LTA 104: April 2022

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The show starts with the usual followups and updates on long-running stories. That’s followed by two short Apple-related legal stories, one Apple hire, and some highlights from Apple’s services. The four main stories are continued crankiness in Apple’s work force resulting in an open letter and three unionisation drives, some crankiness from video pros expressed in another open letter, Apple’s Q2 2022 earnings call, and the limited launch of Apple’s Self Service Repair program in the US. The show ends with a quick rundown of some other Apple-related stories that made the news in April.

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Updates & Followup

Quick updates to long-running stories the show continues to track, and to stories covered in recent shows.

Legal Latest

Apple HR & Acquisition News

  • Apple have hired former Ford exec Desi Ujkashevic, her most recent role at Ford was Global Director of Safety Engineering, but she also has experience the with electric cars —…

Apple Services & Original Content Highlights

Main Stories

  1. Return to the Office & Unionisation Efforts:
  2. Video Pros are not Happy with Apple Despite the recent rejuvenation in Pro hardware:
  3. Apple’s Q2 2022 Earnings Call —…
  4. 🇺🇸 Apple’s promised Self-Service Repair portal goes live —… &… (limited initial launch)
    • US-only
    • Modern iPhones only for now (3rd-gen iPhone SE, iPhone 12 & iPhone 13)
    • Includes commonly needed repairs like screen & battery replacement
    • Requires serial number for part-pairing
    • Needed tools can be bought out-right or rented for 7 days
    • Repair manuals published freely on the website
    • Next-step will be M1-based Macs

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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