According to phone-theft data collected by the Wall Street Journal, the smartphone "kill switch" doesn't necessarily deter theft. In Seattle, for example, iPhone thefts jump more than 30 percent in the year after the kill switch technology was introduced.
IT managers find iOS devices attractive both because of their functionality and their rock-solid reputation for security. However, while it is difficult, the latest version of iOS can be successfully hacked and jailbroken, explained Georgia Tech researchers at the Black Hat conference.
Among the many things Apple is notorious about not telling people is the architecture of its iOS system services. While on the surface you'd think Apple is operating in the best interests of security, what this means is that an active open source movement has germinated with the explicit goal of ferreting out ways to establish rootkits and other exploitative, stealth services on iPhones and iPads.
Apple's enterprise offerings with iOS 7 are "not terribly innovative" compared with services currently offered by enterprise mobility management firms, opening the enterprise door to Microsoft and its Windows Phone platform, judges ABI Research senior analyst Jason McNicol.
Apple's smartphone OS market share declined again in the third quarter, while Android and Windows Phone grabbed more market share, according to the latest stats from IDC.
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The size of mobile operating system updates are threatening to overwhelm Wi-Fi networks, warned Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus.
Apple confirmed that it is aware of a glitch affecting iMessage users who've upgraded their device to its revamped iOS 7 operating system, promising a fix in the works.
"Most operations people will tell you that they don't trust software," says Andy Brown, Group CTO of UBS.
Apple is rolling out iOS 7.0.2, a supplemental operating system update that resolves a security vulnerability enabling anyone to bypass the device lockscreen to access personal data.