AWT News Update: October 13, 2015

In the news today -- 1TB Fusion Drives are missing flash storage, Apple gets rid of a pest, and iTunes Store downtime continues:

  • The 1TB Fusion Drives in the new iMacs have 104GB less flash storage than previously
  • A court-appointed antitrust monitor who has been overseeing Apple for the past two years can leave
  • iTunes Store was down for three hours today after some issues yesterday as well.

The text edition is located below for your reading enjoyment!

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 13, 2015.

Those next-generation Retina iMacs are looking pretty good, but you may want to steer away from the 1TB Fusion Drive that comes standard with some of the models. Previously, the 1TB Fusion Drive consisted of a 1TB hard drive with 128GB of flash storage. In the new devices, Apple has reduced that amount to just 24GB of flash storage. Fusion Drives use that flash storage to store OS X files and applications for fast startup, fast wake from sleep, and quick app launching. Why the company thinks that reducing that amount to less than one-fifth of the flash storage previously installed is a good idea is beyond comprehension. Your solution is to install a 2TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, which fortunately do come with the 128GB of flash storage.

For the past two years, Apple has been subjected to scrutiny by Michael Bromwich, an antitrust monitor appoinsted by the US Department of Justice as part of a settlement regarding an alleged e-book price fixing scheme masterminded by Apple. From the start, Bromwich wanted access to Apple directors and executives on his schedule, and submitted excessive bills to the company. Fortunately for the company, Bromwich’s so-called “services” will no longer be required, as Judge Denise Cote — a friend of Bromwich’s who named him to be the antitrust monitor despite the fact that he had no antitrust law experience — says that the company has “now implemented meaningful antitrust policies, procedures, and training programs that were obviously lacking at the time Apple participated in and facilitated the horizontal price-fixing conspiracy found by this court.” The Justice Department said that Apple “never embraced a cooperative working relationship with the monitor”, while Apple admitted that the relationship with Bromwich was “rocky at times” but still cooperated.

The iTunes Store has had several service disruptions over the past two days. The company updated its system status page noting the ongoing problem for some users, saying “Users are experiencing a problem with the service listed above. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available.” At the time of recording this podcast, the service was back up after a nearly three-hour outage today.

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.