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  • In new court filing, Apple cites 9 other cases in which FBI asserted the All Writs Act

    prox said:
    You really should learn not to take things out of context to suit your agenda. China was not given access to user data on anyone's iPhone.

    In a reaction to revelations from Edward Snowden about the NSA installing backdoors in american designed communications products, China demanded the opportunity to inspect software source code for same. Apple showed them the code in a faraday caged room with no internet connection, cameras, etc. As a result of their being NO observable backdoors in the code Apple was permitted to continue selling IOS products in China.

    This is the exact opposite of the libel your are promoting as fact.
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  • Apple counsel Bruce Sewell calls DOJ filing 'cheap shot' that seeks to 'vilify'

    Emericus said:
    Based on these latest documents, I'm starting to see this a bit differently than before. Each side is attempting to prevent a certain kind of precedent from being set. For Apple, we all know what the precedent is because the media has covered it to death: Apple wants to avoid even implicitly supporting the idea that a governing body can compel it to hack and undermine the security of its own devices. But for the FBI it's a different precedent they want to avoid, a precedent set in motion by the release of iOS8 in 2014: the FBI wants to avoid supporting the idea that it's okay and legal for any tech company to design devices that thwart all attempts at entry by law enforcement or anyone else. While such devices and the networks they operate on will naturally keep my own legal emails and bank account numbers secure, they will certainly also become the haven for all manner of illegal behavior. And if allowed to be used freely in private and public, as iPhones are now, such devices over time could render many forms of law enforcement perpetually ineffective (perhaps they already are). Now, I don't work for law enforcement, and I'm not necessarily siding with the FBI here, but I'm starting to the see the bigger picture how they see it, and it does make some sense without being too paranoid. The issue is that so many people use smartphones and cellphones (just like so many people use roads, airspace, and building enclosures), it may not be in the public's best interest that these things be designed to thwart all law enforcement activities always. On that account, it might be worth the government's best legal efforts to basically force Apple to dismantle iOS8 and thus, in the bigger picture, teach all tech companies a basic lesson: so many people use these devices and networks, it is in the public's best interest that they all have some form of backdoor, even if the downside is increased likelihood of opportunistic hacking.
    I vehemently disagree. Unbreakable encryption is not yet illegal. The decision as to whether or not your phone can be accessed by LEO's can be made individually by your not creating a PIN or password.

    History has proven that it is never in the public's best interest to give government and law enforcement unlimited powers, that's why we have the Bill of Rights. I for one would like the right to disagree with the government on issues without them being able to plant evidence on my phone to strong-arm me into compliance.
  • Apple website warns against counterfeit & third-party power accessories

    Here's the best comparison tear-down and analysis between real and fake Apple chargers I can find:

  • Rumor: New iPhones with secure iris scanners coming in 2018

    cnocbui said:
    I don't see it. Fingerprint is super fast and convenient. What good is there to having two completely separate biometric devices on one iPhone? People will just use the one that works all the time under any conditions (fingerprint).
    Works with gloves, does it?
    Will the EyeD iris scan work through sunglasses? Perhaps there are slight inconveniences to all biometric systems, no?
  • Editorial: Apple's AirPods, iPhone 7, Series 2 Watch out... journalists

    The bulk of tech "journalists" have been whining in harmony about Apple's every move for what seems like an eternity. The longer it lasts the easier it becomes to avoid clickbait headlines and find the few writers that balance fact and opinion. They are those that never gloss over the temporary growing pains of cutting edge technology, and often provide insight to the advantages and opportunities it provides going forward.

    That is what I look for at AppleInsider, TidBITS, The Mac Observer, iMore, Daring Fireball, The Loop, and sixcolors. I patronize them as encouragement to continue their pursuit of quality analysis and reporting.
  • What to expect from Apple's 'let us loop you in' event today

    AI2xxx said:

    Mmm ...

    My 17yo grandson has a Mac, iPad 2, iPhone 6S and a PS4.  But he wanted a laptop to do his homework (Straight A student) and college courses.  Friends convinced him he needed a PC rather than a Mac (he could do some gaming too).

    I'd be hesitant on the iPad Pro for school. This is where the Surface Pro 4 has it's appeal, it's still running Windows, so it will run any required software (or games) a student will need. That being said, a lower cost 9.7" iPad Pro might be a decent device for note taking to compliment a laptop. Although, the Surface 4 should be announced in the coming months, and unless you're in an art program, the Surface Pen is much better for note taking or general productivity.

    An updated MacBook Pro 15" would be nice to see, something like the XPS 15, so Skylake-H, DDR4, GTX 960 (or better/equivalent) and Thunderbolt 3.  

    Never was a fan of the 12" Macbook, but I'm sure some users here might be interested in an updated model. Skylake Core m and a couple of Thunderbolt 3 ports might be a nice improvement. A better keyboard is also a must, the current one is terrible.
    That's an unintentionally funny post you made, but you're new here, so it's understandable.

    Dick is probably the last guy in this forum to whom I would presume to give computer shopping advice.
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  • Why Apple's iPhone SE lacks 3D Touch technology

    This post hits the nail square on the head. All four arguments against including 3D touch (cost, size, logistics, limited helpfulness) are succinct and compelling. It's easy to imagine Apple's teams coming to the same conclusions.

    Nicely written and thanks.
  • Notes of interest from Apple's Q3 2016 conference call

    cropr said:
    ration al said:
    Yeah you missed something.

    What if:
    1) Some Android users fed-up with lack of OS updates getting their first iPhone, the recently launched and affordable SE model.
    2) Fewer current iPhone users upgrading because we're long into the last product cycle with a new one on the horizon.
    3) Still far more Android users churning to their next Android phone to get newer OS.

    and presto! 
    It is not about the market that I missed something,  It is about mathematics. The Android market share went up, the iOS market share went down, the total market remained roughly equal and yet according to Tim Cook  the number of Android to iOS switchers should be at their highest levels ever.  This is for me mathematically impossible.  Maybe he used Numbers to calculated the switchers, this could be an explanation
    I know you're only trolling but try to keep up with the rest of the class,

    If you think through what I theorized above, and bear in mind that market share (a measure of sales in a given period) is different from market size, then you might see the light. If the market expands (smartphones are getting cheaper) more in relation to the number of users Apple can take from Android, then Apple loses market share and the math works fine, regardless of which spreadsheet you use.

  • Occupy the App Store? Top 1% of monetized apps dominate 94% of US App Store revenue

    Seems that most iOS device buyers are accustomed to paying only for the best of both H/W and S/W! I don't mind paying for good quality and ease of use.
  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

    Since Apple's product secrecy prevents any certainty about what this report means, let's use some logic to deduce a most likely scenario.

    The latest speed standard (802.11ac) for home routers is three years old and airport products were last updated to it in 2013. Yet Apple is only now re-assigning engineering talent to other projects? An engineering team sitting around twiddling their thumbs for three years doesn't sound very Apple-like, don't you think?
    These same products had their retail availability limited to online after being pulled from U.S. stores in May this year. Doesn't this behaviour usually mean EOL stock clearance preceding a major product upgrade / redesign?

    I don't understand all the automatically negative whining about this here when it may, in fact, represent the advent of a radically new and interesting approach to home networking, smart home, TV, etc.