Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple and Google as part of a newly formed coalition calling for “fair treatment” in the way the tech giants run their app stores.
The Coalition for App Fairness, a Washington-based nonprofit, launched Thursday and will advocate for legal and regulatory changes, such as measures that could block Apple and Google from favouring their own apps in the iPhone and Android operating systems they control. The activism from smaller rivals adds to scrutiny the tech giants are facing from US and European regulators and lawmakers.
The group aims to be the “voice of app and game developers in the effort to protect consumer choice and create a level playing field for all,” said a statement from Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer for music-streaming pioneer Spotify.
Apple is the group’s main target, though Google’s app store policies are also on its radar. Both companies this summer dropped the popular game Fortnite from their app stores after the game’s developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses their platforms.
Apple and Google both take a 30 percent cut from in-app revenue purchases, which has long been a sore spot with developers.
Fortnite’s developer, Epic Games, responded by suing the companies over what it sees as anti-competitive behaviour. Epic is backing the new coalition along with Spotify, online dating app maker Match Group, and other members including Tile, Basecamp, ProtonMail and European media industry associations.
In addition to the app stores, Big Tech is facing fresh scrutiny from antitrust regulators. As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country.
The anticipated lawsuit against Google by the Justice Department could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the ground-breaking case against Microsoft almost 20 years ago.
Lawmakers and consumer advocates accuse Google of abusing its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits.
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iPhone 12 Pro Max confirmed to pack 3,687 mAh battery – comments – GSMArena.com
Anonymous, 1 hour agoThat’s because there are people who use a high refresh rate but they aren’t even gam… moreLol that is why there is something called “Adaptive Refresh Rate”. You don’t have to be a gamer to experience it
JDK, 11 minutes agoYou made the point yourself.
We know you have never tasted the “IOS pizza” becaus… moreDidn’t you admit in the other thread that you used iOS long time back?
How can you pass a judgement on something you have never experienced recently?
- 11 minutes ago
We know you have never tasted the “IOS pizza” because you trash it 24/7.
So go taste some “IOS pizza” yourself before you trash it.
Oh you know what, a troll like you would never even BOTHER to try IOS. Well, ok.
Keep living your life in the “android superiority matrix”.
- 33 minutes ago
Though going to be an excellent phone, it’s the battery again that dissapoints. Tom’s Guide already revealed that iPhone 12 has shorter battery life than iPhone 11 despite on 4G network.
blablameh, 55 minutes agohigh refresh rate is not only good for gaming, its also really great for scrolling the text, i… moreIt’s pointless trying to explain someone how good pizza tastes as they have never eaten it. They’ll only appreciate it when they get it on their iphones.
IOS is no different from a prison where prison guard decides what inmates get to eat while Android is like a buffet where one can pick and choose.
No wonder 80% people want nothing to do with iOS.
So glad to be part of the premium ecosystem of Android where one doesn’t have to beg for latest tech like High refresh rate screen.
Anonymous, 1 hour agoMax Pro has good battery life because it still only has a 60hz refresh rate display, not becau… moreEven Budget Androids have 90hz-120hz these days and have better endurance rating that 60hz iPhone.
As usual, Apple behind the competition.
- 46 minutes ago
BigDisplay, 48 minutes agoHoly cow cake… Serious… A toy battery for 5g and a big display 😳 what are they thinking ab… morelmao you are exactly the type of comment I expected when entering the comment section
Holy cow cake… Serious… A toy battery for 5g and a big display 😳 what are they thinking about… Maybe they don’t think, only for the money 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻
- 55 minutes ago
Anonymous, 1 hour agoThat’s because there are people who use a high refresh rate but they aren’t even gam… morehigh refresh rate is not only good for gaming, its also really great for scrolling the text, i.e. web browsing. once you get used to the fluent text / web page scrolling there is no going back. with 60Hz screen my eyes literally bleed, 90Hz was better but still not that comfortable. for me 120Hz is minimum for comfortable reading.
- 56 minutes ago
Leave me alone guys with this your iPhone thing
I phone this, iPhone that, I’m full of you now! !!!!!
Anonymous, 1 hour agoThat’s because there are people who use a high refresh rate but they aren’t even gam… moreYeah, but look how smooth it is “proceeds to diddle the app drawer up and down”. I need and want 144Hz display for gaming, but I feel like my iPhone XR display is great for what I need it. Despite being “only” 60Hz IPS LCD…
- 1 hour ago
Strawhat, 1 hour agoIt makes 11 series a better deal with a cheaper and bigger battery. Just ignore 5GI can do without 5G, and if I gain some battery in the process, by having an 11 instead, I’ll be very happy to do so
Research said, Li-ion battery will lose most of its quality at about 3 years of usage, whatever the brand is.
Heavy gaming, charge 3 times a day, overheat will shorten the battery life.
- 1 hour ago
- 1 hour ago
That’s because there are people who use a high refresh rate but they aren’t even gamers… Wtf
- 1 hour ago
Anonymous, 2 hours agoIncredible how power efficient iPhones always been. With this size battery they will still be … moreMax Pro has good battery life because it still only has a 60hz refresh rate display, not because iPhones are more efficient.
Anonymous, 2 hours agosmaller battery lasts lesser, causing to charge more often, so degrades faster, having the use… moreIt makes 11 series a better deal with a cheaper and bigger battery. Just ignore 5G
- 1 hour ago
Anonymous, 2 hours agoIncredible how power efficient iPhones always been. With this size battery they will still be … morevery efficient half day last 2000$ iphone my phone last 3 daya for 500$ aoon must repleace battery ahhaha
iPhone 12 Pro Max confirmed to pack 3,687 mAh battery – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
After we got confirmation on the iPhone 12 series’ modest performance gains and RAM capacity via Geekbench and AnTuTu we now have the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s battery size thanks to a listing on China’s TENAA agency.
The largest iPhone to date has a cell with rated capacity of 3,687 mAh which is 282 mAh less than last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max which boasted a 3,969mAh cell. It’s also listed with 6GB RAM just like we saw on both the Geekebench and AnTuTu listings.
The battery capacities for the rest of the new iPhones were also revealed through official listings on Vodafone Netherlands. The 12 and 12 Pro come with 2,815 mAh cells while the 12 mini packs the smallest battery at 2,227 mAh.
Despite the smaller figures Apple is claiming similar battery life to last year’s iPhones, but despite the power efficiency gains from the new 5nm A14 chipset, early reviews say the 12 and 12 Pro can’t last as long as last year’s iPhone 11 Pro. The 12 mini and 12 Pro Max are yet to make their ways to reviewers’ hands.
iPhone 12 Pro Max battery smaller than iPhone 11 Pro Max, according to regulatory filing – AppleInsider
A Chinese regulatory filing spotted on Tuesday suggests Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max sports a less capacious battery than last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max.
A filing with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) cites iPhone 12 Pro Max’s battery capacity as 3,687 mAh. By comparison, iPhone 11 Pro Max, which the 12 Pro Max replaces, was powered by a 3,969 mAh cell.
Lending credence to the document, the 3,687 mAh figure matches listings discovered on hardware certification platforms in July.
The TENAA page also says the 12 Pro Max comes with 6GB of RAM, mirroring information discovered in plist files included with Apple’s Xcode 12.1 beta last week.
Despite the apparent reduction in capacity, Apple says the iPhone 12 Pro Max performs similarly to last year’s handset. A comparison tool — somewhat vaguely — claims both iPhone models offer up to 20 hours of video playback between charges. That could be a negative for existing 11 Pro Max owners who need a midday top up.
This year’s iPhone includes a number of enhancements, some of which are major power sinks. New photography capabilities like 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision HDR video recording are perhaps high on the list, but the main check to a long-lasting handset is the inclusion of power-hungry 5G connectivity. Nowhere will that be more noticeable than in the U.S., where iPhone supports speedy mmWave technology.
Apple is doing its best to balance 5G support with handset longevity. As part of that effort, a new battery-saving feature dubbed “Smart Data Mode” automatically transitions iPhone 12 series devices between 4G LTE and 5G as iOS deems necessary. For example, iPhone might remain on 4G for web browsing and listening to music, but will switch to the faster, low-latency 5G for a FaceTime call.
Apple is due to initiate iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders on Nov. 6 ahead of wide availability a week later.
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