The Two-Chains Edition Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Apple Supplier Foxconn's Profit Beats View, Sees Smartphone Demand Off Lows, by Yimou Lee, Reuters

The company also risks getting caught in the China-U.S. trade war, and Liu said Foxconn was working to build two supply chains, one for China and one for the United States, pointing to the company’s investments in Wisconsin, Mexico, Brazil and Southeast Asia as examples of it diversifying around the world.

“The world factory no longer exists,” he said, adding that currently about 30% of the company’s products were made outside China and the ratio could increase “in the future”, although he declined to elaborate.

Aware Of Concerns

Facebook, Microsoft Gripes With Apple's App Store On EU's Antitrust Radar, by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

Asked about Facebook and Microsoft’s issues with Apple, Commission spokeswoman Arianna Podesta said in a statement: “The Commission is aware of these concerns regarding Apple’s App Store rules.”

She did not provide details.

Apple's Understanding Of Games Is So Narrow It's Screwing Itself, by Joanna Nelius, Gizmodo

Allowing cloud gaming services to offer streaming games on iOS would give Apple a chance to become more relevant in the gaming world, beyond the self-contained walls of Apple Arcade. Gaming has become more accessible than ever before, and Apple played a huge role in that with mobile gaming on the iPhone. Now it’s time to cut down the walled garden—or maybe just prune it a little bit—to give people even more options.


It's Now Even Easier To Pay With Apple Card On Apple's Online Store, by Luke Dormehl, Cult of Mac

The new Apple Card dedicated option doesn’t therefore fundamentally change the way that the process works. But it does greatly simplify it — and serves as a nice advertisement for Apple Card in the process.

Setapp For iOS Launches With $4.99/mo Fee For Unlimited Apps, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

The distribution is still happening through Apple’s App Store, but the apps are unlocked once you login with a Setapp subscription.

New SleepCheck App Can Record Your Snoring And Tell If You Might Have Sleep Apnoea, by Stephen Fenech, TechGuide

Snoring is not only annoying to your partner but it could also be a sign of something more serious. Now a new app called SleepCheck can examine your snoring and check if you are at risk of sleep apnoea.

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It seems to me the reason Apple doesn't like streaming games that Microsoft and Google are getting into is almost the same recently-discovered reason Apple pulled e-book-purchases from Kindle app: iOS devices cannot walk down the path of becoming dumb terminals.

Isn't Safari just another dumb terminal app? Not in Apple eyes, who will tell you one hundred and one thing that Safari is better than other browsers, the three main things being privacy, performance, and security.


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