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Inside Apple (Jun 21st, 2019)

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1. Foxconn founder Terry Gou has publicly urged Apple to “move [manufacturing] to Taiwan” and out of China. “I think it’s very possible,” Gou said. Moving out of China would protect Apple from the risks of the U.S./China trade war, but choosing Taiwan as the new base would surely upset China, which considers Taiwan its own territory. Foxconn is based in Taiwan, and Gou stepped down as chairman today to run for president there, so that’s probably the motivation for these remarks. — BLOOMBERG

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2. Apple has reportedly committed to order OLED displays for “tablets and notebooks” from Samsung. The commitment is in lieu of “hundreds of millions of dollars” in cash Apple owes Samsung because iPhone X-class device sales were lower than anticipated, and Samsung is the exclusive supplier of OLED displays for those phones. There are no other supply chain reports to suggest that iPads or MacBooks are going OLED soon, but this reported deal is a fascinating clue. — MACRUMORS

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3. #FollowFriday: @apollozac

Zac Hall is lead editor at 9to5Mac, so you’ve certainly seen his work, but are you following him on Twitter? Zac gets to do a lot of the fun stuff at 9to5Mac, like new hardware reviews and road tests of CarPlay. He also often posts funny screenshots and videos when hilarity ensues as he tests out all the Apple stuff.

Zac’s best Twitter game is when he’s doing a deep dive on something, like the new, extremely customizable California watch face in watchOS 6. The results usually make it into finished articles but Zac posts image-rich Twitter threads of his findings that will delight the serious Apple enthusiast.

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4. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has objected to Qualcomm’s introduction of evidence from its settled case with Apple as part of its appeal of the May antitrust ruling against it. Qualcomm submitted slides from internal Apple presentations that outlined goals to damage Qualcomm’s business. Qualcomm believes this shows that its dominant position in mobile modems wasn’t monopolistic. FTC officials object that these slides are out of context here. — REUTERS

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5. Google’s ChromeOS hardware division has given up on building tablets like the Pixel Slate, and it will concentrate exclusively on the laptop form factor. Google had two smaller tablets in development that are now canceled. ChromeOS will continue to support tablet form factors built by third parties, as will Android, and the department making Pixel phones is unaffected by the decision. — COMPUTERWORLD

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6. AT&T has been named the fastest U.S. mobile network in PCMag’s annual comparison. It scored a 97 on PCMag’s scale, beating Verizon’s 94 and T-Mobile’s 91. The test involves driving through 30 cities and 25 states running over 60,000 speed tests using Samsung Galaxy S10 devices. Verizon had held the top spot for five years, but AT&T’s efforts to upgrade the network for the 5G future seem to be paying off. — PCMAG

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Preferable Peripherals: On the third Friday of each month, we’ll highlight some great reviews of gear that enhances the Apple lifestyle. What do you think of this month’s Preferable Peripherals? Got some gear you’d like featured here? Reply and let us know!

7. Boston-based Humon’s Hex muscle oxygen level sensor now supports Apple Watch. — GADGETS & WEARABLES

8. Matt Hochgatterer launched an open-source kit for building a HomeKit-enabled security camera with a Raspberry Pi and a 3D-printed enclosure for under $30. — APPLEINSIDER

9. ET2 has a new series of premium multicolor smart lights compatible with Philips Hue (and therefore HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant). — 9TO5TOYS

10. Kanex launched a new six-port USB-C dock for iPad Pro with USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, and SD card slots. — 9TO5MAC

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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), 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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