Katie's Week In Review: April 17, 2016

Just when you thought the iPhone unlocking drama was over, the Justice Department is back with another phone to unlock. Here are the links of note for the week ending April 17, 2016:

  • Although the Justice Department has formally dismissed its action seeking Apple’s assistance to unlock the iPhone 5c that was used by the San Bernardino shooter, they have announced their intention to continue on with a similar New York lawsuit where they have asked for Apple’s help in accessing an iPhone 5S used in a drug related case. Juli Clover at Mac Rumors has more details. A U.S. Magistrate previously ruled the FBI lacked the authority to force Apple to assist in unlocking the phone, but the Justice Department is in the process of appealing that ruling. Among other things, Apple is arguing the Justice Department has not exhausted all other remedies, including seeking assistance from third parties, like the one who unlocked the 5c in the San Bernardino case.
  • Speaking of the San Bernardino iPhone that was the subject of so much legal drama - what was on that phone anyway? According to a CBS News report, nothing significance has been found so far. Though the FBI says that analysis is still underway.
  • The next big battle over encryption may not happen in court, but with the United States Congress, where legislation has already been proposed requiring technology companies assist with unlocking devices. Dustin Volz of Reuters reports Apple’s General Counsel Bruce Sewell is among the witnesses who will testify before Congress on Tuesday.
  • If you’re running QuickTime on your Windows machine you’ll probably want to uninstall the software. Ian Paul at Macworld reports that Apple has abandoned QuickTime for Windows and left the program with several outstanding critical security flaws.
  • It’s been widely anticipated that Apple will soon rebrand OS X to simply MacOS in the near future. Chance Miller of 9to5 Mac points out that evidence of the change is mounting as the term slipped out on a few of Apple’s Webpages and was quickly corrected.
  • Mitchel Broussard of MacRumors reports that one analyst predicts Apple Watch shipments may decline more than 25% year-over-year. The reasons cited for the decline include what the analyst describes as an “immature wearable device market” and the first generation product lacking many key features.
  • That being said, I still love my Apple Watch and wear it every day. Casey Liss wrote a post that nicely summarizes my feelings about the Apple Watch. I think the Apple Watch was a device that was over-sold to us and perhaps didn’t have a clear purpose or message. The first generation hardware hasn’t lived up to the hype. But for me, the basic functionality of the Apple Watch as a fitness tracker, notification wrangler and easy access to Siri and other basic information is more than enough to keep me wearing the Apple Watch. What I love most of the Apple Watch is that it allows me to disconnect from my phone, leaving it in my purse or in another room, but still know that I’ll receive a notification for those items that I deem most important.
  • Finally, my pal David Sparks posted an interesting piece about how after all these years he’s finally killed his e-mail “action” folder and the other methods he’s now using to triage his inbox.