Apple unveiled the iPhone SE at their "Let Us Loop You In" event today in California. The latest iOS smartphone from Apple breaks tradition with the company's practice of only introducing new phones in the fall. But Cupertino isn't letting tradition get in the way of announcing their latest offering: a 4-inch, 2016 device. It will cost $399 for a 16 GB model, and starts at $17 per month on a payment plan.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been pretty outspoken about his company's decision to resist the FBI's demands that Apple create special software to help unlock iPhones in criminal investigations —namely, the recent investigation in the San Bernardino shooting suspects. But in a lengthy exclusive interview with TIME Magazine published today, the Apple CEO goes into even more exhaustive detail about his company's stance on encryption and civil liberties. Most interesting to me was this portion of the interview in which Cook says that smartphones could be used to hack the power grid:
Apple may be butting heads with the FBI right now over passcode locked iPhones, but that hasn't stopped the company from carrying on business as usual. The iPhone played a huge role in driving $75.9 billion of revenue, leading to the company has becoming the most profitable company in the history of companies. For their next trick, Tim Cook and friends want to print more money with their big product of 2016: the iPhone 7.
Google is no stranger to disrupting old ways to offer customers access to the internet. In 2010, the company launched Google Fiber, its take on distributing low-cost, gigabit internet access to specified regions. Compared to the pseudo-monopoly the cable-internet companies have set up, the Google Fiber approach may already be changing what types of internet speeds existing service providers offer, and the costs. Now the search company wants to do the same for your cell carrier.