Apple Sends Invites for iPhone 7 Launch Event on September 7

Apple Sends Invites for iPhone 7 Launch Event on September 7


Apple has sent out media invitations for a special event in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, September 7. Apple is widely expected to unveil the next generation iPhone and Apple Watch models at the event.

As with all Apple launches, there have been innumerable leaks in the months leading up the event. Surprisingly, the most debated detail is the name. While almost all leaks agree that Apple will not be making major upgrades to lineup this year, some reports indicate Apple won’t call it the iPhone 7 as per its regular tick-tock cycle nomenclature.

Instead, to emphasise the minimal upgrades in this year’s offering, Apple is rumoured to call the next iPhone the iPhone 6SE, though the prominent placement of ‘7th’ on the invite should put the rumours to bed. Apple has traditionally employed a single iPhone version number across two years, adding an ‘s’ to mark an iterative improvement in the second, such as the iPhone 6s with respect to the iPhone 6. The company with the iPhone 6 in 2014 also started introducing two models a generation, with one catering to small screen aficionados, and the other ‘Plus’ variant providing a phablet-style large display. It is expected to do so this year as well.

Apart from the confusion surrounding the name, most other rumours are rather plausible. The next iPhone is expected to feature camera improvements in both models, with the smaller 4.7-inch offering tipped to get optical image stabilisation, and the larger 5.5-inch offering tipped to sport a dual camera setup. The Cupertino giant is expected to use a new Apple A10 SoC to power both devices, with the company also rumoured to bump up the memory alongside to 3GB of RAM.


Apple is also anticipated to bump up the base storage variant from 16GB to 32GB. Alongside the upgraded base storage rumour, the company is expected to boost the storage capacity of the top-end variant from 128GB to 256GB. The 64GB variant is also anticipated to be replaced by the 128GB variant – thus, we can expect Apple to release its next-generation iPhone models in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage variants.

Another rumour that is seeing fewer and fewer contradictory reports as time passes, is the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack on the next iPhone models. Apple is speculated to have made the decision to do away with the current standard for audio connectivity for three reasons – to ensure the next model is very slim; to ensure the next model is waterproof (thus has minimal, easy-to-protect ports); and to give users better audio quality through the Lightning port instead. The Lightning port can also power active noise cancellation in headphones that offer it. The company is variously also rumoured to include aLightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box, or Lightning-power EarPods instead. The removal of the jack may see the addition of dual-speaker grilles as well.

Apple is also rumoured to boost the display resolution of its next iPhone models. The current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus sport resolutions of 750×1334 pixels and 1080×1920 pixels currently, while the corresponding iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to sport resolutions of 1080×1920 pixels and 1440×2560 pixels respectively. Apple is also tipped to include a Space Black variant this time around, though a Space Blue variant was also rumoured alongside the removal of the Space Grey colour option.

Finally, Apple is expected to make the next iPhone available in its stores in the US from September 16, with carrier availability tipped for September 23.

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Phishing emails: IT dept sends over 100 fraud links to cyber

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Taking note of the spate of phishing and cheat refund emails landing in inboxes of taxpayers, the Income Taxdepartment has referred over 100 such instances to the country’s premier cyber security agency to block thesehackers lurking in the e-world.

The department is particularly worried after taxpayersrecently brought to its notice certain emails which have very cleverly “spoofed the department’s identity” by using almost resembling addresses to cheat gullible taxpayers over the Internet.

One such example is hackers using the email domain– “mailto:[email protected]”, [email protected]” to send such phishing emails.

“The department has reported over 100 phishing emails and hacking attemptsthrough fake websites and links to the Computer Emergency Response Team-India also called the CERT-In.

“The CERT-In has been informed that these emails are a serious concern for the taxpayers and the Income Tax department as this malicious assault over the Internet directly dents the taxman’s efforts to effectively engage with the tax paying public in a paperless and non-adversarial manner and dissuades an individual from conducting safe e-transactions,” a senior official supervising the counter operations in this domain said.

The CERT-In is the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security-related defences of Indian Internet domain.

The department, the official said, has asked the cyber security sleuths to specifically go behind thefraud and malicious email domains and URLs and ensure that such e-links are not able to send emails to the bonafide address of the taxpayer.

“These over 100 instances have multiple strains of fraud communications identified in them. The department is implementing all best practises to further bolster its e-services vis-a-vis dealing with taxpayers,” the official said.
The phishing emails issue has become such a menace that

the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) early this month issued a statement and public advisory assuring taxpayers that it never asks them about their vital personal financial data like PIN numbers, passwords or details of credit or debit cards.

Such an advisory is also prominently posted by it on the official website of the department–http://www.Incometaxindia. gov.In, incometaxindia.Gov.In.

In cyber crime paralance, phishing denotes a cheating attempt to trick someone into clicking a malicious link in a seemingly legitimate email and subsequently trying to break through a computer’s defence and fraudulently skimming away money from e-accounts.

The IT department has also adopted some globally followed best practises in its systems units which helps in automatic differentiation between a fake and an original email.

The taxman has also suggested some counter-measures for the taxpayers to check against a phishing email, which tend to seek vital details of a person and then cleverly cleans up their funds from either the bank account or debit/credit card.

It has been adviced by the department that domain names should be checked for incorrect or mis-spelt sounding variants of original IT department links, not opening any attachment, not to click on links provided in such an e-communication and usage of good anti-virus and firewall on the operating system.

Taxpayers have also been suggested to just forwardsuch emails to CERT-In on their officialmailto: id–[email protected] and “id–[email protected] in, for proper action.