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  • Senator's paranoia opens door for Apple to speak out on government censorship

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’d consider this a bigger deal than AI seems to make it. Push notifications often include the first line or so of a message or interaction. This seems to be an ability to single tap into all push notifications and if so would include a tremendous range of information from financial payments to two factor authentication to email messages to text messages and just about everything that crosses your phone in a brief summary format. Worse yet it’s only partial context and content, so, if this were guiding any sort of action, there would be a lot of assumptions made.  This is a far more reaching view with far more simplicity than just about anything else I can imagine. Most other surveillance mechanisms, you would be tapping into single systems, and it would be much more difficult to get this comprehensive of a view from a single pipe. I’m impressed this could be suppressed for what I assume is a long period of time. 
  • Hands on: Apple's new FineWoven iPhone 15 cases

    I would love some close-up pictures of the stitching and side seams on the wallet. I ditched the leather wallet because the seams did not hold up over time and the seam sealant or edge treatment was flaking off a few weeks in. Straight up stitching could be much sturdier on fine woven. 
  • Microsoft Copilot AI chatbot arrives on App Store for iPhone and iPad

    I suspect Microsoft is going to win this race to deliver simply packaged productivity AI - meaning document and information ecosystem interactive AI - to the end user first.

    Google seems to be making a hash of it with their typical mangled app marketplace chaos. OpenAI by themselves are doing about the same thing with their plugin approach. 

    Grok is an interesting outlier, but seems unlikely to see useful near term extension given where it started. 

    Apple no doubt will be slow and intentional bringing anything forward, but hopefully will invest with more innovation than with Siri. But suspect that will be a long time coming. 

    Yet here is Microsoft with meaningful productivity integrations. Of course this is still with the extortionate backstory of moving us all down the subscribe forever path; I’ve still remained a 365 holdout, yet find I am being tempted.  Takes me back to memories of that nightmarish clippy thing where we were all pretty certain that was just a terribly construed ploy to replace us and our purchasing control with an office assistant that would make us the minions. Makes me ponder who the copilot is supposed to be in this newly minted version?  But I think the market is theirs to have at the moment.  
  • EU law will force Apple to blow open its entire hardware and software stack

    I suspect this is just a platform fork for Apple. They have the scale and the revenues to do it. So why not just follow the Microsoft compliance tradition and essentially break your product for EMEA. Don’t break it so bad that you lose all your customers who are well locked in, but break it badly enough that there’s a very partial App Store, that there is no payment stack, that there is a messaging variant with limited features. For this season anyway, reduce functionality enough to balance still serving users, but create a distinctly different experience that is limited. Maybe everything comes later to Europe as well.  While you’re doing this, your development team gets to explore potential accommodations, and think about future architecture should the rest of the world follow along. Maybe you can lose 10 to 20% of market, but that doesn’t kill your market.  Then wait and see what North America does. I’m just not sure that Tim Cook is agile enough to execute a strategy like that, otherwise I would assume that is what is coming. 
  • Japan to seek up to 20% fine for monopolistic practices by Apple

    Apple could either
    1. leave the Japanese smartphone market entirely,
    2. remove its own app store (and everyone's app store) from the Japanese smartphone market, or 
    3. allow (or require) Android as the OS for iPhone users in the Japanese market. No more iOS on iPhones in Japan.
    Just for idle chit chat, the amusing thought crossed my mind, what if Apple just capped aggregate App Store transactions so that the per capita threshold was below the competition… oops, no more app purchases for you this year because you live in the EU and your android friends aren’t buying enough apps…
  • Social media apps must pay App Store 30% for boosts

    but it’s that kind of crap that’s fuelling the push to call Apple a monopoly and force them to allow people to load Apps from outside the AppStore. Then everyone loses.
    Agreed. It would be fascinating to see a flow chart of Apple’s internal teams involved in the final set of policies, because it seems utterly tone deaf for the times and likely to tear the AppStore apart. I can’t believe there’s not enough internal leadership to manage strategy better. Poking a bee hive with a stick because you’re not paying attention. 
  • Clicks brings a physical keyboard to your iPhone

    AppleZulu said:
    "When a physical keyboard is attached to the iPhone, the digital one slides down, giving way to more content. On the iPhone 15 Pro the keyboard takes up almost the entire display."

    Is that really true? I don't think it is.
    Almost is a broad term. For example, I tell my wife I consider the color of anything not black to be almost white. Then I never have to figure out what fuschia is, or make decorating decisions. 

    I think if you don’t find that screen statement deeply valuable, and perhaps validating, you’re just failing to capitalize on the full value of the English language.