The Few-Weeks-Later Edition Friday, July 31, 2020

Apple Q3 2020 Breaks Records While The World Burns, Next iPhone To Be Fashionably Late, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

In short, there are a few reasons: economic stimulus plans putting more money in people’s pockets, people who are suddenly working and learning from home needing new devices, and a desire for entertainment products like Apple Music and Apple TV+.


Apple CFO Luca Maestri said that while the iPhone 11 arrived in late September in 2019, due to supply issues, you’ll have to wait “a few weeks later” for the upcoming model. Judging by similar delay announcements in the past from Apple, this could mean anything from early October to mid-December.

This Is Tim: Apple Q3 2020 Results Call Transcript, by Six Colors

We’re conscious of the fact that these results stand in stark relief during a time of real economic adversity for businesses large and small, and certainly for families. We do not have a zero-sum approach to prosperity, and especially in times like this, we’re focused on growing the pie, making sure our success isn’t just our success and that everything we make, build, or do is geared toward creating opportunities for others.


There are times when things seem to move slowly. When needed progress, economic or social, seems bogged down. When the instinct to turn away from the horizon and hold on to what you’ve got feels inescapable. And then there are times like this, when people of goodwill step forward, when progress unmoors itself, when the insistence of hope forces something new. This is an immensely challenging moment. COVID-19 is still devastating many places and we have work left to do to care for the health and wellbeing of the communities in which all of us live and work. But no community of people, whether a company or a country, can afford to miss this call when it comes. At Apple, we never have, and we don’t intend to start now.

Apple Was Conflicted Over Right-to-repair Stance, Emails Show, by Ashley Carman, The Verge

The 2019 discussion, provided to Congress for its antitrust investigation, highlights the Apple PR team’s struggle to keep public messaging cohesive amid stories covering internal repair developments that seemingly open up Apple’s repair ecosystem.


Apple Launches New Gift Card For 'Everything Apple', by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The card can be used at the App Store and other online services, but you can also use it to buy products and accessories in the Apple Store.

Fiery Feeds Adds Full-Text Search, Saved Searches, iPad Pointer Support, And More, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Full-text search and saved searches can be extremely valuable tools, especially for users who subscribe to a lot of feeds. I’ve praised the app before for its three-column layout on iPad, so it’s great to see pointer support keep that iPad app current with modern technologies.

Bosch Smart Home Update Adds Support For Apple's HomeKit, by Christopher Close, iMore

The latest update will bring a total of nine accessories over to HomeKit. In addition to smart home staples such as smart plugs and door sensors, HomeKit-compatible accessories from Bosch include roller shutter controls, smoke detectors, and radiator thermostats.

The Los Angeles River As You’ve Never Seen It — In Augmented Reality, by Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times

Fifty-one miles of territory. Thousands of years of evolution. How to grasp the complexity of the Los Angeles River, its history and its geological diversity in a single sitting?

Well, there’s an app for that.


Apple Kicks U.S. Office Return Back To Early 2021, CEO Cook Says, by Mark Gurman and Emily Chang, Bloomberg

“We’ve kicked the time period that U.S. employees would come back until early next year,” Cook said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “To go beyond that, it would depend on the success with a vaccine, success with therapeutics” and local conditions, he added.

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