Apple has revealed simply how a lot cash we have paid it, plus it has been in a spat with Facebook, and it is stepping up its health exercises.

This is a review of January 2021, however simply take a step again to the identical time in 2019 for a second. Then the headline information was that Apple gross sales have been down, and worries about China have been up.

That can be again in the times earlier than the coronavirus, so the China worries on the time have been all about Apple’s falling fortunes there.

Skip ahead to January 2021, and after essentially the most tumultuous of years, issues are trying nearly fully the alternative for Apple. The firm broke $100 billion in a single quarter for the primary time, and a big a part of that was right down to China.

Throughout its historical past, Apple has at all times claimed to be centered on the lengthy sport as a substitute of reacting to the every day unstable modifications in the expertise market. Two years in the past, confronted with critical issues in China, Apple made lengthy-time period strikes which have now paid off.

“China was more than an iPhone story,” Tim Cook mentioned in the corporate’s newest earnings name. “Could not have turned in performance like we did with only iPhone.”

Across the world, the iPad, the Mac, and Apple’s providers contributed to earnings so excessive they’re arduous to think about. But in addition they contributed to a different determine it is tough to understand — there are, immediately, over a billion iPhones in energetic use.

It’s clear, then, that Apple can sit again for some time — and that everyone loves Apple. Yeah, no, about that.

Tim Cook

Facebook needs to take Apple to court docket

It most likely will not do it as a result of it might most likely lose, however someplace in Facebook HQ, Mark Zuckerberg is saying they need to sue Apple. And someplace in Apple Park, Tim Cook is saying convey it on.

The challenge this month is identical because it has been since Apple introduced it was going to make customers actively resolve whether or not or to not permit advertisers to trace their iPhone use. When you are requested this, after the forthcoming replace to iOS 14, you are prone to say no.

At first, you could give it some thought, as every app with any monitoring asks you individually, and you could discover you are high-quality with some advertisers, not high-quality with others. The fear for these corporations, and Facebook, is that after the tenth time you are requested, you are simply going to hit no every time the button comes up.

No, wait, that is truly the concern, and it’s truly what Apple is planning. If you take heed to Facebook, although, you are improper to suppose this, it is actually one thing fully completely different.

Apple is destroying the web, Facebook retains saying, and the one factor standing between Apple and the livelihoods of small enterprise homeowners is Facebook. You can belief Facebook. You can.

If we weren’t all socially distancing, it felt as if we might have had a fistfight in the playground by now. Zuckerberg will not shut up about dangerous Apple and good Facebook, whereas Tim Cook was virtually pushed to say “seriously?”

The new Propel Center, funded in part by Apple's Racial Equality and Justice Initiative

The new Propel Center, funded in half by Apple’s Racial Equality and Justice Initiative

January launches

The points over privateness — sorry, Apple’s cash-grabbing enterprise incentive — did result in one in every of Apple’s few launches in January 2021.

It’s simplistic to an excessive, studying extra like an image e-book story than the report it goals to be, however it’s additionally efficient. It facilities on the story of a father and daughter spending the day collectively harvesting information for advertisers.

Apple launched it on Data Protection Day, January 28, and on the similar time, Tim Cook made the rounds of privateness conferences. He known as privateness “one of the top issues of the century,” and if Facebook is correct that that is simply advertising and marketing spiel, it is powerfully persuasive advertising and marketing spiel.

Tim Cook additionally made a compelling argument that Apple would like it if all expertise corporations adopted this specific advertising and marketing spiel. Apple, he says, needs “to create ripples of positive change across the industry.”

The undertaking is seeing the creation of the Propel Center, “a first-of-its-kind global innovation and learning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).” There are additionally a number of investments in completely different initiatives, however in addition to the money, each appears to see Apple being concerned for the lengthy haul.

Musician and businesswoman Dolly Parton is one of the celebrities contributing talks to

Musician and businesswoman Dolly Parton is among the celebrities contributing talks to “Time to Walk” on Apple Watch

Your definition of an extended haul could also be completely different to Apple’s, however it’s most likely longer than 25-40 minutes. That’s the everyday size of Apple’s final launch in January 2021, the brand new “Time to Walk” characteristic for Apple Watch.

For Apple Watch customers who additionally subscribe to Apple Fitness+, this characteristic is like having a brief audiobook learn by a celeb. From Dolly Parton, Shawn Mendes, and extra, you get them speaking to you about their lives as you stroll.

Few launches, however a number of removals

It took rather less time for Apple to take away Parler from the App Store. Specifically, it took 24 hours.

An Apple Privacy ad

An Apple Privacy advert

The social media app was provided that lengthy to introduce moderation, following allegations of its getting used to “plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington, D.C.”

Parler mentioned no, arguing one thing about free speech and failing to say that moderation prices some huge cash, and so Apple pulled it. Google did not even wait 24 hours to take away it, however Amazon gave it slightly longer earlier than pulling the plug on its servers.

Important security tip

Detail from Apple's privacy report,

Detail from Apple’s privateness report, “A Day in the Life of Your Data”

This is the brand new charging expertise that brilliantly makes use of magnets to make sure your iPhone 12 Pro strains up completely if you put it on the charger. It seems that it is also probably the expertise which may probably intervene with pacemakers, defibrillators, and different medical gear.

It’s due to the magnets, so it is not that MagSafe is in some way unusually harmful, it is many varieties of system that use these.

Nonetheless, if you first learn Apple saying MagSafe might cease your coronary heart, you most likely suppose it is one thing to do with the value.