning to get one — isn’t it?
We’re a little under two weeks away from the launch of the most significantly upgraded iPhone in years.
From its edge-to-edge OLED display to its TrueDepth camera and Face ID authentication, the iPhone X is likely to change iPhones forever. But those revolutionary upgrades aren’t going to come cheap. In the U.S., the ultra-premium iPhone X will retail for $ 999 when it launches on Nov. 3.
The iPhone X will carry a high price tag wherever it’s sold — but it’s worth noting that its price actually varies quite a bit depending on where it’s purchased. As stated above, it’ll run customers $ 999 in the U.S., but in Hungary, it’ll retail for about 379,990 Ft in local currency. That’s about $ 1,455.23 in U.S. dollars.
Here’s what Apple’s revolutionary new handset will cost local consumers in 32 of the countries it will be available in, with the exact amount converted into U.S. dollars for comparison, courtesy of Quartz (based on exchange rates on Oct. 20, 2017).
|Finland, Ireland, Portugal||1,179 €||1,388.69|
|Czech Republic||29,990 Kč||1,377.02|
|Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain||1,159 €||1,365.13|
|Austria, Germany||1,149 €||1,353.35|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 1,799||1,253.36|
|Hong Kong||HK$ 8,588||1,100.67|
But Wait, There’s Also Sales Tax
While the iPhone X is undoubtedly more expensive in Hungary than it is in the U.S., there’s a caveat worth considering. Namely, it’s the fact that prices in the U.S. don’t include sales tax — whereas, in many other countries, the listed price actually does include all local sales taxes.
There’s also the issue of how much U.S. consumers will pay depending on their own state’s sales tax, which varies widely. If you’re in California, for example, your sales tax is 8.25 percent of the total price. In New York, it’s 8.49 percent. In New Hampshire, Montana and Oregon, you won’t pay any sales tax at all. So, in many countries, the listed sales price isn’t actually all that bad of a deal.
The iPhone becomes available for preorder at 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Time) this Friday, Oct. 27. It’ll hit store shelves and start shipping out to consumers at 8 a.m. local time next Friday, Nov. 3. Don’t forget a case and accessories with a purchase of the new iPhone. For some of the best deals, search through our store.