Apple celebrates same-sex marriage with heartwarming iPhone X ads

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New ads celebrate a landmark event.
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Australia recently voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and Apple applauds it in a series of heartwarming new iPhone X ads, titled “First Dance.”

The Australian market ads are part of Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” series, showcasing the amazing videography and photographic capabilities of the iPhone X.

Check them out below.

Australian government tosses flagship Apple Store objections out of court

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Apple's proposed new Australia flagship store.
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An attempt to block construction of Apple’s “global flagship” Apple Store in Melbourne, Australia has failed in Australian parliament.

Brought by the Australian Green Party, the attempt to block the building of the new Apple Store in Federation Square claimed that the government was putting corporate interests ahead of those of the public.

‘Global flagship’ Apple Store will open down under in 2020

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A glimpse at how Apple's new store will eventually appear.
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Apple is opening a new “global flagship” Apple Store in Melbourne, Australia.

Australia’s minister for tourism and major events John Eren described the new venue as being a “major drawcard for visitors and locals,” that would breath “new life into one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks.”

iPhone 8 gets lukewarm reception around the world

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The iPhone 8 queues in Australia weren't what they've been in previous years.
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Fans queuing for the latest iPhone is something customary for new launches, but according to reports from across the globe, demand isn’t what it has been in previous years.

Interest in the new handset seems to be muted, with Apple stores seeing a fraction of the lines that have greeted previous iPhone launches. At Apple stores in New York City, where typically hundreds of fans are queued up for hours to buy the iPhone, the entire line was gone within the first hour of the store opening.

Apple execs meet with Australian government to talk encryption

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The Australian government is no fan of strong encryption
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Australia may not be one of Apple’s biggest markets, but that doesn’t mean that Apple’s not taking its impending law changes regarding strong encryption seriously.

In fact, according to a new report, Apple has flown to of its top privacy executives to the country over the past month to lobby the government over its demands. Apple representatives met with Australian Attorney-General George Brandis and members of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government this week to discuss cybersecurity.

Australia wants Apple to create an iPhone backdoor

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Apple is unlikely to be totally on-board.
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Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis is set to meet with a representative from Apple this week to discuss the subject of strong encryption, and how this relates to police and intelligence agency investigations.

Brandis is reportedly pushing for Apple to create a backdoor that would allow security agencies to circumvent Apple’s current end-to-end encryption.

Australian watchdog says Apple punishes customers for third-party repairs

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Investigation was sparked by Apple's disastrous Error 53 fault.
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Apple’s Australia headaches are continuing, as the country’s Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) consumer watchdog has filed a lawsuit against the company.

The suit is based on an investigation into Apple’s business practices, sparked by the disastrous Error 53 fault which disabled iPhones which had a home button or cables related to Touch ID replaced by an unauthorized third-party.

Apple’s Sydney store cleared due to possible bomb threat

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The George Street Apple store was evacuated.
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Apple’s flagship retail store in Sydney, Australia, was temporarily evacuated earlier today as part of a “police operation.”

A sniffer dog was spotted entering the building, while the three-story venue was cleared of customers by police, who also diverted local traffic. According to one customer who was evacuated, store employees were talking about a bomb threat. She noted that police were “very firm in telling people to leave immediately.”