Apple Books TSMC’s Entire 5nm Production Capability
- Apple hasn’t refreshed the iPhone yet this year, but it’s expected to do so in October, and the company has had a lock on TSMC’s 5nm production for months.
- TSMC will build 5nm chips for the iPhone 12, iPad Air, 5G iPad Pro, and any future MacBook or iMac systems Apple launches with its own custom ARM silicon.
- Ten years ago, companies such as AMD, Nvidia, and Intel were typically the first manufacturers to deploy on leading-edge nodes.
- This works out well for all involved, not least because it can take time for TSMC to tweak nodes for high-end CPUs and GPUs in the first place.
- Companies like Nvidia and AMD (and possibly Intel if its own 7nm plans fall through) will tap 5nm in years to come, especially once Apple begins transitioning to its own next-generation node.
Why Spotify is picking a fight with Apple over Apple One
- Shortly after introducing Apple One on Tuesday, Spotify criticized the bundle, calling it "anti-competitive." Spotify called on regulators to look into Apple One. The iPhone maker already faces some antitrust scrutiny: Fortnite maker Epic Games is currently suing Apple and Google in the United States after Fortnite was removed from their app stores, claiming both app stores are monopolies.
- Regarding the new Apple One bundle, Spotify said: "Once again, Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services," according to a Tuesday statement from a spokesperson.
- By also offering a bundle that could save consumers money on those pre-installed services, legal experts say Apple could make choosing its services both easier and more compelling than installing a rival app.
Epic says Apple ‘cherry picked’ info about Fortnite’s popularity in new filing
- Apple saga, Epic says in a new legal filing that Apple made incorrect statements in its own legal filing earlier this week, asserting that Apple “cherry picked” Google search results about the popularity of Epic’s Fortnite game.
- Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store in August over an in-app payment system, which is a violation of App Store rules.
- But the judge decided in the same ruling that Apple is not required to bring Fortnite back to the App Store.
- In its latest filing (embedded below if you’re dying to check out the latest), Epic says Apple’s statement of declining interest in Fortnite is untrue, citing its own user engagement data.
- “Over the period of time that Apple cherry-picked for its Google search volume comparison (between October 2019 and July 2020), the number of daily active users on Fortnite actually increased by more than 39%,” the filing states.
This Week in Apps: iOS 14's surprise arrival, Apple's app bundle, TikTok & WeChat banned from app stores Sunday
- Given that Apple is still being investigated over antitrust issues, it’s rather bold to launch a bundle deal like this while continuing to commission its competitors — rivals who have no other means of reaching iPhone’s audience outside the App Store.
- Though apps like Life360 have become must-have tools in the helicopter parent era, Apple’s new Family Setup aims to transform the kid-tracking industry by taking a different tactic: it’s for families who aren’t buying kids an iPhone just yet.
- As TechCrunch reported, these terms beg the question as to how TikTok could possibly continue to refine its algorithms in real time without access to U.S. TikTok user data, or when it has to rebuild its infrastructure on Oracle, separated from a core product being developed elsewhere.
Apple’s iOS 14 will give users more privacy protection — and publishers aren’t happy about it
- Consequently online advertising revenues have become very important for most publishers – particularly behavioral or targeted advertising, which displays different ads to different viewers of the same page according to factors like their location, browser, and which websites they have visited.
- These two companies’ power comes from ad-trading, and because they own many platforms on which publishers’ content is consumed – be it Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or the Google search engine – and sell advertising on the back of the user data.
- For instance, the New York Times saw its ad revenues increase when it ditched targeted ads in favor of traditional online display in Europe in 2018 to get around the GDPR data protection restrictions.
- Conversely, DMG Media’s reaction to iOS 14 is because it collects and sells customer data on the Mail Online app, and also uses content with shock value to attract visitors and advertisers.
Apple will launch its online store in India on September 23rd
- Apple will launch its online store in India on September 23rd, giving customers in India a way to buy Apple products directly from the company for the first time.
- Apple says the Indian online store will offer “Apple’s full range of products and support,” and that will include the new products announced this week, O’Brien said in an interview with The Indian Express.
- On Tuesday, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6, a new iPad Air, and more.
- India is becoming an increasingly important market for Apple.
- In recent years, Apple has started manufacturing some of its devices in the country — Foxconn started building the iPhone 11 near Chennai in India earlier this year, and the company has made other iPhone models in India since as early as 2017.
Daily Crunch: Partial US TikTok ban is imminent
- The U.S. Commerce Department has released details about how it will be implementing the Trump administration’s domestic ban of TikTok and WeChat.
- It’s game on as Unity begins trading — Unity Software, which sells a game development toolkit primarily for mobile phone app developers, raised $1.3 billion in its initial public offering.
- Amid layoffs and allegations of fraud, the FBI has arrested NS8’s CEO following its $100+ million summer financing — Adam Rogas, the co-founder and former executive at the Las Vegas-based fraud prevention company NS8 was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Outschool, newly profitable, raises a $45 million Series B for virtual small group classes — Outschool’s services, which range from engineering lessons through Lego challenges to Spanish teaching by Taylor Swift songs, are now high in demand.
The Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, and 8th-gen iPad hit store shelves
- Three days after they were all announced in a livestream on Tuesday, three new Apple products are arriving at consumers' doorsteps and available at retail: the Apple Watch Series 6, the Apple Watch SE, and the 8th-generation iPad. Further ReadingThe Apple Watch Series 6 adds blood-oxygen monitoring and moreThe Apple Watch Series 6 adds new color options (like blue aluminum, gold stainless steel, graphite stainless steel, and Product Red red), an altimeter, and blood oxygen level monitoring, among other features.
- It succeeds the Series 5 as Apple's flagship watch and offers the key features of its predecessor as well, like an always-on display.
- Otherwise, it offers all the same features and limitations: Apple Pencil support (but just first generation), Smart Keyboard support (but not Magic Keyboard), and a solid but no longer top-of-the-line display.
Here are the email apps iOS 14 now lets you set as default
- Apple’s iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 launched this week, introducing a ton of new features to the company’s smartphones and tablets — including the option to change your default browser and default email apps to services like Chrome or Outlook to handle links by default instead of through Apple’s native Safari and Mail apps.
- Gmail is notably missing from the list, but Google announced on Friday that you will be able to set Gmail as your default email app in “the coming days.” It’s unclear when other email apps like Edison Mail and Yahoo will update their iPhone apps to support iOS 14’s new default option.
- At time of writing, there is a bug in iOS 14 worth noting that resets your default browser and mail app to Safari and Apple Mail if you reboot your iPhone.
The big winner of Apple’s new One subscription bundle is Apple TV Plus
- (In fairness to Apple, the company hasn’t given an update on Apple Music subscribers since June 2019, and while CEO Tim Cook did share this year that Apple News has 125 million subscribers, he chose not to disclose how many people signed up for $10 subscription version.) All that exists is reports from third-party analytics firms and articles from Bloomberg — one which suggested earlier this year that Apple TV Plus had 10 million subscribers, with only 5 million active users.
- Since Amazon Prime has more than 150 million subscribers, and the company doesn’t break out how many individual customers actively use the other services under the banner (like Prime Video or Music), Amazon Prime Video gets labeled as potentially having 150 million subscribers worldwide — even if that’s not the case in reality.