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, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (LTE 256GB), iPhone X (256GB), Apple Thunderbolt Display, an Apple Watch (Series 4 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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The iPhone 11 Pro camera module has been a source of controversy ever since the first renders were seen. Many complained that this was the ugliest camera bump yet. Some felt the entire square block was unappealing, while others hated the triangular camera arrangement within the square.

My own view was somewhat neutral. Regular readers will know that I’m not a fan of camera bumps at all. I’d far rather the phone were slightly thicker to allow the camera to be flush. But given that Apple has gone this route, I had three thoughts about it – and two of those thoughts turned out to be wrong once I took delivery of my shiny matte new iPhone

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We exclusively revealed back in April that Apple was working on the Find My app, now released as part of iOS 13 – including the fact that it will later include the ability to locate Tile-like locator tags being commonly referred to as Apple Tags.

Since then, we’ve learned quite a bit more about it, including the fact that an Items tab will be added to the existing People, Devices and Me ones …

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September 19

An Apple brand ranking in China shows that the company fell from 11th place in 2018 to 24th place this year, likely as a result of consumer unhappiness with recent actions by the US government.

The rankings are compiled annually by brand consultancy Prophet…

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FCC lets companies like Apple test beyond-5G tech in NYC and Salt Lake City

Apple has been testing 5G since 2017, but the FCC licenses required to test experimental mobile data tech come with pretty stringent restrictions. For example, one such license limited Apple to tests in two very specific locations

Verizon 5G’s New York City launch takes place later this month, with coverage set to come to select parts of three boroughs on September 26.

New York will be the 11th city to see some degree of 5G coverage from Verizon, with a further 20+ cities due to be included by the end of the year…

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A new report says that the idea for Oprah Winfrey’s Apple TV+ show focusing on mental health came from a conversation with Britain’s Prince Harry, aka The Duke of Sussex, and that the Duke is heavily involved.

When [Prince Harry] met Oprah Winfrey, and realised their shared passion for mental health, the idea for the series was born. And he has been hands on ever since, with the Duke hosting numerous meetings in London with Oprah, and helping to select the creative team behind it…

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September 18

We’ve already seen a bunch of iPhone 11 Pro sample photos from both Apple and independent reviewers, and there will be more to come for sure.

The ones I’ve read so far have really whetted my appetite for the new camera capabilities…

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DxOMark scores have been updated to add two new smartphone camera tests that seem tailor-made for the new iPhone 11/Pro.

The company’s detailed technical comparisons of cameraphone performance have made it one of the most widely-respected sources of objective data on how well different smartphones compare when it comes to their photographic capabilities…

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Apple’s Irish companies were relatively unimportant, according to the iPhone maker’s lawyer. Daniel Beard made the claim in the second and final day of the Irish tax appeal.

On the face of it, that would seem a strange argument for the company to make…

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Yet another analyst reports better-than-expected sales of the latest iPhones and suggests that the most popular iPhone 11 model in the US is the 256GB iPhone 11 Pro.

We first saw Ming-Chi Kuo say that he was raising his expectations of 2019 iPhone shipments by five million, from 65-70M to 70-75M

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A new lawsuit alleges that Apple Music pirated recordings by some of the biggest names in the golden oldies category. These include Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker, Dean Martin, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles.

It’s not the first time such a claim has been made: Apple was previously accused of “massive music piracy” in a 148-page lawsuit back in May…

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September 17

Latest Apple TV+ competitor will be Peacock, with 15,000 hours of NBC shows

As if Disney+ weren’t enough, there will be another Apple TV+ competitor from next April, in the form of NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service, Peacock …

Snapchat 3D features similar to those announced for the new Spectacles 3 are now available on the iPhone X or above.

We’re excited to introduce a 3D Camera Mode to Snapchat — adding a new layer of expression and interactivity to Snaps. Snapchatters can use the new 3D Camera Mode to create Snaps that change in perspective and appearance based on how you move your phone when you view them — bringing your world and experience to life in a way that’s one step closer to the real thing …

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New York Uber drivers are being locked out of app at times of low demand

New York Uber drivers are being locked out of the app at times of low demand, in order to comply with new regulations in the city…

A couple of reports last month suggested that a 2019 iPad Pro would this year offer the same triple-camera arrangement as the iPhone 11 Pro.

We’ve so far seen only a rather fuzzy photo mockup of what such a device might look like, but there’s now a physical dummy model…

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The two-day Irish tax appeal is underway, with both Apple and Ireland appealing against a ruling that the Cupertino company must pay €13B ($14.3B) in underpaid tax over more than two decades.

Apple isn’t pulling any punches, its lawyer arguing that the ruling ‘defies reality and common sense’ …

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September 16

Apple has so far been rather cagey about the iPhone 11’s U1 chip, which is capable of extremely accurate positioning data.

The company didn’t mention the chip at all during the keynote, and its marketing materials say only that it will put the nearest people at the top of your AirDrop contacts.

In particular, Apple’s upcoming Tile-like tracker wasn’t mentioned, which was surprising, as it was likely the feature that led to the By innovation only tagline for the event.

But locating Apple Tags isn’t the only thing the U1 chip could potentially do…

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Wi-Fi 6 officially launches today, ahead of iPhone 11 availability on Friday

Wi-Fi 6 officially launches today, a few days ahead of availability of the iPhone 11, which supports the new, faster standard…

Apple’s appeal against the €13 billion ($14.3 billion) Irish tax ruling is due to begin tomorrow, and chief financial officer Luca Maestri is reported to be heading the team.

Apple is reportedly taking five other execs to help the company make its case in a court case scheduled to last just two days…

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While rival smartphones may tease Apple over launching a non 5G iPhone as its flagship this year, the reality is that there is so little coverage as yet that it’s almost irrelevant.

Waiting a year also enables Apple to benefit from two upcoming developments in 5G chips…

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