Apple Releases watchOS 7.1 Beta 4
In this week’s Apple news, Apple released watchOS 7.1 beta 4 for developers on October 22.
Apple provided two different builds available for the same update. watchOS 7.1 beta 4 is available as 18R5585a and 18R5586a builds. This newest beta replaces the third released on Oct. 13. Apple doesn’t explain why there are two different builds for watchOS 7.1, but the company released watchOS 7.0.3 earlier this week to fix a specific bug in Apple Watch Series 3, so this might be related.
Apple Store News: Apple Permanently Closes the Store in Minneapolis
According to Appleinsider, Apple on Thursday announced it would permanently close one of its retail locations in Minneapolis as a separate Apple Store in Las Vegas caught fire.
On Wednesday, Apple informed the 60 employees who worked at the location that the store would be permanently closing. A day later, the company issued a statement confirming the closure of the StarTribune.
“Our stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have served customers for 19 years, and our nearly 500 team members look forward to helping our customers for a long, long time. “Though we’ve made the difficult decision to permanently close Apple Uptown, all of our valued team members will be offered other positions within Apple and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers at our four nearby stores.”
Apple TV App Will Launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 Next Month
According to 9to5mac, Sony revealed that the Apple TV app will be available on November 12 on the PlayStation Blog, that’s the same day as the PlayStation 5 release date.
The Apple TV app will enable PlayStation users to access Apple TV+ content, Apple TV channels, and all of their purchased iTunes content on the console. Apple’s push to have Apple TV+ content available on every possible platform shows its commitment to the service and its longevity. Just like the smart TV apps, users will be able to subscribe and enjoy Apple TV+ originals and access their movie and TV show purchases from the iTunes Store.
Apple Spent $1.56M Lobbying US Government in Q3
A U.S. Senate document published this week reveals Apple spent some $1.56 million in the third quarter of 2020 to lobby lawmakers on a variety of issues including the coronavirus pandemic, taxes, autonomous vehicles, and more.
According to a lobbying disclosure form made public on Tuesday, and subsequently spotted by SetteBIT on Twitter, Apple directed a team of seven lobbyists to impact policy at the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Defense, Federal Communications Commission, Treasury Department, Health & Human Services, U.S. Trade Representative, State Department, Homeland Security, Office of Management & Budget, National Institute of Standards & Technology, and Executive Office of the President.
Apple discussed a range of matters with lawmakers, from the usual patent reform, environmental, trade, and corporate tax reform issues to more recent developments like the coronavirus and remote education. Apple is also looking for tax breaks for semiconductor fabrication, suggesting the company wants to expand chip production in the U.S. The move comes as Apple prepares to ramp up supply for Apple silicon Macs.