Wednesday in CE: Bluetooth Malware Targets 5 Billion Devices, Apple Keynote Recap
If you are feeling overwhelmed with Apple news, we get it. But are we really going to ignore a keynote from the biggest CE tastemakers in the game? No, at least not today.
Here is everything Apple unleashed at another very brave keynote:
iPhone X is Finally Here, Apple TV in 4K, Apple Watch LTE Refresh
The new flagship iPhone X, a name our editors predicted 16 months ago, is aptly named because it is 'experimental.' The HDR OLED panel, which Apple calls a Super Retina display, has a nearly bezel-less 5.8-inch screen which Apple, no home button, and a proprietary wireless charging called AirPower; all backboned by a new A11 Bionic processor that is, of course, revolutionary.
The home button may be a bit of contention for a company who wants to make life simple. It may be a bigger learning curve to undo a decade of Pavlov-esque training that the home screen isn't a press away, it's a swipe. FaceID takes the place of the beloved home button, offering a slick way to unlock the phone just by staring at your screen. This was further showcased by animated emojis, the absolute pinnacle of technological advancements.
Apple also showed off their iPhone 8, a more traditional piece of tech to appease anyone looking to refresh. But if we are being honest, it's beginning to feel like an iPhone 7S, not a true heir to the throne. iPhone 8's start at $700 for 64GB, $800 for the iPhone 8 Plus, and another $150 for the 256GB models.
Apple Watch was relatively untouched, short of an LTE upgrade - which to be fair is a major upgrade. In essence, the Apple Watch doesn't need to stay connected to your phone. Apple TV gets 4K, compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision and begins selling 4K videos in the iTunes store.
Infectious Bluetooth Vulnerability Could Infect Billions of Devices
You read that right. More than 5 billion devices are vulnerable to a "highly infectious" malware attack according to a story on CNET, and it the internet of things may be to blame. They also report about 8.2 billion devices using Bluetooth, including speakers, laptops, car stereos, and, importantly, cell phones.