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1. Apple, Google, WhatsApp and 44 other signatories have condemned a proposal by the U.K.’s GCHQ cybersecurity agency to require encrypted messages to be shared with the government. The proposal calls for a technique for diverting messages to a third party at the same time it’s being sent to its intended recipient. Proponents believe this would be no more invasive than existing legal methods of wiretapping, but the problem is its security. Government software exploits have a way of leaking disastrously. — CNBC


2. More screenshot leaks have revealed the interface for the new Music and TV apps coming in macOS 10.15. They share a similar design language, including a new sidebar with colorful icons. To the relief of music fans, the Music app seems to retain the local library management features of iTunes in a separate nav section from the Apple Music streaming service, but curiously these screenshots don’t show any elements of the iTunes Music Store. — 9TO5MAC


3. #ThrowbackThursday: the meaning of multitouch. In July 2007, a month after the iPhone was revealed at WWDC, veteran developer Craig Hockenberry made a proclamation: We’re headed for a world of many different ways to interact with the same information. The iPhone’s multitouch interface sure looks cool, but developers shouldn’t assume this is simply the way it’s going to be now. It won’t replace the desktop; it will open the door to many more new interface paradigms for many more kinds of devices and situations.

Hockenberry’s post would prove prescient only three years later, when the iPad showed that multitouch on a larger screen didn’t make the Mac obsolete at all. But the proliferation of new hardware categories and operating systems has only gotten more interesting since then. Twelve years on, Hockenberry has posted another forward-looking essay called “The Future of Interaction,” in which he considers the cross-platform frameworks expected to launch at WWDC next week. Hockenberry thinks we’re moving to a “declarative interaction” model in which applications will be built by explicitly calling up different kinds of interfaces to the same information in different situations. And Mac vs. iOS will just be the beginning of that; there’s a clear, logical path from here to augmented reality, when the interface moves off of glass rectangles and into the world around us. — FURBO.ORG


4. The imminent next step in cross-platform app development is shared frameworks between iPad and Mac. Old-school Mac developers like the existing Mac frameworks’ time-tested way of doing things, but there are way more iOS developers out there, and Apple wants their work to benefit the Mac, too. If the cross-platform tools coming next week at WWDC are going to turn out well, Dieter Bohn argues, Apple should go all in and make all its apps cross-platform to show us how it’s done. — THE VERGE


5. Once-hyped augmented reality startup Leap Motion has sold to British rival UltraHaptics for around $30 million. Just a few years ago, it was worth 10 times that. Leap Motion was working on sensors that track body movements for use in virtual reality. Apple approached Leap Motion about an acquisition twice, including as recently as last year, according to sources. Seems like the tech just isn’t there yet. — WALL STREET JOURNAL (paywalled)


6. Analysts expect that 3D Touch will be “eliminated” in all 2019 iPhones. It was always a hidden power feature, only available on the highest-end iPhones and never on iPads at all, which made it hard for users to discover and not worthwhile for developers to implement. The iPhone XR released in 2018 already replaced it with a simple long press gesture. Though some 3D Touch actions don’t work with the XR’s “Haptic Touch,” like shortcuts on app icons and peek/pop for previewing content, a rethink that works on all iOS devices is warranted. Apple needs to standardize this stuff and make it more discoverable. — MACRUMORS


7. A Vice report recently charged that AirPods betray Apple’s commitment to environmentalism, but Apple does facilitate recycling them after all.ONEZERO

8. Citigroup pulled out of negotiations to be the bank for Apple Card because it didn’t seem profitable enough (and Goldman Sachs thanks Citigroup for its concern). — CNBC

9. Though Apple Watch seemed like it spelled its doom, Fitbit has turned things around, with sales rising almost 10% in the first quarter to $272 million from a year earlier.THE INFORMATION (paywalled)

10. According to a rumor site with an okay record, the next iPhone could support dual Bluetooth audio connections, a feature already available on Samsung phones.MACRUMORS


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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