Announced during the company’s March quarter results, Apple described an aggressive plan for what is the single largest share buyback plan in history, and here’s what Bryan Chaffin thinks that means.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would restore Net Neutrality in the country, but Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explain why they don’t think it will go any further. They also break down Ralph Nader’s kind-of-weird whiff in complaining about Apple’s share buyback program. They cap the show with a look at how Sir Jony Ive is a watch-man, though Steve Jobs wasn’t involved with Apple Watch.
While many have argued that Apple has lost its footing without Steve Jobs at the helm, and some will say Apple hasn’t released any revolutionary new products, Apple’s success since Steve left-then-passed is undeniable. Many of us remember times where any non-Steve Jobs CEO at Apple was complete and utter failure. That’s most certainly not been the case with Tim Cook.
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the impact Steve Jobs had on Apple’s current leadership, and what happens when Tim Cook is gone.
Ralph Nader has penned an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook urging him to suspend his company’s plan to to spend US$100 Billion on stock buybacks.
Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook’s commencement speech for the graduating class of 2018 of Duke University. Topics include lessons he learned from Steve Jobs, including the important of “never [being] content.” He encouraged the class to “think different[ly],” and to seek change on important issues such as global warming, privacy, fighting racism, and other areas. Other topics include channeling his heroes Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Cook is an alumnus from Duke, making this address a return to his alma mater. He also praised the Parkland shooting survivors for getting involved in change, and also those who spoke up in the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. “If you hope to change the world, you must find your fearlessness,” he said. It was one of the more impassioned speeches I’ve watched Mr. Cook deliver. Those who disagree with social justice elements of his speech will likely pan it, while those who agree will give high marks. (Time has the transcript, in case you can’t watch the video).
Warning, this one went long: Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what Apple’s share buybacks say about Apple’s future. They also weigh WhatsApp’s founder leaving Facebook, and what it says about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. They go over when diving into Google Duplex, a demonstration that was as awesome as it was devoid of real value.
Dissipating (and unfounded) fears of slow iPhone X sales and a record March quarter combined with news that Warren Buffett bought 75 million more shares of Apple to push the stock to a record closing high.
The message marked World Press Freedom Day, which is a trending hashtag on Twitter.
Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the myth of the failing iPhone X, where that myth comes from, how it’s sustained, and how Apple’s own data says otherwise. They also talk about how Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri tried to dispel those reports during Apple’s quarterly conference call with analysts. They also look at the indicators that HomePod, on the other hand, isn’t doing well, and Tim Cook’s continued insistence on focusing on sound quality when we really want a capable home assistant. They cap the show with some perspective on just how much money Apple is paying out to shareholders.
It’s the largest share buyback program in corporate history, and is in addition to Apple’s existing $210 billion stock buyback programs.
During Apple’s 2018 Q2 Earnings Report, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “we believe privacy is a fundamental human right.” That’s a strong and inspiring stand.
In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about how Amazon has quietly become the Cyberpunk king. They also discuss Tim Cook’s choice of dinner companions for the White House’s state dinner, and how Grayshift’s data breach is the proof in the pudding that backdoors and cracks get mishandled.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson attended President Donald Trump’s first official state dinner. The event was given to honor French President Emmanuel Macron, and other business people to attend included media mogul Rupert Murdoch, FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith, Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman, and others. Politicians included Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Republican leaders of Congress, Vice President Mike Pence, Chief Justice John Roberts, and more. Bloomberg covered Mr. Cook’s and Ms. Jackson’s appearance at the event, as well as some of the notable administration officials who did not attend. Also not invited were any opposition members of Congress, but Ms. Jackson was a member of the previous administration, where she led the EPA. Current EPA administrator Scott Pruitt was not in attendance. It’s one of the highest profile political events attended by Mr. Cook, one that put him in direct contact with politicians and business leaders from around the world, including President Trump.
Some of the guests at the first state dinner of Trump’s presidency include Apple’s Tim Cook, LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger https://t.co/Uro6d7z88Z pic.twitter.com/ksi7m5fy86
— Bloomberg (@business) April 24, 2018
Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a reminder that his company is making Earth Day donations for every device handed in to the company’s recycle program. Apple announced earlier this week that it would donate to conservation efforts for devices turned in for recycling through April 30th. Earth Day 2018 is Sunday, April 22nd (i.e. this weekend).
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 20, 2018
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why macOS and iOS won’t merge into a single operating system for now, and they look at how the iPhone’s long life span stands in contrast to Greenpeace criticism.
He shared the story with Tim Cook, who responded that peoples’ stories like that are deeply inspiring.
Apple Music now has more than 40 million subscribers, up from the 36 million milestone made public earlier this year.
Jon McCormack previously worked at Google’s Advanced Technology & Products Group, but he was hired from his gig at Amazon, where he was Chief Technology Officer of the devices group.
The argument is: Does Apple actually care about your privacy? Mr. Zuckerberg would like you to believe that Apple’s privacy stance is just a marketing tactic. I don’t agree.