January 23

Apple antitrust appeal comes down to the legal meaning of the word ‘shall’

An Apple antitrust appeal filed in the UK is likely to be decided on how a court interprets the meaning of a single word. Even more crazily, this is the second time that a single word has had a major impact on potential action against the Cupertino company on the very same issues. The first […]

February 2

Batterygate lawsuit failed in South Korea despite US win; lawyers claim unfairness

The US Batterygate lawsuit resulted in Apple agreeing to pay up to $500M to settle the case, but an equivalent case in South Korea has been dismissed – for what the plaintiff’s lawyers say are unfair reasons. Both cases relate to Apple’s decision to throttle the performance of older iPhones with fading batteries, in order […]

January 11

Apple promises to detail why some apps are removed from the App Store

Apple’s App Store has very strict guidelines, and this results in many apps being banned there for breaking these rules. However, the company also bans apps from its store at the request of some governments – and this has concerned activists. But according to some Apple investors, the company has agreed to share more details […]

February 3

Apple pulled Damus from the App Store in China, after ridiculous government claim

Apple pulled Damus from the App Store yesterday, with the developers being informed that the Nostr app “includes content that is illegal in China.” Apple had previously rejected the app from all its App Stores, and for the same nonsensical reason …

January 24

Twitter GodMode still available to all engineers, following hack of Apple and other accounts

Twitter GodMode – an internal tool that hackers used to tweet from high-profile accounts, including Apple, back in 2020 – remains available to all of the company’s engineers, according to a new report today. Twitter had previously said that the security hole had been fixed, but a whistleblower said that aside from changing the name […]

January 27

Activation Lock is a great feature, but needs a rethink as 2020 Macs are turned into landfill

Activation Lock is condemning even 2020 Macs to a future as spare parts and landfill, by making it impossible for them to be restored to use. To be fair to Apple, the technology is only part of the problem – the other half is corporate policy in many companies that issue MacBooks to their employees […]

January 9

Apple developing in-house Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chip; could switch to custom 5G modem by 2024

Apple has been working on developing its own modem for several years, looking to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm. A new report from Bloomberg today says that this switchover could begin as soon as 2024, while also adding that Apple is developing its own WiFi and Bluetooth chip as well. This would allow it to […]

January 17

Apple account recovery needs an overhaul: Here’s a simple suggestion

There have been numerous examples of people losing a lifetime’s worth of photos after being locked out of their iCloud account. The Apple account recovery process often proves impossible, especially in cases where an iPhone has been stolen and its owner forced to unlock it. Just yesterday there was a fresh example, where an unlocked […]

December 21, 2022

Battery replacement must be ‘easily’ achieved by consumers, in proposed European law

After mandatory USB-C ports, third-party app stores, access to the iPhone’s NFC chip, and more, Apple could be facing yet another European legal requirement – this one about battery replacement. A proposed new law would require electronics companies like Apple to ensure that consumers are “easily” able to remove and replace batteries themselves …

December 8, 2022

Tim Sweeney: Epic Games will ‘fight on to victory, whatever it costs’ in Apple legal battle

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney is doubling down on his battle against Apple and the App Store. In a new interview with The Verge, Sweeney threatened to take the long-running lawsuit between Epic and Apple to the Supreme Court, while saying that “every politician should fear the rise of corporate power that Apple is creating.”

December 28, 2022

When is Apple Music Classical launching?

It’s been 16 months since Apple purchased the three-year-old classical music streaming service Primephonic. Meanwhile, there are only a few days left for Apple Music to meet its plan of launching a stand-alone Apple Classical app that replaces the discontinued Primephonic app. (This seems unlikely.)

December 16, 2022

Apple accused of using a ‘pseudo-union’ to squash unionization at Ohio store

Tension between Apple Store employees and the company has continued to grow throughout 2022 with formal complaints being filed that illegal union-busting tactics have been used. The latest allegation sees union group CWA file a complaint with the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) claiming that Apple created a pseudo-union led by “bosses” to stop […]

December 15, 2022

Abandonment of Apple CSAM scanning plans attacked by regulator

Apple CSAM scanning plans may have been abandoned, but that hasn’t ended the controversy. An Australian regulator has accused the Cupertino company of turning a blind eye to the sexual exploitation of children. She said that both Apple and Microsoft fail to take steps to protect “the most vulnerable from the most predatory” …

December 13, 2022

Advanced Data Protection is a win for Apple and users alike [Comment]

One of the ironies of Apple’s long-running battle with the FBI over the agency’s desire for a security backdoor into iPhones is that it could have taken advantage of one which already existed: The fact that iCloud backups of iPhones didn’t use end-to-end encryption. Apple has now finally fixed this with Advanced Data Protection (ADP). […]

December 16, 2022

Twitter free speech enthusiast suspends journalists, blocks Mastodon links, closes Spaces

Chief Twitter free speech enthusiast Elon Musk has suspended the accounts of a number of prominent journalists reporting on him, blocked links to rival social media service Mastodon, and closed the group audio feature Twitter Spaces, after facing awkward questions there. Musk has described himself as a free speech absolutist, arguing that anyone should be […]

December 9, 2022

Apple and Ericsson put an end to patent lawsuits with new licensing deal

Apple and Ericsson have reached a licensing agreement that will put an end to a years-long, increasingly nasty legal battle between the two companies. As announced in a press release, the deal includes a “cross-license relating to patented cellular standard-essential technologies and grants certain other patent rights.”

Apple removes gag clauses related to workplace harassment after independent counsel review

Back in March, the majority of Apple shareholders voted for an independent review of how the company has handled situations like employees speaking up about sensitive issues. Now that the investigation is complete, Apple has announced that it is eliminating its gag clauses related to workplace discrimination and abuse.

February 3

Apple TV+ Guide: Every Apple TV show and movie available now

Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $6.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …

December 6, 2022

Apple anti-union tactics used in Atlanta were illegal, says US labor board prosecutor

The National Labor Relations Board’s Atlanta regional director has concluded that Apple anti-union tactics deployed in the Atlanta store broke the law. The company’s actions led to a planned unionization bid being abandoned after what was described as “intense union-busting” by Apple. The next stage in the National Labor Relations Board investigation will be for […]

December 14, 2022

What is automated device lifecycle and how to implement it?

In today’s ever-evolving digital landscape, IT admins must keep up with the latest technologies and ensure devices are always secure and up to date. Remote work has only accelerated the challenges of a rapidly increasing digital transformation. The number of work devices in organizations continues to grow as well.  Apple has been the preferred mobile […]

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