Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nerd News: iPhone 5S Good, Bad, & Big Brother

Full details at Ars live blog of Apple's event http://live.arstechnica.com/apple-september-10-event/

Apple has updated their website as well, details about iPhone 5S at http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/09/10Apple-Announces-iPhone-5s-The-Most-Forward-Thinking-Smartphone-in-the-World.html and front splash page comparing all the iPhones http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare/

I like the fingerprint reader, I just hope it is executed securely!

Apple says fingerprint data stays on device, never leaves it.

They have added a chip that tracks all motion of the phone even when asleep though, "Every iPhone 5s includes the new M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass..." source

"The M7 motion coprocessor continuously measures your motion data, even when the device is asleep, and saves battery life for pedometer or other fitness apps that use the accelerometer all day.source

Though Apple says that is for fitness apps & such, it makes me think of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inertial_navigation_system.

Which would let them map your house, office, and everywhere else you hang out, if the sensors were accurate enough, and I bet that data does go to Apple's servers.

I know Google and Apple have both been working on mapping inside of buildings already.

See http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/77635.html for more on that.

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