This week saw the arrival of a new app from Apple; additionally, we heard more about the first iPhone release of 2016. Here’s a look back at the week that was in the world of tech:
The biggest story of the week: New iPhone in March, new Apple Watch in September
It looks like the Apple Watch 2 wont be making an arrival this spring after all. Instead, we should expect to see the next generation wearable device launch this September alongside the iPhone 7, according to new reports. In March, Apple could announce the iPhone 5se and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch.
What’s the iPhone 5se? According to 9to5Mac, the 4-inch device will feature the following upgrades from the iPhone 5s:
The chamfered, shiny edges have been replaced with curved glass like on the iPhone 6 and 6s lines
The same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera systems from the iPhone 6
Support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording
Barometer for tracking elevation in the Health app
An NFC chip for Apple Pay
The A8 and M8 chips from the iPhone 6
Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac WiFi chips from the iPhone 6s
Live Photos from the iPhone 6s
Same Silver, Space Gray, Silver, & Rose Gold color options as the 6s line
Also making news: AT&T CEO goes after Apple, rest of Silicon Valley over encryption
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, made clear who he thinks should be leading the charge on encryption policy in the United States. And its not Apple and other tech companies.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Stephenson saysApple CEO Tim Cook and other technology leaders should leave the decision up to leaders in Washington, D.C.:
I dont think it is Silicon Valleys decision to make about whether encryption is the right thing to do. I understand (Apple CEO) Tim Cook s decision, but I dont think its his decision to make, Mr. Stephenson said Wednesday in an interview here with The Wall Street Journal at the World Economic Forum.
I personally think that this is an issue that should be decided by the American people and Congress, not by companies, Mr. Stephenson said.
As Brent Dirks recently noted, Cook has been extremely vocal lately on the subject of encryption. He believes that the government should not have any back door access to iOS devices because other parties could misuse the information.
Noting ina press releasethat many musicians have, for years, been using iOSs Voice Memos app to develop their songs and record audio, Apple has unleasheda new piece of software to make songwriting even easier on iPhones and iPads. The newMusic Memosapp is designed to let musicians and songwriters quickly and easily capture, organize, and develop their compositions right from their iOS device.
As Jeff Byrnes explained,Music Memos doesnt just let you record snippets of audio, but it also adds in features musicians will love. Youll be able to see the chords youre playing through the apps automatic notation feature. On top of that, Music Memos can analyze what youre playing and automatically add in drum and bass parts, for example.
Accessory news: UAGs rugged Trooper Series iPhone case is here
Urban Armor Gear is adding to its lineup with its new Trooper Series case for the iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus. Along with protecting the handsets, a special built-in compartment in the back of the case is designed to hold up to four credit cards.