The Regulatory-Requirements Edition Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Apple Releases iOS And iPadOS 13.3.1 With Toggle For Turning Off U1 Chip In Latest iPhones, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

iOS 13.3.1 includes a "Networking & Wireless" toggle that turns off the U1 Ultra Wideband chip in the latest iPhones. [...]

Apple added this location toggle after it was discovered that the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max continue to track user location even when location services options are disabled. This is because there are international regulatory requirements that mandate the U1 chip be disabled in certain locations.

Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.3 With Pro Display XDR Optimizations, Improvements To Multi-Stream Video Editing For 16-Inch MacBook Pro, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

According to Apple's release notes, the update includes Pro Display XDR optimizations and multi-stream video editing improvements.

Welcome News to Apple Investors

New iPhones Fuel Strong Profit For Apple, by Jack Nicas, New York Times

Sales of Apple’s flagship product had fallen for the past year, but on Tuesday, Apple said iPhone revenue was growing again. The company said iPhone sales increased 7.7 percent to nearly $56 billion in the latest quarter from a year ago.

That growth helped lift Apple’s profit by 11.4 percent to $22.3 billion. The numbers easily beat Wall Street expectations and were welcome news to Apple investors, who had watched the company’s typically strong growth suddenly evaporate over the past year.

Apple's Services Revenue Hits New All-Time High Of $12.7 Billion In Q1 2020, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

In the first fiscal quarter of 2019, Apple's services segment brought in $12.7 billion, up from $10.9 billion in the year-ago quarter, marking growth of 17 percent. Every geographic saw double-digit growth, setting new records.

A Few Notes On Apple's Latest Record Quarter, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

If you were wondering about Apple’s strategy to make the successor to the iPhone XR the “real” iPhone 11, and rebranding the iPhone X successors as pro models, wonder no more. According to Apple, the iPhone 11 outsold the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max every single week of the holiday quarter.

Tim Cook Says Apple Has Shut One Store In China And Is Restricting Employee Travel Because Of Coronavirus, by William Feuer, CNBC

"We're restricting travel to business critical travel," Cook told CNBC's Josh Lipton Tuesday. "For employees that are in the Wuhan area, we are providing care kits and supplying them across our employee population in China as well."


Apple has "some suppliers" in the Wuhan area, Cook told investors on Apple's quarterly conference call Tuesday, and added that at least some of its manufacturing facilities elsewhere in China will remain closed until Feb. 10, as recommended by the Chinese government.

This Is Tim: Apple Q1 2020 Results Transcript, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

We are primarily measuring ourselves on the number of subscribers. As you can tell from the way that we launched the product, we started with a very aggressive price at $4.99 and in addition to that, we have our bundle where if you buy pretty much any device, you’re getting a year for free. And so we’re very focused on subscribers. That said, the product itself is about storytelling. And we think if we do that well, then we’ll find that there will be some number of those that will also be critically acclaimed. And we’re seeing that with “The Morning Show,” We’re seeing that with “Little America,” and and others.


How To Create A Backup Strategy With Terabytes Of Files, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

I’ve advocated a typical strategy for years: make a nightly clone of your startup volume for ease of fast recovery; have a secured internet-hosted backup, at least for critical documents; and swap two drives on a regular basis for local backup, so you always have a store of all your older data that can’t be destroyed by fire or other disaster or stolen from your home or work. (A simpler version is often summarized as 3-2-1: three copies, two local, one offsite.)

When you start amassing terabytes of data, all of which is precious, you might feel like you’re outstripping your ability to manage it, because you’ve added drives over the years instead of increasing volume storage. With the current low cost of high-capacity drives, and you’re starting to fill their capacity, it’s a good time to swap.

iA Writer Review, by Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

First, its distraction-free style helps you focus on the writing rather than the interface and options. Second, it doesn't cost much. Third, it's ideal if you mostly write short-form pieces, such as blog posts and articles. Lastly, it's really meant for people who love Markdown. If you tick those four boxes, then iA Writer is the app for you.

Review: Moment's 14mm Fisheye Lens Lets You Take Better Ultra Wide-Angle Shots On Latest iPhones, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Fisheye lenses aren't generally everyday lenses, but they're useful when you need to shoot up close, in tight spaces (like taking a full photo of a room that you're in), or take shots of things like tall buildings. You can also get some great wide landscape shots, and while I don't do a lot of action photography, the Fisheye is a neat way to get close-up action shots and videos.


iOS 13.3.1 Includes Images Featuring Upcoming Powerbeats 4 Earphones, by Juli Clover and Steve Moser, MacRumors

Based on the artwork in the update, the Powerbeats 4 will feature a design that's a cross between the current Powerbeats3 earbuds and the Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds.

The Failure Of The iPad, by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

The fact that it is based on Apps as first-level objects, instead of files, is what hurts it most as a productivity device. An App-oriented user interface works well for playing games, browsing the web, and answering an email once in a while, but real work is typically file-centric. Even just writing an article means that you have collected sources like PDFs or links, images you want to include in your article, maybe spreadsheet files that contain data for a graph you want to show, a (hopefully versioned) text file for the actual body of your article, and so on.

Is Life Better At 1.5x Speed?, by Dana G Smith, Medium

YouTube, Audible, podcast apps, and now Netflix all allow you to speed up your media intake. Advocates say bumping up video or audio speed to 1.25x, 1.5x, or even 2x improves efficiency and saves precious time, allowing you to do and consume more. But at that rate, are you still getting the same information — not to mention enjoyment — out of the experience?


In several studies, Pastore has shown that students’ comprehension of a lecture is not affected when the audio is compressed by 25%, which corresponds to speeding it up by 1.33x. Other researchers have reported similar results, with no difference in comprehension at 1.5x and 1.8x speed. Above that rate, our understanding goes off a cliff, as most people can’t recognize the words presented at 2x speed, much less understand the meaning of a sentence.

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Calm on surface. Helplessness within.
Feels like Monday.
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