Apple spent its whole event subtweeting Facebook and Google
Apple never mentioned either by name, but the iPhone maker seemed to use a glitzy launch event to throw shade at two of its biggest rivals: Facebook and Google.
On Monday, Apple unveiled a slew of new services during a highly-anticipated gathering at its global headquarters in Cupertino, California. The new offerings include a, which features shows from Oprah and JJ Abrams, as well as stars Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston. A paid news service, , includes content from the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic. The company even took the wraps off of its , partnering with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard.
In making those announcements, Apple repeatedly emphasized its privacy chops and reiterated vows against data sharing. Those promises sure seemed like thinly disguised jabs at its Silicon Valley neighbors, Facebook and Google. When Apple announced the paid news service, for example, the company emphasized it won't know what you've read and won't allow advertisers to track you.
"What you read on Apple News will not follow you across the web," Roger Rosner, Apple's vice president of applications, said during the presentation. Even if you had the volume turned down, it was hard to miss Rosner's words; they were projected behind him.
It's hard to see the line as anything but a diss to Facebook and Google. The two tech giants have recently drawn intense scrutiny because their business models involve collecting personal information from their users, which marketers for targeting. Lawmakers and the public have slammed the companies for their data collection and raised the specter of regulation to reign them in.
Facebook and Google didn't respond to requests for comment about Apple's presentation on Monday.
Apple's event wasn't the first time the iPhone maker has highlighted its commitment to privacy or taken aim at rivals in recent months. At CES in January, Google splurged on a massive marketing blitz for its Google Assistant software, plastering the words "Hey Google" -- the software's trigger words -- on buildings and monorail cars all across Las Vegas. Apple, which didn't participate in CES, made waves with a single ad on the side of a hotel that read, "What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone."