LTA 112: December 2022

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The show starts with some followups from previous shows, some regulatory and legal news, and some news from Apple’s various services before moving on to the four main stories — Apple’s continuing efforts to diversify its supply chain, three iCloud security enhancements, some new OS features (Sing, Freeform & Stage Manager on external displays on iPadOS), and Apple’s overhaul of App Store pricing. The show finishes with a quick rundown of some other Apple-related stories that made the news in December.

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Updates & Followup

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

Regulatory Rundown

Legal Latest

Apple Services & Original Content Highlights

Main Stories

  1. Big trend of 2022 — Apple continue to diversify their supply chain
  2. Apple announce 3 iCloud Security Enhancements: Apple advances user security with powerful new data protections —…
  3. The features:
    1. iMessage Contact Key Verification (ability for users to check there is no key-shenanigans going on, will probably be similar to what Signal does already) — coming “in 2023”
    2. Support for Hardware keys for iCloud 2FA — coming “in early 2023”
    * Physical Security Key Support Arrives in iOS 16.3, macOS Ventura 13.2 Beta —…
    3. Optional End-to-End encryption of all most all iCloud data (basically all but groupware data like mail, contacts & calendars) — already in beta in the US, roll out to the rest of the world “starting in early 2023”

  4. New OS Features —…
    1. Karaoke with your favorite songs with new Apple Music Sing —…
    2. Apple launches Freeform: a powerful new app designed for creative brainstorming and collaboration —…
    3. Get way more done with full external display support in iPadOS 16.2 —…
  5. Apple announces sweeping changes to App Store pricing —
    1. Many more price points become possible (effectively all useful prices)
    2. The minimum reduces to $0.29, and the maximum to $10,000
    3. Developers can set different prices in different regions, choosing for themselves how to respond to exchange rate changes

Quick Stories


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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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