Spotify has filed a complaint with EU antitrust regulators against Apple, saying the iPhone maker unfairly limits rivals to its own Apple Music streaming service. Spotify, which launched a year after the 2007 launch of the iPhone, said on Wednesday that Apple’s control of its App store deprived consumers of choice and rival providers of audio streaming services to the benefit of Apple Music, which began in 2015. Central to Spotify’s complaint, filed to the European Commission on Monday (11 March), is what it says is a 30 per cent fee Apple charges content-based service providers to use Apple’s in-app purchase system (IAP). Apple shut down Google’s distribution of internal iOS apps on Thursday (31 January), following allegations that the search engine giant had violated Apple’s app distribution policy in wrongly collecting user data for internal research. The move came a day after Apple imposed similar restrictions on Facebook. Horacio Gutierrez, … [Read more...] about Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple
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Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 6:06 PM EST Feb 5, 2019 LOS ANGELES—It wasn't that long ago for Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was being talked about as a potential successor to current CEO Tim Cook. The former Burberry's CEO joined Apple five years ago to take over its retail division. On Tuesday, Apple announced she was out of a job, with such little fanfare that the headline of the release was about her successor, Deirdre O’Brien, being named the Senior Vice President of Retail + People. O'Brien is a 31-year Apple veteran who is currently in charge of human resources. In the release, Ahrendts said she was leaving Apple for "new personal and professional pursuits." Daniel Ives, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, said the move is a big "surprise," considering how many thought she was the "heir apparent" to Cook. "But if you look at the success of the retail side, even though she's a retail legend, it's been rocky. … [Read more...] about Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts exit; had been potential future CEO
Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 5:00 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 LOS ANGELES—For 11 years, consumers have made Apple technology's jewel, selling hundreds of millions of iPhones happily every year, even as prices increased steadily. Retail stores were jammed. People stood on long lines to get the latest products. That is, until 2018, when consumers finally said, "enough's enough" and balked at the sky-high prices tags of $1,100 as a starting price for Apple's iPhone XS Max, the most expensive iPhone ever and $750 for the XR, the non-premium iPhone edition. Apple CEO Tim Cook took the rare step of disclosing the lower sales in a warning to investors and the stock has tanked since. In the summer of 2018, Apple was the first company to be worth $1 trillion. Now its market cap is just over $700 billion. In his note to investors, Cook put much of the blame on changing market conditions in China and the trade war of the Trump administration on products not made in … [Read more...] about What Apple needs to do to bounce back in 2019
Its extra power, bigger screen and redesigned Pencil combine to make a strong pitch along these lines. But does the machine succeed? Having used the new 11-inch model for more than a week, I can see a role for the iPad Pro in a professional's workflow. To be clear, I need to make a quick disclaimer: I'm a regular iPad Pro user. I use it for work (a lot) and for non-work (movies, the web and photo-editing). So I'm naturally interested in some of the upgraded features on this new model. All that said, it's a really decent upgrade. Paired with the new Smart Keyboard Folio case, it's sturdier and faster than the existing iPad Pro with a slightly larger screen (despite being the same physical size). It has also somewhat opened up its connection possibilities, thanks to the replacement of the Lightning port with a USB-C port. (In time, this could be a critical pivot in boosting it as a productivity tool.) But it's also upped its game with graphics and processor speed, meaning that it is … [Read more...] about Review: Apple’s excellent new iPad is a real Pro and ever closer to a laptop replacement
Having used the new 11-inch model for almost a week, it makes a decent case for a hybrid of all three wrapped into one. A quick disclaimer: I’m a regular iPad Pro user. I use it for work (a lot) and for non-work (movies, the web and photo-editing). So I’m naturally interested in some of the upgraded features on this new model. So far, it’s a really decent upgrade. Paired with the new Smart Keyboard Folio case, it’s sturdier and faster than the existing iPad Pro with a slightly larger screen (despite being the same physical size). It has also somewhat opened up its connection possibilities, thanks to the replacement of the Lightning port with a USB-C port. (In time, this could be a critical pivot in boosting the iPad Pro as a productivity tool.) But it’s also upped its game with graphics and processor speed, meaning that it is becoming a capable games and entertainment machine. And storage is now on par with almost any laptop: my test model has a whopping … [Read more...] about Is Apple’s new iPad Pro a good enough upgrade to be a laptop killer?