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.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been trading public barbs on privacy, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the public tiff. They also discuss Apple’s hiring of Google’s former head of artificial intelligence and what it might mean for Siri (hint: good things!). They cap the show with a look at what it would take to make HomeKit the premier home automation platform.
In a letter to employees, Tim Cook said that John Giannandrea shared Apple’s commitment to privacy and “our thoughtful approach” to machine learning.
If Bryan Chaffin is reading Mark Zuckerburg correction, the Facebook CEO thinks privacy is a luxury only the rich can afford.
Apple has had a long-standing off again, off again relationship with the existence of porn, but CEO Tim Cook kind of, sort of softened that stance this week. No, there’s specifically not going to be a bunch of porno apps flooding the App Store (you’ll need to go to iBooks to get your soft-core porn), but Mr. Cook made the frank acknowledgement that people can always use Safari to surf for porn. And then he went so far as to clarify that he wasn’t making fun of it. I’m not arguing that this is some kind of seismic shift in Apple policy, and Mr. Cook iterated the fact that Apple intends to keep the App Store family friendly. It is, however, a much less confrontational statement on the world’s favorite pastime than Steve Jobs’s declaration that, “folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.” I’m not the only one who noticed the difference, either. BusinessInsider, for one, did a full workup on the subject. In any event, it’s interesting to see Apple taking a more enlightened tone on the subject, including his comments about what you sell says something about you.
For years, smartphone customers have happily glossed over the fact that massive dossiers were being collected about their private life, interests, and behavior. Will there finally be regulatory reform?
Mr. Cook’s comments came in the wake of news that Facebook profile data was used in ways that violate Facebook terms of service, and that Facebook knew about the privacy breach and didn’t tell users.
A psychological test once used by NASA on astronauts calculates Tim Cook as “Advisor.” It’s called the Process Communication Model, and it categorizes people under six categories: Advisors, Connectors, Doers, Dreamers, Originals, and Organizers. According to one website, Advisors make up 10% of the population, and curiously this trait skews 75% male. Tim Cook is well known for his careful, articulate way of speaking in interviews and keynotes, and when you look at Advisor traits, it makes sense. Or, it could be a cognitive bias. You see, I personally find this whole thing a bit concerning. Online personality tests are fun to take, but they definitely aren’t valid medical advice. That requires seeing a therapist. So it’s easy to cast yourself as one personality or another by comparing and contrasting traits you think you have, versus the traits that the personality has. However, unless Mr. Cook has seen a psychologist, the news that Tim is this trait is probably bunk. But I still think it’s Cool Stuff.