Apple Corporate may be a few degrees away from freezing

Apple Corporate may be a few degrees away from freezing

Word is freezing in Apple Corporate, interesting 5G news for Apple, and the Mac shines in a lackluster quarter.

Business Insider: Undercover sources say Apple is on a virtual hiring freeze

Apple’s hiring pace has slowed to a trickle, that’s the word from Business Insider (via Apple+ News). It’s not news, in a way. “Since the summer,” the report says:

…Apple has promoted its “deliberate” investment and hiring decisionseven in his most recent quarterly earnings call In the past week. But three sources with close knowledge of the conversations at the company told Insider that it has stopped almost all hiring.

One source says that Apple has designated “no budget” for new hires in the coming year. Another characterizes what is happening as “a hiring freeze.” The third secret, so and so, sounds less terrible, but only gradually. That one says he has heard from “a senior divisional leader” that “budgets are under review.”

It’s disgusting, but it’s not new news. the Business Insider article quotes Apple CEO Tim Cook as saying on an earnings call earlier this year:

We believe in investing during the recession. And so we will continue to hire people and invest in areas, but we are being more deliberate in doing so in recognition of the realities of the environment…

Business Insider says that sentiment was echoed East week. An Apple spokesperson told the publication:

We’re still hiring, but given the economic environment, we’re taking a very deliberate approach in some parts of the business… We’re very confident in Apple’s future and are investing for the long term. We want to be thoughtful and make smart decisions that allow us to continue driving innovation for the long term.

The real issue may be how many degrees are left to freeze. The piece says:

All three sources who spoke to Insider suggested that Apple would continue to be cautious in how it characterizes hiring pauses or slowdowns, because granting such moves could further affect the company’s share price.

Interesting. One would think that investors would reward the company for its prudence.

Wall Street is fun.

Qualcomm says it will supply most 5G modems for iPhones by 2023

An interesting piece of news about Apple from Qualcomm on Wednesday: It looks like Apple won’t be making its own 5G modems for the next round of iPhones. Kristina Partsinevelos, NASDAQ correspondent for CNBC with a focus on semiconductors, I was listening to Qualcomm’s September quarter earnings report. While that was going on, she tweeted that Qualcomm “expects to have the ‘vast majority of the share of 5G modems by the launch of the iPhone in 2023…” Qualcomm Dyed expected to level up in only 20% of Apple Communicators by 2023.

Hearing that news, one might immediately assume that Apple is having trouble making its own 5G modems. Certainly that could be the case. At the same time, Qualcomm offered guidance for the December quarter that disappointed Wall Street. He gave some reasons for the lower guide. They included weak demand for mobile phones and the Internet of things. That is exacerbated by lockdowns in China, according to Partsinevelos. As a result, Qualcomm has excess inventory.

Apple May have trouble manufacturing their own 5G modems. On the other hand, Qualcomm may have played “Let’s make a deal” with the Cupertino company.

Hell, who knows? Maybe it’s both.

iPhones in India will get 5G support with the release of iOS 16.2

Apple is ready to activate 5G for iPhones in India, soon. 9to5Mac highlights a report from the indian express that makes Apple say that virtual switch will launch with the release of iOS 16.2. That said, people using an iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14, or third-generation iPhone SE can try it out first. According to the report, “Apple users on Airtel and Jio who participate in the Beta Software Program will be able to test 5G after the update next week.”

Strategy Analytics: Apple’s Sole Vendor Will Increase Laptop Shipments in Q3

Strategy Analytics has analyzed laptop shipments for the September quarter. The company’s finding: It was a great quarter for Apple and a bad one for every other laptop maker. That’s the word of AppleInsider.

That Apple got it right is not surprising. The company said on last week’s earnings call that Mac revenue was up 25% compared to the same quarter a year earlier, reaching a record $11.5B. That was fueled in part by the launch of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with M2 technology, as well as pent-up demand due to production issues in the spring.

Although Apple doesn’t give unit numbers and doesn’t break out revenue for laptops compared to desktops, Strategy Analytics seems happy to play that game. According to the company’s calculations:

  • Lenovo, the first place, shipped 12.8 million laptops, a decrease of 16% year-on-year
  • Second place HP shipped 9.5 million laptops, a decrease of 32%
  • Dell, ranked third, shipped 9.1 million units, down 25% year-over-year
  • Apple, in fourth place, shipped 8.1 million laptops, one increase 26% year-on-year
  • ASUS, in fifth place, shipped 4.3 million units, a drop of 16%.
  • And the big gray spot of Others also diminished: it fell 17% on estimated shipments of 12.2 million laptops.

“Overall,” the article says, the firm estimates that “the global laptop market is down 15% year over year,” with the Mac the only bright spot. Don’t expect it to be repeated this quarter. Apple computers had a successful quarter in December 2021, thanks in part to new machines. Given none of them are coming this quarter, plus exchange rate headwinds, plus macroeconomic concerns… Macs may perform better than others, but execs telegraphed a decline in Mac revenue on the quarterly call September last week.

Senator Asks FTC and DOJ to Oversee Big Tech in Auto Space

Senator Elizabeth Warren wants everyone to keep an eye on Apple, Google and Amazon as they enter the automotive game. MacRumors caused the Massachusetts Democrat to send:

…a letter [PDF] to antitrust officials at the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, requesting that they investigate “Big Tech’s expansion into the auto industry.”

While it notes Amazon’s attempt at self-driving cars, indications in the article are that it’s particularly concerned about Apple and Google and the advances they’ve already made with CarPlay and Android Auto. According to the report:

The senator claims that Apple and Google’s expansion into cars threatens to extend “anti-competitive mobile app market practices” to cars, citing in-app purchase requirements and the fact that ‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto apps must be approved by Apple and Google, respectively, before being allowed in vehicles.

The senator expresses her concern that the big tech players “will stifle a nascent industry…”. She also said that MacRumors Be worried:

…that companies are setting up to be a “one stop shop for automakers” for data collection, cloud storage, analytics, in-car navigation, voice assistants, and autonomous driving collection .

The report goes on to say:

Warren is asking the FTC and DOJ to use their authority to address concerns as they arise and “prevent further overreach by big tech companies.” She says that without “proactive and rigorous oversight,” Google, Apple, and Amazon “will take their anti-competitive, anti-consumer, and anti-labor practices into the auto industry.”

Glasgow Apple Store votes to unionize

The number of unionized Apple Stores appears to have increased by one. gadget cites a report from The Herald in Scotland saying: “Workers at an Apple Store in Glasgow, Scotland, voted on Wednesday to unionize.” The article says workers at the city’s Buchanan Street store “voted ‘overwhelmingly’ for” the union.

How did Apple take it? About the same. While the Cupertino company did not respond to a request for comment from gadgetit’s made tell scotland The Herald:

We have long been committed to delivering a great experience for our customers and teams… Apple is one of the highest paying retailers in Scotland and we have regularly made improvements to our industry leading benefits as part of the overall support we provide to our valued team members.

Watch? About the same. Assuming the vote is certified, gadget says the Buchanan Street location will be the UK’s first unionized Apple Store.

Apple Releases Official Trailer for Holiday Comedy/Musical ‘Spirited’

And finally today, not sure why, but I’m catching the holiday mood a little early this year. I saw Christmas candy before Halloween and got a little excited. me intentionally Yesterday I heard my first Christmas song of the season: “Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder, in case you were wondering. And I’ve seen the latest trailer for the Apple TV+ movie Energetic at least a couple of times.

Energetic is the latest comedy/musical version of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol starring Will Farrell, Ryan Reynolds and Octavia Spencer. It hits theaters in just over a week, on Friday, November 11. It begins airing a week later, on Friday, November 18. I anticipate seeing it more than once this holiday season, and I make no apologies for that.

If you want to see why, the official trailer is out now. in Youtube.

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