On the Ninth Day of APOLLO, My True Love Gave to Me – A Beautiful Portrait – Analysis of the iOS Interface

The interface of the device can produce some useful artifacts. Starting with screen orientation. Perhaps you want to know if the user was watching a video for a period of time. In conjunction with other artifacts that I’ve already details like app usage the knowledge_device_orientation module will show if the screen was in landscape or portrait mode.

The knowledge_device_is_backlit module will let you know if the display was backlit or not, this is different than if the device was locked or not – perhaps the user was just checking their messages without unlocking the device.

Moving to the Powerlog, we can use the powerlog_device_screen module to see what “screen” the device was on. I’ve researched this one a bit and on my iPhone7 on iOS 11. These are the “screens” I was able to determine.

  • Homescreen(s) = 2 

  • Widgets = 19

  • Control Center = 5

  • Lock Screen = 9

  • Pin Unlock Screen = 15

  • Blank Screen = 0

  • App Switcher = 4 

  • Spotlight Search = 18 

  • Lock Screen Camera = 11   

  • Lock Screen Widgets = 17

Perhaps the how light or dark the environment is can help you in an investigation. The Powerlog stores the screen brightness. The lower the brightness, theoretically the darker the environment is where the device is, especially if the auto adjust feature is on. The powerlog_display_brightness module can output this data.

The next two modules powerlog_springboard_aggregate_bulletins and powerlog_springboard_aggregate_notifications] are some modules that I’d like to research more. I believe these are the notifications that are presented to the user for each application. However, I don’t know yet what the differences between a bulletin and a notification yet.