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Classical on Apple Music: What’s wrong and how Apple can fix it

Sat, 2019-02-16 06:28

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“While classical music fans welcomed the specific focus of the area,” Broussard writes, “many of our readers quickly pointed out the numerous issues that remain for classical listeners on a daily basis within Apple Music, and the fact that they’ve been there since the launch of the service with seemingly no correction in sight.”

“This is a problem that affects nearly every streaming music service, including Apple Music rival Spotify,” Broussard writes. “In an effort to find out exactly what’s wrong with classical music on Apple Music — and what steps could be taken to address these problems — we asked [some experts] to detail the biggest issues with classical music on Apple Music.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hire some classical experts for human curation, Apple!

SEE ALSO:
Apple is finally making iTunes better for classical music – August 2, 2016

Dow rallies more than 300 points as U.S.-China trade talks progress

Sat, 2019-02-16 05:30

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“The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 356 points, or 1.4%, to 25,796, while the S&P 500 index gained 23 points, or 0.9%, to 2,769. The Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 34 points, or 0.5%, to 7,461,” Chang and Matthews report. “For the week, the Dow is poised to rise 2.7%, the S&P 500 is looking at a 2.3% advance, while the Nasdaq is set to gain 2.2%.”

“U.S.-China trade talks wrapped up Friday in Beijing, with reports that negotiators remained deadlocked over key issues, but were set to extend their discussions in to next week in Washington — viewed as a sign that both sides were eager to reach a deal ahead of March deadline,” Chang and Matthews report. “The U.S. negotiating team met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and those discussions were said to be upbeat. China is reportedly hoping that purchases of U.S. semiconductor and other goods will ease tensions and persuade Trump to extend a tariff truce which ends on March 1. A big chunk of gains for stocks this week have been credited to optimism over the trade negotiations. Xi hailed the talks as having achieved ‘important progress,’ according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency, suggesting the Chinese government is keen for a quick resolution to the trade standoff.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, we’re close to a comprehensive U.S.-China trade deal that works for both countries.

I’m cognizant that in both the U.S. and China, there have been cases where everyone hasn’t benefited, where the benefit hasn’t been balanced. My belief is that one plus one equals three. The pie gets larger, working together. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, March 24, 2018

The United States is insisting that all countries that have placed artificial Trade Barriers and Tariffs on goods going into their country, remove those Barriers & Tariffs or be met with more than Reciprocity by the U.S.A. Trade must be fair and no longer a one way street!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2018

At least half of the popular fallacies about economics come from assuming that economic activity is a zero-sum game, in which what is gained by someone is lost by someone else. But transactions would not continue unless both sides gained, whether in international trade, employment, or renting an apartment. — Thomas Sowell, June 14, 2006

SEE ALSO:
Apple CEO Tim Cook optimistic about U.S.-China trade talks – February 12, 2019
President Trump says U.S. doing well in trade negotiations with China – January 23, 2019
China’s 2018 growth slows to 28-year low, more stimulus seen – January 22, 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook: I’m very optimistic about U.S.-China trade talks – January 8, 2019
Advisor to President Trump: Apple’s sales should pick up when U.S.-China strike trade deal – January 3, 2019

Apple likely to unveil TV streaming service at star-studded event on March 25th

Sat, 2019-02-16 05:01

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“We’ve been told already that Apple is getting into making TV content and that means that a preview of some of the content will be a great way to tease interest ahead of the service going live.,” Phelan writes. “Which will be when, exactly? It’s not clear, though to my mind there’s still a lot to be done, finishing shows, building the content, doing deals with networks, producers and more. CNBC reckons it will be soon, like April or early May.”

“That’s certainly Apple’s modus operandi, to announce now and release soon after, so that’s possible. But my guess is that the fall is just as likely,” Phelan writes. “Summer has been suggested but, you know, there’s a reason why the traditional networks start their new seasons later than that, avoiding holidays, for example. So, my money is it’ll be soon or September.”

“It’s possible, or probable even, that some of the talent lined up in the shows which have been announced, will be there to introduce it,” Phelan writes. “Rumors suggest Jennifer Garner, J.J. Abrams and others may be gracing the stage of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We agree. They won’t launch it during the summer doldrums. It’ll either be sooner (this spring) or later (this fall).

We also agree with Phelan that, unlike Netflix, Apple won’t charge more for 4K content.

SEE ALSO:
Apple is targeting April to launch its new video service – February 13, 2019
Apple to hold special media event on March 25th – February 12, 2019

Apple’s forthcoming news service will have to overcome some hurdles

Sat, 2019-02-16 04:26

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“The big news of the past week has, of course, been that Apple has been jockeying for a 50/50 revenue split with its news service partners,” Moren writes. “But if Apple’s news service does end up being as dominant as some of the company’s other offerings, the question is whether publishers can afford not to join?”

MacDailyNews Take: For many (most) publishers, 50% of something is better than the nothing they are getting now.

Moren writes, “Setting aside exactly how much publishers stand to reap from the service, there also remains the matter of how much users are willing to shell out for a news subscription service.”

MacDailyNews Take: US$9.99 max. or, better yet, part of a bundle that includes Apple Music and the soon-to-debut Apple video streaming service.

“Compared to the previous obstacles, this one’s fairly minor, but have you used the Apple News app on the Mac? It’s…underwhelming, to say the least,” Moren writes. “Updating the Apple News app on the Mac to make it feel more at home on the computer would go a ways to making this service feel like it’s something Apple’s serious about.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, yes, as we all know, the Mac is a high priority for Tim Cook’s Apple. Remember, they “love the Mac*,” so Apple News is surely likely to become a first-class Mac app instead of a half-assed port from iOS any day now.

35 years ago, Macintosh said hello. It changed the way we think about computers and went on to change the world. We love the Mac, and today we’re proud that more people than ever are using it to follow their passions and create the future. pic.twitter.com/oUQDJN3jRU

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 24, 2019

*they just don’t love keeping them up to date

SEE ALSO:
Apple plans star-studded March 25th event to unveil video and news subscription services – February 13, 2019
Apple is targeting April to launch its new video service – February 13, 2019
Apple to hold special media event on March 25th – February 12, 2019
Publishers chafe at Apple’s terms for subscription news service – February 12, 2019
Oprah Winfrey hires Terry Wood from Netflix to head up Apple’s original content production – February 7, 2019
Apple patent application for Apple TV interface reveals aspects of live TV streaming service – February 5, 2019
Morgan Stanley: Apple can return to $1 trillion market value this year with new media bundling, video streaming services – February 4, 2019
Apple’s deep bench of original programming continues to grow – January 18, 2019
Apple to relaunch Texture magazine subscription service as soon as spring 2019 – December 12, 2018
Apple to shut down Texture’s Windows app in July – May 4, 2018
Apple is rumored to be eying Condé Nast acquisition – May 1, 2018
Amazon considered buying Texture before Apple bit – March 13, 2018
Apple pushes deeper into news – March 13, 2018
Apple to acquire Next Issue Media and its digital magazine-subscription service Texture – March 12, 2018

Apple’s iMac was last updated 602 days ago, longest span ever between updates

Sat, 2019-02-16 03:42

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“Since the original iMac launched in 1998, the computer has typically been updated at least once per year, with the sole exceptions being 2016 and 2018,” Rossignol reports.

“The iMac is not alone. The 12-inch MacBook and Mac Pro have also set record-long spans of 602 days and 1,866 days and counting respectively since their last refreshes,” Rossignol reports. “Apple has at least promised to release an all-new Mac Pro with a ‘modular’ design at some point in 2019, but has yet to share additional details.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple management’s misplaced priorities, especially regarding the Mac, continue to hugely disappoint.

You kind of want to manage it like you’re in the dairy business. If it gets past its freshness date, you have a problem. — Tim Cook, 2008

SEE ALSO:
Apple CEO Cook on Macintosh’s 35th anniversary: ‘We love the Mac’ – January 24, 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook, one-time ‘operations genius,’ is a failure at operations – January 11, 2019
Apple’s newest Mac Pro turns five years old today – December 19, 2018
Apple’s 2013 Mac Pro, five years later – May 31, 2018
Why can’t Apple keep their products up-to-date? – April 10, 2018
Why is it taking Apple so long to update the Mac Pro? – April 10, 2018
Apple needs to stop promising new products and start delivering them – April 6, 2018
Apple: No new Mac Pro until 2019 – April 5, 2018
The culture at Apple changed when Tim Cook took over as CEO – April 10, 2017
Apple’s desperate Mac Pro damage control message hints at a confused, divided company – April 6, 2017
Who has taken over at Apple? – April 5, 2017
Apple’s embarrassing Mac Pro mea culpa – April 4, 2017
Mac Pro: Why did it take Apple so long to wake up? – April 4, 2017
Apple sorry for what happened with the Mac Pro over the last 3+ years – namely, nothing – April 4, 2017
Apple’s apparent antipathy towards the Mac prompts calls for macOS licensing – March 27, 2017
Why Apple’s new Mac Pro might never arrive – March 10, 2017
Dare we hold out hope for the Mac Pro? – March 1, 2017
Attention, Tim Cook! Apple isn’t firing on all cylinders and you need to fix it – January 4, 2017
How Tim Cook’s Apple alienated Mac loyalists – December 20, 2016
Apple’s not very good, really quite poor 2016 – December 19, 2016
Apple’s software has been anything but ‘magical’ lately – December 19, 2016
Lazy Apple. It’s not hard to imagine Steve Jobs asking, ‘What have you been doing for the last four years?’ – December 9, 2016
Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better – January 5, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Johnny Appleseed” for the heads up.]

Apple extends ‘limited time’ iPhone trade-in offer for at least another month

Sat, 2019-02-16 03:07

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“This likely signals yet another extension to the ‘limited time’ promotion worldwide,” Mayo reports. “Still, outside of the US, customers can only benefit from the additional trade-in value at an Apple retail store.”

Mayo reports, “Perhaps it is coincidence, but the new end date of March 25 is the same day as the rumored spring Apple event.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Whatever it takes to finally move the masses to modern X-class iPhones sans the antiquated, workflow-interrupting Home button!

Listen, if your iPhone still has a Home button, you need a new iPhone. The speed and smoothness of operating iOS via gestures alone, not to mention the A12 Bionic processor and camera upgrades, makes the upgrade worth doing. You can thank us later!MacDailyNews, January 25, 2019

SEE ALSO:
Apple really, really wants you to buy a new iPhone – January 25, 2019

‘China Red’ iPhone XS and XS Max launch rumored to be imminent in China without PRODUCT(RED) branding

Sat, 2019-02-16 02:05

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“The leaker, who claims to have received the tip from sources in Apple’s supply chain, says that Apple will call the model ‘China Red,’ and not the PRODUCT(RED) branding that the company typically associates with the color,” Hardwick reports.

“Apple globally launched a mid-cycle (PRODUCT)RED edition iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in March 2017 and a similar edition for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in April 2018, so the timing wouldn’t be completely off. Apple already sells a (PRODUCT)RED variant of the iPhone XR,” Hardwick reports. “There’s also precedent for Apple using a different name in China – the company dropped the PRODUCT(RED) branding in the country for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models, instead promoting them simply as additional colorways.”

Apple’s A12 Bionic-powered iPhone XR comes in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED.

 
Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If true, we’d expect PRODUCT(RED) iPhone XS and XS Max to become available in the rest of the world at or around the same time. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are currently available in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold.

Allstate buys mobile device repair company iCracked, becoming powerful proponent of ‘Right to Repair’ movement against Apple

Sat, 2019-02-16 01:30

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“The acquisition means that Allstate has become one of the most powerful proponents of right to repair legislation in the United States,” Gault reports. “According to Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of Repair.org, which is pushing for the legislation, the company has already loaned a lobbyist to the effort in New Hampshire.”

“This is potentially big news for the right to repair movement, which is trying to get laws passed in 15 states this year that would make it easier for independent repair professionals to get repair tools and parts for consumer electronics,” Gault reports. “Thus far, it’s been largely a grassroots effort from organizations like Repair.org and iFixit. Companies such as Apple, John Deere, Facebook, Microsoft, and trade organizations that represent huge tech companies have used their considerable political power to lobby against these bills. But Allstate’s purchase of iCracked is a potential gamechanger.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Right to Repair” sounds great until you actually think about it for three seconds.

This ill-considered bill should never be made law. It will retard innovation along with making products less secure, susceptible to water and dust damage, more expensive, and more dangerous.

We do not want to be trapped aboard a jetliner at 30,000 feet when some random unauthorized repair shop’s handiwork goes up in flames. It’s bad enough that there are some Samsung phones in steerage. We try not to think about that when flying. — MacDailyNews, March 8, 2018

As we wrote last March:

Using authorized channels is the only way to ensure you are getting genuine Apple parts and that the repair will be done to the right specifications. With so many second-hand smartphones, for example, being sold and re-sold, how are buyers to know their battery is the genuine part and that it was correctly installed? How safe are would these smartphones be to have on airplanes, for example?

Certainly it can be dangerous to mishandle/damage lithium batteries during DYI repairs and the results can injure not just the repairer.

What if somebody’s half-assed DIY battery installation burns down an apartment building at 3am or sets fire to a plane in flight? When even Samsung can’t fix their own batteries correctly, we doubt every single Joe and Jane Sixpack would be able to manage a perfect battery installation every single time. It only takes one mistake to cause a tragedy.

Why did all 521 souls aboard that 747 die in a fiery plane crash? Because some cheapskates wanted to save $12 on their fragmandroid phone battery replacements, that’s why.

SEE ALSO:
California to introduce ‘right to repair’ bill which Apple opposes – March 8, 2018
State of Washington bill would make it illegal to sell electronics that don’t have easily replaceable batteries – January 26, 2018
Why Apple doesn’t want you repairing your broken iPhone or iPad yourself – July 12, 2017
Apple makes iPhone screen fixes easier as U.S. states mull ‘right to repair’ laws – June 7, 2017
Apple lobbying against ‘Right to Repair’ legislation, New York State records confirm – May 18, 2017
Apple fights against ‘right to repair’ – April 20, 2017
Apple fights ‘right to repair’ proposal; warns Nebraska could become a ‘Mecca for bad actors’ – March 10, 2017
Apple fights tooth and nail against ‘right to repair’ laws – March 8, 2017
Right to repair: Why Nebraska farmers are taking on John Deere and Apple – March 6, 2017
Right-to-Repair is ridiculous – February 16, 2017
Apple said to fight ‘Right to Repair’ legislation – February 15, 2017

Apple’s biggest mistake under Tim Cook so far? Not buying Netflix

Sat, 2019-02-16 00:56

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“In order to move into a new growth phase, Apple would have to invest in its services offering, Ives added,” Taylor reports. “‘You need content, you need fuel in that engine. They’re lacking original content and lacking video content, which is why we believe they’ll buy a large film studio in 2019,’ he told CNBC. ‘We’ve talked about potentially Sony, Lionsgate, A24 – a CBS or Viacom is potentially still on the table as well as a Netflix, as that’s the key to drive the services business… In my opinion, the biggest strategic mistake Apple has made since Cook took over is not buying Netflix. That was the deal that they needed to do because it comes down to content.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Horse hockey.

Until Apple actually buys Netflix, we’ll keep saying that Apple will buy Netflix for the same reason they bought Palm. — MacDailyNews, January 31, 2016

What is unique about Netflix? A handful of TV series are not worth $40 billion. Apple is perfectly capable of taking on Netflix without having to buy them, deal with integrating their employees, etc. — MacDailyNews, May 27, 2016

SEE ALSO:
J.P. Morgan: Apple should buy Netflix, but it would likely cost at least $189 billion – February 4, 2019
Citi analysts: 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix now that President Trump’s corporate tax cut has been passed – January 2, 2018
Citi: Apple 40% likely to acquire Netflix, 5% likely to acquire Tesla – May 5, 2017
Analyst: Apple could double dividend, buy Netflix with repatriated cash under President Trump’s U.S. corporate tax changes – March 17, 2017
No, Apple doesn’t need to buy Netflix – February 22, 2017
Why Apple should buy Netflix or something – February 22, 2017
Apple’s arrogance said to contribute to struggles to make big deals – February 15, 2017
Apple hires Amazon’s Fire TV head to run Apple TV business – February 8, 2017
Why Apple should buy Disney – January 26, 2017
Apple’s new TV app shows just how painfully behind Apple is – December 14, 2016
Apple approached Time Warner about possible merger before AT&T talks – October 21, 2016
Apple’s Eddy Cue: Nope, we don’t want to be Netflix – October 20, 2016
Google signs up CBS for planned web TV service to debut in early 2017; close to deal with 21st Century Fox – October 20, 2016
Bernstein: Apple buying Netflix would be a waste of $50 billion – October 5, 2016
A chance for an Apple buyout offer as Netflix stumbles – July 19, 2016
Here comes á la carte programming – without Apple – July 13, 2016
Should Apple absorb Netflix? – July 11, 2016
Apple to buy Netflix? – May 27, 2016
Should Apple buy Netflix for $53 billion? – May 10, 2016
Apple declines to place bid on NFL Thursday Night Football – March 3, 2016
Why Apple should buy Netflix – January 7, 2016
Apple TV 4 is a beta product and, if you bought one, you’re an unpaid beta tester – November 5, 2015
Apple made ‘audacious bid’ for Top Gear trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May, but lost out to Bezos’ Amazon – September 1, 2015
Why Apple should buy Netflix – April 21, 2015
Why Apple should buy Netflix – March 26, 2014
Jim Cramer: Apple should buy Twitter or Netflix to spur growth – February 7, 2013
The Netflix buyout battle: Apple vs. Time Warner – April 10, 2012

Berkshire Hathaway trimmed Apple shares slightly to 249.6 million shares in Q418

Fri, 2019-02-15 13:09

(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' }); “Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc said it has trimmed its stake in iPhone maker Apple Inc, though none of the selling was Buffett’s, and added positions in Canada’s Suncor Energy Inc and software company Red Hat Inc.,” Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters. “Berkshire also appeared to have shed a $2.13 billion stake in database software company Oracle Corp after having first disclosed it in November. It is rare for Berkshire, which owns some stocks for decades, to unwind an investment so fast.”

“The changes were disclosed in a Thursday regulatory filing detailing Berkshire’s U.S.-listed stock portfolio as of Dec. 31, which shrank $38 billion in the quarter to $183.1 billion amid a broad selloff in stocks,” Stempel reports. “Berkshire said in the filing that its Apple stake shrank to 249.6 million shares in the quarter from 252.5 million, reducing its reported stake to below $40 billion as Apple’s share price slid 30 percent.”

“Buffett, though, had nothing to do with the selling,” Stempel reports. “‘One of the managers other than Warren had a position in Apple and sold part of it in order to make an unrelated purchase,’ Buffett’s assistant Debbie Bosanek said in an email. ‘None of the shares under Warren’s direction have ever been sold.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Berkshire, for the most part, and Buffett staying pat through the wild overreaction on AAPL is good news for Apple.

U.S. Army asks contractors to imagine that Steve Jobs were designing America’s next-generation rifle

Fri, 2019-02-15 07:43

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“At least, that’s how Army officials at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey described their overall goal in a conversation with Task & Purpose following the release of a formal Prototype Project Opportunity Notice calling on industry partners for a rapid prototyping and testing run of the brand-new platform. ‘Imagine that Steve Jobs and his engineers were trying to convert the iPod Touch to the first 3G iPhone,’ said Army Col. Elliott Caggins, project manager for soldier weapons. ‘There were a thousand technologies they could have put in the first iPhone but they were looking to mature the platform before they could actually go onto the system.'”

A concept drawing for the Next Generation Squad Weapon (U.S. Army)

 
“Rather than slap future additions onto an outdated platform like the service’s current M4A1 improvement program, the Army wants future capabilities baked into the NGSW from the get-go in a ‘one end-all solution’ to replace both the M4 and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon,” Keller reports. “One of three companies selected by the Army will ultimately end up cinching the contract to actually produce the weapon in all its glory. ‘We have hundreds of capabilities we can put into this weapons system, but we want to do it by holistically creating a system that that takes advantage of everything we’ve done in the past,’ he added. ‘This means its capabilities will only grow, just as the iPhone’s did.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, by invoking Steve Jobs and the iPhone, the U.S. Army is looking for a paradigm-shattering solution that’s capable of delivering significant disruption.

[Attribution: 9to5Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

Apple taking its in-store iPhone push too far by promoting upgrades instead of repairs?

Fri, 2019-02-15 07:10

(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' }); “It’s no secret that Apple has been pushing iPhone upgrades like never before over the last several months,” Chance Miller writes for 9to5Mac. “Yesterday, however, I visited an Apple store to have my iPhone XS Max serviced, and I realized just how far Apple has taken its iPhone upgrade pitch.”

“As anyone who visits an Apple store knows, you’re first greeted by a friendly person with an iPad at the store’s entrance. I told the greeter that I had a Genius Bar appointment for my iPhone XS Max, and she asked for a brief description of my problem,” Miller writes. “I explained that my device was randomly shutting down and wouldn’t come back on for several hours. As soon as I finished the explanation, the greeter said, ‘Have you considered upgrading to a new iPhone recently?'”

After I explained, she said “have you considered upgrading to a new iPhone recently?”

I guess she thought the phone in my hand was an iPhone X, not an XS.

But since when is it Apple Store policy to pitch an upgrade to someone there to get an existing iPhone repaired?

— Chance Miller (@ChanceHMiller) February 8, 2019

Bloomberg reported something similar earlier this week: ‘Apple asked retail employees to promote the new iPhones using methods not seen before. Technicians were told to push iPhone upgrades to consumers with out-of-warranty devices. Senior sales staff had to make sure other retail workers were suggesting upgrades, and easels offering generous trade-in deals for the iPhone XR were erected in stores,'” Miller writes. “If Apple wants to turn its retail stores into selling machines akin to car dealerships, that’s its prerogative. In my opinion, however, there’s a certain line that shouldn’t be crossed.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like a direction that wouldn’t sit well with a former Burberry CEO who had already amassed more than enough money to last several lifetimes. It also sounds like yet another reason (along with over-crowding and noise) to avoid Apple Retail Stores, the very places we used to seek out and make special plans to visit.

SEE ALSO:
Now is the time for Apple to re-think its retail priorities – February 13, 2019
Ron Johnson: Apple Retail Stores ‘are a victim of their own success’ – February 12, 2019
Apple’s new retail head needs to fix the biggest problem with Apple Retail Stores – February 8, 2019
What’s next for Apple’s Retail Store empire? – February 8, 2019
New Apple retail chief Deirdre O’Brien receives stock grant worth up to $8.2 million – February 8, 2019
Angela Ahrendts’ Apple departure points to wider mystery – February 6, 2019
Examining Angela Ahrendts’ five-year tenure as head of Apple Retail – February 6, 2019
Apple CEO Cook thanks Angela Ahrendts in company-wide memo to employees – February 6, 2019
Apple names third retail chief in seven years – February 6, 2019
Apple’s Angela Ahrendts to depart in April; Deirdre O’Brien named senior vice president of Retail + People – February 5, 2019
Apple’s Angela Ahrendts has a plan for next-gen retail – January 29, 2019
Why Angela Ahrendts left Burberry for Apple – June 20, 2018
Ralph Lauren to add Apple’s Angela Ahrendts to Board of Directors – May 9, 2018
Angela Ahrendts is again Apple’s best-paid employee – December 29, 2017
Apple now requires CEO Tim Cook to fly only on private jets – December 28, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook paid close to $102 million for fiscal 2017 – December 28, 2017
Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women: Angela Ahrendts #13, Laurene Powell Jobs #14 – November 2, 2017
Deirdre O’Brien named Apple’s vice president of People – July 21, 2017
Tim Cook took home $10.3 million, Angela Ahrendts earned $25.7 million in 2015 – January 6, 2016
Apple’s Angela Ahrendts emerges as highest-paid U.S. woman with $83 million – May 5, 2015
Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts paid $73.4 million in cash and stock last year; BoD member Drexler steps down – January 22, 2015
Apple’s new retail chief Ahrendts granted $68 million in restricted stock – May 6, 2014

Drake commissions $400,000 iPhone case covered in diamonds

Fri, 2019-02-15 06:01

(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' }); “Drake is no stranger to luxurious purchases,” Emily Kirkpatrick reports for Page Six.

“After all, this is the same rapper who commissioned a 100-carat, life-sized owl pendant complete with its own cage and handed out free Chanel bags to guests at his birthday party,” Kirkpatrick reports. “But his latest blinged-out object might just be his most over-the-top yet.”

Kirkpatrick reports, “The ‘God’s Plan’ singer, 32, commissioned Jason of Beverly Hills (the same jeweler behind that owl pendant), to execute his latest opulent idea: a $400,000 iPhone X case made in 18k white gold and entirely studded with small blue diamonds.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Forget about the iPhone, there’s one case you don’t want to drop, give that it’s roughly 400 times more expensive than the iPhone inside it!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

Apple analysts are bullish about rumored ‘Apple Prime’ media bundle

Fri, 2019-02-15 05:33

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“In a report published in late January, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty contended Apple’s Services unit — which includes the App Store, AppleCare, iTunes, and iCloud — could reinvigorate Apple’s performance, particularly if Apple follows through later this year with the launch of a ‘media bundle,'” Mangalindan writes. “Here’s how an Apple media bundle, or an Apple Prime, could work: subscribers pay a fee each month to access a Netflix-style streaming service with original films and TV series — the tech giant has at least 20 original projects in the works — as well as Apple Music and a subscription news service.”

“The launch of a compelling Apple Prime-type package is key to shoring up Services growth, reiterates Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi,” Mangalindan writes. “‘To beat our current expectation for deceleration of overall Services revenues from 24% growth in 2018 to 16% in 2019, Apple will need to add mid-to-high single digits growth back to Services revenues through successful launch of the ‘Apple Prime’ bundle including original video that we expect to be rolled out this Spring/Summer’ Sacconachi wrote in a report published on Monday.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple could make a more compelling “Prime” bundle than even Amazon can offer because their original content sounds like it will be better and Apple Music + Apple News/Texture are unmatched. If they rolled some iCloud storage deal into it, it’d be tough to resist for many, many people!

As soon as Apple launches their original content video service, an “Apple Prime” will make even more sense. — MacDailyNews, August 29, 2018

We’d really like to see a way to pay for all of the Apple services we choose for one price. Give us a bunch of tick boxes and let us choose our combination of iCloud storage, Apple Music, iTunes Match, etc. and let us pay a single price for all of our choices.MacDailyNews, October 17, 2016

SEE ALSO:
Apple plans star-studded March 25th event to unveil video and news subscription services – February 13, 2019
Apple to hold special media event on March 25th – February 12, 2019
Imagining an Apple All Access plan: What if Apple offered iPhone, iCloud, Apple Music, and more all for a single monthly fee? – August 29, 2018
A bundled media subscription would be good news for Apple users and for Apple itself – June 29, 2018
Apple reportedly considering subscription bundle of Apple Music, News and original video content – June 28, 2018
Apple is building a media platform like we’ve never seen before – June 27, 2018
Here’s how much Apple could make from streaming – June 27, 2018
Apple’s next $10 billion frontier is content creation – June 25, 2018
Apple intends to beat Netflix on price with standalone subscription to original content – June 19, 2018

Apple patent application reveals autonomous vehicles that can recharge each other

Fri, 2019-02-15 05:01

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“Apple says that, in some cases, a navigation range of a vehicle from a given location is at least partially restricted by the internal energy storage of the vehicle, which can include fuel, electrical power, etc., which are consumed by one or more engines included in the vehicle to cause the vehicle to move,” Sellers reports. “While a vehicle can stop at a refueling station, recharging station, etc. [if one is available along the route] to replenish internal stored energy to extend the navigation range of the vehicle, such stops can extend the duration of a trip.”

Sellers reports, “This is why Apple thinks it would be great if one car could recharge another… ‘The vehicle can include a power management system which enables the vehicle to be electrically coupled to a battery included in another vehicle in the peloton, so that driving range differences between the vehicles can be reduced via load sharing via the electrical connection. The vehicle can include a power connector arm which extends a power connector to couple with an interface of another vehicle.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Prior art:

Disney dethrones Apple in survey of most ‘intimate’ brands

Fri, 2019-02-15 04:00

(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' }); “As Walt Disney Co. prepares to pull its content from the existing streaming services and create its own, it has at least one good reason for optimism: Consumers feel closer to its brand than they do to any other, even Apple Inc.’s,” Emily Bary writes for MarketWatch. “That’s according to a new study of ‘brand intimacy’ by branding agency MBLM, which pegged Disney as tops in terms of its bond with consumers. Disney took the crown from Apple, which ranked first in the last three iterations of the study.”

“Apple slipped to No. 2 in this year’s MBLM survey, likely, in the research firm’s view, reflecting the company’s recent challenges with an elongated upgrade cycle, the pace of major feature introductions and relatively high price points,” Bary writes. “‘Apple’s largest product is reaching its date of saturation or exhaustion,’ said Mario Natarelli [a managing partner at MBLM], though the brand is still strong: 38% of Apple users surveyed said they couldn’t live without the company’s products.”

“Another hardware brand, Sony’s Playstation, occupied the seventh position in the survey’s results and represented the top pick among 18- to 24-year-olds. Microsoft Inc.’s Xbox brand came in 17th,” Bary writes. “The top ranking among food brands went to Chick-fil-A, which saw a large increase in ‘daily users,’ per the MBLM study.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: MLBM’s U.S. Top 10 Most Intimate Brands 2019:

Rank. Company (Quotient)
1. Disney (77.9)
2. Apple (70.9)
3. Amazon (69.8)
4. Chevrolet (62.5)
5. Netflix (61.4)
6. Harley-Davidson (58.4)
7. Sony Playstation (57.7)
8. YouTube (56.2)
9. Ford (54.8)
10. Chick-fil-A (54.7)

More info via MLBM here.

SEE ALSO:
YouTube unseats Apple atop ‘Brand Intimacy’ survey of millennials – February 7, 2019

Now that Amazon has bought eero, it’s time for Apple to revive the AirPort line

Fri, 2019-02-15 03:28

(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' }); “After Apple discontinued its AirPort line-up (which was a mistake), one of my favorite replacements was the eero home Wi-Fi system, which is handsome, easy-to-use, and pricey,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple World Today. “In other words, it’s a product Apple could’ve/should’ve made.”

Sellers writes, “Now that Amazon has scooped up eero, I wish the tech giant would revive the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.”

“I know that Apple may be spreading its resources over a lot of product lines,” Sellers writes, “but since the company wants to make connectivity and computing as simple as possible, it seems strange that they don’t want to control such an essential part of the home online experience.”

eero’s 2nd generation Home Wi-Fi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons)

 
Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote on Tuesday:

Most people aren’t going to make the extra effort to learn about Wi-Fi hardware, spend extra money and install it. They’re just going to settle for whatever rented device(s) their ISP offers. In fact, as owners of their own Wi-Fi hardware know, the ISP usually doesn’t go out of their way to help with such setups. That’s likely why Apple exited the business. The market is just too small and the cost of educating consumers as to why they might want something better than their ISP’s rented box(es) is too high.

SEE ALSO:
Why didn’t Apple buy eero instead of Amazon? – February 12, 2019
Amazon.com to buy mesh wi-fi system-maker eero for an undisclosed amount – February 11, 2019
Apple exited the home Wi-Fi market at the wrong time – December 31, 2018
Apple removes all AirPort products from online and retail stores – November 17, 2018
How to set up your home network for many Apple TVs, Macs, iPhones, and iPads – June 12, 2018
Apple begins to sell out of AirPort base stations – May 17, 2018
Requiem for the AirPort base station: A testament to everything Apple was and isn’t anymore – April 27, 2018
Apple makes yet another short-sighted decision: Apple has discontinued a product that it should have made a cornerstone of its home automation and entertainment ecosystem – April 27, 2018
Apple’s decision to discontinue AirPort products is the wrong decision at the wrong time – April 27, 2018
Apple pulls plug on AirPort Wi-Fi router business – April 26, 2018
eero’s new mesh WiFi system packs more power in an Apple-esque design – June 29, 2017
AppleInsider reviews eero Wi-Fi: ‘A solid option for Apple’s outgoing AirPort’ – February 27, 2017
With eero, you can kiss slow Wi-Fi goodbye forever – February 10, 2017

Why Apple is asking for 50% from publishers for upcoming news service

Fri, 2019-02-15 03:00

(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 says it wants to help save journalism,” Peter Kafka writes for Recode. “All it wants in return is half of all the revenue journalists make when they sell their stuff through a forthcoming new Apple subscription service. Cue internet outrage.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Internet outrage” is redundant.

“So what is Apple thinking now?” Kafka writes. “Here’s the short answer, which I’ve cobbled together by talking to industry sources: Apple has already signed many publishers to deals where they’ll get 50 percent of the revenue Apple generates through subscriptions to its news service, which is currently called Texture and will be relaunched as a premium version of Apple News this spring. And some publishers are happy to do it, because they think Apple will sign up many millions of people to the new service. And they’d rather have a smaller percentage of a bigger number than a bigger chunk of a smaller number.”

Kafka writes, “In the words of a publishing executive who is optimistic about Apple’s plans: ‘It’s the absolute dollars paid out that matters, not the percentage.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Here’s an even shorter explanation for the headline: Basic math.

SEE ALSO:
Apple plans star-studded March 25th event to unveil video and news subscription services – February 13, 2019
Apple to hold special media event on March 25th – February 12, 2019
Publishers chafe at Apple’s terms for subscription news service – February 12, 2019
Apple to relaunch Texture magazine subscription service as soon as spring 2019 – December 12, 2018
Apple to shut down Texture’s Windows app in July – May 4, 2018
Amazon considered buying Texture before Apple bit – March 13, 2018
Apple pushes deeper into news – March 13, 2018
Apple to acquire Next Issue Media and its digital magazine-subscription service Texture – March 12, 2018

Security hole in macOS Mojave allows rogue apps to access your Safari browsing history

Fri, 2019-02-15 02:24

(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' }); “An attempt by Apple to protect your Safari browsing history in macOS Mojave has a security hole which allows full access by a rogue app, says a Mac and iOS developer,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac.

“Prior to Mojave, your browsing history was freely available to any app that looked inside ~/Library/Safari. In macOS 10.14, however, Apple locked down access so tightly that you can’t even list the contents in Terminal – in theory,” Lovejoy writes. “Jeff Johnson, a developer who worked on Knox and RSS reader Vienna before creating StopTheMadness and Underpass, discovered a flaw in the protection.”

“It’s not a huge issue, as sandboxed Mac apps, like those from the Mac App Store, are unable to access folders outside of their containers, so this wouldn’t be exploitable by malicious code in those apps. To be at risk, you’d have to authorize an app downloaded from elsewhere – which is something you should only ever do with a developer you trust,” Lovejoy writes. “Johnson says he has passed full details of the Safari browsing history vulnerability to Apple, but expects a fix to take some time.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Johnson explains further:

Don’t Panic. Mojave privacy protection is a new feature in macOS 10.14. Any weakness in the privacy protection is simply a flaw in the new feature. You’re as safe on Mojave as you were on High Sierra, which did not have this feature at all. You just might not be safer on Mojave than you were on High Sierra.

Apple’s workaround for German fake injunction exacerbates Qualcomm’s antitrust woes

Fri, 2019-02-15 02:12

(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' }); “At the end of my shareholder-value-focused analysis of Qualcomm’s $1.5 billion deposit for the immediate enforcement of a Germany-wide patent injunction against the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8, I predicted it was going to be ‘a Pyrrhic victory.’ By now it’s clear that ‘Pyrrhic victory’ is a euphemism,” Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents. “It’s a total disaster for Qualcomm, actually.”

Mueller writes, “A waste of money; zero leverage over Apple (which as of today is again selling all iPhone models in Germany without restrictions); zero proof of patent portfolio strength; a significant risk of additional EU antitrust problems because it underpins a complaint by Apple that had already given rise to preliminary investigations by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP); and adverse effects on Qualcomm’s reputation in U.S. and Asian competition circles.”

#iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 available again on #Apple‘s German online store. Using #Qualcomm baseband chips only in those devices to work around $QCOM‘s Munich injunction. Removal of #Intel chips raises #antitrust issues. Complaint with @EU_Competition is pending. pic.twitter.com/d1b8uCOi6B

— Florian Mueller (@FOSSpatents) February 14, 2019

“With what has happened now, Apple’s warnings against the potential anticompetitive effects of Qualcomm’s enforcement of patent injunctions have been validated,” Mueller writes. “Indeed, the only practical alternative that Apple apparently had was to use Qualcomm chips again, which means Intel loses some potential sales.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In a nutshell, Apple makes Qualcomm look like witless idiots.

SEE ALSO:
Apple resumes selling iPhones in Germany, but with only Qualcomm modems – February 14, 2019
South Korean Supreme Court upholds $242 million antitrust judgement against Qualcomm – February 12, 2019
Bad news piles up for Qualcomm in Apple dispute – February 10, 2019
Apple wins damages ruling against Qualcomm – February 5, 2019
U.S. FTC: Evidence is ‘overwhelming’ that Qualcomm engaged in exclusionary, anticompetitive conduct – January 30, 2019
Leaked emails reveal new reason why Apple went to war with Qualcomm – January 18, 2019
Apple’s COO Jeff Williams delivers blistering testimony on Qualcomm’s ‘onerous demands’ – January 15, 2019
Apple was paying Qualcomm over $1 billion per year in licensing – January 15, 2019

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