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Apple Announces Plans to Reopen Retail Stores

After closing most of its stores earlier this year in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, Apple has announced how it plans to reopen them.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 24 comments

Need a New Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch? You May Have to Wait

If you need a new Mac or other Apple product, you may be waiting for a while. Direct orders for some of Apple’s most popular products have longer-than-usual shipping delays. It’s worth checking with independent Apple resellers too.

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Apple’s Virtual WWDC to Start June 22nd

Apple’s virtual WWDC will kick off on 22 June 2020. We should be glad that Apple is even attempting to pull it off, given the cancellation of other major tech conferences.

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Apple’s Q2 2020 Was a “Very Different Quarter” Than Expected

Despite a pandemic and a pending economic catastrophe, Apple still managed to eke out some growth in Q2 2020, largely thanks to its Wearables and Services categories.

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Apple and Google Partner for Privacy-Preserving COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Notification

The tech rivals are working together on a secure, opt-in, and privacy-focused method of letting people report a COVID-19 diagnosis that would be pushed to everyone they passed near in the previous two weeks.

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Apple Acquires Dark Sky Weather Service and App

Apple has acquired the popular hyperlocal weather company Dark Sky, which will probably improve the built-in weather capabilities in iOS in the future but may reduce the number of alternative weather apps.

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Responding to COVID-19, Apple Closes All Stores Outside China

Apple has issued a statement outlining its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the most notable new addition being the closure of all Apple retail stores outside of China.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.