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Apple Apologizes for Tone-Deaf “Crush!” iPad Pro Ad

After significant backlash, Apple has apologized for and pulled its “Crush!” ad showing creative and cultural objects pulverized by an industrial press. Was the ad just an ill-considered effort to shock or an all-too-accurate metaphor for today's tech industry?

Michael E. Cohen Adam Engst 12 comments

Apple Revenues Drop 4% in Q2 2024, with Bright Spots from Services and Mac

Though Apple revenues declined compared to the same quarter last year, the drop was less precipitous than many had feared, and Apple still announced profits of $23.6 billion. Revenue increases came from the Services and Mac segments.

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WWDC 2024 Scheduled for June 10–14

Mark your calendars—Apple has announced that its Worldwide Developer Conference will kick off on 10 June 2024. Will the keynote bring an AI-powered version of Siri?

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US Files Antitrust Lawsuit against Apple, Alleging iPhone Monopoly

The US Justice Department and 16 states have filed an antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple of maintaining an illegal iPhone monopoly based on its practices in super apps, cloud gaming, messaging apps, smartwatches, and digital wallets. The big question is whether the iPhone actually enjoys monopoly status.

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Apple Hit with $2 Billion EU Fine for App Store Restrictions

The European Commission has fined Apple about $2 billion for preventing app developers from telling iOS users about alternative and cheaper music subscription options outside their apps. Apple is appealing.

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Apple Reportedly Cancels Electric Car Project

So much for Project Titan and our fantasy of driving an Apple Car, but many of the affected employees will move to Apple’s artificial intelligence division to work on generative AI.

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Apple in 2023: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has released his ninth annual Apple report card, featuring ratings and quotes from a select group of Apple commentators, including many from TidBITS.

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Apple’s Q1 2024 Returns to Revenue Growth on Strong iPhone and Services Performance

Apple reported an overall 2% increase in revenues thanks to strong iPhone sales and record Services income, but some product categories—iPads and Wearables—and the key Greater China region suffered double-digit revenue declines for the quarter.

Josh Centers 45 comments

The EU Forces Open Apple’s Walled Garden

Apple is making major changes to how it distributes iOS apps in the EU due to the European Commission’s Digital Markets Act, but the company is making it clear that it’s only doing so under duress.

Adam Engst 12 comments

App Store Apps May Start Including Payment Links to External Websites

The Epic vs. Apple antitrust lawsuit is finally over. Although Apple won on most counts, the judge ruled it had to allow developers to link to external payment systems rather than using in-app purchases. That may start happening soon.

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Apple to Stop Selling Two Apple Watch Models in the US Due to Import Ban

An ITC import ban has caused Apple to stop selling its new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the US. Order soon if you want one, or choose an Apple Watch SE, which remains for sale.

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Do You Use It? Apple Services See Widely Varying Popularity

The results of our poll asking which Apple services TidBITS readers use are in, with iCloud+ proving the most popular by far, followed by a surprisingly strong showing from Apple TV+. Apple Arcade and Apple Fitness+ brought up the rear, but remember, TidBITS readers aren’t representative of the overall Apple audience.

Michael E. Cohen 7 comments

Apple Reports Record Q4 2023 Profits Despite 1% Revenue Drop 

Foreign exchange headwinds and a relative scarcity of new products during the quarter flattened Apple’s revenue figures compared to its results from a year ago, although its profits were up 13%.

Adam Engst 32 comments

Apple “Scary Fast” Event Scheduled for 30 October 2023

Apple has announced a special virtual event for the day before Halloween with a spooky graphic and tagline. Will the announcements be a trick or treat?

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NewClimate Institute Reacts to Apple’s Carbon Neutral Apple Watch Claims

While noting that Apple is doing a better job than most multinationals with regard to the transparency and integrity of its climate pledges and strategies, the NewClimate Institute finds that Apple’s claims of carbon neutrality somewhat exaggerated.