The Looking-for-Perpetual-Growth Edition Monday, October 31, 2022

Why The App Store’s Tone-deaf Gambling Ads Make Me Worry About Apple, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Not because I think Apple's products will become unusable or because I think the iPhone or Apple TV home screen is going to become dominated overnight by Roku-style half-page ads, but because I think that the pressure for Apple to degrade the experience for users and developers in the name of expanding its ad business will gradually increase as Apple tries to satisfy shareholders looking for perpetual growth.

The Libby App Put A Refuge In My Pocket When I Needed It Most, by Victoria Song, The Verge

What I wanted was the convenience of an e-reader with the curation of a bookstore. If it could be as affordable as a library without forcing this pajama gremlin to go outside, all the better. I texted this exact spiel to a fellow bookworm a while back. When I was done kvetching, she texted back three words. “Just download Libby.”

Apple Supplier Foxconn's Key China Plant Hit By COVID Measures, by Cheng Ting-Fang and Cissy Zhou, Nikkei Asia

Key Apple supplier Foxconn is grappling with disruption at its most important iPhone plant in China after authorities imposed curbs to fight a COVID outbreak and signs emerged that workers were attempting to flee the site.


The site, which employs 200,000 people, makes about 60% of all iPhones. It is the most important manufacturing facility for the two top-end models released this year, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, and also produces a portion of the standard iPhone 14.

Apple Workers Vote Down Pay Offer In ‘David And Goliath Battle’, by David Marin-Guzman, Financial Review

The rejection of the agreement, which did not have union endorsement, leaves Apple facing the prospect of further union negotiations and industrial action over demands for one weekend off a month and pay rises that more closely meet inflation.

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I have been learning to ignore banner ads since the 1990s. The life-long experience has allowed me to pretty much ignore all the advertisements in Apple's App Store. But then, I have also stopped browsing the App Stores. (I used to do this on our family's iPod touch when the platform was new.) It is not something I go and discover new apps.


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