Apple Responds to PRISM Accusations

Apple has posted a public letter addressing the recent PRISM scandal where companies like Google and Facebook were accused of giving the government access to personal data without a warrant. Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft all originally denied secretly cooperating with government officials, and said they only disclose user data when in accordance with the law. However, Edward Snowden, the former security contractor who leaked details of the PRISM program, said the tech companies were "misleading" in their responses. Perhaps that's why Apple felt it needed to clarify its customer privacy policy by posting an open letter to its users on its website.


Here's Apple's original response:

"We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.”

Here's What Your iPhone Will Look Like in a Few Months

Monday was a huge day for the tech world. Most eyes were glued to the console wars, where Sony ultimately made the Xbox One look like an overpriced glorified cable box. Apple was also busy showing off its new redesigned OS, which is going to give your iPhone and iPad a whole new look and feel. Apple unveiled iOS 7 at the WWDC keynote on Monday, and it was a huge announcement, even if it was overshadowed by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is an advanced warning, your iPhone is going to drastically change, so you better start getting used to it now.

iOS 7 New Look

iOS 7 is going to completely change your iPhone. Your app icons, phone keypad, email and everything else are getting complete makeovers. Here are two charts that compare the new iOS 7 icons to the old iOS 6 icons. The only way you can avoid these new icons is by not upgrading to iOS 7 when it's released.

U.S. Cellular to Carry Apple Products Later This Year

After turning down the chance to carry the iPhone in 2011, U.S. Cellular has decided to start offering Apple devices to its 5.8 million subscribers. U.S. Cellular president and CEO Mary N. Dillon said the carrier plans to "increase loyalty and attract more customers" by carrying Apple products later this year.

Apple Carriers

U.S. Cellular is one of the last major U.S. wireless providers that doesn't offer the iPhone. T-Mobile began carrying the iPhone in April, and is considering launching a MetroPCS-branded Apple device after acquiring the carrier earlier this week. Sprint started offering Apple products beginning with the iPhone 4S in 2011.

How to Block Mature Content on Your iPhone

Apple has a strict no adult content policy for the App Store, but the recent increase of social sharing services is making it impossible for the company to police every app available for iOS devices. Apple recently pulled the popular photo-sharing app 500px because users were able to access nude images. The app was eventually allowed back into the App Store, but its removal prompted Apple to makes its App Store age ratings more visible to users. Some apps like the video sharing service Vine, have also been slapped with a 17+ rating due to people uploading adult content to their profiles. Luckily for parents there is a way to block children from downloading mature rated content, however, parents should still monitor what their children are doing with their mobile devices.

iPhone Restrictions

For example, Snapchat allows users to send pictures and texts that are deleted within seconds after being seen. The app has been criticized for misleading kids into thinking it's safe to send compromising photos because they will eventually disappear. However, anyone who knows how to take a screenshot can easily save an image sent to them through the app. Snapchat does alert the sender if a screenshot has been taken, but by that point the damage has already been done.

Apple Announces WWDC 2013

Apple announced today that the Worldwide Developers Conference will be held June 10 through June 14 in San Francisco. Tickets for the annual five-day conference will cost $1,599, and go on sale April 25 at 10 a.m. PT. Developers who can't afford or make it to WWDC will be able to watch videos of the event during the conference.

WWDC 2013

Last year's WWDC sold out in less than two hours, and event videos were only made available weeks after the conference had ended. Apple announced the decision to post the videos during the event on the WWDC general info page.

"Can’t make it to WWDC? We'll be posting videos of all our sessions during the conference, so Registered Apple Developers can take advantage of great WWDC content."

No More iMacs for Christmas? Apple Pushes Shipping Dates to January

Last minute shoppers may have missed their chance to order a 27-inch iMac in time for Christmas. Despite slipping stock prices for AAPL, consumer demand seems to be as vibrant as ever. Apple has pushed the shipping date for the desktop into January, leaving holiday shoppers with only two options: Settle for a 21.5-inch iMac, which is shipping in "7-10 business days", or hope the 27-inch iMac becomes in stock via a third party retailer before the holiday.

Apple iMacs 2012

The online product tracking service is now monitoring both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models. A quick glance at the iMac tracker reveals some retailers are shipping the 21.5-inch model immediately, however, shipping times for the 27-inch iMac at most retailers remain unclear. Some retailers suggest calling ahead of time for availability, while others list no estimated time of delivery at all. Users can "follow" the iMac tracker in hopes the 27-inch model will become available with an expedited shipping option at one of the listed retailers. This may be a last minute hail mary, but it is the only option for those who hope to have a 27-inch iMac under the Christmas tree this year.

iPhone 5 Pricing to Remain Same as iPhone 4S

Even more information regarding Apple's Wednesday iPhone 5 announcement has leaked. This time, sources at 9to5Mac claim Apple will launch one updated iPhone model code named the N42.

iPhone 5

The N42 does not feature NFC components like its sister prototype the N41, which was revealed earlier this year. Apple plans to keep pricing identical to iPhone 4S pricing, which means $199, $299 and $399 subsidized price points depending on how much storage is included.

AuthenTec Smart Sensor Coming to an iPhone Near You

Apple's latest acquisition may have more to do with future iPhones than previously thought. A report from The Next Web indicates that Apple wanted AuthenTec's technology for its products as quickly as possible from the $356 million deal.

AuthenTec smart sensor

The deal is indeed impressive, including fingerprint sensors, touchchips and other security technologies, and includes provisions for AuthenTec's patents. The new information comes thanks to paperwork filed with the SEC to notify shareholders about the details ahead of voting to go ahead with the plan.

Apple Stock Peaks as Company Pays Out Dividend

Apple stock hit new territory today as the share price closed at an all-time high of $636.34. This news comes as Apple was scheduled to pay a dividend of $2.65 per share to AAPL shareholders today. The dividend is Apple's first since December 1995.

AAPL price high

The graph above from Yahoo Finance shows an over 6,200 percent increase in price since 1995. Apple stock is up almost 60 percent this year. Trading action on AAPL today hit an intraday high of $644 before coming back down before the close. At the peak, total market capitalization topped $600 billion.

iOS App Store Arrives in 32 New Countries

It may seem like the App Store is everywhere, but Apple is still rolling out the service to various countries around the globe. The latest batch of 32 countries received App Store access last Thursday. Apple followed through on its WWDC announcement to add the countries, putting the total at 155.

iOS App Store

Last time we counted, there were 196 countries in the world. For those who don't feel like doing the math, this means Apple still has work to do to bring the iOS App Store to the remaining 41 countries on the planet. In the meantime, the App Store now offers 650,000 individual pieces of mobile software.

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