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Amazon Kicks Out Unauthorized Apple Refurbishers

Apple and Amazon have signed an agreement that will let Amazon sell Apple products again, but an unanticipated side effect is that Amazon is also banning companies that sell refurbished Apple products without Apple's authorization.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 13 comments

Apple’s Q4 2018 Results Show Strong End to 2018, Despite Flat or Declining Unit Sales

Apple had yet another record-breaking quarter even though unit sales for the iPhone and Mac were flat, and the iPad’s unit sales declined. The increase in revenue seems to have come from higher selling prices and increased Services revenue.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Americans Can Now Download Their Apple Data

Europeans have been able to download all of their Apple data for a few months, and now US residents can do the same.

Josh Centers 22 comments

Apple Likely to Announce New Macs and iPads at Brooklyn Event on 30 October 2018

Apple is having another special event at the end of October. Josh Centers ponders what Apple might unveil. New Macs? New iPads? An autonomous flying car? OK, maybe not that last one.

Adam Engst 15 comments

Apple Categorically Denies Businessweek’s China Hack Report

Bloomberg Businessweek last week published a bombshell article that alleges that Chinese spies inserted a malicious chip into servers used by Apple and other technology companies. Apple has unequivocally denied everything. Who to believe?

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An Oral History of Apple’s Infinite Loop Campus

Steven Levy has compiled an oral history of Apple’s Infinite Loop campus, getting an insider look at some of Apple’s most consequential events.

Adam Engst 24 comments

Apple Expected to Announce New iPhones and Apple Watch on September 12th

In an announcement that surprised no one, Apple has scheduled a special event for 12 September 2018. At it, we expect the company to throw back the curtains on new iPhone and Apple Watch hardware and give a release date for iOS 12.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Travel Back in Time with Stephen Hackett’s Aqua Screenshot Library

Ever wonder how much the Mac’s user interface has changed over time? Thanks to Stephen Hackett’s extensive collection of screenshots in each of the 15 versions of the Mac operating system, we can all trace the transition from Pin Stripes to Brushed Metal and relive the skeuomorphic excess of Rich Corinthian Leather.

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Apple’s Arizona Sapphire Plant Becomes a Datacenter

Apple’s failed Arizona Sapphire plant is now having a second life as a solar-powered data center.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Apple Is Pushing Developers Toward Subscriptions

The App Store drove the price of apps to nearly zero, but it took Apple nearly a decade to respond to the problem by enabling in-app subscriptions. Kif Leswing at Business Insider shares the story.

Adam Engst 5 comments

Ship or Slip: Apple Delays Group FaceTime until “Later This Fall”

A developer has noticed that Group FaceTime, one of the marquee features of iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave, won’t make the initial release of those operating systems. Missed ship dates are starting to become a habit for Apple.

Adam Engst 31 comments

Apple’s Termination of App Store Affiliate Payments Is Unnecessary, Mean-Spirited, and Harmful

As of 1 October 2018, Apple will stop paying affiliate fees on apps purchased through recommendation links. It’s a small-minded, unpleasant move that can’t benefit Apple in any significant way but will hurt many small publishers, although TidBITS won’t be affected.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 12 comments

Apple’s Q3 2018 Results Break Records Again

Apple has posted yet another record-breaking third quarter, thanks in large part to the iPhone X’s high price tag and the company’s ever-increasing Services revenue.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Expands Business Chat

Apple has brought more companies to its Business Chat service, which enables users to get customer support from participating firms right in Messages.

Adam Engst 17 comments

Pondering the Impact of the App Store at 10

The iOS App Store is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Apple has posted a self-congratulatory article that gives the App Store credit for everything short of curing cancer. Adam Engst acknowledges the App Store’s success while pointing out that it hasn't been an unalloyed hit.