News Roundup for December 31
Happy New Year's Eve! Before you succumb to revelry, have a look at the last Apple news update of 2013.
Mac Pro teardown reveals a highly repairable machine. Apple's latest piece of desk jewelry is easy to work with... and on. iFixit has given it an 8/10 for repairability.
The NSA has reportedly had the iPhone hacked since 2008. A report from Der Spiegel suggests that the group's elite hacking unit has been able to fully command an Apple iPhone for the last five years. Hello, Big Brother calling. Meanwhile, Apple told TechCrunch that it never collaborated with the NSA to create an iPhone hack and was unaware of the organization's efforts to do so. The company also made a statement to TechCrunch, saying, "We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who's behind them."
Apple's relationship with its court-appointed monitor worsens. I bet I know who eats alone at Caffè Macs.
Apple: iOS 7 installed on 78% of its mobile devices. Considering that iOS 6 is only a year old, this number means that 96 percent of Apple handhelds are either running either the current or former operating system.
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