Apple doubles down on sports and security

Apple Sports app launches; new iMessage cryptography coming soon.

A pair of Apple announcements today illustrate just how diverse the company’s endeavors are. One is all fun and games; the other is deadly serious.

First, the consequential bit: Apple’s security researchers want you to know that they are hard at work future-proofing iMessage to keep it safe from next-gen attacks that could shred today’s best encryption methods.

The company plans a post-quantum cryptography update that will make iMessage more secure than ever. You can expect it in March.

On a lighter note, the Apple Sports app is here. It’s a free app (available in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada to start) that makes it easy for sports fans to track their favorite teams and leagues.

It serves up scores, stats and even betting odds on various sports leagues, with more to come. (I’m hoping Apple adds professional darts.)

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