Summary of “Apple Tries to Stop Developers From Sharing Data on Users’ Friends”

Apple Inc. changed its App Store rules last week to limit how developers use information about iPhone owners’ friends and other contacts, quietly closing a loophole that let app makers store and share data without many people’s consent.
The phone maker didn’t publicly mention updated App Store Review Guidelines that now bar developers from making databases of address book information they gather from iPhone users.
When users install apps and then consent, developers get dozens of potential data points on people’s friends.
In the years following the launch of the App Store in 2008, contact-list abuse surfaced from time to time, and in 2012, Apple added a way for users to explicitly approve their contacts, photos, location information, and other data being uploaded by developers.
Balancing user privacy with the needs of developers has helped the company build a profitable app ecosystem.
Apple said last week that developers have generated $100 billion since the App Store launched.
“They have a huge ecosystem making money through the developer channels and these apps, and until the developers get better on privacy, Apple is complicit,” said Domingo Guerra, president of Appthority, which advises governments and companies on mobile phone security.
Last week, Apple banned apps from contacting people using information collected via a user’s contacts or photos “Except at the explicit initiative of that user on an individualized basis.” Developers must also provide users with a clear description of how the message will appear to the recipient before sending it.

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Summary of “Kayla Itsines’ Sweat app will rake in $77 million this year – TechCrunch”

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this week in San Jose, the company brought in one of the fitness app industry’s superstars, Kayla Itsines, co-creator of the BBG and the Sweat app – which will pull in $77 million USD this year – to lead a morning workout for around 200 conference attendees.
Kayla and Tobi wanted to reach even more people, so they turned to the App Store.
The team launched the Sweat app in November 2015, but it got a big refresh – almost a full relaunch – early last year, with three to four times the amount of content.
Today, the Sweat app is a one-stop shop for fitness programs for women, featuring not only Kayla’s own content, but other trainers’ programs as well, across areas like yoga, pregnancy and gym workouts, for example.
Not all of Sweat’s users are turning to the app instead of the gym – can also can be a companion for those who want the assistance of a personal trainer in a gym environment, but don’t want to pay the hundreds of dollars they tend to charge.
These days “Well over a million” people use the app on a monthly basis, out of 30 million total app downloads, Tobi tells TechCrunch.
In U.S. dollars, that’s around $76.75 million – not bad for a fitness app that never took in outside capital.
The current app leverages Apple Watch’s visual interface to give video cues, and it added audio cues to the iOS app so the trainers can talk to you as you work out – much like an in-person trainer would.

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Summary of “How do Apple’s Screen Time and Google Digital Wellbeing stack up?”

Apple and Google are both adding new dashboards, with options for more zoomed-out perspectives on how you’re spending your time, along with more granular views of how often you’re using individual apps – down to the minute.
Google does offer a separate app called Family Link that can do many of the same time-monitoring and app-blocking tricks, but it’s a separate app that parents have to go out of their way to install and enable, not something that’s built into the OS. Google and Apple are both updating their Do Not Disturb and notification features to put more options back in the hands of users, too.
While Apple is expanding the scope of Do Not Disturb to include location-based or event-based triggers, Google is making its version more powerful.
Information or action Overall, one could probably say that Google is taking a bit more of a brute force approach with its Digital Wellbeing program, whereas Apple’s approach is a bit more tilted toward simply supplying information to the user so they can make better decisions themselves.
Both are beta pieces of software, so there’s a very real chance that Apple and Google may make huge changes to how these features work by the time they’re released in the fall.
At the end of the day, Apple and Google are taking some real, introspective strides here when it comes to giving users information about how they use their phones.
Yes, there are certainly cynics who may feel that Apple and Google’s efforts are disingenuous – after all, these companies have always wanted to ensure that users, hardware sales, and, most importantly, profits go up ahead of anything else.
At least Google and Apple are starting to think about the problem.

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Summary of “Apple Isn’t Your Friend”

There’s likely no other company on Earth that has defined its brand more deftly than Apple.
Back in 2016, Apple took a stand against the FBI’s effort to break into the encrypted iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter and its insistence that it needed a backdoor for Apple’s encryption.
One reason Apple has been relatively good over the years is that it’s a smart company that has stayed in its lane.
In its own deliberate fashion, Apple appears to see a market opportunity in the privacy debate that goes beyond polishing its own image.
What’s troubling is that Apple holds a lot of power as the manufacturer of the devices millions of us use to see ads online, in its app store, and through its Safari browser.
The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple has been meeting with companies like Snap and Pinterest to discuss distributing its ads in their apps.
Given enough leverage, Apple could theoretically make its ads a prerequisite for inclusion in its app store.
If Apple is giving Facebook and Google headaches, we say that’s great.

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Summary of “The best iOS 12 features that Apple didn’t talk about onstage”

Luckily, Apple has posted a pretty comprehensive website of everything new in iOS 12.
Federighi mentioned things like apps launching faster, the camera opening quicker, and the keyboard popping up more swiftly, but Apple claims that in general, iOS 12 has speedier animations.
If developers choose to enable it, iOS 12 will be able to show passwords from password manager apps like 1Password and Last Pass right in the QuickType suggestion through a new Password Manager API. Password sharing between your nearby iOS and Mac devices.
With iOS 12, Apple will let you conveniently grab a password that might be on your iOS device but not your Mac and vice versa.
iOS 12 will prompt you to create a unique, strong password within apps that can be saved to your iCloud Keychain for easy access and autofill later on.
IOS 12 will flag passwords you’ve reused in multiple places so you can quickly change them and ensure every app or service has its own unique password.
While we’re on the subject, Apple says that Siri will be able to quickly display a particular password that you request in iOS 12.
Apple has slowly been making iOS more capable when it comes to supporting and editing RAW image files, and iOS 12 continues that effort.

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Summary of “WWDC 2018: the stakes have never been higher for Apple software”

To find that way out of its iPhone dependence, Apple needs to figure out how to sell more consumers on its software and the broader Apple ecosystem, from Apple Music to Apple Pay to iCloud.
Plus, the more you use and rely on Apple software, the more likely you might be to buy the new HomePod speaker, the latest version of the AirPods and Apple Watch, or even Apple’s rumored augmented reality device.
Apple has released 14 software updates for iOS addressing 67 bugs, a 46 percent increase from the 46 software issues addressed over the same period a year earlier, according to data tabulated by The Wall Street Journal.
Now, as WWDC 2018 is set to kick off, Apple has one mission to accomplish: to regain the trust of its loyal fans, developers included.
Faith in the quality of Apple software has never been more important As for faith in the quality of Apple software, it’s never been more important as the company shifts away from a business primarily propped up by iPhone sales to one revolving more around a software and services ecosystem.
Still, it’s clear one of Apple’s biggest opportunities for growth reside not in selling a number of expensive hardware products to a small base of loyal users, but in convincing more people to use its software and live in the Apple ecosystem.
To help Siri get on equal footing with the competition, Apple needs to overhaul the software and encourage its users to think of it as more than a subpar side project.
As Apple software becomes ever more important to its business, those apps, services, and operating systems will face deeper scrutiny and inevitably carry more weight.

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Summary of “Apple iOS 12 update: the 17 biggest new features coming to the iPhone”

We expected coming into WWDC that iOS 12 would focus less on major new features and more on improving performance and eliminating bugs, and that’s partially true based on what Apple showed onstage today.
Grouped notifications Apple is taking a huge, overdue step to fix its messy notifications situation: iOS 12 will support grouped notifications, so you’ll be able to interact with or dismiss multiple notifications from the same app at once.
It’s called USDZ, and Federighi likened it to “Something like AR Quick Look.” A number of companies including Adobe, Autodesk, and Sketchfab have already announced that they’ll be integrating and building apps around USDZ. Measure app iOS 12’s more powerful augmented reality is being put to use right away in a new Apple app called Measure.
Siri opens to more apps Apple claims Siri is the most popular digital assistant in the world, and to help bolster that lead, it’s allowing developers more integration with iOS 12.
CarPlay is getting Google Maps and Waze Apple announced that its in-car platform CarPlay will add support for two of the most popular turn-by-turn navigation apps – Google Maps and Waze – after the launch of iOS 12.
Apple News The Apple News app is getting minor improvements such as a new Browse tab.
Voice Memos is coming to the iPad and adding iCloud syncing Apple announced that the Voice Memos app has similarly been redesigned and will come to the iPad with the release of iOS 12.
iBooks becomes Apple Books Apple is rebranding its ebook app from iBooks to Apple Books.

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Summary of “The Cost of Developers – Stratechery by Ben Thompson”

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform where more than 28 million developers learn, share and collaborate to create the future.
Together, the two companies will empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of GitHub, and bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.
Over the last few weeks, particularly in The Bill Gates Line, I have been exploring the differences between aggregators and platforms; while aggregators generally harvest already produced content or goods, developers leverage the platform to create something entirely new.
This results in a symbiosis between developers and platforms: from a technical perspective, platforms provide the fundamental building blocks necessary for developers to build new experiences, and from a marketing perspective, those new experiences give customers a reason to buy the platform in the first place, or to upgrade.
The degree to which applications drive adoption of the underlying platform can, of course, vary; unsurprisingly the monetization potential of the platform relative to developers varies in a correlated way.
The Mac is a different story: the platform is far smaller than the iPhone; that there remain a number of high quality independent software vendors supporting the Mac is a testament to how valuable it is for developers to be able to build direct relationships with customers that can span years and multiple transactions.
Go back to Windows: Microsoft had to do very little to convince developers to build on the platform.
Even at the height of Microsoft’s antitrust troubles, developers continued to favor the platform by an overwhelming margin, for an obvious reason: that was where all the users were.

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Summary of “Here’s how to see the data that tech giants have about you”

It’s also left average everyday internet users with new questions about what data the tech giants hold about us-and what they’re doing with it.
We’ll show you how to to find and download the data that Facebook, its subsidiary Instagram, Apple, Google, and Twitter have on you.
A word of warning: Depending on how long you’ve used Facebook, you might be shocked at how much data it has on you.
Facebook’s data on you often include things like your political views, who you’ve unfriended, and even facial recognition data.
Under the New File menu at the top of the page, choose your data range, the format you want the data in and the media quality.
Downloading your Facebook data doesn’t include any data the company has on you via its Instagram app.
Select all the data you want to include in your download. Again, we recommend you “Select all” just so you can be sufficiently frightened by the scope of the data.
Twitter probably has a fraction of the data on you that other tech giants possess.

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Summary of “The Apple Watch has found a surprisingly useful home with everyone that works on their feet”

You might’ve noticed that the person who took your order at the bar, brought you the shoes you wanted to try on, or perhaps even patted you down at the airport security line, is sporting an Apple Watch, which starts at $329 for the newest Series 3 watch.
Quartz spoke with airline attendants, bartenders, waiters, baristas, shop owners, and TSA employees who all said the same thing: The Apple Watch keeps them in touch when they can’t be on their phones at work.
Apple has increasingly been pushing the watch as a health device, and seems to have moved away from marketing it as one that offers more basic utility, as Apple continues do with the iPhone.
Y, who works at the J. Crew store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, told Quartz that he had his Apple Watch before he started at the clothing retailer, but has found it exceedingly useful at work, given that the company discourages employees from being on their phones while on the shop floor.
Others bought their watches for reasons other than staying online, but have since have found them inseparable at work, such as Francisco, who works at the bar at the Edition Hotel in Manhattan.
Apple doesn’t break out how much revenue it generates from the Apple Watch, instead lumping sales in a bucket it calls “Other products” on its earnings reports, which also includes its AirPods wireless headphones, Beats audio products, and sales of other accessories.
The price of older, but still capable models has fallen: A new Series 3 watch starts at $329, and a Series 1 at $249. Perhaps users will start taking things even further if Apple follows through on reports that it’s planning to build a pair of augmented-reality glasses.
The Apple Watch is one of the easiest ways to keep up with loved ones, without really looking like you are.

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