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Apple has secret facilities to test parts of the iPhone

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Apple's emphasis on protecting the privacy of its users includes imposing a battery of strenuous tests on iPhone processors and other components that ensure they are not vulnerable to attacks.

The tests, carried out in a secret facility near the Apple Park campus, the new headquarters of the Cupertino giant, even infringe extreme temperature changes to the chips, according to the Independent newspaper, after an interview with Craig Federighi, vice president of software engineer from Apple.

"The objective of putting the chips to stress tests is to see if they have a bad behavior in this type of extreme situations and, if so, make sure that it happens in this laboratory instead of what happens when they are already inside the phones of users ", published the newspaper on Sunday in a report. "Any kind of bad behavior can be fatal for a device."

"It may seem unlikely that a normal telephone will be subjected to this type of wear, since that would imply that its owners move from a cold environment of less than 40 C to a heat of 110 C," the report explains. "However, the fear here is not normal at all. If it were discovered that the chips are unsafe under this type of pressure, the bad actors will begin to put the phones through these conditions and all the data they store will be eliminated."

Apple has carried out high profile actions to support user privacy. In 2016, for example, he refused to alter his software so that the FBI could have access to an iPhone 5C linked to the San Bernardino terrorist incident, arguing that the change could create a backdoor in all the others. iPhones. Last year, the company Reveals new features for your Safari browser that allow you to disable the tracking tools that Facebook and Twitter use to see the browsing habits of their users.

"We know there are many motivated attackers who want to … break into these information stores of our devices," Federighi explained.

"I can say that privacy considerations are the beginning of the process, not the end," Federighi added. "When we talk about building the product, among the first questions that come to us are: How are we going to manage user information?"

However, Federighi got upset at a recently made involvement by Google's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, that Apple is turning privacy into a "luxury product."

"I don't believe in the luxury product issue," said Federighi. "On the one hand, [it is] gratifying that other companies over the past months seem to be making a lot of positive noise about the importance of privacy."

Federighi also responded to the criticism of Apple's decision to keep your iCloud information in China
on servers of China Telecom, a state-owned operator.

"Step one, of course, is the point at which all our data minimization techniques, and the way we keep data on the device and protect external access devices, and all that means that the information is not in any cloud in which someone can access, "he explained.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.


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