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Inside Apple (May 28th, 2019)

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1. Apple has acquired Tueo Health, a start-up that was developing a mobile app to help parents monitor sleeping children’s asthma symptoms. Tueo’s CEO and co-founder Bronwyn Harris and COO Anura Patil changed their employer to Apple on their LinkedIn profiles in late 2018. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, as per usual in Apple acquisitions, but Tueo had raised a small seed round of $1.1 million in 2017. This is Apple’s third known healthcare acquisition that we know of. Apple is marching ahead into the health industry, with new software features expected next week at WWDC. — CNBC

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2. Apple is expected to reveal its first first-party desktop display in three years at WWDC on June 3, and usually-right scoop-getter Guilherme Rambo has some details about what to expect. The display, which has an internal code name of J290, will be a DCI-P3 display with high dynamic range (HDR), auto-brightness, and the True Tone auto-white-balance feature available in top-end iPads and iPhones. It will also have new, deeper integrations with the system than displays have had before; users will be able to save their precise display settings as presets that can be loaded on another Mac. This display is expected as part of a long-awaited redesign of the Mac Pro, so expect it to be super nice with a price tag to match. — 9TO5MAC

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3. iFixit’s teardown of the newly released MacBook Pro revision revealed a new nylon material and changes to the metal dome switch in the updated third-generation butterfly keyboard. These keyboards have been prone to failure in ways that suggest they’re prone to damage from dirt ingress as well as straight-up mechanical failures. Apple has been tight-lipped about what the problem is here, but this change in materials in what was already the second revision to the keyboard had better work if Apple wants its laptops to retain their reputation. — IFIXIT

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4. Recently departed VP of Retail Angela Ahrendts defended her record at Apple and declared it “mission accomplished." Specifically, she pointed to “all-time high” retention rates and “historic” customer loyalty scores as indicators of her division’s performance, and she cited several new flagship stores and the Today at Apple in-store classes as achievements. “Everyone is trying to find stories,” she said. “None of [the criticism] is based on facts.” — BLOOMBERG

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5. Security researcher Filippo Cavallarin has publicized a flaw in the Gatekeeper security tool in macOS. Gatekeeper is a layer of protection against insecure applications downloaded from outside the Mac App store, which checks to make sure the code has been signed by Apple. Cavallarin says the current implementation is too trusting of mounted external and network drives, so malicious code can trick Gatekeeper into running unsigned code from a location it thinks is secure. Cavallarin was expecting a patch in 10.14.5, but that release did not address the exploit. — 9TO5MAC

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6. A European patent points to some of the features we might see in rumored Apple-branded over-ear headphones. It describes touch inputs to control functionality and a collapsible design that will allow storage in a carrying case. The patent also describes various novel improvements to frames for both on-ear and over-ear headphones. — PATENTLY APPLE

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7. Apple released iOS 12.3.1 on Thursday with fixes for reporting junk and filtering unknown senders in Messages, as well as a bug that could prevent Voice over LTE calls. — MACRUMORS

8. A rare Apple I computer sold for $471,000 in a Christie’s auction. — APPLEINSIDER

9. The art for Apple’s abacus emoji doesn’t depict the workings of any actual abacus in human history. — THE VERGE

10. Brian Warren’s Mac Open Web is a directory of independent Mac, iOS and web apps that promote the values of the free and open web. — MAC OPEN WEB

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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).

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