No need to care about iPhone security leaves us scared about iPhone security
From what we’ve been told, it seems that Apple had a fairly unsatisfying talk about how highly it puts security in front of its customers. Sure, there may have been some interesting new methods to show off here, but if we’re to go by the conclusions one commentator who was at the technical briefing on Friday made, we may have something to chew over.
Tech.pinions‘s Ben Bajarin made some observations from his attendance at the technical briefing. First off, a couple of carrots for us factoid chasers:
- iPhone users typically unlock their devices 80 times a day with heavier users unlocking 130 times a day.
- 89 percent of Touch ID-equipped devices have the feature set up and used.
- The iPhone encrypts every file and the disk itself. The Secure Enclave coprocessor in the A-series chipsets gets its own updates and every one out there has its own unique identification.
Sounds exciting, huh? But Bajarin goes on to muse that Apple has not only made security a feature, it has made it a priority — wherein every consumer deserves “security with ease of use,” as Apple puts it, whether they care about it or not.
“What I appreciate about Apple’s efforts is they are making it so consumers don’t have to care,” Bajarin wrote.
Of course, when security comes front and center in the news, — as in San Bernardino, as in Brooklyn, as in many enterprise settings and across the world — it gets hard not to scrutinize Apple’s methods for achieving security a bit more, especially because the stakes for people without such security can be so high. As we’re following the trail of who cracked into the Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c, we have to be worried about where Apple’s next steps will take them — and all of us, too.
As far as Bajarin wrote, Cupertino did not address the its standing in the spotlight in contrast to its philosophy.