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Will Apple M1 Macs Become More Reliable than Intel-based Macs?

Apple has a hard time getting things right with macOS, with a years-long history of nasty security bugs and more recently, kernel panic problems. Apple Core Rot.

But with one integrated CPU and GPU on a chip made by Apple, together with a forced transition by application developers to this one integrated system, might the risk of bugs, particularly GPU bugs, decline significantly?

That is, with only one GPU architecture and one API to contend with, perhaps programs like Adobe Photoshop will be more stable on a future pro-grade Apple M1 Mac?

Also, Apple’s own testing being on the same chip architecture for both iOS and macOS in effect could lead to better testing, if only by virtue of a far larger M1-chip ecosystem that tends to kick out more problems by numbers alone.

Don H writes:

Apple certainly will have very few excuses left once they own the entire stack. I’ll give them credit for getting the initial M1 transition mostly right (they’re certainly benefiting from their past migration experiences) although I’m not about to buy a v1.0 M1 Mac. But I actually look forward to the next iteration, as the Intel roadmap has practically stalled lately.

However despite their hardware advances, it still comes down to Apple’s software strategy that sours the experience. If M1 Macs become more reliable, it will likely be at the expense of usability for everything not channeled through the iOS  mentality of dumbed-down user interfaces and obscured or missing ‘expert’ features.

And as the whole platform continues to get further locked down, right or wrong, we’ll continue to lose functionality and troubleshooting tools to the extent that we might as well be leasing computers from Apple rather than calling them our own. That’s the direction I’m nervous about.

MPG: the concerns seem like a distinct possibility.

For that matter, what is to stop Apple from blocking free speech right in your web browser, or scanning your private images for anything deemed offensive to the political winds? If Apple can lend a hand in killing Parler by taking down the app for millions of innocents, what’s next?

M1 Macs ahead, or a sandpit?
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Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 Continues to Kernel Panic macOS Catalina

I reported this problem last month, and while it is now less frequent, Photoshop CC 2021 continues to occassionally kernel panic macOS. I suspect the GPU, but that might not be it.

My 2015 MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave became extremely unstable (a dozen or more kernel panics in a few days) after installing Photoshop CC 2021. And since it did *not* have the macOS security update, which tends to implicate CC 2021. However, that might just mean that CC 2021 is hitting some Apple bug—no way for me to know.

Photoshop CC 2020 seems to be stable—that’s the best workaround.

Is this Adobe’s bug, or Apple’s bug? Hard to say, but it seems to happen only when using Photoshop. Maybe just because I spend a lot of time in Photoshop.

Panic(CPU 0, time 887794106663445): NMIPI for unresponsive processor: TLB flush timeout, TLB state:0x0
RAX: 0x0000000000000000, RBX: 0xffffff958df56000, RCX: 0xffffff8291667a40, RDX: 0xffffff828c8f8456
RSP: 0xffffff956db21dc0, RBP: 0xffffff956db21df0, RSI: 0x00000000fffffffc, RDI: 0x0000000000000001
R8:  0x0000000000000001, R9:  0x0000000004104d00, R10: 0x002028088000000a, R11: 0x0000000000000000
R12: 0xffffff82925e5520, R13: 0x0000000000000005, R14: 0xffffff800c8a1700, R15: 0xffffff82925e5520
RFL: 0x0000000000000086, RIP: 0xffffff800bf3858c, CS:  0x0000000000000008, SS:  0x0000000000000000
Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address
0xffffff956db21c70 : 0xffffff800c044e4b 
0xffffff956db21cc0 : 0xffffff800bebfd47 
0xffffff956db21df0 : 0xffffff800bf37f92 
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0xffffff956db21f60 : 0xffffff800c04d6b3 
0xffffff956db21f80 : 0xffffff800c044e4b 
0xffffff956db21fd0 : 0xffffff800bebfbed 
BSD process name corresponding to current thread: Adobe Photoshop 
Mac OS version:
Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 19.6.0: Tue Nov 10 00:10:30 PST 2020; root:xnu-6153.141.10~1/RELEASE_X86_64
Kernel UUID: A477D537-F87E-3978-8D7F-A84B7C02E62E
Kernel slide:     0x000000000bc00000
Kernel text base: 0xffffff800be00000
__HIB  text base: 0xffffff800bd00000
System model name: MacPro7,1 (Mac-27AD2F918AE68F61)
System shutdown begun: NO

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AudioTechnica Microphone for Better Zoom calls and similar

I’ve had to do business calls over the past year and struggle to understand the person on the other end using atrociously bad audio—frustrating to the point of having a hard time following the conversation. Ditto for various companies. I don’t know what kind of garbage (Bluetooth?) headset or microphone is being used, but the difficulty has driven me to the point of refusing the call if the person cannot switch to a regular cell phone. It’s been that bad in some cases.

A real microphone can be a big improvment for Zoom calls and similar. I bought the one below with the mini tripod stand for podcasts, though I never put it into use. So I gave it to my daughter, whose courses are online and who also works as a TA for some engineering courses.

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OWC Acquires LumaForge, Forging into High-End Video Storage and Workflow

As someone who has been through four startup companies, two of which were acquired, the “team intact” part of the deal bodes well—smart move.


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LumaForge Jellyfish Tower storage server

OWC Acquires LumaForge and Jellyfish Technologies

LumaForge to continue as an OWC Company, with team intact, to further expand production and server capabilities, solutions, and line up

Woodstock, IL – January 14, 2021 — OWC®; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world’s most respected providers of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC docking solutions, announced today the acquisition of LumaForge, creator of the award-winning family of shared storage Jellyfish solutions and its support of the ultra-reliable video workflow server that connects content creators, editors, colorists, graphic artists, and sound mixers. The Jellyfish product line adoption further establishes OWC as the provider of the most reliable storage workflow solutions available for both existing OWC and LumaForge customers and new. 

The LumaForge Jellyfish product family consists of Jellyfish Mobile: The first plug-and-play video workflow server that comes with a handle. Jellyfish Mobile was designed to be on-the-go or, at least, out of the server room. It excels with teams of four to six editors working with 4K media on the road or at the office. Jellyfish Tower: Matches the ease-of-use and plug-and-play magic powers of the Mobile and is as powerful as something you’d find in your server room. It’s quiet enough to stand on its own in your edit bay and powerful enough to take on 6+ editors working with 4K media and beyond. Jellyfish Rack: The most powerful in the lineup plug-and-play solution, intended to live alongside all your other fancy server room equipment. Jellyfish Rack is the preferred solution for ultra-high-bandwidth connectivity (25GbE/50GbE) and can seamlessly merge into the most complex enterprise network environments. All existing customers will be receiving direct communication regarding their support and upgrade paths within the coming weeks. 

“I am excited to welcome the amazing LumaForge team and solutions into the OWC Family. This acquisition both strengthens our enterprise/server storage capabilities and enables an even broader lineup of solutions to serve the needs of video, photography, and music professionals with some really exceptional new offerings,” said Larry O’Connor, OWC Founder & CEO. “Jellyfish and LumaForge customers will continue receiving the support and development, while this trusted technology will flourish and have a whole new level of support and engagement within the OWC family.”

“There’s no better home for our team and technology than OWC. A legendary brand with a reputation for great products and support that countless people depend on every day,” said Josh Minney, CEO, LumaForge. “We’ve always admired what Larry and his team have built, and we are all excited to actually be a part of it.”

About OWC  

Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and reach higher. We believe in sustainability and OWC solutions are truly built to last, go the distance, and enable users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC’s operation provides leadership in business sustainability, with our headquarters among the first in the world awarded LEED Platinum OWC features an award-winning technical support team as well as an unparalleled library of step-by-step DIY and informational videos. From the home desktop to the enterprise rack, the corporate backup to secure medical data, the recording studio to the motion picture set and beyond, there should be no compromise, and that is why OWC is here.  

About LumaForge 

Headquartered in Burbank, CA, LumaForge has been working with 4K imagery since 2006 and has developed a cost-effective data and color pipeline based around products from Apple Corp, Blackmagic Design, SEIKI Digital, MAGMA and high-speed 4K storage from Areca CineRAID.

LumaForge Jellyfish Tower storage server
OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD
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OWC Announces High-Powered 6 Port USB-C Travel Dock E for Macs, PCs, iPads, Tablets, or Phones

The OWC Travel Dock just keeps getting better (available in Q2 2021, pre-orders available)— it now includes an ethernet port, which is awesome for laptops.

OWC Travel Dock E

  • 100W USB-C pass-through power.
  • Two (2) USB 3.2 Type-A ports.
  • 312 MB/sec SD 4.0 card reader.
  • HDMI 2.0 port for up to 4K display.
  • Gigabit ethernet port.
OWC Travel Dock E USB-C

OWC Announces High-Powered 6 Port USB-C Travel Dock E for Macs, PCs, iPads, Tablets, or Phones

The best mini-sized dock to connect, charge, display, network, and import on-the-go through one cable.

Woodstock, IL – January 11, 2021 – OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits announces its next-generation mobile connectivity solution, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E. It reduces the hassle of adapter and dongle heft while expanding your connectivity options with six essential ports: USB 3 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, SD card reader, and all new Gigabit Ethernet, and USB-C 100W power pass-through. Through its integrated USB-C connecting cable, the compact Travel Dock E lets you transform any location, be it a studio, classroom, boardroom, or coffee shop, into a mobile office. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E gives you the ability to connect, charge, display, and import at will with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3-equipped computers, tablets, and phones.

Based on the original award-winning OWC Travel Dock, the new OWC USB-C Travel Dock E offers fast and reliable sharing, streaming, and surfing. Nothing can quash productivity faster than slow, low-quality Wi-Fi, but the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E isn't going to let you down. Its Gigabit Ethernet port has an industry-standard connector so that you can plug in anywhere for a speedy server connection, uninterrupted downloads, and reliable file transfers.

Unlike other mini docks that sacrifice usability to remain portable, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E packs a heavyweight punch akin to a desktop dock. This compact dock is about the size and weight of a hockey puck, and it can be used via bus power when you don't have access to an outlet. Or, connect a USB-C power adapter to the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E USB-C power delivery port to charge your device with up to 100W of power on the go or when working from home.

When finished using the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E, you can safely disconnect it in one click with the free OWC Dock Ejector software. The OWC Dock Ejector was designed by OWC hardware and software engineers to ensure all data is written to one or more connected drives before disconnection, saving time and protecting against data loss.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E Highlights

  • Make a powerful presentation on a 4K HDMI display
  • Share, stream, and surf quickly and reliably fast with standard RJ45 Ethernet 1000BT networking
  • Transfer files with storage devices in a blink of an eye
  • Charge up small mobile devices for on-the-go use
  • Ingest photos and movies directly from media cards with the SD card reader
  • Enjoy the convenience of a full-sized keyboard or mouse with your notebook
  • Connect it to Macs, PCs, iOS, Android, and Chrome devices
  • Worry-free: Up to 2 Year OWC Limited Warranty and lifetime US-based support  

"We are so proud to keep the OWC Travel Dock product family going strong," said Larry O'Connor, CEO, and Founder of OWC. "The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E is a great update to an award-winning product."

Pricing & Availability

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E will be available Q1 2021 in Space Gray for $64.99 at

The customer-favorite and award-winning OWC USB-C Travel Dock continues to be available as well. Users can choose from four colors to best complement their gear and get connected to notebooks, displays, and more as needed on the go. Starting at only $54.99, this Travel Dock is fully compatible with all Thunderbolt 3 equipped Macs & PCs.

OWC Travel Dock E USB-C

Up to 1527MB/s sustained performance

Backing-up All Your Stuff: an 18TB Hard Drive installed in OWC Mercury Elite Pro USB 3.2 Enclosure

Need a simple, relatively-compact single-drive solution for backup up a huge amount of data?

You don’t need RAID for backup (it’s an anti-feature for backup vs more redundancy), so why not keep it simple and huge?

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro with USB 3.2 is offered with up to 18TB capacity. You can buy it with the drive installed, or order the about $45 enclosure and add your hard drive of choice, such as the Western Digital 18.0TB Ultrastar DC HC550.

MPG is planning on testing the 18TB configuration soon.

OWC Mercury Elite Pro USB 3.2

Up to 1527MB/s sustained performance

European Readers: How To Buy OWC Products Over In Europe —

European readers might want to be aware of how to buy OWC products right over yonder.

CEO Larry O’Conner writes:

We are happy to support customers via any and all channels they purchase OWC solutions and not limited to our direct site. We are very appreciative of our resellers/channel partners around the world and ultimately purchase from the reseller that works best for your needs.

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OWC Envoy Pro FX Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C SSD

The OWC Envoy Pro EX has been available in Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C editions for a year or so now, with excellent performance. The recently-reviewed OWC Envoy Pro Elektron provides high performance in a dimimutive form factor, and trounces the Samsung T7 in performance.

Along comes the OWC Envoy Pro FX (available at, which raises the performance with the latest PCIe NVMe SSD 'blade', promising the highest performance yet.

MPG hopes to obtain a sample for testing sometime soon.

OWC Envoy Pro FX Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C SSD

OWC Announces Envoy Pro FX as Fastest, Most Compatible Waterproof, And Ultra Rugged Drive Available

Portable SSD for All Computerkind works with past, present, and future Macs; Windows and Linux PCs; and iPad Pro, Chromebook, and Surface devices with data speeds up to 2800MB/s.

OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kitsannounces the OWC Envoy Pro FX universal compatible Thunderbolt and USB Portable SSD. By supporting the max performance capability of any interface up to 2800MB/s and built like a tank with dust/drop/waterproof certification, you can transfer gigabytes of data in seconds anywhere.

The OWC Envoy Pro FX is ideal for everyone and every need for Mac and PC compatibility spanning back to 2010. Fast, tough, Bus-powered (no AC adapter needed) portability. That's a lot of features boxes checked off. The OWC Envoy Pro FX then goes to the next level by being the ideal drive for various uses and ranging from photography, video, and document storage backups to a secondary/portable OS boot drive. The perfect on-set project drive for editing dailies, multi-angled camera shots, utilizing large sample libraries within audio projects, or portable Steam games library. 

Its sleek, heat-dissipating charcoal grey aluminum housing is IP67 rated so that you can work in the dirtiest and wettest environments. Take on the urban jungle or a chaotic movie set with supreme confidence that your data is protected by MIL-STD810G certified military-level drop toughness. It's so tough that it was sent into space and back aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. Whether you're dropping it in a puddle or suspending it in zero-G, the Envoy Pro FX has all the right stuff.

OWC Envoy Pro FX Highlights

  • Plug & play with past, present and future Macs, Windows and Linux PCs, iPad Pros, Chromebooks, and Surface devices
  • Supports the max performance capability of any Thunderbolt and USB interface – up to 2800MB/sPerfect for audio, video, photography, graphics, gaming, and general data storage/backup use
  • Advanced storage technology with TRIM support works with Thunderbolt to deliver the fastest and most reliable portable drive performance available today
  • Certified dustproof, drop-proof, and waterproof
  • Bus-powered and smaller that most compact smartphones
  • Fanless, heat dissipating aluminum housing for distraction-free operation
  • Included Thunderbolt/USB cable plugs into to any machine, anywhere
  • Worry-free: Up to 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty a nd lifetime US-based support

"The OWC Envoy Pro FX is a giant leap For All Computerkind™," said Larry O'Connor, CEO and Founder of OWC. "It's the first portable SSD with out-of-this-world performance and compatibility. With the OWC Envoy Pro FX, you plug into past, current Thunderbolt and USB equipped Macs and PCs, or future Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 machines."

Pricing & Availability

The OWC Envoy Pro FX 240GB to 2TB models will be available in January 2021, starting at $169 on

OWC Envoy Pro FX Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C SSD

Up to 1527MB/s sustained performance

OWC Elektron USB-C SSD Trounces the Samsung T7

re: Samsung T5
re: OWC Elektron

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Samsung T7 is about $270 @AMAZON. Is $100 for 2nd-rate performance worth it?

The price difference is modest, but the performance difference is huge. Below, Samsung T7 performance (red/green) is a fraction of the about $379 OWC Elektron (orange/blue, top lines way above the Samsung lines).

For anyone who really wants the best, the OWC Elektron trounces the Samsung T7 whenever sustained I/O performance is a goal, as the graph shows. And the OWC Elektron is also IP67 water resistance and virtually indestructible vs the Samsung.

Samsung T7 vs OWC Elektron, sustained transfer speed across capacity
OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD
6000 MB/sec!
Mac or PC.

Ideal for Lightroom, Photoshop, video.
Capacity up to 16TB!

REVIEWED: Samsung T7

re: Samsung T5
re: OWC Elektron

Samsung T7 2TB USB-C SSD

The Samsung T7 is a big improvement over the T5? Not so fast...


With commentary on the Samsung T5 and the OWC Envoy Pro Elektron.

Sometimes newer is not better, at least not for all uses and users.

For users looking for the best performance, MPG strongly recommends the OWC Envoy Pro Elektron.

Garbled Adobe Camera Raw dialog that also renders entire machine unusable
mac OS Crapalina + Adobe Photoshop CC 2021

Up to 1527MB/s sustained performance

Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 and Apple Destroy My Workflow Worse Than Any Problem I’ve ever Had

re: Apple Security Update Causes Two Kernel Panics, Won’t Boot Once, Screws Up Displays, and DATA LOSS PROBLEMS

Using the Adobe Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop:

  • On my MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave, it frequently crashes the entire machine. The only solution is to do a hard power off. In this way I can can get an image or two done in 30 minutes. Due to crash after crash, it took me an hour to get this single image done; it should have been a 5-minute job. Other times, I can get 2 or 3 done before a system freeze.
  • On my 2019 Mac Pro running macOS Crapalina, the machine goes totally unresponsive for a minute or two; it is unusable for any app. Or sometimes it just kernel panics.

The GPU is not involved at least on the MacBook Pro, which crashes with or without GPU enabled.

I am not sure who is at fault: Adobe or Apple or both. Adobe has hinted to me that Apple is aware of the issue (no more information than that), but if that is true, how does it explain a MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave without the latest security update?

With this major f*ckup by one or both of these companies, I am unable to function as a photographer!

I am disgusted and outraged at the sloppy engineering involved. But it’s not just me; one of my consulting clients has lost jobs for ten days now because Apple hosed his Mac Pro with the software update.

The only thing I can think of is to try reverting to Adobe Photoshop CC 2020.

UPDATE: a quick test suggests that reverting to Adobe Photoshop CC 2020 solves the problem. I will see when I try to get work done tomorrow if I just had a bit of luck, or this is a real workaround that I can rely on.

Garbled Adobe Camera Raw dialog that also renders entire machine unusable
mac OS Crapalina + Adobe Photoshop CC 2021

Erik P writes:

Same here.

After installing Photoshop CC 22.1 on my 2019 iMac running Mojave, Photoshop became immediately unusable. Freezes, screen re-draw issues, Artifacts and crashes happened non-stop.

I re-installed the previous version (22.0.1) and things are OK again. But because Adobe will delete the previous version and its preferences by default when upgrading to a new version, I had to set up PS all over again. A damn waste of 1.5 hours of my valuable time.

I recommend to make a copy of the PS application folder AND of ALL preferences before any upgrade so you can copy them back and get up-and-running immediately with the older version again if things go the way most Apple updates go – which is to say CRAPPING OUT.

Truly a sad state of software development all around…

MPG: exactly. And Adobe throws away my settings also (on all my machines), which I’ve reported. Damned annoying.

OWC Envoy Pro Elektron

Ultra-high performance across entire capacity, outperforms the competition.

Tiny, bus-powered, rugged, compact!

√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!

Last Minute Business Deductions: Consult with Lloyd on Computer or Photography Purchases

USA Taxes: Section 179 for Small Business Owners: Deduct if In-Service by End Of Year

There are less than 3 days remaining in order to purchase equipment for a 2020 tax deduction on federal taxes—see link above.

I am available for consulting with flexible hours to help you make any important decision on computer choice, storage and backup, photography systems, etc.

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Some of my Favorite Stuff From OWC

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The end of the year is nearly here—see my post on Section 179 business tax deductions. Equipment must be *put into service* by year end in order to qualify, not just ordered.

2020: the year I finally moved to all-SSD for main storage

I enjoy working in quiet; I don’t like fan noise, spinning drives, etc. This year of 2020 brought that dream to fruition with a move to SSD storage.

For main storage in addition to the internal Apple 8TB SSD, I use the 16TB OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD in my 2019 Mac Pro. That total of 24TB of SSD storage means that I never need turn on hard drives except for backups. While the Mac Pro has a very low fan noise, it is hardly heard.

I also use two 8TB OWC Thunderblade units, which are excellent for high capacity SSD between machines or in my Sprinter van when on the road.

Also extremely useful to me are the OWC Envoy Pro EX USB-C units—very handy for all-around use and for travel. Though I haven’t yet splurged on the 4TB model, I use the 2TB one every day for backups of key data. The new OWC Envoy Pro Elektron (as fast as it gets for USB-C) is even more appealing for travel, though I have not yet purchased one.

For backups of all my SSD master/original stuff, I use the Toshiba 14TB MG07ACA hard drives (16TB even better, but I bought my 14TB drives prior to 16TB availability). The hard drives are housed in OWC Thunderbay 4, OWC Thunderbay 6 and OWC Thunderbay 8 units (other users might like even more storage potential with the OWC Thunderbay FLEX 8).

Finally, I upgraded my server with a 4TB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD.

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Apple Punished Employee for Approving App That Was Critical of Beijing, Lawsuit Alleges

re: Can Companies Like Apple and Facebook and Google do Business in China Ethically?
re: Apple 2019 Mac Pro: Made in China
re: iPhone: Made in China Gets Interesting

Back in 2017 in Can Companies Like Apple and Facebook and Google do Business in China Ethically?, I raised an issue whose chickens are coming home to roost.

Apple is not and can never be an ethical company so long as it accepts constraints imposed by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), whose human rights abuses rival the ugliest in history.

Apple is not a passive player here, but actively supports the suppression of human rights—see WSJ: Apple Removes Apps That Allowed China Users to Get Around Filters, aiding and abetting the most extreme security apparatus in the world today.

It seems that Apple has institutionalized embracing the CCP, all while pandering to security and privacy concerns here in the USA.

Apple Punished Employee for Approving App That Was Critical of Beijing, Lawsuit Alleges

Dcember 27, 2020

A former Apple employee alleges in a lawsuit that the company punished him for approving an app critical of the Chinese regime, in order to appease Beijing authorities.

The allegations were made by Trieu Pham, a former app reviewer for the tech giant, in a discrimination and wrongful termination suit filed at the Santa Clara, California, Superior Court in December 2019.

In his complaint, Pham states that in 2018, he was criticized by his Apple managers for approving an app by Guo Media because it was “critical of the Chinese government.” Guo Media is a website created by Guo Wengui, a dissident Chinese businessman exiled in the United States and wanted by Beijing on alleged economic crimes, who’s known for making allegations about massive corruption at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership.

The claims illuminate how the tech giant navigates its relationship with the Chinese regime, which notoriously forces Western firms to comply with censorship and surveillance requirements as a condition of market access. Apple relies heavily on the Chinese market, its third-largest market by revenue.

...Apple regularly takes down apps from its App Store in China at the request of Chinese authorities, and also proactively blocks hundreds of apps that are politically sensitive to Beijing, according to an analysis by the Tech Transparency Project, a U.S.-based nonprofit.

Plam alleges that after the app was approved, Chinese authorities contacted Apple and demanded it be removed from the App Store. In response, the company conducted an internal investigation and found that Pham was the reviewer who approved the app, the court complaint stated.


WIND: when profits are at risk, everything else gets put down.

The claims are chilling. It should give pause to anyone who actually believes Apple on respecting privacy, let alone human rights.

Why doesn’t Apple have no-compromise written guidelines for human rights that apply worldwide? Including when those guidelines may be compromisedfor business reasons.

There is no courage or merit in espousing privacy rights and human rights in places where those things exist to some degree—this is what Apple does in most of the world. But in highly repressive countries like China run by the CCP, it’s a whole different ballgame.

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The end of the year is nearly here—see my post on Section 179 business tax deductions. Equipment must be *put into service* by year end in order to qualify, not just ordered.

BIG WIN / HUGE VALUE: Sony WH-1000XM4 noise canceling headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3

Noise cancellation is something I make use of every day as a core health requirement*, and rarely have I gotten so much value for my money, in terms of usage time and performance—top of my list for useful brain-saving stuff are the *on sale* Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones (Sony WH-1000XMM4) @AMAZON, which also make excellent headphones for music and podcasts.

Why pay double the price for the unproven and way-too-heavy Apple Airpods Max or the inferior earbud options when the Sony headphones are widely acknowledged to be the best on the market?

I also own the Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Noise-Canceling In-Ear Earphones, but they were a waste of money for me: they never fit my ear canals well, falling out constantly, making them useless for most anything but sitting in a chair. So I rarely use use them. No earbud can ever compete with a good over-ear headphone, just by the fact of sealing off the ear by a good amount, even if not turned on.

* Having always been noise-sensitive, post-concussion it is more acute, though I have improved greatly over the initial year.

Other excellent items

See the B&H Photo Mega Deal Zone area—sales end soon.

I use or have used many of these items, and they are all superb*.

* Bugs in macOS on computers aside.

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