In other words Which? uses real-world tests that other manufacturers all better, and Crapple iOS is worse! Come in spinner!

Apple three prong chargers recalled

Some of Apple’s World Travel Adaptor kits and three-prong wall plugs shipped from 2003 to 2010 with Mac and iOS devices for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and users risk electrocution. More info here.

ITy Bytes 7 May Apple Edition

Senator Elizabeth Warren is a formidable foe

Wanting to “break up Big Tech,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Apple should not be able to run the App Store and sell its own apps on it.

Warren’s view is that companies with an annual global revenue of at least $25 billion cannot own both a “platform utility” and own a participant on that platform. She defines that “utility” as a company that offers “an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties.

“Apple, you’ve got to break it apart from their App Store. It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren told The Verge. “Either they run the platform, or they play in the store. They don’t get to do both at the same time.”

Warren is separately pursuing Apple to pay a fair share of taxes (about its Irish tax minimisation scheme) and various anti-trust issues that are of interest to the European Union as well.

CEO Tim Cook appears to be saying you can trust Apple but not those low-life’s Amazon, Google and Facebook. “I don’t think anybody would call us a monopoly,” he said.

Well, a monopoly is classified as the exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service. Sound’s like Apple’s walled garden to me!

Apple cannot keep up with Series 2 watch repairs

MacRumors has obtained a confidential internal Apple memo stating any repairs of the Series 2 Apple Watch should simply be replaced by a refurbished Series 3 allegedly due to a shortage of unspecified parts.

The catch 22 is that Series 3 replacements require an iPhone 5s or 6 or later to operate.

If you have issues, remember that under Australian Consumer Law you have a right to a full refund.

Apple and Spotify go to war in the EU

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, is said to be poised to launch an inquiry over claims that one of the world’s most valuable companies has behaved unlawfully by abusing the dominant position of its app store in the market.

Spotify, which has reached 100 million paying subscribers, alleges that Apple, one of its fiercest rivals alongside Amazon, is using the store to favour its own Apple Music service. Apple charges digital content providers such as Spotify a 30% fee for using its payment system for any subscriptions sold in its App Store.

Read the detail here

Four questions Apple must answer but won’t

Bloomberg (via The Sydney Morning Herald) poses four questions that Apple must answer to quell investor unrest.