Tim Cook had a very good explanation for why Apple stood up to the FBI, and two different episodes this week showed why he was right.
There have been significant developments when it comes to the debate over security, in which reasonable people can disagree; unsurprisingly it is on the verge of shifting to a debate about encryption. This is a fight that has only one right answer.
The FBI has successfully unlocked the San Bernardino iPhone. Now the question is if they will say how. Still, I think this debate will now go away for quite a while. Then, Sony is making a new PS4 which makes sense given the changing market, even though it’s risky.
Tumblr’s failure is so profound that the reasons why deserve a deeper exploration. And, might said lessons apply to Snapchat? Plus important developments in Apple versus the FBI.
First some follow-up on Apple versus the FBI, then a discussion about how high-end Android is a distinct market, and how that impacts new phones from Xiaomi, Samsung, and LG. Finally, why Spotify’s move to Google makes sense.
Apple versus FBI is being framed as a debate between privacy and security. In fact, though, there is a powerful argument to be made that Apple’s position is the more secure one for the United States.
Apple clarified off-the-record that new phones would also be covered by the precedent of the FBI’s request, which explains why they are drawing a line in the sand. Said line, though, is not about encryption. That is important because encryption could be the ultimate victim.
Apple is in a face-off with the FBI; understanding what is at issue, and the long-term risks Apple faces.