UK police mugging muggers, Watch tumbles, Korean developer disquiet


(Image form the Mac Observer)
(Image form the Mac Observer)

UK police turn to stealing in-use iPhones from suspects on the street, bypassing encryption — UK law enforcement has turned to legalised “street robbery” to avail themselves of suspected criminals’ iPhones, snatching them after the owner unlocks them to prevent contents from being irretrievable by forensics teams.

Apple Watch sales drop 71% year-over-year — While the smartwatch market took a tumble this quarter, the overall wearables market grew 3.1% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16). Total wearables shipments reached 23 million in the quarter, according to data from the International Data Corporation, (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker.
That places Apple in fourth place among global wearable device vendors, trailing Fitbit, Xiaomi, and Garmin. However, Apple is still the dominate smartwatch maker with just over 40% of the market — though that’s down from just over 70% in the third quarter of 2015. (IDC considers the wearables market to include smartwatch, fitness trackers and other devices.) [Delete? Apple is usually ruthless with anything that doesn’t turn a huge profit.]

South Korean developers complain Apple’s iOS app refund terms causing financial problems — Developers in South Korea are decrying the iOS App Store’s refund policy, saying they are spending an inordinate amount of time cracking down on customers who have claimed to need a refund for an app’s purchase by minors, yet are still consuming resources.