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388: iPhone 11 leaks!

Chris C.

Photo: OnLeaks/CashKaro

Photo: OnLeaks/CashKaro

This Week!

New leaks give us our best look yet at iPhone XI and XIR. Plus: new US tariffs could skyrocket the prices of your next iPhone and iPad. And a new US Supreme Court ruling could break Apple’s iron control of the app store, making even alternate app stores a real possibility.


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New 2019 iPhone leak hints at extra camera lenses (again)

  • Mark Gurman has posted molds of the iPhone XI, XI Max, and XR2, and not everyone is happy with how they look.

Apple's Tariff Tradeoff: Raise Phone Prices or Suffer Margin Hit

  • A new round of tariffs proposed by the U.S. on Monday includes mobile phones, meaning the iPhone.
  • If these tariffs take effect, iPhone could be hit with a with a 25% import levy.

Supreme Court sides against Apple in big antitrust case

  • A lawsuit targeting Apple and the App Store will be allowed to proceed, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided.
  • The case involves whether or customers technically buy apps from Apple, or whether Apple is a middleman connecting app developers with consumers. The Supreme Court ruled against Apple on Monday by 5 votes to 4.
  • The Apple Inc. v. Robert Pepper case dates back to 2011. The broad argument is that Apple has artificially driven up the price of apps by virtue of its monopolistic control over the App Store. By passing the cost of Apple’s 30% cut onto consumers, iPhone users argue that it is an unfair use of monopoly power. Apple, meanwhile, argued that only app developers — and not users — should be able to bring this lawsuit against Apple.

387: WWDC 2019, revealed!

Chris C.

Photo: Duncan Sinfield

Photo: Duncan Sinfield

This Week!

WWDC 2019 is right around the corner, and a new report sheds light on everything Apple's prepping to reveal. We discuss! Plus: the magic of Corning glass, and how making your iPhone just slightly thicker would make it indestructible. And we reveal how and why Jony Ive and team created the massive mystery rainbow structure now present at the heart of Apple Park.


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Apple to Reveal New Home-Grown Apps, Software Features at WWDC

  • Apple Inc. is planning to unleash a slew of new apps, features and development tools at its annual software conference next month.

How (and why) Jony Ive built the mysterious rainbow Apple Stage

  • It’s the latest creation by Jony Ive’s team — and it’s just as thoughtfully and intricately designed as you might imagine.

Apple Park: The Inner Spaceship Stage - May 2019

386: What's Apple's next HUGE product?

Chris C.

Illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

This Week!

Will it be a car, glasses, or a full frame camera? iPhones aren’t selling like they used to, and Apple’s looking for their next huge hit! We discuss... Plus: even with iPhone sales way down, Apple managed to have another MASSIVE quarter, and you won’t believe how they pulled it off. And stay tuned for our favorite shows and games in an all-new What We’re Into 🔥


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Apple’s wearables is now the size of a Fortune 200 company

  • Sales of the Apple Watch grew 50% compared to the same quarter last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Apple’s Q2 2019 quarterly analyst call on Tuesday.
  • If Apple’s wearables business — which includes the Apple Watch and the popular AirPod earbuds — were a stand-alone company, it would be in the Fortune 200, Cook said.
  • Apple’s wearables business also includes its home and accessories category. Together, sales in the March quarter hit a record $5.1 billion in revenue, up from $3.94 billion in the year-ago quarter.
  • Wearables now almost as big as the Mac business (5.5B last quarter).
  • Services business is now more than twice as big as the Mac business!

Apple Shipped an Estimated 36.4 Million iPhones Worldwide in Q1 2019, a 30% Year-Over-Year Decline

  • Apple shipped an estimated 36.4 million iPhones worldwide during the first calendar quarter of 2019, which corresponds to Apple's second fiscal quarter, according to new estimates shared today by IDC.
  • Apple's worldwide smartphone shipments were down 30.2 percent from 52.2 million iPhones shipped in the first quarter of 2018. The decline in sales led to Apple losing the number two worldwide smartphone vendor spot to Huawei. In Q1 2019, Huawei shipped an estimated 59.1 million smartphones.

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385: Industrial Design Team shakeup!

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

Some major changes are in store for Apple’s legendary industrial design team… we discuss. Plus: Apple commits to fixing all MacBook keyboard issues in just ONE day. This is huge. And it looks like not one but TWO new versions of the AirPods are in development, with one being released this year. We’ll fill you in. And the new Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones are almost here, and they look like the higher quality AirPods we’ve always wanted.


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Apple sets 24-hour turnaround time for MacBook keyboard repairs

  • Apple has ordered that sticky MacBook keys be repaired fast enough that, whenever possible, the owner can get their computer back the next day.
  • An internal Apple memo said this:
    • “Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume. These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time.”
  • Keyboard issues were previously being sent out for repairs, which could take a full week.
  • Apple is now prioritizing repairs and they will be done in store whenever possible. The goal is to get your laptop back to you in 24 hours.
  • My source says they see rarely see issues with the 3rd get butterfly keyboard He works at one of the busiest stores on the the west coast.
  • They see 2017 and 2016 MBP keyboard issues all the time...
  • When they do see issues, it’s usually with someone who does a lot of typing
  • For 2016 2017 models, he said most issues are from debris under the keys.
  • They use a special tool to remove the key, blow it out with canned air, and wipe it out with alcohol, then it’s “good as new”

Renowned Apple analyst thinks 2 new AirPod models are on the way

  • Ming-Chi Kuo says Cupertino plans to release two new models of AirPods, either at the end of this year or the start of 2020.
  • The two models Kuo mentions will include a more expensive and a cheaper option. This would make the AirPods product lineup similar to how Apple has been dividing the iPhone since 2013’s iPhone 5c and 5s. Kuo says the pricier AirPods option will include a redesigned form factor. The cheaper models, meanwhile, will retain the same design and pricing as the current model.

Third-gen AirPods may be on the way before end of 2019

  • We may only just be getting used to our second-gen AirPods, but Apple is reportedly gearing up to release its third generation AirPods.
  • According to a new Digitimes report, the AirPods 3 headphones will go on sale by the end of 2019. The main selling point of the new AirPods will be their smart noise-cancelling tech.
  • AirPods are reportedly Apple’s second-best-selling new product of all time.

Powerbeats Pro will only be available in black at launch

  • Apple revealed the Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds earlier this month with black, ivory, moss and navy color options. The ivory ones look especially sleek, but it appears that only the black ones will be available at launch.
  • Black launch mid May, others available this summer.
  • The new Powerbeats Pro are the first truly wireless earbuds to come out of the Beats by Dre labratory. They’re pretty much the same as the new AirPods, only they have better sweat and water resistance. Longer battery life is one of the other standout features and they have the same H1 wireless chip you’ll find in the updated AirPods that came out last month.

Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch

  • Samsung is hitting the brakes on the launch of its folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold and have recalled all the review units.
  • Galaxy Fold units were supposed to start shipping to customers on April 26th with units costing $1980 a piece.
  • Samsung is now saying they’ll be reinforcing the screen, and announcing another new release date "in the coming weeks."
  • If you don’t know the screens were having all sorts of issues.
  • Rewiewers were unknowably removing the plastic screen protector which was causing failures.
  • One reviewer found that something got behind the bend of the display and caused a bulge.
  • There’s was a weirdly visible crease in on the screen where it folds. The Verge highlighted that.