Here’s How to Block Apple News+ Magazines

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew found that the Today tab in News is filled with News+ content, despite not being subscribed. But he found a way to block News+ magazines.

Apple Leverages iOS for Advertising You Can’t Block

· Andrew Orr · Link

Tumblr software engineer Steve Streza makes the case that iOS is adware for all of Apple’s services.

iOS 13 has an abundance of ads from Apple marketing Apple services, from the moment you set it up and all throughout the experience. These ads cannot be hidden through the iOS content blocker extension system. Some can be dismissed or hidden, but most cannot, and are purposefully designed into core apps like Music and the App Store. There’s a term to describe software that has lots of unremovable ads: adware, which what iOS has sadly become.

This particularly annoys me with Apple News, where roughly half the space is dedicated to showing me News+ content, even though I don’t subscribe. On iOS you can swipe to “See Less Often” but you can’t do this on iPad.

Apple Card vs. All the Cards and What Is Apple Becoming, with Jeff Gamet - ACM 514

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple Card is coming soon, and Bryan Chaffin and guest-cohost Jeff Gamet compare it to the Amazon Prime card and other credit cards. They also dive into the heady topic of what exactly Apple is in the process of coming. Spoiler, Jeff guesses wrong when he says “a services company.”

Apple Earns Money, Services vs. Hardware, and AT&T's Fake 5G with Ken Ray - ACM 511

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple’s earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple’s outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T’s fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T’s claims of a “5G” network are fake.

Warren Buffet: 'Apple Can Afford to Make a Mistake or Two'

· Andrew Orr · Link

During a talk Thursday at The Gatehouse’s Hands Up for Success luncheon, Warren Buffet commented on Apple’s new services.

I’d love to see them succeed, but that’s a company that can afford a mistake or two. You don’t want to buy stock in the company that has to do everything right…Apple should do some things that don’t work.

A Few Details About Apple Exec Peter Stern

· Andrew Orr · Link

We’ve got a few details about Peter Stern, a former cable TV executive who now leads Apple’s new subscriptions.

Stern will not be able to rest on his laurels. Though some of the services announced Monday are brand new, and some, such as Apple TV+, are months away from even launching, observers are already expecting that Stern will eventually cobble them together into an Amazon Prime-esque bundle.

Would You Give Apple More of Your Data?

· Andrew Orr · Link

Here’s a question to ask yourself: Would you let Apple collect more of your data to improve its services? The company already collects some stuff, but it doesn’t seem to be enough for services like Siri. Mark Sullivan’s answer to that question is yes.

Everyone is waking up to the fact that big tech companies have been skimming personal data for years and not saying much about it. And don’t get me wrong, the tech companies deserve all the mistrust and scrutiny they’re getting. But I hope they get a second chance with user data, because there’s so much cool stuff they could do with it, especially in the age of AI. I think they might find that many of us would be fine with giving up more of our personal data–if we get more in return.

I think my answer is yes as well. I would love for Apple’s services to be more personalized to me. I just don’t want my data to be used for advertising. The premium price I pay in lieu of ads is for the hardware.