Let’s Talk Apple — Ep. 79 (March 2020)

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The show starts with a few followup stories (including the virus-shaped elephant in every room these days), two notable numbers, one legal story, a few Apple staffing changes and acquisitions (including Darkskies), and a quick overview of news related to Apple’s original content. The four main stories are forced Uyghur Labour labour in Apple’s supply chain, new hardware, iOS 13.4 with its trackpad support, and Apple and Amazon’s compromise enabling in-app purchases in the Amazon Prime Video apps. The show ends with a quick rundown of some smaller Apple-related stories that made the news in March.

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Notable Numbers

Legal Latest

  • 🇫🇷 Apple is fined €1.1Bn for anti-trust violations in France. The French competition state that Apple entered into agreements with their two biggest French wholesalers that they would not compete with each other, and would not under-cut Apple’s own prices. The two whole salers Tech Data and Ingram Micro were also fined, but much less than Apple, just €76M & €63M respectively — www.imore.com/…, arstechnica.com/… & venturebeat.com/…

Apple HR & Acquisition News

Apple Original Content Update

Main Stories

  1. Forced Uyghur Labour
  2. New and Updated Hardware
  3. iOS & iPadOS 13.4 & a Magic Keyboard with Trackpad for the iPad Pro
  4. Apple and Amazon strike a deal that allows Amazon Prime users to buy movies and even subscribe within Amazon’s iOS & tvOS apps. In return, Amazon have provided full support for Apple’s features including the TV app and AirPlay 2:

Quick Stories


Note: When the textual description of a link is part of the link it is the title of the page being linked to, when the text describing a link is not part of the link it is a description written by Bart.

Emoji Meaning
🎧 A link to audio content, probably a podcast.
flag The story is particularly relevant to people living in a specific country, or, the organisation the story is about is affiliated with the government of a specific country.
📊 A link to graphical content, probably a chart, graph, or diagram.
💵 A link to an article behind a pay-wall.
📌 A pinned story, i.e. one to keep an eye on that’s likely to develop into something significant in the future.

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