Briefing: We Fired The Editor (Since Rehired), etc.

01.

The idiot in the mirror: "You may have seen a viral headline floating around over the last few days: Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year, which was extracted from iPhones," begins Motherboard's Jason Koebler. "Almost none of what was reported is true." Oh well good thing that was never mentioned here then (loosens tie around collar). Koebler continues: "Here is the truth: Apple paid independent recyclers to recycle old electronics—which were almost never Apple products, by the way—because it’s required by law to do so. Far from banking $40 million on the prospect, Apple likely ended up taking an overall monetary loss. This is not because Apple is a bad actor or is hiding anything, it’s simply how the industry works."

02.

The MacStories iOS 10 concept video — many of these ideas seem more inevitable than wishlist, but still a well done and fun look at what could be.

03.

Up periscope: "Apple patents ultra-compact folding telephoto lens for mobile devices." — well that looks...inelegant? via AppleInsider.

04.

Worth every penny: "Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job." Comey's salary of $183,300 times his remaining 7 years and 4 months works out to $1.34 million, which isn't that bad considering all the valuable data we were able to pull from...oh. Right. Never mind.

05.

iOS 9 adaption hits 84% roughly two months out from an expected announcement of iOS 10 at WWDC. For a free reference point — Google's Android Marshmallow currently sits at just 4.6%.