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Apple announces commitment to become carbon-neutral for all products and supply chain by 2030
Apple announces commitment to become carbon-neutral for all products and supply chain by 2030
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Apple has announced the self-commitment to become a carbon-neutral company for all products it produces and its supply chain, stating that the company is already carbon neutral worldwide in regards to its corporate emissions.

The communicated date to hit the goals is 2030 and Apple aims to achieve this by reducing its emissions by 75 percent and in addition using technology to remove carbon from the environment. These "innovative carbon removal solutions" will be developed by Apple themselves with the aim to close the remaining 25 percent of carbons.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that "climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change".

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Greg Joswiak replaces Phil Schiller as head of Apple marketing
Phil Schiller
Phil Schiller Credit: Apple

Apple announced Tuesday that its marketing boss Phil Schiller will step down from his role and serve as an “Apple Fellow” running the App Store and company events. Greg Joswiak will replace Schiller as 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 in a press release.

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Apple states it has no interest in buying TikTok
Apple states it has no interest in buying TikTok
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Apple Inc has no interest in acquiring TikTok, a company spokesperson told Axios, denying an earlier report published by Axios, citing Apple has expressed interest in buying the ByteDance-owned firm.

Microsoft is currently negotiating a deal to acquire the popular short-video app, with a 45-day deadline imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration.

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Telegram files EU antitrust complaint against Apple’s App Store
Telegram files EU antitrust complaint against Apple’s App Store
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Telegram, the messaging app, filed a formal antitrust complaint to the EU over Apple’s App Store. The company joins Spotify and Rakuten in complaining the app store represents a monopoly power, given that developers have to accept Apple’s terms, including a 30 per cent commission on in-app purchases.

In its complaint, Telegram took issue with Apple’s argument that the App Store commission keeps it running. Pavel Durov, Telegram founder, stated "Every quarter, Apple receives billions of dollars from third-party apps. Meanwhile, the expenses required to host and review these apps are in the tens of millions, not billions of dollars. We know that because we at Telegram host and review more public content than the App Store ever will".

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Apple CFO Luca Maestri announces delay of next iPhones launch
Apple CFO Luca Maestri announces delay of next iPhones launch
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During Apple'2 Q3 2020 earnings call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri revealed that the company is planning to launch the next iPhones "a few weeks later." Maestri didn't give a reason for the delay but it's assumed it's due to the impact of Covid-19.

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Apple reports revenue of $59.69 billion in the third quarter
Apple Park headquarters
Apple Park headquarters Credit: Carles Rabada

Apple announced revenue of $59.7 billion and a net quarterly profit of $11.25 billion for the third fiscal quarter of 2020, which corresponds to the second calendar quarter of the year.

The company reported growth across all of its product lines for Q3, from the iPhone, which has seen slowed growth in recent years, to its booming wearables and services businesses. The iPhone revenue of $26.4 billion for the quarter, an increase from the year-ago quarter.

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Apple TV+ announces new Oprah Winfrey show "The Oprah Conversation"
“The Oprah Conversation” is Oprah Winfrey’s newest series on Apple TV+, following “Oprah Talks COVID-19” and “Oprah’s Book Club.”
“The Oprah Conversation” is Oprah Winfrey’s newest series on Apple TV+, following “Oprah Talks COVID-19” and “Oprah’s Book Club.” Credit: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ announced its new Apple Original series "The Oprah Conversation", "a new series that will continue to explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world." Oprah Winfrey's new show was filmed remotely and is set to debut on July 30 exclusively on Apple TV+. The first episode, titled "How to Be an Antiracist", will feature bestselling author Professor Ibram X. Kendi. Other guests include Emmanuel Acho, creator and host of "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson.

Health
CVS, Target make face masks mandatory for customers
CVS, Target make face masks mandatory for customers
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Target and CVS announced on Thursday that they would require all customers to wear a mask or face covering when entering their stores, following other large retailers such as Walmart, Costco and Apple.

"With the recent spike in COVID-19 infections, we're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20," so CVS on Twitter.

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Dozens of top tier Twitter Accounts compromised and used for scam tweets
Dozens of top tier Twitter Accounts compromised and used for scam tweets
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Dozens of top tier Twitter Accounts of prominent people and politicians have been compromised and used to tweet bitcoin scam messages where people where promised that their money will be doubled if send to a specific bitcoin address. Some of the compromised accounts belong to Apple, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, CashApp amongst others.

Twitter has stated that they believe the reason is a "coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools" and limited internal employee access to these tools heavily while the investigation is ongoing.

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Apple wins court case against European Commission over 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes
Apple wins court case against European Commission over 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes
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Apple has won the appeal against the European Commission over whether the company owed €13 billion in Irish taxes. The European Union's general court ruled that the European Commission wasn't able to prove that Apple had gotten an advantage by the Irish government.

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iPhone assembler Foxconn allegedly plans $1 billion investment into plant in India
Foxconn factory at Czech Republic
Foxconn factory at Czech Republic Credit: Nadkachna (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The Taiwanese hardware and technology company Foxconn allegedly plans to invest up to $1 billion in India. The goal is to expand an existing factory southeastern India near Chennai where the company assembles iPhones for Apple.

According to a source published by the news agency Reuters "There’s a strong request from Apple to its clients to move part of the iPhone production out of China". Neither Foxconn nor Apple have commented on the news.

Business • Media & Advertising
The New York Times ends partnership with Apple News
The New York Times Building at 620 Eighth Avenue, NYC
The New York Times Building at 620 Eighth Avenue, NYC Credit: unsplash.com/Stéphan Valentin

The New York Times has ended its partnership with Apple News and has stopped distributing articles in the Apple News App.

The biggest factors behind the decision are that "Apple had given it little in the way of direct relationships with readers and little control over the business," and The Times is seeking to "drive readers directly to its own website and mobile app so that it could 'fund quality journalism'."

"Core to a healthy model between The Times and the platforms is a direct path for sending those readers back into our environments, where we control the presentation of our report, the relationships with our readers and the nature of our business rules," so Meredith Kopit Levien, chief operating officer. "Our relationship with Apple News does not fit within these parameters."

Regional News • Asia • India
India bans TikTok, WeChat and 57 other Chinese apps
iPhone displaying the TikTok app
iPhone displaying the TikTok app Credit: Kon Karampelas

The Ministry of Information Technology of India announced Monday the ban of 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok and WeChat. In a press release, the Ministry, states the ban is a response "of the emergent nature of threats" and that the apps "are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.".

At the moment, all listed apps are still available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, and it is not clear how the Indian Government plans to enforce the ban.

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Mac computers to use Apple-designed processors, and run iOS apps
Macbook with new ARM based processor
Macbook with new ARM based processor Credit: Apple (Reproduction)

During the WWDC today, Apple announced the switch from Intel to custom ARM-based processors for its Mac computers. The move means Macs will run on the same family of chips as the iPhones and iPads and will be able to run iOS applications natively.

"We expect to ship our first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of the year," said chief executive Tim Cook.

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Apple stores to close in four US states amid rising Covid-19 cases
Apple stores to close in four US states amid rising Covid-19 cases
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Apple announced that it would temporarily close a total of six stores in Florida, Arizona, North and South Carolina due to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases.

Apple told TechCrunch: "Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible."

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App Store rejects Basecamp's "HEY" updates, demands 15-30% of app's revenue
Screenshot of @dhh' Twitter Thread
Screenshot of @dhh' Twitter Thread Credit: @dhh via Twitter

In a series of tweets, Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson details the App Store's rejection of a bug fix update of Basecamp's new email service "HEY". According to Heinemeier Hansson, after a bug fix update was rejected, Apple has demanded that the company adds an in-app subscription and that it shares up to 30% of its revenue with Apple to prevent the app from being removed from the App Store. "HEY" is selling its $99 annual subscription on its website and is refusing to comply with the demand, with Heinemeier Hansson writing: "There is no chance in bloody hell that we're going to pay Apple's ransom. I will burn this house down myself, before I let gangsters like that spin it for spoils. This is profoundly, perversely abusive and unfair."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
World War II drama "Greyhound" to be released on Apple TV+ on July 10
“Greyhound” will premiere July 10 exclusively on Apple TV+.
“Greyhound” will premiere July 10 exclusively on Apple TV+. Credit: Apple TV+

"Greyhound", a World War II drama starring Tom Hanks, will be released on Apple TV+ on July 10. The drama is an adaptation of C.S. Forester's novel The Good Shepherd and the script was written by Tom Hanks. "Greyhound" was supposed to be released in theatres but due to Covid-19, it will premiere exclusively and digitally on Apple TV+ in over 100 countries.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks-off online on June 22
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks-off online on June 22
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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC20, will happen from June 22 to 26. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for the time, the event will be online-only. It will include the keynote address, Platforms State of the Union, more tha 100 engineering sessions, all-new Developer Forums, and 1-on-1 labs with more than 1,000 Apple engineers.

WWDC20 kicks-off, with the keynote address, at June 22, 17:00 (UTC).

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Apple has been granted a patent for social distancing group selfies
Apple has been granted a patent for social distancing group selfies
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Apple has been granted a software patent that could enable users to take selfies without being physically together. The software could ask users to take a selfie separately with Apple then digitally stitching the single images and videos together and arranging it so that multiple people would be seen in one image or video. The users would keep the original and merged versions.

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Apple to reopen 25 U.S. stores
Apple Logo Sign at apple 5th Avenue
Apple Logo Sign at apple 5th Avenue Credit: unsplash.com/Laurenz Heymann

After closing all its stores outside of China in mid-March, Apple is reopening a total of 25 stores in the United States. According to a spokesperson of Apple, the company will be opening stores gradually starting next week. In addition to mandatory face coverings, the company will check customers temperature at the store's entrances.