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Inside Apple (Jun 27th, 2019)

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1. Apple has hired Mike Filippo, ARM’s lead CPU and system architect. This is a pretty loud signal that Apple is working on its own in-house ARM-based Macs, which some expect to launch as soon as next year. Filippo was also Intel’s lead CPU and system architect from 2004 to 2009. Gerard Williams III, lead architect of A-series chips for iPhone and iPad, left Apple this year, so Filippo could help fill that void. — BLOOMBERG

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2. Apple will invest $100 million in flailing display supplier Japan Display. The company is underwater after largely missing the industry transition from LCD to OLED displays. In the last episode of this saga, a Taiwanese holding company responsible for $230 million of Japan Display’s $729 million bailout package, was withdrawing from the deal. Since Japan Display makes OLEDs for Apple Watch and LCDs for iPhone XR and older models, Apple has enough skin in the game to keep shelling out cash. — 9TO5MAC

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3. #ThrowbackThursday: The Apple Museum

If you don’t know — or don’t remember — what the state of Apple fandom was in 1998, pay the Apple Museum a visit. You’ll find everything from a list of Mac sightings in movies (there was either a PowerBook 3400 or 5300 in "You’ve Got Mail" — it was hard to tell) to detailed articles about the history of the GUI, MacOS, the PowerPC transition, and the company as a whole. Unfortunately, the image gallery seems fairly broken, but it’s still a treasure trove.

This site will give you an appreciation for the evolution of Apple culture. The fervor in the long, winding paragraphs of this website is the same as the one frothing on Twitter on keynote day, but there’s more love, more of a hobbyist’s passion, and more of the desperate, nerdy certainty that this stuff is really good, no matter what the rest of the world thinks. — THE APPLE MUSEUM

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4. Apple has struck a deal to bring all 820,000 Shopify merchants on to iMessage Business Chat for customer service, including merchants outside the U.S. This is a big boon to the service, which has so far only been the province of large partner brands. Business Chat provides merchants with an iMessage button they can display on their stores that launches customers into a branded iMessage thread inside their device’s Messages app. Twitter and Facebook Messenger are pretty well established in this field, but expanding to all merchants on Shopify should give Apple some exposure. — ENGADGET

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5. Apple has published a new journal article about machine learning called “Bridging the Domain Gap for Neural Models.” Machine learning using neural networks involves making models of information that computers “learn” from a set of data. These models work great on the data that trained them, but it’s hard to transfer that learning from one domain to another and apply its “knowledge” to another data set. Apple has developed techniques of “unsupervised domain adaptation” that allows personalized, on-device machine learning to more easily incorporate such shifts. — PATENTLY APPLE

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6. Apple Pay has launched in 13 European countries. It’s working with a variety of bank cards in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Tim Cook said in March that Apple Pay will be in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019. — MACRUMORS

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7. Apple software VP Craig Federighi confirmed in an email to a customer that third-party apps will be able to take advantage of most of this year’s Apple Pencil latency improvements. Apple doesn’t yet have a safe way to expose one of its improvements to third parties, but art apps will still be able to get a significant latency reduction for drawing with the Pencil. — MACRUMORS

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8. Livongo is bringing its health “nudges” to smart watches, including Apple Watch. The company helps people manage chronic health conditions and is usually paid for by employers as part of an insurance plan. Its app will now send watch reminders to do things like take a blood sugar reading before breakfast. — CNBC

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9. Apple and Jamf hired market research firm Vanson Bourne to survey Mac users in the enterprise. Guess what? The survey found people like using Macs at work; 79 percent say they couldn’t do their job as effectively without a Mac, and 74 percent of those who previously used PCs at work say they experience fewer problems on Macs. — JAMF

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10. Shares in British quantum dot technology firm Nanoco dropped nearly 80 percent last week after a “major U.S. customer” canceled a big supply contract with them. According to unnamed sources, that customer was Apple. Quantum dot (QD) technology could be a key component of a next-generation camera sensor for the iPhone. Looks like Apple will be getting those elsewhere. — APPLEINSIDER

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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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