The Apple and FBI controversy just barely makes it into our top stories again this week, but it’s overshadowed by Apple’s announcement of its upcoming March 21 iPhone SE event, a new OS X ransomware detected in the wild, the release of iOS 9.3 beta 6, and leaks related to the much anticipated iPhone 7.

Apple’s March 21st iPhone SE event

News of Apple’s March 21st event made up most of our top stories this week as Apple confirmed the upcoming “Let us loop you in” event with invites sent out to press. We also put together an extensive look at what we expect to see at the event, which includes the much anticipated 4-inch iPhone SE, a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch models, and more.

  • Coming at Apple’s March 21st event: 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro & new Apple Watch models
  • Apple’s March 21st ‘Let us loop you in’ event is official: 4-inch iPhone SE + 9.7-inch iPad Pro & much more expected

OS X ransomware

  • First OS X ransomware detected in the wild, will maliciously encrypt hard drives on infected Macs [Update: How to fix]

iPhone 7 leaks

  • First purported iPhone 7 case leaks surface: resembles iPhone 6s, no headphone jack
  • Poll: Will you upgrade to the iPhone 7 if the design is largely the same as the 6s?


  • Apple releases iOS 9.3 beta 6 with Night Shift, Touch ID Notes, Verizon Wi-Fi Calling, more
  • Pangu releases a jailbreak for iOS 9.1, Apple TV 4 jailbreak coming soon
  • Apple’s software SVP says quitting multitasking apps not necessary, won’t offer improved battery life

Apple vs FBI

  • Report: Tim Cook, other tech execs attended secret meeting to discuss how to stop Trump
  • President Obama cautions against taking ‘absolutist view’  in Apple/FBI case [Video]
  • Edward Snowden says FBI’s claims are “BS,” explains how they can bypass auto-erase [Video]

This week’s top video:

  • How-To: Disable iOS SpringBoard animations and make your Home screen feel faster [Video]
  • Yoink: A great utility for moving files around OS X [Video]

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