About the Author

Ben Lovejoy

@benlovejoy

Ben Lovejoy is a British technology writer who started his career on PC World and has written for dozens of computer and technology magazines, as well as numerous national newspapers, business and in-flight magazines. He has also written two technothriller novels , a romcom novel and an SF novella series.

He is old enough to have owned the original Macintosh. He currently owns a maxed-out 2016 MacBook Pro 15, a MacBook Air 11, 10.5-inch iPad Pro (LTE 256GB), iPhone X (256GB), Apple Thunderbolt Display, an Apple Watch (Series 3 WiFi) and two HomePods – and suspects it might be cheaper to have a cocaine habit than his addiction to all things anodised aluminum.

He thinks wires are evil and had a custom desk made to hide them, known as the OC Desk for obvious reasons.

He’s known for his op-ed pieces (Opinion, Comment and Change My View) and diary pieces, exploring his experience of Apple products over time, for a more rounded review:

He considers 1000 miles a good distance for a cycle ride, and Chernobyl a suitable tourist destination. What can we say, he’s that kind of chap.

He speaks fluent English but only broken American, so please forgive any Anglicised spelling in his posts.

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Today

Slowing iPhone demand one factor in sliding share price for US chipmaker Micron

The latest Apple supplier to be hit by fears of slowing iPhone demand is US chipmaker Micron Technology. The company’s shares fell 7% in early trading this morning …

Feral Interactive has announced that the 12th game in the Tomb Raider series, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, will be coming to Mac next year. It follows last month’s announcement that Life is Strange 2 will also be coming to macOS in 2019.

The first Tomb Raider game made its debut way back in 1996, while Shadow was released this September for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One …

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A large-scale survey has found that the majority of Americans now back Apple’s call for tech regulation.

Some 55% fear that the government won’t do enough to regulate tech giants …

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AAPL stock has officially entered a bear market as its stock has fallen more than 20% from its high on October 3. A stock, or a market as a whole, is considered to be in bear territory when its price has fallen 20% or more from its highest price in the past 12 months.

AAPL entered a bear market when it fell by 3.96% in yesterday’s trading, making a total decline of 20.3% in less than two months …

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Yesterday

A deal struck between Apple and Amazon will hurt independent Apple resellers, and likely put many of them out of business, according to recent reports.

Most Apple products sold on Amazon are through third-party resellers. Although ‘Apple’ is shown as the company, the retailer is often a small, independent seller …

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Facebook on ‘war’ footing as Zuckerberg reportedly clashes with COO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is so concerned about security and slowing user growth that he has reportedly told senior execs that he considers the company to be at war …

Macworld has a wishlist piece on the 2019 iPhone. Some of it is uncontroversial and very likely to happen – things like a better neural engine and improved Face ID (including landscape operation, like the new iPad Pro).

But the site’s Jason Cross also proposes something Apple is extremely unlikely to do: making the 2019 iPhone a little thicker …

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Traditional watchmakers are hoping that hybrid watches – conventional watches with some smartwatch functionality added – will be key to competing with the Apple Watch.

It was initially assumed that only mid-range brands would have anything to fear from smartwatches, with higher-end brands appealing to a different demographic, but even this is changing, suggests a new report …

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November 16

A major security breach, reported by TechCrunch, has underlined the sense of Apple’s approach to two-factor authentication (2FA).

A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more.

The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego-based communications company. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to peek in and snoop on a near-real-time stream of text messages …

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FCC allows iPhones and other devices to receive European GPS data for the first time

A new FCC order will allow US smartphones to receive European GPS data for the first time …

November 15

Apple appears to be trying to poach Qualcomm chip engineers, likely to work on its own design for future iPhone radio chips. The company is said to be ‘aggressively’ hiring in Qualcomm’s home base of San Diego.

Apple has been involved in a long-running – and at times very heated – battle with Qualcomm, which has long made iPhone radio chips which provide mobile data, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity …

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Jason Snell has raised an interesting possibility over at Macworld: that future ARM-powered Macs might mean an end to the level of custom-build options we get at present.

It’s long been thought that it’s only a matter of time before Apple ditches Intel in favor of ARM-powered Macs using Apple-designed silicon. One report suggested that might happen as early as 2020. We’ve pointed to multiple reasons to believe that it will happen sooner or later. But Snell suggests that may come with a downside we haven’t yet discussed.

He opens by noting that, while Apple normally offers a choice of at least two processors (true even for the 12-inch MacBook), that isn’t an option with the 2018 MacBook Air

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Facebook has denied a New York Times report alleging – among many bigger issues – that CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered company execs to use only Android phones …

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The latest Apple Pay promo offers a $45 credit when you spend $180 or more at Ray-Ban.com, but the terms aren’t quite as generous as they may seem …

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Apple and other tech giants used tax reforms to benefit investors, not create jobs – FT

The Trump administration’s promise that corporate tax reforms would create US jobs as companies use repatriated cash to boost investment has not been realized, says a Financial Times analysis …

A number of big-name investment funds substantially increased their AAPL stock holdings during Q3, a bet that currently looks ill-timed as the stock has now lost 15% of its value so far this month …

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November 14

New Uber Rewards program offers points, car upgrades, flexible cancellations, more

A new Uber Rewards loyalty program has been announced today, offering rewards points which convert to Uber Cash credits – as well as a range of other benefits which kick in at different tiers …

The Twelve South Journal for MacBook Air and Pro was launched earlier this week as a kind of updated version of the company’s much-loved BookBook case. Both models are designed for the current MacBook range with USB-C ports. The 13-inch is suitable for the MacBook Air or Pro, while the 15-inch is designed for the larger MacBook Pro.

We first looked at the BookBook case back in 2011. The one we looked at then was for the MacBook, but Twelve South offered them for all MacBook models – I even had one for my 17-inch MacBook Pro – before adding iPad and iPhone versions.

The BookBook combined three features …

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Apple Support has responded to a report of an exploding iPhone X – occurring immediately after being upgraded to iOS 12.1 – by stating that this is ‘definitely not expected behavior’ …

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A couple of recent reports have suggested that the first 5G iPhones may be launched in 2020, but one major carrier has warned that we shouldn’t expect too much too soon …

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