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Apple is not planning its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) cellular service, despite a report on Monday to the contrary. According to comments given to CNBC, Apple's not even discussing the issue. That doesn't keep Bryan Chaffin from wishing it was true.
Taylor Swift is featured in the September issue of Vanity Fair in a cover piece titled, "Taylor Swift Reveals How She Stood Up to Apple." In it, she revelaled that she was scared of a backlash against the open letter she wrote ciriticizing Apple for not paying royalties to music streamerd during an Apple Music trial period, and surprised at the warm reaction it received. My favorite line was, "Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about. And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow [Spotify] reacted to criticism like a corporate machine." It's a good read.
Apple's licensing deals with the music labels allow the company to launch additional Beats stations whenever it wants. Citing unnamed sourced, The Verge reported that Apple has the power to launch new stations—thinks Beats 2, Beats 3, Beats Reggae, or even Beats Death Metal—without having to renegotiate. Beats 1 is Apple's radio-station-format show that is live around the world for 12 hours per day, and then repeated for the other 12 hours. It has been highly praised, and may well be the most-liked feature of Apple Music, which was rolled out in late June. Even the record labels are pleased, according to The Verge's sources.
Shares in Apple Inc. have taken a bit of a beating in the last two weeks of trading, losing some 12 percent of their value. The stock has been pressured by worries about iPhone growth, concern that Apple Watch won't be a revenue game changer, and ever-present concerns about China's economy, but what sent investors into a tizzy Tuesday was $AAPL falling below its 200 day moving average.
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Apple is in "talks" with carrier services to launch its own Apple-branded wireless service, according to BusinessInsider (BI). Citing unnamed sources "close to Apple," BI said that the talks revolved around an Apple-branded mobile virtual network operator service, or MVNO. This would mean that Apple would lease bandwidth from companies like AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and/or T-Mobile, and repackage it as its own carrier service. This sort of service is what powers Walmart's StraightTalk, TracFone, and a host of others. According to BI, iOS devices with an Apple SIM card would automatically switch customers to whatever network had the best signal at that moment. Furthermore, Apple is already testing such a service in the U.S., and is talking to carriers in Europe. Check out BI.
Apple has purchased 43 acres in San Jose, California, a plot of land big enough to hold a building as large as its massive Apple Campus 2, the so-called Spaceship HQ. The spot is the first known land purchase by Apple in San Jose, but it's right next door to 300,000 square feet of office space recently leased by the company.
Apple has a cool video on its developer siste called Ecosystem, as noted by Redditor hollowgram. I'm not sure when it was posted, and I wasn't able to find it on any of the sub pages of Apple's Developer Videos site, but I believe it was made for WWDC 2015 (Apple's WWDC 2015 developer video page). Whenever it was made, it focuses on how developers and end-users are able to make more out of Apple's ecosystem because it's just that, a true ecosystem. Apple doesn't haven't a sharing feature built into the videos posted to its developer site, but you can click through and watch it.
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It seems safe to say a new round of the Crypto Wars is in full gear. In fact, let's officially call it Crypto Wars 2.0, because proxy parties are keeping the fight simmering in the background between full on salvos from the main parties involved. Meanwhile, Apple maintains its starring role in the fight due to end-to-end encryption built into iOS and OS X.