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Phil Schiller advances to Apple Fellow – Apple Newsroom

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August 4, 2020

Greg Joswiak joins Apple executive team as senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing

Phil Schiller becomes an Apple Fellow after a storied career that began in 1987.

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Phil Schiller will become an Apple Fellow, continuing a storied career that began at Apple in 1987. In this role, which reports to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Schiller will continue to lead the App Store and Apple Events. Greg (Joz) Joswiak, a longtime leader within the Product Marketing organization, will join the executive team as senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“Phil has helped make Apple the company it is today and his contributions are broad, vast, and run deep. In this new role he will continue to provide the incredible thought partnership, and guidance that have defined his decades at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Joz’s many years of leadership in the Product Marketing organization make him perfectly suited to this new role and will ensure a seamless transition at a moment when the team is engaged in such important and exciting work. I’m thrilled that the whole executive team will benefit from his collaboration, ideas, and energy.”

Schiller has helped guide Apple’s products as well as its marketing for 30 years. He most recently led the effort to plan and execute Apple’s first-ever virtual Worldwide Developers Conference. The event, notable both for its innovative software and hardware announcements as well as its creative and much-praised execution, set a new standard for what virtual events can achieve in the era of COVID-19.

“It has been a dream come true for me to work at Apple, on so many products I love, with all of these great friends — Steve, Tim, and so many more,” said Schiller. “I first started at Apple when I was 27, this year I turned 60 and it is time for some planned changes in my life. I’ll keep working here as long as they will have me, I bleed six colors, but I also want to make some time in the years ahead for my family, friends, and a few personal projects I care deeply about.”

Greg (Joz) Joswiak will join the Apple executive team as senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Joswiak takes on the role of senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. This organization is responsible for Apple’s product management and product marketing, developer relations, market research, business management, as well as education, enterprise, and international marketing.

Joswiak brings more than 20 years in leadership roles across Apple product marketing and has served as the vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing for the past four years. Joswiak has overseen the product management and product marketing for numerous breakthrough products including the original iPod and iPhone. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Apple Buys Startup to Challenge Square in Mobile Payments – Motley Fool

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Mobeewave’s technology could transform every iPhone into a mobile payment terminal.

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reportedly acquired a Canadian start-up with technology that could be used to turn every iPhone into a contactless payment acceptance device, directly challenging Square (NYSE:SQ), which is the leading provider of mobile payment hardware and software.

Bloomberg says Apple is paying $100 million to buy Mobeewave, a maker of tech that allows mobile devices to accept in-person payments without additional hardware.

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Once the Mobeewave app is installed on a smartphone equipped with a near-field communication (NFC) chip, a buyer can simply tap their credit card against the back of the phone to make a payment without the need for any dongles, wires, card readers, or other hardware.Buyers can also type in an amount they want to pay on their own phone and tap the recipient’s phone to make the payment.

Samsung partnered with Mobeewave to allow its smartphones to use the technology, and last year, its venture capital arm, Samsung Venture Investment, invested in the company. That followed a round of funding led by NewAlpha, Mastercard, and Forestay Capital.

Apple’s iPhones have come equipped with NFC chips since 2014, meaning this acquisition could undermine Square’s position in the market, given that it depends upon card readers to complete transactions. With Mobeewave, the tech giant‘s popular smartphones would become payment terminals too — no dongle needed.

Although contactless payment systems aren’t new, the coronavirus pandemic has likely increased interest in them, as customers and retailers look for ways to limit physical contact, even with a card reader.


Rich Duprey has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple, Mastercard, and Square and recommends the following options: short September 2020 $70 puts on Square. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Potential Apple Watch Series 6 battery passes through Korean regulator with larger capacity – 9to5Mac

A battery from Apple potentially destined for a future Apple Watch or AirPods charging case has passed through a Korean certification database. This comes after new a MacBook battery passed through international regulatory agencies earlier this week.

The Apple Watch or AirPods battery was first shared on Twitter by the account @yabhishekhd. The accompanying regulatory documentation from the Korea Testing and Research Institute indicates that the battery has a model number of A2327, a capacity of 303.8mAh, and 1.17-watt-hours.

There is speculation that this battery could be destined for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 or perhaps a future charging case for AirPods. The categorization in the KTR database is relatively vague, with the battery being described as “fitness.” This could theoretically apply to both AirPods and Apple Watch, but visually, the battery is more similar to what we’ve seen in the Apple Watch — as the images below show.

The assumption that this battery is for Apple Watch is also certainly the more interesting scenario. The current Apple Watch Series 5 features a battery with a 296mAh capacity, while the Series 4 featured a 291mAh capacity and the Series 3 featured a 279mAh capacity.

As we explained in our full roundup of the Apple Watch Series 6 earlier this week, the removal of the hardware required for Force Touch could free up some additional space inside the Apple Watch for a larger battery. Granted, the increase from 296mAh in the Apple Watch Series 5 to 303mAh in the Apple Watch Series 6 isn’t a groundbreaking change.

Nonetheless, the increased battery capacity could help offset the battery effects of new features such as blood oxygen level detection and new sleep tracking features. You can keep up with everything we expect to see in this year’s Apple Watch Series 6 update right here.

For comparison’s sake, here is a teardown of Apple Watch Series 5 showing the design of the battery:

And finally, here is a teardown of AirPods showcasing the battery design:

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Tim Cook explains how Apple’s acquisition strategy differs from other big tech companies – 9to5Mac

Acquisitions were a major topic of discussion during the big tech antitrust hearing earlier this week, but the focus was primarily on Apple’s competitors, including Amazon and Facebook. In a new interview with CNBC today, Apple CEO Tim Cook offered additional details on what he believes sets Apple’s acquisition strategy apart from the competition.

Cook’s argument in the interview is that Apple doesn’t acquire a company because it’s a competitor — which is the accusation being levied against Facebook for its acquisition of Instagram. Instead, Cook emphasizes that Apple acquires a company to eventually implement the technology into the iPhone:

“If you look at the things behind the investigation, the things are acquisitions, and if you noticed, we didn’t get any questions on acquisitions because our approach on acquisitions has been to buy companies where we have challenges, and IP, and then make them a feature of the phone,” Cook said in the interview.

Cook points out a specific example of this. “An example of that was Touch ID. We bought a company that accelerated a Touch ID at a point,” the Apple CEO told CNBC. There are plenty of other examples too, ranging from smaller acquisitions of AI technology for improving Siri to Apple’s acquisition of the Beddit sleep tracking company.

Apple’s largest acquisition to date is Beats, which it acquired in 2014 for $3 billion. One of Apple’s most recent acquisitions was Dark Sky, a weather app that now serves as the basis of new features in the Weather app on iPhone in iOS 14.

As CNBC points out, Apple reveals very little detail about its acquisitions because the deals are small enough that they don’t need to be reported to the SEC. In fact, this interview marks one of the few times where Cook has directly addressed Apple’s strategy for acquiring smaller companies from time to time. Last year, Cook said in an interview that Apple acquires a company every two to three weeks on average.

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Apple Watch 6 blood oxygen monitoring confirmed — here’s the proof – Tom’s Guide

Apple Watch 6 blood oxygen monitoring confirmed — here's the proof



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The Apple Watch 6 will come with blood oxygen monitoring capabilities, according to a new report detailing the current stage of the next-generation wearable’s production. 

While we’re interested to hear Digitimes say the Apple Watch 6 production lines are gearing up, we’re more curious about the alleged blood oxygen monitoring feature that’s confirmed to ship on the upcoming smartwatch (via 9to5Mac).

We’ve heard whispers before about blood oxygen monitoring coming to the Apple Watch 6, plus watchOS 7 hinted it’s in the pipeline, but this is the most credible report about the metric we’ve seen yet.

Blood oxygen monitoring, also known as SpO2 monitoring, measures the oxygen saturation level of your blood. If your blood oxygen falls below a specific concentration, which can occur during exercise, the Apple Watch could warn you to ease up before you injure yourself.

Apple Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 3

Although Apple has, more or less, set the standard for health and wellness insights on smartwatches, it’s been slower to release certain tools than its fitness-tracking counterparts.

But the Apple Watch 6 will be following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which is expected to debut alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and launch August 5. 

New advantages like watchOS 7 sleep tracking, and now the hardware for blood oxygen monitoring, could be how Apple shows up Samsung’s rotating bezel. Samsung’s next lifestyle smartwatch is believed to have both those features, too, which may narrow the gap between the two leading smartwatch makers. 

We’ll have to test the Apple Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 3 when they’re available to see which does blood oxygen monitoring — and other health features — better. The Apple Watch 6 is coming later, with an anticipated debut along the iPhone 12 this fall.

During Apple’s latest earnings report, its Chief financial officer Luca Maestri implied the company’s new products are arriving few weeks later than the typical September date, likely due to supply chain delays. It’s possible then that the Apple Watch 6, like the iPhone 12, is slated for an October release.

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Big Tech backlash: Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon CEOs grilled on Capitol Hill – Fox News

House lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the heads of some of the world’s largest tech companies – with Democrats questioning whether the companies violated U.S. antitrust laws and stole from competitors, while Republicans slammed them over alleged censorship and bias against conservatives.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Apple‘s Tim Cook testified before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, each telling tales they face competition not only from one another, but other large companies inside and outside the country as well.

In his opening remarks, Subcommittee Chairman Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I, said the committee had spoken to more than 100 sources with 100s of hours talking to them about the behaviors of the marketplace, noting it’s “the most bipartisan issue” in some time on Capitol Hill.

“Our founders did not bow before a king and we should now bow before the emperors of the online economy,” Cicilline said.

Rep. Jim Jordan, D-Oh., came out swinging, noting “big tech is out to get conservatives” Jordan cited several examples of alleged bias against Facebook, Google and Amazon, as well as Twitter, which was not involved in the hearing.

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Rep. Cicilline pepper Pichai with questions that Google is “stealing” information from other tech companies, including restaurant reviews from Yelp, or using its data in a nefarious way to spy on its competitors. Google’s CEO denied the accusations, noting it, like other companies, works to provide the best experience for its customers.

Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., asked Zuckerberg about censoring ideas, specifically from conservative viewpoints, including mentioning Donald Trump Jr.’s temporary ban on Twitter (which did not involve Facebook) for posting a video that claimed antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is a cure for COVID-19, a virus for which there is no known cure.

“Frankly, I think we’ve distinguished ourselves as one that defends freedom of expression the most,” Zuckerberg replied, adding Facebook bans categories of harm such as terrorist propaganda, child exploitation, intellectual privacy violations and things like hate speech.

Later in the hearing, Jordan pressed Google’s Pichai to promise that the company would not censor conservative voices on its search engine and would refrain from helping the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden win November’s election. Jordan claimed Google employees worked to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016 when she was the nominee.

“You did it in 2016,” Jordan said. “I just want to make sure you’re not going to do it in 2020.”

Pichai argued that the tech giant complied with all federal laws in 2016 and will continue to do so.

“We engage with campaigns according to law and approach our work in a nonpartisan way,” he said. “Any work we do around the elections is nonpartisan.”

He added: “You have my commitment.”

Congressman Jamie Raskin, D-Md., wondered whether Facebook could do more to protect against social and gender discrimination on its platforms. Zuckerberg said the company has taken several steps, including investing in artificial intelligence, fighting against hate speech.

In recent weeks, several large advertisers have boycotted advertising on Facebook, including Unilever, Disney and others.

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Ga., asked Cook about Apple’s App Store policies, questioning whether Apple is wielding “an enormous amount of developer at the expense of app developers.” He prodded Cook on whether Apple treats all app developers equally, which Cook said they did.

Cook also likened the competition for developers as a “street fight” in the smartphone business, citing competition that includes Microsoft Xbox, Windows, Google’s Android and Sony PlayStation.

The CEOs are testifying as the House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry.

In his testimony, Bezos, who has never testified in front of Congress before, described that Amazon was an American success story, having been founded 26 years ago “with the long-term mission of making it Earth’s most customer-centric company,” according to his opening statement.

“It’s not a coincidence that Amazon was born in this country,” Bezos will say, according to his prepared statement. “More than any other place on Earth, new companies can start, grow, and thrive here in the U.S. Our country embraces resourcefulness and self-reliance, and it embraces builders who start from scratch.”

Meanwhile, Facebook’s Zuckerberg said social media, which Americans are increasingly wary of, is part of an industry that has changed the world. “We face intense competition globally and we only succeed when we build things people find valuable,” Zuckerberg said according to a witness statement on the subcommittee’s website. “I’m proud that we stand for American values like giving every person a voice and expanding access to opportunity.”

In his opening remarks, Pichai mentioned the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, noting nearly one-third of small businesses said that without business tools, they would have had to have closed.

In his opening remarks, Cook defended the App Store, noting it’s responsible for 1.9 million jobs and $138 billion in 2019 commerce. Cook added that of the 1.7 million apps in the App Store, just 60 of them are made by Apple.

President Trump weighed in on the matter, tweeting he would take action against the big tech companies if Congress did not do so.

It is presently unclear what actions Trump himself could take against the group. The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from Fox News.

The hearing provides some insight into the 15 members of Congress, who may create legislation or recommendations that could include new competition laws or potentially breaking up the tech giants.

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Rep. Cicilline has called the four companies monopolies. In 2019, he called on the FTC to investigate Facebook. “Given all that we’ve learned recently about Facebook’s predatory behavior, it’s clear that serious enforcement is long overdue,” he said in a statement.

Cicilline, who has investigated the companies for nearly 13 months, believes that breaking the Big Tech companies up should be a last resort, according to the Associated Press.

Most Americans believe social media companies have too much power and influence in politics, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.

According to research conducted between June 16 and June 22, 72 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said social media firms wield too much power and influence. “Majorities of both Republicans and Democrats believe social media companies wield too much power, but Republicans are particularly likely to express this view,” the Pew Research Center said in a statement.

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Concerns about anti-trust violations have cropped up among the four companies. Combined, the four accounted for more than $770 billion in 2019 revenue, including $260.1 billion for Apple and $280.5 billion for Amazon, the two largest companies by market cap.

Amazon is expected to account for 38 percent of U.S. e-commerce sales and 5.5 percent of total U.S. retail sales in 2020, according to research firm eMarketer. Of that, 41.1 percent comes directly from Amazon and 58.9 percent is from Amazon Marketplace, Amazon’s third-party business, which allows other sellers to use the company’s platform to sell goods.

Google and Facebook (including Facebook-owned Instagram) are the two biggest digital advertisers, combined for more than 80 percent of all digital ad spending. However, Google is expected to show a drop in revenue share, declining from 31.6 percent in 2019, largely “driven by a COVID-related pullback in travel industry ad spending,” eMarketer added.

Amazon, which has only been generating ad revenue for a few years, accounts for 9.5 percent of the U.S. digital ad market, expected to rise to 10 percent in 2021, eMarketer said.

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However, there is concern that the hearings are little more than political theater, with some, including independent think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), wondering what lawmaker’s true intentions are.

“It’s important to step back and remember that these companies create enormous value for hundreds of millions of users and small businesses, and that the United States does not lack adequate antitrust policy to address any legitimate concerns if they abuse their market power,” ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “Congress shouldn’t twist antitrust law to launch an ill-defined broadside on Internet platforms as a class.”

“Monopolists traditionally try to boost profits by reducing supply,” Atkinson added. “These companies aggressively innovate in an effort to attract and retain users with new and better products and services at low cost. This is exactly how markets should act. To punish these companies for their success would be to risk killing the proverbial geese that lay the U.S. economy’s golden eggs, which would only empower China and other foreign competitors while limiting a powerful business model for other industries in the future.”

Fox News’ James Rogers, Christopher Carbone, Gillian Turner, Ashley Cozzolino, Brooke Crothers and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Apple releases latest public beta of iOS 14 with new Clock widgets and more – 9to5Mac

Apple will release third public betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to testers today. This comes after yesterday’s release of iOS 14 beta 3 to developers, bringing changes such as new Clock widgets and more.

Apple started public beta testing of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 two weeks ago. Going forward, we generally expect new versions to be released every two weeks.

The second iOS 14 public beta likely includes the same changes introduced in the third developer beta. This means you’ll get access to new widgets for the Clock app, the ability to share Apple Music content to Snapchat, as well as a colorful new icon for the Music app.

A storage bug that was previously in iOS 14 beta 1 and 2 has also been resolved in this week’s updates. This caused major issues for some iPhone users who were seeing an exorbitant amount of “Other” storage in the Settings app.

If you’re interested in signing up for Apple’s public beta testing program, you can do so via Apple’s website right here. Apple’s new software version won’t be complete until the fall, at which point it will be released to the general public. Testers should still expect performance and stability issues when running the iOS 14 public beta on primary devices for the time being.

Apple warns about running the iOS 14 public beta:

The Apple Beta Software Program lets users try out pre-release software. The feedback you provide on quality and usability helps us identify issues, fix them, and make Apple software even better. Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software. Be sure to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software.

iOS 14 brings a variety of new features and capabilities to iPhone users, such as support for widgets on the home screen, picture-in-picture, App Library, and much more. Curious what Apple’s major software versions will do for your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac? Catch up on 9to5Mac’s coverage below:

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Apple Warns Against Closing MacBooks With a Cover Over the Camera – MacRumors

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Apple this month published a support document that warns customers against closing their Mac notebooks with a cover over the camera as it can lead to display damage.

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Apple says that the clearance between the display and the keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances, which can be problematic. Covering the camera can also cause issues with automatic brightness and True Tone.

If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances. Covering the built-in camera might also interfere with the ambient light sensor and prevent features like automatic brightness and True Tone from working. As an alternative to a camera cover, use the camera indicator light to determine if your camera is active, and decide which apps can use your camera in System Preferences.

The warnings from Apple likely stem from complaints from MacBook Pro owners who have seen their displays crack after covering the camera, and there are multiple reports and warnings on sites that include MacRumors and Reddit. The issue appears to be especially bad with the new 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models that have thinner bezels.

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MacRumors forum member Dashwin, for example, put a webcam cover on his 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ in April and the result was a crack in the display under where the camera is located.

The latest MBP 16 inch with the thin tiny bezels and display comes at a cost of breakage with the tiniest of forces with a webcam cover in place. The internal display no longer works and I’ve had to connect it to an external display. I’ve had one of the exact same webcam covers on my 2011 MBP with no issues whatsoever for many years.

Damage from applying a webcam cover to the camera is considered accidental and can be repaired under AppleCare+, but it’s quite possible it’s an issue that Apple won’t fix for customers that don’t have ‌AppleCare‌+, and it’s an expensive fix.

Apple says that customers concerned about illicit camera access should watch for the green light that comes on when the camera is activated. The camera is engineered so that it can’t be accessed without the indicator light turning on.

MacBook owners can also control which apps have access to the built-in camera as users must grant permission for camera use on any operating system after macOS Mojave. For those who do need to cover the camera, Apple recommends a camera cover that’s not thicker than the average piece of printer paper (0.1mm) and that does not leave adhesive residue.

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Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to Public Beta Testers – MacRumors

Apple today seeded the first public betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 14 updates to its public beta testing group, two weeks after first providing the updates to developers after the WWDC keynote and a day after seeding the second developer betas.



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iOS 14 brings changes to the Home Screen, including widget support. Widgets can now be placed right next to your apps, and with the focus on widgets, Apple has introduced new widgets from default apps and is allowing them to be customized in three sizes.

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iOS and ‌iPadOS 14‌ beta 2 introduced a handful of tweaks and changes such as a new Calendar app icon, a Files widget, tweaks to Control Center, and more, with a full list available in our iOS 14 beta 2 tidbits article.

For more on everything that’s new in iOS and ‌iPadOS 14‌, make sure to check out our iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 roundups, which have a detailed look on all of the new features.



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Apple Card’s new web portal lets you pay your balance on a PC – Engadget

You’ll no longer have to be entirely dependent on the Wallet app for your Apple Card transactions. The tech giant has launched a web portal for its credit card, giving you a way to pay your balance online even if you don’t have or have lost access to your phone. No need to call Goldman Sach’s anymore.

In addition to providing a way to view and pay your balance on a desktop or laptop, the portal also shows your available credit and lets you download previous statements as PDFs. Further, it gives you a quick way to set up scheduled payments, to link or to remove connected bank accounts as well as to contact support.

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