Apple pledges $2.5bn to address California housing crisis

As homelessness reaches chronic levels in California, Apple and other tech companies pledge funds to fix the problem. Technology giant Apple says it will set aside $2.5bn to provide affordable homes in California which has more homeless people in the state than anywhere else in the United States. Tech companies have been blamed for contributing to the state’s housing crisis as they set up shop there, pushing house prices up beyond the reach of many residents. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.

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Apple to raise iPhone 11 production by 10 percent

Suppliers have been told to increase production of the latest iPhone due to strong demand, the Nikkei Asian Review said. Apple Inc. has told suppliers to increase production of the latest iPhone 11 product line by as much as 10% to meet stronger-than-expected demand for the new handsets, the Nikkei Asian Review reported. The boost would add 7 million to 8 million units to the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s smartphone production, the publication reported. The increase may validate Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s strategy of offering budget-conscious consumers less expensive models…

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Apple apologises, and makes changes to Siri’s privacy policy

In a statement, the tech giant announced new plans aimed at improving its digital-assistant services. Multinational technology company Apple Inc on Wednesday said it would quit its default practice of retaining audio recordings of the requests users make to its Siri personal assistant. The company also pledged to limit human review of what audio it does collect so only its employees – and not its contractors – can hear these recordings. The changes come after Apple earlier this month put a hold on a programme called Siri grading, in which humans…

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iPhone designer Jony Ive to leave Apple and start own firm

Ive was a part of Apple’s design team since the 1990s and is known for shaping its signature rounded, stylish designs. The man behind the iconic designs of the iPhone, iMac and iPad is leaving Apple. Jony Ive, a close creative collaborator with Apple Inc cofounder Steve Jobs, whose designs drove its rise to a $1 trillion company, will leave later this year to form an independent design company. Apple said Ive will continue work on its products at his new venture, but shares fell as much as 1.5 percent…

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