The Outside-the-Walls Edition Thursday, June 13, 2019

Apple Flexes Its Privacy Muscles, by Rich Mogull, Securosis

The difference between Sign in with Apple and previous privacy requirements within the iOS and Mac ecosystems is that the feature extends the privacy beyond Apple’s walled garden. Previous requirements, from HomeKit to data usage by apps in the App Store, really only applied to Apps on Apple devices. While this is technically true for Sign in with Apple, practically speaking the implications extend MUCH further.


Calling privacy a fundamental human right is as strong as a position any company or individual can take. It was one thing for Apple to build privacy into its own ecosystem, but as they extend this privacy outside their walls it is up to us to decide for ourselves if we consider these protections meaningful and worthy of support.

Google’s Login Chief Would Rather You Use Apple’s Sign-in Button Than Keep Using Passwords, by Russell Brandom, The Verge

But there was a bunch of innuendo wrapped around the release that suggested that only one of them is pure, and the rest of them are kind of corrupt, and obviously I don’t like that. We only exclusively log the moments of authentication. It’s not used for any sort of re-targeting. It’s not used for any sort of advertising. It’s not distributed anywhere. And it’s partly there for user control so that they can go back and see what’s happened. We have a page, part of our security checkup, that says, “here’s all the connected apps, and you can go and break that connection.” This current product, I haven’t seen how it will be built, but it sounds like they will log that moment as well and then also, every email that’s ever sent by that company, which sounds a lot more invasive. But we’ll see how the details work out.

I honestly do think this technology will be better for the internet and will make people much, much safer. Even if they’re clicking our competitors button when they’re logging into sites, that’s still way better than typing in a bespoke username and password, or more commonly, a recycled username and password.


Pride Edition Apple Watch Tables Return To Stores Featuring 2019 Sport Loop, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Now that the band is available for in-store pickup, Apple has updated the center of Apple Watch display tables to feature six watch models with the Pride band. A precision-cut dimensional Apple logo has been placed on both sides of the display featuring the same “thread” arrangement and colors as the band.

Apple iPod Touch (2019), by Sascha Segan, PC Magazine

It's great for the few people left who are looking for an easily controlled gadget that plays games and music but doesn't connect to a cellular network. I think almost all of those people are kids, and for the sake of their parents, I'm glad Apple is keeping the iPod line alive. It might be the only mainstream non-cellular handheld on the market, but it's also good enough to earn PCMag's Editors' Choice.


Apple Registers 7 Unreleased Mac Notebooks In Eurasian Database, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple has registered seven unreleased Mac models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database today, including A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182, and A2251, according to listings uncovered by MacRumors. All seven models appear to be notebooks, as they are described as "portable" computers.

Apple Continues Transition From iTunes Brand With New 'Apps․apple․com' URLs, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple continues to move away from the iTunes brand this week. Now, when you view an iOS or Mac app listing on the web, the URL is based on, whereas it was previously

Apple’s Hometown Pays $70 Million, And Counting, To Keep HQ, by Laura Mahoney, Bloomberg

The payments have been made under a little-known tax incentive deal struck in 1997, when Apple was on the brink of bankruptcy, and that’s likely to endure until at least 2033. Payments to Apple have continued as the iPhone maker has passed $1 trillion in market value, and reached a high of $6 million in the most recent fiscal year, according to the records.

Dozens of small California cities have since followed Cupertino’s example in sharing local sales taxes generated if the companies build a headquarters or distribution center within city boundaries, or designate an existing facility as its point of sales made in the state. Apple, for example, gets 35 percent of the local sales taxes collected on sales of its products to businesses in California and at its two retail stores in Cupertino, and similar deals benefit electronics retailer Best Buy Co Inc. and online shopping site QVC Inc.

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I definitely trust "Sign in with Apple" than "Log In With Facebook". But, it seems to me, ultimately I should trust 1Password more?


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