iPad at Ten Years On – TMO Daily Observations 2020-04-03

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPad on the tenth anniversary of release. Looking back, and forward, at its impact and potential.

How Apple’s Secrecy Has Been Put to The Test

· Andrew Orr · News

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The current pandemic has forced Apple employees and others to work from home, and it’s a new challenge the company has to navigate.

Is Apple the Company That Can Transform the AR Industry?

· Andrew Orr · Link

iPhone 8 may sport a smart connector for augmented reality glasses

Lucas Matney wrote for TechCrunch and asked if Apple can keep the AR industry alive.

AR startups have already been struggling and hardware efforts have largely cratered. The software platforms have had some success building what Apple hasn’t or won’t for niche enterprise customers, but as the economic realities shift, all bets are off.

First, I don’t think there’s much of an AR industry right now to keep alive. We have a scattering of AR features on iPhones and Androids, but right now it still seems niche. Second, in my biased opinion as an Apple blogger, I think Apple is the one to truly make AR mainstream. As an example, Apple didn’t invent the cellphone, but the iPhone transformed our lives and the cellphone industry. For the company to do the same with AR, we need an AR headset.

Apple Fined by France, Powerbeats 4 – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-16

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a French authority fining Apple over inventory, and the new Powerbeats 4 appealing to Charlotte for, frankly, not being AirPods.

Apple vs (Non-Computer) Viruses – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-04

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s next moves regarding gathering thousands of people in San Jose (for WWDC) or not, and manufacturing logistics vs the current state of affairs.

How Apple Caused Chaos At Facebook HQ

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Apple plunged Facebook into chaos when it pulled enterprise certificate, taking its internal apps offline for a period.

Apple’s “Secret” Monopoly

· Andrew Orr · Link

Will Oremus wrote an essay on Medium in which he argues that Apple is a monopoly, specifically when it comes to the App Store. I think a few good arguments could be made in support of this accusation. But my opinion lies with this quote:

Apple’s platform is significantly less open than Google’s: Unlike its rival, Apple doesn’t allow any app stores on the iPhone other than its own, and it doesn’t allow users to “sideload” apps downloaded from the web or elsewhere. The company says its goal is to ensure users can trust every app they download; allowing unapproved apps could expose users to privacy violations or malware.

The App Store isn’t perfect, but I believe it contains far fewer malware than Google’s Play Store. Apple’s restrictions also make it better for privacy, and thus better for people. I think price is a better argument than the walled garden. Or, I at least have more sympathy for indie developers rather than billion-dollar competitors to Apple.

AI vs. Machine Learning, Thoughts on Our New Macs, Oak Island - ACM 525

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, including the state of both today. They also talk about their new Macs— John got a new 28-core Mac Pro, while Bryan has a new iMac—and whether or not they like their new purchases. The cap the show by catching up on The Curse of Oak Island TV show on History.

Apple Could, And Should, Create Original Podcasts

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

Apple is now making original video content, but could it make original podcasts, a format its products basically invented, and, if so, how?

Apple’s Commitment to Privacy is Going Down the Drain

· Andrew Orr · Link

Vicki Boykis wrote yesterday about Apple’s privacy, current flaws, and how the company should do better (I agree!)

So, here we are, in 2020, with Apple in a bit of a pickle. It’s becoming so big that it’s not prioritizing security. At the same time, it needs to advertise privacy as a key differentiator as consumer tastes change. And, at the same time, it’s about to get canclled [sic] by the FBI, China, and Russia.

And while it’s thinking over all of these things, it’s royally screwing over the consumer who came in search of a respite from being tracked.