Apple Unveils Three New iPhones, Updates Its Watch

Today’s topics include Apple unveiling three new iPhones and a watch that calls for help if you fall, and Google outlining its incident response process for cloud customers.

Apple on Sept. 12 introduced three new iPhones and an update of its Apple Watch. The new iPhone Xs Max’s 6.5-inch screen is larger than any of its predecessors. However, its pricing starts at a whopping $1,099 for 64GB storage.

The other two new models are the iPhone Xs at 5.8 inches and starting at $999 for 64GB and the iPhone XR at 6.1 inches and priced at $749 for 64GB. The three iPhones include a display with better dynamic range, wider stereo sound, speed increases to Face ID and improved water resistance.

The new Apple Watch includes a built-in EKG sensor and a 30 percent larger interface, which incorporates more information, such as travel plans, weather information and sports scores. The watch also incorporates new artificial intelligence that will, if it detects the user has fallen, immediately call emergency services if the wearer doesn’t stop the call within 5 seconds.

Google last week released a white paper describing the company's process for responding to incidents impacting the confidentiality, integrity or availability of customer data.

The paper describes a newly implemented four-phased approach for responding to data incidents. Data incidents are described as breaches of Google security that result in the disclosure, alteration or destruction of customer data in its care.

The first stage involves incident identification using Google’s automated and manual processes of detecting and reporting potential vulnerabilities and incidents. The second phase involves response coordination, where members of a triage team evaluate the incident report, make an initial severity assessment, assign an incident commander and assemble an incident response team.

Third is the incident resolution phase, where the team investigates the incident and gathers relevant facts. Fourth is the assessment phase, which also involves reflection on lessons to be learned and applied in the future.