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Can AMD Launch Ryzen This Quarter?

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

AMD indicated that the official Ryzen launch date will be sometime before March.

While they haven’t specifically given an exact date, a talk to be given by AMD at the annual Game Developer Conference (GDC) says the following: “Join AMD Game Engineering team members for an introduction to the recently-launched AMD Ryzen CPU followed by advanced optimisation topics.”

Obviously for this to be the subject of the talk Ryzen would have had to be recently launched which means that it is probably timed for that week.

GDC event runs from 27 February to 3 March and has not been put on the schedule yet and it could appear any day during the event.

AMD has not disclosed an exact date either, launching the new set of Ryzen CPUs right in the middle of both GDC and Mobile World Congress would be insane as the news would end up being buried under other GDC and smartphone announcements.

It would make sense to do it the week before all that, if not two.


MediaTek Has A Strong Quarter

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

MediaTek, the fabless semiconductor company from Taiwan that provides SoCs for HDTVs, Blu-ray players and wireless products, saw its revenues jump by 29.2 percent year-over-year to a record high of $8.6 billion (¥$275.51 billion), according to the latest industry reports.

Deemed one of the fastest growing chip companies in 2016, MediaTek’s upswing in performance last year is attributed to a larger share of the worldwide smartphone SoC market, along with higher sales in local China and Taiwan markets. In Q4 2016, revenues totaled $2.18 billion (¥68.68 billion) which is down 12.4 percent over the previous quarter, but still falls within the company’s projection of $2.11 and $2.31 billion (¥66.6 to 72.9 billion).

In Q3 2016, revenues totaled $2.49 billion (¥78.4 billion), an increase of 8.1 percent over Q2 and a 37.6 percent increase over the previous year. Net profits also rose to $248.4 million (¥7.83 billion) in Q3, an increase of 18.8 percent over the previous quarter but down 1.6 percent over the previous year.

Going forward into 2017, company officials now want to shift its focus from increasing market share to improving gross margins and profitability. This will include an effort to market its high-end Helio X30 and X35 mobile processors more effectively to compete against the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 and 835 and Samsung’s Exynos 8895, as all three companies are now using ARM cores with 10-nanometer designs.

MediaTek MT5597 supports Dolby Vision and HLG

The Taiwanese chip designer was the first to develop an 4K Ultra HD-capable SoC for Android TVs with the introduction of the MT5595 for Android TV 5.0 back at CES 2015. It followed up a year later with the MT5996 for Android TV 6.0, another world’s first featuring four 64-bit CPU cores based on the Cortex A53 design.

Now in 2017, the company is releasing its third-generation Ultra HD SoC for Android TV 7.0, the MT5597. This chip also features a quad-core Cortex A53 design but now includes support for Dolby Vision HDR and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), the standard expected to be used in UHD television broadcasts when providers are ready to roll out HDR terrestrial and satellite services.


Should Virtual Reality Become More Of A Open Platform?

January 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Gaming

Tim Sweeney has urged virtual reality platform holders to ensure their devices and marketplaces are open to other providers in order to avoid the same monopoly that affects a significant portion of the smartphone market.

Speaking to Glixel, the co-founder of Epic Games said he say “a lot going on that’s wrong” in other tech sectors, and points to Apple as a prime example. While he thinks its fine for the firm to be the only distributor of its hardware, he disagrees with their monopoly on distributing software and collecting in-app revenue.

His added that virtual reality pioneer Oculus seems to be operating in a similar way to Apple, adding that this is “the wrong model” for virtual reality and something Sweeney “argued passionately against”.

“When you install the Oculus drivers, by default you can only use the Oculus store,” he said. “You have to rummage through the menu and turn that off if you want to run Steam. Which everybody does. It’s just alienating and sends the wrong message to developers. It’s telling developers: ‘You’re on notice here. We’re going to dominate this thing. And your freedom is going to expire at some point.’ It’s a terrible precedent to set.”

Sweeney believes that ultimately the open platforms will win as they will have a better selection of software. He praised HTC Vive for being such a platform and noted that the device is currently outselling Oculus two-to-one around the world, a trend he expects to continue.

The Epic Games founder acknowledged that his firm is making a closed-platform game for Oculus in the form of Robo Recall, a title that stemmed from Unreal Engine’s Bullet Train VR demo. However, he attributed this to the fact that the game is funded by Oculus and could never have been built on a budget based purely on sales.

“The Oculus store… is an awesome store [but] should run on all PC and VR devices,” he said. “Oculus would do best if they tried to bring users into their store by supporting HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and any other PC hardware that comes out. I think if they don’t do that, they’re going to pretty quickly fail, because you’re not going to want to buy a multiplayer game that you can’t play with half of your VR friends.”

Sweeney previously spoke out about the need for open virtual reality platforms during his keynote at the latest Steam Dev Day, saying: “It would be really tragic if we let the future metaverse, that binds all humanity together into shared online environments, were a closed platform controlled by a giant corporation.

“As always, they’d use it to spam you with advertising, they’d use it to gather information about your private life and sell it to the highest bidder, and they’d act as the universal intermediary between all users, content creators, and transactions, ensuring that everything has to be approved by them.”

Will AMD Unlock RYZEN ?

January 11, 2017 by  
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A set of new AMD Ryzen slides that have surfaced recently has confirmed that the entire Ryzen CPU lineup will have an unlocked multiplier and be ready for launch by the end of Q1 2017.

Although AMD has mostly been talking about its high-end 8-core/16-thread Ryzen SKU, there will be a full line of Zen-based Ryzen CPUs, including the rumored 6-core/12-thread and 4-core/8-thread version, probably coming with different clock speeds.

The newest set of slides confirms that every AMD Ryzen CPU will actually be unlocked, which means an unlocked multiplier, which should also make them quite overclocking friendly. Of course, the actual overclocking potential is still unknown but we hope there will be plenty of it.

The slide also reveals that AMD will actually have all-new lineups of both system integrators and OEM systems as well as an extensive lineup of 3rd party cooling solutions.

As mentioned by Robert Hallock, AMD is not targeting the very last day of Q1 2017 as the launch date so hopefully, these will come pretty soon.

As we wrote earlier, AMD’s CTO, Mark Papermaster, has confirmed that the company expects Ryzen to have a four-year lifespan, which is quite common for a new architecture.


Is MediTek Facing Supply Issues?

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Computing

A recent report from Chinese-based Economic Daily News claimed that MediaTek would be slashing orders for its upcoming ten-core, 10-nanometer chips by at least 50 percent.  Now, the company has publicly dismissed the rumor, saying it was not the source.

The report originally claimed that MediaTek had revised its 10nm chip outlook for 2017, which would affect its overall competitiveness with TSMC’s other customers including Apple, Hisilicon and Spreadtrum.

The company’s upcoming deca-core Helio X30 and X35 chips are expected to compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 by using a tri-cluster configuration – two Cortex A73 cores at 2.8GHz, four Cortex A53 cores at 2.2GHz, and four Cortex A35 cores at 2GHz. 

In September, the company announced its partnership with TSMC for volume production of the Helio X30-series SoCs for the high-end market, along with X35 SoCs for the lower-end market. The latter are expected to use a lower standard of the company’s 10nm process design. Production on both chips is scheduled to have already begun this month through January, while sales revenue is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.


Will AMD Launch Its Naples ZEN Server In Q2 2017?

December 22, 2016 by  
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naplesAMD’s CEO Lisa Su said that Summit Ridge, the processor that we will know as Ryzen, will arrive in Q1 2017 and she mentioned that Naples Zen for server will appear in Q2 and Raven Ridge, Zen APU will deliver in the second half of 2017.

It looks like 2017 might be a good year for AMD as the company plans to fill its void in the desktop, server and even the notebook market. Ryzen is an eight core CPU clocked at 3.4GHz or higher – it is the first one and AMD told us to expect it in Q1 2017.

The more interesting part is codenamed Naples and Fudzilla exclusively posted the news about this,  including a diagram.

Since AMD said that Ryzen has 20MB of total cache it is easy to work out that there are eight cores each with 512KB L2 cache and 16GB of L3 cache. We posted these details a few months ago. This means that Summit Ridge and an eight core Snowy Owl server will be based on the same core.

AMD has two separate codenames in the server market, Snowy Owl for 8 and 16 core server chip while Naples is reserved for 24 and 32 core versions. They are all based on Zeppelin blocks of eight Zen cores Fudzilla mentioned earlier this year.

The information we gathered lists 16 core, 24 core and 32 core version of Naples server architecture core too. Obviously an eight-core version of Naples shares the DNA of Summit Ridge. The obvious reason is that the desktop version uses the AM4 socket while the server versions will use the SP3 and SP4 sockets.

One can only hope that Ryzen’s desktop part is going to ship to customers in Q1 2017 while the server Naples could launch in Q2 2017, in customer designs of course. One obvious reason to firstly launch a desktop part and follow up with servers is that desktops need less qualifications and all AMD needs is a few motherboards and some OEMs to launch the products.

Launching Naples is a bigger deal, as it means higher margins, higher revenues and an attack on the highly profitable server market. This is a market where Intel controls 99 percent of sales. This advantage is going to go, and AMD will win some server market back. Intel doesn’t have a 32-core server based part to compete with Zen.

The Skylake-SP processor that is supposed to launch in Q2 2017 supports up to 28 cores indicating that AMD will put pressure on Intel’s server market cash cow. Again the Skylake-SP processor might as well be a 32 core processor that has 28 cores enabled (due to yield problems) which could likely mean Intel will have a 32-core response soon. If such a core is possible, we would expect limited availability but again, maybe Intel didn’t want to show all  its cards, while waiting for AMD to show its Naples hand first.


With AMD’s Forthcoming Ryzen Processore Should Intel Worry

December 20, 2016 by  
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ryzenAMD was keen to show some performance figures of its upcoming eight core Ryzen SKU at the New Horizon event and has compared it to Intel’s US $1049.99 priced Core i7-6900K eight core Broadwell-E CPU.

AMD noted that Intel’s Core i7-6900K is currently the only eight core/16-thread CPU on the market so it was impressive to see it compared to AMD’s Ryzen SKU, core to core and thread to thread. While these two might be matched in terms of cores and threads, AMD’s Ryzen SKU was running at a 3.4GHz base clock  rate without Boost while Intel’s Core i7-6900K was left at the starting gate with a  3.2GHz base and a  3.7GHz Turbo CPU frequency.

AMD picked two CPU “intense benchmarks”, Blender and Handbrake tests, both which ought to scale well with multi-core and multi-thread CPUs.

In Blender, both AMD Ryzen SKU and Intel Core i7-6900K were neck to neck, although running at different clocks, which is quite impressive. In the Handbrake test, an open-source video transcoder, AMD’s Ryzen was actually faster in transcoding the Ryzen video to AppleTV 3 preset.


Can Virtual Reality Hot 2 Million By Years End?

December 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

Analyst at Canalys think that there will be more than two million VR units sold in 2016 and the figure will grow to 20 million by 2020.

The bulk of 2016 shipments are basic VR headsets that rely on other devices, generally being tethered by cable to a desktop PC.

Shipments of smart VR headsets, which can function independently, will only be 100,000 units.

These estimates only include VR headsets with integrated displays and exclude viewers, such as Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream View. These are shipping in the millions.

Sony is the VR market leader, with its affordable PlayStation VR catering to the vast PlayStation 4 installed base. Canalys expects over 800,000 shipments in less than three months on the market.

HTC will ship around half a million units in 2016, putting the Vive in second place. Facebook’s Oculus Rift, meanwhile which has been boosted from its long-awaited Touch motion controllers and will reach almost 400,000 shipments in 2016.

More than 300,000 VR headsets are estimated to ship in Greater China in 2016, with HTC leading the charge, while local vendors, such as Deepoon, Idealens, 3Glasses and ANTVR, have provided their own unique innovations and localization efforts that are vital for the massive China market, Canalys said.


IBM Announces Watson App For iPad

December 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Computing

watson-for-ipad-150x150IBM has officially unveiled Watson Analytics Mobile for iPad — an app that can be used along with a free personal or paid enterprise Watson account.

The app can import data from a cloud-based Watson account into a spreadsheet or CSV format, as well as use apps such as OneDrive and Dropbox to import files. In addition, Twitter hashtags can be entered directly into the app for analysis.

Most features are available to free-account users — except for analyzing Twitter hashtags, although if you’re new to Watson, you’ll get a 30-day trial of that.

The app “is not a replacement for the Watson Analytics web application,” according to an e-mail from Marc Altshuller, general manager of business analytics at IBM Analytics. “As such, the mobile app focuses primarily on the discovery capabilities.” Those include answering ad-hoc questions, using natural language queries to discover patterns in data, and asking questions with voice commands.

In a quick test of the new app, it was clear that Web Watson has considerably more power. Like many mobile apps extracting useful information from data, Watson Analytics Mobile for iPad performed well with sample sales data that had well-understood values such as revenues, expenses, and countries. Some data prep might be useful for other types of data before expecting easy natural-language answers to queries, though.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.


Does AMD and nVidia Have A Bright Future Ahead?

December 19, 2016 by  
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The divination team from Pacific Crest have been shuffling their tarot cards and are seeing some dark clouds forming for AMD and Nvidia.

Chief diviner Michael McConnell claims that his “dark clouds forming” note was after listening to comments from Asia’s supply chain and not the whispering demons who spoke to him after chewing on laurel leaves.

McConnell, writes that he was surprised by the sudden negative tone about “desktop” graphics cards:

“Our specific findings were as follows: High-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 card inventory levels have risen to two to 2.5 months in the channel versus targeted levels of one to 1.5 months due to weaker-than-expected sell-through in late October and November,” he said.

Two weeks ago, desktop graphics card manufacturers began to experience order pushouts and cancellations of GTX 1080 and 1070 cards from channel customers ahead of the holiday season.

Given the excess supply, GeForce GTX 1080 pricing dropped 10 per cent in the channel, with desktop card manufacturers now unwilling to order product due to perceived working capital risk.

“Given the weaker-than-expected sell-through of higher ASP GeForce GTX 1080/1070 product and higher sales mix of mainstream GeForce GTX 1060/1050, not one desktop graphics card manufacturer we surveyed is expecting sequential revenue growth in calendar Q4, with forecasted sales declines of five to 15 per cent,” he wrote.

This contrasts with Nvidia’s guidance for sequential revenue growth in its gaming segment (62 per cent of sales) in the fourth quarter, after record-high sales in the third.

Sales of AMD’s desktop Radeon 480/470 graphics cards were also disappointing, he added.

“Given weaker-than-expected desktop graphics card sell-through and oversupply, we believe Nvidia and AMD have now implemented inventory controls to channel card manufacturers. Desktop graphics card manufacturers believe that sell-through trends over the Chinese New Year holiday are likely to determine whether channel card inventory can be reduced at end customers in January, or if this sales correction will continue into February and the remainder of calendar 1Q17 given weaker seasonality,” he said.


Is MediaTek Going Automotive?

December 12, 2016 by  
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Nvidia has already announced that its integrated automotive solution won the hearts of Tesla and Volvo, while Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 820A for automotive in early 2016. Now MediaTek has announced a plan to bring holistic, fully integrated system solutions to the automotive industry beginning in Q1 2017.

This is hardly a surprise, as MediaTek just like Nvidia and Qualcomm, has an SoC that fits phones and tablets that can be easily tweaked into an automotive SoC. What we have learned so far is that the high end mobile phone SoC can do quite good job in machine learning, image recognition and machine learning. Of course you need to train the system on some dedicated server but a modern SoC such as Helio X30 with its three-cluster ten cores, should do a good job. Transportation companies are expected to lead in the self-driving revolution and Uber is currently running trials in Pittsburg. Apparently even Apple wants a piece of this self-driving pie

The time seems right as there is a big interest for advanced technology that will lead toward assisted driving ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and eventually autonomous, self-driving cars. MediaTek has rather good cards in its hand as it can provide SoCs for infotainment, has its own in house modem, can power a digital animated dashboard and has a self-driving component too. Intel and Qualcomm are the other two who have self-driving, all kinds of digital displays and infotainment and have a 4G modem. Nvidia doesn’t have a modem but it was very clear last time it talked to Fudzilla about this subject. The Nvidia platform supports multiple modems but it doesn’t plan to revive its own in-house modem.

MediaTek believes that the automotive industry and car makers demand advanced technologies equipped with a blend of power efficiency, processing power and affordability. Since it has many chipset designs for mobile, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT that positions the company well to bring innovative multimedia, connectivity and sensor solutions to the automotive industry.

JC Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the New Business Department Business Unit at MediaTek said:

“The demands of connected and autonomous vehicles require a unique portfolio of technologies. MediaTek’s core competencies create a natural progression for us to design for the future of driving.

We have a strong technology portfolio generated from $10 billion in research and development investment over the past 12 years from modem and RF advancements, computing technologies and connectivity to intelligent algorithms.

We are developing semiconductor solutions to make an impact in the automotive industry and are focused on core areas of in-vehicle Infotainment, Telematics and safety ADAS to further the evolution toward autonomous driving.”

MediaTek’s solution for automobile manufacturers will cover four key areas, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (Vision-based ADAS), Precision Millimeter Wave (mmWave) Radar, superior in vehicle Infotainment and Enhanced Telematics plus a wide variety of connectivity standards (Cellular 4G/3G/2G, Wi-Fi, BT/BLE ) and map-based applications.

Nvidia started early and got quite a few automotive designs with infotainment and has big aspirations about self-driving ADAS, but bear in mind that MediaTek, Qualcomm and Intel won’t give up this market without a fight. Power consumption will play a role at some point, as a solution that needs less energy will drive your car a few more miles that you will be able to spend on driving instead of poweing on board computing devices. But price difference will definitely play a big role.


Is Intel Going With AMD’s GPUs Inside?

December 12, 2016 by  
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amd-intelAlthough the information is scarce and there is certainly no confirmation from either Intel or AMD, the rumor states that these two companies have signed a licensing deal that should put AMD GPU in future Intel CPUs.

The rumor was started by Kyle Bennett, Editor-in-Chief at HardOCP, who is not known for posting information without something to back it up. HardOCP Forums, said that “The licensing deal between AMD and Intel is signed and done for putting AMD GPU tech into Intel’s iGPU. Intel in no way wants this to be public.”

This is a big surprise since AMD and Intel are always competing for the CPU market. AMD has done similar licensing deals before, with the latest being for x86 IP signed with THATIC (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co., Ltd), a Chinese joint venture that will build SoC for the Chinese server market and with a total value of US $293 million.

Intel and AMD are tied with Intel with x86 patent agreements so, if this rumor is true, it won’t be anything new. Intel has been struggling to create a decent iGPU so it would make sense for Intel to make such a deal with AMD.

Intel has been in trouble with Nvidia for infringing some of its GPU patents, which ended with a settlement in 2011 where Nvidia got US $1.5 billion over six years and access to some Intel microprocessors patents but also left it without DMI/QPI bus and x86 license. A deal with AMD could probably solve Intel problems in that part of the market too.

Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that either company will confirm this rumor but we guess that the cat will be out of the bag eventually, at least as soon as we get a better look at Intel’s future CPUs that could end up with AMD Radeon IGP.

In any case, it is a rather neat rumor to start the day.


Will EA Copy Activision’s Gaming Strategy With Battlefield?

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Gaming

According to the announcement made by EA earlier this week, it appears that there won’t be any new Battlefield game for a “couple of years”.

The announcement, which says that there are no plans for a new Battlefield game for another “couple of years”, was made during EA’s Investor Program by EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen and came as a rather big surprise, especially considering that the latest Battlefield 1 was a big success.

It appears that EA will be rather focusing on Battlefront, the Star Wars themed game, and the next one will be both “much bigger” and “much more exciting”, which was something that was a big drawback of the first Battlefront.

Of course, EA still plans to release those four expansion packs but we do not know any future plans for the franchise.

Hopefully, this also means that EA will have something special in store for future Battlefield titles as they certainly both surprised everyone and made a great hit by using the World War I.


Helio Finally Launches X27 And The X23 SoCs

December 7, 2016 by  
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MediaTek has announced two more Helio X20 series products – a Helio X27 and an X23 and as you can figure out from the names; Helio X27 is faster than the X25 while X23 is a bit slower. 

Helio X25 was the fastest deca-core 20nm SoC from MediaTek with three cluster designs and this SoC ended up in quite a few prominent China higher end phones including a few Meizu devices. But it looks like customers wanted a bit faster camera, SoC and GPU performance for its late 2016 early 2017 phones, the ones that will launch before the Helio X30 comes to market.

Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek said: “The MediaTek Helio platform fulfills the diverse needs of device makers. Based on the success of MediaTek Helio X20 and X25, we are introducing the upgraded MediaTek Helio X23 and X27. The new SoCs support premium dual camera photography and provide best in-class performance and power consumption,”

The Helio X25 has two Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz, four Cortex A53 clocked at 2.00 GHz and last four Cortex A53 clocked at 1.55GHz. The Mali GT880 graphics is clocked at 850 MHz.

The Helio X20 has two Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz, four Cortex A53 clocked at 1.85 GHz and last four Cortex A53 clocked at 1.4GHz. The Mali GT880 graphics is clocked at 780 MHz.

The newcomer, Helio X27, has two Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, four Cortex A53 clocked at 2.00 GHz and the last four Cortex A53 clocked at 1.6 GHz. The Mali GT880 graphics is clocked at 875 MHz. The rest of the specification is identical to the Helio X25.

The Helio X23 has two Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, four Cortex A53 clocked at 1.85 GHz and the last four Cortex A53 clocked at 1.4GHz. The Mali GT880 graphics is clocked at 780 MHz. As you can see, this is just a slightly faster version of Helio X20 and it sits just below Helio X25 with its specs.

Thanks to MediaTek-engineered advancements in the CPU/GPU heterogeneous computing scheduling algorithm, both products deliver more than a 20 percent overall processing improvement and significant increases in web browsing and application launching speeds. This definitely sounds promising but you should bear in mind that MediaTek had enough time to optimize these designs of the new and updated SoCs.  

Phones based on the Helio X27 and X23 will be available soon.


Researcher Prove iOS Activation Lock Can Be Bypassed

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Mobile

ios-screen-lock-150x150Two researchers report that they have discovered a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that’s supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner.

The first report came Sunday from an Indian security researcher named Hemanth Joseph, who started investigating possible bypasses after being confronted with a locked iPad he acquired from eBay.

The activation lock gets enabled automatically when users turn on the Find My iPhone feature via iCloud. It links the device to their Apple IDs and prevents anyone else from accessing the device without entering the associated password.

One of the few things allowed from the activation lock screen is connecting the device to a Wi-Fi network, including manually configuring one. Hemanth had the idea of trying to crash the service that enforces the lock screen by entering very long strings of characters in the WPA2-Enterprise username and password fields.

The researcher claims that, after awhile, the screen froze, and he used the iPad smart cover sold by Apple to put the tablet to sleep and then reopen it. This is supposed to restore the state of the tablet from where it was left off, in this case, loading the WPA2 screen again with the long strings of characters filled in.

“After 20-25 seconds the Add Wifi Connection screen crashed to the iPad home screen, thereby bypassing the so-called Find My iPhone Activation Lock,” he said in a blog post.

Hemanth said he reported the issue to Apple on Nov. 4, and the company is investigating it. He tested the bypass on iOS 10.1, which was released on Oct. 24.

Last week, a researcher named Benjamin Kunz Mejri, from German outfit Vulnerability Lab, posted a video showing the same bypass, but on the newer iOS 10.1.1 version.

Kunz Mejri’s method is similar and also involves overflowing the Add Wi-Fi form fields with long strings of characters but also requires rotating the tablet’s screen in order to trigger the crash after the smart cover trick.

Apple has not yet confirmed that issue and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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