LTA 120: August 2023

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Bart’s throat is still not up to a full-length show, so it’s another solo episode. The show starts with a few followups, one notable number, some regulatory and legal news, a little HR news, and the highlights from Apple’s services an original content. The three main stories are Apple’s support of a Right to Repair bill, the EU officially name Apple a ‘Gate Keeper’, and a mysterious Chinese iPhone ban that may not be real. Finally, the show finishes with some other quick Apple-related stories that made the news in August.

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Updates & Followup

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

Notable Numbers

Regulatory Rundown

Legal Latest

  • Epic -v- Apple — the Supreme Court has denied a request by Epic to enforce a lower court's anti-steering injunction while the various appears in the case are still pending —…
  • The Throtle-Gate nonsense is finally coming to an end in the US, with a judge rejecting complaints from two iPhone owners that were blocking the settlement Apple agreed to in 2020 —… (I stand by my opinion that calling a feature added to extend the life of an old phone anti competitive or planned obsolescence is nuts!)
  • Apple has won a case taken against it by hardware maker One-E-Way claiming Apple's cool bluetooth pairing features infringe its patents —…
  • A U.S. District Judge has dismissed an attempted class-action suit against Apple claiming the Apple Watch was racist with prejudice, ending it —…

Apple HR & Acquisition News

Apple Services & Original Content Highlights

Main Stories

  1. Apple voices official support for California SB 244 right to repair bill —… & Hell freezes over as Apple supports right-to-repair bill —…

  2. Apple is a DMA gatekeeper, but less-so than expected; iOS, the App Store, and Safari have been officially labeled as such by the European Commission, but not iMessage —…

  3. Chinese Government iPhone Ban?

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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