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New iPhone, iPad iOS 9 software to speed up mobile web with ability to block ads
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September 16, 2015 - 2:01PM
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Apple says sales of its new iPhones are on pace to beat the 10 million units it
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Apple's move to make ad-blocking software available on the iPhone is a double-ba
rrelled effort to boost the health of the so-called app economy, while undermini
ng arch rival Google Inc, which dominates the $US120 billion ($A168b) online adv
ertising market.
The new version of the iPhone operating system, to be released Wednesday afterno
on, will for the first time allow customers to download third-party software tha
t strips out marketing messages such as banner and video ads when people surf th
e web via the Safari browser.
Surfing the web with fewer ads will also mean people will consume fewer megabyte

s of their mobile data plans.


A slew of ad-blocking apps for iPhones are expected to launch this week. But App
le's new approach will not affect advertising inside applications such as Facebo
ok, casual games like those from Supercell or King, or even Apple's own apps.

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Bloomberg with and without ads. Photo: thenextweb.com's Owen Williams


Apple is in effect nudging big brands to shift spending to apps, rather than tra
ditional online ads where Google leads.
Ad-blocking software has been growing rapidly on desktop computers, led by early
adopters among tech-savvy young people, but until now was rare on mobiles.
Some 200 million people used ad blockers last year, up 40 per cent from a year e
arlier, resulting in $US22 billion ($30b) in lost advertising revenue, according
to a study by Adobe and PageFair, an anti ad-blocking tech company.
Although only about 5 per cent of internet users globally use the tools, they ar
e especially popular in Europe. In Germany and Poland, for instance, the figure
is above 30 per cent.
Broad adoption of ad-blocking would bring a new set of headaches for online publ
ishers, many of whom are already struggling with plummeting ad prices.
Shared revenue
In a nod to publishers' concerns, Apple will also on Thursday launch a new app,
called News, which will allow media companies to bypass blockers to serve their
own ads or let Apple sell ads and share the revenue.
Google, too, could take a hit from Apple's making ad-blocking mainstream, if its
own search advertising, as well as the banner ads it manages for publishers thr
ough its DoubleClick unit, were regularly blocked by a significant portion of we
b surfers.
Apple has not publicly explained why it decided to allow ad blockers on its mobi
le phones, but chief executive Tim Cook gave a hint in June when he criticised i
nternet companies for violating people's privacy to boost ad revenue.
Ad-free? Apple will soon allow ad-blockers on its iPhones and iPads.
Ad-free? Apple will soon allow ad-blockers on its iPhones and iPads. Photo: Gett
y Images
"They're gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetise
it," Cook said in a speech. "We think that's wrong. And it's not the kind of com
pany that Apple wants to be."
Ad-blocking tools should help web pages load much faster on mobiles, as they str
ip out so-called scripts and trackers that are used to serve up the ads. Some ea
rly pilots have shown media outlets like Vice and the New York Times loading twi
ce as fast.
Surfing the web with fewer ads will also mean people will consume fewer megabyte
s of their mobile data plans.

"Ultimately Apple wants there to be a better consumer experience on mobile and l


ots of ads on smartphones are really intrusive," said Danielle Levitas of resear
ch firm App Annie.
"And there is an added benefit that this move will hurt their competitors more t
han them."
Arms race
Media companies are groping for answers, sparking an arms race between ad-blocki
ng companies and anti-ad blocking companies such as PageFair and Sourcepoint tha
t try to disarm the systems for website owners.
Some like US broadcaster NBC will not allow people using ad blockers to watch vi
deos on their sites, while newspapers the Guardian and the Washington Post are p
rodding people using ad blockers to sign up for subscriptions.
Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, speaks abo
ut iOS 9 during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June.
Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, speaks abo
ut iOS 9 during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Photo: Getty Ima
ges
Apple's new policy could also force publishers who don't already have them to de
velop dedicated iPhone apps, rather than relying on mobile-friendly websites.
German broadcasters ProSieben and RTL and newspaper publisher Axel Springer have
filed lawsuits against Eyeo, the German company that makes Adblock Plus, the mo
st popular adblocker for desktops. They have lost two early court cases, althoug
h appeals are pending.
Apple's move will open a new front in the fight. Eyeo put its free iOS and Andro
id apps on the market last week, and others include 1Blocker, Blockr and Crystal
.
A spokesman for ProSieben declined comment on Apple's move but said the TV compa
ny was "looking into several technical alternatives to bypass AdBlocker software
".
Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer for Shine, an Israeli start-up that sells ad
-blocking technology to telecom carriers, said that over time Apple could even t
ry to play an enforcement role by setting standards for advertising in apps.
"Since Apple controls what appears in the App Store, it could try to push develo
pers to clean up the ad formats, to make them lighter or smaller," Carthy said.
"But Apple will not cripple ads in apps - they have an interest in maintaining t
he ecosystem where the bread and butter is monetisation via third-party ad platf
orms."
Reuters

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If this gets the web to clean up the ads and use less data then it's a win for e
veryone. Some of the ads are just data vampires and really really badly designed
, intrusive and annoying. I really don't mind if the ads are generally pretty we
ll designed and targeted like on smh but some of the big full screen ads are a b
it too much and use a lot of data and memory meaning more refreshes etc if chang
ing tabs. The other thing I hate they may be cleaned up is closing ads without c
licking on them. So many are designed to make you accidentally click through no
doubt to increase revenue but it's a false click through so it's not in the adve
rtisers interests anyway. Plus it annoys users to no end.
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