Apple could turn to a page from yesteryear when it comes to the next major form factor change in the iPhone, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo [via 9to5Mac]. The analyst said that Apple is planning to ditch aluminum for an iPhone refresh and return to an all-glass enclosure—but interestingly he says Apple will do so in 2017.
Apple and the FBI are headed back to Washington to answer questions about law enforcement investigations and encryption. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI science and technology executive assistant director Amy Hess are scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday, April 19.
Remember how Kanye West said "never never never" about streaming his "Life of Pablo" album on Apple Music, and then he did? Now you can stream his new song, "Saint Pablo," exclusively on Apple Music—it isn't available on Tidal. I don't think this word "never" means what he thinks it means.
Amazon announced a new member of the Kindle ebook reader family, Kindle Oasis. The company claims the device has been physically designed to get close to the goal of having it disappear while you're reading, and it features "months" of battery life, but it comes with something we aren't used to seeing from Amazon, a higher price.
Apple and several developers joined forces Thursday to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in an effort labeled Apps for Earth. From now until April 24th, 100 percent of proceeds from some 27 apps will be donated to the WWF, and Apple CEO Tim Cook helped launch the campaign with a tweet.
Last week I laid out the case for Syed Farook's work-issued iPhone 5c being a bust in the FBI's investigation into last December's San Bernardino mass shooting, and now law enforcement is saying the same. That means the FBI and DOJ were more than willing to toss aside the digital security for iPhone owners around the world to unlock a smartphone they reasonably knew wouldn't give them any useful information.
Reports from both Gartner and IDC conform that PC shipments remain in decline by -9.5 and -11.5 percent respectively. However, Apple's Macintosh continues to be least affected and continues its increasing market share, now at about 7.1 to 7.4 percent globally.
Apple's Fiscal 2016 Earnings Report is now scheduled for Monday, April 25th. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to review Apple's January through March quarter financial results and give us their projections for Q3.
The FBI won what amounts to a hollow victory in its fight to force Apple to break its own iPhone encryption. A Federal Judge in Boston an order compelling Apple to help recover data from an iPhone, but stopped short of forcing the company to break its own encryption or hack the lockscreen passcode, effectively telling the company to do exactly what it already does to help out law enforcement agencies.
The second generation Apple Watch is coming this spring and it's going to be 40 percent thinner than the original model. Or, the new model is coming this fall and it'll have the same form factor as the original. What we really know about the second generation Apple Watch is that we don't really know anything yet.
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tl;dr: No one knows when the next Apple Watch is coming, or what features it'll have.
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