This month, Apple is expected to introduce a smaller version of the iPhone and the next in line for the iPad at its first marketing event this year.
Last Thursday, March 10, Apple invited select media personnel to the unveiling of its new products, which would be held on March 21 with the header “Let us loop you in”. If there’s anything that past Apple product releases have in common, it’s the lead-in to the event that gives media personnel an idea of what’s in store for the new products.
The Let us loop you in invitation has slight rose gold tones, which would likely be featured in the new products. Other than the color schemes of the new products, it is widely speculated that the new iPhone would likely sport a smaller screen, but packed with better hardware and software. This is a step back on the trend that Apple had been a part of recently, with its iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus all sporting bigger screens than their predecessor, iPhone 5s. The new iPhone, dubbed iPhone SE, would likely sport a 4-inch screen, which hasn’t been seen in new apple handsets since 2013.
The day of the release is particularly important, given the fact that Apple has been involved recently in talks about privacy and law enforcement regarding the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Investigators believe that unlocking the iPhone would reveal important information and evidence regarding the events that led to the attack, but with the stringent security measures that Apple has put in place, the authorities are having difficulties accessing the information stored on the iPhone.
The authorities have requested for the help of Apple to hack their own device and unlock the iPhone to reveal the information stored on the iPhone, but the tech giant reportedly refused to aid the FBI to unlock their own devices, citing civil liberties as a major sensitive issue that the company refuses to cross. As a result, Apple would be having a showdown with the government in probably one of the most important cases that would shape digital freedom and civil liberties concerning digital media for years to come. Apple also had reportedly refused to create a universal backdoor for authorities to access the millions of handsets sold by the company.
Apple is backed by its millions of supporters, as well as tech giants Google and former CIA employee Edward Snowden, while presidential aspirant Donald Trump has expressed his support to force Apple to figure out a way to unlock the device.
The Apple event on March 21st would likely be used by the world’s second most valuable company to address the issue and educate the press and the public and discuss what it believes to be at stake on the issue about civil liberties and data encryption laws.
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