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Adam Engst 4 comments

Apple Moves WWDC Entirely Online

Like other big tech companies, Apple has canceled the in-person part of its developer conference. However, in a textbook case of putting the best face on a bad situation, Apple has cast the change as a new online format that will let many more developers participate.

Adam Engst 27 comments

Thoughts and Recommendations Surrounding COVID-19

We’re having trouble paying attention to anything outside the COVID-19 news, so here’s what we think we can contribute at the moment. Let us know what else you might like to hear from TidBITS on this topic.

Glenn Fleishman 11 comments

Spring Forward, Fail Back: Apple Still Can’t Tell Time

Leap years have been on the Julian calendar since it was put into effect in 45 BCE. A recent customer service failure shows Apple’s back-end developers are still trying to figure it out.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Shops Balking at Apple’s Independent Repair Program Terms

Many interpreted the Apple Independent Repair Program as an olive branch to third-party repair shops, but Motherboard has found businesses balking at Apple’s “onerous” terms.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple in 2019: The Six Colors 2019 Report Card

How did Apple do in 2019? Jason Snell has once again gathered opinions from a large panel of Apple observers—including a number of people from the TidBITS crew—to issue his annual Apple report card.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Tony Blevins: Tim Cook’s Cost Cutter

As Apple watches its iPhone sales growth slow, the company has had to focus ever harder on keeping its parts costs low. In such situations, Tim Cook looks to one man: Vice President of Procurement Tony Blevins.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 5 comments

In Apple’s Q1 2020, iPhone Rebounds and Wearables Soar

Thanks to the iPhone 11, Apple’s iPhone product segment saw a return to growth in Q1 2020, while iPad and Mac sales were off. Meanwhile, the Wearables and Services categories continue to grow.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Apple Attacks the Unofficial Apple Archive

Perhaps predictably, Apple has sent a swarm of lawyers after the Unofficial Apple Archive, issuing over 3700 DMCA takedown orders.

Josh Centers No comments

One Page, Ten Years of Apple History

Benjamin Mayo of 9to5Mac has compressed the last decade of Apple history into a single long Web page. It’s a great reminder of just how much has happened in the last ten years.

Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 3 comments

Apple Q4 2019 Breaks Records Despite Slipping iPhone Sales

Skyrocketing revenues in Services and Wearables more than made up for a decline in iPhone revenues, proving that Apple is no longer just the iPhone company.

Adam Engst 18 comments

Apple to Ship iOS 13 on September 19th, iOS 13.1 on September 30th

Despite saying nothing during its iPhone announcement event, Apple has quietly revealed that iOS 13 will ship on September 19th, with iOS 13.1 following soon after on September 30th. With no other word from Cupertino, Adam Engst makes some guesses about macOS 10.15 Catalina, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Apple Admits Its Apps Had App Store Advantage

Top Apple executives have acknowledged that Apple’s own apps have enjoyed a search ranking advantage in the App Store. Apple says it has adjusted the search algorithm, but the lack of oversight may have already damaged the company.

Josh Centers No comments

Look for iPhone News at Apple’s September 10th Event

Apple’s next big event will be held on 10 September 2019. Expect new iPhones, operating system ship dates, and maybe even one more thing!

Josh Centers 7 comments

Apple Announces Siri Privacy Reforms

After a whistleblower revealed that Apple contractors were listening in on Siri conversations, Apple shut down the program and promised improvements. Here they are.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Apple Offers Genuine iPhone Parts and Tools to Independent Repair Shops

In a welcome change of heart for a company that has lobbied against Right to Repair legislation, Apple has announced the Independent Repair Program, which will provide genuine iPhone parts, tools, training, repair manuals, and diagnostics to independent repair businesses.