Apple showed off smaller, new versions of its iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet devices Monday, at an event where CEO Tim Cook also emphasized the company’s arguments against the U.S. government over encryption.
“We need to decide as a nation how much power the government should have over our data and over our privacy,” Cook said at the event at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Apple has been fighting the Justice Department over a court order that it help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the terrorists in December’s deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.
He said he has been humbled by the outpouring of support he’s received from people all across the country, adding that he never expected the company to be at odds with its own government.
“We have a responsibility to protect your data and your privacy,” he said. “We will not shrink from this responsibility.”
The headliners of Apple’s event were the iPhone SE, a new smartphone that shrinks the look of its latest generation of the iPhone down to a smaller 4-inch screen, and a smaller version of its iPad Pro tablet. The cheapest iPhone SE starts at $399, and the smaller iPad Pro starts at $599.
The company also introduced new watchbands for its Apple Watch, which got a $100 price cut to an entry price of $299.
An update to Apple mobile operating system known as iOS — the software that runs handheld gadgets — included a new perk that will automatically reduce blue-light wavelengths, which some people say trick your brain into sleeplessness, from your iPhone screen during nighttime.