Let’s Talk Apple — Ep. 93 (May 2021)

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The show starts with the usual followups and updates on long-running stories. That’s followed by some Apple HR news, and some highlights from Apple’s original content. The four main stories are the Apple -v- Epic trial, Apple Music going lossless, the Matter smart home standard, and Apple’s pre-announcement of some new accessibility features. The show ends with a quick rundown of some smaller Apple-related stories that made the news in May.

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Apple HR & Acquisition News

Apple Original Content Highlights

Main Stories

  1. Apple -v- Epic Goes to Trial
  2. Apple Music gets a free upgrade – Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos — arstechnica.com/…
  3. The new Matter Smart Home connectivity standard is launched — www.imore.com/… & tidbits.com/…
    • What was the Zigbee Alliance becomes the Connectivity Standards Alliance (Apple, Amazon & Google are all members)
    • What had been in development as CHIP (Project Connected Home over IP) has been released as the Matter standard
    • Certified devices will be able to securely interact with each other and the leading home assistants (Siri, Alexa & OK Google)
    • The first Matter-certified devices are expected later this year
  4. International Accessibility Awareness Day (20th May)

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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