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1. A Korean site reports that Samsung is in talks with Apple to supply OLED displays for the next MacBook Pro redesign and a future iPad Pro. Apple Watch launched with Apple’s first OLED display, and the iPhone X was the first existing product line to upgrade to the more energy efficient screen technology. Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has covered a future 16-inch MacBook Pro redesign and iPad Pro revamp, both due in about a year, but his reporting suggests they’ll actually go straight to mini-LED, the display technology after OLED. — MACRUMORS
2. In a big break for embattled Chinese tech company Huawei, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. says its chips are not subject to the U.S. trade bans against selling technology to China. TSMC is the world’s largest contract chip maker, so this is a relief to Huawei’s hardware business after the rest of the world’s big vendors stopped selling to them. Huawei plans to go it alone and build its own hardware and software from scratch, but it’s going to be a long road. — NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW
3. #FollowFriday: @playdate
The Playdate is a newly announced pocket-sized gaming system from Panic, which until this week was known as a software company. The Portland-based company makes successful indie Mac and iOS apps such as Coda, Transmit, and Prompt, and it has since the classic Mac days. In 2016, Panic started publishing games, starting with Firewatch, which was a huge hit, and there are more in the pipeline. Panic’s newest gaming announcement is strikingly different from the glorious big-screen graphics of Firewatch, though.
The Playdate is kind of an insane thing to make. It’s slightly reminiscent of a Nintendo Game Boy (except for the crank), and its D-pad controls and black and white screen stand out pretty starkly in the era of smartphone gaming. It will cost $149, and new, surprise games will be released to it over the air from indie game design geniuses over a period of time. The official Twitter account posted an enchanting thread about why Panic is doing this, and if you want to find out about these game releases in real time, you’ll want to follow @playdate on Twitter.
4. Huawei has been granted a trademark for “Hongmeng,” the name of the mobile operating system it’s designing from scratch. Work was already underway on the project, which it had been calling “Project Z,” just in case the U.S./China trade war cut off Huawei’s access to American technology. That came to pass on May 20, when Google cut off Huawei’s license for Android. Huawei hopes to release Hongmeng later this year. — WALL STREET JOURNAL
5. Best Buy is the first retailer to cancel customers’ pre-orders of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The $1,980, 7.3-inch foldable phone/tablet thingy was delayed indefinitely mere days after its reveal when most of the press review units broke horribly, garnering understandably poor reviews. Samsung has not announced a new release date, and the company itself is canceling pre-orders unless customers confirm by May 31 that they still want a Galaxy Fold. — ENGADGET
6. Samsung has notified users that new Samsung Cloud accounts will be limited to 5GB of storage on the free tier, after getting 15GB thus far. Existing accounts will keep their free 15GB, and people who sign up before June 1 will get in at the old rate. Apple’s iCloud previously trailed all other major providers by only giving users 5GB free, so it’s remarkable that Samsung is giving up this advantage. 5GB is nowhere near enough cloud storage for anyone anymore, for the record. — ANDROID POLICE
7. Steven Aquino reports in detail about how merging iOS and Mac software capabilities expected to be announced at WWDC June 3 could improve accessibility for disabled users. — IMORE
8. A new survey says 71% of college students prefer Macs over PCs, and the only reason some of them prefer PCs is price. — MACRUMORS
9. This fascinating blog post from the makers of iOS camera apps Spectre and Halide concludes a series of deep dives into the way the iPhone’s camera hardware and software work. — HALIDE
10. New Apple patents describe holographic elements for projecting information into users’ eyes from a head-mounted system. — PATENTLY APPLE
Inside Apple will be off Monday for the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S., and it might be off Wednesday, too. Just think of it as the calm before the WWDC storm; there will be PLENTY of Apple news the week of June 3.
Jon Mitchell has been a tech journalist since 2010. He covered Apple, Google, and the societal effects of social media for the storied blog ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite). He co-hosts Internet Friends, a podcast about life online with occasional lengthy digressions into Apple news. He’s the author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times from Parallax Press. He has recently, reticently returned to Twitter at @ablaze.
Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside) and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).