ITy Bytes 7 May Apple Edition are small curated news bytes that you need to know.

In ITy Bytes 7 May Apple Edition

  • Apple – iPad sales up, Mac sales slightly down and iPhone tanks another 15% y-o-y;
  • Apple says no competitive apps in our App Store (well not in so many words);
  • Apple to pay Qualcomm between US4.5-4.7 billion to settle the dispute;
  • Apple tells big porkies about iPhone battery life;
  • Apple three prong chargers recalled;
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren calls for Apple monopoly to be broken up;
  • Apple cannot keep up with Series 2 watch repairs;
  • Four questions Apple must answer but won’t;
  • Samsung and Huawei world domination quest crushing Apple sales

Apple – iPad sales up, Mac sales slightly down and iPhone tanks another 15% y-o-y.

CEO Cook said, “We delivered our strongest iPad growth in six years (22% y-o-y), and we are as excited as ever about our pipeline of innovative hardware, software and services.”

Well, Cook did not mention is that its flagship Macs have taken a beating over Keyboard and Stagelight “gate” issues and iPhone’s have nosedived in China despite significant discounts and incentives to clear stocks. iPhone sales are 17% down quarter on quarter and 15% year on year.

Cook must realise that without significant innovation its loyal sheep won’t be shorn any more. That includes a lacklustre take up of its + services designed to wring every last dollar from its ecosystem.

Apple says no competitive apps in our App Store (well, not in so many words)

The New York Times last week said that Apple had removed or, at least, restricted a total of 11 out of the 17 most popular screen time and parental control apps in the App Store which is used to monitor time spent on iPhones and used by parents to keep an eye on what content their children are accessing.

“In some cases, Apple forced companies to remove features that allowed parents to control their children’s devices or that blocked children’s access to certain apps and adult content,” the NYT reported. “In other cases, it simply pulled the apps from its App Store.”

The move comes soon after Apple’s Screen Time and usage limit tools were included in iOS 12 in September. The app makers impacted by the removals suggested that they were eradicated or restricted for competitive reasons. 

Apple, however, has refuted this blaming that 11 of the 17 hugely popular apps “put users’ privacy and security at risk.”

Apple to pay Qualcomm between US$4.5-4.7 billion to settle the dispute

While Apple did not reveal the settlement, Qualcomm’s latest earning statement does and it shares rocketed 43%.

ITy Bytes 7 May Apple Edition

The agreement included a one-time payment from Apple to Qualcomm, a six-year licensing deal between the two companies, and an agreement from Apple to buy Qualcomm chips.

Apple tells porkies about battery life

UK consumer group Which? tested 50 current smartphones including nine Apple iPhone models. The methodology is here.

The bottom line is that Apple consistently overstated its battery life between 18-51% longer than Which? results. iPhone XR had the biggest battery overestimation for talk time on a full charge. Which? tests, lasted for 16 hours and 32 minutes, whereas Apple claimed that it would last 25 hours – 51 per cent more.

In stark contrast, Nokia, Samsung and Sony all underestimated talk time when compared to Which? tests.

Apple responded (unusual) “We rigorously test our products and stand behind our battery life claims. With tight integration between hardware and software, iPhone is engineered to intelligently manage power usage to maximize battery life. Our testing methodology reflects that intelligence.