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397: Face-aging app goes viral, and... return of the rainbow Apple logo?

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

FaceApp, the mega viral app that ages your face, might also be stealing your data! Plus: why your next iPhone or Mac may feature Apple’s rainbow logo; Apple might soon make a big move into original podcasts; and we’ll tell you about the wild lengths some Apple factory works go through to smuggle out top secret tech.


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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


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Apple’s retro rainbow logo might make a comeback

  • There have been some clues earlier this year that Apple might be ready to embrace its old logo again. Apple renewed its trademark on the logo last year. Jony Ive also meticulously created a rainbow stage at Apple Park that used the rainbow Apple logo’s design. Although Ive was a fan of minimalist design, even he seemed to want to bring the rainbow Apple logo back.
  • “There is the resonance with the rainbow logo that’s been part of our identity for many years,” Jony Ive recently explained.

Is viral FaceApp stealing your photos? Not all of them

  • FaceApp has become incredibly popular in recent weeks. It’s gone viral. You’ve probably see the pictures everywhere. But there’s concern over what happens to your photos when you use the app, particularly since the devs are… THE RUSSIANS!

Apple might soon feature original and exclusive podcasts

  • Apple’s growing services business will soon feature original podcasts, according to a report that, if true, amps up the tech giant’s battle with rival Spotify.
  • Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, reported Apple executives are in preliminary discussions with media companies to buy the rights to podcasts.
  • Spotify has spent millions of dollars positioning itself to be the go-to podcast app. It has acquired three podcast companies, including Gimlet Media, in the last two years to build up premium content.
  • The Apple Podcasts app comes with iPhones and is considered the go-to platform for listening to podcasts. However, Apple Podcasts is merely a directory of links for users to download podcasts from other platforms.

Apple Once Caught Factory Workers 'Digging a Small Tunnel in a Corner' in Attempt to Smuggle iPhone Parts

  • After photos of the colorful iPhone 5c leaked in 2013, the report claims Apple created a "New Product Security" team to monitor security at its most sensitive suppliers in China. At one point, the team reportedly topped more than 30.
  • The security team is said to have uncovered workers going to extreme lengths to smuggle valuable components out of factories over the years, with some attempting to hide parts in crawl spaces, tissue boxes, shoes, belt buckles, bras, used mop water, under discarded metal shavings, and beyond.

396: Big Mac updates!

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

Big Mac updates! But not like a Big Mac. We're talking computers. Never mind, look—Apple just updated the MacBook Air, dropped the price, and supercharged the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Plus: a new report says Apple will finally update the butterfly with the design we were all hoping for. And we wrap with a true story that could save you thousands: how neglecting the batteries in your tech could cost you BIG.


This episode supported by:

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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


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Apple may be gearing up to replace controversial MacBook keyboard

  • According to a new research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is set to replace them with a whole new keyboard switch mechanism. According to big Ming, this will debut with the 2019 MacBook Air (more on that in a second)
  • This would be a return to the previous keyboard design, but with an Apple twist.
  • Kuo says the switches in the new scissor keyboards will be made from glass-filled nylon, and material that is stronger than plastic, so it allows Apple to make the internal components stronger and thinner.
  • This is the same material used in the switches of the 2015 butterfly keyboard mechanisms.

Latest MacBooks still use Apple’s flawed butterfly keyboard

  • Big Ming got it wrong: Apple's newest MacBooks use the same 3rd-gen keybaord as the 2019 MacBook Pro, and are already included in the extended keyboard repair warranty.
  • The new keyboard will likely debut in the 16" MacBook Pro.

Apple brings True Tone to MacBook Air, faster chips to MacBook Pro

  • Apple has updated the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro for the back-to-school season. And they’re now more affordable.
  • The revised MacBook Air, now starts at $1,099 (down from $1,199) or $999 for college students, and has been updated with True Tone.
  • The biggest improvements, however, are to the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple officially ditches the 12-inch MacBook

  • Apple has dropped the 12-inch MacBook after introducing an improved MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
  • The previous MacBook Air without a Retina display, which was Apple’s most affordable notebook, has also been ditched.

395: Why Jony Ive quit: troubling details emerge…

Chris C.

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

This Week!

A new report details why Jony Ive is departing Apple, and it paints a troubling picture. Plus, Leander tells us about the “fiddle factor,” the unique quality that made Jony Ive our time’s greatest designer.


This episode supported by:

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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


Come say hellooooo!

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Jony Ive’s absence from Apple caused iPhone X headaches

  • A new report from the WSJ paints a bleak picture of Jony’s Ive’s departure, saying he’s been drifting away from the company for years, and it’s because they increasingly are not taking design seriously.

Tim Cook slams alleged rift with Jony Ive as ‘absurd’

Why Apple will miss Jony Ive’s fabulous ‘fiddle factor’

  • The fiddle factor cuts to the heart of Jony Ive’s design genius. In a career spanning 30 years, no designer has been more successful at making computers friendly and approachable, largely by adding tactile elements to his designs.
  • As a design student back in the 1980s, a teenage Jony Ive spent a semester with a design agency in London, the Roberts Weaver Group. One of his first projects was designing a new pen for Japan’s Zebra Co. Ltd., a pen-maker based in Tokyo.

394: Reacting to the departure of Jony Ive

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

We knew it was coming, but now it’s official, Jony Ive is leaving Apple. Plus: 16-inch MacBook Pro could arrive sooner than you think; Apple just poached one of the world’s premiere ARM CPU architects; and we’ll tell you about the huge Apple scam going around that you need to watch out for!


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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


Come say hellooooo!

@erfon / Erfon's YouTube Channel / @bst3r / Buster on Instagram / @lewiswallace / @lkahney


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Jony Ive is leaving Apple

  • Apple long-time design boss Jony Ive revealed today in an interview that he is leaving the company. After helping create some of the most iconic consumer products of all-time for Apple, Ive says he is going to strike out on his to create a new creative business called LoveFrom.
  • “After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,”
  • Instead of naming a new head of design that reports to Cook, Apple’s two design leaders — Evans Hankey and Alan Dye — will report to COO Jeff Williams.

16-inch MacBook Pro could arrive sooner than you think

  • A new 16-inch MacBook Pro is coming this fall, according to analysts at IHS Markit.
  • They claim that Apple will unleash the new laptop at the company’s September media event, alongside the new iPhone.
  • The new laptop will supposedly include a 3072 × 1920 resolution, up from the 2880 × 1800 display in Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • It will continue using an LCD display, rather than switching to OLED.

Apple just poached one of the world’s premiere ARM CPU architects

  • One of the top CPU architects in the world has joined Apple’s chip team.
  • Mike Filippo, who created some of ARMs most impressive CPUs over the last few years, was hired last month by Apple, signifying the company could be gearing up to switch to ARM CPUs on the Mac.
  • Filippo spent 5 years at Intel. 8 Years at AMD. Then 10 years at ARM as the lead architect creating the chips that have been competing with Apple’s.

Apple warning customers that App Store gift cards can't pay income taxes

  • Apple is now warning customers up front that iTunes gift cards, in fact, cannot be used to pay taxes as number of fraud calls ramp up.