AWT News Update: January 14, 2016

Here's what's news in the world of Apple today:

  • Tim Cook got a bit miffed with administration officials at a recent encryption meeting
  • Samsung's going to invest a lot of money in production of displays for iPhones
  • Another public beta came out today
  • Apple Music had a bit of annoying downtime this morning

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 14, 2016.

According to the news site The Intercept, things got a little hot between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Obama administration officials during a recent meeting over encryption. Cook said that the White House should come out in favor of no backdoors in encryption, and criticized the administration for a lack of leadership. The administration doesn’t seem to have been swayed by Cook’s argument, insisting instead on a “balance” between privacy and national security. The administration gave up on legislation that would have mandated backdoors back in September 2015, but the White House has continued pressuring tech companies to open up their encryption schemes to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Samsung is looking at investing close to $7.5 billion in new production facilities for producing screens for future versions of the iPhone. ETNews of South Korea reports that Samsung and Apple decided on the terms of a contract allowing Samsung to create flexible OLED panels for new iPhones. Back in November, we reported that Apple was considering moving to OLED panels like those used on the Apple Watch for future iPhone displays, possibly in 2018. LG Display, which also makes displays for Apple, is also expanding its OLED production facilities as a result.

In addition to the first public beta of iOS 9.3 that we told you about on the website earlier today, Apple has also released the first public beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4. We like to warn those who are considering installing a beta to make sure that they do so on a non-critical Mac or iOS device and that they do a full backup prior to installing beta software. If you’re intrigued by the idea of being a beta tester and haven’t yet signed up for the public program, point your web browser to and sign up.

Apple Music had a bit of downtime this morning, with some users finding that they couldn’t listen to music on the streaming service. For those who were using the iOS app to listen to Apple Music, they were asked to sign up for the service a second time. Apple’s System Status web page acknowledged the downtime of about two hours, mentioning that “users experienced a problem with the iTunes store” and that “some users were affected”.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of the AWT News Update.