It wasn’t an ideal Thursday for Apple News when Tesla CEO Elon Musk confessed that he had discontinued following Apple News.
Apple News is the Cupertino-based company’s news aggregator platform that helps optimise content for iOS, macOS, iPadOS and watchOS users. Articles from various known news publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, People, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue, etc also get featured on the platform. While Apple News focuses on every-day news, Apple News Plus has a collection of detailed magazine-style feature stories.
On Friday, Ross Gerber – who is the President and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management – took to Twitter to express his disappointment at Apple News. Calling it a major source of negativity in his life, the investment advisor, in his post, mentioned that he had canceled Apple News.
Agreeing with Gerber, Musk promptly replied – “Same.”
I canceled Apple news. A major source of negativity in my life. $aapl
— Ross Gerber (@GerberKawasaki) August 18, 2021
This is not the first time the SpaceX CEO has complained about Apple. Last year, the smartphone-maker forced app developers to pay a commission of 15 per cent on the first $1 million earned in revenue in a year through the App Store.
Soon after, the company saw itself in a legal battle with the Fortnite creator Epic Games for allegedly abusing the market dominance for mobile apps. Calling Epic right, Musk said the App Store commission was “a de facto global tax on the Internet”.
Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2021
It wasn’t clear if the billionaire was talking about free Apple News or subscription-based Apple News Plus. But, he had a few nods of approval from his Twitter family of 59.2 million followers.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 18, 2021
A set of the spaceman’s fans said that their only source of news is Musk’s tweets or the microblogging site itself.
I get all my news from Elon Tweets
— Alex Kehr (@alexkehr) August 18, 2021
To add humour to the moment, one user shared a screengrab of Apple shares taking a massive dip after the newsmaker’s confession, while the others prayed the stocks don’t take a hit.