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The lawfirm leading the attack against Apple for its "Error 53" code issue when an unauthorized Touch ID sensor is replaced has filed for $5 million in payouts and a software patch disabling the lockout performed by an alleged Apple policy to discourage third party repair. Filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the suit claims that Apple's measures to protect the TouchID security is "problematic, and, even, abusive."
A new report from Park Associates gauging the US smartphone market in 2015 has found that Apple continues to hold the largest share of the market with 40 percent, though rival Samsung was able to manage a small gain on the year. Noting that the US market has seen that 86 percent of "broadband households" have a smartphone now, the market analysis firm found that "operators are pulling out all the tricks to encourage phone upgrades," with only about half of US consumers still on a cellphone contract.
Previously launched in Japan, and soft-launched in the US, the Apple and Belkin screen protector installation program will continue its rollout US-wide starting today. The program, supporting only iPhone 6-series phones, uses an installation apparatus to insure what the companies call "an impeccable result that mirrors the look and feel of the native screen."
Apple may face some legal trouble in the future, if lawyers decide to proceed with plans to launch a class action suit against the company. Law firms are apparently considering taking action against Apple over the "Error 53" controversy, where third-party repairs of the Touch ID button on iPhones would trigger an Apple-produced security measure that effectively makes the smartphone completely inoperative.
If you ever need to get your Touch ID-enabled home button repaired, be sure to have it done by Apple Authorized Service Providers or Apple directly only: UK newspaper The Guardian reports that "thousands" of users who have had their Touch ID button repaired by third parties and found that their iPhone would then "brick" itself (become inoperative) after the next iOS update. The notorious "Error 53" that causes this, according to Apple, is a security measure to prevent low-level hardware hacking.
At a "Town Hall" meeting with employees following the company's Q1 earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly rejected the notion -- long favored by analysts -- that Apple needs a "pared down" and inexpensive iPhone model in order to attract buyers in developing or "emerging" markets like India. While most of the meeting dealt with a rehash of information given during the analyst call, some was concerned with employee matters like retention incentives, as well as saying the Apple TV and tvOS both have "bright" futures.
Apple Pay is now available at two million locations worldwide, according to a new report, in a year that should see rapid expansion of compatibility as US merchants update to point-of-sale (POS) terminals that support both mobile payment options and the new "chip-and-PIN" EMV debit and credit cards. A new Bloomberg article notes that a number of US chain restaurants and retailers will be adding Apple Pay and other NFC-based payment options to their stores, including Au Bon Pain, Chick-Fil-A, and Crate & Barrel.
Apple has announced that the expansion of the Apple Watch to new countries is continuing, with an emphasis on the Middle East. The wearable will become available in several regional countries, including Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Israel, and Kuwait beginning February 11, according to notices on the Apple website in those countries. In addition, the Apple Watch will launch in Greece on February 12. None of the countries in the latest set of rollouts have physical Apple Stores, so the debuts will happen through resellers.
It has been discovered that Apple acquired the two security researchers behind LegbaCore, Corey Kallenberg, and Xeno Kovah -- the developers of the firmware worm for Macs known as Thunderstrike 2. The hiring was revealed by fellow security researcher Trammell Hudson at a security conference in December, with Apple having brought the pair on board the previous month. LegbaCore had developed a method to infect Macs with a difficult-to-remove firmware hack that could be delivered via altered Thunderbolt connectors.
New developments in the rumor whirlpool have produced some further speculation about the alleged March event that was originally going to bring an all-new Apple Watch 2, then the "iPhone 6c," but now said to be about the "iPhone 5se," the "iPad Air 3," and some new Apple Watch bands (and possibly partnerships). One report has said that the company is looking to do its event on the 15th of March, though of course with the caveat that the date could change, "or turn into an online announcement."