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Hey, Tim Cook, is that an iPhone 8 in Your Pocket?

Welcome to the strangest leak you’re going to hear about this year! Today, we’ll be checking out Tim Cook’s bulge. Erm, that is, the bulge of his cellphone in his pocket. Check out the photo above, at the phone in Tim Cook’s pocket. It doesn’t quite look like an iPhone, does it? It’s too tall and narrow to be an iPhone 7. However, the iPhone 8 is expected to have a 5.8″ screen, and a new screen size ratio that makes it taller than the iPhone 7, but the same width of the iPhone 7. That means the new iPhone will most certainly be a slightly different shape. In the photo above, it seems obvious that the iPhone in Tim Cook’s pocket bulge is taller than the current iPhone, without being wider. Could this be the iPhone 8?

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iPhone 7 Sales Have Dropped, and We’re to Blame, According to Apple

Sales of the iPhone 7 have suspiciously slowed down more than iPhones usually do at this point in their lifecycle. Tim Cook blames us. More specifically, Tim Cook blames iPhone 8 leakers and people spreading leaks for a drop in demand, stating, “We are seeing a pause in purchases of the iPhone due to earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones.” People seeing how great the iPhone 8 will be are unlikely to want to waste money on the iPhone 7 right now. Cook’s definitely correct, the iPhone 8 leaks we’ve seen have shown off an incredible device that would be a fantastic leap forward in iPhone design, that would certainly cause interest in the current iPhone to drop. However, if the current iPhone wasn’t so shockingly lackluster, customers would still be buying it. 

Tim Cook’s trying to put the blame on iPhone 8 leakers, but he should really be looking at the iPhone 7 (above) a bit more closely. Whoops, sorry, that’s a three year old iPhone 6. You can tell because it still has the popular headphone jack at the bottom. Wait… no, it couldn’t be. Do you think? Could the uninspired iPhone 7 be Apple’s actual problem?
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Tim Cook Threatened to Remove Uber from App Store for Shady Practices

This could have happened years ago.

Uber has engaged in questionable tactics since the company was founded. Long before we found out about the pervasive culture of sexism at Uber and the #deleteUber campaign, Uber was doing everything they could to reduce costs, increase business, and retain customers and drivers, and it would frequently cause them to break rules and even laws. Travis Kalanick, Uber’s founder and CEO, is willing to forgive and cover up sexual harassment, track customers long after their rides, start campaigns to harass and annoy competitor’s drivers, reduce payouts, and even break strikes. That behavior is only recently starting to backfire, as customers have grown fed up, and announced they won’t support such a company. But Uber was almost killed off once before, by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. After finding out Uber was tracking users, Cook called Kalanick into his office, and personally repremended him, even threatening to pull Uber out of the App Store. 

Cook could have saved us a long #deleteUber campaign years ago. 
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Apple Posts Disappointing Profits, Cuts Tim Cook’s Compensation by $1.5M

In the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the season’s most festive patriarch, Clark W. Griswold, finds himself in a conundrum. He’s purchased a new pool for his family, but he’s assuming he’ll receive a bonus as large as the one he received before to pay for it. However, instead of a bonus, his boss handed out memberships to the jelly of the month club, and now he can’t afford his pool. Don’t worry, it all ends up hilariously OK in the end for the Griswolds. Tim Cook, on the other hand, definitely won’t be seeing his usual end of year compensation. 2016 proved to be a disappointing year for everyone (especially Americans and the British), but it was also a disappointing one for Apple. An iPhone with an old design and unpopular removal of the headphone jack for little benefit, a lull in iPhone sales worldwide, the late release of the AirPod wireless headphones for that headphone jack-less iPhone, a MacBook Pro that’s not suitable for professionals, no other new Macs, and a sluggish feeling of malaise as update after update failed to impress reviewers or consumers (with the exception of the Apple Watch) lead to terrible profits. Apple failed to meet their profit and revenue goals for 2016 by a surprising margin, and as such, CEO Tim Cook took a generous pay cut of $1.5 million dollars. $1,500,000. Imagine the size of the pool that could have bought. Tim’s fantasies of luaus and barbecues at his gigantic infinity pool may be cut short by lackluster products.

After not listening to consumers about what we want to see in an iPhone or a Mac, ruining two of the products I cared most about and threatening their futures, I can’t help but feel a little schadenfreude right now. 
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Huge Blow to Apple’s Business in India: No Refurbished Phones Allowed

In India, the average cellphone costs under $150. Only the wealthy few among India’s elites can afford high end smartphones like the iPhone. As such, many smartphone manufacturers make low or mid range phones specifically for the region. A brand new iPhone can cost $700 in India, far outside of the price range of most of India’s struggling citizens. Products like the iPhone 5c were supposed to help boost sales among people with a more limited income, like many in India, but the price just wasn’t low enough to make the iPhone 5c popular in India (or anywhere else, for that matter). The iPhone SE is quite possibly the best deal Apple has ever made, packing modern technology into an smaller, older design for a drastically reduced price, but it still isn’t inexpensive enough to become popular in India. Tim Cook recently went to India to see what he could learn about its people, culture, and how Apple could sell products in the country. His goal was to make the iPhone more affordable in the region, as well as open up Apple Stores in the most populous nation in the world. While he enjoyed his trip and at least one exciting game of Cricket (an extremely popular sport in India), he wasn’t able to make headway into India like he had hoped. 
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AT&T CEO Thinks Apple Should Abandon Protecting Customers

Tim Cook has been adamant: Apple will protect the privacy and security of their users from hackers, thieves, police, and governments using powerful encryption. Politicians like Jeb Bush and Matthew Titone have tried to force Apple to create “backdoors” for their devices, which would open up Apple devices to spying by government agencies from all over the world and hackers. Apple doesn't want to destroy the privacy and security of their devices just so the government can do completely unnecessary spying. The NSA even has come out in favor of strong encryption for Apple devices. So why are politicians fighting for encryption if the NSA doesn't need it? Besides the fact that it makes them look like they're concerned about security (though the encrypted phones do not harm national security), it allows them to set up a sort of police state, where police and federal agencies can see anything that happens on any phone. It's about control. It could even create a 1984 dystopia, with everyone carrying a device around with them that can be used to spy on them, and no matter what the original intention for such a spying tool is, it would inevitably be used to violate the freedoms of all citizens worldwide.

Apple's not just fighting for their U.S. customers with their stance on encryption, they're fighting for global security and to protect their customers in other countries where it may be illegal to speak out against a government. In countries like Saudia Arabia and Russia, LGBT people are considered lawbreakers just for being born, and “crimes” related to homosexuality or transgenderism are punishable by jail time, torture, castration, and death. Cellphone encryption is the only thing that prevents people's secret lives from becoming their demise.

Yet Jeb Bush and now the CEO of AT&T want to change that, removing the privacy of all Americans and putting people's lives in danger in foreign countries, all in the name of seeming more secure. For the sake of an election campaign and police convictions, these people are willing to endanger others.

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Lawmakers Want Unconstitutional Access to Your Phone. At Least One is Running for President

Matthew Titone

Photo credit: Thomas Good

Currently in New York, Matthew Titone (pictured right), a Democratic member of the 61st district state assembly, is trying to pass a bill that would charge retailers who sell smartphones that cannot be broken into by police a whopping $2,500. If you're reading this on an iPhone with a passcode, or an Android device with encryption turned on, your device would have cost your retailer $2,500 to sell it to you in New York. That's because these devices are protected by encryption, and only the owner can unlock it. This protects your personal information, banking details, photos, credit cards, contacts, documents, and emails from hackers, thieves, and yes, even the police. Of course, you do need some protection from the police, and not only if you're a criminal. Police have taken photos off of women's phones and posted them online. Police are human, and just as fallible as civilians. Sometimes more fallible, as they find themselves in a position of power. While some use that position to protect others, some use it to abuse, harass, and violate.

Maybe you're thinking police should be able to have a black door into your phone if they have a warrant. If you trust all police officers that much (that's questionably odd, to trust all people just because of their profession), then you're probably comfortable with this decision. But surely you don't trust hackers. Hackers are great at getting information from “secure” locations. If a universal phone unlock deencryption key exists, it will fall into the wrong hands, and then there will be nothing anyone could do to stop hackers and thieves from getting your personal information.

There's another problem though. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently took phone unlocking a step further. Bush, like his brother, seems to be in favor of warrantless searches, violations of the 5th amendment, to unlock anyone's phone a government agency sees fit. Give an inch, and these politicians will take a mile.

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