Katie's Week in Review: January 24, 2016

Here are the links I found of interest for the week ending January 24, 2016:

  • Apple released iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 this week. Both contain security updates and bug fixes.
  • Apple also released an update to GarageBand on iOs, an update to Lawgic Remote iOS App and an entirely new App called Music Memos. Music Memos is designed for musicians and it gives them a place to quickly record bits of music. The App will analyze the recording and the provides built-in accompaniment. Jim Dalrymple at The Loop has an in-depth review.
  • Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac who is known for his a recent history of spot-on leaks says Apple is working on a new 4-inch iPhone that will be called the iPhone 5se. It will feature a design similar to the 2013 iPhone 5 but with upgraded internals. Mark speculates we’ll see the iPhone 5SE in March or April and it will feature curved edges & Live Photos.
  • While there aren’t many public details, Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observe reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook met briefly Friday with Pope Francis.
  • As noted by Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer, California Assembly Member Jim Cooper introduced Assembly Bill 1681 This bill would require a smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold in California, to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider. As Bryan notes a similar bill was introduced by New York Sate Assemblyman Matthew Titone. These Bills, if passed would have huge ramifications for all end-users, regardless of where they live as manufactures would have to build their phones and operating systems to comply with these laws.
  • If you’re interested in Apple’s stance on Encryption, Rich Mogull writing for TidBITS has a nice piece on Why Apple Defends Encryption
  • If you were curious about Amazon’s Drone Delivery program and if it was for real, David Pogue has an exclusive interview with Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy where they discussed details about its crazy drone delivery program.
  • One of my favorite TV series, the X-Files is coming back for a limited 6-episode miniseries. The miniseries kicks off tonight. Here’s a teaser: