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Apparent iCloud hack not expected to dampen new iPhone sales: expert
Central News Agency
2014-09-02 02:28 PM
Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) The apparent iCloud hack that has led to the widespread leak of nude celebrity photos "is just an isolated incident" and will not affect sales of the highly-anticipated new iPhone expected to be announced next week, according to a Taiwanese market observer on Tuesday. A breach of iCloud, Apple Inc.'s cloud storage service launched in 2011, is believed to be how hackers managed to get naked photos of actor Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, singer Avril Lavigne and many others. "Such an incident giving a blow to (upcoming) iPhone 6 shipments would only be wishful thinking on the part of Android smartphone makers," said Wilson Miao, a market observer and former analyst with TrendForce. The new iPhone, which Apple is expected to unveil at a Sept. 9 event, will "definitely drive the global smartphone market in the last quarter of the year," he told CNA by telephone, predicting "very good" sales for the device. All smartphones on any operating system are susceptible to security loopholes that can compromise personal information, Miao said, adding that this incident may make users think twice before synchronizing everything to the cloud. He said the only factors that will affect iPhone 6 shipments will be the quality and pricing of the device itself. Apple has issued a statement to tech news site Re/code saying it is "actively investigating" whether or not iCloud has been breached. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," Natalie Kerris, Apple's spokeswoman, said. (By James Lee)
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