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App creators unite, form ‘Developers Union’ to call for App Store changes

A group of developers have joined forces, penning an open letter asking Apple to commit to making certain key changes to the App Store. Calling themselves The Developers Union, the group is specifically pushing for Apple to allow free trials for all apps in both the iOS and Mac App Stores by July 2019.

We believe that people who create great software should be able to make a living doing it. So we created The Developers Union to advocate for sustainability in the App Store.

Today, we are asking Apple to publicly commit — by the tenth anniversary of the App Store this July — to allowing free trials for all apps in the App Stores before July 2019. After that, we’ll start advocating for a more reasonable revenue cut and other community-driven, developer-friendly changes.

 

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Reporter reveals how little data Apple collects on users

Photo: ZDNet

A new report by ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker reveals just how little information Apple actually collects on customers in comparison to companies such as Facebook and Google. In the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Whittaker decided to ask Apple for a full disclosure on all of the data that the company had collected on him since 2010 when he first became an Apple customer. While it took Apple a little over a week to respond with the data, Whittaker was surprised at how little was actually there — the resulting data set consisted of two dozen Excel spreadsheets totalling about 5 MB in size.

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Spring Collection Apple Watch bands starting to sell out

Back in March Apple announced a new “Spring Collection” of Apple Watch bands in new styles and vibrant colors to allow Apple Watch users to spruce up the look of their wrist for springtime. It appears, however, that the new bands may have been a limited run, as MacRumors now reports that some of the more popular options are dwindling in availability, with some now showing as completely sold out on Apple’s online store, although many may still be available at retail stores. Customers who may still be looking for the special edition colors such as Electric Blue, Soft Pink, Denim Blue, Lemonade, or Red Raspberry may want to place an order soon.

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Daily Deal: CINEMOOD Portable Movie Projector

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the CINEMOOD Portable Movie Projector for only $349 — that’s 12% off the regular price. With this incredibly portable projector, you can bring entertainment anywhere, whether it’s on the back of your airplane seat or out on a camping trip. CINEMOOD measures just three inches on each side, and works as a standalone device with built-in controls and its own internal storage, plus built-in Wi-Fi lets you stream content directly from Netflix and YouTube without any need for your iPhone, and it even supports offline Netflix content.

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Apple estimated to have sold 600,000 HomePods during Q1 2018

A new report by Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple 600,000 HomePod speakers during the first quarter of 2018, giving it six percent of the global smart speaker market, although Apple’s new smart speaker still has a long way to go to catch up to rivals Amazon and Google, which shipped 4 million and 2.4 million units, respectively, collectively account for a 70 percent share of the market.

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Sixth iOS 11.4 beta appears

Only three days after Apple pushed out a fifth beta of iOS 11.4, a sixth iteration has just appeared, with the increasing frequency suggesting a final iOS 11.4 release may be just around the corner. The sixth beta offers no significant changes from the last version, and shows only a small change in build number 15F5079a versus 15F5077a, indicating that it’s probably mostly about polishing and fixing relatively minor bugs at this point.

Apple’s AirPort Base Station stock dwindling

Apple’s stock of AirPort base stations is beginning to sell out, MacRumors reports, following the company’s formal exit from the Wi-FI router business last month. MacRumors notes that the AirPort Extreme is already being listed as “sold out” on Apple’s online store in the U.S., although it remains available in limited quantities in other countries, such as Australia, Canada, Japan, and Singapore. The smaller AirPort Express and storage-equipped AirPort Time Capsule models still remain in stock online in several countries, although the entire AirPort lineup has disappeared entirely from Apple’s online store in several European countries. Apple stated last month that its AirPort products will continue to be sold “while supplies last” although nothing was said about what those supply levels are.

Apple’s reputation falling behind in China

The perception of Apple in China is starting to fall behind that of domestic smartphone makers like Huawei, according to a new survey reported by the South China Morning Post. Conducted by an independent research company, Reputation Institute, the survey reveals a decline in Apple’s reputation among Chinese consumers, placing the company in 12th place, in a ranking of 155 companies, both Chinese and multinational. Huawei placed second overall, while Google ranked in fourth place. According to the survey, many Chinese consumers also believed that Huawei “stands out from the crowd” and is more “genuine” than Apple. Approximately 30,000 Chinese consumers were polled in the survey, which includes 280 companies, of which only the top 155 made the final list. For the most part, the survey indicated a shift toward more home-grown Chinese brands, although the Chinese domestic search engine, Baidu, ranked far behind Google, landing in the 125th spot, while Intel, Rolex, Nokia, and Lufthansa all ranked in the top 10, with Intel taking first place. [via iPhone in Canada]

 

Apple teams up with educators to bring Everyone Can Code to blind and deaf students

Apple has announced that it is now teaming up with leading educators to bring its Everyone Can Code program to schools for blind and deaf communities in the U.S. Starting this fall, the company plans to bring accessible coding to schools supporting students with vision, hearing, or other assistive needs, working with the schools to tailor the lessons to leverage Apple’s accessibility technology to augment the curricula as needed, including providing additional tools and resources like tactile maps for use by non-visual learners.

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Daily Deal: CASA Hub PDC601 USB-C Power Adapter

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the CASA Hub PDC601 USB-C Power Adapter for only $49 — that’s 16% off the regular price. Thinner laptops mean fewer ports — as evidenced by Apple’s latest round of MacBook Pros — which can get frustrating when you’ve got lots of external devices to plug in and power. The CASA Hub PDC601 solves this in a small package, connecting to your MacBook’s USB-C port to add on six additional ports — a USB Type-C PD port, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a SD Card slot & a microSD Card slot, so you can transfer files, connect to external USB devices, and keep your MacBook charged up all at once.

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