Apple headlines for the week ending Dec. 23, 2016Image by Apple\u2019Twas 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.From Macworld:Image by IDGThe 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)From AppleInsider:Image by IDGAccording to Apple\u2019s release notes, the update fixes an issue where the routers would not respond to the AirPort Utility when \u201cBack to My Mac\u201d is enabled. Other fixes noted are un-named security fixes.From MacRumors:Image by IDGRefurbished 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.From Macworld:Image by IDGApple\u2019s revolutionary new iPhone 8 will sport a plastic OLED display that \u201ccurves all over.\u201d 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.From IDG News Service:Image by IDGHowever, forcing U.S. companies to compromise their encryption wouldn\u2019t 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.From TechCrunch:Image by IDG\u201cPersonally, I\u2019ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be,\u201d writes Cook. \u201cThe way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena. So whether it\u2019s 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.\u201dFrom The New York Times:Image by IDG\u201cWe have real understanding of what these artists are trying to accomplish both aesthetically and commercially,\u201d [Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine] said. At Apple, \u201cWe\u2019re really getting there in merging these cultures\u2014tech and the arts.\u201dFrom IDG News Service:Image by IDGThe U.S. company accused Nokia of working with patent assertion firms Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management to \u201cextract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively\u201d from Apple and other smartphone makers. Nokia was not named as one of eight defendants in the Apple lawsuit.From IDG News Service:Image by IDGApple CEO Tim Cook dismissed Vestager\u2019s ruling as \u201ctotal political crap\u201d in an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper on Sept. 2, and announced the company\u2019s intention to appeal.From The Wall Street Journal:Image by IDGMaking 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.