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Apple apparently files for ‘Bald Eagle 5G’ trademark

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:31

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“The company has occasionally used local filers and/or deliberately misdirecting shell company names in the past to mask its purposes when doing certain IP-related transactions. The company famously registered the name ‘IP Application Development’ to negotiate for iPad trademark rights without evoking the Apple name,” Horwitz writes. “By contrast, this filing appears to tie Apple’s name and 5G directly together (with America’s national bird, no less).”

Image Credit: Apple/BIPO

 
Horwitz writes, “The Apple Bald Eagle 5G filing was made on February 3, 2019.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Sweet logo.

IDC estimates Apple iPhone sales in China fell 20 percent YOY in 2018 holiday quarter

Tue, 2019-02-12 07:01

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“The figures in the report showed a 19.9 percent fall in Apple’s smartphone shipments in the final quarter of 2018, while Huawei’s grew 23.3 percent,” Reuters reports. “That reduced Apple’s market share to 11.5 percent from 12.9 percent a year earlier, the report said.”

“The report is the first to put a firm number on the scale of a recent decline in Apple’s fortunes in the world’s second largest economy, after Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook pointed to China as a big factor in a rare cut in the company’s quarterly sales forecast last month,” Reuters reports. “Apple no longer breaks out detailed numbers on iPhone shipments in its quarterly results, meaning that surveys and channel checks by the likes of IDC are often the clearest indicator of shifts in sales.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Regarding IDC and “clear indicators,” please see:

• IDC: Windows Phone will not surpass Apple’s iOS by 2018 – December 2, 2014
• IDC: Windows Phone to surpass Apple’s iOS by 2016 – June 6, 2012
• IDC: Windows Phone to surpass Apple’s iOS by 2015 – June 10, 2011

Apple sued because two-factor authentication is inconvenient

Tue, 2019-02-12 06:30

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“Because of this, the suit alleges, those affected by the scourge of added security ‘suffer harm’ including economic losses based on the ‘estimated 2-5 or more minutes’ that two-factor authentication requires,” Martin writes. “AppleInsider put this to its own stopwatch test and found it wasted just 22 seconds of the day on the endeavour.”

“That’s not the only reason to suspect the suit may fail to make Apple’s lawyers sweat. Firstly, the filer claims that a software update enabled 2FA in September 2015, but neither of the updates that came out in the window – macOS El Capitan or iOS 9 – did so,” Martin writes. “When later introduced by Apple, both require user opt in, but the suit alleges it’s forced on users.”

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

How to use a blue light filter on your Mac

Tue, 2019-02-12 05:46

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“Some of the best monitors have their own blue light filters built into them, but there are plenty of software solutions, too,” Coppock writes. “First introduced in iOS, Apple brought Night Shift to MacOS in MacOS Sierra in March 2017.”

Third-party alternatives

• F.luxFree for Windows, MacOS, and Linux platforms, f.lux is a filtering tool that tracks the sun in your local area to make sure that the color temperature of your monitor(s) matches the local light level. It features the option to turn it off for fullscreen apps (so games and photo-editing aren’t overly affected) and it can even integrate with smart lighting systems if you want to automatically tweak your room lighting at the same time.

• Iris miniA truly lightweight blue-light filter application, Iris mini has no UI, no buttons, and no “confusing options,” just the ability to adjust your monitors’ coloring to best protect your eyes from glare and harmful blue light. You can manually control it if you wish, but automatic mode will keep up with where the sun is in relation to your location and automatically adjust your screen’s coloring accordingly.

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MacDailyNews Take: We used to use F.lux, but since macOS Sierra, we’ve use the Mac’s built-in Night Shift.

What do use use, if anything, for filtering blue light from your Mac’s display(s)?

I used an iPhone X for a year and had 99% battery health – here’s how i did it

Tue, 2019-02-12 05:01

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“Usually, this is believed to be the best and most common practice for charging an iPhone battery: You unplug it from the charger in the morning, and top it up before going to bed when the battery has completely died or is about to give up the ghost,” Ghani writes. “That’s the best way, only if you want to damage the battery to smithereens by the end of the year.”

“Follow the tips/guidelines below and you’ll preserve your iPhone’s battery health like a champ. And no, it’s not a hard thing to do at all. It’s just a change of habit,” Ghani writes. “If you are not using your iPhone and happen to be near a power source, whether it’s wired or wireless, put your phone on charge… Try and make sure that the battery does not drop below the 75% mark that often, even if it does, keep the 60% mark as a benchmark for ‘critical.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We just checked a Day One (November 3, 2017) iPhone X that is basically connected to a charger 20 hours per day. It was basically always on charge whenever possible. As you can see from the screenshot below, it currently has a Maximum Capacity of 99%:

You can check your iPhone’s current battery health by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health.

Apple’s AirPods quickly went from initial mockery to millennial status symbol

Tue, 2019-02-12 04:18

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“But fast-forward to 2019 and, somehow, the £159-a-pair little pods have transformed into a bona fide status symbol. Diana Ross has a pair, Kristen Stewart wears them and a woman in Virginia has even started a cottage industry by turning them into earrings for people,” Cresci reports. “And so, the butt of the joke is not the AirPods themselves but the wealth and status of the people who wear them… As one viral tweet joked, the world’s Top 10 richest people are: 1. AirPod users; 2. The CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos; and 3. Bill Gates.”

“But is it fair? ‘The thing is, AirPods aren’t even the most expensive wireless headphones out there,’ says Katy Leeson, the managing director of the social media marketing agency Social Chain,” Cresci reports. “That said, the jokes about them can’t have hurt Apple – if anything, the people mocking the product have led to a sales bump. ]”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Pretty much every Apple introduction —— from the Mac to iPod to iPhone to iPad to Apple Pay to Apple Watch to AirPods —— was “roundly mocked by the tech industry” (while they feverishly attempted to half-assedly knock off Apple’s innovations behind the scenes). Expect this rather humorous state of affairs to continue ad infinitum.

SEE ALSO:
Apple AirPods 2 said to deliver deeper bass, more sensors, higher price; AirPower to launch this spring – February 11, 2019

Apple announces Health Records feature coming to American veterans

Tue, 2019-02-12 03:29

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“We have great admiration for veterans, and we’re proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “It’s truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America’s heroes.”

With Health Records on iPhone, veterans across the US will be able to see medical information from participating institutions — including the VA — organized into one view all in the Health app. Health records data includes allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and is displayed along with other information in the Health app like Apple Watch data. This means VA patients will get a single, integrated snapshot of their health profile whenever they want quickly and privately. All Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

American veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to securely view their aggregated health records directly in the Health app on their iPhone.

 
“When patients have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO, in a statement. “By bringing Health Records on iPhone to VA patients, we hope veterans will experience improved healthcare that will enhance their lives.”

“Our goal is to empower people to better understand and improve their health, enabling them to view their medical information from multiple providers in one place easily and securely,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology, in a statement. “We’re excited to bring this feature to veterans across the US.”

Health Records on iPhone will be the first record-sharing platform of its kind available to the VA, which is the largest medical system in the United States providing service to more than 9 million veterans across 1,243 facilities.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Congrats, U.S. veterans!

SEE ALSO:
Apple launches online store with 10 percent discount for active U.S. Military, National Guard, Reserve and veterans – December 3, 2018
Apple in talks to give U.S. veterans access to electronic medical records – November 20, 2018

Apple.com’s homepage in Italy forced to add iPhone battery throttling advisory

Tue, 2019-02-12 03:01

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“Apple originally instated the performance throttling algorithms without any disclosure in release notes,” Mayo reports. “This meant that most people were unaware of the change in behavior until months later when it became a global fiasco.”

Mayo reports, “Apple is set to pay a multi-million euro fine and has been forced to add an advisory statement on its website to explain to customers what had happened.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple mishandled this from the get-go and they are paying for it in myriad ways.

SEE ALSO:
Apple set aside money to pay for lawsuits related to its iPhone ‘batterygate’ throttling scandal – February 4, 2019
Apple replaced 11 million iPhone batteries under their $29 replacement program – January 15, 2019
Two things Tim Cook just did that make Apple look guilty today – January 3, 2019
Apple’s reduced rate battery replacement program ends December 15th – December 3, 2018
Apple clarifies policy on $29 battery replacements: All iPhone 6 and later devices are eligible – January 2, 2018
Australian lawyers to launch largest-ever class action against Apple over iPhone ‘batterygate’ – December 29, 2017
The most annoying things about Apple’s iPhone ‘batterygate’ apology – December 29, 2017
iFixit discounts iPhone battery replacement kits as Apple cuts prices, apologizes for the confusion – December 29, 2017
15 class action lawsuits filed against Apple for throttling iPhones with aging batteries – December 29, 2017
Apple apologizes for poor communication about iPhone batteries and performance; slashes battery replacement cost from $79 to $29 – December 28, 2017
No, Apple’s throttling of iPhones with aging batteries is not planned obsolescence – December 28, 2017
Apple execs face jail in France after lawsuit over slowing down iPhones – December 28, 2017
Korea seeks explanation from Apple for slowing down devices without warning – December 28, 2017
Apple now facing 8 lawsuits over throttling processors in iPhones with aging batteries – December 27, 2017
Apple tarnished their brand with clandestine iPhone battery management and processor throttling – December 27, 2017
Should Apple replace aging iPhone batteries for free instead of throttling processor speed? – December 21, 2017
Apple confirms iPhones with older batteries will take hits in performance – December 20, 2017
iPhone performance and battery age – December 18, 2017
Apple met with Chinese regulators to discuss iPhone 6s unexpected shutdowns – February 10, 2017
Rumor: Apple may extend iPhone 6s battery replacement program to iPhone 6 – January 17, 2017
A message from Apple about 
iPhone and unexpected shutdowns – December 2, 2016
Apple offers free battery replacement for ‘very small number’ of iPhone 6s units with unexpected shutdown issue – November 21, 2016

Apple AirPods 2 said to deliver deeper bass, more sensors, higher price; AirPower to launch this spring

Tue, 2019-02-12 02:28

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“As some previous leaks had claimed, the AirPods 2 will include more sensors compared to its predecessor. Some rumors suggest these new sensors on the AirPods 2 will be used for the new health features, including heart rate monitoring,” Mohan reports. “In terms of battery life, AirPods are likely to be more or less similar to the original AirPods, as the battery size is said to be identical. Apple will be offering the AirPods 2 in two colors: Black and White. While the original AirPods were launched at $159 in the US, the AirPods 2 are expected to be priced around $200.”

“Our source has also claimed that the AirPower wireless charging pad will finally be released in Spring this year, alongside the wireless charging case for the first-generation AirPods,” Mohan reports. “The AirPower wireless charging pad is likely to be priced around $150 at launch. Since the AirPower is set to go on sale soon, TV commercials for the wireless charging pad are reportedly being filmed currently.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple will sell a boatload of both accessories!

SEE ALSO:
Apple to release AirPods 2 with ‘health monitoring functions’ in first half of this year – January 23, 2019

Apple headlines coalition of companies urging Congress to save ‘Dreamer’ immigrants

Tue, 2019-02-12 02:00

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“CEOs who signed the letter include Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Twitter and Square’s Jack Dorsey,” Li reports. “Losing DACA workers would cost the economy $350 billion in GDP and $90 billion in tax revenue, the companies said in the letter.”

“Congress has been working on a bill that addresses border security but is still stuck on several key issues,” Li reports. “It has until Friday to lock down the sticking points and strike a deal that could avoid another funding lapse, or pass another temporary spending bill.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A permanent legislative solution would benefit everyone involved.

Please keep the discussion civil and on-topic. Off-topic posts and ad hominem attacks will be deleted and those who post such comments will be moderated/blocked. Permanent loss of screen name could also result.

SEE ALSO:
More than 100 business leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, urge U.S. Congress to pass bipartisan legislation dealing with ‘dreamers’ – January 10, 2018
Tim Cook and Charles Koch: U.S. Congress must act on the ‘dreamers’ – December 14, 2017
Laurene Powell Jobs backs ‘dreamers,’ says ‘hundreds of thousands of young people’s lives are on the line’ – December 8, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘encouraged’ by President Trump’s movement on ‘Dreamers’ – September 21, 2017
After Trump administration sunsets DACA, Apple CEO Cook vows to work with U.S. Congress to protect ‘Dreamers’ in email to employees – September 5, 2017
President Trump ends DACA, but gives Congress 6-month window to deliver solution; Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘stands with’ 250 DACA-protected employees – September 5, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook signs letter encouraging President Trump to preserve the DACA ‘Dreamers’ program – September 1, 2017
Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective buying The Atlantic – July 28, 2017
President Trump tells Apple CEO Cook that U.S. needs comprehensive immigration reform – June 20, 2017
Laurene Powell Jobs launches new website in ‘DREAM Act’ push – January 22, 2013
Laurene Powell Jobs looks to create bipartisan support for DREAM Act immigration reform – December 18, 2012

Apple’s iPad mini 5 to retain Home button, 3.5mm headphone jack; targeted as lower cost product

Tue, 2019-02-12 01:32

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“Retaining mostly the same external design, it will purportedly keep the Lightning connector, Touch ID and the 3.5mm headphone jack,” Mayo reports. “It will feature the same bezels and overall dimensions will not substantially change.”

Mayo reports, “Macotakara’s sources expect an upgrade to an A10 chip, although it isn’t clear if they believe it is the normal version or the more powerful A10X variant used in the 2017 iPad Pro.”

Apple’s iPad mini 4

 
Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The most exciting thing about iPad mini will likely be its price and how many new users it will admit to Apple’s walled garden!

What it’s like to work inside an Apple ‘black site’ (for Apex Systems)

Tue, 2019-02-12 00:58

(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’s new campus in Cupertino, California, is a symbol of how the company views itself as an employer: simultaneously inspiring its workers with its magnificent scale while coddling them with its four-story café and 100,000-square-foot fitness center,” Joshua Brustein reports for Bloomberg News. “But one group of Apple contractors finds another building, six miles away on Hammerwood Avenue in Sunnyvale, to be a more apt symbol.”

“This building is as bland as the main Apple campus is striking. From the outside, there appears to be a reception area, but it’s unstaffed, which makes sense given that people working in this satellite office — mostly employees of Apple contractors working on Apple Maps — use the back door,” Brustein reports. “Workers say managers instructed them to walk several blocks away before calling for a ride home. Several people who worked here say it’s widely referred to within Apple as a ‘black site,’ as in a covert ops facility.”

“It’s not uncommon for workers not to make it that long. According to 14 current and former contractors employed by Apex Systems, a firm that staffs the building as well as other Apple mapping offices, they operated under the constant threat of termination,” Brustein reports. “Apex, not Apple, manages the workers it hires. Apple says it requires contracting firms to treat workers with ‘dignity and respect.’ Following an inquiry from Bloomberg News, the company says, it conducted a surprise audit of the Hammerwood facility and found a work environment consistent with other Apple locations.”

“While companies aren’t required to disclose the sizes of their contingent workforces, there’s ample evidence that tech companies use large numbers of contractors and temps,” Brustein reports. “Last year, Bloomberg News reported that direct employees at Alphabet Inc.’s Google accounted for less than half its workforce.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ah, yes, temp work usually sucks. That’s hardly a newsflash, so it seems a rather blatant bit of hit-whoring for Bloomberg News to abuse the name of Apple in such an oblique manner.

These people do not work for Apple Inc., they work for Apex Systems.

Apple looks to sell Stockholm property following prolonged public outcry over flagship store plan

Sat, 2019-02-09 08:03

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“Looking to recover well over three years of lost time and funds sunk into the project, Apple is now looking to sell the TGI Fridays site back to the city of Stockholm at a significant premium, today’s report notes,” Steeber reports. “Stockholm Urban Development Committee member Björn Ljung claims Apple is seeking SEK 179 million (roughly $19.3M USD) for the property, a significant increase over the SEK 129 million ($13.9M USD) [for which] the plot was originally purchased.”

“Part of the increased price tag may be due to ill will between Apple and the city following a multiyear public turmoil,” Steeber reports. “After first showing off models of the proposed store in February 2016, Apple and Foster + Partners made significant design revisions after the building was deemed too large and intrusive to the park environment. Outgoing Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts was said to be personally involved in negotiations.”

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MacDailyNews Take: You know, because a TGI Friday’s isn’t a privitization of a public space and a commercial enterprise.

The plot’s current occupant – a branch of TGI Fridays. (photo: Roland_Lundgren/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

SEE ALSO:
Stockholm says no to Apple ‘town square’ in its oldest park – November 1, 2018

LG UltraWide 5K2K: Beast of a monitor with Thunderbolt 3

Sat, 2019-02-09 07:38
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“LG has been catering to Mac owners for years, and the company’s UltraWide 5K2K display is a great solution for creative professionals who want a bit more horizontal real estate,” Andrew O’Hara writes for AppleInsider.

“If you’ve got a MacBook Pro on your desk, a big monitor absolutely helps workflow. If you’ve got a more compact Mac mini, it’s a requirement,” O’Hara writes. “With certain tasks such as video or audio editing, programming, or other content creation, more real estate is good, and a 34-inch wide display certainly provides that.”

“The LG UltraWide 5K2K sports a resolution of 5120 x 2160, which at first blush makes this look like a 5K monitor,” O’Hara writes. “Eagle-eyed readers will note, however, the vertical resolution. In short, it has the horizontal resolution of a 5K monitor and the vertical resolution of a 4K display.”

Read more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: The LG UltraWide 5K2K is guaranteed to make your Mac mini look truly “mini!”

Ian Bremmer: Apple won’t have a business model in China in 5-10 years

Sat, 2019-02-09 06:32

window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Apple’s business model in China will probably clash with the desires of Beijing’s authoritarian government, Ian Bremmer predicted on Thursday,” Matt Egan reports for CNN Business. “‘I think that within five to 10 years max, Apple doesn’t have a model in China,’ Bremmer said during a presentation at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit. Bremmer is the president and founder of consulting firm Eurasia Group.”

“Bremmer argues that Apple is the antithesis of what Beijing wants,” Egan reports. “‘Apple is really good at high-end consumer products that have secure data. Why would China want you to have that?’ Bremmer asked. ‘That’s completely opposed to the Chinese model… They are going to ensure that Apple doesn’t have a model in China.'”

“Bremmer struck a more optimistic tone on the US-China trade war. He predicted that the United States would not levy any more tariffs on China on when the ceasefire expires on March 1,” Egan reports. “A deal is coming,’ Bremmer said, noting that neither government wants to deal with the market and economic fallout. ‘That’s the way globalization is supposed to work.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: The only constant is change. iCal’ed.

What has changed in macOS Mojave 10.14.3 Supplemental Update?

Sat, 2019-02-09 05:32

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macOS Mojave’s Supplemental Update for 10.14.3 is claimed to fix three security vulnerabilities:

• The widely-described Group FaceTime bug which enabled the initiator of a call to force the recipient to answer.
• A second bug found during security audit of the FaceTime service, involving Live Photos.
• A memory corruption issue in Foundation which could allow an app to gain elevated privileges, and appears unrelated to the others.

“The install amounts to 667 MB on disk from a download of nearly 1 GB, and replaces three major apps,” Oakley writes. “Several of the items in /System/Library/CoreServices are also replaced… Plenty of command tools are replaced in /usr/bin and /usr/sbin, and there is a complete new CUPS suite too. Around 300 MB of the installation package is a complete set of current EFI updaters, although there are no changes to any firmware versions among those.”

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MacDailyNews Take: macOS Mojave 10.14.3 Supplemental Update is a big boy!

SEE ALSO:
Apple releases macOS Mojave 10.14.3 Supplemental Update – February 7, 2019

Apple’s new retail head needs to fix the biggest problem with Apple Retail Stores

Sat, 2019-02-09 05:01

window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “There are many things to love about Apple Stores. The designs are great. Either funky and modern, with loads of glass and natural light, or a respectful yet contemporary conversion of a classical building,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “You can freely play with the products, without any sales pressure. If you have questions, there will generally be someone who knows the answer.”

“But there’s one big problem that afflicts almost every Apple Store I’ve ever visited: the horrendous over-crowding,” Lovejoy writes. “The design and lack of sales pressure should make Apple’s retail stores pleasant places to visit. But the crazy busy-ness of them makes a store visit instead something of an ordeal.”

“Instead of a leisurely play with the latest tech, you have to fight your way through the crowds just to get near it, and are then hemmed in on all sides by other people waiting impatiently for their turn,” Lovejoy writes. “From Apple’s perspective, you could say this is a good problem to have… But it’s definitely not a good problem from a customer perspective. And that also makes it a bad problem for Apple’s long-term future. If people come into the stores and have a bad experience, that damages the brand.”

“The simple solution would be more stores,” Lovejoy writes. “If I were Deidre O’Brien, expanding the number of existing stores in major cities – and opening new ones in states which have large populations nowhere near a store – would be my number one priority.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yup. Plus the noise issue is a direct result of designing without regard for acoustics — not a good look (or sound) for the company that designed the HomePod much less trying to demo HomePods in stores with awful acoustics.

We just wish the smaller stores had a quieter place for these programs to take place; some Apple Stores are so noisy it’ll be hard to conduct the classes. Some Apple Stores really need fewer acoustically “shiny” surfaces and more sound-absorbing materials!MacDailyNews, April 25, 2017

Two things additional things about Apple Retail Stores: One, a constant since inception, is that the stores are overly acoustically “bright” making them extremely loud. Hard floors, glass, hard ceilings; it can get deafening. In smaller stores, this makes hearing instructors’ classes, or even staff members more difficult than it should be. Some acoustical design (sound deadening) would go a long, long way to making the stores more comfortable overall. Secondly, the stores are increasingly more crowded – a nice problem to have – which is obviously recognized as an issue as we see Apple expanding stores pretty much wherever they can. (Just don’t forget the acoustics! Quieter stores will seem less crowded, even if they actually aren’t.)MacDailyNews, August 16, 2018

More stores, please to spread out the demand and make the experience less of a loud*, crowded frenzy and more relaxed.

*Much more attention to acoustical damping — please! — too many Apple Retail Stores are far too acoustically bright. Communication in Apple Stores is often a painful chore due to crowd noise bouncing off too many hard surfaces. These acoustically annoying experience could and should be mitigated.MacDailyNews, February 8, 2019

Angela Ahrendts’ post-Apple plans

Sat, 2019-02-09 04:01

window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Decked out in a striking Ralph Lauren pink turtleneck and coat, Angela Ahrendts attended Ralph Lauren’s fashion show Thursday morning,” Lisa Lockwood reports for Women’s Wear Daily.

“The 58-year-old executive, who revealed this week that she was stepping down as head of retail at Apple in April, has served on Lauren’s board of directors since last August,” Lockwood reports. “‘I plan to take the summer off,’ said Ahrendts, who declined to disclose what type of job she’d be interested in next.”

“She said she plans to enjoy some traveling before making any new commitments,” Lockwood reports. “On her agenda are a Rwanda mission and visiting two of her children in London.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Taking some time off seems eminently appropriate.

SEE ALSO:
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

What’s next for Apple’s Retail Store empire?

Sat, 2019-02-09 03:27

window.wvData=window.wvData||{};function wvtag(a,b){wvData[a]=b;} wvtag('id', 'j4zZ1Se4EO1HPk0xCvtD7Q'); wvtag('widget-style', { className: 'wv-circle-small', backgroundColor: '#FF0101' }); “Apple stores are more than just places to shop,” Annie Gaus reports for TheStreet. That was highlighted by the recent news that Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s retail guru since May 2014, is leaving the company in April for ‘new personal and professional pursuits,’ according to a press release this week.”

“Under Ahrendts’ watch… Apple has established itself at the forefront of broader trends in retail, according to eMarketer analyst Andrew Lipsman,” Gaus reports. “‘They revolutionized and popularized experiential retail — the transformation that we’re in from inventory-led retail to experience-led retail,’ Lipsman explained. ‘The leading retailers today understand they need to lead with experience, and that’s what it’s going to take to get consumers back to the store, particularly the millennial set that’s used to buying things online.'”

“Taking over for Ahrendts will be Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s current Vice President of People and a respected company veteran of three decades. Placing a respected vet at the helm of its powerful retail division is encouraging, wrote Wedbush’s Dan Ives in a note this week.,” Gaus reports. “‘A major focus of Apple with O’Brien now running the show will be catalyzing demand in China with the store experience a major factor in this region as well as other regions with consumers getting the ‘Apple experience’ when they look to test drive new technology in the store, a key ingredient in Cupertino’s recipe for success,’ Ives wrote.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: More stores, please, to spread out the demand and make the experience less of a loud*, crowded frenzy and more relaxed.

*Much more attention to acoustical damping — please! — too many Apple Retail Stores are far too acoustically bright. Communication in Apple Stores is often a painful chore due to crowd noise bouncing off too many hard surfaces. These acoustically annoying experience could and should be mitigated.

Apple to contribute to U.S. teen’s education for discovering Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug

Sat, 2019-02-09 03:01

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“The software bug, which had let users hear audio from people who had not yet answered a video call, was discovered by a Tucson, Arizona high school student Grant Thompson,” Reuters reports. “The technology giant said it would compensate the Thompson family and make an additional gift toward 14-year-old Grant’s education.”

“‘In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security,’ Apple said in a statement,” Reuters reports. “The company said last week it was planning to improve how it handles reports of software bugs.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple did the right thing in compensating Thompson. Maybe a bit over an over compensation due to APple’s admittedly slow reaction to his report, but, whatever, Apple can certainly afford to over compensate.

Update iOS now on all of your devices to restore access to Group FaceTime and Live Photos.

SEE ALSO:
Apple to compensate 14-year-old who discovered the Group FaceTime eavesdrop bug – February 7, 2019
Apple’s iOS 12.1.4 now available with Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug fixed – February 7, 2019
House Democrats demand answers from Apple on Group FaceTime eavesdropping flaw – February 6, 2019
Apple likely to pay reward to 14-year-old boy who found Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug – February 4, 2019
Apple’s iOS 12.1.4 is coming to fix the worst iPhone and iPad bug to date – February 2, 2019
Apple apologizes for Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug; will issue fix and re-enable feature next week – February 1, 2019
Canadian law firm applies for class action lawsuit against Apple over FaceTime eavesdropping bug – January 31, 2019
New York state begins probe into Apple’s slow response to FaceTime eavesdropping flaw – January 30, 2019
Apple sued over FaceTime bug that lets people eavesdrop – January 30, 2019
Apple was alerted about FaceTime eavesdropping bug days ago, did nothing – January 29, 2019
Apple, champion of ‘privacy,’ utterly blows it with massively stupid FaceTime bug – January 29, 2019
Apple to patch audio bug in FaceTime that allows users to hear audio and see video from users who have not yet accepted a call – January 29, 2019
Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better – January 5, 2015

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