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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, February 12, 2019


  • "Apple retail store creator: 'They are a victim of their own success'" ["But make no mistake, O'Brien's core tasks — taking Apple retail stores to the next level in terms of customer service and overall count —is nothing to scoff at. And the creator of the Apple store, Ron Johnson, is well aware of that, even though he is now watching his former employer from afar. [...] O'Brien is a 30 year veteran of Apple — she was on the front line with Johnson when the first crop of Apple stores opened in the early 2000s. 'Deirdre is an excellent operator — she helped launch Apple stores in 2000, she was in stores every day,' Johnson recalled. 'She will be really equipped to take the stores to the next level.'"]  Yahoo Finance 10:28 AM
  • "Goldman warns that Apple is too dependent on Google for services revenue, and will need to roll out a 'Prime' bundle: Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate more than 20 percent of Apple's burgeoning services revenue comes from Google."  CNBC 2:49 PM
  • "Apple Loses Ground to Huawei as China Sales Slump 20%: iPhone shipments were down 20% from a year earlier; local leader Huawei's were up 23%" [Paid Membership Required] 8:07 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Optimistic About U.S.-China Trade Talks" ["Apple has much to lose if the talks don't go well. China has been a key part of Apple's growth. Analysts say close to 20 percent of the company's business comes from China and Taiwan."]  NPR 8:15 AM
  • "Tim Cook optimistic on favorable outcome for Apple in US & China trade talks" AppleInsider 8:23 AM
  • "Tim Cook on Apple lowering iPhone prices in China: 'We'll see how that works out for us'" 9to5Mac 8:22 AM
  • "Tim Cook talks cutting iPhone prices in China" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Makes a Change in AR Leadership" ["We initially expected Apple's AR marketing efforts to be a 'rolling thunder,' building excitement for new applications of augmented reality on iPhone and iPad. In reality, Apple's AR marketing efforts over the last year and a half since iOS 11 shipped have been more of a light drizzle."]  Loup Ventures 11:21 AM
  • "As Apple and Google Compete in Augmented Reality, Each Has Distinct Strengths: Google, which just launched a new AR mode for Google Maps, should have a powerful set of cloud services available for AR headsets. But Apple might be able to offer unmatched hardware, as well as tight iPhone integration."  TheStreet 3:04 PM
  • "Apple's new augmented reality exec shows how important the tech is"  Engadget 8:14 AM
  • "Apple is getting serious about augmented reality with this new appointment"  Mashable 8:05 AM
  • "Apple moves iPhone marketing exec into augmented reality role: Frank Casanova is now Apple's first head of marketing for AR." CNET 10:15 AM
  • "EU court ruling on Belgian tax breaks may affect Apple case" Irish Independent 9:00 PM