In this week’s top stories: A wide-ranging report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlines Apple’s 2019 plans, Samsung announces its foldable phone, details on the Mac’s transition to ARM, and more. All of these top stories and more below.

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Late Sunday night, Ming-Chi Kuo issued a new investor note in which he detailed some of the new Apple products coming in 2019. Kuo said that Apple has a 16-inch MacBook in the works, a 31-inch 6K display, new iPhones, iPads, and more. Read all of the details in our full coverage here.

Meanwhile, Samsung held one of its ‘Unpacked’ events this week. The company announced AirPods competitors, the Galaxy S10, and its first foldable phone. One analyst said after the event that the Galaxy Fold is the “main challenge” for Apple, even going so far as to predict Samsung could withhold the OLED technology used in the display.

Many have speculated about when Apple might transition from Intel chips to in-house ARM chips in the Mac. A report from Recode on Thursday claimed that Intel officials expect the transition to begin “as soon as next year.”

Huawei has a history when it comes to copying Apple, and The Information published an interesting report this week detailing some of those tactics. According to the report, Huawei attempted to copy the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor by simply asking an Apple supplier to share its secrets. Read more here.

Lastly, we reported on Friday that Apple plans to close both its Plano and Frisco retail locations in Texas, likely to avoid any future patent litigation that comes out of the Eastern District of Texas. Further, Apple will open a new, albeit it smaller, store in Galleria Dallas.

These and the rest of this week’s top Apple stories below…

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This week’s top videos |

Happy Hour Podcast #213 |

This week Benjamin and Zac unpack the new 16-inch MacBook Pro rumors, Apple Display spec leaks, the future of Project Marzipan, the latest changes in iOS 12.2, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Stacktrace Podcast #024 |

John and Gui dive into the latest rumors about new Mac hardware and iOS 13. How might the design of the iPad Pro influence future MacBooks, how would a system-wide Dark Mode work on iOS, and what are our updated expectations for Project Marzipan? Also — iPhone XR review, marketing for indies, and much more.

Stacktrace by 9to5Mac is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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.

9to5Mac Deal of the Month |

This month we’ve teamed up with Hyper for our first ever 9to5Mac Deal of the Month. For February only, you can get the HyperJuice AirPods Wireless Charging case for 60% off regular price.

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