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Apple Loop: Apple's Devastating Security Leak, iPad Pro Confirmed, Next Appeal In Samsung Vs Apple

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes an examination of the security issues found in OSX and iOS, potential confirmation of the iPad Pro, the iPad mini reaching the end of its life, Samsung’s next appeal over Apple’s patents, details on the Apple Watch 2 leak, the music industry’s affection for streaming music subscriptions, an argument against Apple Music’s Beats 1, and the release of Fallout Shelter from Bethesda.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read our weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).
Apple’s Devastating Security Leak
Forbes’ Thomas Brewster-Fox looks at the biggest story of Apple’s week - the news that ‘rouge software’ can be coded into an application that allows personal data from other apps to be accessed on an iOS and OSX devices, including iCloud passwords. The academic paper released has more details, along with a proof of concept application that was uploaded and cleared to appear in the app store:
…today a group of academics have ripped apart the security protections in Mac OS X and iOS to show it’s not only possible to create malware and get it onto the App Store, but it’s also feasible to launch “devastating” attacks using rogue software to steal the most sensitive personal data around, from iCloud passwords and Evernote notes to dodgy selfies and more.
The attacks, known as unauthorized cross-app resource access or XARA, expose design flaws that allow a bad app to access critical pieces of data in other apps. As a result, Apple has struggled to fix the issues, according to a paper released today from Indiana University Bloomington, Peking University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The vulnerability has been disclosed to Apple ahead of the paper’s publication. Brewster-Fox has more details on the exploit, how it works, and is tracking the story as it develops.
iPad Pro Confirmed In iOS 9 SDK?
It’s not been a great week for keeping secrets at Apple, as another piece of evidence for the iPad Pro has been found. The next clue to the over-sized tablet is part of the iOS 9 SDK. Gordon Kelly picks up the investigation:
[details on a new device is] what app developer Steve Troughton Smith discovered buried deep inside Apple’s iOS 9 preview: a iOS keyboard specifically designed for a much larger device than anything that currently exists.
…Troughton Smith has been back to say the new keyboard would require a native resolution of 2732×2048,  that’s almost double the total pixels of an iPad Air/Air 2. With Apple highly unlikely to make such a major leap on the Air 2 when the screen is already lauded as one of the best around, it again suggests an iPad with a much larger screen (and significantly faster hardware to power it) is coming.
The iPad Pro has been long rumoured, and its status as the ’next big thing’ from Apple is getting to be as predictable as the next generation hardware update for Apple TV. I guess we’re looking at the traditional October iPad event as the potential launch window.
Apple Says A Quiet Goodbye To The iPad Mini
Darrell Etherington picks up on a change in Apple.com, with Apple quickly confirming the theory. The original A5-powered iPad mini has been removed from the Apple story. The first 7.9 inch screened tablet from Apple will not return. Once inventory in the retail channel is sold, that’s it for new units:
Apple confirmed that the iPad mini is no longer available…
You can still get the iPad mini in the refurbished section of the store for now, and third-party sellers still appear to have stock, but the iPad mini’s life as new hardware is effectively done. That doesn’t mean existing users can’t continue to enjoy it, however: Apple announced that it will be among the devices that work with iOS 9, which is set to come out this fall and provide a host of new features.
Samsung Versus Apple Is Not Over
Samsung is heading back to the patent courts as it appeals a ruling concerning the 2012 Samsung vs. Apple case. That marathon saw Apple awarded damages, and the current value of damages after a reduction stands at $548 million. The South Korean company is applying for an ‘en banc rehearing’, asking for a full 12-judge panel to re-examine the case. Howard Mintz at the San Jose Mercury News:
Samsung urged the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case with its full 12-judge roster, arguing that a three-judge panel erred earlier this year when it left intact a jury’s verdict that the South Korean tech giant’s smartphones and tablets infringed on Apple’s design patents.
“Unlike rugs, spoons, and simple mechanical objects, smartphones incorporate hundreds or thousands of different patented technologies, and it is undisputed here that Apple’s design patents claim only partial, minor features of such devices,” Samsung’s lawyers argued in court papers.
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