Apple might add remote diagnostic facility to its products

A remote diagnostic facility might be included in the next iOS update

Apple has internally announced to its employees that the new remote diagnostic tool has been completed, according to HardMac. This facility might arrive with the release of iOS 5 by this fall, which will be the next major upgrade to Apple’s mobile operating system.

With the introduction of this facility, which is totally an online based system, Apple will be able to monitor some internal check of the system. This process may work as - the online system will be triggered by a special URL sent via e-mail or entered manually. When a user visits the website and agrees the terms and conditions, Mobile Safari will conduct internal checks of the system and send that data to Apple's servers.

To ensure user privacy, the only personal data that will be sent to Apple will include its unique identifier, or UDID, as well as the name of the owner, the report said.

Only the listed information’s will be shared by the diagnostic system:

ü  Battery health, including current charge level, amount of time since the last charge, and a minimum level to which the battery was discharged.

ü  iOS version installed.

ü  Whether the handset was turned off normally the last time.

Well it is still unclear if the new rumored diagnostic system will be able to detect whether the user has put a "jailbreak" in place on their device. Jailbreak is a term referring to describe running unauthorized code in iOS, which can void Apple's warranty.

Apples iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is all set to be released during this fall. There are many other features which are to be released with this update.

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Author: Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-08-31 (Update: 2012-05-26)