Apple Initiatives

Apple Initiatives

Apple is a trillion dollar company that has initiatives and legal battles all over the world. As encryption and privacy become more important, governments and agencies will fight harder against them. Apple is also dealing with being called a monopoly while trying to buy up any company or talent it can.

● Encryption
● Privacy
● Epic vs Apple
● Company Acquisitions
● Apple Park
● Fighting the coronavirus

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Apple and Encryption

Touch ID unlocks your encrypted device Touch ID unlocks your encrypted device

Apple uses encryption to secure devices from bad actors and prying eyes. Personal devices like the iPhone can contain invaluable information, so locking it behind biometrics and passcodes is essential.

The use of encryption has been a controversial topic over the years as governments and police look for ways around it. Tools from foreign entities like Cellebrite have been purchased by law enforcement to attempt to break into iPhones.

Apple offers multiple hardware and software products that use encryption in some form. When users send an iMessage or make a FaceTime call, it is end-to-end encrypted. Important information like encryption keys and passwords are stored within the Secure Enclave for extra protection.

Apple and Privacy

Facebook collects a lot of data about its users for ad targeting Facebook collects a lot of data about its users for ad targeting

Apple says privacy is a fundamental human right. Preventing the wholesale collection of data has become one of Apple's primary objectives.

Google and Facebook have made it a critical part of their business to gather as much data as possible about its users. Each update to Apple's operating systems introduces new features to make data collection difficult. App Tracking Transparency and Safari Tracking Prevention were both met with pushback from advertising companies.

Privacy can be a difficult thing to control in a world where data is equated to money. Protect yourself from data surveillance by toggling certain settings and having some awareness of how these technologies work.

Apple versus Epic

Epic had a prepared video mimicking Apple's 1984 ad Epic had a prepared video mimicking Apple's 1984 ad

Epic Games, producer of Fortnite and Unreal Engine, have entered an extended conflict with Apple. The company believes that Apple has a monopoly position on app distribution on iOS.

When Epic purposefully violated the App Store guidelines, Apple pulled Fortnite from the App Store. Epic was prepared with a lawsuit, which is still underway.

Top executives from Apple will provide testimony during a trial starting on May 3. Those executives include CEO Tim Cook and App Store lead Phil Schiller.

Acquisitions

Apple has purchased several well-known companies Apple has purchased several well-known companies

Apple acquires many companies each year and doesn't usually make it known to the public. Acquisitions occur to secure patents, technology, or employees to further Apple's work in certain areas.

Standout acquisitions include Beats by Dre and Workflow. Beats Music became Apple Music, and Workflow became Siri Shortcuts.

Apple Park

Apple Park holds 12,000 employees Apple Park holds 12,000 employees

Apple Park is the company's second campus built in Cupertino, California. It's one of the final products pitched by the late CEO, Steve Jobs. The massive ring-shaped building is now an iconic symbol of Apple's dedication to design, green energy, and the future of technology.

In-person events take place at the Steve Jobs Theater — a glass structure overlooking the campus. Apple has recorded all of its remote events from the campus as well.

Apple combating COVID-19

The global pandemic did little to slow Apple's initiatives The global pandemic did little to slow Apple's initiatives

The coronavirus began affecting Apple in early 2020 as it ravaged China. However, the lockdown of the Apple supply chain was only the beginning, as the entire world fell victim to the virus.

Donations, face mask manufacturing, work from home, and remote events all resulted from Apple's attempts to combat the effects of coronavirus. Despite its effects on the world, Apple still released many new products and began the transition to Apple Silicon in Mac.

 

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