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ricmac said:Going from an SE to an 8 is a half inch taller and a third of an inch wider? Did I figure that right? A person should be able to adjust to that in a matter of hours. My wife went from a 7 to an X and the difference is about the same as the difference between a 7 naked and a 7 with a standard case. I'm thinking people are looking at screen size differences and imagining huge differences in size.
This has nothing to do with looks and everything to do with usability.
I am not sure showing the source code for the changes would do much harm. The code would still need to be signed by Apple to be put on the phone, after all.
Releasing the entire iOS source code could be bad in the sense that it would be easier to find vulnerabilities in it. The open source movement embraces it though, they consider it helps patch vulnerabilities quickly.
If Apple were to create that software, they would need to:
1) revoke the private key used to sign it
2) avoid by any means to retain copies of it outside the targeted phone
It should keep most people's privacy protected, until the next court order... Since this would undoubtedly set a precedent.
Revoking the signing certificate is no small burden and will likely leave out many devices that don't get regular software updates.
radarthekat said:This would effectively require a company like Apple to create a new division that builds and maintains forensic tools for law enforcement. The version of iOS will need to be entered into evidence and will be demanded to be inspected (likely at the source code level) by defense attorneys who will claim that they need access to ensure that the tool functions without altering the evidence it uncovered against their client. Yes, this will get out into the wild, via a number of channels. Apple, and everyone supporting Apple's position, understands this situation far better than those who are emotionally reacting to a terrorist act.