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Apple’s “new” UAC port wasn’t made by Apple, and it isn’t new

February 6th, 2017

Enlarge / This connector, sometimes called an "Ultra Mini Connector" or "UC-E6," isn't new and it's not an Apple creation. (credit: Mitsumi)

A 9to5Mac report making the rounds today claims that Apple would be adding support for a new connector to its "Made For iPhone" accessory licensing program. Dubbed the "Ultra Accessory Connector" or "UAC" in Apple's documentation, the report claims this is a new port, smaller than Lightning or USB-C, that could be used to charge devices or transfer data.

In reality, the UAC is just Apple's name for a port that is already used in some digital cameras and other accessories—Apple has just given it a new moniker. Currently, it goes by a few different titles: Mitsumi calls it an "Ultra Mini Connector" and Nikon calls it a "UC-E6" cable. In any case, it appears to be just another connector for the regular-old USB spec. When contacted for comment, Apple told us that it was adding the port to the MFi program at the request of licensees, not because it's trying to push licensees to support a new kind of connector.

It's understandable that Apple's users would get worked up over the idea of a new port—the company's iDevices just made the jump from 30-pin connector to the small reversible Lightning connector in 2012. The Mac is still in the process of moving from a mix of USB, power, Ethernet, and Thunderbolt ports to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. And Apple's iPhone 7 grabbed a lot of headlines for removing its standard 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of Lightning and wireless headphones.

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Trump’s attorney-general choice wants to ‘overcome encryption’

January 27th, 2017
John Sessions' remarks widely seen as a reference to backdoors, despite industry's opposition to them

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Apple blamed again for another distracted driving traffic crash

January 24th, 2017

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Weeks ago, Apple was sued on accusations that its FaceTime app contributed to the highway death of a young girl in Texas. The girl's family claims that the iPhone maker should have deployed technology to prohibit motorists from using the app.

Now there's another lawsuit targeting Apple's decision not to deploy a lock-out mechanism. This one—from an injured Southern California motorist—concerns locking out drivers from texting.

This lawsuit from accident victim Julio Ceja, who was rear-ended by a texting driver, does not seek any monetary damages. Instead, it demands that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge block Apple from selling iPhones in the Golden State until the devices are updated to include Apple's patented technology to lock drivers out of their phones while driving.

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10 years of the iPhone, and 10 years of iPhone reviews

January 9th, 2017

Enlarge / Things have changed over the years, but every iPhone is unmistakably an iPhone. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs hopped onstage at the 2007 MacWorld conference and announced a much-anticipated product that would come to totally eclipse the Mac. It was an iPod, a phone, and an Internet device. It was the first iPhone, and whether you like Apple and its products or not, it drastically altered the face of computing.

Apple stopped attending MacWorld in 2009 (the conference ended entirely in 2015) and Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, but the iPhone is still here and so are we. We've reviewed every single iPhone that Apple has released, and as we did when the iPad turned five, we'll walk down memory lane with both the benefit of hindsight and the stuff we thought at the time.

The iPhone: It begins

We're still talking about one of these gadgets; guess which one!

We're still talking about one of these gadgets; guess which one! (credit: Jacqui Cheng)

Our original iPhone review was written by four people and was nearly 20,000 words long—even in the pre-App Store days, there was a ton to cover. We take pretty much everything about that first phone for granted these days. It's driven almost entirely by its touchscreen, eschewing any sort of hardware keyboard. It had a mini version of the desktop Safari browser that could actually display accurate versions of sites instead of barely formatted piles of text and unsupported HTML and CSS. And it served as such an effective iPod replacement that it eventually cannibalized sales and reduced the iconic music player to a rounding error on Apple's balance sheets.

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News in brief: child bypasses iPhone security; MongoDB warning; ransom demand of time

January 4th, 2017
Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the news

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Latest iMessage Hack Crashes iPhone within Minutes

January 2nd, 2017

By Carolina

iMessage is an application developed by Apple Inc. for facilitating instant message sending across iOS devices. It lets users send out text messages as well as audio messages, videos and pictures. It is also possible to personalize the messages sent via iMessage with a variety of animations using other Apple apps. This particular app is […]

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Leaked info confirms in-house hacking capabilities of Israeli firm Cellebrite

December 27th, 2016

By Ryan Bingham

Most iPhone users assume a certain level of security regarding the data on their device. However, a recent report from ZDNet detailing the capabilities of well-known Israeli Digital Forensics Firm; Cellebrite; has revealed that this very well may not be the case. iPhone and iOS, security appears to be largely contingent upon the model of […]

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Android-compatible Google Daydream VR Controller Hacked to Run on iOS

December 23rd, 2016

By Waqas

Genius researcher Ups the Game for Social Engineers by Getting Android-compatible Google Daydream VR Controller to run on the Incompatible iOS Platform. Conducting data breach is old school skill now- hacking a gadget and making it run on an incompatible platform is the real deal. Infecting a system and carrying out hack attacks is no […]

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Student makes documentary after spying on thief who stole his smartphone

December 21st, 2016

By Carolina

It is a fact that we cannot even move from one room to another without our smartphone. Nowadays, smartphones have become a symbol of status and luxury due to their overwhelmingly high prices and remarkable specs. So how would you feel if your pricey smartphone, which you really cannot afford to lose, gets stolen just […]

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Man accused of taking pics under skirt told by court to share his iPhone Passcode

December 16th, 2016

By Carolina

As per the Fifth Amendment, a US citizen cannot be forced to surrender his private information such as passwords or login credentials. However, this new case has set a different precedent because a Florida Court of Appeals has ordered a male suspect to provide his phone’s passcode to the law enforcement. This is true that […]

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