The Inconsistent-Approval Edition Thursday, July 30, 2020

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comments On 'Hey' App Controversy And Apple's App Store Policies, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

When asked about the inconsistency over the approval of the app and the subsequent controversy, Cook didn’t have much to say other than pointing out that the issue was resolved and that the ‌App Store‌ provides a lot of value for developers.

Cook went on to explain that Apple does sometimes make mistakes given the volume of apps that are examined each week. “I’m sure we made errors,” said Cook. “We get 100,000 apps submitted a week and there are 1.7 million apps in the ‌App Store‌.”

Apple’s App Store Commission Structure Called Into Question In Antitrust Hearing, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

But the documents shared by the House subcommittee as part of their investigation indicate that exceptions to Apple’s rules have been made — notably, with Amazon’s Prime Video app. In addition, Apple may have never raised commissions, but discussions weren’t off the table. It had once even considered raising commissions to 40% in particular situations.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Questioned Over App Store’s Removal Of Rival Screen Time Apps In Antitrust Hearing, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Cook responded much as Apple did last year, by saying the company was concerned about the “privacy and security of kids,” and that the technology the apps used was problematic.

“The technology that was being used at that time was called MDM, and it had the ability to sort of take over the kid’s screen, and a third party could could see it,” Cook said. “So we were worried about their safety.”

Emails Released As Part Of Congress' Antitrust Hearing Show How Ruthless Steve Jobs Could Be, by Troy Wolverton, Business Insider

"I think this is all pretty simple," Jobs wrote in an email dated February 6, 2011 focused on the bookstore issue. "[Apple's] iBooks is going to be the only bookstore on iOS devices. We need to hold our heads high. One can read books bought elsewhere, just not buy/rent/subscribe from iOS without paying us, which we acknowledge is prohibitive for many things."

Telegram Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Apple’s App Store, by Javier Espinoza, Financial Times

Telegram said that in 2016 Apple restricted the messaging app from launching a gaming platform on the grounds that it went against App Store rules. Telegram risked being deleted from the App Store and dismantled the venture.

Telegram alleged that this is an example of Apple’s capacity to curb innovation thanks to its “monopolistic power” on the app market.


Apple Store App Now Offers iPhone Comparisons, New 'For You' Tab, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today updated its Apple Store app with a new “For You” tab that offers access to order status, devices, accessory recommendations, services, reservations, and product tips, all in one simple to access place.

Google Launches New 'Google One' App For iOS With Storage Manager And Backups, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Content can be backed up to Google One using the 15GB of free storage that comes with a Google Account. A Storage Manager in the app provides access to storage space used by Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos to make it simple to manage storage space.


Mac Catalyst 2.0: Doubling Down On The Alignment Of The Mac And iPad, by John Voorhees, MacStories

What WWDC 2020 confirmed was that the addition of Mac Catalyst apps to universal purchases a few months earlier was a sign of things to come. Apple was listening to developers about the pain points of developing Catalyst apps and making adjustments. The company was refining its message and providing a clearer path forward for developers.


Qualcomm Hints That The 5G iPhone Might Not Arrive In September, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

Qualcomm’s Q3 earnings report might indicate a delay for Apple’s upcoming 5G iPhones, with the company highlighting a “partial impact from the delay of a global 5G flagship phone launch” for its fourth quarter projections (which covers July, August, and September earnings).

Looking at the calendar of upcoming phone releases, it’s hard to imagine that Qualcomm is talking about any device other than the upcoming 5G iPhones, which are expected to arrive this fall.

Could You Have Covid-19? Soon Your Smartwatch Or Smart Ring Might Tell You, by Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

For the past three weeks I’ve worn an Oura ring, Fitbit, Garmin fitness band and Apple Watch, along with two high-tech skin patches, all packed with sensors. They’ve sent hundreds of temperature readings, blood oxygen levels, heart beats—even cough counts—to my phone. All to find out if I have Covid-19. (I don’t. Confirmed with a real fun nasal-swab test.)

Tech companies and medical researchers are hard at work figuring out if wearable devices can spot Covid-19, the flu and other illnesses—even seeing if they can function as a personal early-detection system to contain the virus. They take wearable sensor data from both healthy people and those afflicted by Covid, compare and look for patterns in the data, then create artificial intelligence that could alert others whose own data patterns point to trouble.

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For some reason, Apple today has decided that the Mac mini I've been using for the past few months is 'new', and alerts are popping up on all my devices warning me that a new Mac is using my Apple ID.

On a (perhaps) related note: I couldn't wake up my Mac mini this morning and has to hard reboot.


I wonder if I can reboot myself.


Thanks for reading.