FBI, Apple at Odds over iPhone

Over the course of the past few weeks, the FBI has been trying to convince Apple executives into helping them unlock the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. Since the beginning, Apple has refused to help authorities, sparking a national debate over privacy and security.Recently, the Justice Department announced an alternate route into the iPhone that had been found, no longer needing the help of Apple.

Law enforcement’s ability to access this phone using alternative methods raises concerns from Apple users about how safe their phones really are.

Unlike Google and other huge technological businesses, Apple does not pay for hackers to try to hack their devices. Since 2010, Google has offered hackers $100,000 to hack into Chromebook’s security system. Historically Apple has never had many hacking problems, but with the amount of people who own Apple products, it can become a huge problem for privacy.

There are various opinions on this topic.

“I think Apple should have opened up the phone; it makes Apple look weak. It also looks bad for their technology. Now it seems that hackers can get into Apple products,” said senior Noah Synder.

Mitch Casper, a Boys’ Latin senior, had a strong opinion about this topic. “It’s not the government’s business of what we do on our phones. Obviously, the situation itself was tragic, but why does the government need access to his phone? It’s pretty clear that his intentions were to cause harm to Americans. What will going through his phone prove?”

“I think it would be dangerous for Apple to give the FBI a backdoor to their software because that would render IOS vulnerable for more hackers, and the FBI has no right to force a private entity to cooperate in an investigation,” said senior Rich Rosario.

Overall, this has been a heavily debated controversy that is still not over. The FBI has the capabilities of breaking into the phone, and those who follow this controversy can only watch and see what will happen next.

What’s New in the World of Apple

On September 10, 2014, Apple continued to wow the public.  On this date, Apple gave its annual Keynote about new and upcoming products. Some of the new releases include the much anticipated iPhone 6 and the long rumored Apple Watch.

Apple started out its presentation with a speech by the new CEO Tim Cook, and they followed this by a breathtaking performance by the famous U2 band. U2 released their new album, Songs of Innocence, on the stage at  Apple’s event.  As an act of customer appreciation, Apple subsequently gave the  album to every iPhone and Mac user for free around the world.

When the image of the new iPhone 6 encompassed the 32 foot screen in Sacramento, California, Tim Cook found himself surrounded by ecstatic fans.  The new iPhone now comes in both 5.5 and 4.7 inch models. The larger of the two models is called the Iphone 6 plus. Although both of the models are larger than the previous Iphone 5, they both are significantly thinner and lighter.   According to Apple, the cameras will be significantly sharper, and the processor,  the A8 chip, will be up to 50 percent faster. The Iphone 6 is now for sale at stores all around the world.

Apple Pay was one of the focus points in Tim Cook’s presentation. Apple Pay will allow iPhone users to pay for objects by simply scanning their finger and scanning their phone. Tim Cook stated that this change in the way people pay will be safer and significantly more convenient. For Example, iPhone users’ credit card numbers will not be shared with merchants. This will keep the identity and privacy of individuals much more secure. A large group of the world’s largest corporations including McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and Apple itself will accept Apple pay initially.

Just when the world thought Apple had announced everything they were going too, Tim Cook took the stage again wearing the long rumored Apple Watch.  According to Apple, the Apple Watch will come in three versions:  Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. The most expensive watch being the Watch Edition will  start at $599, and it is molded from 18 carat gold.  All of the watches will have the capability to measure people’s heart rate, blood pressure, and calories burned throughout the day as well as answer text messages and phone calls.

As a result of Apple’s new releases, Apple stock has been following an upward trend. On the day of the release, the stock skyrocketed  4 percent. Apple has been listed as a hot stock by banks all around the United States such as Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.