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  1. LG 2019 TVs to Gain HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support Next Week Television maker LG says that updates will soon arrive that make HomeKit and AirPlay 2 available on supported TVs. LG's Australian support account on Twitter responded to a customer query by revealing that the updates would start rolling out to users in one week, which points to next Monday as the earliest possible arrival. Users will need to be running iOS 12.4 on their iPhones and iPads in order to take advantage of these features. Once the updates are installed, users will be able to beam photos, videos, and music from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the LG TV, similar to how the Apple TV works. Homekit is releasing in 1 week. Users require iOS 12.4 update to do Airplay2.LGA— LG Australia (@LG_Australia) July 23, 2019 HomeKit support will also let users control their television sets using Siri voice commands or the Home app on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Siri will be able to be used to do things like play a specific TV show or movie to be AirPlayed to your smart TV. LG announced in March that new TVs in its 2019 lineup, which launched in April, would support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit later this year. LG's 2019 lineup includes screen sizes ranging from 55 inches to 77 inches. All of the LG OLED, NanoCell SM9X, NanoCell SM8X, and UHD UM7X television sets from 2019 will work with Apple's services according to Apple's HomeKit website. (Via 9to5Mac.)Tags: LG, AirPlay 2This article, "LG 2019 TVs to Gain HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support Next Week" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  2. Hands-On With the New July 2019 13-Inch MacBook Pro Apple earlier this month introduced a surprise update to its MacBook Pro line, overhauling the entry-level 13-inch machine to bring it in line with more expensive models that were updated back in May. We went hands-on with the new MacBook Pro to take a look at the new features, including a Touch Bar, an updated processor, a new keyboard, and more. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Prior to the update, the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro hadn't been refreshed since 2017, so it was the last remaining MacBook Pro still using older keyboard technology that retained a row of function keys. The new model replaces that row of function keys with a Touch Bar, bringing it in line with the rest of the MacBook Pro models. Other than that, physically, the new MacBook Pro looks much like the older model. There is, however, an updated third-generation butterfly keyboard identical to the updated third-generation keyboard used in the May MacBook Pro refresh and the new 2019 MacBook Air. This keyboard is made from updated materials with a new membrane that Apple says will cut down on failure rates that impact other earlier butterfly keyboards. MacBook Pro users should see fewer repeating and stuck keys, but the problem isn't entirely solved so these machines are already covered under Apple's keyboard repair program. Internally, the new MacBook Pro is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, and it continues to offer two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the machine rather than the four found in the more expensive MacBook Pro models. At first glance, the 1.4GHz processor looks like it might be slower than the earlier models that were available, but in practice, it's speedier because of the newer technology and the fact that it's using a four-core chip rather than a two-core chip. Our tests found that it's faster than the earlier equivalent MacBook Pro models and quicker than some of the older 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar. It's not even too far off some of the current 15-inch MacBook Pros. The video in this article, which is 4K and about five minutes in length, took approximately 4 minutes to export. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro promises 10 hour battery life, which seemed accurate in our testing. That number is, of course, going to drop for processor intensive tasks like video editing. Price wise, the new MacBook Pro is the most affordable notebook in the MacBook Pro line, with pricing starting at $1,299. What do you think of the new entry-level MacBook Pro models? Let us know in the comments.Related Roundup: MacBook ProBuyer's Guide: MacBook Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Hands-On With the New July 2019 13-Inch MacBook Pro" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  3. Apple in 'Advanced Talks' to Buy Intel's Smartphone Modem Chip Business Apple is now in advanced talks to purchase Intel's smartphone modem chip business, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with Apple's plans. A deal that covers a portfolio of patents and staff valued at $1 billion or more could be established as soon as next week if the talks continue. Apple and Intel have reportedly been in on and off talks for approximately a year. As reported earlier, the talks ended right around the time that Apple and Qualcomm settled their legal disputes and reached a new supply agreement. Intel sought other buyers and found other interested parties, but discussions with Apple resumed shortly after they ended. The Apple-Intel discussions began last summer, around the time former Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich resigned, people familiar with the matter have said. Mr. Krzanich championed the modem business and touted 5G technology as a big future revenue stream. When Bob Swan was named to that job in January, analysts said the odds of a deal rose because his focus on cleaning up Intel would require addressing the losses in the modem business.As noted by The Wall Street Journal, purchasing Intel's modem chip business would provide Apple with a leg up on its efforts to develop its own modem chips in house, which would ultimately make the company less reliant on Qualcomm. Apple has been working on developing its own modem chips since at least 2018, but the technology isn't expected to be ready for use in iPhones and iPads for a few years. Intel in April announced that it was exiting the 5G smartphone modem business, sharing the news just after Apple and Qualcomm announced their new deal. Since then, Intel has been seeking a buyer for its smartphone modem business. Apple had been planning to use Intel's 5G chips for its 2020 iPhones, but rumors suggested Intel wasn't able to meet design deadlines, souring the relationship between the two companies. Apple now plans to use Qualcomm's 5G modem chips in its 2020 iPhones and has established a deal for chips for future devices as well.Tag: IntelThis article, "Apple in 'Advanced Talks' to Buy Intel's Smartphone Modem Chip Business" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  4. iPhone XR Was Best Selling iPhone in U.S. in Q3 2019 Apple's iPhone XR was the best selling iPhone in the third fiscal quarter of 2019, according to new data shared today by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR models accounted for 67 percent of all U.S. iPhone sales during the third quarter of 2019, with the iPhone XR alone accounting for 48 percent of sales. The iPhone's 48 percent share of smartphone sales during the quarter is the highest that's been seen for an individual model since the iPhone 6 in 2015, according to CIRP."iPhone XR has become the dominant iPhone model," said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. "Its 48% share of sales in the quarter is the highest we've seen for an individual model since the iPhone 6 in 2015, which shared top billing with the 6 Plus, but only had two outdated legacy models offered as alternatives. Apple set out to create a competitive model, with current features like a large screen on a midsize handset, at a price that falls near the leading Android phones. It is an easy to choose the mid-point between the expensive XS and XS Max models, and the older 7 and 8 models."The iPhone XR is Apple's most affordable iPhone, priced starting at $749 in the United States. It is similar to the iPhone XS and XS Max, but offers an LCD display instead of an OLED display along with a single-lens camera instead of a dual-lens camera. It also comes in a range of bright colors, and due to its popularity, Apple is keeping its three iPhone lineup intact for its 2019 iPhone lineup. The 2019 iPhones will include an iPhone XS successor, an iPhone XS Max successor, and an iPhone XR successor that will continue to offer an LCD display to keep costs lower. The next-generation iPhone XR is rumored to feature new colors, more RAM (4GB, up from 3GB), faster LTE thanks to support for 4x4 MIMO, and it could also have camera improvements in the form of a new dual-lens camera setup that would likely be similar to the current dual-lens camera in the iPhone XS and XS Max. CIRP's research data also looked at some numbers for Apple's various services. Among iPhone buyers during the quarter, 47 percent use paid iCloud storage, while three to six percent purchased AppleCare. 35 percent of iPhone buyers use Apple Music, while 15 to 29 percent use Apple TV, Apple Podcasts, and Apple News. Apple has several other services on the horizon which could draw in more users, including Apple TV+, its upcoming streaming service, and Apple Arcade, a gaming service that will provide access to games for a monthly fee. Tag: CIRPThis article, "iPhone XR Was Best Selling iPhone in U.S. in Q3 2019" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  5. Apple Hires Former Tesla Engineering VP With Expertise in Car Interiors Apple recently hired Steve MacManus, a former Tesla executive in charge of engineering for car exteriors and interiors, reports Bloomberg. MacManus joined Tesla at 2015 and has also worked at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, and Aston Martin. According to his LinkedIn profile, MacManus is now a "Senior Director" at Apple, with no additional information provided. While his interior design skills are applicable to Apple's car team, Bloomberg believes he could also be working on other projects at Apple, beyond the development of a car. Apple is widely believed to be working on a self-driving electric vehicle project, though given the myriad rumors about it over the years, it continues to be unclear what Apple's ultimate goal is. For some time, rumors suggested Apple had shelved plans for a physical car and was instead focusing on software, but last year, there were again hints that Apple is planning on designing its own vehicle, which Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said could launch in 2023 to 2025. Apple and Tesla regularly hire each other's employees, and have been embroiled in hiring wars for years now. Apple in the last year has hired former Tesla drive systems vice president Michael Schwekutsch and former Tesla chief vehicle engineer Doug Field.Related Roundup: Apple CarThis article, "Apple Hires Former Tesla Engineering VP With Expertise in Car Interiors" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  6. Apple's Walkie-Talkie Apple Watch App Works Again Following iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3 Release Nearly two weeks ago, Apple disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch after discovering a bug that could allow the feature to be used to eavesdrop on others. At the time, Apple said that it had just learned of the vulnerability and was taking the app offline while working on a fix. That fix is ready today in both iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3, which means the Walkie-Talkie app is once again available for use. When disabling the Walkie-Talkie app, Apple didn't pull it off of Apple Watches, leaving the app intact but rendering it non-functional. Today's software updates fix the vulnerability and bring the app back online. Walkie-Talkie was one of the headline features in watchOS 5, released last September. Walkie-Talkie is designed to allow users to communicate with one another using a push to talk function, similar to a real walkie-talkie. Apple said that it did not believe that the vulnerability in Walkie-Talkie was exploited to spy on anyone, but disabled the feature out of an abundance of caution.We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our customers extremely seriously. We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer's iPhone without consent. We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience.Apple was quick to take down the Walkie-Talkie app as it suffered from another eavesdropping bug recently that received major media attention. A serious Group FaceTime bug was discovered back in January, and when exploited, it allowed callers to hear a user's audio even when the call had not been accepted. In that situation, Apple did not remove the Group FaceTime feature until it had been publicized, despite the person who discovered the bug having submitted a report days before. Apple fixed the Group FaceTime bug after a week and a half, addressing it in iOS 12.1.4.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6, iOS 12Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)This article, "Apple's Walkie-Talkie Apple Watch App Works Again Following iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3 Release" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  7. Apple Releases iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 With GPS Bug Fix for Older iPhones and iPads Alongside the launch of iOS 12.4, Apple today released new versions of iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 for older iPhones and iPads that aren't able to run iOS 12.4. The iOS 9.3.6 update is available for cellular models of the original iPad mini, the iPad 2, and the iPad 3, while iOS 10.3.4 is available for the cellular version of the iPad 4 and the iPhone 4. These updates can be downloaded on eligible devices over-the-air through the Settings app. To access the software, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple released these older software updates to address an issue that could impact GPS location performance and lead to the system date and time being incorrect. Apple recommends all users with eligible devices install the new updates.This article, "Apple Releases iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 With GPS Bug Fix for Older iPhones and iPads" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  8. Apple Releases 12.4 Software for HomePod With Support for Taiwan and Japan Launch Alongside the release of iOS 12.4 with its new data migration tools for iOS devices, Apple today released a new 12.4 software update designed for the HomePod. The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 12.4, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to. According to the release notes for the update, the 12.4 software brings support for HomePod to Japan and Taiwan, where the speaker will soon be available for purchase. There were no other mentions of bug fixes or feature changes in the release notes for the update.This article, "Apple Releases 12.4 Software for HomePod With Support for Taiwan and Japan Launch" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  9. Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.6 With Apple News+ Improvements and Multiple Bug Fixes Apple today released macOS Mojave 10.14.6, the sixth update to the macOS Mojave operating system that first launched in September. macOS Mojave 10.14.6 comes over a month after the release of macOS Mojave 10.14.5, an update that introduced AirPlay 2 support for Smart TVs. macOS Mojave 10.14.6 can be downloaded by going to the "Software Update" section of System Preferences and selecting the Update Now option. According to Apple's release notes the macOS 10.14.6 update introduces several Apple News+ improvements on the Mac. Downloaded issues are available in the My Magazines section of Apple News+, and there's a new option for clearing all downloaded magazine issues to free up space. The update also fixes several bugs, including one that could prevent the creation of a new Boot Camp partition on iMac and Mac mini with Fusion Drive and an issue that could cause a hang during a restart. The macOS Mojave 10.14.6 update improves the stability and reliability of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. This update: - Makes downloaded issues available in the My Magazines section of Apple News+, both online and offline - Adds all publications in Apple News+, including newspapers, to the catalog at the top of the News+ feed - Adds the ability to clear downloaded magazine issues in Apple News+ by selecting History > Clear > Clear All - Addresses an issue which prevents creation of a new Boot Camp partition on iMac and Mac mini with Fusion Drive - Resolves an issue that may cause a hang during a restart - Resolves a graphics issue that may occur when waking from sleep - Fixes an issue that may cause fullscreen video to appear black on Mac mini - Improves file sharing reliability over SMBmacOS Mojave 10.14.6 may be one of the final updates to the Mojave operating system as Apple shifts its focus to macOS Catalina, which is set to be released this fall and is currently being beta tested.Related Roundup: macOS MojaveThis article, "Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.6 With Apple News+ Improvements and Multiple Bug Fixes" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  10. Apple Releases tvOS 12.4 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV Apple today released tvOS 12.4, the eighth update to the tvOS 12 operating system that runs on the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 12.4 comes more than a month after the release of tvOS 12.3, which brought an updated TV app. tvOS 12.4 is a free update that can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System > Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to tvOS 12.4 automatically. There were no new features discovered during the beta testing period for tvOS 12.4, making it unclear what's included in the update. Apple does not provide release notes for tvOS updates, making it difficult to determine what might be new or improved in the operating system. The update likely focuses on introducing performance improvements and bug fixes, and there could be some refinements to the TV app that was introduced in tvOS 12.3.Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, tvOS 13Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)This article, "Apple Releases tvOS 12.4 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  11. Apple Releasing watchOS 5.3 Today With Walkie-Talkie Bug Fix, ECG Support for Canada and Singapore Apple will today release watchOS 5.3, the seventh update to the watchOS 5 operating system that runs on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 5.3 comes more than a month after the launch of watchOS 5.2.1, a minor update that expanded ECG availability. watchOS 5.3 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone. The update will be available at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time or 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. No new features were discovered in watchOS 5.3 during the beta testing process, but according to Apple's iOS 12.4 release notes, the new update, along with iOS 12.4, fixes a major bug in the Walkie-Talkie app that could allow it to be used to spy on people and it once again makes the Walkie-Talkie app accessible. The watchOS 5.3 update also brings ECG support and irregular heart rhythm notifications to Apple Watch Series 4 owners in both Canada and Singapore. From Apple's release notes:This update includes new features, improvements and bug fixes and is recommended for all users: - Provides important security updates including a fix for the Walkie-Talkie app - ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 now available in Canada and Singapore - Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Canada and SingaporewatchOS 5.3 may be one of the final updates to the watchOS 5 operating system as Apple shifts its focus to watchOS 6, which is currently being beta tested ahead of a planned fall release.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6Tag: ECGBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)This article, "Apple Releasing watchOS 5.3 Today With Walkie-Talkie Bug Fix, ECG Support for Canada and Singapore" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  12. Apple Releasing iOS 12.4 Today With New Wireless Data Migration When Setting Up a New iPhone and Apple News+ Improvements Apple will today release iOS 12.4, the fourth major update to the iOS 12 operating system that first launched in September 2018. iOS 12.4 comes more two months after the release of iOS 12.3, another major update that brought the new TV app. The iOS 12.4 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update. As with all iOS updates, iOS 12.4 is free to download, but it may take some time for iOS 12.4 to propagate to all iOS users. iOS 12.4 will see a release right around 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time or 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. During the beta testing process, there were no outward-facing features or major changes discovered in iOS 12.4. According to Apple's release notes, the update introduces a new iPhone migration option to directly transfer data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone, and it introduces enhancements to Apple News+. From Apple's release notes: iOS 12.4 introduces iPhone migration to directly transfer data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone, includes enhancements to Apple News+ and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad. This update: iPhone migration - Introduces the ability to wirelessly transfer data and migrate directly from an old iPhone to a new iPhone during setup Apple News - Makes downloaded issues accessible in the My Magazines section, both offline and online - Adds all publications in Apple News+, including newspapers, to the catalog at the top of the News+ feed - Adds the ability to clear downloaded magazine issues by selecting History > Clear > Clear All Other improvements and fixes - Includes a security fix for the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch and re-enables Walkie-Talkie functionality This release also includes support for HomePod in Japan and Taiwan.The update was believed to include support for Apple Card, laying the foundation for Apple's new credit card, though the release notes make no mention of this. It could still add the underlying framework for Apple Card, which is set to be launching this summer and could come at any time. Related Roundup: iOS 12This article, "Apple Releasing iOS 12.4 Today With New Wireless Data Migration When Setting Up a New iPhone and Apple News+ Improvements" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  13. Bloomberg: 18-Karat Gold Apple Watch Edition Sales Fizzled After Just Two Weeks In a profile of Apple's operations chief Jeff Williams, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has revealed some interesting anecdotes about development of the Apple Watch, which Williams has reportedly overseen since 2013. Months before the Apple Watch launched in 2015, for example, the report claims some employees testing the device began having allergic reactions to the type of nickel used in its casing, leading Williams to make the decision to scrap thousands of already-produced units and restart manufacturing with a different kind of nickel. The amount of nickel eventually included in select Apple Watch models and bands falls below restrictions set by the European Union, according to Apple:Apple Watch models with a stainless steel or an aluminum case, the stainless steel portions of some Apple Watch bands, the metallic portions of the Hermès bands, and the magnets in the watch and bands, each contain some nickel. However, they all fall below the strict nickel restrictions set by European REACH regulation. Therefore, while nickel exposure is unlikely to be a problem, you should be aware of the possibility in case you're susceptible to nickel-related reactions.The report claims employees also noticed that the Apple Watch's Taptic Engine was prone to long-term failure from corrosion. In that case, Williams decided to give those few thousand watches to employees, according to Gurman. As for the $10,000-plus, 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, the report claims Apple's sales were "in the low tens of thousands" of units, with "few after the first two weeks." The line was discontinued in September 2016 after just 16 months and, humorously, the gold models are now stuck on watchOS 4 and below. Williams now oversees the development of all Apple hardware products, according to the report, and he is widely considered a frontrunner to succeed Tim Cook as CEO when the time comes — the two share similar backgrounds and mannerisms.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6Tag: Apple Watch EditionBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)This article, "Bloomberg: 18-Karat Gold Apple Watch Edition Sales Fizzled After Just Two Weeks" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  14. Bloomberg: Jeff Williams is Second-Most Important Person at Apple, Operates Similar to Tim Cook Last month, Apple announced that Jony Ive will be leaving Apple later this year to form an independent design company, with Apple among its primary clients. In turn, Apple indicated that its operations chief Jeff Williams will spend more of his time working with its design team in their studio. Williams has long been considered a frontrunner to succeed Tim Cook as CEO of Apple, and with his expanded design-related oversight at Apple, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman believes he is "unambiguously the second-most important person at Apple" and first in line to succeed Cook when the time comes. In line with his calm demeanor on stage at Apple events, Gurman notes that Williams has over the years distinguished himself as a modest, disciplined, and demanding leader, much more like Cook than Steve Jobs. From the report:"He's the closest thing at the company to Tim Cook, and you'll get more of that," a former senior Apple executive says of Williams. "If you think Cook is doing a good job, then it's a good choice."Williams is considered to be slightly more hands-on with product development than Cook, however, as evidenced by his leadership of the Apple Watch team since its inception. Williams is also said to attend weekly reviews of product and industrial design progress and brief Cook on the discussions. Gurman:Williams now oversees the development of all Apple hardware products, holding weekly meetings to gauge their progress. Although the process is formally called NPR, or New Product Review, some employees call this the "Jeff Review." During the development of the AirPods, some of them noticed that Williams continued wearing Apple's wired headphones instead of the new product. Williams wasn't yet happy with the fit of the wireless model.The big question mark with Ive's impending departure is whether Apple will remain innovative. Critics will argue that Apple has already become complacent under Cook, and with Williams having a similar operations-focused approach, the narrative is that Apple might falter without a Jobs-era visionary. From the report:"One doesn't necessarily need a visionary as CEO of Apple as long as there's a visionary in the company that the CEO can work with," says Michael Gartenberg, a former Apple marketing executive. "Tim Cook had Jony Ive. The question is, with Ive gone, who is the visionary at the company that can guide the next big thing?"Depending on how involved Ive remains with Apple through his independent design firm, that might not be a concern for several more years to come. Apple has also more than doubled its market value under Cook, so any concerns that Apple has fallen behind in the post-Jobs era are arguably overblown. It's worth noting that there is no sign that Cook plans to step down any time soon. Williams, 56, is also less than three years younger than Cook.Tags: Tim Cook, Jeff WilliamsThis article, "Bloomberg: Jeff Williams is Second-Most Important Person at Apple, Operates Similar to Tim Cook" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  15. Apple Watch With MicroLED Display Could Launch in 2020 Apple is reportedly in advanced talks with Taiwanese display manufacturers to use microLED displays in its products as soon as next year, according to a new report. Citing sources with knowledge of Apple's supply chain, Chinese-language Economic Daily News says the company will be ready to launch an Apple Watch with a microLED screen in 2020, replacing the current use of OLED panels manufactured by LG Display. MicroLED panels use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays used in Apple Watch and should help to make future devices slimmer, brighter, and less power-hungry. A previous rumor from DigiTimes suggested Apple will work with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop MicroLED panels for Apple Watch, and that they could see production as soon as this year. However, Bloomberg has a slightly different timeline for Apple's adoption of MicroLED and believes they won't appear in the Apple Watch until next year at the earliest, with a two-to-four year lead time for the iPhone. Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)This article, "Apple Watch With MicroLED Display Could Launch in 2020" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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  16. 2020 iPhones Could Feature Fast 120Hz 'Pro Motion' Displays Apple's iPhones next year may feature displays capable of up to 120Hz refresh rates, allowing for a smoother on-screen experience, according to one mobile leaker. Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020, and is discussing with Samsung and LG. pic.twitter.com/4aoU303umu— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 21, 2019 "Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020, and is discussing with Samsung and LG," tweeted Ice Universe on Sunday. The leaker, who goes by the Twitter handle @UniverseIce, doesn't usually comment on Apple's plans, but is a well-regarded source of Samsung rumors. Samsung has supplied Apple with OLED panels for the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. Apple already uses variable refresh rate technology in its iPad Pro models, but they still use LCD panels rather than OLED. Bringing it to a new breed of OLED iPhones would raise the smartphone performance bar even higher. Apple markets the iPad Pro-exclusive tech under the moniker "Pro Motion," which it says dynamically adjusts the display to the movement of content for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness, and smoother motion. It does all this on the natch, which means it also conserves battery life. Apple's adaptive Pro Motion IAPs also reduce Apple Pencil latency, and reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple Pencil support is a possibility for a future iPhone. Previous rumors have suggested Apple will complete its transition to an all-OLED iPhone lineup in 2020 with new 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch devices. But before 2020 comes around, Apple is widely expected to launch a trio of new iPhones this September, including two higher-end 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models and one lower-end 6.1-inch LCD model. This article, "2020 iPhones Could Feature Fast 120Hz 'Pro Motion' Displays" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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