TiOSS 364 - "Egalitarian" Apple

Submitted by Michael Johnston on March 3, 2019 - 9:23pm

Apple Watch still on top but falling behind, foldable smartphones, EFF wants encrypted iCloud backups, and more on this week's episode of The iOS Show! Show notes can be found at theiOSshow.com. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, send an email to feedback at theiosshow.com!

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Michael Johnston - Applr and Twitter
Adam Christianson - The MacCast and Twitter
Jeff Gamet - The Mac Observer and Twitter

Stuff mentioned:

  •  Apple Watch Sales Comprised Half of Smartwatch Market in 2018
    • Shipped 9.2mn in Q4 2018, up from 7.8mn
    • Global smartwatch sales up 56% yoy
    • Still in first place, however
      • "Apple's global smartwatch marketshare slipped to 51 percent this quarter, down from 67 percent a year ago" - according to Strategy Analytics
      • Losing marketshare to Samsung and Fitbit
    • Foldable Smart Phones
    • Huawei Unveils $2,600 Foldable 'Mate X' Smartphone to Rival Samsung's Galaxy Fold
      • Called a Falcon wing display
      • 6.6-inch OLED smartphone to an 8-inch OLED tablet
      • Larger than Samsung's
      • Display is visible on both front and back of device
      • 5G modem
      • Fingerprint sensor
      • Priced at $2,600, with Samsung's $1980
    • Foldable iPhones Could Have Self-Heating Displays to Avoid Damage in Cold Weather
      • Foldable smartphone displays could be prone to damage when bent in cold temperatures
      • Apple: bends could be heated by lighting up the pixels in that area of the screen or use a heating element
    • Samsung Offers to Supply Foldable Displays to Apple and Google
      • Samsung Display made a set of foldable displays and sent them to Apple
      • 7.2in panel, about the same as the one in the Galaxy Fold
      • Samsung currently able to produce 2.4mn displays this year, but hopes to scale to 10mn
    • Apple COO Jeff Williams 'Very Aware Of' Concerns Over Apple Product Cost
    • During a speaking engagement at Elon University, a student asked Jeff Williams if Apple had any plans to reduce prices considering the seemingly large margins on Apple products outlined by analyst reports
    • Williams responded, “analysts don’t really understand the cost of what we do and how much care we put into making our products”
      • For example, to build the Apple Watch's activity tracker, Apple built a physiology lab with 40 nurses and 10,000 participants
    • However, he went on to say, "It’s something we’re very aware of.” “We do not want to be an elitist company. ...we want to be an egalitarian company, and we’ve got a lot of work going on in developing markets"
    • Apple Confirms 190 Layoffs From Self-Driving Car Project
    • According to a letter Apple sent to the California Employment Development Department via SF Chronicle
    • 38 engineering program managers, 33 hardware engineers, 31 product design engineers, and 22 software engineers
    • Set to happen April 16
    • Last month, Apple confirmed that it was removing more than 200 employees from its autonomous car team, with some to be laid off and some to be relocated to other areas in the company
    • Potentially due to Doug Field, joining the company last year from Tesla
    • Despite the layoffs, Apple says it still sees a huge opportunity in "autonomous systems" in the future
    • EFF Calls on Apple to Let Users Encrypt iCloud Backups as Part of 'Fix It Already' Initiative
    • "Fix It Already" campaign has the aim of getting technology companies to implement new privacy features in areas where privacy is lacking
    • iCloud content is encrypted only after it reaches the server, and can therefore be decrypted by Apple with proper legal requests
    • iCloud backups are NOT encrypted because doing so would prevent Apple from being able to restore iCloud backups for users who have forgotten their passwords
    • Tim Cook has said Apple may encrypt them in the future
    • Other demands
      • Android - should let users deny and revoke apps' internet permissions
      • Twitter - end-to-end encrypt direct messages
      • Facebook - stop using phone numbers provided for account creation for targeted advertising
      • WhatsApp - obtain user consent before adding users to groups
      • Slack - give free workspace administrators control over data retention
      • Verizon - stop pre-installing spyware on some smartphones

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