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  • Apple Maps team spotted doing on-foot sensor recon in San Francisco

    Just to give Apple Maps a little love here: I was recently in Budapest and was delighted to see Apple Maps had walking and transit directions there. They were excellent. I compared them to Google the entire time and Apple Maps was actually better! At one point I was in a park and Google told me to take a right down a path but in real life it led to the edge of a cliff. How embarrassing for them! Apple Maps had the more accurate route — the path was exact and true to real life, and directed me to a real place and not to a cliff edge. I think when Apple finishes all these latest updates they’re going to really give Google a run for their money.
  • Apple narrows iOS loyalty rate gap with Android in Q3, retention rates at all-time high

    claire1 said:
    This contradicts the report from yesterday or was it the day before?

    I think Google’s “loyalty” could be reread as, “cheap people are still cheap, some are now aware they use Android.”

    When you ask all but the geekiest of Android users why they don’t have an iPhone nine times out of ten they say iPhones are too expensive. And the timed they don’t it’s normally something stupid like, “my friend says it’s better” or “I had an iPhone and the screen broke.” (Typically their android phone is already broken.)

    I've literally heard this stupidity and couldn't believe how stupid these people were. They didn't know android copied Apple's glass design I guess....
    I feel like the broken screen argument eventually leads back to the “iPhones are too expensive” argument — they didn’t want to pay for the repair or replacement, so turned to a cheaper device with cheaper repair options. 
  • Apple predicted to call 2018 flagship iPhone model 'iPhone Xs Max'

    Please, no. What a terrible name. I don’t see Apple going with an awful name like that.
  • Apple worried about constitutional changes in considering North Carolina campus

    Pretty sure the issue they’re concerned about is that the Republican controlled NC legislature is currently trying to push through two Amendments to limit the Democratic governor’s power. They’ve been up to similar morally dubious mischief ever since he was elected. Apple simply wants to signal that such instability is making them rethink their investments.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook donates nearly $5M in company stock to charity

    This is what I love about Tim’s leadership and one of the many ways he’s improved Apple, by being public about his giving, and bringing philanthropy back to the company.

    Jobs, brilliant though he was, was notoriously private about his charitable giving, and didn’t have much interest in corporate giving — rather infamously shutting down Apple’s philanthropy programs when he returned to the company. Even averting bankruptcy and becoming massively profitable, he avoided reinstating Apple’s philanthropy programs, such as matching gifts — something many other (and far less profitable) tech companies offered. His public view on the matter was that it wasn’t Apple’s job to be charitable, that its focus should be on creating wealth for its people, who can then do what they will with that wealth including give to charity. (That always felt a tad heartless to me, even if it was a convenient business position to take.) It should be noted Apple did make an exception to this a policy in 2008 when it donated $100k to block Proposition 8. Ultimately Apple acknowledged then, as it does now more often and publicly under Tim’s leadership, that there are certain social policies that Apple needs to champion if it wants to do what’s best for its people. Standing on the side of equality by being pro-LGBT is one of those positions Apple realizes is for the best of its own people — it makes the company more successful at attracting talent, which leads to better products, which in turn profits its shareholders, whether they acknowledge that connection or not.