Phones will soon replace ID cards | Inside Apple - July, 2nd 2019

Inside Apple (Jul 2nd, 2019)

Cook calls WSJ’s Ive story “absurd” / China-specific iPhone / Phones will replace ID cards


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1. Tim Cook has called the Wall Street Journal’s follow-on story about Jony Ive’s departure from Apple “absurd.” It’s highly unusual for the CEO to comment personally on a news story. The Journal characterizes the end of Ive’s tenure as dysfunctional, citing anonymous sources. One claim, attributed to “people in the design studio,” was that Cook “showed little interest in the product development process.” In his comment to NBC News, Cook says the Journal story “distorts relationships, decisions and events to the point that we just don’t recognize the company it claims to describe.” — NBC NEWS


2. Reports from supply chain sources inside China claim that Apple is working on a low-cost, China-specific iPhone. The model is said to forego Face ID in favor of a new Touch ID fingerprint sensor under the display, a design available in some Android phones. Apple was rumored to be considering that technology for iPhone X, but it launched with Face ID. If this tailored iPhone is real, it would be much less expensive to produce than the Face ID models and could help with margins and sales in China. — THE GLOBAL TIMES


3. Ireland has invested disputed taxes collected from Apple in low-risk bonds while the dispute winds its way through the courts. The European Commission ruled in 2016 that Apple had received unfair tax incentives and required Ireland to collect over 14 billion euros in back taxes and interest. Apple had to give up the full amount ahead of an appeals process that could take years. Ireland has put the money in escrow to preserve its value in the meantime. — REUTERS


4. Seattle-based Mac security company Intego has found more Mac malware in the wild. Intego found the malware exploiting a macOS Gatekeeper vulnerability last week. OSX/CrescentCore comes disguised as the installer for Adobe Flash Player, but once it determines that a user doesn’t have antivirus protection, it installs malicious software. The infection can be contracted from visiting sketchy websites and clicking on things. Your best bet to protect yourself is to never install Adobe Flash Player, even the real one. — INTEGO


5. New in iOS 13, users can remove location data from any photo while sharing it. Digital photos contain metadata from the camera that includes their location, so sharing photos in iOS 12 and earlier can potentially reveal where they were taken. In iOS 13, a new sharing panel contains a toggle switch for location. — CULT OF MAC


6. Spotify has updated its Spotify Stations iOS app to support CarPlay. This app launches straight into a list of algorithmically personalized streaming stations, so you can just tap what kind of music you want and let the algorithm DJ for you. Now the app works from CarPlay in the dashboard, so you don’t have to play it from your phone. — 9TO5MAC


7. A “very small number” of 2018 MacBook Airs have faulty logic boards that Apple will repair for free at authorized locations. Apple is proactively emailing customers with the Retina MacBook Airs in the affected serial number range to get their repairs. The memo describing the issue to staff mentions issues with “power,” but it doesnt’ elaborate. — 9TO5MAC


8. Phones can already replace credit cards and transit cards, and soon they’ll replace IDs and driver’s licenses. The technology is already here, and governments are beginning to roll it out. — WALL STREET JOURNAL


9. Siri Shortcuts are getting massive new capabilities in iOS and iPadOS 13, and the Shortcuts app has been redesigned. Here’s a comprehensive rundown of what’s new in iOS automation, at least in the betas we’ve gotten so far. — IMORE


10. Apple has won its first noise and wind cancellation patent for over-the-ear headphones. The patent covers “spectral mixing of signals” from microphones inside and outside the earcup. A report in March 2018 indicated that Apple was working on Apple-branded over-ear headphones, which haven’t yet arrived. — PATENTLY APPLE


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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