Apple Shares Slip As EU Commission Appeals $15 Billion Tax Ruling

Apple Inc. shares slipped lower Friday after the European Commission said it would appeal a ruling that freed the tech giant from paying a $15 billion back tax payment to the government of Ireland.



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Apple Shares Slip As EU Commission Appeals $15 Billion Tax Ruling

Europe’s General Court ruled in July that the EU Commission, as well as Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, “did not succeed in showing to the requisite legal standard that there was an advantage” in Apple’s tax arrangement with the Republic of Ireland that would have violated EU rules.”

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The original order from the European Commission in 2016 had called on Apple to pay €13 billion ($15 billion) in back taxes to the Irish government after authorities said the two had agreed an unfair tax agreement as part of Apple’s investment in the Republic.

“The General Court judgment raises important legal issues that

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Apple and Facebook spin antitrust claims: ‘We’re misunderstood’

In late July, a Congressional subcommittee successfully compelled four major tech company CEOs to formally answer questions over allegedly monopolistic business practices — a public spectacle marred only by COVID-19-related isolation of the attendees. Amazon, Facebook, and Google faced some of the heaviest questioning, but Apple certainly didn’t walk away untouched, as it was peppered with evidence that its App Store was abusing its increasingly dominant position within the software industry.

The “Online Platforms and Market Power” hearing matters because it paved the way for formal antitrust actions against four of the world’s largest companies, technology or otherwise. Individually and collectively, they reach billions of people, with an outsized impact on the hardware, software, and services enterprises and end users rely upon every day. While all four of the tech giants portray themselves as ambitious good actors, there are certainly negative consequences to their actions.

Today, a group of developers

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Epic, Spotify and other Apple critics form coalition to take on App Store rules

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More than a dozen app makers and other companies have joined together to form the Coalition for App Fairness, a nonprofit group that’s taking aim at Apple and its App Store rules. Among the founding members are Spotify, Epic Games and Match Group, all of which have been vocal critics of the fees Apple charges developers. 

“As enforcers, regulators, and legislators around the world investigate Apple for its anti-competitive behavior, The Coalition for App Fairness will be the voice of app and game developers in the effort to protect consumer choice and create a level playing field for all,” said Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs at Spotify, in a release on Thursday.

The coalition comes as Apple is locked in a public battle with Fortnite developer Epic Games.

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Apple Rolls Out Its Most Advanced Chip Yet Using 5-nm Technology

Apple introduced what it called its most advanced processor yet, a custom-designed mobile chip based on the 5-nm node that will power its upcoming generation of hardware, including its iPhone.

Apple said the latest generation of processors, the A14 Bionic, is based on 5-nm technology from TSMC, the world’s most advanced IC production process, packing smaller and more power-efficient components into the system-on-chip (SoC). Apple said the new chip pumps out more performance by integrating 11.8 billion transistors on the silicon die, a generational leap of around 40% compared to the A13, which incorporates 8.5 billion, and the A12, which packs 6.9 billion.

The Cupertino, California-based company unveiled the mobile chip in a virtual product event from its headquarters, where it introduced a new smartwatch and its latest generation of iPads. Apple said it would roll out the speedy processor in the latest iPad Air, which is positioned at the

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Apple reportedly no longer needs entire Apple Watch returned if Solo Loop doesn’t fit

According to leaker Jon Prosser, Apple has reversed its requirement for users to return their Apple Watch Series 6 if its Solo Loop, or Braided Solo Loop, isn’t the right size for them.

Apple’s original requirement for users to return their entire Apple Watch Series 6 to get a correct-size band meant that some were facing weeks before they could get their Watch back. Now reportedly Apple has decided they can keep the Watch, and just return the Solo Loop, or Braided Solo Loop, for replacement.

Leaker Jon Prosser goes on to say that Apple’s issuing of a replacement

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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

SAN FRANCISCO — For months, complaints from tech companies against Apple’s and Google’s power have grown louder.

Spotify, the music streaming app, criticized Apple for the rules it imposed in the App Store. A founder of the software company Basecamp attacked Apple’s “highway robbery rates” on apps. And last month, Epic Games, maker of the popular game Fortnite, sued Apple and Google, claiming they violated antitrust rules.

Now these app makers are uniting in an unusual show of opposition against Apple and Google and the power they have over their app stores. On Thursday, the smaller companies said they had formed the Coalition for App Fairness, a nonprofit group that plans to push for changes in the app stores and “protect the app economy.” The 13 initial members include Spotify, Basecamp, Epic and Match Group, which has apps like Tinder and Hinge.

“They’ve collectively decided, ‘We’re not alone in this,

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Apple leaker confirms Oct. 13 ‘iPhone 12’ event, Pro models arriving later

The “iPhone 12” will be announced at an Apple Event on October 13 according to prolific leaker Jon Prosser, aligning with earlier rumors.

Apple is expected to announce the “iPhone 12” lineup at an event sometime in October, and all speculation points to October 13. Jon Prosser has added that his sources line up with the leaked date provided to AppleInsider.

Prosser details again that the event will take place on October 13 with pre-orders opening on October 16, just as the AppleInsider source had said. He also included that the “iPhone 12 mini” and “iPhone 12 Max” would arrive in stores on October 23.

A follow up tweet noted that the “iPhone 12 Pro” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max” would likely be shown at the event, but not launch until sometime in November.

The pro models are likely delayed due to more complex part orders and the

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Apple Watch 6’s blood oxygen sensor is unreliable and misleading

An Apple oxygen check a day will not keep the doctor away, at least not yet. The way consumer tech companies are marketing health capabilities is getting ahead of what their gadgets can actually, reliably do. That’s a dangerous trend, and it jeopardizes the potential positive effect that collecting body data could have on our health.

It’s particularly deceptive at a time when many people are looking to health monitors for any clue that they may have covid-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

For the past week, I’ve been wearing a smartwatch on each wrist, all day and all night long. On the right I have the Apple Watch Series 6, and on the left I wear the new $330 Fitbit Sense, which went on sale this week.

There are many reasons people buy wearable gadgets. I wear an Apple Watch for fitness motivation and to receive phone

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Some Apple Watch Users Report Missing GPS Data in watchOS 7

A number of Apple Watch owners who have updated to watchOS 7 are reporting an issue involving missing GPS mapping data after recording exercise in Apple’s wrist-based Workout app.


Several MacRumors readers have been in touch to highlight the problem, which was first noted in a thread on Apple’s support communities by a user who upgraded their iPhone XS Max to iOS 14 and Apple Watch Series 4 to watchOS 7.

Later, I went for a walk. I used the Outdoor Walk activity on my Watch, but this time didn’t take my iPhone. When I returned, and attempted to upload the activity to Strava, I received a warning that no GPS/route data was present. I checked the Fitness and Health apps, and sure enough, there was no route on the map – only the starting point.

I spoke to someone at Apple Support and they suggested I turned off/back on

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Apple CEO Cook hopes wildfires, hurricanes, flooding will prove climate change

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Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said he tries to focus on policy, not politics.


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Get Tim Cook talking about privacy, renewable energy or even the coronavirus pandemic, and he’s happy to give you his perspective. Talk about President Donald Trump, and he almost immediately wants to change the topic.

The dynamic played out several times with Cook, who participates in only a handful of interviews per year, while talking with the Atlantic’s editor-in-chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, in a video-recorded interview Monday. 

Goldberg asked about Cook’s conversations with Trump, who’s invited the Apple CEO to White House events on manufacturing and the economy. Cook said he didn’t want to share them out of respect for Trump’s privacy. Goldberg asked how Cook would rate America’s response to the coronavirus. Cook once again declined.


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