by Juli Clover
Apple has hired Stella Low as its new vice president of worldwide corporate communications, reports BuzzFeed News. Low was the former communications chief at Cisco, and will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The role that Low is taking on at Apple has been empty for the last two years after PR chief Steve Dowling departed the company. Apple Fellow Phil Schiller has been handling the PR team since Dowling left, so Low’s hiring will free up more of his time.
In a statement, Apple said that Low brings “remarkable experience and leadership” to Apple.
Stella brings her remarkable experience and leadership to Apple’s world-class communications teams. Apple has an important story to tell — from the transformative products and services we make, to the positive impacts we have on our communities and the world — and Stella is a great leader to help us write the next chapter.
Prior to working with Cisco, Low has also run communication teams at Unisys and Dell. She is joining the company amid a fierce legal battle with Epic Games and with Apple facing regulatory issues over the App Store in multiple countries.
Tuesday May 4, 2021 9:51 am PDT by Juli Clover
Just after Apple announced its AirTags, Tile CEO CJ Prober relayed his concerns about competing with Apple in the tracking space, and said that Tile would ask Congress to investigate Apple’s business practices specific to Find My and item trackers.
Prober this week did an interview with Bloomberg, where he further expanded on Tile’s complaints about Apple and why he feels that Tile is…
Wednesday May 5, 2021 1:29 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Encrypted messaging app Signal has had a series of Instagram ads blocked from the social media platform, after it attempted to show users how much data the Facebook-owned company collects about them and how it’s used to push targeted ads.
In a blog post, Signal described how it generated the ads to show users why they were seeing them, simply by declaring upfront the information that the…
An early look at an ongoing analysis of Apple’s App Tracking Transparency suggests that the vast majority of iPhone users are leaving app tracking disabled since the feature went live on April 26 with the release of iOS 14.5.
According to the latest data from analytics firm Flurry, just 4% of iPhone users in the U.S. have actively chosen to opt into app tracking after updating their device…
Wednesday May 5, 2021 1:17 am PDT by Sami Fathi
Nearly two years following the release of iOS and iPadOS 13, which included native, built-in, and systemwide dark mode, Snapchat, one of the world’s most prominent social media networks, has finally rolled out a dark mode theme for iOS users.
Snapchat began testing a dark mode theme of its app design late last year with a small group of iOS users. Now, Snapchat says that as of this week, it…
Wednesday May 5, 2021 11:03 am PDT by Juli Clover
As the Epic Games v. Apple trial progresses into its third day, Apple’s internal documents and communications with various companies are continuing to surface, giving us some insight into the dealings that Apple has had around the App Store.
Back in December 2018, Netflix stopped offering in-app subscription options for new or resubscribing members and instead began requiring them to sign up …
MacRumors previously reported about Apple’s plan to switch to randomized serial numbers for future products starting in early 2021, and this transition has now started with the new purple iPhone 12 model in multiple countries.
With assistance from Aaron Zollo, host of the YouTube channel ZolloTech, we can confirm that the purple iPhone 12 released last month has a new 10-character serial…
Wednesday May 5, 2021 6:03 pm PDT by Juli Clover
The safeguards that Apple built into AirTags to prevent them from being used to track someone “just aren’t sufficient,” The Washington Post’s Geoffrey Fowler said today in a report investigating how AirTags can be used for covert stalking.
Fowler planted an AirTag on himself and teamed up with a colleague to be pretend stalked, and he came to the conclusion that the AirTags are a “new means…
Tuesday May 4, 2021 1:08 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple’s iPhone 13 models are expected to feature a slimmed down notch, marking the first major change to the TrueDepth camera system since it was introduced in the 2017 iPhone X.
We’re still months away from the launch of the iPhone 13, but Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy managed to get an iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy model that represents what we can expect from the new 2021 device.
While the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is set to launch in the second half of May, orders placed today are estimated for delivery as late as mid-July on Apple’s online store in the United States — some two months later. The new 11-inch iPad Pro is faring better so far, with some configurations available for delivery in the last week of May.
The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR …