LTA 105: May 2022 2

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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, two Apple departures, and some highlights from Apple’s services. The four main stories are continued COVID chaos, continued crankiness in Apple’s work force, some nice new accessibility features, and a fond fare-well to the iPod. The show ends with a quick rundown of some other Apple-related stories that made the news in May.

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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

  • 🇺🇸 Optis -v- Apple: A district court in Texas has rejected Apple’s request for a third trial over whether or not they breached Optis’ 4G patents. Apple lost the original case and was fined $500M, but the jury were not told the patents were FRAND, so a re-trial for damages only was granted, and the judgement was reduced to $300M, which Apple now has to pay unless gets an appeal heard by a higher court —…
  • 🇺🇸 A CA judge has thrown out a class action suit that alleged Apple’s iCloud storage pricing is deceptive —…

Apple HR & Acquisition News

  • JP Richards, Head of Apple TV+ film marketing resigns, no successor announced, and not clear where Richards is off to next —…
  • CJ Moore, the director of Apple’s car project has left after just 6 months to join LIDAR company Luminar —…

Apple Services & Original Content Highlights

Main Stories

  1. More COVID Chaos
  2. More HR Troubles
  3. Apple previews new accessibility features —…,… &…
  4. Fare Well iPod —…

Quick Stories


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