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Inside Apple (May 29th, 2019)

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1. Screenshots of iOS 13 have leaked in advance of its announcement at WWDC next week. They reveal the general look of the new system-wide dark mode on a few screens, a redesigned, more realistic tool palette for Markup mode, the redesigned Reminders app, and the new app combining Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a single app called Find My [sic]. — 9T05MAC

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2. Apple has launched an extensive new web page defending its principles and practices for managing the App Store. This is Apple’s fully fleshed out response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing antitrust lawsuits against the App Store to proceed, as well as Spotify’s campaign to get Apple to “play fair.” Apple mounts a pretty stark defense of its review practices, points to the wider variety of business models it enables than critics tend to point out, and it highlights third-party competitors to its built-in services. — 9TO5MAC

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3. Phillip Shoemaker, who ran Apple’s App Store from 2009 to 2016, has given a revealing interview on Bloomberg’s Decrypted podcast. He describes the seriousness with which the company took the App Store review process during his tenure and worries about Apple entering into more direct competition with third-party apps and services. It’s an interesting take for folks concerned about the App Store’s direction, but on the other hand, some prominent developers see a correlation between Shoemaker’s departure three years ago and things starting to improve. — BLOOMBERG

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4. Apple announced an update to the iPod Touch with a press release to clear the decks a week before WWDC. It now has the A10 Fusion chip, bring it up to par with the iPhone 7, and it supports newer high-performance features such as augmented reality (AR) and Group FaceTime. Apple has also added a 256GB storage option. Why now? Apple’s press release makes that pretty clear: Apple Arcade, its subscription gaming service, is coming this year, and the iPod Touch is the least expensive iOS entry point for young gamers starting at $199. — SIX COLORS

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5. Apple Maps vehicles are currently surveying 11 new countries and territories as part of the ground-up mapping upgrade it launched last year. The U.K., Spain, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Puerto Rico, Portugal, San Marino, Japan, and Canada are all getting the detailed new data that first rolled out in California, which include road details, visible landmarks, and road signage. — PATENTLY APPLE

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6. The Independent got a pretty good exclusive look at Apple’s testing facility for its Secure Enclave that protects user data on its devices. Apple has done its typically good job maneuvering a moderately tech-savvy reporter through its PR gauntlet, but the story provides interesting details about how the chips are stress tested and what kinds of attacks Apple devices are up against. — THE INDEPENDENT

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7. An experiment to test Apple’s claims about superior privacy turned up 5,400 hidden trackers in popular apps secretly sending sensitive data weekly. — WASHINGTON POST

8. “Apple is my teacher,” said Huawei CEO Reng Zhengfei in a strongly worded interview aimed at toning down China’s tech trade war with the U.S. — BLOOMBERG

9. Justin Long from the classic “I’m a Mac” ads says Steve Jobs tended to kill the funniest ads in the campaign, believing humor would distract viewers from the products themselves. — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

10. Venerable iOS and Mac task management app OmniFocus has launched its much-anticipated web companion, allowing users to manage their tasks on non-Apple devices. — MACSTORIES

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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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