Part of Apple’s pitch to customers has long been that their products “just work,” and that’s due in large part to the tight integration between Apple’s hardware and software. And while that’s largely true of the company’s Mac computers, it’s even more true of its mobile devices like iPhones and iPods, which have often been called “walled gardens” because of the tight control Apple exerts over how third-party apps can be used and distributed.

So it’s no surprise that the company has fought tooth and nail against attempts to tear down the wall. Apple has reluctantly made changes to the App Store that it says are meant to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, but the company has complained loudly that these changes make iOS worse for users in the EU (while critics argue that Apple has done everything it can to discourage users and developers from doing anything different anyway). Now Apple could face similar pressure in the United States after the US Department of Justice and 15 states have filed an antitrust suit against the company.

Apple’s App Stores

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Justice Department sues Apple, alleging it illegally monopolized the smartphone market [Associated Press]

The US Department of Justice and 15 states have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company’s iPhone ecosystem stifles competition by only allowing first-party apps to access some features, among other things. Apple counters that the reason its products are popular is because of the tight integration between its first-party hardware and software. But this is a story that will probably take years to fully play out.

Unpatchable vulnerability in Apple chip leaks secret encryption keys [Ars Technica]

Hackers have discovered a hardware vulnerability in Apple’s M series processors that could allow encryption keys to be extracted. Software-based mitigation would probably degrade performance, but the vulnerability is very hard to exploit.

Apple Scraps Plan to Design Display for Watch In-House, Cuts Jobs [Bloomberg]

Apple is reportedly ending an effort to design its own microLED displays for smartwatches and other products. The move is said to have coincided with the decision to scrap work on self-driving cars.

Worse Than I Expected – MSI Claw In-Depth Review [The Phawx / YouTube]

Another review of the MSI Claw handheld gaming PC shows that Intel Meteor Lake might not be ready to compete with AMD’s Ryzen in the handheld space due to power performance AND higher power consumption. (ETA Prime was also underwhelmed).

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  1. MSI really shut themselves in the foot by picking Intel over AMD, considering the well known history of Intel doing a poor job when developing and optimizing their graphics drivers.

    1. Yes, I rather regret my purchase of GPD Win 3 with i7-11635G Intel Iris for gaming use (I like it in most other respects). Halo Infinite is still unusable and has been even with attempting multiple revisions of drivers. It still crashes to desktop. I wish I was in the AMD graphics camp as they seem to be much better at graphics drivers. Realistically, I just wish Intel would up their ability to properly compete in the gaming space.

      1. Unfortunately AMD was not competing in this space during the development and release of the GPD Win 3. And if we had something even low-end like the Aerith Chip (SteamDeck) back then, that would have made the device much better.

        What “killed” this device was the low availablity, high price, low battery life, heat issues, and questionable performance. Also that atrocious keyboard, despite the phenomenal form factor.