It was a fairly quiet week by Apple's standards as the firm and its millions of fans wait expectantly for the next iPhone, whether it turns out to be the iPhone 6S, 7 and/or 6C. Ahead of that momentous event, here are the biggest Apple stories from the past seven days.
An Italian teenager discovered a previously unknown zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Mac OS X platform that could be exploited by hackers to allow privileged access to Mac systems.
A proof-of-concept was released by Luca Todesco, 18, who said the exploit uses bugs to corrupt the memory in the operating system, which can then be used to access the system root shell.
The flaw, dubbed 'tpwn', is said to affect all versions of Yosemite, including the recently patched 10.10.5, but reportedly does not affect El Capitan.
Details of the flaw have been published on GitHub, and Todesco has faced criticism for contacting Apple about the problem only a few hours before publishing his findings.
This is kinda getting out of proportion. Best outcome for me would have simply been to stay quiet. I had reasons to drop it the other day.— Luca Todesco (@qwertyoruiop) August 17, 2015
Apple appears to be building a driverless car and is looking for a secure location to conduct tests, according to documents obtained by The Guardian, indicating that the rumoured ‘iCar' may be further down the development road than first thought.
The Guardian received correspondence from a Public Records Act request in which Apple engineer Frank Fearnon wrote: "We would ... like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it]."
This suggests that Apple is following Google and its more public driverless car project, and looking at the potential to partner with other companies, likely to be car manufacturers, to bring the car to the road.
The documents indicate that Apple is looking for secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test autonomous vehicle technology. A disused World War II-era facility is being suggested as a potential location.
Samsung's share of the smartphone market fell by almost five percent in the second quarter of 2015 as the Galaxy S6 failed to meet the challenge from Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.
Data from Gartner showed that Samsung's share of the smartphone market in Q2 2015 was 19.9 percent, compared with 26.2 percent in the same period last year and 24.2 percent in Q1 of 2015.
This was caused by Samsung shipping just 72 million smartphones in Q2, of a market total of 329 million. This was a notable decline on the 76 million shipped in the year-ago quarter from a smaller market total of 290 million.
In contrast, Apple saw its portion of the market increase year on year. The firm shipped 48 million phones in Q2 2015 to take a 14.6 percent share of the market. This was an increase on the 12.2 percent share in Q2 2014 and 43 million phones shipped.
It was, however, a decrease on the 60 million shipments and 17.9 percent market share in Q1 2015, although this is to be expected as its devices were newer to the market after their September release.
Apple Watch competitor Swatch has trademarked 'One more thing,' the phrase made famous by Apple founder Steve Jobs when introducing new surprise products. The trademark was apparently approved and registered in May 2015.
Q3 losses reverse Q2 gains
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