NYT interview with Trump criticized for failure to follow-up; Apple issues apology, lowers battery replacement price

Morning Brief: Impromptu interview reads as though it was rushed, not allowing for proper follow-up questions, as president again claims to be most brilliant man on planet

The New York Times is drawing fire from some quarters following an impromptu interview with the president, excerpts of which were published online last night. Criticism involves the failure of the reporter, Michael S. Schmidt, to follow-up questions asked of the president.

But the transcript, and description of the interview, do appear to back-up the impression that the interview was a rushed affair, with Schmidt trying to get in as many questions as possible.


The New York Times, Michael S. Schmidt and Michael D. Shear:

Trump Says Russia Inquiry Makes U.S. ‘Look Very Bad’

During an impromptu 30-minute interview with The New York Times at his golf club in West Palm Beach, the president did not demand an end to the Russia investigations swirling around his administration, but insisted 16 times that there has been “no collusion” discovered by the inquiry.

“It makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position,” Mr. Trump said of the investigation. “So the sooner it’s worked out, the better it is for the country.”

…Mr. Trump disputed reports that suggested he does not have a detailed understanding of legislation, saying, “I know the details of taxes better than anybody. Better than the greatest C.P.A. I know the details of health care better than most, better than most.”

Later, he added that he knows more about “the big bills” debated in the Congress “than any president that’s ever been in office.”

The New York Times:

Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The Times

TRUMP: Yeah. Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. And even these committees that have been set up. If you look at what’s going on — and in fact, what it’s done is, it’s really angered the base and made the base stronger. My base is stronger than it’s ever been. Great congressmen, in particular, some of the congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a witch hunt the whole thing is. So, I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion.

And by the way, I didn’t deal with Russia. I won because I was a better candidate by a lot. I won because I campaigned properly and she didn’t. She campaigned for the popular vote. I campaigned for the Electoral College. And you know, it is a totally different thing, Mike. You know the Electoral College, it’s like a track star. If you’re going to run the 100-yard dash, you work out differently than if you’re going to run the 1,000 meters or the mile.

Apple yesterday delivered an apology regarding its slowing of older iPhones, and offered customers an opportunity to have their out-of-warranty iPhone batteries replaced for a discounted rate — reducing the cost from $79 to $29.

The apology came after it was reported that Apple had been slowing down older iPhones via a software update. The company said it was done to prevent older iPhones from unexpected shutdowns, though the accusation was that it was an attempt to force customers to upgrade their older iPhones to newer models.



A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. With the update, iOS dynamically manages the maximum performance of some system components when needed to prevent a shutdown. While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.

Customer response to iOS 10.2.1 was positive, as it successfully reduced the occurrence of unexpected shutdowns. We recently extended the same support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2.

Of course, when a chemically aged battery is replaced with a new one, iPhone performance returns to normal when operated in standard conditions.

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