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How Apple can win in streaming video

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:48

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Apple doesn’t necessarily need to use a streaming service to create revenue,” Daniel B. Kline writes for The Motley Fool. “It needs one to make upgrading your iPhone more attractive.”

“Apple hasn’t revealed many details of its upcoming Apple TV+ streaming video service,” Kline writes. “With Disney+ launching at $6.99 a month with multiple Marvel shows, a Star Wars series (with a second to come), and the entire Disney children’s catalog, there’s really no price point where Apple can compete. That’s why the company shouldn’t try to. It should focus on having a few shows and movies that people want to watch and then give the service away to users of its latest devices.”

“The video service could create that upgrade desire. Apple could make its streaming offering free for users on the latest version of iOS,” Kline writes. “If that version only works well (or at all) on newer phones, then getting access to top-tier free content might help push consumers to upgrade sooner.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Speeding up the rate of iPhone and iPad replacements would massively move the needle for Apple, easily generating far more revenue than new content investments require.

When buying a Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, etc. gets you access to FREE exclusive hit series and other content, Apple’s so-called “competitors” will be deer in the headlights, with nothing to offer but their typical Apple knockoff products. They’ll then be forced to sign deals with other outlets to offer free NON-EXCLUSIVE content that can be found elsewhere.

Apple devices sales will increase, meaning the install base will increase, meaning Apple Services will increase and the cost of exclusive original content will bar the low-margin fragmandroid bottom-of-the-barrel scrapers from ever following. Hey Haw! — MacDailyNews, October 10, 2018

SEE ALSO:
More U.S. households now subscribe to streaming services than cable/satellite TV – March 19, 2019
Apple is ready to unveil their big bet on television – March 19, 2019
Netflix won’t take part in Apple’s upgraded TV app – March 18, 2019
Apple’s original content: Free to owners of Apple devices – March 18, 2019
Analyst: Apple is planning to give billions of dollars in video content away for free – March 18, 2019
Apple patent application for Apple TV interface reveals aspects of live TV streaming service – February 5, 2019
Apple’s deep bench of original programming continues to grow – January 18, 2019
Apple plans to give away original content for free to device owners as part of new digital TV strategy – October 10, 2018

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

JCPenney explains why it dropped Apple Pay

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:05

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“The retailer now claims the move was necessitated by the April 13, 2019 deadline in the U.S. for supporting EMV contactless chip functionality,” Perez reports. “As of this date, all terminals at U.S. merchants locations that accept contactless payments must actively support EMV contactless chip functionality, and the legacy MSD (magnetic stripe data) contactless technology must be retired. JCPenney was not ready to comply, it seems, so it switched off all contactless payment options as a result.”

“JCPenney is hinting here at low Apple Pay adoption among its customer base — as the ‘vast majority’ of shoppers pay using a physical card,” Perez reports. “That means the retailer’s decision to re-enable Apple Pay at a later date may still be in question — especially as this change allows JCPenney to fully take back ownership of customer purchase data.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: JCPenney can’t afford modern cash register terminals or are they just too busy getting their bankruptcy materials in order?

SEE ALSO:
JCPenney abruptly drops Apple Pay Support from its retail stores and mobile app – April 22, 2019

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

Sprint and AT&T settle ‘5G E’ lawsuit; AT&T will continue to use ‘blatantly misleading’ 5G E logo

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:25

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“Both companies declined to discuss the agreement beyond noting that it was amicable, so we don’t know what the terms of the settlement were,” Robertson reports. “It doesn’t sound like AT&T is changing its practices, and we don’t know whether it compensated Sprint in some way, or if Sprint essentially just dropped the case.”

Robertson reports, “Even though all the carriers have been arguably guilty of over-hyping their 5G progress, though, the ‘5G E’ logo introduction was unusually egregious — and now it looks like AT&T won’t be going to court over it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last month:

AT&T obviously believes their current and potential customers are stupid which seems like stupid marketing to us.

SEE ALSO:
AT&T’s misleadingly marketed ‘5G E’ network not faster than 4G on T-Mobile and Verizon – March 22, 2019
Sprint blasts AT&T for peddling ‘fake 5G’ in full-page NYT ad – March 12, 2019
Sprint sues AT&T for peddling fake 5G label on a 4G service – February 8, 2019
Some AT&T iPhones displaying misleading ‘5G E’ icon in iOS 12.2 beta – February 4, 2019
AT&T says it will have nationwide 5G by early 2020 – January 9, 2019

Teen sues Apple for $1 billion, claims facial-recognition software falsely linked him to Apple Store thefts

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:45

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“Bah said he had previously lost a non-photo learner’s permit, which may have been found or stolen by the real thief and used as identification in Apple stores,” Van Voris reports. “As a result, Bah claimed, his name may have been mistakenly connected to the thief’s face in Apple’s facial-recognition system, which he said the company uses in its stores to track people suspected of theft.”

“Apple and Security Industry Specialists Inc., a security firm that’s also named as a defendant, declined to comment on the suit,” Van Voris reports.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: $1 billion? Did he hold his pinky to his lips when he asked for that?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

Ars Technica reviews Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ flagship: Too many compromises at too high a price

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:19

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“As usual, Samsung is gunning for the title of ‘spec-sheet champion’ with the Galaxy S10, and the company is turning in devices with bigger displays, bigger batteries, faster SoCs, more RAM, and more storage. This is one of the first devices that gives us a look at the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC,” Amadeo writes. “The Galaxy S10+ can hit even more stratospherically high configurations — and prices — that would rival some laptops, topping out at 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage for a whopping $1,600.”

“Since this is a Samsung phone, let’s talk crapware! This is an unlocked phone direct from Samsung, so with no carrier involvement, this is as good as it gets. Despite being a premium, $1,000 smartphone, the Galaxy S10 comes loaded with ads, even my unlocked version,” Amadeo writes. “There are apps from Flipboard and Spotify as well as a unremovable version of Facebook. McAfee Anti-virus is baked into the operating system as ‘security,’ and the Samsung Gallery app wants to share my location with Foursquare. The storage management settings, which is just a simple file-cleanup app, is ‘Powered by Qihoo 360,’ a Chinese security company. A caller-ID feature built into the phone app is provided by a company called ‘Hiya.’ … [Samsung’s One UI is] a messy pile of apps from Google, apps from Samsung, and apps that basically boil down to Samsung selling space for rent on your $1,000 smartphone. There is a clear priority here: Samsung’s interests are valued over the interests of the user.”

“I think when you are charging $900-$1,000 for an Android phone, you ought to be able to offer the whole smartphone package. But Samsung’s cluttered software and its historic inability to deliver the latest functionality and security improvements in Android make the Galaxy S10 a tough sell at this ultra-premium price point,” Amadeo writes. “High prices come with high expectations. You’ll have to accept a lot of compromises with the Galaxy S10, and I just don’t see a reason to.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Gimmicky junk loaded with junkware that simply cannot compete with Apple’s clean iPhone XS Max with its unparalleled Apple A12 SoC and pristine, unified, coherent ecosystem.

It’s not just a collection of hardware bullet points, although Apple does very well on that front, too – it’s the full experience. And, the more you add to it – Mac, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple Music, iCloud storage, HomePod, AirPods, etc. – the better it gets!

Android settlers cannot even come anywhere near to the experience that’s delivered by the Apple ecosystem. The best that those who settle for Android phones can manage to cobble together is downright pitiful in comparison to what any Apple iPhone user has by default. — MacDailyNews, April 10, 2019

SEE ALSO:
Three simple reasons why I won’t downgrade to an Android phone – April 10, 2019

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

Analyst predicts Apple dividend increase with $35 billion buyback extension

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:28

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“In the view of Wells Fargo, Apple will be providing more cash to investors from the significant sum it repatriated to the United States,” Owen reports.

“For 2019, it is thought the share repurchase authorization will be around $35 billion. While considerable to most companies, this is relatively low compared to 2018, where Apple authorized buybacks worth $100 billion, but it is similar in size to those offered in 2016 and 2017,” Owen reports. “Using historical data, Wells Fargo also anticipates an increase in share dividend of around 10 percent. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ll find out for sure on April 30th when Apple reports results and announces updates to the company’s capital return program after the closing bell.

Beleaguered Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch after test units break

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 23:57

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“The Galaxy Fold is the first foldable phone to launch in the United States, but early review units, including one tested by CNBC, were breaking,” Haselton reports. “After just two days of use, the screen on CNBC’s test unit began flickering and then stopped working completely.”

Haselton reports, “Samsung began taking preorders for the $1,980 Galaxy Fold earlier this month.”

The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. Hard to know if this is widespread or not. pic.twitter.com/G0OHj3DQHw

— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019

After one day of use… pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9

— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019

SUPER YIKES: something happened to my Galaxy Fold screen and caused a bulge. I don’t know how it happened, and I’m waiting to hear back from Samsung. It’s broken. https://t.co/p1014uB01D pic.twitter.com/3FZJkWtSKr

— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) April 17, 2019

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Galaxy Fiasco.

Karma. She is one beautiful bitch!

SEE ALSO:
Beleaguered Samsung postpones Galaxy Fold media events – April 22, 2019
Hey, Samsung, what’s the point of being first, if you can’t be good? – April 19, 2019
Samsung Galaxy Fold display failures raise specter of Note 7 fiasco – April 18, 2019
CNBC reviews Samsung Galaxy Fold: Completely unusable after just two days of use – April 17, 2019
The Verge reviews Samsung Galaxy Fold: Screen broke after just a day – April 17, 2019
Samsung Galaxy Fold display issues emerge immediately – April 17, 2019
Ugly wrinkle for Samsung: Galaxy Fold sports a nasty crease running down the middle of the display – March 21, 2019
absolute joke – March 14, 2019
Apple’s glass supplier says it’ll be ready for real, durable foldable iPhones within ‘a couple of years’ – March 5, 2019
Apple patent application reveals foldable iPhone with self-heating display, lock-out mechanism to protect against cold weather damage – February 28, 2019
If Apple does a foldable iPhone, then folding phones will have been done right – February 28, 2019

How to make your Mac more energy efficient

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 22:14

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “April 22 is Earth Day!” Jay Vrijenhoek writes for Intego. “Fun fact: each year Apple retail stores color the Apple logo’s leaf green in celebration.”

“Earth Day is all about awareness of our environmental impact, and as the saying goes, it starts with you,” Vrijenhoek writes. “Today is a great day to learn how to better care for the environment—and, as a side effect of increased energy efficiency, you may even save money in the process.”

Vrijenhoek writes, “By tweaking your Mac’s settings, and perhaps fine-tuning some of your hardware, you can run a more energy-efficient system and do your bit for Earth Day (and every day thereafter).”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Cleaning out the dust from inside your Mac can really help with fans that spin up more often to keep things cool!

5 mistakes new Mac users make

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 21:25

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“Don’t listen to others when they advise you to immediately installer add-ons, or give you tips to customize your Mac,” Rosenzweig writes. “Learn to use macOS in its default configuration first, which is best for most users.”

“Also avoid the habit of shutting your Mac down and instead let it sleep,” Rosenzweig writes. “And absolutely avoid installing maintenance or anti-virus apps. Most are useless and many are actually harmful.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good advice, as usual, from Gary. Follow it, new Mac users, and welcome to the world’s most advanced operating system!

Why I’ve learned to hate my Apple Watch

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 20:42

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “In a perfect world, the Apple Watch Series 4 could be great. With a few easy settings, a glance at the watch would deliver time, temperature, the dial-in details for your next appointment or many other things that would be helpful. This would be in an ideal world. I don’t live in an ideal world. I live in Jersey. (No wisecracks; that’s my job),” Evan Schuman writes for Computerworld. “As such, I have quickly learned to hate my Apple Watch.”

“Much of my fury is caused by missed opportunities. With a few small tweaks, the Apple Watch experience could be one of happiness and efficiency. Fortunately for Apple, I am now going to share those tweaks. ,” Schuman writes. “Until then, though, I will continue to curse at this buzzy, won’t-show-me-what-I-want-except-when-I-don’t-want-it, overpriced annoyance.”

Apple Watch Series 4 in a Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Space Black Milanese Loop (40mm and 44mm)

Apple Watch Series 4 in a
Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Space Black Milanese Loop (40mm and 44mm)


 
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MacDailyNews Take: Schuman has many valid points and some good suggestions that Apple’s Watch team would be wise to consider!

That said, there is a way to lessen the haptic taps during driving directions, for example, that Schuman doesn’t seem to know, so some of his complaints are merely due to being uninformed.

Can Apple Watch be better? Yes, of course, but the Apple Watch Series 4 already is great!

Apple works to conserve mangroves

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 20:03

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); The roots of a mangrove tree are like veins. They rise up and plunge down into the salty waters of Cispatá Bay in Córdoba, Colombia, along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, sprawling in every direction. A series of channels have formed an arterial highway connecting to the Sinú River, providing single-lane access into and out of the mangroves where fishermen and loggers begin their day’s work.

“Right now we have a lot of people working on opening channels to keep the water flowing,” says Luis Roberto Canchila Avila, president of Asoamanglebal, the first mangrove association in San Bernardo del Viento in Córdoba. “Because we are in summer, there are parts where the water flow is different and fish die as they are left without oxygen.” It’s a delicate balance: too much river water or too little salt water, and the mangroves could be destroyed.

The mangroves have long been a lifeline for the coastal communities of Colombia. They protect them from storm surges and provide food and wood supplies to families. They are also a lifeline for the world, sucking carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it deep in their soil below water for centuries. Recent studies show they can store up to 10 times the amount of carbon per acre as land-based forests.

But pressures from illegal farming, fishing and logging combined with climate change are threatening their existence. “There are many illegal groups working in the mangroves,” Canchila Avila says. “They don’t know or care for the sustainability efforts.” According to Conservation International, when degraded or destroyed, mangroves and other coastal ecosystems emit the carbon they have stored for centuries into the atmosphere and become sources of greenhouse gases. They estimate that as much as 1 billion metric tons of CO2 are being released annually from degraded coastal ecosystems. That’s equivalent to the total annual emissions from cars, buses, aircraft and boats in the US in 2017.

On this humid, sunny April morning, Cispatá Bay is still, save for a few local fishermen waist deep in the sea casting their hand-woven nets. Here, Conservation International and Invemar Research Institute are collecting mangrove soil samples to be analyzed for carbon stored in sediment below the waterline, known as “blue carbon.” Together with the Omacha Foundation, the three organizations are designing a carbon financing model to incentivize conservation and restoration of mangroves in the region, working in partnership with the local government environment authority (CVS) and the local communities.

For Apple’s Earth Day 2018 Give Back campaign, Apple partnered with Conservation International to protect and restore the 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Cispatá Bay, which is expected to sequester 1 million metric tons of CO2 over its lifetime. At the Global Climate Action Summit last September in California, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson underscored the importance of this type of preservation. “These forests are critical because they’re one of nature’s most important tools in the battle against climate change,” she said. “Globally, we’ve lost half of the world’s mangrove forests since the 1940s — so it’s high time we start preserving and protecting them.”

Conservation International’s project is the first in the world to fully quantify blue carbon credits in both trees and soil, and will be a model for scaling carbon sequestration in global mangrove ecosystems and curbing emissions caused by deforestation in these areas.

“We are pioneering this new wetland model,” says María Claudia Díazgranados Cadelo, marine biologist and director of Marine and Community Incentive Programs at Conservation International. “We need to strengthen the way we measure carbon stocks in the soil component of the mangroves. Other methodologies only use above-ground biomass without taking much consideration of the soil, which for mangroves and other coastal ecosystems is the most important place where those ecosystems store carbon.”

Beyond the bay, there are hundreds of families living and working with the mangroves. The mangleros, as they are called, are part of a network of local mangrove associations formed to conserve and protect the mangroves as well as the communities that rely on them for food and income.

In the neighboring town of San Antero, Cispatá native Ignacia de la Rosa Pérez, manages the relationship between the community and the nonprofit organizations through the Independent Mangrove Association. “I was practically born in the mangroves,” Rosa Pérez says. “When I was a little girl I began to lead expeditions into the woods and explore life. I didn’t know I was a leader, but everyone followed me. That’s how I began leading movements.”

Since 1976, Rosa Pérez has collected decades of data on the mangroves, including details on the animals that live there, the health of the mangroves and the channels that run through them. Binders of maps and in-depth analysis on the characteristics of these coastal trees line two bookshelves in her home office. She holds the greatest collection of data on the region since long before Cispatá Bay was classified as a Marine Protected Area Subsystem, the terms of which also reside in a few binders in Rosa Pérez’s home.

“We saw the shift in the mouth of the river,” Rosa Pérez says. “We saw changes in the ecological processes from the animals to the forest. Everything continued to change, and finally one mangrove that had been there for three or four centuries shifted onto the land, so as time went by, people began to sustain themselves from the mangroves.”

As Rosa Pérez recalls, the community would sell whatever they could: wood, tree bark, fish and crabs. So when a local politician tried to label the mangrove workers as ecological predators, Rosa Pérez was enraged. While the mangrove workers were accused of destroying the trees through their fishing and logging practices, the reality is the trees were actually dying on their own.

“When I was 3, we would compete to see who could find the biggest tree that was buried,” Rosa Pérez says. “The mangrove had disappeared, maybe because of the salinity or lack of tributaries. That experience resulted in an answer in ’92 … I went out to the salt mines with the mangrove workers. They dug out the dirt with their hands and with shovels. They pulled up the tree to prove they hadn’t cut it down.”

That proof laid the groundwork for a long-term alliance between the local community and CVS, establishing a set of sustainable practices for using the mangroves. Among them is a rotation plan for leveraging the mangroves from only one designated area at a time so that each zone has time to recover and restore itself.

“We’ve begun to speak a new language,” Rosa Pérez explains, “a cross between the language of the professionals, of technicians and scientists, and the language of the community. That’s what made us grow and be able to reach the place that we all are in today.”

Twenty-five miles east of San Antero in San Bernardo del Viento, Asoamanglebal’s Canchila Avila is managing a similar relationship between the community, the local organizations and local government. While Canchila Avila coordinates the sustainable cutting and clearing of mangroves to maintain water flow, he also assigns permits for cutting wood to be sold for construction purposes. “We take from the mangroves but we’re also preserving them,” Canchila Avila says. “If we find an area with very few trees, we know that it needs rehabilitation and it needs to recuperate. We let that area restore and we add trees.”

“We know the area and we know the height of the river, so we used to cut without any prior technical knowledge just because we grew up watching how it was done,” Canchila Avila says. “Today we combine technical knowledge from CVS with our experience.”

Canchila Avila, Rosa Pérez, Díazgranados and a team of marine biologists and environmentalists are all on the frontlines of these conservation efforts. Without the knowledge and experience of the mangleros, preserving the mangroves would be almost impossible.

“They are our right hand in terms of conservation efforts,” Díazgranados says.

The roots between the people of Cispatá Bay and the mangroves runs deep. So much so, that every year, the Festival of the Donkey during Holy Week serves as a reminder. Based on a biblical tale retold through the lens of a local puppeteer, masked donkeys carry a man to the town square where he is sentenced to death for his crimes and must read his will. In it, he declares: “To the people of the mangroves, I leave the mangroves.”

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Note: See all of the photos via Apple here.

Apple employs an in-house philosopher; won’t let him talk to the press

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 19:27

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “In its bid to create the very best technology, Apple decided, in 2014, to employ a full-time philosopher,” Olivia Goldhill writes for Quartz. “The company hired Joshua Cohen, formerly a political philosophy professor at Stanford University to work at Apple University, an institution created by Steve Jobs in 2008 to offer employees the kind of training typically available at university programs.”

“Here’s what we know: Apple University is led by Joel Podolny, formerly the dean of Yale University’s School of Management. Its employees include Richard Tedlow, previously a historian of business at Harvard University, and Morten Hansen, a former professor of management at the University of California-Berkeley,” Goldhill writes. “The institution is highly secretive; a few employees spoke to the New York Times in 2014 on the condition of anonymity, and described learning how Apple products were comparable to Picasso’s artwork in their ‘elegant simplicity.'”

“Initially, Cohen expressed willingness to speak with Quartz about his work at Apple, to explain his daily routine and the research he conducts. But, he said, he would first have to get permission from Apple’s press department,” Goldhill writes. “He asked for approval twice, once in October 2018 and once in April 2019, but was denied both times. Quartz also asked Apple’s press office for permission to speak with Cohen, but was denied.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ironically, as we wait for over half a decade for Apple to finally update their flagship Mac, the most prolific painter of all time was Pablo Picasso.

As for not talking to the press, why would Apple want to give their secret sauce away to competitors for free via Quartz or any other outlet?

SEE ALSO:
Picasso and Steve Jobs’ Apple University: Inside Apple’s employee indoctrination program – August 11, 2014
Why Apple University matters more than ever – February 13, 2014
Steve Jobs to live on, virtually, in Apple University – October 6, 2011
Apple University teaches Apple employees how to think like Steve Jobs – July 19, 2011
Apple Hires Yale’s Business School Dean for Apple University – October 22, 2008

Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s 5G iPhone coming in 2020 with bigger battery, modem chips from Qualcomm and Samsung

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 18:58

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“Apple typically releases new iPhone models in September, so the 5G iPhone would not be released until at least September 2020,” Leswing reports. “The iPhones released this September will most likely support current-generation LTE networks instead.”

“Kuo said that the introduction of a 5G iPhone could spur a wave of upgrades and purchases, especially for high-end models,” Leswing reports. “Kuo also predicted in a separate note Monday that Apple is redesigning the printed circuit boards included in 2019 iPhone models using a new kind of material to clear out space for a bigger battery.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As expected, since prety much nobody will really be able to use 5G until late 2020. Also expected will be the ususal anti-Apple pundits, bloggers, media outlets, and competitors bashing Apple for not having a 5G iPhone this fall.

Expect the iPhone cloners, Samsung et al., to tout “5G” regardless since – given the fact that all they do is peddle pretend iPhones to the ignorant – they believe, likely correctly, that their customers won’t know any better.MacDailyNews, February 9, 2019

Apple is going to wait until 5G is worth supporting, not rush it to market in order to bilk the ignoranti with a check mark on a spec sheet that most will never use in 2019. If 5G actually mattered to enough people in 2019, Apple would have a 5G iPhone available in 2019. 5G is still very much in the trial phase and will have very limited availability in 2018. There is currently no standard for 5G deployments. The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance says that 5G should be rolled out in the U.S. by 2020.MacDailyNews, December 3, 2018

SEE ALSO:
Loup Ventures: Apple will be one of 5G’s biggest beneficiaries – March 1, 2019
With 5G hype high, smartphone users risk disappointment – February 25, 2019
Intel modem announcement likely means no 5G iPhone until 2020 – February 22, 2019
Verizon to launch 5G service in 30 cities this year – February 21, 2019
Why you should not waste your money on a ‘5G’ phone in 2019 – February 9, 2019
Sprint sues AT&T for peddling fake 5G label on a 4G service – February 8, 2019
Some AT&T iPhones displaying misleading ‘5G E’ icon in iOS 12.2 beta – February 4, 2019
AT&T says it will have nationwide 5G by early 2020 – January 9, 2019
Apple will wait until at least 2020 to release a 5G iPhone – December 3, 2018
More evidence that Apple’s building its own cellular modem – July 31, 2017
Apple’s next-gen iPhones said to lack 5G modem to match rivals’ data speed – June 9, 2017

What to expect from Apple’s Q219 earnings report

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 18:02

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Apple is scheduled to publish its fiscal Q2 results on April 30, reporting on a quarter that likely saw the company’s iPhone business continue to underperform, although the Services business likely gained further traction,” Trefis Team and Great Speculations write for Forbes. ”

“We expect reported EPS to come in at about $2.40 per share,” Trefis and GS write. “We expect Services revenues to rise by over 16% YOY to nearly $11 billion, driven by App sales, and its subscription businesses.”

“Apple Music,” Trefis and GS write, “which recently overtook Spotify in terms of paid U.S. users, could also drive Services revenues.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: On January 29, 2019, Apple provided the following guidance for the company’s fiscal 2019 second quarter:

• revenue between $55 billion and $59 billion
• gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent
• operating expenses between $8.5 billion and $8.6 billion
• other income/(expense) of $300 million
• tax rate of approximately 17 percent

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s history says Q2 will disappoint investors – April 15, 2019
Apple’s Q219 earnings will be revealed on April 30th – April 2, 2019

Apple spends more than $30 million on Amazon Web Services every month

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:28

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“Apple’s cloud expenditure reflects the company’s determination to deliver online services like iCloud quickly and reliably, even if it must depend on a rival to do so,” Novet reports. “People use more than 1 billion Apple devices each month, and accordingly, Apple has considerable computing and storage requirements.”

“The company is investing heavily to build its own infrastructure: In January 2018, Apple announced plans to spend $10 billion on data centers in the U.S. within five years,” Novet reports. “In December, Apple said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019. The company also depends on smaller third-party cloud providers. But it also relies on the big cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Alphabet subsidiary Google.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple is a partner with Amazon in more things than they are a rival. See Apple’s store on Amazon.com here.

Why the Apple MFA lawsuit should get thrown out of court

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:05

(function (w, d) { for (var i = 0, j = d.getElementsByTagName("ins"), k = j[i]; i < j.length; k = j[++i]){ if(k.className == "adPushupAds" && k.getAttribute("data-push") != "1") { ((w.adpushup = w.adpushup || {}).control = (w.adpushup.control || [])).push(k); k.setAttribute("data-push", "1");} } })(window, document); window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Imagine this: Someone buys a car from you, but later files a lawsuit against you, claiming, ‘The car has these seat belts that take too long to put on and can’t be removed. What if I lose the key and can’t open the door? I don’t like how these features were implemented in the car, so I’m suing you,'” Corey Nachreiner writes for Forbes. “My response would be, ‘Give me the car back — no one is safe with you on the road!'”

“Well, that kind of senseless thinking is similar to the logic one plaintiff is using to bring a class action lawsuit against Apple for the company’s use of multifactor authentication (MFA),” Nachreiner writes. “Many of the things the plaintiff alleges aren’t quite true or are greatly exaggerated. While 2FA imposes some extra steps, it improves security without much time required at all. In most cases, Apple doesn’t force 2FA; you have to opt in.”

“The plaintiff didn’t have to turn it on. To me, his suit sounds like the temper tantrum of someone who lost his password and authentication factors (something you really don’t want to do) and is throwing a fit,” Nachreiner writes. “If you don’t like Apple implementing good security, you can choose not to buy its products.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in February:

Oh, puleeeze. If this one isn’t laughed out of court, no case ever will be.

SEE ALSO:
Apple sued because two-factor authentication is inconvenient – February 11, 2019

Tim Cook: We grieve as Islamist terrorists’ bomb attacks kill hundreds of Catholics in Sri Lanka

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:01

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“The death toll in the attacks rose to 290, with about 500 people wounded, a police spokesman, Ruwan Gunasekera, said, although he would not give a breakdown of where the fatalities occurred,” Bastians, Gettleman, and Schultz report. “By day’s end, the police said at least 13 people had been arrested in connection with the attacks in the capital, Colombo, and the cities of Negombo and Batticaloa. Seven of them were seized at a hide-out after one suspect blew himself up, killing three officers.”

“At least 36 of the victims were believed to be foreigners, including several Americans,” Bastians, Gettleman, and Schultz report. “The bombings were the deadliest attack on Christians in South Asia in recent memory and punctuated a rising trend of religious-based violence in the region.

The St. Anthony’s Shrine blast left a scene of broken bodies, billowing black smoke and splintered wood. ‘It was a river of blood,’ said N. A. Sumanapala, a shopkeeper near the church who said he had run inside to help. ‘I saw limbs and heads. There were children, too,'” Bastians, Gettleman, and Schultz report. “Pope Francis, after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square, said the attacks had ‘brought mourning and sorrow’ on the most important of Christian holidays. Other world leaders also expressed shock.”

“About 6 percent of the population is Catholic, according to government figures. The country has struggled with sectarian divisions, including last year, when the government temporarily shut down Facebook and WhatsApp in an effort to curb anti-Muslim violence,” Bastians, Gettleman, and Schultz report.

World leaders responded with pledges to help and with condemnation:

138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019

.@POTUS and I are monitoring the horrific attacks on those celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka. Our hearts & prayers are with the victims & their families. This atrocity is an attack on Christianity & religious freedom everywhere. No one should ever be in fear in a house of worship.

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 21, 2019

The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.

We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.

— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 21, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sent a message to the people of Sri Lanka following the devastating attacks on Easter Sunday: https://t.co/nO03yvVe4C

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 22, 2019

Absolutely horrific news from Sri Lanka. Canada strongly condemns the heinous attacks on Christians at churches and hotels. Our hearts & thoughts are with the families & loved ones of those killed and all those injured.

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 21, 2019

We are deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. We firmly condemn these odious acts. We stand by the people of Sri Lanka and our thoughts go out to the loved ones of the victims on this Easter Sunday. https://t.co/NytqQP9aE7

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 21, 2019

Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.

— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 21, 2019

Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief.

— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 21, 2019

Today’s heartbreaking attacks in Sri Lanka come as the country has worked hard to build a common future after years of war. Our thoughts are with the injured & the families of those killed in today’s Easter Sunday attacks.

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 21, 2019

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined world leaders in responding to the attacks:

We grieve for those affected by the violence and devastation of today’s attacks in Sri Lanka. Today of all days we are reminded of the sacrifices that have been made for peace, and that love will always rise up and triumph over hate.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 21, 2019

Read more in the full article here.

In a follow-up report, The New York Times reports, “The government on Monday blamed National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamist organization, for the bombings. An official said the group, which had not carried out any serious attacks before, had help from ‘an international network.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our condolences to the many thousands – those killed, injured, and their framily and friends – affected by this horrific, evil act.

The Associated Press reports:

Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following attacks that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday.

The NetBlocks observatory says it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular services including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram.

Sri Lankan officials said Sunday they are temporarily blocking social media to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions until their investigation is concluded.

Read more in the full article here.

SEE ALSO:
Wall Street Journal: Bomb Attacks Hit Sri Lanka’s Minority Catholic Population – April 21, 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook advocates privacy, says terrorists should be ‘eliminated’ – February 27, 2015

Next-gen ‘iPhone XI’ and ‘iPhone XI Max’ molds show triple camera layout

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 15:33

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“These physical molds are presumably produced by case manufacturers based on leaked schematics to test early cases for the upcoming 2019 iPhones,” MacRumors reports. “The front design is also shown on a Weibo post which may have been the original source for the images.”

Next-gen 'iPhone XI' and 'iPhone XI Max' molds show triple camera layout
Next-gen 'iPhone XI' and 'iPhone XI Max' molds show triple camera layout

Next-gen ‘iPhone XI’ and ‘iPhone XI Max’ molds show triple camera layout

 
Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Based on the evidence we’ve seen so far, these are close to what the exterior of APple’s next-gen iPhones will look like.

Certainly, if the lens arrangement isn’t laid out symmetrically, it’d be for a reason, as Apple seems to like symmetry when possible. Likely, in real life, it’ll look more like a black square camera bump than a seemingly haphazard arrangement of lenses, flash, and mic. — MacDailyNews, March 29, 2019

SEE ALSO:
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s next-gen OLED iPhones’ triple-camera system to feature new super-wide 12-megapixel lens – April 18, 2019
Leaked schematic reveals next-gen iPhone with triple-lens camera in triangular arrangement – March 29, 2019

JCPenney abruptly drops Apple Pay Support from its retail stores and mobile app

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 15:01

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“The withdrawal of support for Apple’s digital payment system was confirmed on Saturday by the company’s customer service Twitter account in response to a query, but offered no reason for its decision,” Hardwick reports. “The option to use Apple Pay at checkout in the JCPenney iOS app has also been removed, reports Appleosophy, catching many mobile shoppers off guard.”

JCPenney made the decision to remove Apple Pay for our stores, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will definitely forward your feedback regarding this for review.

— Ask JCPenney (@askjcp) April 20, 2019

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: JCPenney’s still in business? If so, not for much longer, it seems.

Beleaguered Samsung postpones Galaxy Fold media events

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 14:28

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“Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone’s launch on April 26 in the United States, the South Korean conglomerate has been blighted by technology journalists reporting breaks, bulges and blinking screens after using their samples for as little as a day,” Reuters reports. “The reviewers’ reports of broken screens went viral online and prompted the creation of hashtag #foldgate on Twitter.”

The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. Hard to know if this is widespread or not. pic.twitter.com/G0OHj3DQHw

— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019

After one day of use… pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9

— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019

SUPER YIKES: something happened to my Galaxy Fold screen and caused a bulge. I don’t know how it happened, and I’m waiting to hear back from Samsung. It’s broken. https://t.co/p1014uB01D pic.twitter.com/3FZJkWtSKr

— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) April 17, 2019

“The Samsung official on Monday said the firm was thoroughly investigating the damage reports as previously announced and declined to comment on whether there would be any change to the U.S. release date,” Reuters reports.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Reality begins to set in at the South Korean dishwasher maker.

SEE ALSO:
Hey, Samsung, what’s the point of being first, if you can’t be good? – April 19, 2019
Samsung Galaxy Fold display failures raise specter of Note 7 fiasco – April 18, 2019
CNBC reviews Samsung Galaxy Fold: Completely unusable after just two days of use – April 17, 2019
The Verge reviews Samsung Galaxy Fold: Screen broke after just a day – April 17, 2019
Samsung Galaxy Fold display issues emerge immediately – April 17, 2019
Ugly wrinkle for Samsung: Galaxy Fold sports a nasty crease running down the middle of the display – March 21, 2019
absolute joke – March 14, 2019
Apple’s glass supplier says it’ll be ready for real, durable foldable iPhones within ‘a couple of years’ – March 5, 2019
Apple patent application reveals foldable iPhone with self-heating display, lock-out mechanism to protect against cold weather damage – February 28, 2019
If Apple does a foldable iPhone, then folding phones will have been done right – February 28, 2019

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