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Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), and a host of security experts have penned an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him not to give law enforcement back door access to our data. The letter is a response by complaints from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and others criticizing Apple, Google, and others for incorporating encryption that even they can't bypass.
Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.
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Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS Monday with the release of Apple Watch OS 1.0.1. The update includes "performance improvements and bug fixes" for Siri, measuring standing activity, calculating calories, measuring distances, accessibility, and unspecified improvements for third party apps.
Apple quietly introduced iPhone Lightning Dock, a dock designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though it also works with all Lightning-equipped iPhone models going back to the iPhone 5. It also works with iPod touch (5th Generation) models.
Apple updated the iMac with Retina 5K—iMac 5K for short—on Tuesday, rejiggering the line with lower prices. The company added a new entry-level model that starts at US$1,999, and it dropped the price of the high-end model from $2,499 to $2,299.
Apple announced an updated MacBook Pro with Retina Display Tuesday that includes the company's new Force Touch trackpad. The device has faster Flash storage and an additional hour of battery life, as well as faster graphics.
Apple "quietly" shelved plans to make a television set more than a year ago, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources "familiar" with the matter, the newspaper said that Apple decided it could not bring enough to bear on the television set industry to warrant entry. Apple is instead focused on launching a content delivery service.
Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Samsung did indeed copy Apple. In a 34-page ruling, the court upheld most Apple's landmark victory over Samsung in 2012, but threw out damages relating to trade dress. In other words, Apple's innovations in the area of user interface remain protected in this ruling, but the overall look of Apple's hardware was not.