EU investigating Apple for antitrust | Inside Apple - May, 6th 2019

Inside Apple (May 6th, 2019)

WWDC software scoop / EU antitrust investigation / Mass. judge allows warrant for TouchID


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1. Mark Gurman has the scoop on many of Apple’s software updates to be announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) starting June 3. Apple will significantly update most of its built-in apps and launch some new ones, including a new Music app for the Mac. iPad will get a new home screen and some ability to use multiple instances of the same app. Apple Watch will gain apps that make it more independent from the phone. HomePod will support multiple users. Which updates are of most interest to you? Reply and let us know.BLOOMBERG


2. The EU will initiate an antitrust investigation into claims that Apple privileges its own apps and services over those of competitors. Swedish music streaming service Spotify launched an elaborate campaign this year demanding lower fees and less stringent oversight to “level the playing field.” Apple has responded that it’s entitled to charge fees to paid apps on its own store and that strict oversight is in consumers’ best interests. — FINANCIAL TIMES


3. Former iPhone glass supplier GT Advanced Technologies and its former CEO, Thomas Gutierrez, have settled charges of fraud from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm was charged with misleading investors about its inability to meet its obligations as an Apple supplier. The parties settled immediately after the SEC announced charges Friday. — WALL STREET JOURNAL


4. A Massachusetts judge has ruled that law enforcement can compel suspects to unlock iOS devices with TouchID under a warrant. The ruling continues a legal back and forth about whether the Fifth Amendment provision against self-incrimination protects biometric device security. Opponents argue law enforcement can abuse biometric factors like fingerprints or facial recognition by tricking or forcing suspects into unlocking their devices. — APPLEINSIDER


5. CEO Tim Cook says Apple acquires a company every two to three weeks on average. In the past six months, Apple has bought more than 20 companies. Apple is “primarily looking for talent and intellectual property” in these deals, Cook said. With over $225 billion in cash on hand, Apple is well equipped to get all the talent and IP it could possibly want. — CNBC


6. Tim Cook says Apple’s $30 million takeover of D.C.’s Carnegie Library will be more than a “store.” “We should probably come up with a name other than ‘store,’” Cook said. “[I]t’s… a place for the community to use in a much broader way.” Strangely, Apple has come up with that name; in 2016, then-VP of Retail Angela Ahrendts launched the “Town Square” concept, which included this store. But Ahrendts’ last day at Apple was April 15, and she got no mention in this article. — WASHINGTON POST


7. A new, cartoony iPhone game about Warren Buffett’s journey from paper boy to investment titan was sort-of-secretly built by Apple. — MACRUMORS

8. Some online government services in the U.K. now accept Apple Pay. — ITV NEWS

9. Four Amazon employees have been charged with stealing more than $100,000 in Apple Watches from a fulfillment center in Middletown, Delaware. — WDEL NEWS

10. Fresh off of winning Apple Twitter last week, Steve Troughton-Smith has a great thread about how apps built at NeXT — Steve Jobs’ company-in-exile in the ’80s and ’90s — became Mac OS X’s first-party apps. — @MIGUELDEICAZA


Jon Mitchell has been a tech journalist since 2010. He covered Apple, Google, and the societal effects of social media for the storied blog ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite). He co-hosts Internet Friends, a podcast about life online with occasional lengthy digressions into Apple news. He’s the author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times from Parallax Press. He has recently, reticently returned to Twitter at @ablaze.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).


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