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New York: A group of protesters assembled outside Apple’s flagship store because of  FBI’s attempt to install software with backdoors in all of Apple’s iPhones.

With posters saying “Don’t break our phones” and displaying cell phone images saying “No entry” in hands, the high-spirited protesters faced damp rain and bitter wind outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store,  according to Xinhua news agency.

Jeff Lyon, the chief technical officer said, “We are standing in solidarity with Apple and their decision to oppose the FBI’s scheme to put backdoors to the iPhones”.

The protest occurred against the background of a major argument between the country’s law enforcement agencies and Apple over its security measures on iPhones.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a cue last Friday to force Apple to comply with a court order to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation to access data on an iPhone owned by the terrorist shooter of San Bernadino, California.

Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik used an IPhone 5C. But FBI couldn’t access the data on the phone without a passcode.This couple shot 14 people dead in December 2015 in San Bernadino and was later killed by Police.

In response to FBI’s request, a federal judge ordered Apple to create a software that evades a security feature that erases data in the iPhone after 10 unsuccessful unlocking attempts.

“This case sets a dangerous precedent for the FBI to get a court to order Apple to push new software on all their phones that create a government backdoor,” said protester David Moore.

In a statement released last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to obey with the court order, saying that “in the wrong hands, this software – which does not exist today – would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession,” which would in turn compromise the data security of all Apple’s customers.

“Once you break one phone, you break all the phones. All our phones are breakable using the same technology,” said protester Theo Chino.(IANS)

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iPhone 11 Takes Apple Ahead of Microsoft in $1-tn Market cap: Report

Apple is in for a bumper festive season sales and the iPhone 11 series -- starting from Rs 58,900 - has registered very strong demand from the consumers in the country

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

The pent-up demand for its newly-released iPhone 11 series has made Apple the most valuable company in the US again, ahead of Microsoft with a $1.07 trillion market cap.

Sailing through the US-China trade war that may impact its devices too, Apple stock has reached $236.21 to beat the previous high set just over a year ago.

The news that Chinese and American trade negotiators have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at easing the ongoing trade war between the two nations after holding a new round of high-level talks in Washington, DC, also helped Apple as a proposed 15 per cent tariff looms on $156 billion in Chinese goods, including smartphones and other consumer goods, from December 15.

At the moment, only two US companies — Apple and Microsoft — are in the $1 trillion market cap bracket, with Jeff Bezos-led Amazon inching closer.

Apple shares are about five times higher than they were when Tim Cook became CEO of the company in August 2011, reports Barron’s.

The rally owes partly to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review claiming that Apple is ramping up production of its three iPhone models by as much as 8 million units or 10 per cent of its production.

FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash.
FILE – Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. VOA

Apple’s weak rally in Q4 2018 was largely driven by concern over iPhone demand. The tables have turned, and this time Apple is set for a record sales riding on aggressive pricing and attractive discounts in countries like India.

The Cupertino-based iPhone maker is expected to report Q4 results on October 30.

The iPhone 11’s pricing strategy has worked well for the consumers in India too as the devices went out-of-stock at both Amazon India and Flipkart in just three days after the pre-booking was thrown open on September 20.

Also Read: Oracle Ensures Keeping Sensitive Data within Boundaries of India

The increase in orders appears to validate Apple CEO Tim Cook’s new strategy of enticing budget-conscious consumers with cheaper models amid the weakening world economy.

Apple is in for a bumper festive season sales and the iPhone 11 series — starting from Rs 58,900 – has registered very strong demand from the consumers in the country. (IANS)