This week’s Apple Loop includes a third iPhone 7 model, Apple rationing its new technology, how to market the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 weakening Samsung, details on iOS 9.3.3, a new proposal for streaming music fees, more ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign adverts, and how Apple wins at Pokémon GO.
Apple’s smartphone market share peaks are lower for the iPhone 6s vs. the 6 but the drop-off post peak may not be as large.
Speaking at Common Cause’s ‘Blueprint for Democracy’ conference today, Edward Snowden used his time to speak out about surveillance, personal liberties and of course, the San Bernadino iPhone.
Snowden expanded on Twitter.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 8, 2016
The link takes you to a piece by Daniel Kahn Gillmor of the American Civil Liberties Union that thoroughly dismantles the FBI’s claim that it requires Apple’s assistance to bypass the “auto-erase” feature on San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c.
Gillmor’s piece isn’t the only one. iOS security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski penned a piece last week detailing the FBI’s missteps in the San Bernadino case. Most notably, the changing of the iCloud password that prevented the FBI from retrieving an unencrypted iCloud backup directly from Apple’s servers.
In fact, security researchers have even proposed a handful of other ways the FBI could break into Farook’s encrypted iPhone.
These methods are expensive, time-consuming and some could ultimately lead to physically destroying the memory, but they’re possible. None were mentioned as alternative’s at last week’s congressional hearing when FBI director James Comey confidently proclaimed the FBI could not access this data without Apple’s assistance.
Aside from expensive and risky hacks, the CIA is another alternative, but it’s rarely been mentioned in this conversation. After all, this is the same agency that has been trying to break into Apple devices for nearly a decade.
The San Bernadino iPhone is fading from view as the big picture shifts to the policy discussion it created. It appears the backdoor the FBI wanted all along was actually into new legislation, not Farook’s iPhone.
➤ Snowden: FBI Claim That Only Apple Can Unlock Phone Is “Bullshit” [The Intercept]
Although the iPhone’s ‘s’ models aren’t normally as hype-worthy as the full version upgrades, one thing you can always expect out of them is top notch performance. This year’s iPhone 6s, however, has the special honor of being as powerful as one of Apple’s newest laptops, the 2015 MacBook. John Gruber from Daring Fireball benchmarked the iPhone 6S using Geerkbench 3, a multi-platform testing tool designed to measure overall computer performance. Needless to say, the results are impressive. The phone’s A9 chip can outperform or beat the $ 1300 1.1 Ghz MacBook, and nearly go head to head with the 1.3Ghz model: Test iPhone 6s…
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On Friday the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus arrive in stores, and while thousands may line up for a chance to get their hands on a pink (rose gold) iPhone, others will be looking for the best upgrade deals.
In this U.S., Sprint may have just topped them all.
The wireless service provider announced on Thursday a gonzo limited-time trade-in deal to current iPhone 6 customers: $ 1 a month for an iPhone 6S and $ 5 a month for an iPhone 6s Plus.
The payment plan is actually part of Sprint’s “iPhone for Life” plan, which means customers are actually leasing the phone for, in this case, 12 months. After that, they turn in the phone for a new one and continue paying against the monthly lease agreement. While typical Sprint lease plans might charge $ 20 a month for a 16GB iPhone 6s, this one will charge you just a $ 1, meaning that, after 12 months, you end up paying $ 12 for the iPhone 6s. In the case of the larger iPhone 6s Plus, you pay $ 60. Read more…
If you’re planning on buying or receiving a new iPhone 6s tomorrow, you will be asked to upgrade the operating system on the device immediately.
Apple has released a special version of iOS 9.0.1 that’s specifically aimed at the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The OS version was pushed out to the public yesterday, but, oddly, that version didn’t include support for the new phones.
The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will ship with iOS 9.0.
The update is nothing major. It fixes a couple of bugs, including a “Slide to Upgrade” dialog problem that was preventing some users from upgrading to iOS 9. The update also fixes an issue that caused some paused video images in Safari and Photo to appear distorted, and another that cause some alarms and alerts not to sound.
Hat tip: Mac Rumors
Microsoft today launched a new standalone app for scheduling meetings called Invite. Available only for iPhone users in the U.S. and Canada for now, you can download Invite now directly from Apple’s App Store.
Here is how it works. First you suggest times that work for you, and then invite attendees to vote. You can send invites to anyone with an email address — even if they are outside your organization. The recipients select all the times they can attend from the app itself or from a browser, once votes are in, you pick the time that works best.
The best part is that anyone invited can see what options work best for other attendees, and suggest their own times as well. The sender chooses a final date and time whenever they’re ready, hitting Send Calendar Invites to get it on everyone’s calendars.
Here is how Microsoft explains its thinking behind the app:
Invite is designed to overcome the biggest obstacle when scheduling meetings — not being able to see the calendars of attendees outside your organization. As a result, your proposed meeting can be repeatedly declined until you find a time that works.
Certain events and meetings can be moved if something more important comes up, but only each person knows best where they are flexible. By letting attendees pick times that work for them, even when it means moving one of their own meetings, can stop that meeting from being scheduled on a Friday evening.
Invite is mainly designed for users with Office 365 business and school accounts. That said, the app also works with any email account, including Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail.
The app’s launch and limitations are very similar to Microsoft’s Send, a lightweight email app that debuted in July. Like Send, Invite is starting out as iPhone-only, available only in two countries, and with the promise of “coming soon” to Android and Windows Phone.
Invite is the latest in a long line of apps to emerge from Microsoft Garage, the software giant’s lab for experimental tinkering. At this rate, Microsoft will soon have more experimental apps than “final” apps.
And that’s okay, as long as some of them are eventually released or integrated into existing products.
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Apple probably has to announce that it sold at least 12 million iPhone 6s’ were sold for the stock to move higher.
Yes, it’s that time again, when the Apple faithful/crazy line up way early to buy the next version of the iPhone, this time the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
This year, people are standing out in the elements — and sleeping there overnight — to buy a phone that looks identical to the one they already have, but with, um, an updated camera and a new kind of screen press.
Here are the lines, in cities around the world.
Above: Apple fans line up at the “Church of Apple” in New York to buy an iPhone 6s.
Periscoper Justin Harris reported that around 16 people were already camped out at the downtown San Francisco Apple Store Thursday night. Check it out here.
Above: This buyer, a media exec in Australia, sent a robot proxy to wait in the line. (photo: Mashable)
More than two years after launching Google Keep on Android, the company is finally bringing its note-taking app to iOS: Google rolled out a new version of Keep for iPhones and iPads Thursday.
Like the Android and web version of the app, Keep on iOS allows you to arrange your notes into a sticky-note-like interface. Notes are synced with your Google account so you can access them across devices.
Though not as full-featured as some competitors like Evernote, Google’s free app offers much more than Apple’s new Notes app. Recorded voice memos are automatically transcribed and you can share notes with people you know so others can collaborate on a checklist, for example. Read more…
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For Apple fans, nothing is bigger than iPhone launch day.
Every year, lining up at stores for the new iPhone is a major event for the Apple faithful. And this year’s release of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus is no exception.
But the mold has changed. While people still line up, an iPhone launch in 2015 looks a lot different than it did in 2007. Mashable will be reporting ’round the clock from Sydney, Singapore, London, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles to capture the glorious anticipation. Read more…
Sydney > Singapore > London > New York >
San Francisco > LA
Speculation grows over what else Apple will announce next week (Ewan Spence covers the predictions here on Forbes), and we’ve had enough leaks about the specs of the iPhone 6S to spoil what product announcement Tim Cook will make for the device itself. But what is being overlooked is just the sheer weight of users likely to adopt the 6S as their next phone.