As late as possible, Apple has been on fire for its App Store methods. Specifically, the fact that it takes 30% of all app sales makes the developers raise prices, giving users no choice but to pay.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided that iPhone owners could continue with a suit against Apple for the exercise. Since Apple only allows apps to be downloaded directly from the App Store on iOS, it's the claim that it has a monopoly over the app distribution. It's an interesting angle because iOS is one of the only (or maybe operating systems ?) That works like this. Android, Windows, Linux and even MacOS allow users to install anything outside the official channels available.
Of course, this exercise is nothing new for Apple. The company has since had curated its App Store. It uses this as a way to control the quality of apps installed on iOS devices, which helps keep the operating system (mostly) free from viruses, malware, and other malicious programs. Given the fire that Android comes under a virus problem (which is not exactly accurate), there is an argument that Apple's approach works.
Of course, Apple has responded to the court's decision and stated that the App Store "is not a monopoly of any metric" in a statement shared by 9to5Mac. It continues to say that "developers set the price they want to charge for their app and Apple doesn't matter in that" and that "the vast majority of apps on the App Store are free and Apple gets nothing from them." It is a compelling argument, but it is not without its holes. For example, while developers set their own prices, there is nothing to prove that they do not compensate for the cost of what Apple will take and thereby shift the responsibility to the user. I guess that's finally why this comes to court first.
Yesterday's judgment does not mean much than ̵1; it is simply said that trials against Apple will have to go further. It will probably be a while before anything comes from the cases, but the consequences can change how iOS works forever. For example, it may force the company to allow third-party app stores on its platform, which would be a major shift.
But now we are starting to come before us because it is still too early to tell. [CNBC, Engadget, Wired, The Verge]
In other news
Amazon wants to help employees quit their jobs and start delivery companies, iOS 12.3 is out, Spotify releases a tool for podcasters and more.
- Amazon wants to help employees start shipping companies: ] Amazon is always looking for ways to reduce delivery times, and its latest idea is an interesting one: it offers to give employees "up to $ 10,000" to start their own delivery companies. Convincing. [Ars Technica]
- iOS 12.3 is out: It includes the new Apple TV app, AirPlay 2, bug fixes and more. [MacRumors]
- Spotify makes it easier to mix and master podcasts: It just launched a new service called Soundtrap, which will help amateur podcasts produce high quality content with simple, collaborative editing. The complete suite will bring users back to $ 15 per month. [CNET]
- A Twitter bug exposed site data for iOS users: The company revealed the bug yesterday, which has since been resolved. If you use two accounts on Twitter and allow one to access the exact location but not the other, there is a risk that this error will allow your position data to be visible on both accounts. [9to5Mac]
- Windows 10 gets Arch Linux: Windows 10 has access to several Linux distros directly from the Microsoft Store, and now a third-party developer has done the same for Arch Linux. It is unofficial support, but then continue at your own risk. [TechRadar]
- Google data comes to Gmail for Android: You can now quickly add stuff to Tools directly from the Gmail app. Nice. [XDA Developers]
- Good news: Over 25,000 Linksys routers are leaking data: They are vulnerable to distant exploitation, allowing attackers to access sensitive information and possibly enslave the routers in botnet sets. A fix is not yet available, so if you have a Linksys router this is to look at. [ZDNet]
- Walmart offers free delivery within one day: If Amazon will do something, you better think Walmart will copy it. The new service rolls out in Phoenix and Las Vegas now and is expected to beat 75 percent of the country before the end of the year. The most significant difference compared to Amazon's new one day option? Walmart requires a minimum order of SEK 35. [Engadget]
- Google added "your information" to assistant: This makes it easier to access and remove your recordings / interactions by Google Assistant. Another step towards increased transparency and privacy options from Google. Good things [Android Police]
The future of laptops is here, and it contains several screens. In the case of HP Omen X 2S, it means a large screen and a small screen. With a named Lenovo Thinkpad, it means a folding screen. The future is wild, general.