Apple announced the release of the iPhone 13 models at the company’s launch event on Tuesday, September 14th. The models that were stated to be released on September 17th included the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 7, a new regular iPad and an all-new iPad mini.

Apple states that the iPhone 13 Pro model has “a dramatically more powerful camera system... the world’s fastest smartphone chip, exceptional durability, and a huge leap in battery life.” (Apple).

“One brand new feature is Cinematic mode, which brings portrait mode to videos, blurring the background behind a subject. We've seen this tech from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Huawei.” (Wired).

However, the swanky new features are not the main cause of concern following Apple’s unveiling of the 13 series. In the fallout of the spyware infiltration into Apple’s iMessage application, the main issue is privacy. According to CNET, the iPhone 13 does have some new privacy features, however the tech giant did not specifically mention the spyware breach at the rollout event.

“Apple says the iPhone 13 features privacy that's "built in from the beginning." It pointed to on-device processing of voice commands and features to block third-party tracking as evidence of that commitment.” (CNET)

Some other security feature include voice recognition software security improvement and extended securities to protect your IP address.

“For example, the new operating system gives Siri on-device speech recognition. That means, Siri voice requests don't leave your iPhone to be processed remotely. Intelligent tracking prevention feature also blocks trackers from profiling you by using your IP address. Email privacy protection also hides your IP address and prevents senders from learning about your mail activity, the company said.” (CNET).

While these security features are reassuring for the new models’ privacy, users should still beware of future potential cyber-attacks. To find out more about Apple’s recent spyware infiltration, visit https://www.responsivetechnologypartners.com/2021/09/14/urgent-message-apple-users/. To find out more about Apple’s 13 series and its features, visit https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/14/apple-event-iphone-live-updates.html.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Chokkattu, Julian. “Apple IPhone 13: Specs, Details, Price, Release Date.” Wired, 14 Sept. 2021, www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-13-price-specs-release-date/?bxid=613a6c73c9240608562102e2&cndid=66346536&esrc=%20bouncexmulti_first&mbid=mbid%3DCRMWIR012019%0A%0A&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_091421&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list1_p4

Apple. “IPhone 13 and IPhone 13 Mini.” Apple, 2021, www.apple.com/iphone-13/?afid=p238%7CsLThsK6w9-dc_mtid_20925d2q39172_pcrid_545747010226_pgrid_126654824549_&cid=wwa-us-kwgo-iphone--slid---Brand-iPhone13-Announce-.

Apple. “IPhone 13 Pro and IPhone 13 Pro Max.” Apple, 2021, www.apple.com/iphone-13-pro.

Leswing, Kif. “Here’s Everything Apple Just Announced at Its IPhone 13 Event.” CNBC, 14 Sept. 2021, www.cnbc.com/2021/09/14/apple-event-iphone-live-updates.html.

Fowler, Bree. “Apple Touts IPhone 13’s Privacy Features, but Doesn’t Address Spyware Worries.” CNET, 14 Sept. 2021, www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/apple-touts-iphone-13s-privacy-features-including-siri-on-device-speech-recognition.