Disney CEO Resigns From Apple Board
Bob Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, stepped down this past week from Apple’s Board of Directors. This change came about as Disney and Apple both prepare to launch their own streaming services that rival Netflix, the market leader.
Apple’s service Apple TV+ is expected cost users about $5 and Disney’s Disney+ is expected to cost about $7, both of which are cheaper than Netflix’s offerings. Throughout this split and brewing rivalry, both companies and CEO’s have remained completely amicable and have praised one another’s work.
These companies are expected to have a showdown of sorts when their products are launched next month, so keep an eye out for streaming service battles in the near future!
(Source: USA Today)
United Auto Workers Call Massive Strike Against General Motors
This morning, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union will begin what should be one of the biggest walkouts on a private-sector company in many years, and the most extreme work stoppage from the UAW in over 10 years.
These blue-collar workers argue that General Motors has prioritized profits over the well-being of their employees, and therefore demand change for over 46,000 workers in 31 plants. Talks and negotiations thus far have proven futile, but further negotiations are reportedly occurring today.
Although the strike should not have a huge impact on dealerships at first, since it takes a while to sell all of the cars on the lots, it has the potential to make or break GM’s research and development efforts for autonomous cars, as well as the manufacture of their normal product lines and product launches.
The UAW is fighting for higher pay, better benefits, and better job security as the automobile industry expects a downturn soon with the rise of autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing.
iPhone 11 to Include WiFi 6
WiFi 6, the next generation of internet connectivity, will be making its long-awaited debut in the third quarter of this year.
While WiFi 6 will make major speed and reach improvements, the most important improvement deals with how WiFi 6 devices interact with WiFi 6 routers. Their connections will vastly improve how well multiple devices are managed with the same router. This difference will be most prevalent in high-congestion public WiFi areas, such as airports and sports arenas.
The new iPhone 11 models have been designed to include this feature. As great as this is, however, WiFi 6 will not be adopted extremely rapidly, since it requires both a WiFi 6 router and device to function. Due to this, the benefits of including it in the new iPhones will not be realized until later, so it’s inclusion is regarded as more future-focused.