Appeals Court Sides with Apple, Questions Antitrust Monitor’s Actions

9:51 AM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · · News

A three judge panel in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York questioned some of the actions Michael Bromwich has taken in his role as a court appointed monitor inside Apple. Mr. Bromwich was assigned the task following Judge Denise Cote's ruling that Apple engaged in antitrust violations as part of a conspiracy to artificially raise the price of ebooks.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

Judge Cotes antitrust violation ruling against Apple was a surprise, as was her decision to place a court appointed monitor in the company. It's looking more and more like the Appeals Court doesn't think her ruling was appropriate, which means Apple has a chance of clearing its name. Judge Cote's ruling was also an implied endorsement of Amazon's monopoly control over the book market, and overturning it could open the door for competitors to get back into the game.

The CIA Has a Secret War against Apple Encryption

10:04 PM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · News

The CIA Has a Secret War against Apple Encryption

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is engaged in an active campaign to break Apple's encryption technologies in order to broaden its ability to surveil anyone, anywhere. According to The Intercept, the CIA has waged a multi-year effort to find vulnerabilities in iOS, iPhones, and iPads that it can exploit.

Apple Watch Battery is Replaceable, but You Can’t do it

11:15 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · News

If the battery in your Apple Watch should ever die and need to be replaced, there will be an option for that, but it isn't something you'll be able to replace yourself—at least from Apple's perspective. Instead, Apple will offer a battery replacement service, which means you'll most likely have to get a Genius Bar appointment to get your smartwatch up and running again.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

Designing Apple Watch with a replaceable battery was a smart move for Apple. Designing it so users can't replace the battery themselves isn't a big surprise, although it's a safe bet some company will figure out how to open one up and swap out the battery at some point.

Apple’s $17,000 Smartwatch

10:15 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · News

When Apple announced pricing for its top of the line Apple Watch Edition during Monday's "Spring forward" media event, CEO Tim Cook said it started at US$10,000. Turns out you can push that number up to $17,000 depending on which model you buy without even adding in extra wrist bands.

Apple Patches FREAK Security Flaw for the Mac

9:12 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · News

Apple released Security Update 2015-002 for the Mac late on Monday that patches the FREAK security flaw on OS X 10.8 and higher. Apple promised last week a patch was coming soon.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

Seeing FREAK patched is great, and it's also a good reminder that governments forcing weak encryption on us is a really bad idea.

Apple Rolls Out Apple TV Software Update Following Apple Watch Media Event [Update]

4:30 PM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · News

Apple didn't release a new Apple TV model during its "Spring forward" media event, but it did push out a new software update for the set top entertainment box. The update for Apple TV 3 doesn't include any noticeably flashy changes—like the promised HBO Now channel—so it's more likely a compatibility update for iOS 8.2 and the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update.