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Cracking the Code: Unveiling the Forgotten Double-Edged Sword on iPhones

Although designed to protect the iPhone, the password to open the device is also a golden key for thieves.

According to TechSpot, Apple is about to add the "Stolen Device Protection" feature on iOS 17.3, providing stronger multi-layer protection for iPhone data when stolen by thieves.

However, before this feature is released, thieves can still take advantage of the security vulnerability of the iPhone passcode protection feature to take control of the device and cause a lot of damage.

The iPhone passcode has a flaw that is exploited by hackers.

According to The Wall Street Journal, an iPhone thief named Aaron Johnson who is currently serving time has confessed that he once led a gang of iPhone robbers. Johnson discovered a security hole in the password protection feature of Apple's iPhone, thereby silently monitoring the victim's password and changing it after the phone was stolen.

The next thing to do is reset the Apple ID password and add Face ID to the phone. After doing these things, Johnson will have access to his bank account or spend money via Apple Pay.

Another iPhone thief also said that he often changes the Apple ID password within just a few minutes after getting the phone thanks to knowing the password to open the device. But his goal of stealing the iPhone is the valuable data inside, instead of just stealing the phone and selling it.

For example, they will comfortably use Apple Pay to shop, then hack into the photo library and notes to get sensitive information, from there they can access banking applications and e-wallets. victim's death. Finally, these stolen iPhones will be sold at used iPhone purchasing services.

While waiting for the Stolen Device Protection feature from Apple, users should be careful not to share the unlock password with anyone. Besides, it is necessary to use a complex password that includes both letters and numbers

Use a password that includes both letters and numbers, this increases complexity and reduces the ability of others to remember it when they hear it. In particular, you should block access to and modify your Apple ID account and password on your iPhone, using the Restrictions feature.

Apple seems to be having a major breakthrough in implementing AI to iPhones, including older models.

Apple has demonstrated a breakthrough technique that can help run AI on iPhones with much lower RAM than high-end Android smartphones. This technique involves streamlining bulky large language models (LLMs) using memory optimization.

Older iPhones can also run AI thanks to Apple's new breakthrough.

When Apple integrates advanced AI into the iPhone, it will be another important turning point based on two new research papers introduced this month. The research “LLM at a Glance: Efficient Large Language Model Inference with Limited Memory” published on December 12 has the potential to change the iPhone experience as it can bring the ability Access complex AI systems on iPhone and iPad.

The research paper essentially focuses on running LLM models efficiently on devices with limited DRAM capacity. DRAM is dynamic random access memory used in PCs and is known for its fast speed, high density, affordable price, and lower power consumption.

In the research, Apple addresses the challenge of running true LLM beyond available DRAM, storing model parameters in flash memory and running them into DRAM on demand.

To be able to do this, techniques have been discussed by Apple to effectively reduce data transfers for reads in memory. According to the reported results, Apple's model has 4-5x and 20-25x speedups on CPU and GPU respectively when compared to traditional methods.