This week on The CultCast: We tell you how iPhone’s Smart HDR takes pics better than cameras costing thousands, and how a proper Apple Camera would be positively unstoppable. Plus: The Supreme Court may force Apple to allow competing app stores; proposed tariffs on the iPhone could send prices sky-high; and Apple says the XR is one of the best-selling iPhones ever.
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CultCast #364 – Why an Apple Camera would be unstoppable
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- Apple’s legal team could soon be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court to face an antitrust case being levied against the company.
- Supreme Court justices heard an hour of arguments for an antitrust lawsuit against Apple this week. The nine justices appeared to be open to letting the lawsuit move up to the high court. The lawsuit could bring huge changes to the App Store if Apple loses.
- Apple is being accused of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the way applications are installed on the iPhone. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Apple’s 30 percent cut on all sales in the App Store causes consumers to overpay.
- Lead plaintiff Robert Pepper of Chicago argued that Apple’s App Store monopoly leads to inflated prices because developers must account for Apple’s 30 percent fee. The plaintiffs want Apple to open up iOS so apps can be installed from sources other than the App Store.
- Presdent Donald Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he’s prepared to put tariffs on all products being shipped from China that don’t already have them. And he’s also ready to raise the import fees on items already taxed from 10 percent to 25 percent.
- When the WSJ asked if that includes handsets like the iPhone as well as notebook computers, he said, “Depends on what the rate is, I can make it 10 percent, and people could stand that very easily.”
- A company VP says the iPhone XR has outsold the iPhone XS series since the cheaper device came out last month.
- Greg Joswiak, Apple VP of iOS, iPad and iPhone product marketing, told CNET that the XR has “been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available.”
- The situation is quite similar to what happened a year ago, when analysts mistakenly believed the iPhone X was a flop when it was actually Apple’s best-selling handset.