More money/more problems for Foxconn and its people, a couple of concerns about the Apple App Store, and a lot of issues revolving around Apple TV+ for kids.
Foxconn greatly increases retention bonuses in Zhengzhou iPhone factory
In the wake of workers exiting the Foxconn factory nicknamed “iPhone City” in Zhengzhou, China, I wondered in The Daily Observations Podcast of Mac Observer Whether Foxconn has considered spending the money to solve the problem. I’m not saying they were listening, but…
You no doubt know the story – we’ve been hearing about it for over a week now. It all started with workers asking for it Dinner at their dorms to fight”small outbreakCOVID-19. Then she raced through Foxconn saying no problem, then no big deal, until reports surfaced that workers were jump over the fence and walking home outside Zhengzhou – actions they took after reports of a Lack of food and proper medicine Care at the Foxconn iPhone manufacturing facility.
Let’s allocate more money to solve the problem
Now, a piece of Mac Observer Foxconn says it is increasing the rewards paid to iPhone makers who stay and continue making iPhones. Initially, the piece says the contract manufacturer was offering a “daily bonus of 100 yuan” ~ $13.75 for each working day. That would come out to 1500 yuan, ~200 USD.
This was apparently not enough to stop people from – You know… leave. Thus, more money to save…? In the new viewport, the piece says:
…the daily bonus is now up to 400 yuan ($55). Any employee of Zhengzhou iPhone Assembly Factory who has worked for more than 25 days can get a bonus of 5,000 yuan ($687) maximum per month.
The strange thing is that there is a maximum reward, and then there Maximum A reward, it seems. while both TMO and the Reuters The report on which a 5,000 yuan maximum bonus list is based, Pieces has Foxconn saying that people who put in their “full effort” for November, including not vacationing at all – those It can end up with a total bonus of 15,000 yuan, ~2,000 USD per month.
According to the report, the reactions were mixed. Some will stay for the big money, while at least one worker interviewed said conditions were “absolutely appalling” and that she was abroad.
New lock activated
The authorities may have given the workers a good reason to take the bargain last night. Or maybe they made the show moot. Before registering late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, I discovered a file Reuters (Across Apple News +) reported that the aforementioned authorities in the area where the iPhone City factory is located have enacted a new COVID lockdown. Starting right away, the article says that all residents are prohibited from going outside, and only approved vehicles are allowed to drive on the roads.
As it stands now, the restrictions will continue until next Wednesday, November 9. The article says that the tighter COVID lockdown raises questions about its impact on “efforts to quell discontent in [Foxconn] Factory.” No doubt this would also raise questions about the iPhone production that had already hampered. Neither Apple nor Foxconn responded. Reuters’ Comment request.
BofA notes drop in App Store sales
Apple shares fell on Tuesday And the There was a note of concern about the App Store from Morgan Stanley analyst Wamsi Mohan. It is difficult to say whether it was the latter that caused the former, despite the headline from Alpha search Along with the two: “Apple is wiped out when App Store sales are reported down.”
Mr. Mohan took a look at the new figures from the Sensor Tower sales tracker app. From August to October, that company says App Store sales fell 4% compared to the same three months last year. It’s also not worth anything – while App Store sales are down, “App Store downloads for both iPhones and iPads are up 2%” year over year.
Is it all thanks to the wobbly macro? Can. Or maybe partially. While people are likely to pinch their pennies and tighten their belts in the face of high prices and above all else to come, other things are happening. Quoting from the report:
Among the sensor tower data that Mohan said stood out, App Store revenue from China fell 3% in October year-on-year. Mohan also said the decline in gaming revenue from China is likely due to the slower pace of game licensing approvals, and the high unemployment rate among Chinese youth.
It’s also worth noting that while App Store sales were said to be down, services revenue rose last quarter. According to Apple Fourth quarter earnings of fiscal year 22Services generated $19.2 billion in the September quarter, versus $18.3 billion in the same quarter a year earlier.
Mr. Mohan has a “Neutral” rating on Apple stock. The target price for the shares is $160.
EU Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) Looms
If Apple and Google are considered “gatekeepers” by the EU (and there’s no way they won’t), the changes could be seismic — especially for Apple. According to the report:
Some DMA provisions will force Apple to allow third-party app stores and sideload on iPhone, allow developers to use third-party payment systems, enable users to set a non-Siri voice assistant as the default, and more.
Like not giving their products or apps preferential treatment. Camel Others speculated so who – which It could prevent Apple from highlighting services like Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and the App Store itself.
The piece has Gerard de Graaf, an EU official who helped pass the DMA, swinging across states to speak with potentially affected companies. He was quoted in the article as saying:
We expect the consequences to be significant… If you have an iPhone, you should be able to download apps not only from the App Store but from other app stores or from the internet.
The main message is that negotiations are over, and we’re in compliance… You may not like it, but that’s it.
You said the DMA type “come into effect” on Tuesday. Camel He says it will be applicable on May 2, 2023, although I kind of want to put “sort of” after that. The article says that “the European Union will announce the group of companies” that are gatekeepers next spring. after, after who – whichThe article says the companies will “have six months to comply with the law.”
Three iMacs for your mid-teens are heading into an obsolete state
A few older Macs seem to be heading for the obliteration. Mac rumors She says she heard about four machines that were headed to Apple’s “obsolete” list at the end of this month. It is said to include:
- iMac 21.5-inch and 27-inch from late 2013
- A 21.5-inch iMac from mid-2014
- 27-inch iMac Retina 5K from late 2014
“Old” basically means the end of the line with respect to Apple. Devices in that list are no longer eligible for repair or service from Apple or its authorized service providers.
Kids Series Coming Soon to Apple TV+
News of two Apple TV+ series for kids is on the way — one trio and one less so. On the at least side, the Cupertino-streamer issued a press release And a trailer for the animated series Chicken County.
Based on the 2011 Caldecott Prize-winning book series written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, [the release says] “Interrupting Chicken” is an animated preschool series that introduces kids to the joy of creative writing – starting with a little chicken named Piper who usually cuts short story time! Every time Piper hears a story, she can’t help but jump in, ask questions and let her imagination run wild.
The series arrives on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 18. Every now and then, you can pick up the trailer now on youtube.
On the triangular side, something for the older kids. separate press release Apple TV + highlights thought-provoking sci-fi series Cutters. according to who – which Release:
Circuit Breakers is a half-hour anthology series about near-future middle school students that uses science fiction as a backdrop to telling global stories about growth.
Each part of “Circuit Breakers” has a sci-fi twist on children’s stories, as children and families ask themselves how they would act in each unique situation.
It looks a bit like a series Eurekafor those who remember it – despite the focus on the “Anthology Series”, each episode should be a one-off, not an ongoing epic. Cutters Coming to Apple TV+ Friday, November 11th. You can also pick up a trailer for who – which on youtube.
Apple TV+ is nominated for 17 Emmy Awards for Children and Family
And finally today, it seems that kids shows on Apple TV + are standing in good stead. Camel highlights a Limit The report said 10 of Cupertino’s children’s shows received 17 Emmy nominations for Children and Family this year. Nominated Apple TV+ titles include:
- Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock
- Who are you, Charlie Brown?
- El Deafo
- Hi Jack! Show kindness
- and others
This is the first year of the Children and Family Emmy Awards. The article says the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has expanded the awards into its own category due to the “rapid increase in applications for this genre…” You should have a number related to the number of new players in the streaming game, including Netflix, HBO Max, and Disney+ and Apple TV+.
The Children and Family Emmy Awards are set for two nights. It will be presented on Saturday 10 December and Sunday 11 December
Today on the Mac Observer Daily Notes podcast
There is tech news that frustrates us and tech news that boosts our spirits. Today, I’m joined by TMO Managing Editor Jeff Potts, as we each bring an upsetting story and a happy story into the mix. That’s it for today Daily notes podcast From Mac Observer.
#money #problems #iPhone #City