About the Author

Ben Lovejoy

@benlovejoy

Ben Lovejoy is a British technology writer who started his career on PC World and has written for dozens of computer and technology magazines, as well as numerous national newspapers, business and in-flight magazines. He has also written two technothriller novels , a romcom novel and an SF novella series.

He is old enough to have owned the original Macintosh. He currently owns a maxed-out 2016 MacBook Pro 15, a MacBook Air 11, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (LTE 256GB), iPhone X (256GB), Apple Thunderbolt Display, an Apple Watch (Series 4 WiFi) and two HomePods – and suspects it might be cheaper to have a cocaine habit than his addiction to all things anodised aluminum.

He thinks wires are evil and had a custom desk made to hide them, known as the OC Desk for obvious reasons.

He’s known for his op-ed pieces (Opinion, Comment and Change My View) and diary pieces, exploring his experience of Apple products over time, for a more rounded review:

He considers 1000 miles a good distance for a cycle ride, and Chernobyl a suitable tourist destination. What can we say, he’s that kind of chap.

He speaks fluent English but only broken American, so please forgive any Anglicised spelling in his posts.

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Survey of workers at Apple and elsewhere highlights H-1B visa controversy

A survey of foreign workers employed by Apple and other tech giants has highlighted controversy around the H-1B visa that allows them to work in the US. President Trump has made it harder to qualify for the visa …

Firefox to stop ISPs from tracking the websites you visit, from today

Firefox is rolling out a new privacy feature designed to stop ISPs from tracking the websites you visit. Known as DNS over HTTPS, it will plug a privacy hole when surfing the web …

We may be getting closer to seeing the first Chinese OLED iPhone displays. China’s biggest display maker, BOE, has been chasing Apple’s OLED business for some time but hasn’t yet met the Cupertino company’s quality standards.

However, the company now appears confident that it will do so …

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Foxconn offers bonuses, free meals, shuttles, accommodation to attract workers

In an effort to persuade workers to return to its production plants, Foxconn is offering them bonuses, free shuttle-bus transportation, meals and accommodation …

AAPL lost 4.75% of its value yesterday as fears grow that the coronavirus outbreak may be spreading to other countries too quickly to be contained. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the spread is now nearing the point at which it may be declared a pandemic.

The definition of a pandemic is a relatively loose one but is generally taken to mean a rapidly-spreading disease which affects a large number of people across international borders …

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February 24

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has said in an interview that Apple is ‘probably the best business I know in the world.’

His Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is now the largest single investor in AAPL, owning 5.7% of the company and ‘increasing all the time’ …

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Huawei MatePad Pro 5G iPad Pro clone is now available [Video]

We saw leaked images of the Huawei MatePad Pro 5G last year, looking almost exactly like Apple’s iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. The device has now been launched, and yep, the leaked images were right …

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said back in September of last year that Apple was working on new mini-LED iPad models, to be launched sometime around the end of 2020, or beginning of 2021.

There’s now corroboration for that report, a supply-chain report claiming that Apple has now placed orders for these after approving earlier samples …

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Coronavirus gives boost to iPad sales even as production capacity is down

The coronavirus may be hitting production of Apple products, including iPads, but it is reportedly giving an unexpected boost to iPad sales in China …

Apple has announced that it will boost Safari security for secure websites from September 1st. From that date, the browser will only accept HTTPS certificates issued within the past 13 months.

While this is a technical-sounding change, it’s should provide greater protection against two separate risks …

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February 21

An absurdly named bill is set to form the latest attempt to create legislation requiring tech giants to provide a backdoor to encryption.

The Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2019 (EARN IT Act) is co-sponsored by Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)…

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Net neutrality repeal under fire after data throttling to fire service vehicle

Attempts to fight the net neutrality repeal continue as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been ordered by a court to examine the impacts of repealing the protection.

One incident that may prove significant is when Verizon throttled data service to a fire service vehicle in a way that hampered its ability to fight wildfires…

The Streisand Effect has predictably kicked in after Apple attempted to prevent the distribution of a new Apple book written by former German App Store manager Tom Sadowski. App Store Confidential is now number two on Amazon’s bestseller list in Germany, and the book is into its second print run.

Despite Apple’s claim that the book reveals company secrets, reviewers indicate that the material in it is bland and obvious …

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Apple gets restraining order against man stalking Tim Cook, hearing to follow

Apple has obtained a temporary restraining order against a man accused of stalking Tim Cook at his home, leaving a ‘disturbing’ voicemail and tagging him in inappropriate photos on Twitter …

February 20

The 5G hype continues, with a new report claiming that the faster mobile data service will transform live experiences like music concerts…

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Bloomberg report says Apple is considering allowing iPhone and iPad users to choose third-party default iOS apps for things like email and web-browsing.

Currently, you can use third-party apps, of course, but as we explained earlier, you can’t set them as the defaults.

It is not possible for the user to tell iOS that it prefers the third-party browser over Safari; any tapped links will open in Safari every single time. Similarly, there are many competing email apps in the App Store but shortcuts to composing a new email will only ever show the system Mail compose sheet …

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Cybersecurity company Wandera found that some 23 iOS file-conversion apps used by three million people fail to use encryption, potentially putting the documents at risk.

All the apps in question were created by a single developer, Cometdocs, but Wandera says that the discovery raises a broader security issue…

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Larry Tesler, an ex-Xerox PARC engineer who joined Apple in 1980 and rose to become the company’s chief scientist, has passed away at the age of 74. He was one of the engineers who demonstrated PARC’s graphical user interface and mouse to Steve Jobs, and which led to the creation of the LISA and Macintosh.

Tesler was a key figure in two computing concepts we now take for granted. The first, developed with fellow PARC colleague Tim Mott, was copy, cut and paste …

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Primary iPhone assembler Foxconn says that it has begun work on expansion plans for plants outside of China as it seeks to recover from production lost to the coronavirus outbreak.

The company is also ‘cautiously’ resuming production in China…

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February 19

Apple has issued a cease-and-desist letter to the author and publisher of a new book App Store Confidential, claiming that the former Apple manager reveals business secrets.

Apple says that Tom Sadowski is in breach of his employment contract by revealing “business secrets […] of considerable economic value”…

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