Apple’s week in a nutshell


In the news…

  • There will be a new iPhone, an iPad Pro and a new Apple TV announced on stage in San Francisco on Wednesday – at least if the combined wisdom of 5,000 Guardian readers is to be believed. The newspaper has asked its readers to guess what will be in today’s announcement and it turns out, no one cares about Apple TV. Guardian story.
  • Apple and Microsoft are involved in disputes with the US Justice Department over divulging customer emails and text messages. With customer privacy issues and high levels of encryption key for tech companies today, the Department is coming unstuck; in an investigation involving guns and drugs, the Justice Department obtained a court order this summer demanding that Apple provide, in real time, texts between suspects using iPhones. Apple said its iMessage system was encrypted and the company could not comply. The Department may take Apple to court. New York Times article.
  • For the first time, Apple will allow adverts to be blocked by the iPhone and iPad versions of Safari. Apple and Android devices can already run specialised third party ad-blocking browsers or be made to stop ads appearing by users, but only a tiny number of people do this.The BBC says Apple’s decision to open up Safari, however, could take the activity mainstream. BBC story.
  • An Apple Watch has overheated and burnt the wrist of a wearer. An American woman  received painful wrist burns when her Apple Watch ‘overheated’ in the sun three months after she acquired it. After her device was sent off for lab tests, she received an email from an Apple employee suggesting she had been wearing the watch too tightly when it burned her. The woman has rejected the provided excuse. Other Apple Watch wearers have also complained of wrist burns from the devices. Daily Mail story.



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