To San Francisco, Apple shipments, Setapp, OneDrive Mac client, more defections, ‘right to repair’


San Francisco typeface
San Francisco, a typeface developed by Apple, at top, and the outgoing Myriad, bottom

Apple.com switches web font from Myriad to San Francisco — Apple made a minor change to its website on Tuesday, integrating its in-house-developed San Francisco typeface, first introduced with Apple Watch, into most consumer-facing pages.

Mac vs PC shipments in 2016 — Both Gartner and IDC reports are out for 2016 Mac and PC shipments. They are in good agreement. But the reports on the reports as well as the reports themselves are often challenging to digest. There are worldwide vs US shipments, and that’s not the same as sales for PCs. There’s year-over-year for the total year and for the 4th quarter shipments. There’s Apple’s ranking, and there’s also the issue of whether Apple lost ground against PCs. Apple has been neck-and-neck with Asus for 4th spot overall, but has fallen back into 5th after a nearly 10% decline.

Subscription apps — MacPaw wants to make subscription-based Mac software popular by offering a bundled suite of apps for US$9.99 per month. Setapp, its new subscription service, has just launched. For the flat monthly fee, subscribers get access to 61 apps at launch, including Cloud Outliner, Focused, Blogo, Pagico, RapidWeaver, Ulysses, Screens, CleanMyMac, and more. MacPaw will add more apps to the service over time, and they’ll all be available ad-free with no in-app purchases or upgrade fees.

Microsoft Mac client for OneDrive — Microsoft gave users and administrators of OneDrive for Business some new features on Tuesday that they’ve requested for a while, including a new Mac client for its business-focused cloud storage service that can be deployed outside the confines of the Mac App Store. Users will also be able to sync files from SharePoint sites and OneDrive for Business shared folders to their desktops, like they have been able to for files that they own.

More Apple defections — Ford has become the latest car manufacturer to draw high-level employees away from Apple, with marketing executive Musa Tariq appointed as a vice president and chief brand officer of the major automobile producer. He’ll go to work there on Jan. 30. In this new role, Tariq is responsible for further building and differentiating the company’s Ford brand.

Five states are considering ‘Right to Repair’ bills that would affect Apple — Lawmakers in Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and Kansas have introduced legislation that would enshrine the “Right to Repair” for electronics, which means manufacturers such as Apple will have to sell replacement parts to independent repair shops and consumers and will also have to make their diagnostic and service manuals public, reports MotherBoard.

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