Apple Charger Hacked Retina iPad Mini

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Apple has come to play. They are making news and ready to fight Google with a right a left and then an uppercut in hopes to take everyone’s eye off of Google and to have those eyes on them. Apple has not only fixed an issue with a charger, but has Retina in on the mind for an iPad Mini. Or do they? Then when you thought Apple didn’t have the gumption to purchase anything or anyone bam they did.

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Computerworld – Apple will launch a high-resolution, Retina-equipped iPad Mini this fall or in early 2014. Or it won’t. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) today claimed that Apple suppliers will start production in the fourth quarter of a new iPad Mini featuring a high-resolution display, dubbed “Retina” by Apple.

But other reports, including one Wednesday by 9to5Mac.com, said just the opposite: Apple will instead deliver another iPad Mini with a lower-resolution screen. Both could be right: Apple may crank out two new iPad Mini tablets. But one analyst doesn’t think so.

“An iPad Mini with Retina is not only logical but inevitable,” said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, placing all his money on a Retina Mini. A higher-resolution 7.9-in. tablet will be especially important to Apple after Google’s launch of a new Nexus 7 tablet with a 1920-x-1200-pixel screen. The screen boasts a per-inch pixel density twice that of the current iPad Mini’s.

But while some pundits have predicted that Apple will release a Retina iPad Mini at a higher price alongside a new reduced-price version with the same 1024-x-768-pixel display as the current device — for two new models — Gottheil countered with history. “Apple will do what it has done in the past, in other words bring down the price of the older models to expand the available market when it comes out with a Retina iPad Mini,” said Gottheil.

No price yet, but if Apple stays on the current price points you won’t see a lower priced mini in our futures.

Update to Tackle Charger Hack Attack
Data-stealing apps can be uploaded via the malicious charger. Apple plans to issue a software update to help its products avoid falling victim to booby-trapped chargers. The update has been prepared in response to research that created malicious chargers that could upload code onto devices plugged into them. The work by computer scientists at Georgia Tech in the US can compromise iOS devices in about 60 seconds. Apple’s pending update warns users to be sure they are using a trusted charging point when they plug in.

The custom built chargers include a small computer alongside the electronic components that pipe power into an Apple iOS device. The tiny computer interrogates an iPhone or tablet and copies a unique ID number that identifies that phone. This is then used on an Apple website to take advantage of an uploading tool usually used by developers to test their software on an iOS gadget.

Instead of uploading a program in development, the trio of researchers, Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jang, and Chengyu Song, managed to upload an application that stole data. The malicious chargers and their associated data-stealing application were demonstrated at the Black Hat hacker conference currently under way in Las Vegas.

The update asks users if they are sure they can trust the device they are using to charge their phone or tablet. Untrusted devices get no access to the internals of an iOS gadget.

Buy, Buy, Buy
In another low-key acquisition, Apple has bought Passif Semiconductor, a California communication chip developer that specializes in low-power designs — technology that could be useful in developing a smartwatch-like wearable device.

Details on the purchase were first reported on Thursday by Jessica Lessin, a tech reporter who formerly worked for The Wall Street Journal. Passif’s current products include wireless radios for Bluetooth Low Energy profiles. It’s unknown how much Apple paid for Passif, but according to Lessin, the iPhone maker attempted to buy the chipmaker years ago “a for a price in the mid-tens-of-millions of dollars.” The company confirmed that the deal took place, but did not divulge any specifics.

The acquisition may be linked to Apple’s rumored “iWatch” development, an anticipated wrist-worn device that is expected to connect with devices like the iPhone while also measuring biometric data for fitness and health purposes.

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Okay Apple never really finds itself out of the news due to rumors, but I didn’t feel they were trying to do anything to fight their way to the top of the news and beat Google out of my own thoughts and eyes. I’m not an Apple fan, but I do like how they keep moving forward even if it’s in the shadows only to come out and scare (not really) us into buying something new.

Forrest L. Rawls

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