The excellent Kara Swisher had Apple CEO Tim Cook on her New York Times Sway podcast, which covered ground from Apple’s privacy push, AR headsets, the power Apple has over app developers, Apple TV Plus, and Apple Car mentions, along with Facebook discussion.
There’s a lot of ground covered quickly but Cook mostly doesn’t get drawn in too much other than rarely being unenthusiastic about future ideas — while caveating “[w]e investigate so many things internally. Many of them never see the light of day.”
Aside from that, ground was covered on two other spaces.
Here’s the transcript of this interesting part, a quite revealing quote:
Ok some interesting hints here — once again let’s go with the transcript here because there’s good back and forth, and each sentence here tells us something:
⚰️ RIP LG: Remembering the six best LG phones ever made(Android Authority).
🕹 Lenovo Legion 2 Pro’s new cooling system leaks in latest live shots. Pretty weird, but gaming phones are allowed to be weird I guess? (Android Authority).
🔎 Google’s latest acquisition could lead to spatial audio for the Pixel Buds (Engadget).
🤔 A portless phone with wired charging might be on the horizon (Android Authority).
🔋 Samsung’s new India-focused Galaxy F12 packs a 90Hz display and 6,000mAh battery at a low price (Android Authority).
🍎 The long-awaited next Apple TV may support 4K 120Hz gaming, implying HDMI 2.1 support (Engadget).
📺 The major streaming services are starting to run out of shows with limited filming over the past year, and the pre-COVID cupboard looking thin: the number of originals Netflix released so far in ’21 is down 12% year-on-year (Bloomberg).
👍 Over a decade on, and millions in legal fees, Supreme Court rules 6-2 for Google over Oracle in Java API legal war — and the ruling expands fair use in APIs moving forward (The Register).
⛔ Yahoo Answers will be shut down forever on May 4th, has sadly become overrun with far-right strangeness but it was once a key part of the internet. I guess now Quora has all the good and bad questions? (The Verge).
🐧 Hipmunk’s founders launch Flight Penguin to bring back Hipmunk-style flight search: $10/m is steep, though (TechCrunch).
🎮 Someone made a giant, playable, TV-sized Nintendo Switch — and is donating it to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital (YouTube).
🌠 NASA asteroid-sampling spacecraft will go look at ‘the mess it made’ (CNET).
🚁 NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity has survived its first Martian night alone (Space).
🧠 “ELI5: Why do we wake up when we hear our names?” (r/explainlikeimfive).
Apple continues to grow its Apple Watch dominance in the smartwatch market, despite a host of cheap and often cheerful competitors now on the market. But it’s not cheap and cheerful that’s growing, which surprised me:
All the best,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor