When Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone, he said, “We’ve designed something wonderful for your hand, just wonderful.” That was a phone with a 3.5-inch screen, a small enough to be held and operated with the fingers on one hand. He insisted that the company had designed the perfectly proportioned gadget, even as rivals running Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system began rolling out bigger phones. “You can’t get your hand around it,” Jobs harrumphed over the inferior products. “No one’s going to buy that.”
On September 9, Apple announced new iPhones, an Apple Watch, a new payment system, and the mandatory acceptance of a mediocre new U2 album for anyone with an iTunes account.
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New research has lent weight to longstanding suspicions that Apple slows down older models of iPhones to encourage users to upgrade to its latest release.
The study, compiled by Harvard University PhD student Laura Trucco, analysed worldwide searches for “iPhone slow” and found that the search term spikes massively around the time of new phone releases, The Times reports.
The study compared those results with similar searches for one of Apple’s main rivals but found that the term “Samsung Galaxy slow” was unaffected by new releases from Samsung.
Writing for the New York Times, Sendhil Mullainathan, a professor of economics at Harvard, said that the results were “striking”.
Apple has been accused of intentionally adding features into iOS that may have been used by the NSA to collect personal data from some of the 600m iOS devices currently in use worldwide.
Jonathan Zdziarski, who worked on the teams creating jailbreak software for the iPhone around the time of iOS4, wrote five iOS-related books for technology publisher O’Reilly and has trained law enforcement agencies around the world in how to extract and analyse data from iPhones, claims to have found features that could be used to download sensitive files such as photographs and personal messages from Facebook and Twitter.
These “forensic services” could allow data to be extracted from a phone without the owner’s knowledge. Zdziarski also described “suspicious design omissions” which make that collection easier.