faces a new threat not only to its latest iPhones but every iPhone and iPad you can buy…
In short: the data on all iPhones and iPads running iOS 12 is not safe. This comes after an announcement from popular data recovery company DriveSavers that files on these devices can be accessed with “a 100% success rate”. Furthermore, unlike most security holes which are disclosed to Apple, this one is being kept secret.
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Why? Speaking to MacRumors, DriveSavers said it is building a service around the exploit and charging users up to $3,900 if they want to access locked devices. That said, the company stresses it is using strict identification protocols from customers to ensure they are not hacking an iPhone or iPad which doesn’t belong to them.
Whether or not you choose to believe DriveSavers about this, the problem is others may not be so ethical.
With DriveSavers keeping the flaw a secret to protect its new service, Apple has a major job on its hands to find and fix it. And until then, the race is on for more nefarious hackers to discover and exploit it …if they aren’t already.
And the prizes are high.
Earlier today, a post over at BGR was posted prematurely which revealed that Google is going to open up its Project Fi network to more devices starting tomorrow. Actually, Google is supposed to officially announce it tomorrow but word got out and Droid Life reported about it before the original post was taken down.
According to the now deleted post, Google Fi will allow you to bring phones from Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and iPhones “in Beta”. Google mentions that the “full Google Fi experience” won’t be available to phones that weren’t “designed for Fi”. These phones (Pixel 3, 3XL, 2, 2XL, LG G7, LG V35, Moto G6, and Moto X4), can seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Sprint towers to achieve well-rounded coverage.
Source: Google Fi
Not all phones are 100% compatible with Fi, so using an iPhone won’t get you the quick Wi-Fi/LTE “enhanced” transition that is compatible with only devices on Android Pie. Still, even without the Wi-Fi LTE hand-off, you’ll have pretty good combined coverage from three LTE carriers and a great value for those who don’t use too much data on an individual plan.
In any case, Google hasn’t announced this yet, but is expected to at 10AM Pacific time – should anything else come up, we’ll update this post.