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  • Competing Interests

    August 19, 2016
    Khürt Williams

    I enjoyed reading the Washington Post Tim Cook interview. The interview was wide in scope and really gives you a window into the mind of Apple’s CEO. I recommend it. One section that raised my eyebrows was the discussion of security and privacy. This issue is a fascinating one to me because Apple has taken such a leading role in advocating privacy rights for consumers. As Tim explaned in the interview, “Customers should have an expectation that they shouldn’t need a PhD in computer science to protect themselves.”

    Elsewhere in the interview, Tim talks about Apple’s mission.

    The DNA of the company is really what I was talking about there. The North Star has always been the same, which for us, is about making insanely great products that really change the world in some way — enrich people’s lives. And so our reason for being hasn’t changed.

    I absolutely believe the folks at Apple get out of bed in the morning to make great products. However, it really isn’t that simple. If you don’t believe me, perhaps I could interest you in a 16GB iPhone. Making insanely great products has always required compromises. Apple has to make a profit if they want to stay in business and every Apple product (just like any other company’s product) that comes to market requires thousands of small compromises. That’s always come with the territory but until recently, I’ve never really thought of Apple having a competing North Star. Now I wonder.

    Privacy is a big deal to Apple. Tim explained:

    Privacy, in my point of view, is a civil liberty that our Founding Fathers thought of a long time ago and concluded it was an essential part of what it was to be an American. Sort of on the level, if you will, with freedom of speech, freedom of the press.

    I think this is more than CEO puffing. I think Tim, and the rest of Apple leadership, feels this in their bones and they are absolutely willing to go to bat for consumers on the issue of privacy. They took a drubbing over the San Bernardino case and I suspect they’d do it all over again. The question, however, becomes what happens when protecting consumer privacy gets in the way of making insanely great products? If Apple’s unstoppable force hits its own immovable object, who wins?

    There are plenty of consumers already getting off the Apple services bandwagon in favor of Google precisely because the way Google does everything on its servers results in some insanely great user experiences. Apple is responding by trying to get those types of services on-device–as opposed to the less private cloud storage as Google does. We’re early days on this but it seems, at least for the immediate future, that the cloud service solution is better, faster, and more adaptable than on-device.

    If Tim Cook were sitting here right now, I suspect he’d argue that the 2016 version of an insanely great product is one that (in addition to many other features) protects user privacy and going back to the issue of compromises, it’s probably better that you not let somebody else index all of your photos, even if that would make it easier to search out pictures of canteloupes. I agree with that particular compromise but as we move into the next few years, I think the goals of great products and protecting user privacy aren’t always going to align.

    Read more at MacSparky


  • Beijing regulator orders Apple to stop sale of iPhone 6/6+, Apple has right to appeal

    August 3, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. A bizarre twist, Apple infringing on a Chinese patent, but that’s what’s being reported. Important to note that Apple has the right to appeal (can’t imagine they won’t) and that this ruling applies to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and not the current models. ∞ Read this on The Loop Read more at The Loop

  • Apple won’t aid GOP convention over Trump

    August 3, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. Not a huge surprise given some of the things Trump has said about Apple at the very least. ∞ Read this on The Loop Read more at The Loop

  • The nut of an idea: Don’t bury it

    August 3, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. Why is it that every misstep Apple makes has to be a sign of greater woes? Hyperbole is not just a river in Egypt, you know. Its nt a river anywhere, actually. The Macalope’s not sure why he said that. Writing for Mashable, Raymond Wong says “The Apple Watch epitomizes how Apple lost its magic touch.” (Tip o’ the antlers to ...

  • TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-17: Apple Pay Fears, No iMessage for Android

    August 3, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. Mobile payment platforms aren’t taking off because consumers don’t trust them. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss a Pew study looking at who uses mobile payment systems like Apple Pay, and they also dive into Apple’s reasoning for not bringing iMessage to Google’s Android platform. Read more at The Mac Observer

  • With Sierra, Apple lets the Mac be the Mac

    August 3, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. While big updates like iOS 10 and massive rethinks like watchOS 3 might have commanded the lion’s share of attention during Apple’s WWDC keynote and the ensuing aftermath of discussion and Zapruder-level dissection, it’s worthwhile to pause for a moment and consider the state of Apple’s most venerable platform, the Mac. No longer burdened by its increasingly dated X-laden moniker, ...

  • Brief look at the new features coming to Apple Music

    August 3, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. Kirk McElhearn: Apple has released developer previews of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12. There are major changes to Apple Music, and they show up in both iTunes and the Music app on iOS. It’s worth noting that Apple can roll out these changes whenever they want in iTunes; they don’t need to actually update the app. Elements such as the ...

  • How to delete locked images in Image Capture

    August 3, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. Steve Harris is trying to delete images in the Image Capture app, but a lock icon appears on photos. He wonders how to proceed. The most common reason for this is that you’ve mounted a memory card through a Mac’s SD Card slot or an external card reader, but the card’s tiny lock switch has been flipped on. I have ...

  • Apple, Broadcom countersue Caltech

    August 3, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Apple argued that Caltech did not file the lawsuit until May 26, 2016, more than six years after the publication of the 802.11n wireless standard, and thereby the time limit to collect damages has passed under U.S. law. It also argued that Caltech does not make, use, or sell any product that practices any claim of the asserted patents. ∞ Read this on The Loop

  • iOS: The Runtime System for Innovation

    June 20, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. This post may ruffle some feathers. As I take as step back from Apple’s WWDC, I think a couple of observations are worth making. First, Apple is continuing their trend toward more openness with their platforms. The argument Apple is “closed” no longer holds much water. More importantly, a philosophy around this openness is starting to take form. While ...

  • Launch! All-New X9 Mac Antivirus and Security Bundles

    June 20, 2016
    Khürt Williams
    Featured articles from around the web. Today is the big day! Today is the launch. Intego is excited to announce the release of our all-new X9 series of products, including the new and improved VirusBarrier X9. Our most advanced Mac antivirus, firewall protection, backup, and Mac cleaning utility software is now available and on sale! We are so excited about this, and we want to Read more at ...