Let’s Talk Apple — Ep. 88 (December 2020)

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The show starts with a the usual followups and updates on long-running stories, including a deeper than normal dive into the regulation question. That’s followed by a few quick updates on some Apple-related legal cases, some Apple HR news, and an overview of developments in Apple’s various service offerings. The four main stories are Facebook’s anti-anti-tracking crusade, Apple’s new AirPods Max, the launch of Fitness+, and the arrival of ProRAW. The show ends with a quick rundown of some smaller Apple-related stories that made the news in December.

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Legal Latest

Apple HR & Acquisition News

  • As Bob Mansfield (SVP Hardware Engineering) fully retires, John Gianndrea (SVP Machine Learning and AI Strategy) is taking over his role as the head of Project Titan, Apple’s car project — www.imore.com/…

Apple Services Updates

Main Stories

  1. The Anti-Anti-Tracking Fight Continues
  2. Apple released its long-rumoured over-ear high-end headphones — the AirPods Max for $549 — www.apple.com/…
  3. 🇦🇺 🇨🇦 🇮🇪 🇳🇿 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 Apple launched Fitness+ in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US — www.apple.com/…
  4. With the release of updated version of iOS & macOS, the ProRAW format/feature Apple promised at the iPhone 12 launch event has arrived — www.dpreview.com/…

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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