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Inside Apple (Jul 8th, 2019)

$AAPL (9:15 AM EDT July 8): $200.95 (-1.63%) [pre-market] // More info

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1. Apple will launch an all-new scissor switch keyboard in a MacBook Air model this year, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The MacBook Pro will get the new keyboard in 2020. The abandonment of the notoriously unreliable butterfly keyboard is great news. This rumor throws things for a loop a bit, though, as analysts have predicted an all new 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall, and it’s hard to imagine that launching without the new keyboard. — 9TO5MAC

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2. Samsung announced some rough numbers on Friday, indicating continued weakness in the smartphone market. Its Q2 profits fell 56 percent from a year ago, due largely to weak price and demand for its memory chips. The one seemingly bright spot was its display business, but that was due to a one-off reimbursement from Apple as part of an agreement about missed sales targets for the iPhone, for which Samsung provides displays. So the one number that looked good for Samsung is actually more bad news for the smartphone business — CNBC

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3. By the numbers: Apple’s Irish taxes. In 2016, the European Commission ruled that Apple received unfair tax incentives to base parts of its business in Ireland and ordered Ireland to collect over 14 billion euros in back taxes and interest. Apple was required to give up the full amount in advance of a long appeal process, so the Irish government put the money in an escrow account last year to try to preserve its value.

On Thursday, RTE reported that this account lost 16 million euros in value last year due to negative interest rates and bond yields. Apple has a stake in how the investments are managed, and if it wins the appeal, it gets back whatever’s in the pot, whether it’s up or down. — RTE

Total amount of disputed money: €14.285 billion
Fund value as of December 31, 2018: €14.269 billion
Loss of value in 2018: €16 million

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4. Apple has rolled out a new iCloud sign-in process on the web for users of the iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina betas. They can now log into iCloud.com using Face ID or Touch ID, with a popup similar to ones you’d get in an app, rather than a user name and password field on the website itself. This is probably the first test of Sign in with Apple technology in the wild. — MACRUMORS

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5. Qualcomm has lost its bid to halt the antitrust ruling against it after a successful lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission. Judge Lucy Koh found that Qualcomm’s mobile chip business was anticompetitive, suppressing competition with IP and licensing restrictions and charging excessive fees. Apple and Qualcomm settled their fight about this, but the government still pursued its case. Qualcomm attempted to bring evidence from its Apple settlement to stop the ruling, but that move was rejected. — BLOOMBERG

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6. Apple has proposed a settlement with South Korea’s antitrust regulator, the Fair Trade Commission, to resolve accusations that it imposed unfair requirements on mobile carriers who wanted to sell iPhones. In order to carry the iPhone, Apple required carriers to buy minimum quantities of each model dictated by Apple, share the cost of warranty repairs or replacements, and pay to run Apple’s own TV ads for the iPhone. Apple has been fined in other countries for similar practices. — 9TO5MAC

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7. Jeff Williams’ formal title at Apple is Chief Operating Officer — as Tim Cook’s was before him — but he’s widely seen as the pick for Apple’s next CEO. His new responsibility for design after Jony Ive’s departure strengthens that theory. — WALL STREET JOURNAL (paywalled)

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8. If you have one of the small number of old-model MacBook Pros affected by the recent recall, you should definitely take it in. You do not want what happened to Steve Gagne’s computer to happen to yours. — FACEBOOK

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9. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has acquired a GrayKey box for cracking into iPhones. It’s not easy to get data off of a locked iPhone, but CBP now has a way it can try. — @IBLAMETOM

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10. Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall from 9to5Mac have a new podcast called Watch Time. It’s a three-month show all about ways the Apple Watch is fitting into people’s lives. — 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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