Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 192

Show 192 – May 29, 2017

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael & Nick

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

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Apple names Denise Young Smith as VP of diversity and inclusion

In a not-so-surprising move, Apple has appointed Denise Young Smith as its first-ever VP of diversity and inclusion, 9 to 5 Mac first reported. TechCrunch has since confirmed that Smith officially started in this role yesterday.

Smith previously served as head of worldwide human resources at Apple for three years, and has been involved in diversity programs at Apple for years. In her new role, Smith will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Regarding what happens to the human resources department, sources say the department will report to Apple SVP and CFO Luca Maestri.

Apple’s last head of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey Siminoff, only held a director role. Given where Smith’s role falls into the leadership structure, Smith will be able to have more of an impact on Apple’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Sources say this is a “significant upscaling of responsibility” in comparison to the role Siminoff held. Sources say Apple employees view this as a positive move for the company.

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Story 2

Nokia & Apple 

Apple and Nokia have come to an agreement in regards to a number of Nokia’s patents, with many pertaining to healthcare and fitness products.

Under a business collaboration agreement, Nokia will be providing certain network infrastructure product and services to Apple.

As part of the agreement, Apple will make an up-front payment to the Finnish company, with ongoing payments to be made throughout the life of the agreements. No further details on the length of the agreement (beyond ‘multi-year’) or on the payments have been released – no doubt these will show up in Nokia’s quarterly reporting.

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Story 3

New York Mag’s Lauren Kern Named First Editor-in-Chief of Apple News

Lauren Kern, Executive Editor at New York Magazine, has been named as the first editor-in-chief of Apple News, according to Politico. The hiring has since been confirmed by an Apple spokesperson.

It’s unclear what exactly the role will entail, but it suggests Apple has bigger ambitions of some kind for its News app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple News is not a firsthand source of news, so Kern’s role could be at least partially related to curation of other news sources. In February, Apple executive Eddy Cue said the company wants to “vet and make sure that the news providers” in Apple News are “legitimate,” in an effort to cut down on “clickbait.”

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Story 4

Apple’s AirPods

Had a firmware update this week

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Story 5

Finally some HomeKit News

Belkin WeMo getting a Hub to make its current products compatible.

Ikea will soon have a Hub and lights that are compatible AND a lot cheaper than others

Apple will resume carrying Nokia digital health products (formerly under the Withings brand) in Apple retail and online stores, and Apple and Nokia are exploring future collaboration in digital health initiatives.

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Story 5

Apple updates Final Cut Pro & iMovie for Mac w/ bug fixes & performance improvements

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Story 6

Apple had confirmed WWDC Keynote to be streamed

6/5 10:00 PDT or 03:00 AM our time

I’ll be there!

Garth you?

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