The Dalrymple Report: All about Apple Card

The Apple Card was released to the general public this week, so Dave and I took the opportunity to talk about some of the features and what it means for the consumer.

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BBEdit updated, merch, and in the Mac App Store [Sponsor]

Bare Bones Software, makers of BBEdit, is one of my favorite software companies — in fact, I’ve been using BBEdit for more than 20 years. BBEdit has just been updated to 12.6.6, and is available in the Mac App Store as a subscription! Same great features. Same user experience. You can subscribe in the Mac App Store or purchase perpetual licenses directly from Bare Bones Software. Also, you can still get great merch, including Classic and Rebus T-shirts, enamel pins, and more in their merch store!

Apple sued because iCloud storage could use third-party companies

Apple is being sued by two customers who argue that when they signed up for iCloud services, it did not properly disclose that their information could be stored on third-party cloud services. Thereby, it commited breach of contract, false advertising and violated California’s Unfair Competition Law.

I feel like this is just another reason to go after Apple and hopefully score. What I expect from Apple is complete privacy and security with its cloud services. As far as I can tell, they are still providing me with that. I’m happy.

Amazon.com defeats IRS

Amazon.com Inc on Friday defeated an appeal by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in what the online retailer has called a $1.5 billion dispute over its tax treatment of transactions with a Luxembourg subsidiary.

Tax laws are so bloody confusing.

Apple asks for review of Rawcode format patent

The patent largely describes a camera that can “capture, compress, and store video image data in a memory of the video camera, but really it pertains more to Rawcode, Red’s format for holding RAW footage, unprocessed imaging data from the sensor. Apple believes that some of the claims of the patent are “unpatentable,” and that the patent itself should be invalidated.

Apple’s arguments start with how the patent does not provide “written description support” for some claims, such as the disclosure of “outputting the raw mosaiced image data at a resolution of at least 2k and at a frame rate of at least about 23 frames per second.” While the patent describes decompression and demosaicing algorithms, it “does not disclose image resolution or frame rate parameters, let alone a camera system capable of meeting such parameters.”

I don’t know about this patent in particular, but other patents have been intentionally vague so they cover as much as possible.

Apple sues Corellium for replicating iOS and apps

Apple today filed a lawsuit against Corellium, a mobile device virtualization company that supports iOS. Corellium describes itself as the “first and only platform” that offers iOS, Android, and Linux virtualization on ARM.

In the lawsuit, filed today in the Southern District of Florida, Apple accuses Corellium of copyright infringement for illegally replicating the operating system and applications that run on the iPhone and the iPad.

I would think companies would know better than to do things like this, no matter the reason.

Apple celebrates 2.4 million U.S. jobs

Thirty-three years ago, five friends sat down at a kitchen table in Tulsa, Oklahoma and decided to start a company. Among them: president of Maccor Andy MacKay and his wife Helen, who runs personnel. Today, less than a mile from that spot, Maccor now occupies 80,000 square feet of space and has earned itself a reputation as the top manufacturer of battery testing systems in the world.

Maccor is one of 9,000 American suppliers that Apple spent a collective $60 billion dollars with in 2018, which supports 450,000 jobs. Altogether, Apple is responsible for creating and supporting 2.4 million US jobs across all 50 states, four times the number of American jobs attributable to the company eight years ago. Apple is on pace to directly contribute $350 billion to the US economy by 2023, which the company announced in January of 2018.

This is absolutely incredible. Apple has a huge workforce across the U.S. (and the world), but we often forget how many jobs Apple is creating outside of the company.

The Dalrymple Report: Apple Card, Yelp, and Time Machine

The Apple Card starting arriving for some people this week. Dave is still upset about Apple using Yelp, especially with news about the company this week and we talk about Time machine backups.

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Apple teacher academy

The elementary, high school and college educators who attended this summer’s academies came from different states, schools and backgrounds — but they all shared one new and very important responsibility: shepherding their students into a world where coding is a common language. The teachers are determined not only to teach their students about coding, but to show them how they can channel that knowledge to make the world a better place, starting with their communities. On that front, they’re leading by example.

Apple has always taken its responsibility to education seriously, but these types of things are even better than anything else they’ve done. This is helping teachers instruct the kids that are our future.

I will opt-in to help Apple improve Siri

Apple on Thursday said it is suspending a program called grading that helps the company improve Siri for its users. The process uses snippets of audio files to determine whether Siri heard the command correctly or whether it was invoked by mistake.

Apple’s services now bigger than the company was ten years ago

During its third quarter earnings call earlier this week, Apple delivered good news as it beat estimates and saw revenue reach a new June quarter record. Chief among the reasons it did so was its services category which continues to grow exponentially. In fact, the services category is now bigger than Apple was as a whole ten years ago according to Horace Dediu.

What an incredible rise for services. Apple is still bullish on what services will make for the company over the next few years, which says a lot about what they expect to happen.

FTC probes Facebook’s acquisition practices

The Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook Inc to check if the social media company’s acquisitions were aimed at snapping up potential rivals before they could become a threat, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.

That’s one way to look at it. I see Facebook buying up companies they think will be the next popular social media thing allowing to continue expanding into “what’s cool.”

Apple Music Lab: Remix Billie Eilish

Apple is hosting a new Music Lab that will allow attendees to create their own unique remix of Billie Eilish’s song “you should see me in a crown.” The sessions will be held in every Apple Store worldwide, starting tomorrow, according to Apple.

The Jimmy Page Telecaster

When the opening riff of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times” came through the radio in 1969, everything changed. Jimmy Page altered the course of popular music with a single guitar: his 1959 Fender Telecaster. Co-designed with Page, the Fender Jimmy Page Telecaster is an homage to that legendary instrument, which created some of the most iconic riffs of the 20th Century.

I remember Jimmy playing mostly Gibson guitars, but any instrument co-designed by Page is worth a look.

Apple Maps in iOS 13

Timed with the spread of its first-party mapping data, Apple is giving the Maps app a big upgrade in iOS 13 that represents the company’s biggest push yet to overtake Google Maps as the world’s most trusted, go-to mapping service. Apple Maps in iOS 13 represents – if you’re in the US at least – Apple’s purest vision to date for a modern mapping service.

I really like Apple Maps these days. Yes, it had a difficult start, but that was years ago and Apple has been doing a lot of work to make Maps the best.

Apple wants to make the Mac Pro in the U.S.

“In terms of exclusions, we’ve been making the Mac Pro in the U.S.,” Cook said. “We want to continue to do that. So we’re working and investing currently in capacity to do so, because we want to continue to be here. And so that’s what’s behind the exclusions. So we’re explaining that and hope for a positive outcome.”

It’s reassuring that Apple is going to continue Mac Pro production in the U.S. It makes perfect sense considering they have been making the current model here.

Amplified: A Three Year Cold

Jim and Dan talk about 5G, secret Siri recordings, Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s smartphone modem business, laptops new and old, Audio Hijack, UA Apollo and Arrow, and more.

It’s been a long time since Dan and I did an Amplified podcast, but when he called I jumped at the chance to record it again. I hope you enjoy it!

EU court says companies using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data

Companies that embed Facebook’s “Like” button on their websites allowing users’ personal data to be transferred to the U.S. social network can be held liable for collecting the data, Europe’s top court said on Monday.

This puts a new twist on the Facebook “Like” button. Sure, it helps companies get exposure, but if you can be held liable for the information collected, I don’t see many companies taking the risk in the future.

The Dalrymple Report: DOJ investigation, Walkie-Talkie, and the first iPhone call

Dave and I looked at the recently announced DOJ investigation into tech companies, as well as the return of Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch, and the first ever iPhone call.

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BMW to charge annual fee for Apple’s CarPlay

The German automaker currently charges a one-time $300 to add Apple CarPlay capability to navigation-equipped BMW models. Going forward, though, navigation-equipped BMWs will come with CarPlay at no charge for one year. Following that first year, customers will need to pay an annual fee of $80 to maintain the relationship between their Apple device and their BMW’s infotainment system.

I’m searching for the right words to describe what I want to say to BMW… Fuck you sums it up.

The Dalrymple Report: Snoopy and 3D Touch

Snoopy is coming to Apple TV+, so Dave and I spend some time talking about some of the TVs on Apple’s upcoming service. We also discussed the elimination of 3D Touch in the upcoming release of iOS.

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BBEdit updated and in the Mac App Store [Sponsor]

Bare Bones Software, makers of BBEdit, is one of my favorite software companies — in fact, I’ve been using BBEdit for more than 20 years. BBEdit has just been updated to 12.6.3, and is available in the Mac App Store as a subscription! Same great features. Same user experience. You can subscribe in the Mac App Store or purchase perpetual licenses directly from Bare Bones Software. Also, you can still get great merch, including Classic and Rebus T-shirts, enamel pins, and more in their merch store!

The Dalrymple Report: MacBooks, an old iPhone, and Apple Watch

Dave and I wrapped up our thoughts on the new MacBook updates this week, and talked about an old iPhone Dave found in a drawer. We also looked at things Apple could do with the Apple Watch and iPad to help people with disabilities, which is a very personal topic for Dave.

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Apple pushes silent Mac update to remove hidden Zoom web server

Apple has released a silent update for Mac users removing a vulnerable component in Zoom, the popular video conferencing app, which allowed websites to automatically add a user to a video call without their permission.

Apple said the update does not require any user interaction and is deployed automatically.

Thank you, Apple!

WWDC19 video transcripts available

Take advantage of transcripts to quickly discover and share information presented in WWDC19 videos. You can search by keyword, see all instances where the keyword is mentioned in the video, go straight to the time it was mentioned, and even share a link to that specific time.

Great news for developers.

Fed says Facebook cryptocurrency raises ‘serious concerns’

“Libra raises many serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection and financial stability,” Powell said during his semi-annual testimony on monetary policy before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.

“I don’t think the project can go forward” without addressing those concerns, he added later in the hearing.

Everything Facebook does should raise serious concerns.