AWT News Update: January 8, 2016

On this wintry (at least in Colorado) day in January, we take a look at the following topics on the news update:

  • Apple's rumored plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from future iPhones is throwing people into a tizzy
  • A lawyer attempting to sue Apple is told by a federal judge her work was done in a "manifestly incompetent manner"
  • VW didn't get to show off wireless CarPlay support at CES this week, but CarPlay still got some love
  • We'll never know, but Jony Ive may make more money than anyone at Apple

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 8, 2016.

This entire thing with Apple rumored to be removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone is getting out of hand. First, some people started a petition to save the jack that now has over 200,000 signatures. Personally, I’d like to see either more battery capacity or features in the next iPhone so there’s no way I’ll sign that petition. There will probably be an adapter available if anyone wants to use their old 3.5mm jack-equipped headphones, so big deal. And all new iPhones come with a new pair of earbuds anyway. The next rumor makes it seem like you won’t really need a jack of any sort anyway — apparently Apple’s working on a set of wireless earbuds to go along with the device, which may or may not be part of the Beats brand. The earbuds would be completely wireless, meaning that you’d have two earpieces and no intervening wire connecting the two.

A lawyer who tried to create a class action lawsuit saying that AppleCare service plans were fraudulent and unlawful was slapped down by a federal judge, who said that the dubious case was an invented lawsuit conducted in a “manifestly incompetent manner”. It turns out that two of the three plaintiffs were work colleagues of the lawyer Renee Kennedy in the first place, and the third was added to the suit after she was contacted by the lawyer while shopping for an iPhone. The judge said that Kennedy’s “total lack of experience with class action litigation, and her pervasive failure to comply with basic federal and local rules and with my standing orders throughout the course of this litigation, further undermine English's — that’s the third plaintiff — request for class certification." Without this being a class action suit, it’s as good as dead.

Volkswagen wanted to show off wireless CarPlay support this week at CES in Las Vegas, but apparently Apple kept it from doing so. Apple may have felt that the wireless version of CarPlay still isn’t up to its standards, or it might have plans to showcase it at an as-yet unscheduled Apple event. One other possibility could be that Apple doesn’t want to be associated with the carmaker which is in trouble right now for rigging emissions data to pass US standards. CarPlay received some attention at CES this week from other carmakers, including Ford, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep, and from two more aftermarket car receiver manufacturers — Kenwood and JVC.

Earlier in the week we noted that the SEC Form 4 for Apple executives — the form that shows how much each was compensated during the past year — showed that Tim Cook was picking up about $10 million a year while other executives were getting paid around $25 million or so. One person who was not on the list was chief design officer Jony Ive. Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune noted that he’s not classified as a director of officer of the company, so that information does not need to be reported publicly. Back in 2011, it was noted that Apple paid Ive — who was reportedly threatening to quit - a $30 million bonus and shares worth $25 million. It’s very possible that Ive could be the highest-paid employee in the company, but we’ll probably never find out.

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