"and found disfavor with Microsoft by announcing an exploit two days before the Redmond giant was due to issue a patch."
Well, that could have been prevented had you released the patch the day before, now wouldn't it have, Microsoft?
I don't know, man. I am of the belief that what the NSA/DOD/FBI/CIA cartel is capable of is light years ahead of what can be done in the private sector. I know Google/Apple have bright people, but they don't have the lawlessness and resources of the military/government.
Apple is most likely telling the truth, but you can't prove a negative. Of course they're going to come out and say, "Our phones do not have a back door." But can you say that with 100% certainty? The only...
I totally agree with this. It's aggravating, because a lot of the issues that have manifested themselves as real issues are hard to pin down and describe. Does anyone know the 53 steps they performed before an app crashed? Often times, the issue starts its downward slide at step 4 but only makes itself visible to the user at step 53, making troubleshooting anything but impossible. Apple and company are in the clear on this because anyone who comes in and says, "Safari...
A guy I know is friends with a supply chain guy in Turkmenistan who said that Apple plans to build Apple Watch Kiosks, separate from the Apple Store. These would be located inside airport terminals, posh fashion areas in major cities, and also one in Omaha, Nebraska.
iOS 8 has easily been the most problematic. What's awesome for Apple is that most of the issues are ineffable, indescribable anomalies that you can't isolate, but which contribute to a crappy user experience. A slowdown here, a soft reboot there, a jerky Springboard motion, an unresponsive Home button press (or five), a Bluetooth toggle that jumps back to Off when you try to slide it to On (have never been able to figure that one out), and so on.