Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
New Problem: Just days after Apple (AAPL) patched one vulnerability in iOS, a digital security firm says it has found another potential flaw in its mobile operating system, the Telegraph notes. Researchers at FireEye (FEYE) say they were able to inset software into iOS devices that allowed them to track screen taps and transmit that data via remote servers. Using the app, hackers would be able to see any email, text or document typed on an iPad or iPhone. FireEye has alerted Apple to the flaw. So far, the researchers claim there is no evidence that any hackers have exploited the flaw and their work was only a demonstration of the ability to leverage the vulnerability in iOS software. On Friday, Apple quietly released a software update to eliminate a flaw in iOS that caused iPhones and iPads to ignore security certificate (SSL) checks when communicating with websites, potentially giving hackers on the same mobile network the opportunity to read supposedly-secure data sent from Apple mobile devices.
Objection: Apple has joined a number of other companies and politicians pressing Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would allow religiously-devout business owners to refuse service to gay customers under some circumstances, Fortune notes. The bill, passed by the Arizona legislature last week, has draw sharp criticism from a business leaders in Arizona that fear a potential boycott of the state. Apple is completing a large sapphire component factory in Mesa, Ariz., built in partnership with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), which is expected to produce sapphire covers for upcoming iPhones. Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimation Act (ENDA), legislation barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace.
Monument: When Apple’s new headquarters is completed, it will include a sculpture meant to commemorate the life of its co-founder and late CEO Steve Jobs, AppleInsider notes. Sculptor Dragan Radenovic showed off a model of the artwork in Belgrade on Monday. The scupture is an obelisk with a bust of Jobs head on top. Below the bust, letters and numbers emerge from the obelisk displaying Cyrillic letters and binary code’s 1 and 0. The sculpture was chosen by Apple management through a contest that drew more than 10,000 entries. Once it receives final approval from Apple, the full-scale sculpture — standing between three and five meters tall — will be completed and eventually be sent to Cupertino, Calif.
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