Inside Apple - January 13th, 2020

Inside Apple (Jan 13th, 2020)

Oprah withdraws from Russell Simmons doc / By the numbers: 1 trillion streams / Mac mini inside a PowerBook


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I’m sad Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon got snubbed at the Golden Globes, but I’m really glad Billy Crudup won an award for “The Morning Show” (see #2). Cory seems pretty slimy at first, but you already kind of have to love him, and his character gets deeper very quickly as things ramp up. In other words, it’s one of the hardest characters in the show to pull off, and Billy Crudup hit it out of the park. He’s a great choice for Apple TV+’s first award recipient. Which Apple TV+ show has you most excited for season 2?

— Jon

1. Oprah Winfrey has stepped down as executive producer of a documentary accusing music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct and canceled its release on Apple TV+. Winfrey’s statement is vaguely supportive of the film and its message, but she believes the filmmakers want to release the film “before [she] believe[s] it is complete.” This cancelation follows the indefinite delay of the Apple TV+ original film, The Banker, which is also complicated by allegations of sexual misconduct involving subjects of the film. — HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

2. Billy Crudup has won the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Cory Ellison in “The Morning Show.” This is the first awards win for an Apple TV+ show, but “The Morning Show” was nominated for three Golden Globes: Best Drama Series and Best Actress nominations for both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. All these performances were spectacular, and Aniston and Witherspoon are at least as deserving, but Crudup’s lovably Machiavellian Cory was certainly award-worthy. — 9TO5MAC

3. By the numbers: U.S. listeners streamed over a trillion songs in 2019, according to Nielsen Music’s annual report. Streams are up 30 percent over 2018. The rise was driven by Post Malone, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish, who was awarded Global Artist of the Year by Apple Music. — WALL STREET JOURNAL (paywalled) (Read in Apple News+)

Streaming’s share of U.S. music consumption: 82 percent
Physical album sales’ share: 9 percent (down 19 percent YoY)
Hip-hop’s share of streams: 28 percent
Rock’s share: 20 percent
Pop’s share: 14 percent

4. Something unusual is going on with supply chain rumors about the level of 5G support that will ship in 2020 iPhones. I tend not to include rumors like these, even from reputable sources like Ming-Chi Kuo, but when analysts have conflicting info, that’s intriguing. Mehdi Hosseini reported last week that the first wave of 2020 models would not yet have mmWave sensors — those devices would ship in December 2020 or January 2021, according to Hosseini — but Kuo is doubling down on his initial reporting that all September models will have both sub-6Ghz and mmWave equipment. — MACRUMORS

5. Apple’s latest late-Friday product reliability news dump is a free replacement program for iPhone XS and XR Smart Battery Cases. If your case will not charge or charges intermittently, you can get an easy, free swap at your local Apple Store. One of my sources went in over the weekend and had a very easy time getting the replacement, but black cases were already out of stock in their local store. — @MARKGURMAN

6. Apple has cut its maximum estimates for trade-in values of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches for almost every model. The trade-in value for an iPhone XS Max has been knocked down by a full $100, from $600 to $500. It was already the case that Apple gave you less money than you could get selling your device directly in exchange for convenience, and now that’s even more true. — MACRUMORS

7. About one in five U.S. adults wear a smartwatch or fitness tracker, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in June 2019. The proportion is 10 percent higher for households earning $75,000 a year or more. For households with income below $30,000, 12 percent of people still report using a wearable. — PEW RESEARCH CENTER

8. Mark Duplass, who plays Chip Black in “The Morning Show,” has a take on why critics panned the show before its launch, even though it’s objectively great. “I think Apple knows this now,” Duplass says, “but they didn’t do a very good job of welcoming critics into the process because they’re used to keeping their product secret. When you’re dealing with [TV] critics, you don’t keep secrets. … I think they lashed out a little bit.” — HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

9. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other digital rights activists are warning that Apple’s escalating lawsuit against security firm Corellium has “dangerous” implications. Apple is deploying arguments from copyright law to try to stop the company from virtualizing its devices for security testing purposes. If the argument sticks, activists say, it would effectively make it illegal for third parties to make tools that can be used for jailbreaking or finding security flaws Apple hasn’t found on its own. — FORBES

10. This vintage Mac fan wanted the joys of using a classic PowerBook 145 without the pain of, well, using a PowerBook 145 in 2020. The solution: dissecting a modern Mac mini, wiring it up to a new display, and cramming it inside. — 512PX

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.

Edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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