In this week’s top stories: Apple prepares for the release of new Apple Watch models this fall, Netflix looks to avoid sharing App Store earnings, two new iOS 12 betas, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.
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Ahead of its expected press event next month, Apple this week registered six new Apple Watch models in a Eurasian database. The ‘Series 4’ is listed with six model identifiers in the database and is noted as shipping with watchOS 5. We should know more directly from Apple in just a few weeks.
Also this week, it was reported that Netflix is looking to bypass iTunes billing. Such a move on Netflix’s part is clearly a way to bypass the cut that Apple takes of subscription revenue. Currently, Apple receives 30 percent of first-year Netflix subscriptions and 15 percent from the second year on.
As for the Mac, a report from Bloomberg on Monday suggested that Apple’s update to the Mac mini this year will target pro users and be more expensive than past models. Generally, the Mac mini has served as the cheapest way to enter the macOS ecosystem, but it now seems as if that might change this year.
Last but not least, a report on Tuesday indicated that Ikea plans to expand its Tradfri line of HomeKit accessories. The company currently offers various smart lighting accessories, but according to this week’s report, it will soon add a smart plug to that lineup.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below…
iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |
- iOS 12 developer beta 9 for iPhone and iPad expected today [U: Now available]
- Apple releases iOS 12 beta 10, public beta 9 for iPhone and iPad
- Hands-on with 1Password and iOS 12’s Password AutoFill feature
iPhone | iPad | Mac |
- Is the iPhone X worth buying right now?
- These are the top reasons users switch from Android to iOS, according to a new survey
- Just in time for 2018 iPhones, T-Mobile users can now join the iPhone Upgrade Program online
- Would you pay the premium for a 512GB iPhone? [Poll]
- ‘iPhone xx’ reference found in Xcode 10 ahead of 2018 iPhone lineup debut
- Bloomberg: Mac mini update this year will target pro users, likely more expensive
- Would you make use of Apple Pencil support on iPhone? [Poll]
- What should Apple name each of its 2018 iPhone models? [Poll]
Apple Watch | Apple TV | More
- Apple registers six new Apple Watch models in Eurasian database ahead of announcement next month
- Apple Watch Diary: The two things that might sell me on an Apple Watch Series 4
Tech Industry |
- Here’s how I back up my family photos and videos using the 3-2-1 method
- American traveler sues US Customs and Border Protection over iPhone search & seizure
- IKEA to expand Tradfri HomeKit line with new $10 smart plug in October, report says
AAPL Company |
- Apple could lose one of its highest-grossing iOS apps as Netflix looks to bypass iTunes billing
- Analyst says Apple’s App Store could take $16B hit as commissions under fire
- Apple’s Amsterdam store evacuated after iPad battery explodes
- Tesla responds to ongoing poaching war with Apple: ‘We have 100 times less money than Apple’
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This week’s top videos |
- Back to the Mac 011: Are longer Thunderbolt 3 cables slower? [Video]
- Hands-on: AirSnap leather case for AirPods [Video]
- Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock – two 4K displays at 60 Hz
Happy Hour Podcast #187 |
This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the latest Digitimes report on MacBook, AirPower, and iPad rumors, Bloomberg’s report on the MacBook Air replacement and rumored Mac mini update, our expectations for the Apple Watch Series 4 lineup, the end of Back to My Mac, and a lead change for Apple TV.
9to5Mac Daily |
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Making The Grade |
Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.
- Making The Grade: Digital textbooks for iPad never took off, and here’s why
- Making The Grade: Let’s move past iPad vs Mac and look at the future
- Making The Grade: USB-C is the standard IT departments need
- Making The Grade: How I use iPad and Kinderlime to manage after-school care
- Making The Grade: iPad accessories for the classroom
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