The Verge: Zuckerberg says Meta and Apple are in ‘very deep, philosophical competition’ to build the metaverse

The Verge: Zuckerberg says Meta and Apple are in ‘very deep, philosophical competition’ to build the metaverse. “Mark Zuckerberg believes that Apple and his company are in a ‘very deep, philosophical competition’ to build the metaverse, suggesting the two tech giants are ready to butt heads in selling hardware for augmented and virtual reality.”

Apple Insider: Apple Maps gets more detailed 3D data for three more countries

Apple Insider: Apple Maps gets more detailed 3D data for three more countries. “France, Monaco, and New Zealand all now have updated terrain and road details as Apple Maps’ new map data reaches sixteen unique locations. New in Apple Maps are better highlighted areas, redesigned name labels, updated terrain information, improved visual clutter, as well as the addition of 3D models in locations for those three countries.”

Australian Financial Review: Apple and Google hit with class actions by Australian app users

Australian Financial Review: Apple and Google hit with class actions by Australian app users . “Apple and Google Android users in Australia are suing the California-based technology giants, alleging they used their market power to force app developers to use their payment systems, resulting in higher prices for consumers. Twin legal actions allege Apple and Google have ‘a substantial degree of power in the markets for the purchase’ of apps via the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, and the in-app purchase of content.”

TechCrunch: Here’s everything Apple just announced at the WWDC 2022 keynote

TechCrunch: Here’s everything Apple just announced at the WWDC 2022 keynote. “It’s WWDC keynote time! Each year Apple kicks off its Worldwide Developer Conference with a few hours of back-to-back-to-back announcements, generally covering things from iOS to watchOS to — sometimes! — new hardware. Didn’t have time to tune in? We get it! We’ve wrapped up all of the biggest news in an easy-to-skim digest.”

The Verge: Glasses or no glasses, this year’s WWDC is all about AR

The Verge: Glasses or no glasses, this year’s WWDC is all about AR. “It’s now fairly clear that AR and VR are Apple’s next big thing, the next supposedly earth-shakingly huge industry after the smartphone. Apple’s not likely to show off a headset at WWDC, but as augmented and virtual reality come to more of our lives, everything about how we experience and interact with technology is going to have to change.”

TechCrunch: Apple adds live captions to iPhone and Mac, plus more accessibility upgrades to come

TechCrunch: Apple adds live captions to iPhone and Mac, plus more accessibility upgrades to come. “Apple has released a bevy of new accessibility features for iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac, including a universal live captioning tool, improved visual and auditory detection modes, and iOS access to WatchOS apps. The new capabilities will arrive ‘later this year’ as updates roll out to various platforms.”

Silence Of The iPods: Reflecting On The Ever-shifting Landscape Of Personal Media Consumption (Hack A Day)

Hack A Day: Silence Of The iPods: Reflecting On The Ever-shifting Landscape Of Personal Media Consumption . “On October 23rd of 2001, the first Apple iPod was launched. It wasn’t the first Personal Media Player (PMP), but as with many things Apple the iPod would go on to provide the benchmark for what a PMP should do, as well as what they should look like. While few today remember the PMP trailblazers like Diamond’s Rio devices, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t know what an ‘iPod’ is.” Not the kind of content I normally associate with Hack A Day, but very good.

Ars Technica: Apple and Google’s outdated apps ban would cut each store by a third

Ars Technica: Apple and Google’s outdated apps ban would cut each store by a third. “Both members of our favorite mobile duopoly, Google and Apple, recently announced plans to cull outdated apps in their respective app stores. Last month, both companies decided any app that hadn’t been updated in two years would be removed. Early in April, Google announced a two-year cutoff plan that would kick-in in November, and later in the month, Apple started emailing developers, giving them 30 days’ notice to update or be removed. It’s hard to know what culling two-year-old apps will look like, so exactly how many apps are we talking about?”