Tuesday Morning News

Aplos iconThe news might be a little erratic over the next week or so, seeing as we’re so close to the launch of a new iPhone and stuff is a little thin on the ground. I considered taking the week off altogther, but hey, there’s still plenty of stuff out there, it just takes a little digging. But on with some news!

Up first this morning we have a leak of the 5.5-inch iPhone rear shell, which has been shown off in a video. Unsurprisingly, it looks exactly like the part for the 4.7-inch iPhone, only larger.

A complete-ish guide to the next iPhone collates everything we know about the iPhone so far. Of course, there are no absolutes in the world of Apple rumours, but the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones have been rumoured for too long for it not to be true. Some of the other rumours such as NFC and mobile payments are also so close to coming to fruition, but again, much news remains a “wait and see”.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is getting in the final word before the launch of the next iPhone, saying it’s unlikely Apple will ship a redesigned power adapter or reversible-at-both-ends Lightning cable with the new iPhone. Previous rumours suggested the redesigned power adapter was completely plausible, but again, we just won’t know until Tim Cook tells it like it is on stage next week. (Also interesting to note, there’s been no word of an official livestream of the event by Apple, although that may happen closer to the event.)

Re/code has confirmed Anand Lal Shimpi of Anandtech is making the move to Apple, joining his former Anandtech colleague Brian Klug in doing so. Shimpi announced his retirement from tech journalism just last week, and said he wouldn’t stay idle as there were a bunch of challenges to solve.

Depending on what parts of the internet you frequent, you may have heard about the iCloud hack which resulted in photos of Hollywood actresses being leaked to several different websites. The hack purports to have originated from the iCloud accounts of said celebrities, and in a statement, Apple has said they’re actively investigating.

The Next Web claims to know how the hack occurred, saying a Python script on GitHub implementing a brute-force attack against iCloud accounts is how the hack was achieved. A vulnerability on Apple’s end in the Find my iPhone service seems to have made the brute-force attack possible, and it appears Apple has since patched the attack.

I kind of wonder how many $349 iPhone cases there are. There’s no doubt, then, that the FLIR iPhone case/accessory is unique for two reasons: for one, it’s a pretty expensive, and two, it adds a infrared camera to your iPhone. Ars Technica has a review of the FLIR One and its thermal imaging capabilities…

…One of which is using the very same device to steal ATM PINs from afar, it seems. It’s almost scary how easy it is, and how “normal” techniques to prevent the stealing of your PIN (i.e. covering the keypad with your hand) won’t work against this kind of attack.

OS X productivity tool Alfred has some great features in its Powerpack, and tips for new Alfred Powerpack users is exactly what it says on the box.

I had no idea there were people out there making new Twitter clients, but TUAW has a look at one fresh out of the oven. Aplos certainly looks right at home on iOS 7, with a really nice, clean design. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of features missing from the client, which might mean sticking to the official Twitter app for iPhone or Tweetbot for now.

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