Tim Cook's Legacy (continued), The Apple Pencil Uprising, Longer Smartphone Life Cycles

Today's Above Avalon stories: 

  • Tim Cook's Legacy (continued)
  • The Apple Pencil Uprising
  • Longer Smartphone Life Cycles

We kick off today's email by discussing a few additional points from my "The Tim Cook Legacy" post from yesterday. In particular, we address the criticism that Cook is focusing on data privacy and security for marketing purposes. Next, we shift over to news that Apple will restore Apple Pencil functionality in the next beta of iOS 9.3. We discuss the background to this issue and why I suspect Apple changed course. We conclude by looking at new Kantar data that points to longer smartphone life cycles due to users not upgrading their devices as frequently. We go over the data and discuss a few theories as to what may be occurring at a more granular level. 

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