Let’s Talk Apple – Ep. 46 (June 2017) 3


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The show starts with some quick followup stories before moving on to look at some Apple-related notable numbers and staff changes that made the news in June. There are just two main stories this month, but they’re big ones – WWDC 2017, and the iPhone’s 10 year anniversary. The show finishes with a quick rundown of some other quick Apple-related stories that made the news in June.

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Followups
  • iPhone GPU manufacturer Imagination Technologies puts itself up for sale (recently Apple announced it would be moving away from the company’s technology in the future, and the company is suing Apple ATM, insisting it’s impossible for Apple to make their own GPUs without breaching Imagination Technologies patents) – www.macobserver.com/…
  • The director of the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has outlined a program aimed at fast-tracking digital health & medical tech which could help Apple with projects like their rumoured non-invasive blood glucose monitor – www.macobserver.com/…
  • Apple & Foxconn’s joint bid to buy Toshiba’s NAND flash business didn’t succeed (Bain Capital together with Japanese government investors were the successful purchasers) – www.macobserver.com/…
    • This story is not over yet though, because Western Digital is objecting and have sued Toshiba in the US to try block the deal, and Toshiba have now counter-sued Western Digital – www.reuters.com/…
Notable Numbers
  • Apple has paid out over $70bn to App Store developers – www.imore.com/…
  • A survey by Morining Consult finds that 60% of respondents trust Apple to keep their data safe, putting them behind Amazon at 69% and Google at 65% (Editorial by Bart – proving the respondents were spectacularly poorly informed) – www.macobserver.com/…
  • A survey by Verto Analytics finds that nearly 25% of US PC users plan to switch to a Mac with their next computer purchase – www.macobserver.com/…
  • Tim Cook’s rating on Glass Door’s annual CEO survey falls from 96% approval to 93% in the last year. Because of how tight all the numbers at the top are, that 3% fall translates to moving from 8th place to 53rd place – www.macobserver.com/… & www.macobserver.com/…
Staffing Changes & Aquisitions
  • Bozoma Saint John is leaving Apple to become the Chief Brand Officer at Uber – uk.businessinsider.com/…
  • Dr. Sumbul Desai, the executive director of Stanford Medicine’s center for digital health has joined Apple, though she’ll continue to see patients at Stanford – www.cnbc.com/…
  • Apple has hired Sony Pictures Television presidents Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg to oversee video programming worldwide – www.macobserver.com/…
Main Stories
  1. WWDC 2017 – www.apple.com/…
  2. The iPhone turns 10
Quick Stories
  • Apple will be sending machines for repairing iPhone screens to about 400 authorised 3rd party repair shops in 25 countries by the end of 2017 – www.reuters.com/…
  • Apple make a small concession to publishers – add aggregated demographics to Apple News platform and allow third-party ads – www.macobserver.com/…
  • Tim Cook officially admits Apple is working on self-driving car tech – www.bloomberg.com/… & arstechnica.com/…
  • Apple have updated Apple Care+ to include accidental damage – www.macobserver.com/…
  • Apple starts selling their Rainbow Apple Watch bands, and part of the proceeds will go to towards LGBTQ causes – www.macobserver.com/…
  • Apple & Cisco partner up again as Tim Cook and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins jointly announced Security Connector, a new enterprise security app for iOS devices at the Cisco Live conference – www.imore.com/…
  • Apple original video content released on Apple Music:

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3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Apple – Ep. 46 (June 2017)

  • nosillacast

    Not finished with the show yet but really enjoying the panel and the discussion. Great show. And of course I have some corrections!

    Bart made what is probably a verbal typo. He said that Sierra would be the last macOS to support 32-bit applications. It’s actually _High_ Sierra that’s the last to support 32-bit apps. I’m sure he knows this but it’s a pretty important difference; it means another year for devs to get their apps up to date, not another couple of months.

    When you were talking about Bozoma Saint John becoming the brand manager, I think there were a couple of misunderstandings. One of the guys (forget who), said it seemed a waste to hire someone so amazing to design a new logo, and then Bart said she’d be the face in press briefings. I think both are incorrect. VP of Communications is usually who directs press events (Apple may be different), and brand management might include a new logo but the real job is trying to change how people feel about a brand. Right now people hear Uber and think gender bias, sexual harassment, jerk-faced CEO. Her job will be to try to get us to think other things when we hear the name Uber.

    Linda said about the Amazon Echo that the las thing she’d want in her house was an always-listening device so that someone could come to her door and yell, “Hey Alexa, unlock the door.” It was an APPLE device that allowed that to happen! Someone had left Hey Siri enabled on their iPad which was acting as their hub for Apple Home. The Echo actually has a physical button on top that allows you to disable the always listening feature. I’m not an Echo fan girl or anything but to be fair, that might be a failing of the Home Pod with Apple’s obsessive lack of buttons.

    Like I said, loving this episode.

    • Lynda Gousha

      On the Alexa thing, the title of an article from Forbes is ‘Amazon Alexa Can Now Unlock Your Doors’, but you’re right – the article is misleading in some ways. It was an Apple device that had the issue, and Amazon now requires a code to do this. Still, some will use a 4 digit code to do this – not very secure. And Apple, at this point, is working with recognizing individual voices, which *should* help, and may prevent the problem if implemented well enough. The actual episode that caused me to definitely not want an Echo in my house, though, was the one where a court was issuing a subpoena for Alexa recordings in a house where a murder took place.
      BTW, my name is ‘Lynda’. I know, odd spelling, my mom did that.

      Re Bozoma Saint John, I absolutely agree – she’s actually in charge of a total culture change, IMO, as well as changing the world’s perception of Uber. Immense job, though she is also an incredibly powerful woman. I predict she’ll either succeed, or she won’t stay.

    • Lynda Gousha

      Re the Amazon Echo, an article (below) from Forbes is titled ‘Amazon Alexa Can Now Unlock Your Front Door’, but you’re right Allison, it was an Apple device that opened the door lock, that was reported in the press. That said, currently, Siri is supposed to be only responding to your specific voice and AFAIK, that’s now working well. I’m still not sure enough, though, to have Siri or Alexa open my front door on command, personally.
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/aarontilley/2017/02/16/amazon-alexa-can-now-unlock-your-front-door/#6b553aab75f1

      The story that really caught my attention was the one where a subpoena was issued requiring Amazon to turn over any recorded info in a murder case. I simply don’t have enough info to have a lot of comfort with all of this. We intend to buy the Apple Home as speakers, but I’ll want to learn more about the security aspects before we activate Siri for IOT devices, etc.

      Re Bozoma Saint John, it seems to me that she will actually need to have cooperation in changing the entire culture of Uber. I agree her job is to get us to think of Uber favorably, but I’m betting, just from my sense of her, that that’s not going to work unless real changes are made. IMO she’s a very powerful person, and I just don’t think she’ll be willing to to put lipstick on a pig, or pretend Uber is a great company when it’s not.