10 years of iPhone, APFS dry run, Cellebrite police hack, Apple devs and WebVR

The iPhone aged 10 according to Robert LeVitus — The iPhone celebrated its 10th birthday last week (that’s around 60 in dog years for those who care). So, let’s take a brief look back upon each of the 14 iPhone models we’ve seen so far and the new features it introduced.

Apple did a dry run of APFS on your device even before iOS 10.3 — Apple rolled out APFS for good in iOS 10.3, but well before that Apple did a trial APFS migration and collected user analytics.
In iOS 10.1 and 102, metadata for APFS was test written and the superblock header was created but not actually written out. The file data remained untouched for safety and crash protection and the user remained in HFS+. This was the dry run conversion. Then, in iOS 10.3, the dry run was repeated, but, finally, HFS+ superblock data was actually overwritten with the new APFS data. [Smart!]

Spanish media claims iPhone 6 with Secure Enclave unlocked by Cellebrite in course of investigation — Media reports are claiming that an iPhone 6 that was dredged out of the water in Spain has been unlocked by Cellebrite, and if accurate would be the first publicized report of Apple’s Secure Enclave having been penetrated by third party hacking tools.
The mother of missing woman Diana Quer made the declaration on TV program Espejo Publico that a phone that Quer possessed had been unlocked. What useful data that could be gleaned in the investigation surrounding the missing woman is unknown at this time.
During the interview on the Spanish show, law enforcement also revealed that it cost 2000 euro to break into the phone – this is a far cry from the millions allegedly paid by the FBI to break into an iPhone 5c.

Three Apple developers join the WebVR Community Group — Three Apple developers are now listed on the WebVR Community Group’s participants’ webpage, UploadVR reports. Brandel Zachernuk, David Singer and Dean Jackson have joined web developers representing Internet services and like Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, and Mozilla’s Firefox. Developers from Intel, Facebook, Samsung and other top technology companies are also part of the working group.


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