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Inside Apple (Jun 26th, 2019)

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1. Intel plans to auction off its patents about cellular wireless connectivity. It’s a huge bundle of IP that covers 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular standards as well as broader wireless technologies. After Apple and Qualcomm settled and reached a new modem agreement, Intel decided to exit the modem business. Apple has expressed interest in acquiring Intel’s German mobile modem division. This IP portfolio would certainly provide a leg up to anyone trying to build their own phone modems. — IAM

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2. Apple has confirmed that it acquired autonomous driving start-up Drive.ai. The deal was first reported June 5. Apple is reported to be paying far below its $200 million Series B valuation, netting “dozens” of engineers, autonomous vehicles, and other assets. Drive.ai has ceased operations. The narrative that this one deal suggests Apple has revived its autonomous driving project is not accurate; there have been plenty of signs of life all along. — AXIOS

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3. New research shows that China gets less value out of manufacturing iPhones than it looks like on paper. The rationale of the U.S./China trade war — which U.S. officials “think” is almost over — is that every iPhone coming to the U.S. adds its factory cost of $370 to the trade deficit with China, so Trump is proposing tariffs to recover that cost. It turns out iPhone factory costs are spread across many countries, and China’s share is actually dwarfed by that of the U.S. — THE CONVERSATION

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4. Intego, a Seattle-based Mac security software company, has found a viable malware package in the wild that exploits the macOS Gatekeeper vulnerability revealed in May. The OSX/Linker malware can turn your Mac into a cryptocurrency miner, steal your info, put it on a botnet, and otherwise ruin your day. Apple hasn’t yet patched the flaw in its critical Mac security software that has been public for a month. In the meantime, stay away from sketchy links, downloads, and email attachments, and update macOS as soon as the patch comes out. — TOM’S GUIDE

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5. Korean news sites report that Samsung is about to launch its own proprietary messaging service similar to iMessage. It will also partner with Microsoft to integrate its Your Phone phone mirroring service to sync data across devices, including PCs. It’s unknown whether Samsung’s messaging will compete with iMessage in encryption and security. — PATENTLY APPLE

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6. Pages, Numbers and Keynote got big updates for iOS and Mac on Tuesday. The apps all got new graphical text filling options, allowing gradients and images in addition to simple colors. There’s new face detection to intelligently position images of people in documents.. Pages got copying and pasting of pages between documents, text linking to other places in the document, and Numbers and Keynote got more style and customization options. — MACWORLD

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7. The Apple News editorial team has published a guide to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The feature within Apple News provides well-designed overviews of every candidate’s background and positions and tl;dr summaries of what kinds of readers will like or dislike them. As Mark Gurman points out on Twitter, the Elizabeth Warren entry does not shy away from mentioning her desire to break up Apple’s App Store. — MACSTORIES

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8. Apple has received a patent for an Apple Watch band with a built-in extendable, rotatable camera. It has always been interesting to contemplate how Apple Watch could be outfitted with a camera that could shoot anything more interesting than up the wearer’s nose. Crude though patent drawings always are, this idea of pulling out a flexible tab from the band and maneuvering it around seems like it might work. — PATENTLY APPLE

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9. Support for Xbox and PS4 controllers on iOS devices could make iPads into pretty serious gaming consoles. Tests on the new beta of iPadOS bode pretty well; controllers work great on Real Racing 3, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Fortnite, so blockbuster titles can already compete on iOS. The other shoe will drop when Apple launches its Apple Arcade subscription this fall. — THE VERGE

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10. Brian Sutorius has built a modern Mac into the chassis of a Macintosh Classic. Apparently, the new Mac Mini fits perfectly inside the metal chassis of the adorable early ’90s beige box, and it can be fitted to a modern eight-inch LCD panel and turned into a working computer. Hardcore Mac fans will love what he came up with. — BSUTO

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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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