Kuo’s details on 2020 iPhone features | Inside Apple - June, 17th 2019

Inside Apple (Jun 17th, 2019)

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1. Well-known supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared a research note with specs about the 2020 iPhone lineup. Kuo says the XS and XS Max equivalents will have 5G connectivity, and they will diverge further in size. The Max successor will grow from 6.5 to 6.7 inches, and the XS successor will shrink from 5.8 to 5.4 inches. The XR equivalent will remain 6.1 inches, but it will be upgraded to an OLED display. Kuo believes the 5G modems in the high-end models will still be from third parties, with Apple’s in-house chips not ready until 2022 or later. — MACRUMORS


2. Some app developers are circumspect about “Sign in with Apple,” despite its clear convenience and privacy advantages for users. The most substantive concern is from developers whose apps work on iOS and Android, who are concerned that the login flow on non-Apple platforms won’t be as seamless. Some developers who spoke to Wired don’t see any technical advantages of the tool, which uses the same open standards as other widespread authentication tools. Others object is that it’s “petty” to force apps to include Apple’s option if they want any other third-party logins. — WIRED


3. Apple is reportedly financing six original movies per year with small budgets between $5 million and $30 million per project. The Apple TV+ streaming service launches this fall, and we’ve gotten some information about the episodic shows in the pipeline, but we don’t know much about feature films. Sources in Hollywood say Apple is approaching top-shelf talent looking for stories with Oscar-winning potential. — NEW YORK POST


4. Tim Cook delivered the commencement speech at Stanford on Sunday, using the opportunity to stump for privacy as a human right. “If we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold and even leaked… we lose the freedom to be human,” Cook said. This has been Cook’s campaign for a while, but it took on particular urgency speaking to Stanford graduates, many of whom are headed for careers in Silicon Valley. — CNBC


5. Apple has a new "Today at Apple Music Lab" offered in stores and created in partnership with Madonna. The lab walks through the production of “Crave,” a song from her latest album, looking at its composition track by track. Participants will get to make their own remix using GarageBand for iPhone. Apple has also partnered with Swizz Beatz in the past for a beat making lab. — MACRUMORS


6. Twitter has published a blog post with more details about how it’s using Project Catalyst to revive its Mac app. Apple announced on stage at WWDC that Twitter would be using its new tools to port iOS apps to the Mac. Twitter’s post attempts to explain its reasoning for killing its perfectly good native Mac app last year, shows a few screenshots of the Catalyst app, and says it will offer some unspecified Mac-specific features on top of the iOS codebase. — TWITTER


7. Jason Snell shares his first impressions about how iPadOS 13 stacks up against his wishlist. — SIX COLORS

8. Here’s a detailed hands-on showing the new apps and look coming to CarPlay in iOS 13. — 9TO5MAC

9. Apple is now selling the Activ5 isometric strength training device in its retail stores. — MACRUMORS

10. Reüel van der Steege posted a realistic side-by-side comparison video of Apple’s new Lookaround feature and Google Street View. — @RVDSTEEGE


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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).


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