The week in Apple news: The DOJ strikes back, Apple 'loop in' event on March 21, and more

Apple headlines for the week ending March 11, 2016.

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Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 11, 2016

The third week of March promises to be an interesting one for Apple. On Monday, March 21, Apple will have a special event to reveal a set of new products. The next day, Apple will appear in court for the first hearing with the FBI over the iPhone in the San Bernardino terrorist attack investigation. In the meantime, you can catch up on the latest Apple headlines. Just click the link to get more information.

apple march21 event
From Macworld’s Susie Ochs:

Apple is expected to announce a 4-inch iPhone, possibly called the iPhone SE, as well as a new 9.7-inch iPad, and new Apple Watch bands or accessories.

Also:
Phone 7 rumors: Case leak shows stereo speakers but no headphone jack (Macworld)

doj corrosive filing
From Macworld’s Susie Ochs:

[DOJ:] Apple’s rhetoric is not only false, but also corrosive of the very institutions that are best able to safeguard our liberty and our rights: the courts, the Fourth Amendment, longstanding precedent and venerable laws, and the democratically elected branches of government.

Also:
Apple’s Craig Federighi: FBI wants to ‘turn back the clock’ on security (Macworld)
Apple exec: FBI could make us spy on Americans with iPhone cameras or microphones (AppleInsider)
Senators close to finishing encryption penalties legislation: sources (Reuters)

battery life ios apps
From 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo:

On a technical level, most of the apps are either frozen in RAM or not running at all, the system just displays them as a history for consistency. This is why the battery life impact is negligible.

icloud redownload audiobooks
From MacRumors’ Juli Clover:

Audiobooks can be re-downloaded on all iOS devices immediately. Automatic Downloads of audiobooks will be enabled with iOS 9.3, set to be released to the public in the near future.

mac ransomware
From IDG News Service’s Jeremy Kirk:

The tainted Transmission version was signed with a legitimate Apple developer’s certificate. If a Mac user’s security settings are set to allow downloads from identified Apple developers, the person may not see a warning from Apple’s Gatekeeper that the application could be dangerous.

Also:
Mac ransomware KeRanger has flaws that could let users recover files (IDG News Service)

apple ebook supreme court deny
From IDG News Service’s Grant Gross:

Apple had agreed in 2014 to pay a $450 million settlement in the case, brought by the Department of Justice and 33 states and territories in 2012, if the company did not win its appeals.

new york doj appeal
From IDG News Service’s John Ribeiro:

The government argues that courts have relied on the All Writs Act to mandate third-party assistance with search warrants even in circumstances far more burdensome that what is requested in the New York case. An unreasonable burden on the third-party is a key criterion when a Judge considers an order under the Act.

obsolete 2010 macbookpro
From MacRumors’ Joe Rossignol:

Macs and other products on the vintage and obsolete list are generally no longer eligible for hardware service, but OS X El Capitan still supports many older Macs back to Mid 2007.

campus2 drone video march16
From Mashable:

As of now, Apple typically rents out space for its press launches at venues such as the Moscone Center in San Francisco. But the Theatre, which will offer 360-degree views of the campus, will become the new stage where Apple will publicly debut its products to the media and, ultimately, the world.