LTA 122: October 2023

Let's Talk Apple Logo


This is another solo show with just Bart. The show starts with a few followups, some regulatory and legal news, a little HR news, and the highlights from Apple’s services and original content. The four main stories are gaming on Apple’s platforms, Apple’s Q4 2023 earnings call, the USB-C Apple Pencil, and the M3-based hardware from Apple’s ‘scary fast’ event. Finally, the show finishes with some other quick Apple-related stories that made the news in October.

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

Apple HR & Acquisition News

  • Apple's corporate reshuffle includes many VP promotions —…

    • Tracey Hannelly → VP of retail engagement and marketing, Karen Rasmussen → VP of online retail, and Vanessa Trigub → VP of retail operations (all reporting to head of retail Deirdre O'Brien)
    • Jeremy Sandmel → VP of graphics software technologies, and David Biderman → VP of audio and media software technologies (both reporting to SVP Craig Federighi)
    • Harry Guo → VP of video engineering (reports to Myra Haggerty who reports to Johny Srouji)
    • Rob Hardy -> VP of product operations, and Vashist Vasanthakumar → VP manufacturing design
    • Donny Nordhues → VP of hardware engineering (replacing Yannick Bertolus who's retiring)

Apple Services & Original Content Highlights

Main Stories

  1. Games seem to be a big focus for Apple ATM:

  2. Apple's Q4 2023 Earnings Call —…

  3. Apple announces new Apple Pencil with magnetic storage and USB-C port —… (Apple's Press Release)

  4. Apple's 'Scary Fast' Halloween-eve Media Event

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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