In this week’s top stories: Apple CEO Tim Cook testifies to congress, more details on the iPhone 12, Apple’s monster Q3 2020 earnings, and much more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
Instagram has become of the latest iOS apps to be caught with questionable privacy practices by iOS 14. One of the privacy features of iOS 14 is a new indicator light in the status bar when the microphone or camera is in use. According to users who have already installed iOS 14, the new indicator stays on when the Instagram app is open, even if the camera isn’t in use.
Here’s what Instagram said in a statement:
“We only access your camera when you tell us to — for example, when you swipe from Feed to Camera. We found and are fixing a bug in iOS 14 Beta that mistakenly indicates that some people are using the camera when they aren’t,” the spokesperson said. “We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded.”
In other news this week, the LG UltraFine 5K display is no longer available from the Apple Store — at least for now. After months of short supply, the display is now listed as “Currently Unavailable” on Apple’s website. What remains to be seen is whether Apple has plans to bring the LG UltraFine 5K back in stock, or if a new model could be on the way. For now, this means there is no Apple-sanctioned 5K monitor available for Mac users.
On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook testified to the House Judiciary Committee over antitrust concerns and potential anti-completive behavior. The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee has been investigating the digital marketplace since last June, and Cook appeared alongside Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Sundar Pichai from Google, and Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook.
Cook was questioned primarily about Apple’s App Store, including details on the 30% cut it takes on all transactions, and how Apple coexists by creating its own apps while offering a marketplace for third-party developers. You can read the full details of this hearing in our live blog right here.
Finally, Apple reported its Q3 2020 earnings on Thursday. The company announced revenue of $59.7 billion and a profit of $11.25 billion. During Apple’s Q3 2020 earnings call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri confirmed that the iPhone 12 will be released “several weeks” later than the iPhone 11 was released last year. This indicates a release of mid-October at the earliest. You can read our full coverage of Apple’s earnings release right here.
- iOS 14: How to watch 4K YouTube videos on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV
- Instagram promises to fix bug after being exposed by always accessing the camera on iOS 14
- Comment: Apple Music on iOS 14 combines the best of Spotify with Apple’s premier library management
- Apple confirms iPhone 12 will launch ‘a few weeks later’ than usual
- Weibo blogger shows claimed iPhone 12 notches and screens for 5.4-inch model
- iPhone 12 Diary: Could this year finally give me my iPhone SE 2?
- Qualcomm hints at potential 5G iPhone 12 delay as new rumor suggests October launch
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Mac and iPad |
- Why Bowdoin College is giving students iPad Pro + Magic Keyboard instead of Macs for online classes
- Concept imagines overhauled iPad mini with iPad Pro-like design and Face ID
- Apple sold out of standalone 5K Mac displays with no official solution
- iOS 14 Diary: My iPadOS 14 review is more positive than I thought it would be
- Regulatory filings reveal new 49.9Wh battery from Apple, could be for updated MacBook Air
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- COVID-19: Which Apple Stores have reopened?
- Apple Store app adds For You tab and immersive iPhone comparison tool
- Apple Central World whirls to life in Bangkok with tree canopy roof
- Apple Store Field Trips will be replaced with a new educational experience
- Before the Apple Store Online: exploring the lost world of AppleDesigns
- Amazon debuts redesigned Alexa app for iPhone with focus on personalized home screen, more
- Universal inks deal that will bring new movies to iTunes just 17 days after theatrical debut
- Powerful task manager Due gets major Mac update with new UI, bulk editing, Dark Mode support, more
- Adobe updates Photoshop on iPad with Refine Edge and Rotate Canvas tools
Top Apple stories, company |
- Apple announces fiscal Q3 2020 earnings: revenue of $59.7 billion, more
- Apple announces 4-1 stock split as shares cross $400 following record Q3 earnings
- Live blog: Apple CEO Tim Cook testifies during big tech antitrust hearing
- Tim Cook argues Apple doesn’t have a ‘dominant market share’ in prepared comments for antitrust hearing
- Emails revealed in antitrust hearing show Apple has considered increasing App Store fees to 40%
- Apple says all developers treated equally, yet documents show Amazon Prime Video pays half the usual App Store commission
- Mark Zuckerberg levies surprise Apple deflection during opening comments of antitrust hearing
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- 9to5Mac Daily: July 30, 2020 – Apple antitrust hearing recap, iPhone 12 rumors
- 9to5Mac Daily: July 29, 2020 – LG UltraFine 5K unavailable, antitrust preview
- 9to5Mac Daily: July 28, 2020 – 5.4-inch iPhone 12 details, Apple Services update
- 9to5Mac Daily: July 27, 2020 – Face ID on the Mac, Instagram’s iOS 14 privacy concerns
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