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(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. was sued by a Houston lawyer who claims his iPhone inadvertently allowed an unknown person to eavesdrop on his private conversation with a client.
Apple has come under fire for a bug in its iOS 12.1 iPhone software that lets outsiders listen to conversations held during live video group chats using the company’s FaceTime feature.
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Attorney Larry Williams II said the glitch intrudes on the privacy of “one’s most intimate conversations without consent,” according to the complaint he filed in state court in Houston. He said he was eavesdropped on while taking sworn testimony during a client deposition.
Williams is seeking unspecified punitive damages on his claims of negligence, product liability, misrepresentation and warranty breach.
Apple representatives didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment on the complaint.
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1976 – Apple is founded
Steve Jobs (L) forms Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak (R) on April 1, 1976. Following the success of their first computer, they incorporate Apple Computer, Inc. on Jan. 3, 1977.
1976 – Apple I
The first computer, the Apple I, is hand-built by Wozniak in Jobs’ parents’ garage in Palo Alto, California, U.S.. Originally sold as a do-it-yourself-kit, it is later introduced at the local Homebrew Computer Club and sold for $666.
1977 – Apple II
Twelve months after the first Apple is launched, an upgraded version is released at the West Coast Computer Fair. The 8-bit Apple II features a 1MHz processor and goes on to become one of the first successful mass-produced microcomputers.
1980 – Apple III
In 1980, Apple launches its first business-oriented machine. A cousin of the pre-existing Apple II, the main difference is the introduction of a full typewriter keyboard. 1980 also sees Apple's first Initial Public Offering (IPO). The interest generated in the shares created instant millionaires of the initial investors.
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1983 – Lisa
Apple launches its most sophisticated technology package with Lisa, the first personal computer that offered graphical user interface (GUI). Despite a number of technological advances such as 1 MB RAM, a double-sided floppy disc drive, Lisa's high cost ($9,995) means it never achieves success, selling only 100,000 units.
1983 – John Sculley joins Apple
John Sculley (pictured here in 1988) leaves Pepsi-Cola and joins Apple as the new CEO.
1984 – Macintosh
Apple’s first affordable computer, the Macintosh, complete with GUI (graphical user interface) and intuitive layer among its other features, is introduced via the iconic "1984" Super Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott on Jan. 22, 1984. Two days later, Jobs presents the new Mac (costing $2,495) to Apple's shareholders at an annual meeting.
1984 – Apple IIc
Apple's first foray into the portable computer market sees the 1984 launch of the Apple IIc (held by Jobs, L). The setup lacks a display and power supply but comes with a keyboard, a floppy drive and rear peripheral expansion ports.
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1985 – Jobs resigns from Apple
A board meeting in April 1985 authorizes Sculley (R) to remove Jobs from all roles except that of chairman. Jobs resigns from Apple in October.
1987 – Apple.com
Apple.com is one of the first hundred companies to register a domain in the burgeoning world of the Internet.
1987 to 1989 – Apple expands
In May 1987, under Sculley’s leadership, Apple issues its first corporate stock dividend with the company's stock splitting a month later on June 19. Apple acquires five new companies, adding to its repertoire of expertise across numerous technology fields.
1991 to 1994 – Power Macintosh
On Oct. 2, 1991, Apple forms the AIM Alliance, partnering with long-time competitors IBM and Motorola. Three years later, the Power Macintosh is launched, featuring PowerPC processors from the two partners.
1993 – Newton
Apple's Newton project begins in 1987 and launches the first of a series of devices that become known as 'Personal Digital Assistants' in 1993. Running the Newton OS and featuring handwriting recognition, the Newton range is sold until 1998.
1996 – Apple buys NeXt
Apple purchases NeXt, the company Jobs founded after leaving Apple. The purchase heralds Jobs' return to Apple and NeXt's newly developed operating system becomes the foundation of the Mac OS X and all Apple's operating systems thereafter.
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1997 – Jobs returns
On July 9, Jobs steps in as interim CEO after former CEO Gil Amelio’s ouster from the company. On Aug. 6, Jobs (pictured) announces a strategic partnership with direct competitor Microsoft. On Nov. 10, the Apple store is launched – an online retail store based on a new custom-build manufacturing strategy.
1998 – iMac
The iMac is introduced. Highlighting an emphasis on product design, the iMac instantly connects with consumers with simple, colorful and self-contained units requiring minimal wiring or technical set-up.
1999 – Power Macintosh G4
The new Power Macintosh G4 is introduced and supports the use of Wireless LAN technology that connects computers to networks. In the same year, the iBook is also launched.
2000 – Power Mac G4 Cube
Sold between 2000 and 2001, the G4 Cube is a radical departure from previous Apple incarnations. Designed by Jonathan Ive, the eight-inch cube, suspended in a crystal-clear enclosure, runs in virtual silence and is less than a fourth the size of most other personal computers of the day.
2001 – Mac OS X and the Apple Store
Touted as virtually crash-proof, the first of the new-line of Mac OS (operating system) X is released by Apple. The ‘aqua’ look and feel, the soft edges and translucent colors make it refreshing to use. In the same year, the first Apple retail store made its debut in Virginia, U.S.
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2001 – iPod
At an event in Cupertino, California in 2001, Apple launches its new portable digital music player, the iPod, capable of holding up to 1,000 songs. Available with 5GB of storage space, the iPod melds designs aesthetics from a Braun radio and a Bang & Olufsen telephone to create a device that sells over 350 million units by 2012.
2003 – Power Mac G5
On April 28, Apple launches the new iTunes store that allows music downloads for 99 cents. The same year sees Apple’s most powerful computer yet - the Power Mac G5 - breaking away from the plastic surrounds of previous designs toward a sleeker aluminum enclosure.
2004 – New iMac
Apple launches the new iMac, a streamlined all-in-one machine suspended from an aluminium foot. At 1.9 inches (five centimeters) deep, it is the world’s thinnest desktop.
2005 – Mac Mini
Keen to introduce the world of Mac at a lower price point, the Mac Mini launches in 2005. Sold as a BYODKM (Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard, and Mouse), the Mini is sold on its own, minus any peripherals. The latest iteration is the only Apple device featuring an HDMI port, reflecting the Mini's desire to be a home-theater hub alternative to Apple TV.
2005 to 2006 – Intel Inside
On June 6, 2005, Jobs announces Apple will begin to make computers featuring Intel-based processors.
(Pictured) Jobs on stage with Intel Corp. CEO Paul Otellini in January 2006 as he announces the first machines to feature Intel's Core Duo chips. Jobs is holding a silicon wafer of microprocessors.
2006 – MacBook and MacBook Pro
The transition to Intel-based processors sees Apple launch the high-end MacBook Pro in Jan. 2006 and the plastic-bodied MacBook (pictured) in May. The Macbook replaces the iBook and PowerBook laptop ranges, while the higher-specification MacBook Pro is the successor to the PowerBook G4 range.
2007 – Apple TV
Originally named iTV, Apple TV goes on sale in 2007. Created with an internal hard drive, developments in product strategies mean the set-top box evolves into a stand-alone product, streaming content from iTunes and the iTunes store; later versions are sold without hard disc storage.
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2007 – iPhone
The announcement of the iPhone in January 2007 garners massive interest and attention. Customers queue up for days prior to the phone’s June launch. The year also sees the official name of the company shortened to Apple Inc.
2008 – MacBook Air
The 2008 Macworld Convention and Expo sees the introduction of the new ultra-thin MacBook Air. The Air's machined-aluminum case creates a balance of weight and strength and, coupled with the custom-designed Intel Merom CPU, the 13.3-inch Air is the thinnest laptop in the world when it goes on sale.
2009 – Jobs announces he is ill
Jobs announces a six-month medical leave of absence. The company’s stocks fall as a result of the news.
2010 – iPad
The first generation of the iPad is unveiled in January 2010 and released on April 3. Some critics dismiss the product a nothing more than a giant iPhone, but, by 2011, financial results show the iPad is generating a reverse "halo" effect and prompting customers to buy more Apple products because of its success.
2011 – Steve Jobs dies
Jobs resigns as Apple CEO owing to ill health. On Oct. 5, 2011, he loses his long battle with pancreatic cancer and dies at his home in Palo Alto. Tim Cook is named as his successor.
2013 – Mac Pro
December 2013 sees the relaunch of the top-of-the-range Mac Pro. Totally redesigned, the Mac Pro has a sleek cylindrical aluminum body, is cooled by a single fan and offers twice the processing power of its predecessor.
2014 – Apple Pay
At the September 2014 event that sees the launch of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple also announced Apple Pay. The new digital payment system allows certain Apple devices to make authorized payments via an e-wallet system. As of Aug. 2018, this service is available only in select countries, a list of which can be found here.
April 2015 – Apple Watch
On April 24, Cook (pictured) launches Apple's first wearable device. Dubbed the iWatch (in keeping with previous products), the new Apple Watch features a touch-sensitive screen, fitness tracking and inductive charging.
2016 - AirPods
Along with the iPhone 7 and updates to the Apple watch, Cook announces the launch of AirPods – wireless ear buds that can sense when they're in your ears and work automatically. They are compatible with most of the company's devices - iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac - and operate with a custom-designed Apple W1 chip designed for efficient wireless operation and clear sound.
August 2017 – Original video content
Apple forays into the entertainment industry with original content production and programming, according to The Wall Street Journal. Seen as an attempt to expand Apple Music, the technology company is expected to enter the video-on-demand market with an initial investment of nearly $1 billion.
September 2017 – iPhone X
At the first event held at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, the company introduces the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone, among other products like the Apple TV 4k. The iPhone X is described by Cook as “a product that will set the path for technology for the next decade.”
2018 – A $1 trillion company
Apple finds a place in financial history by becoming the first ever publicly traded U.S. company to record a market value of $1 trillion. As of Aug. 2, 2018, the company’s shares have risen by 1,100 percent since 2007, when the first iPhone was sold.
2018 – Three new models
The XS, XS Max and XR – three new big-screen iPhone models were unveiled at a keynote event on Sept. 12. While the XS Max will have the biggest iPhone display ever (with a 6.5in screen), the cheaper XR comes equipped with a breakthrough Liquid Retina display. All models come with A12 bionic chip, which would enable the devices to be faster and capable of more functionalities than its predecessors. It is said to consume 50 percent less power than the A11 cores too.
2018 – Watch Series 4
The latest generation of Apple Watch was also unveiled at the event. Re-engineered from the core, it boasts a brand new electrical heart sensor and the largest device display to date. Along with the standard models, the Series 4 will also offer special Nike+ and Hermès variants.
The bug allowed a user to call someone on FaceTime and automatically begin hearing the other person before they picked up the call. The other person wasn’t aware that the caller can hear them.
This glitch would when a user created a FaceTime conference call, put in their phone number, and then added the number of another person. The flaw also allowed video to be sent if the other user clicked either their power button or one of the volume controls.
Apple mitigated the problem on Monday by remotely disabling multi-person FaceTime. It also said it would release a software update later this week to fix the issue.
The case is Williams v Apple Inc., 2019-06645, 133 Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas (Houston).
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