Apple News – Plan to Return More Staff to Offices in Break from Rivals
Apple Inc. plans to soon start returning more employees to its major global offices, including the main Apple Park campus in Silicon Valley over a few months, according to Bloomberg news. While other tech companies are continuing work-from-home policies through at least the end of 2020 due to Covid-19.
According to the Apple news website section, the first phase has already begun in some regions globally. It includes staff members who can’t work remotely or are facing challenges working from home. And A second phase, scheduled to begin in July, will return even more employees to Apple’s offices globally.
Apple’s approach to returning to its offices differs greatly from that of other well-known technology companies. It underscores Apple’s longtime focus on in-person meetings and hands-on product development, and the company’s reliance on hardware as its central business.
Apple Devices Shipments Declined in China Declined
Smartphone shipments from China’s factories to vendors rose 17% in April compared to the same month a year ago. Phone makers shipped 40.8 million handsets in April, up from 34.8 million in April 2019, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a state-backed think tank.
However, for the first time in years, the organization did not reveal the percentage of Android devices shipped. It’s a key metric that gave insight into how many smartphones Apple sold in China each month.
While private research firms tracking the smartphone sector such as Canalys, IDC and Counterpoint Research all reported that in the first quarter shipments of Apple devices in China declined in the low single digits.
Software Apple News – Major Logic Pro X Update Since its Launch
Apple unveiled a major update to Logic Pro X with a professional version of Live Loops on May 12, 2020. It has a completely redesigned sampling workflow, and new beat-making tools. With its collection of powerful creative features, Logic Pro X 10.5 will be a massive release for all musicians.
“The Mac and Logic Pro X are essential tools used by the world’s top musicians and producers to create the music that we all love.” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing.
Pro musicians and producers are already expressing their excitement for Logic Pro X 10.5. “Logic Pro X has always been my one and only DAW. The workflow is unmatched, and the built-in sound libraries have been essential to my music from the beginning. Now with the addition of Quick Sampler and Drum Machine Designer, I’m getting back hours I used to spend in the studio building sounds and kits.” — Finneas O’Connell, Grammy Award-winning producer
Ubisoft Sues Apple, Google Over Alibaba’s Rainbow Six “Ripoff”
Ubisoft Entertainment SA sued Apple Inc. and Google LLC, accusing the companies of selling a ripoff of its popular video game “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege.”
“R6S is among the most popular competitive multiplayer games in the world, and is among Ubisoft’s most valuable intellectual properties, the French company said. “Virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from R6S, from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen, and everything in between.”
Ubisoft said it has notified Apple and Google that Area F2 is infringing its copyrights but the companies have refused to remove the game from the Google Play and Apple App stores.
Apple Inc and Google haven’t respond yet.