Apple, according to the latest IDC estimates, sold 12.9 million iPads in the second quarter of the current financial year, accounting for 31.9 % of the category’s market share. Samsung shipped 8 mn tablets, accounting for a distant 19.6 % of the total market. Although the tablet market was more constrained than Chromebooks, it nonetheless managed to grow by 4.2 % YoY, with 40.5 mn units sold during the period.
Chief People Officer of LinkedIn Teuila Hanson said that as offices reopen, employees will be allowed to choose to work remotely full-time. LinkedIn does not require its employees to get vaccinated and return to the office. Any of the employees who change locations can also see their pay change according to the local market. This policy of LinkedIn opposes that of big tech companies like Apple and Google.
After the Pegasus spyware also targeted Apple’s iMessaging, WhatsApp CEO Will Cathart said Apple should do more about users’ security. He commended Microsoft for letting users know about the dangers of malware. Ivan Krstić of Apple in a statement pointed out that globally experts believe Apple phones to be the safest and such attacks are meant to target specific people with high execution costs and short shelf life.
The Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez expects Apple to increase its investment in Spain in the coming years. He relates the investment to Artificial Intelligence and Apple TV. Sanchez is looking to convert Spain into a European audiovisual hub over the next few years. He envisions Apple is connected to Spain’s aim. The statements were part of a TV interview, which happened after the PM’s meeting with Tim Cook in the US on Friday.
Apple has rolled out its latest iOS 15 to public beta testers after releasing it to developers. It is referred to as iOS 15 public beta 3 and has a number of notable changes. The new software is expected to be publicly released by the fall. The latest public betas of iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8 have also been released by Apple. The company has warned beta testers to back up their data if using iOS 15 beta on primary devices.
Google has uncovered four zero-day bugs in browsers of Apple, Microsoft, and their own Chrome that may put users’ data at risk. Quick action was taken and the bugs were fixed by the three tech firms. The H1 2021 has seen 33 zero-day bugs being discovered, 11 more than the entire year of 2020. Google said the increase in numbers was due to the improved rate of detection of zero-day bugs, which can enable it to protect users better.
Apple is slowly transitioning towards a hybrid work model with the aim of having its employees come back to offices. The company has rejected a lot of WFH requests from its employees. Starting Sept Tim Cook wants employees to come to the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Apple’s internal survey said that more than 35% of employees are unhappy about the hybrid model. 10 employees said they will quit their jobs due to the same.