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Weekly news recap – February 19, 2016

The latest news of the week. A round-up of the news over the past week so you can be sure of staying up to date with what’s happening in the world


Apple Music has passed the mark of 11 million users


During a recent interview given by Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, Apple head elements, new numbers related to the Apple Music and iCloud itself were released. Apple’s streaming music service already has more than 11 million paying users. As for iCloud, Apple already has 782 million users.

iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3 will get the Apple’s most powerful processors


Apple preparing one of the most powerful devices lines in history. Vice president of Apple hardware technologies revealed key information about the processors that will be used in the iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3. This year the iPhone 5SE will be on a par with the flagship iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with A9 processor inside. The iPad Air 3 will get the brand new A9X chip as well.

iOS 9.2.1 released – “error 53” fixed


The new version of iOS 9.2.1 (build 13D20) fixes critical “error 53” that was locking Apple devices with damaged or repaired by third party fingerprint scanner.

We apologize for any inconvenience, this was designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers. Customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement.

Disclosed the cause of the error “1970”. Apple commented on situation


If you change the time on the iPhone with 64-bit processor to 1:00 January 1st 1970 and reboot the device being in a time zone of GMT 1:30 or more, bug will appear. The smartphone will not turn on and the screen you will see only Apple logo. This happens due to the difference in time zones, for example: if you change the time to 1:00 January 1st in the time zone GMT 1:30 or more, the UNIX time counter goes negative as the count is conducted from UTC time and the system is not able to understand that, so the counter hangs and the device freezes on the logo.

According to the Apple Technical Support website, this error will be corrected within new iOS update.

Apple Watch sales hit 5.1M and for the first time ahead of Swiss watch!


According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, the sales of smartwatches in the fourth quarter of 2015 outpaced sales of Swiss watches for the first time. The company claims that during the holiday quarter, a total of 8.1 million smartwatches were shipped, while 7.9 million Swiss watches were shipped.

Apple Pay Now Available in China


Apple Pay is now officially available in Chine. Though, due to planned gradual rollout throughout the day users might be not able to link their credit cards to the system. Mashable reports that 38 million bank cards had been linked to Apple Pay by 5pm on launch day, 10M of them registered within the first hour.

We think China could be our largest Apple Pay market, – said Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey.

Apple vs FBI


United States judge orders Apple to help FBI access data on San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone 5C, however Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, has long stood firm on its stance to not to give access to user data and repeatedly spoken to public that he will not expose any user’s personal data to third parties, even to FBI. People spread into two camps, those who agree with apple and those who are on the side of FBI. Later, FBI requested Apple to include a backdoor in their software, however Apple refuses to agree since it might be very dangerous for users and the company itself. In wrong hands this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

Donald Trump Criticizes Apple for Opposing iPhone ‘Backdoor’ Order: ‘Who Do They Think They Are?

Tim Cook officially stated that they will not create a backdoor.

We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession. – said Tim Cook

I believe that Apple’s brand recognition and value and profits is largely based on an item called trust. Trust means you believe somebody. You believe you’re buying a phone with encryption.

You can’t trust who is in power. It’s like believing the authority and police wherever they go. Generally, when they write the rules, they’re right when they’re wrong. – commented Steve Wozniak.

Apple’s public message to customers can be found on the official website.


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