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Apple News Roundup

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Isadora Teich wrote this article

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We are only a few days into October and it has already been an incredibly busy month in terms of Apple news. In this post we get into their new A15 chip, their upcoming support of covid vaccination cards, lobbying against climate legislation, and more!

Let’s get into it.

The A15 Bionic Processor

Apple’s new iPhone 13 series features its cutting edge A15 Bionic processor, which they say is 50% faster than the competition. Many in the tech community found this claim vague and were skeptical, which led to an investigation into the processor by AnandTech.

They assessed the chip’s efficiency, performance, and graphics core improvements and found that Apple had not accurately represented this chip. It’s actually faster than they claimed. AnandTech reported:

“Compared to the competition, the A15 isn’t +50 faster as Apple claims, but rather +62% faster. While Apple’s larger cores are more power-hungry, they’re still a lot more energy-efficient.”

Store Your Covid Vaccination Card In Your Apple Wallet

Apple rolled out some new health-related features in iOS 15. This includes a digital copy of Covid-19 vaccination cards that users can store in their Apple Wallets.

These can be easily presented at businesses, venues, and during other instances which require proof of vaccination. This is a part of updates to their Health App. Apple wrote:

“With iOS 15, users can download and store verifiable health records, including COVID-19 vaccinations and test results, in the Health app. Verifiable health records in the Health app are based on the SMART Health Cards specification. Users can choose to share verifiable health records stored in the Health app with approved third-party apps requesting this information, like airlines, event venues, and other businesses that facilitate in-person interactions.”

However, these updates will not work universally. It largely depends on what state users are in and who their healthcare provider is.

Regardless, United Airlines announced that it will be integrating with the Apple Health App. This means that Apple users who fly United Airlines can share their verified vaccination records easily ahead of travel.

Apple Accused of Derailing Climate Legislation

This is an interesting one. While many companies have put on the appearance of doing things to combat climate change, they have been caught lobbying against a recent US climate bill.

Despite announcing this year that they are more aggressively pursuing climate goals than most world governments, Apple has been accused of trying to stop the US government from carrying forward with climate legislation.

They are not alone. Amazon, Microsoft, and Disney are also amongst the companies using lobbying to try and derail this climate bill despite their actions to be more green.

Microsoft, for example, has promised to be carbon negative in a decade and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has said that climate change is humanity’s biggest threat.

However, these companies have been accused of trying to destroy the Democrat climate bill, and as of now, it looks like they may have succeeded.

While critics of the bill said it would harm the economy, those who supported it say that failure to act on climate change will destroy humanity’s future entirely.

New Apple Watches Coming This October

Apple just announced that the Apple Watch Series 7 orders will start Friday, October 8th, and availability will begin Friday, October 15th.

This will feature the largest and most advanced Apple Watch display yet. There will also be a reengineered Always-On Retina display with much more screen area and much thinner borders at just 1.7 mm.

The Apple Watch Series 7 will have a new QWERTY keyboard and two unique watch faces designed specifically for it. Users will still have the same 18-hour battery life with 33% faster charging.

It will be available in two sizes, 41 mm and 45 mm. Apple says it will be the strongest and most durable Apple Watch yet. It will have a more crack-resistant front crystal and is also the first-ever Apple Watch to have an IP6X certification for resistance to dust.

The Apple Watch Series 7 also has a WR50 water resistance rating.

Issues Inside Apple’s Healthcare Division

Apple employees are raising large concerns about mismanagement within the company. Insider reported that employee concerns that flawed data was being used to support new health products were ignored.

According to employees, this attitude and general poor organization are getting in the way of the company’s own goals of getting involved in healthcare. The Verge reports:

“One doctor involved with the project, Will Poe, said in a resignation letter to CEO Tim Cook that he was concerned that members of the team were giving misleading and too-rosy information to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, who oversees the company’s health effort.”

Employee Discontent Within Apple

Apple claims that this report is made up of outdated information. However, this is not the first one of these reports to surface about them. This summer, The Wall Street Journal published a report that explored employee discontent with Apple’s internal health clinics and how they collect and use data.

Current and past employees have said that there is no strategy for the Apple Health team. As well, numerous reports have surfaced of Apple retaliating against employees who speak out.

Apple also removed the reports of a doctor who complained about the quality of care in their clinics. A senior engineering program manager was also fired after criticizing Apple for misrepresenting data.

Overall, we have seen more and more reports of employees speaking out against the internal workings of Apple lately. Recently, there was mass employee unrest. Many threatened to leave the company entirely if they could not continue working from home.

Final Thoughts

Apple is one of the largest companies on earth and a massive tech innovator. As such, it has a lot of power and influence. There is always so much, both good and bad, happening at Apple that it would be impossible to keep up with all of it.

They recently came out of major battles with Fortnite creator Epic Games, and the entire US government too.

Apple’s influence and ability to innovate cannot be denied. However, at the end of the day, they are still a massive corporation, and it is important to take a genuine look at all of the complexities that come with this.

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