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Inside Apple (Aug 22nd, 2019)

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Be honest; do you have an issue with green bubble people? When you’re on a group message thread, and somebody has an Android phone that greens up all the bubbles, do you get mad? Annoyed? Sad? Or do you not mind? Come on, you can be honest with me. Share your feelings about blue versus green bubbles.

— Jon

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1. This year’s fall device season will bring significant upgrades to the whole iPhone line, the iPad Pros, the entry-level iPad, Apple Watch, and the MacBook Pro. Gurman’s got the goods as usual, confirming camera-focused upgrades to all three iPhones, as well as some extra goodies, like reverse wireless charging for AirPods and a green color for the XR successor. The iPad Pros are getting upgraded cameras. The base iPad will go to 10.2 inches, so Apple will be discontinuing the classic 9.7-inch screen size. And that 16-inch MacBook Pro is coming. Gurman says a cheaper HomePod and more expensive AirPods are also in the works for this season. — BLOOMBERG

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2. Donald Trump praised Apple CEO Tim Cook at a press conference Wednesday, saying “I gotta help him out short-term.” Trump is referring to his proposed tariffs on tech imports from China, which threaten both Apple’s margins and its relationship with Chinese customers. Trump called cook “a great executive,” in contrast to other American CEOs, because “Tim Cook calls Donald Trump directly.” Cook and his team clearly have a careful strategy for dealing with Trump that they have executed over the past week. — CNBC

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3. #ThrowbackThursday: Love notes to Newton. The Newton MessagePad is probably Apple’s canonical ahead-of-its-time product. Newtons were the only Apple gadgets that could qualify as “mobile” devices in the mid-’90s, and they sported styluses with handwriting recognition — albeit famously eccentric. Steve Jobs killed the Newton when he returned to Apple in 1996, and some speculate that it was just because it was an Apple product he didn’t create.

The Newton line has its devotees, and a new documentary, "Love Notes to Newton," celebrates its life, death, and afterlife. The film will be shown at the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle, Washington on September 28, followed by a Q&A session with members of the original Newton team. If you’re in the area and go to the screening, take some photos, write up your impressions, and send them to apple@inside.com. I’d love to put it in the newsletter! — CULT OF MAC

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4. The iPhone 7 produced more than the legal safety limit of radio-frequency radiation in a controlled test, and now the Federal Communications Commission is investigating. The Chicago Tribune, which paid for the test, says the iPhone 7 emitted more than double the radiation it reported to federal regulators from its own testing. Apple disputes the newspaper's results. There’s no clear evidence cell phone radiation poses any health risk, but it’s good to err on the safe side, and it’s not clear if Apple or the FCC did. — CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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5. Luxshare, the Chinese company that manufactures AirPods, saw an 80 percent surge in profits and sales in the first half of 2019. Apple’s wearables are growing like mad, and analysts estimate AirPods shipments could grow 60 percent this year and next year. — BLOOMBERG

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6. Fitbit will provide hundreds of thousands of Singapore residents with fitness trackers in a partnership with a government agency. The program will provide free Fitbit Inspire devices to people who commit to a $10 per month subscription that includes fitness guidance and personal coaching. According to Fitbit CEO James Park, Apple also bid on the program, but he has a vested interest in saying Fitbit beat Apple at something, since Apple is kicking its butt in hardware. Apple did not comment. — CNBC

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7. Huawei, in partnership with fashion brand Gentle Monster, is launching smart glasses in September that will pair with both Huawei and Apple phones. Gentle Monster employees state that iPhone users will be able to answer calls and play music via these glasses. There will be two styles of sunglasses and three styles of optical glasses, and the starting price is $283. Hey, they undercut the new Snap Spectacles. — PATENTLY APPLE

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8. Susan Prescott, Apple’s Vice President of Markets, Apps, and Services, will speak at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise in September. Prescott has been at Apple since 2003 and is central to its often underestimated enterprise strategy. Prescott will discuss Apple’s history in the enterprise, the arrival of the bring-your-own-device era, and Apple’s newest enterprise initiatives. — TECHCRUNCH

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9. It’s surprisingly easy to opt out of binding arbitration for Apple Card. You should do it — not just for Apple Card, but for any product you can — because arbitration agreements take away your right to participate in any class action suit. You should also keep a paper trail of your opt-out process; if you do it in Messages for Apple Card, a screen shot of the conversation should suffice. — PIXEL ENVY

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10. Samsung is leaning into iPhone users’ stigma against “green bubble” people — i.e. Android users — with a series of funny GIFs. Some snooty iPhone people get grossed out when some Android user turns their beautiful blue iMessage thread into a green-bubble mess, and I hope more Android people will stick it to them by sending these. — MACRUMORS

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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.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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