Australian Banks ask for permission to collude against Apple

This news caused me to make a spit-take on my morning coffee. Several of the country’s big banks are seeking to join forces and negotiate as a bloc with technology giant Apple, which could lead to a collective boycott of Apple Pay, in a bid to offer “digital wallets” on the iPhone. Commonwealth Bank, National … Continue reading “Australian Banks ask for permission to collude against Apple”

Why don’t Australian banks support Apple Pay?

Apple Pay is near ubiquitous in the US despite the relative lack of terminals to support them. But in Australia, those terminals are all over the place yet the only card accepted on Apple Pay is American Express; a card not issued by the major banks. Why? For those who don’t know, Apple Pay is … Continue reading “Why don’t Australian banks support Apple Pay?”

Apple, Globalisation and Australian consumer protection law

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken Apple to court over misleading and deceptive practices associated with ‘4G’ claims with respect to the new iPad. The ACCC alleges that Apple’s recent promotion of the new “iPad with WiFi + 4G” is misleading because it represents to Australian consumers that the product “iPad with … Continue reading “Apple, Globalisation and Australian consumer protection law”

The day that had to come for Apple

For the second time in its history, Steve Jobs will move away from running the company. If history is any judge, this won’t go well for Apple. But there are lots of reasons to think why history will be a poor judge of Apple’s future performance. Let’s start with some similarities. First, Steve Jobs led … Continue reading “The day that had to come for Apple”

Why is Apple keeping revenues that might have gone to charity?

In the wake of the Japanese disaster, a few iPhone app developers are announcing deals that involve the proceeds of their earnings to go to charities such as the Red Cross. Here is an example. The sad thing is that not all of the revenue is going that way. Apple is continuing to take its … Continue reading “Why is Apple keeping revenues that might have gone to charity?”