eXtensions - Friday 2 December 2022
Friday Notes: Musk Reinvents; Annual Apple Awards; Apple Football Rumors; Problems in China
By Graham K. Rogers
Although there is no information about the wireless carrier improvements at this time, Juli Clover (MacRumors) speculates that the Crash Detection changes may be connected to the accidental dialing of emergency services from a roller coaster that has been reported.
On iDownload Blog, Anthony Bouchard suggests that "Apple is adding support for new wireless carriers around the world and optimizing existing ones, likely with respect to boosting the 5G performance to battery ratio."
Musk then began criticising Apple for having reduced the amount of advertising it had placed with Twitter: surely up to Apple and up to the many other companies that had stopped advertising on the platform; but Musk may not think like you and me. This was an attack. It led to the idea that Apple was threatening to remove Twitter from the App Store. I immediately thought this was unlikely, although other similar apps had been removed for the ways in which they allowed hate speech, including the Russian VK app. On the other hand Trump's Truth Social app was not removed from the App Store, although it was not available on Google Play.
Musk took a breath and lunged at the US government telling the Federal Reserve that it must reduce interest rates immediately (Kim Khan, Seeking Alpha), but then did an about face by visiting Cupertino and taking a walk around Apple Park with Tim Cook. We were then told that "Apple never intended to remove Twitter from the App Store" (Amber Neely, AppleInsider). However that was too late to stop Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis from embarrassing himself. In a remarkable example of double-think, DeSantis says Musk can do what he likes with Twitter (true I guess), but Apple should be investigated if it kicks Twitter off the App Store.
Apple Campus - Image thanks to Brian Triya
The potential deployment in SF was despite the poor showing of the robot police dog developed by Boston Dynamics and tested by the New York police Department (Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American). We should all have another look at the Robocop and Terminator series. On the other hand, take a look at the work of Nigel Stanford and how he uses robot technology in music, particularly Automatica: on Apple Music or YouTube
That is all very well, but Apple may not own the area outside the store and that could be the responsibility of the mall owner, or the city council. There are certainly such measures outside other Apple stores, but the circumstances about who has the responsibility for installation is different in each case. Remember also that even in the best security installations, someone may be able to find a way through. Look at air or rail accidents, even when everything is done following the book, there is still that factor that was never considered when the plane, train, or mall was designed.
On the other hand, the iPad App of the Year was GoodNotes 5: a digital note-taking app that synchronizes using iCloud across mobile devices. I downloaded this in its basic form. The upgrade to reveal all features was 329 baht and I will hold off until I am sure it will be of value. I already have iA Writer which syncs to the Mac as well, and Notability, as well as Apple's own Notes which I find quite flexible and which (like iA Writer) works with the Mac as well.
As Apple had recently signed a deal for American Sports and Apple TV +, the Why behind this rumor was probably another such link and Manchester United has a television presence and is known the world over. When I step into a taxi here and the driver interrogation reveals I am British, the probable response will be, David Beckham, Man Yoo, Liverpooool, or Leicester. The latter because of the investment by King Power into the club which was far more successful than another Thai executive's brief ownership of Manchester City. The keys are television and TV rights.
The price cited is $7 billion, but apart from this and some speculation, the Daily Star article by David Cross has little more than the building of a super stadium and no reason behind the sale. "Because we can" is unlike Apple. Others have also reported and speculated including Jonny Evans (AppleMust) who looks at the possible reasons and how this could be used, particularly with broadcasting, which was my first thought. Evans has a couple of links to Ted Lasso the football-based series that surprised many people and won Apple a lot of prizes, so there is some antecedent history.
On MacWorld, David Price calls this a "Wacky rumor" and does not think this is going to happen: the club is a target for publicity seekers. However, like Jonny Evans, does mention Ted Lasso and the leverage in broadcasting. Likewise, Oliver Haslam (iMore) thinks this is a non-starter. He points out that the Daily Star, which does not have the best reputation, does not appear to have a source for this Exclusive. Much justified doubt here.
MacRumors later put the final nail in the coffin, with Joe Rossignol claiming a source in the know says, "Apple is not currently planning to purchase Premier League club Manchester United". The article did mention Apple's recent push into sports TV, but purchasing a single club is not really justified.
Most sources decided that the purchase of Manchester United by Apple was not going to happen although some financial sites were still querying the idea a few days later. However, to add some fuel to the fire, MacDaily News links to an article from AppleInsider that suggests that Apple is making a bid for streaming rights for the Dutch Eredivisie soccer league. Unlike The Star whose source was not disclosed, Malcolm Owen cites Netherlands sports marketer Chris Woerts who claims that Apple has entered negotiations. For those who are interested in football, this will be good news. There is plenty of other content for me online.
As the problems at the factory are linked to other problems including a serious fire that killed several people and considerable public disorder that the Chinese government have tried to hide, the team from Apple and the Foxconn management are going to have to tread lightly to try and bring it under control. I have seen estimates of the losses in production that range from 6m to 20m phones. It is not a surprise to see this having some effect on the share price: earlier down at around $141 from a high of $163 in August; but now up to around $148. Several parties want to see this fixed sooner rather than later, not least the government there.
I am a little less concerned after a report on PetaPixel by David Schloss, that introduces a video in which he tries the Belkin Mount and begins with a recommendation not to buy. It is terrible, he claims. The video opens with some outtakes in which the iPhone drops off the Mac in a number of ways, but in the video he explains (and shows) in much more detail why this is not a good solution for users. Belkin has a good reputation for its accessories and I have a number of their products already.
It is also unusual for many sites (including PetaPixel) to give such a negative report. As there are alternatives, this is not a disaster, although Belkin may have a rethink. I already tried a small tripod with the Studio Neat, Glif tripod mount for phones, but did not have enough time to set it up properly. Time to try again.
There was much speculation as to what was coming. When it was announced, it was new 120 versions of Kentmere films - Kentmere Pan 100 and Kentmere Pan 400 - previously only available in 35mm rolls. Although Kentmere does produce some good output, it is a slightly cheaper version of Ilford's other films and this will help some users bring down the (rising) costs of film photography.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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