itunes unlock hackApple’s iOS 10 has weaker encryption that could make it much easier to access a password – protected backup, according to a Russian company that sells software for breaking into iPhones.
The vulnerability lies in local backups of devices running iOS 10, Apple’s latest mobile operating system. Those backups, unlike ones saved to an iCloud account, can be accessed without certain security checks, according to Oleg Afonin of Russian software company Elcomsoft.
Afonin did not share which security checks could be bypassed when accessing a local backup stored in iTunes, but suggested that their absence would enable password – guessing software to work more than 40 times faster on iOS 10 devices than on those running earlier versions.
“This new vector of attack is specific to password – protected local backups produced by iOS 10 devices,” Afonin wrote in a blog post. “The attack itself is only available for iOS 10 backups. Interestingly, the ‘new’ password verification method exists in parallel with the ‘old’ method, which continues to work with the same slow speeds as before.”
Apple devices have notoriously strong encryption, so strong that the FBI initially claimed it needed Apple’s help to break into the iPhone of a suspected terrorist earlier this year. But guessing passwords remains one of the ways to bypass that encryption.
“Logical acquisition (via password – protected iTunes backups) is currently the only way to extract and decrypt keychain data out of an iOS 10 device,” Afonin wrote. It’s possible that iOS 10’s local backups don’t require two – factor authentication, which would enable Elcomsoft software to guess passwords faster.At Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013, Apple announced iTunes Radio, geared to be an obvious competitor to preexisting streaming/radio services such as Pandora Radio, Spotify, Slacker Radio, and several others. iTunes Radio is integrated with iOS 7 and 8 and iTunes 11.1 and 12. iTunes Match customers are opted – in to the full service (ad – free) whereas new/free users will have to listen through the ad – supported version. At WWDC 2015, Apple announced Apple Music, a streaming service similar to Spotify Premium, which launched on June 30 and coexists with iTunes Radio in iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2. iTunes Radio was discontinued on January 28, 2016 for users who were not members of Apple Music.
Beginning with the introduction of the original iPhone, iTunes can activate an iPhone through their mobile carrier. The original plan for the iPhone 3G was to have the carrier authenticate it at the point of sale, either through iTunes or through the carrier’s own activation interface. However, a worldwide crash of iTunes’ authentication servers on July 11, 2008, the day that the iPhone 3G was released, caused major issues. In some cases, AT&T and Apple Store employees told iPhone buyers to attempt to activate it at home. Also affected were original iPhone users attempting to upgrade to the 2.0 firmware. UK Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores were further impacted, as carrier O2’s contract processing servers (known as Gateway) could not handle the number of new contracts and upgrades happening on launch day. Some stores reverted to hand written contracts, while others held stock. With the launch of the iPhone 3GS on June 19, 2009, iTunes at home activation was available for people purchasing their iPhone from AT&T Mobility and Apple. This allowed them to activate their new iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS at home when they arrived.Video
On May 9, 2005, video support was introduced to iTunes with the release of iTunes 4.8. Users can drag and drop video clips from the computer into the iTunes Library for cataloging and organization. They can be viewed in a small frame in the main iTunes display, in a separate window, or full screen. Before version 7 provided separate libraries for media types, videos were only distinguished from audio in the Library by a small icon resembling a TV screen and grouped with music in the library, organized by the same musical categories (such as “album” and “composer”).
On October 12, 2005, Apple introduced iTunes 6.0, which added support for purchasing and viewing of video content from the iTunes Music Store. The iTunes Music Store initially offered a selection of thousands of Music Videos and five TV shows, including most notably the ABC network’s Lost and Desperate Housewives. Disney Channel shows (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That’s So Raven) were also offered 24 hours after airing, as well as episode packs from past seasons. Since then, the collection has expanded to include content from numerous television networks. The iTunes Music Store also gives the ability to view Apple’s large collection of film trailers.
As of September 5, 2006, the iTunes Store offers over 550 television shows for download. Additionally, a catalog of 75 feature – length films from