In this week’s top stories: Exclusive details on the iPhone 11, Apple releases iOS 12.4, 16-inch MacBook Pro pricing rumors, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest stories.
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9to5Mac on Tuesday published an exclusive report detailing several changes coming with this year’s iPhone 11 lineup. For instance, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will offer a new Smart Frame feature for adjusting framing in post production. The front-facing camera will also be upgraded, adding support for slo-mo recording at 120 frames per second.
We also noted of something called “leap haptics,” which will be an upgraded version of the Taptic Engine. Details here are unclear, but it’s possible that leap haptics is a feature geared towards improving Haptic Touch since the new devices won’t feature 3D Touch as we know it today. Read our full report here.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was out this week with a new investor note saying that all MacBook keyboards will be replaced with more reliable scissor switch keys in 2020, starting with the 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall. This is a change from Kuo’s previous reporting, when he indicated that the change would start with the MacBook Air in 2019.
Apple on Thursday confirmed that it will acquire Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion. Apple says that approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join the company through this acquisition, significantly beefing up its modem team. A report from Reuters this week added that Apple hopes to ship its own custom 5G modem in some devices by 2021.
Last but not least, Apple this week released iOS 12.4 to the public. The update lays much of the groundwork needed for Apple Card, but Apple Card itself was not released. A report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple and Goldman Sachs are aiming for an early August release.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.
iOS | macOS | tvOS |
- Apple releasing iOS 12.4 and HomePod 12.4 update today as Apple Card launch looms [U]
- Apple responds to Guardian report about contractors hearing private conversations while ‘grading’ Siri
- watchOS 5.3 and iOS 12.4 will restore Walkie-Talkie service after Apple Watch vulnerability discovered
- Hands-on: How iOS 13 makes it easy to share headphones audio with a friend
- Apple to release three ‘iPhone 11’ models this fall, including A13 chip, new Taptic Engine, more
- Video shows why Apple doesn’t allow in-store replacement of swollen batteries
- New iPhone set up: Transfer data directly to a new iPhone wirelessly, or using a cable
- iPhone X Diary: The feature that will likely have me buy the iPhone 11
- iPhone XR nearly half of recent US iPhone sales ahead of iPhone 11 launch
- Apple iPhone 11 production orders reportedly same as 2018 iPhone cycle
- 2019 iPhone Photography Awards announced, grand prize winning image shot on iPhone X
Mac + iPad |
- 16-inch MacBook Pro rumored to launch in October with ~$3000 starting price
- Kuo: All MacBook butterfly keyboards replaced with more reliable key switches in 2020, starting with rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall
- Donald Trump says the US will not waive tariffs for Apple’s new Mac Pro to be made in China
Top Apple stories, retail |
Apple Watch |
- Report: Apple to switch from OLED to microLED displays in Apple Watch as soon as next year
- Does Apple Watch need a ‘Series 5’ this year?
- Adapting iPhone and Apple Watch to a 3-day power outage
- Comment: Is Apple Watch with LTE becoming the perfect cell phone for kids?
- Lockdown launches as world’s first open source firewall for iOS
- Flighty for iOS is a beautiful data-driven flying assistant app with delay predictions and more
- WhatsApp for iPad and Mac in the works, suggests reliable leaker
- Panic teases upcoming beta testing of all-new text editor and Coda replacement ‘Nova’
- Online dating apps and websites now the most common way for couples to meet
- Review: Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control remains the best HomeKit option
- LG says HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support will start rolling out to supported TVs on July 25
- How to set up Plex on a Synology NAS drive
- Comment: Companies are damaging their brand by limiting AirPlay 2 TV support
Tech industry |
- Pre-empting Apple’s upcoming 16-inch laptop, Huawei launches 16.1-inch MagicBook Pro
- ‘LoveFrom Jony’ trademark filed as Ive exits Apple to launch independent design firm
- House passes anti-robocalling bill that would place new requirements on carriers
- ‘Spotify Untold’ book claims CEO Daniel Ek was taunted by Steve Jobs with mystery phone calls
Top Apple stories, company |
- Apple confirms $1 billion acquisition of Intel’s smartphone modem business
- Intel’s losses forced it to accept Apple’s ‘lowball’ $1B offer, say analysts
- Apple Card said to launch in first half of August, sign up through Wallet app on iOS 12.4
- Trump says he expects Apple to open manufacturing plant in Texas to avoid tariffs
- Apple poaches Tesla engineering VP for ‘Senior Director’ role as Project Titan future remains unclear
- Bloomberg: Former Apple exec describes Jeff Williams as the ‘closest thing at the company to Tim Cook’
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This week’s top videos |
- iOS 13 beta 4 changes and features — 3D Touch improves [Video]
- How to speed up the iPhone upgrade process in iOS 12.4 and higher
9to5Mac Daily |
Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.
- 9to5Mac Daily: July 26, 2019 – Apple confirms $1 billion Intel deal
- 9to5Mac Daily: July 25, 2019 – More MacBook keyboard news, iPhone 11 demand
- 9to5Mac Daily: July 24, 2019 – 16-inch MacBook Pro pricing rumors
- 9to5Mac Daily: July 23, 2019 – iPhone 11 exclusive, Apple + Intel
- 9to5Mac Daily: July 22, 2019 – iOS 12.4 released, microLED Apple Watch rumors
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Happy Hour Podcast #235 |
This week Benjamin and Zac talk LG’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit TV launch, changes in iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3, Bloomberg’s report that Apple may invest in original podcasts, and new hardware rumors for Apple Watch, MacBook Pro, and iPhone 11.
Stacktrace Podcast #46 |
Rambo goes on a shipping spree while also finding out exciting new info about this year’s iPhones. In the meantime John cheers himself up by writing a Markdown parser, and the Pixelmator team embeds their entire app inside of Photos. Also, what does it take to build up an audience and to make a blog successful?
Apple @ Work |
Apple @ Work 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.
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