SLIDESHOW

The Week in Apple News: Apple's Mac commitment, AirPort firmware update, Apple Music interview, and more

Apple headlines for the week ending December 23, 2016.

Apple headlines for the week ending Dec. 23, 2016
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Apple headlines for the week ending Dec. 23, 2016

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring...except for...the mouse on your Mac as you check out the important Apple headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more information.

Tim Cook reaffirms Apple's commitment to the Mac, in response to growing doubt
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From Macworld:

The lack of focus on the Mac has led to the departure of many Mac hardware designers, who noticed that design chief Jony Ive and his team were no longer interested in weekly check-ins to review Mac concepts or check out prototypes.

Also:
How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists (Bloomberg)

Apple AirPort firmware update fixes 'Back to my Mac' bug, but hardware's destiny still in doubt
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From AppleInsider:

According to Apple’s release notes, the update fixes an issue where the routers would not respond to the AirPort Utility when “Back to My Mac” is enabled. Other fixes noted are un-named security fixes.

Apple Offering Refurbished Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watch Models
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From MacRumors:

Refurbished stock varies on a day-by-day basis according to the models that Apple has on hand, and supplies can potentially go quickly. Refurbished stock is refreshed on a regular basis, however.

Phone 8 rumors: Plastic OLED for a curved display with innovative ‘sensing technology’
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From Macworld:

Apple’s revolutionary new iPhone 8 will sport a plastic OLED display that “curves all over.” The report corroborates the rumor that Apple will release three iPhone models next year, a premium model with curved OLED display and two with flat LCDs.

Congressional report sides with Apple on encryption debate
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From IDG News Service:

However, forcing U.S. companies to compromise their encryption wouldn’t necessarily solve the problem. Consumers and bad actors, for instance, would likely choose to use more secure products offered by foreign companies, the report said.

Tim Cook explains to Apple employees why he met with President-elect Trum
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From TechCrunch:

“Personally, I’ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be,” writes Cook. “The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena. So whether it’s in this country, or the European Union, or in China or South America, we engage. And we engage when we agree and we engage when we disagree.”

Apple Music: Platform? Promoter? Both
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From The New York Times:

“We have real understanding of what these artists are trying to accomplish both aesthetically and commercially,” [Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine] said. At Apple, “We’re really getting there in merging these cultures—tech and the arts.”

Nokia and Apple trade accusations in patent lawsuits
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From IDG News Service:

The U.S. company accused Nokia of working with patent assertion firms Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management to “extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively” from Apple and other smartphone makers. Nokia was not named as one of eight defendants in the Apple lawsuit.

Appeals against European Union's €13 billion Apple tax ruling take shape
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From IDG News Service:

Apple CEO Tim Cook dismissed Vestager’s ruling as “total political crap” in an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper on Sept. 2, and announced the company’s intention to appeal.

Apple Is Discussing Manufacturing in India, Government Officials Say
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From The Wall Street Journal:

Making goods such as iPhones locally would allow Apple to open its own stores in India, helping build its brand in a country where it has less than a 5% slice of a booming smartphone market.