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From: Sr K10/8/2021 10:58:58 PM
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Apple Filing Notice of Appeal in Epic Antitrust Case, Looks to Stay In-App Injunction

The iPhone maker wants a stay on judge’s order to open in-app communications that could allow cheaper payment options


Apple CEO Tim Cook testified in May in the antitrust case brought by Epic Games.PHOTO: NOAH BERGER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

By
Tim Higgins

Updated Oct. 8, 2021 7:49 pm ET

Apple Inc. AAPL -0.27% told a federal judge on Friday it plans to appeal a verdict in its high-profile antitrust case against Epic Games Inc., a contest that has brought new attention to how big technology companies manage software and applications on their platforms.

The iPhone maker also is seeking to put on hold an order by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers that requires Apple to loosen some restrictions on how App Store developers seek payments for their online offerings.

Epic, the maker of the popular game “Fortnite,” already had filed a notice of appeal to the Sept. 10 verdict issued by the Oakland, Calif., federal court following the 16-day bench trial in May. An Epic spokeswoman declined to comment on Apple’s plan to appeal.

The case put on trial the ways in which companies such as Apple control access to their users. Lawmakers and regulators in the U.S., European Union and beyond are closely monitoring the issue.

Apple faced a deadline to file its notice of appeal, a routine procedure that doesn’t include details of its argument against the one of 10 claims that the judge ruled on.

Most of Epic’s claims were rejected by the judge, including that Apple was an improper monopoly in its control of distribution of software onto the iPhone and its requirement that forces developers to use its in-app payment system. Apple collects what Epic calls an unfair commission of as high as 30%.

Apple had argued its rules protected users and its fees were in line with industry norms and fair for the services it provides. Following the original verdict, Apple has cheered the findings as a “resounding victory.”

Still, it wasn’t a complete win. The judge ruled that Apple was wrong to prohibit developers from using in-app and out-of-app communications with users to send them to alternative payment methods. She issued an injunction to force Apple to stop this ban.


Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games. The videogame maker has said Apple collects an unfair commission of as high as 30% on in-app payments.PHOTO: DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG NEWS
Apple wants a stay on the injunction while it works on a solution. The company already had agreed to a settlement in another case to allow out-of-app communications, but it remains unclear how Apple wants to address in-app communications.

“The company understands and respects the Court’s concerns regarding communications between developers and consumers,” the company said in a court filing. “Apple is carefully working through many complex issues across a global landscape, seeking to enhance information flow while protecting both the efficient functioning of the App Store and the security and privacy of Apple’s customers.”

Some legal observers have said they think an appeal to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could take a year or more, and the case is likely to ultimately go to the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation’s top court.

Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney has suggested the process could take five years. Meanwhile, Apple isn’t allowing Epic back on its developer platform until the appeals process is completed.

The legal battle emerged in August 2020, when Epic sneaked an in-app payment into its popular “Fortnite” videogame that violated Apple’s rules. In response, Apple booted the game from the App Store, and Epic’s lawsuit followed.

The case gave a unique window into Apple’s secretive App Store business, revealing that about one-fifth of operating income in fiscal 2019 came from its cut of app revenue, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of court records that were made public as part of the trial.

Apple has said the figures released were flawed and too high; still it has acknowledged that much of its App Store revenue came from videogames.

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To: Doren who wrote (210958)10/10/2021 11:11:28 AM
From: OldAIMGuy
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Re: Many of my friends have had horrible experiences with ATT.


Direct TV was pretty good until ATT bought them. Then it got expensive and harder to get help.

ATT is sort of curse on performance and expense.

OAG Tom

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (210931)10/10/2021 10:58:59 PM
From: JP Sullivan
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Very sad, but so true.

As far as I'm concerned, Siri is garbage!
The error rate is so high, I never use it.

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From: J.F. Sebastian10/12/2021 9:20:19 AM
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iPad Mini review: Small, but mighty

Apple's redesigned iPad Mini is tiny but powerful





The question always arises when a new iPad hits the market - even though the tablet computers have been around for more than 10 years now: What’s the point?

People always have to ask what would you use an iPad for when you already have a phone and a computer that do almost all an iPad can do.

It’s a daft question, of course - the iPad is better at some things, worse at others - and whether you should buy one depends on what you want to do.

The Mini is a perfect case in point - to some its diminutive screen size compared to a regular iPad or computer will make it less useful. For others, portability brings many advantages.

The portability is obviously the Mini’s biggest selling point - it’s small and light, but powerful and features 5G connectivity for fast data when out in the wild.

And it can do everything a bigger iPad can do.

In fact, this newly-redesigned Mini shares more in common with the mid-range iPad Air than it does with the base model iPad. That goes for it’s looks, its compatibility with the second generation Apple Pencil, and, of course, the all-screen front with no home button.

There’s no FaceID, but unlocking is simple - the TouchID sensor has, like the Air, been built into the sleep/wake button on top of the device.

Essentially the new Mini fills the gap in sizes between the largest iPhone and the regular iPad.

The screen is 8.3in diagonally. And it has absolutely nailed the sweet spot for various activities.

It is the perfect size for reading, watching video, and comes into its own as an ultra-portable games console, especially as Apple’s Arcade gaming subscription continues to grow.

It’s also very light - you can hold this thing all day and not feel it.

It’s not exactly a writer’s dream machine - Apple isn’t even making a dedicated keyboard case, as it does for all other iPads. It's good for dashing off emails and texts, but it’s a little cramped when it comes to more long-form efforts- with the touch keyboard open there’s not a lot of room left.

Pairing with an external bluetooth keyboard might just fix that, though.

Performance is blazing - the Mini features the same chip you find in the new iPhone 13 variants, and we already know how fst and power-efficient that is.

So for creating, while the screen size might limit things a bit - especially for things like video editing - the power to do that is certainly all there.

The Mini borrow’s another feature from its big brother - wired connection to external devices is done via USB-C rather than lightning, so there’s much more compatibility. It’s a lot easier to connect to things like cameras for fast data transfer.

This also brings support for connecting to an external display, although this feature remains frustratingly limited in iPadOS.

I found the screen size to be perfect for one creative pursuit - music making with Apple’s own GarageBand app is a delight, especially when it comes to playing the on-screen touch instruments.

Compatibility with the Apple Pencil also makes this a very good on-the-go notepad and drawing canvas.

And the new ultra-wide angle front camera brings a feature from the iPad’s Pro models - Centre Stage. This keeps you in fame while moving around your room when making video calls and it makes for a much more natural interaction.

Whether you want this iPad will depend on what you want to do with it. It’s certainly a spectacularly designed and well-made product - I’m pretty sure it’s one of those that if you love it, you really love it. But you’ll only really know when you have one in your hand.

Link: manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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From: J.F. Sebastian10/12/2021 12:43:54 PM
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Apple iPhone Wait Times Are at Multiyear Highs. What It Means for Sales.

If you want to buy the new iPhone, you’re going to have to wait. That usually would be a good sign for Apple stock, but the picture is a bit more complicated this year.

Wait times for the iPhone 13 family of devices remain extended across the board, analysts at Credit Suisse said Friday. Customers who want the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have to wait more than four weeks, the longest in at least four years, the team at the Swiss bank said.

For the iPhone 13, the wait time is also long at two to four weeks, the analysts noted, with wait times remaining similar or even growing modestly longer between Sept. 4 and Sept. 8.

The analysts’ methodology for calculating waiting periods involved measuring shipping lead times for iPhones purchased directly from Apple (ticker: AAPL) online in major markets around the world. They exclude demand through Apple’s physical stores as well as distribution through carriers and other retail outlets.

Wait times have in the past been viewed as an indicator of demand for devices, which would suggest the iPhone 13 is headed for blowout sales. That would be good for Apple investors, because, as Barron’s reporter Max A. Cherney wrote last month, “Apple stock practically lives and dies on the company’s iPhone sales every year.”

But this year, in a world gripped by supply-chain issues, wait times for some models being at multiyear records might not be the clear green flag it would have been in the past.

“We’d highlight that while wait times are a rough proxy for initial demand, the metric is only one of many variables impacting iPhone sell-through; supply availability is a key unknown, particularly this year,” the analysts said.

They added that it was encouraging to see wait times for the more expensive higher-end models such as the Pro and Pro Max remaining most extended, but that supply likely also plays a critical role in longer waits. This makes it even more difficult to analyze underlying demand for the iPhone 13 family.

Apple has not responded to a request for comment.

Credit Suisse has a price target of $150 on Apple stock, which was trading hands around $143 Tuesday. The company’s shares fell 0.6% when trading began this week.

More at (subscription req'd): barrons.com

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From: J.F. Sebastian10/12/2021 12:49:16 PM
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Apple touts next week’s ‘Unleashed’ special event with AR easter egg

Apple has officially announced its October event and along with sharing the date, the company has continued its tradition of hiding a fun easter egg for iPhone and iPad users. After doing a slick AR experience for the iPhone 13 event in September, Apple’s done another one ahead of its October 18 event.

Starting last year, Apple began including little AR easter eggs for each event announcement. We got one for the Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad event, iPhone 12 launch, the M1 Mac event, and the 2021 Spring Loaded and September iPhone 13 event.

Now Apple has included another fun easter egg for the October 18 “Unleashed” event where we’re expecting the new MacBook Pro machines to be unveiled.
If you head to Apple’s Events page on your iPhone or iPad, tap on the event logo/Apple logo at the top to launch the AR experience.

This event’s Easter egg features a time warp-style design. Once you see the AR Apple logo appear (may take some time to load), you’ll see the blue light rays with the Apple logo and 10.18 date appearing in a cycle. You can also tap the button that appears at the bottom to get a reminder for the event.

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (210971)10/12/2021 12:58:07 PM
From: greg s
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An anecdote. My wife needed a new iPad.

I ordered the new iPad (standard model) for her on Saturday. Got a delivery date of November 16-23.

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To: greg s who wrote (210973)10/12/2021 1:03:12 PM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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I also ordered a new iPhone 13 Pro last week from AT&T that is expected to arrive by the end of this week, but I'll believe it once it's on my doorstep.

I think the initial worry that iPhones were not selling well and only a few people showing up at Apple Stores were just media-created FUD.

While the chip shortage undoubtedly is a factor, I think it's a small one and I expect Q4 earnings to be quite good indeed for Apple and AAPL.

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To: greg s who wrote (210973)10/12/2021 1:09:49 PM
From: NAG1
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greg,

An anecdote. My wife needed a new iPad.

I ordered the new iPad (standard model) for her on Saturday. Got a delivery date of November 16-23.
Yesterday, there was the report on ped30 about wait times on the phones getting longer(as long as it isn't related to the supply chain). At least some Apple watches with delivery dates already in November. Today, Mac sales up over 10% per this article on ped30(and it may not include iPads)

ped30.com

Sounds like Apple will have a good holiday season. May be time to look at some Apple options just to play around a little bit?

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (210974)10/12/2021 2:07:51 PM
From: oldbeachlvr
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As I posted last week, the iphone 13 I ordered from ATT shipped one day after order, a day or two earlier than promised. My wife's iphone 13 pro max had a first shipping date 10 days after order with a 7 day shipping window. In that window now without any updates yet.

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