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New iPhone 11 Models Set to Fly off the Shelves, Retailers Happy

The new iPhones also have a six-month ‘No Cost EMI’ option available on Amazon

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iPhones are on display at an Apple store in Prince William Country, Virginia. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet) VOA

Apple authorized resellers were a happy lot on Thursday as new iPhone 11 models were set to fly off the shelves on September 27 post 6 p.m. when the devices will be made available for those who had pre-booked those.

At the iWorld premium Apple store in Noida, pre-booking for all the models — iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max — had been stopped owing to the rush.

“We had 100 devices and all have been pre-booked. We are now accepting bookings for the next slot which will be available by the first week of October. You can book the same by paying Rs 20,000 in cash or via credit or debit cards. For HDFC card holders, the pre-booking amount is Rs 5,000,’ the iWorld executive told IANS.

This applies to all the models — iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, he added.

At a Croma store in Noida, the orders were still being accepted. The executive told IANS that the store was accepting pre-bookings for all the 3 iPhone models at a booking amount of Rs 2,000 till 9.30 pm on Thursday.

“These pre-booked devices will be available for customers from 6 pm onwards on Friday in the first slot itself,” said the executive.

At a Reliance Digital store, the executive said they have received 40 pre-bookings for the latest Apple iPhones.

“Right now, we have stopped taking pre-bookings and are accepting bookings for the second slot, which will be available from October 1 and one can pre-book iPhone 11 for Rs 2,000,” said the executive.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Earlier, the iPhone 11 devices went out-of-stock in India at both Amazon India and Flipkart in just three days after the pre-booking was opened on September 20.

The entry price for the iPhone 11 is Rs 64,900 for the 64GB storage option, while the 128GB variant costs Rs 69,900 and the 256GB option is priced at Rs 79,900.

iPhone 11 Pro’s 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants are priced at Rs 99,900, Rs 1,13,900, and Rs 1,31,900 respectively.

iPhone 11 Pro Max has been priced starting at Rs 1,09,900 for the 64GB base variant and the 256GB and 512GB storage variants for iPhone 11 Pro Max will cost Rs 1,23,900 and Rs 1,41,900, respectively.

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Amazon and Ingram Micro have tied-up with HDFC Bank and are offering cashback offers of up to Rs 7,000 on iPhone 11 Pro, and Rs 6,000 on iPhone 11. There is a cashback offer of Rs 4,000 on Apple Watch Series 5 as well.

Flipkart is offering cash back of up to Rs 7,000 on iPhone 11 Pro Max, Rs 6,000 on 11 Pro and 11.

The new iPhones also have a six-month ‘No Cost EMI’ option available on Amazon. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook Blames Apple iOS for Bezos’ Phone Hacking

WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Facebook has blamed Apple’s operating system for the hacking of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone, saying WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is unhackable.

Investigators believe that Bezos’s iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp – in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

In an interview to the BBC last week, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said it wasn’t WhatsApp’s fault because end-to-end encryption is unhackable and blamed Apple’s operating system for Bezos’ episode.

“It sounds like something on the, you know, what they call the operate, operated on the phone itself. It can’t have been anything on the, when the message was sent, in transit, because that’s end-to-end encrypted on WhatsApp,” Clegg told the show host.

Clegg compared the hack to opening a malicious email, saying that “it only comes to life when you open it”.

According to a report from FTI Consulting, a firm that has investigated Bezos’ phone, after that the video file was received, Bezos’ phone started sending unusually large amounts of outbound data, including his intimate messages with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia commons)

According to Clegg, “something” must have affected the phone’s operating system.

“As sure as you can be that the technology of end-to-end encryption cannot, other than unless you have handset, or you have the message at either end, cannot be hacked into,” he was quoted as saying.

Apple was yet to comment on Facebook’s statement.

The NSO Group has denied it was part of Bezos’ hacking.

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WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages. But the piece of NSO Group software exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on the selected users.

According to leading tech policy and media consultant Prasanto K. Roy, end-to-end encrypted apps (E2EE) do provide security, and messages or calls cannot be intercepted and decrypted en route without enormous computing resources.

“But once anyone can get to your handset, whether a human or a piece of software, the encryption doesn’t matter anymore. Because on your handset, it’s all decrypted,” Roy told IANS recently. (IANS)