LTA 113: January 2023

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This month it’s a rare solo show with just Bart. The show starts with some followups from previous shows, some regulatory and legal news, some Apple HR news, and some news from Apple’s various services before moving on to the five main stories — Apple’s introduction of AI-based audio book narration, SpotHero & Apple Business Connect improving Apple Maps, the new M2 Pro & M2 Max chops and the updated MacMini and MacBookPros containing them, the new full-sized HomePod, and Apple’s Q1 2023 earnings. The show finishes with a quick rundown of some other Apple-related stories that made the news in January.

You’ll find detailed show notes below the fold, and if you enjoy this free show, please consider clicking on the donate button at the top of the left side bar – the show is free for you to listen to, but not for Bart to Produce!

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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

  • Masimo -v- Apple: a US administrative law judge in Washington DC has ruled that the Apple Watch infringes on Masimo’s pulse oximeter patent, Apple disagrees, and the case now goes to the US International Trade Commission who will decide what, if anything, to do about the infringement —…
  • Caltech -v- Broadcom & Apple: The US Supreme Court has asked the Solicitor General (executive branch) for their input as they consider Apple & Broadcom’s appeal to be allowed to challenge a lower court’s decision not to allow them question the validity of Caltech’s patent, this is all happening as a re-trial for damages is pending in July in a lower court —…
  • Korea rejects $1.64 million battery throttling lawsuit —… ( Nice to see at least one country be sensible about this whole thing!)

Apple HR & Acquisition News

Apple Services & Original Content Highlights

Main Stories

  1. Apple launches AI narrators for some audiobooks —…
  2. Apple enhances Apple Maps
  3. New M2 Pro & M2 Max powered Macs
  4. Apple introduces the new HomePod with breakthrough sound and intelligence —…
  5. Apple’s Q1 2023 Earnings Call —…

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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