Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 105

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Story 1


A newly-filed class action lawsuit accuses Apple of breaching contract by failing to provide new — or “equivalent to new” — devices when offering up replacement hardware under AppleCare+ warranties.

The case was entered July 18 via the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, on behalf of Joanne McRight, a woman whose father bought her an iPhone 5 with AppleCare+ from an Apple Store in Friendswood, Texas in December 2012. Her screen later broke, and in September 2013 McRight paid AppleCare+’s then-$49 accidental damage fee to secure a replacement.

The new device’s screen also broke, leading to her paying another $49 in May 2014. Lawyers for McRight said that neither of the devices were new or “equivalent to new in both performance and reliability,” as promised in the official terms for AppleCare+. Specifically, McRight argues that refurbished devices — something Apple frequently offers up in place of broken units — do not qualify.

McRight’s father later bought her an iPhone 6 with AppleCare+ in September 2014, but that device’s screen broke as well, leading her to seek replacement in July of this year, this time at the increased accidental damage fee of $79. Once again Apple allegedly supplied her with a device that was not equivalent to new.

The proposed class covers anyone who bought an AppleCare or AppleCare+ plan between July 11, 2011 and the present, regardless of whether the device is an iPhone.

McNight’s attorneys are asking for an injunction forcing Apple to provide new devices to people wanting replacements, as well as compensation in the form of legal fees and damages totaling at least $5 million, a minimum set by the Class Action Fairness Act.

Reports appleinsider

We will comment on this story on tonights podcast!

Story 2

9to5 Mac reports ~ 82% of mobile podcast listening happens on iPhone, mostly using Apple’s Podcasts app



A report from Clammr collected data on podcast listening habits shows that iOS dominates Android on mobile usage. Despite Android having a larger install base of smartphone devices than iOS, the iPhone is responsible for the vast majority of podcast listening. According to the study, 82% of smartphone podcasting listening takes place on an iPhone with the iTunes Store podcast directory being a significant reason for uptake.

In addition, despite the vast array of third-party podcast apps available for the iPhone, the report says that over three-quarters of users listen to podcasts on the iPhone with Apple’s built-in native Podcasts app.

Story 3

MTV will reveal 2015 VMA nominees exclusively on Apple’s Beats 1

In another promotional coup for Apple Music, MTV announced on Monday that it will reveal the 2015 Video Music Award nominees exclusively on Apple’s live streaming radio station, Beats 1.

We cant go a week without mentioning music.


Story 4

New iPods


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