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.

Wear Space blinders for people

They look like the blinders people put on horses, except they’re for people. I wonder if they really help you focus.

Google Translate instant camera translation gets upgrade

Google Translate allows you to explore unfamiliar lands, communicate in different languages, and make connections that would be otherwise impossible. One of my favorite features on the Google Translate mobile app is instant camera translation, which allows you to see the world in your language by just pointing your camera lens at the foreign text. Similar to the real-time translation feature we recently launched in Google Lens, this is an intuitive way to understand your surroundings, and it’s especially helpful when you’re traveling abroad as it works even when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi or using cellular data.

This is really cool. Although, Google will probably start showing you ads about whatever you translate.

Snell on the MacBook

Jason Snell on the MacBook:

At some point in the life of the MacBook, Apple seems to have gotten the message that it wasn’t the solution. (My guess is that Mac buyers sent the message by continuing to buy MacBook Airs—complete with MagSafe and familiar USB-A ports—despite Apple’s attempts to sell them fancy USB-C Retina Macs that cost hundreds more.)

Whatever the reason, the MacBook is gone and that’s not a bad thing. Apple did what it does best in most situations like this—it cleaned up the product line so it’s easy to understand, allowing people to buy the product they need.

Gruber on Zoom

I nodded my head in agreement with every word John wrote about Zoom. How did they possibly think this was okay?!

Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon to testify in antitrust hearing

Executives from Inc, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet’s Google will testify before a House of Representatives congressional committee next week in a hearing to discuss the tremendous market power wielded by online platforms.

In a statement on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee said witnesses would include: Adam Cohen, director of economic policy at Google; Nate Sutton, associate general counsel for regulation at Amazon; Facebook’s Matt Perault, head of global policy development and Apple vice president for corporate law Kyle Andeer.

There is a lot of concern about the power these platforms have, and with good reason. I’m not convinced that the government, any government, has the wherewithal to actually understand the technology that has ultimately raised these concerns though—that creates an even bigger problem. Of all the companies called to testify, it seems that Apple is in the safest position, partly because of its stance on security and privacy, and they don’t have the social networking platform that the others have.

Thoughts on Jony Ive leaving Apple

Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients.

And with those words, the Internet went insane. I can understand how people feel about Jony’s announcement—he’s an icon in the design world and helped make some of Apple’s most iconic products. He will be missed, but I think this has been a long time coming.

The Dalrymple Report: Apple batteries, Apple TV remote and Amazon counterfeits

Dave and I talked about some fun topics today including battery life in Apple products and counterfeit products at Amazon, but we went off topic a lot and just had a blast talking about everything.

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Apple Music hits 60 million subscribers

Apple is making some positive changes in Apple Music. There are still a few little problems that crop up for me, but overall the service is doing very well.

Google Maps adds live traffic for busses, crowdedness

On days when everything runs smoothly, taking public transit is one of the best ways to get around town. Not only is it cost-effective and efficient, but it also lets you stay hands free so you can sit back, relax and maybe even read a few chapters of your favorite book. But unexpected delays or overcrowded vehicles can quickly turn your ride from enjoyable to stressful. Starting today, Google Maps is rolling out two new features to help you better plan for your transit ride and stay more comfortable along the way.

I can certainly see how these would be useful features for those that rely on public transportation.

Using Sidecar with your iPad

Sidecar, a new feature in Apple’s iOS and macOS operating systems, allows you to use your iPad as a second display with your Mac. It’s a great addition to the ecosystem and if you have the betas installed you can try it out. Bryan Wolfe gives you a rundown and how to get it setup.

The Dalrymple Report: Siri and Wolfram, and product strategy

Dave had a nice little surprise today as he explained about using Siri with Wolfram to get better answers. We also talked about Apple gaming and the overall companies product strategy.

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