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Comment Re:Apple genuii (Score 5, Informative) 106

No, fire the summary writer.

The bug was fixed, this is just a practical way of exploiting devices running the affected versions.

Also, there have been no battery fires, but aluminum feels pretty hot when it gets to 50C and people assumed their phones must be OMG about to CATCH FIRE!!11!!eleven

Comment It was fixed... (Score 5, Informative) 106

If it wasn't clear, the bug was fixed in 9.3.1 - this only affects devices that haven't been updated.

Also, I think the highest temperature recorded was 54C... not something you'd want to touch, but not likely to catch fire either.

Finallly, if it's like the previous exploit, the device isn't completely bricked... when the battery goes dead or is disconnected the device can be reset.

Comment No. (Score 1) 70

Liam specifically rescues cobalt and lithium from the battery, gold and copper from the camera, silver and platinum from the logic board and the aluminum enclosure, as well.

It's an arm that disassembles iPhones. Sure, separating parts is a first step to recovering raw materials, but they make it sound like the thing has some magic nano-disassembler ray.

The thing is, Apple will sell something like 8 iPhones per second. Think of how many workers it takes to *assemble* iPhones; it would take a similar army of these to dismantle each one part by part.

But that's the key, isn't it? It's no large step from disassembling phones to assembling them; Apple likely built this as a testbed for robot manufacturing, and in the mean time, a tool for salvaging usable parts for their refurbishers. Oh, and the occasional 'aren't we environmentally conscious' video.

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