Although several regions of the planet are absorbed in the pandemic of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), Apple continues to carry out its activities with the greatest care and responsibility possible. In this sense, while closing stores in some locations, the company on the other hand also opens new spaces – and the next opening will take place on Saturday (7/25) in Bangkok, Thai capital.
THE Apple Central World is opposite the namesake mall (the largest in Thailand) and will join Apple Iconsiam, which opened in November 2018. Apple did not provide details about the opening, but information such as the opening date was shared by a Twitter user.
During construction, a temporary wall kept the new store hidden and, although it remains shrouded in a temporary black cover, the cylindrical glass design and the flat, circular ceiling are visible.
Last March, the structure’s architectural plans were leaked, showing that the store will have display tables arranged in a ring shape around the store, with shelves to display products along the walls. The center of the store has a spiral staircase to the second floor, where there is Forum is Video Wall for the sessions of Today at Apple.
On the store page, you can check out a new promotional video and download wallpapers inspired by the theme of the inauguration for iPhones, iPads and Macs.
Exposure alert API
In the meantime, the exposure alert API developed by Apple in partnership with Google is providing a mango cloth.
The Australian government is accusing Apple and Google of not properly developing the features of the exposure alert API, which were implemented in COVIDSafe, an app distributed in the country to combat the pandemic. The information is 9News.
According to various user complaints, the app tries to connect to servers whenever it exchanges information with other users’ devices, on a constant basis. According to one report, the bug has persisted for at least 16 days.
When devices go out of range or change identifiers, those connections will remain pending indefinitely.
Although the Australian government continues to blame the lack of cooperation from Apple and Google; developers who have been debugging the app claim that this is not true, and that the problem is not at the tip of the tech giants.
If the government is claiming that the problems are Apple’s fault, it just doesn’t make sense when we know there are explanations that it’s not them.
None of the companies responded to the Australian government’s allegations, for now.
In the United States
In a new publication by Lawfare, analysts have examined the advancement of exposure alert technologies (including that of Apple / Google) in the US since the beginning of the pandemic and saw a not so encouraging scenario: currently, only four states (Oklahoma, Alabama, South Carolina and Virginia) ) plan to offer an app that uses the technology giant’s API – but none actually already makes it available.
In some cases, local governments have decided to launch GPS-based apps that raise concerns about user privacy, while most states do not plan to offer any solutions.
In Brazil, the scenario is similar: we have the Coronavirus app – SUS, which does not use any exposure alert technology – and does not even intend to.
Apple store closure strategy
On a related note, the WSJ analyzed Apple’s strategies and criteria for deciding when and where to close stores.
According to analyst Gene Munster, the amount of money that the company has in cash and its strong online presence make Apple can be more aggressive in its strategy of closing stores in relation to others. In this way, monitoring these closings gives us an insight into what is happening in various areas not only in the US, but in the world, and possible future trends.
Remembering that Apple uses information such as case numbers, positivity rates, hospital occupation, ICUs and use of ventilators, number of asymptomatic tests and other factors to make decisions – it uses public data, but if they are not available, it comes in contact public health departments in each country to request them.
via MacRumors [1, 2], ZDNet, 9to5Mac