iMore show 498: #StandWithApple

On this episode Georgia talks Error 53, Rene talks Johny Srouji, and Michael Gartenberg joins us to talk Tim Cook and Apple vs. the FBI. Plus our favorite non-Apple tech and your questions answered!

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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • If you'd like to support Apple's stance on privacy, there is a White House petition at
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  • Yep this is only a PR stunt by Apple. Shamelessly using the lives of those lost in the mass shootings to drive more profit. Anyone that sees different is lost...
  • How are they going to get more profit because of this? Privacy is important. And security are important. It's not a PR stunt. It's part of freedom. You should be free of worrying about someone, even a government. From breaking into your phone. By making a back door. They would be making it easier for ANYONE to get into your phone. Nefarious governments? Hackers?
  • I try not to bring up politics here but petitioning the Obama admin, or any democrat admin for that matter about supporting privacy and individual liberty is laughable at best. Now having said that the other side of the aisle doesn't have that much better of a record either. I personally believe that freedom and liberty are far more important than a false sense of security provided by an overbearing government.
  • More like #ProtectTheTerrorist imore. Stupid Idiots. Every time Tim Cook speaks, or I visit this site I get closer to throwing my iPhone against a wall and buying a Samsung.
  • #1 apologist apple site on the net! But, at least Rene is classy enough not to ban folks for disagreeing with him.
  • Looks like the public is siding with the FBI on this issue.
  • Yes, and a Canadian is the loudest voice about keeping that phone locked. A CANADIAN is trying to tell American's how we should feel. Why not just use a Bashar Al-Assad or Kim Jong Un to tell us why we should keep it locked? The FBI doesn't want the phone, they already have it. The FBI just wants the info off of the phone, without the ability to unlock other phones, but you can't mash that into Rene's brain.
  • Die in privacy, Or live in security.
  • Of course I stand with Apple, but don't pretend that there is some altruism behind their decision or that, big picture, this stand could hurt Apple somehow. Consumer security is a a big part of Apple's business model. For the economic/educational strata of their core brand consumers (not just iPhones,) personal privacy is going to be more important than knee-jerk patriotism. They made the most practical stand for Apple.