The Hopelessly-Addicted Edition Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Awkward Days Of The Apple Watch Are Over, by Nick Statt, The Verge

We failed to anticipate how checking your watch in the middle of a conversation would become just as rude as checking your phone, even and especially when it’s not intended to signal anything other than a knee jerk interest in what time it happens to be at that moment. So Apple found itself in the position of having to engineer a solution to a problem it likely didn’t predict it would be responsible for creating when it launched its first smartwatch four years ago.

Of course, nobody is losing a good friend or their job over raising their Apple Watch to check the time. It’s not the end of the world if you have to explain to someone that you’re hopelessly addicted to the screen in your pocket and on your wrist — that it’s not them, really, it’s you. But it’s often the case that technology embeds itself into our lives in unforeseen ways. What may once have seemed like a benign or perhaps even positive quality — a watch display that goes black when you lower your wrist — has become decidedly less so over the years.

Apple Offered J.J. Abrams Far More Than WarnerMedia; Here's Why He Said No, by Lesley Goldberg, Hollywood Reporter

According to sources familiar with the deal, Bad Robot's five-year pact announced Thursday is worth at least $250 million and possibly much more thanks to various financial incentives. It will see Abrams and company develop and produce new film, TV, video game and digital projects for WarnerMedia's various divisions, which include Warner Bros., HBO and the upcoming HBO Max streaming service. Warners has been Abrams' television home since 2006, and the new partnership brings Bad Robot’s film output, which was through Paramount, under the same roof for the first time.

According to sources, the ability to sell product to other outlets — i.e. setting up one of his three shows at Apple via Warner Bros. TV — was paramount to Bad Robot signing anywhere. It also is among the reasons why Bad Robot left millions of dollars on the table and walked away from what could have been a record-setting blockbuster deal with Apple.

Apple, Services And Moats, by Benedict Evans

We’ve seen promotion reels and trailers for what look like good TV shows, but absolutely nothing that’s specific to Apple. They’re not solving a problem or changing anything about the TV experience or product. Apple just paid a bunch of LA people to do LA stuff, and put the result in an app. The shows might all be great, but any of them could be on Netflix, Amazon or HBO. Apple is using this to drive purchase and retention of iPhones, with free access for a year, and it may well be effective at that, but it’s no more ‘Appley’ than free pizza for a year.


Apple Retracts Two Wrong Specs On Titanium Apple Watch Weight, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

Apple had originally said that the titanium Apple Watch would be 45% lighter. At the same time, it said that titanium Apple Watch would weigh as much as the Stainless Steel —with neither specification right. Apple has since updated the information with the correct weights, and has stricken percentages from marketing materials online.

iPhone 11 Available For Launch Day Delivery, iPhone 11 Pro Slips, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro officially went up for pre-order yesterday ahead of their September 20th launch day. Over the last 24 hours, supply of certain iPhone models has started to dwindle, but plenty of options still remain for day one delivery.

Apple Shares New iPhone 11 Pro Videos Highlighting Durability And Camera Capabilities, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The first video features random objects, food, and water being hurled at the iPhone 11 Pro to demonstrate the device's increased durability. [...] The second video highlights the new triple-lens camera system with 12-megapixel wide, ultra wide, and telephoto lenses.


Congress Wants Tim Cook’s Emails For Investigation Over App Store Monopoly Concerns, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Congress has asked Apple along with Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet for emails and other communications between executives as it continues its antitrust investigation into the major tech companies. In Apple’s case, Congress wants to look over emails and more as evidence relating to the company removing third-party Screen Time apps, its App Store algorithm, and potential efforts to Sherlock apps.

Apple Stores Are Boring But They’re Still Raking In Cash, by Leticia Miranda, Buzzfeed

Apple Stores, which now number 508 across 22 countries, broke every rule in electronics retailing on its way to becoming a cultural icon. Instead of the food court, it was a meet-up spot for friends before window-shopping at Hot Topic or Claire’s. People spent hours in its sleek stores hovering over the rows of Mac laptops playing with the filters on Photo Booth and uploading the best photos to Myspace. It felt like stealing when an Apple Store employee would swipe your credit card on an iPhone instead of waiting in line at a register. When they’d operate on your glitchy computer and hand it back to you shiny and new, the people at the Genius Bar seemed like actual geniuses. It was an experience that other computer retailers like Dell and Microsoft tried to imitate but couldn’t. It was the future — and then the future caught up.

Now nearly 20 years later, and a week away from the grand reopening of Apple’s Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York, the company faces the same challenge with its stores as it does with its products — how to keep pace once its cutting-edge ideas have become standard.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Resigns From Apple Board As Companies Come Into Conflict On Streaming, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

Disney is launching streaming video service Disney+ this on November 12, which will compete with Apple's Apple TV+ service, which will become available on November 1.

He resigned on September 10, the day that Apple announced the price and release date for its streaming service. The two streaming services will increasingly come into conflict in the future as both compete for original content.

Apple Disputes Negative Goldman Call Hitting The Stock, Says TV+ Will Not Have 'Material Impact', by Michael Sheetz, CNBC

Apple disputed the negative call by Goldman Sachs on Friday, which hit the stock, taking issue with the firm's negative characterization on how Apple would account for its new TV+ service.