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Friday Highlights: iPhone 11 models arrive in stores, data suggests demand solid, besting supply chain estimates, could "be a key sales driver for the tech giant heading into the key holiday season"; iFixit doing live iPhone 11 Pro teardown on YouTube; Financial Times, Business Insider see transformative impact of Apple's new ultra-wideband chip, even making Bluetooth obsolete; Tim Cook at Fifth Ave Apple store for iPhone 11 launch; MacRumors finds hidden tab in iOS 13 revealing Apple Tags; seems iOS 13 rollout has been less than stellar, AppleInsider recommends waiting for iOS 13.1; MacStories reviews iPadOS 13, CNET's Stephen Shankland now loves his iPad after upgrades, and Jason Snell explores new Photos app in iOS 13.

  • "Apple, Spurned by BMW and Mercedes, Signs Deal With Volkswagen for Driverless Cars"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:27 PM
  • "Apple Signs VW Driverless Deal" Bloomberg 9:25 PM
  • "Report: After failed talks w/ Mercedes & BMW, Apple reaches self-driving car deal with Volkswagen" 9to5Mac 6:28 PM
  • "Apple reportedly partners with Volkswagen for self-driving employee shuttles" TechCrunch 6:30 PM
  • "Apple's self-driving shuttle project to use Volkswagen vans, report says" AppleInsider 6:30 PM
  • "Apple Avoids Amazon's Beauty Contest, Searches Secretly for New Campus: Tech giants take starkly different paths in their searches for cities in which to build new corporate campuses" [Paid Membership Required] 8:49 AM
  • "Apple Shootout: What Does the Big Leap in Services Mean?"  Barron's 10:48 AM
  • "Apple's MacBook butterfly switch keyboards target of second class action complaint"  AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "Disgruntled users are suing Apple over its 'defective' MacBook keyboard" Cult of Mac 8:38 AM
  • "Why App Developers Want Free Trials on iOS: We'd all benefit if Apple added this feature."  Slate 8:35 AM
  • "Craig Federighi Says Apple Intends to Address APFS Support for Fusion Drives 'Very Soon'"  MacRumors 8:07 AM
  • "Apple promises APFS support for Fusion Drives soon" Cult of Mac 8:54 AM
  • "WWDC livestream will support Chrome and Firefox this year" Cult of Mac 9:34 AM
  • "Today Mac OS X is as old as the Classic Mac OS"  Six Colors 1:03 PM
  • "Here's How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote Live Stream" The Mac Observer 10:14 AM
  • "How to control your Mac's thermals with the Macs Fan Control app" iMore 8:42 AM
  • "iTunes Library XML File Missing? Here's How to Create One" OS X Daily 3:40 PM
  • "24 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know" Computerworld 8:35 AM
  • "macOS: How to Optimize Mac Storage for Your Hard Drive" The Mac Observer 1:03 PM
  • "Setting Mailbox Behaviors" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "macOS 10.14 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Hope to See in the Next Version of macOS" MacRumors 3:39 PM
  • "Window Dressing: When macOS was still OS X, some Windows users weren't afraid to remake their desktops in Apple's vision. It was the ultimate case of imitation and flattery." Tedium 3:00 PM
  • "Apple WWDC 2018 Press Invites Confirmed: iPhone, iPad, Software And What To Expect" Forbes 7:56 AM
Press Releases
  • "ClickInstall 5.0 Builds a 64-Bit macOS Software Installer with Code Signing" Excel Software 1:53 PM
  • "AgileBits releases all-new 1Password 7 for Mac, Windows version to follow" BetaNews 8:39 AM
  • "FL Studio's music-making software comes to the Mac" Engadget 7:45 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Study says iPhone X satisfaction rating is lower than other iPhones – and several Android phones" BGR 8:34 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Plus tops ASCI survey of customer satisfaction" Cult of Mac 12:54 PM
  • "FBI admits over-counting locked iPhones and other mobiles" BBC 7:48 AM
  • "The FBI inflated the number of encrypted phones linked to crime: 7,800 claimed devices turns out to be less than 2,000" The Verge 8:08 AM
  • "Wearables market up 35% in Q1 2018 as Apple and Xiaomi maintain lead" Canalys 10:46 AM
  • "Apple Watch Dominates Cellular-Enabled Smartwatch Market" MacRumors 10:48 AM
  • "Taiwan smartphone sales dip in April" ["Apple was the top vendor in April in terms of shipment volume, accounting for a 22.6% share. Samsung Electronics ranked second with a 19.6% share, followed by Asustek Computer (10.5%), Oppo (10.3%), Sony Mobile Communications (8.4%) and HTC (7.2%)."] DigiTimes 9:25 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone beats smartphone industry trend in Taiwan" Apple Must 9:24 AM
  • "How Apple-bashing CEO of China's Smartisan sells product launch tickets, smartphones: Smartisan has set itself apart in the smartphone industry by transforming its annual product launches into variety shows"  South China Morning Post 3:48 PM
  • "China's Smartisan says Apple has 'lost its soul' in pitch for new smartphone" AppleInsider 3:48 PM
  • "Foxconn opts to make smaller displays at Wisconsin plant: Major Apple supplier says $10bn investment plan is unchanged"  Nikkei 7:45 AM
  • "No, Apple supplier Foxconn isn't scaling back its US factory: The electronics manufacturer is staying true to its $10 billion investment in a US factory." CNET 1:56 PM
  • "Foxconn's Wisconsin plant could make Apple iPhone and Mac displays after all" AppleInsider 9:33 AM
  • "Global Notebook Shipments for 1Q18 Declined by 1.4% Year-on-Year; Market Headwinds May Continue to Influence the Shipments for the Rest of Year, Says TrendForce" ["On the other hand, Apple will boost the shipments in the second half of this year, shipping only 2.89 million units in the first quarter, a year-on-year decline of 15.1%."] Business Wire 8:32 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Adobe to acquire Magento Commerce for $1.68 billion" ZDNet 9:25 PM
  • "Instapaper says it will temporarily go offline in Europe due to GDPR" 9to5Mac 7:26 PM
  • "FCC Chair Ajit Pai Spanked by Lawmakers for Ducking Oversight Committee's Questions" Gizmodo 3:40 PM
  • "A fifth of Amazon merchants sell more than $1 million a year — double the share from last year" Recode 3:39 PM
  • "People in New York were lining up around a city block to buy this $530 Android phone" Business Insider 2:01 PM
  • "Judge: Trump's Blocking of Critics on Twitter Is Unconstitutional" PC Magazine 3:43 PM
  • "Trump blocking critics on Twitter violates Constitution: judge" Reuters 1:12 PM
  • "Verizon Shows 5G Going the Distance" PC Magazine 9:34 AM
  • "Sony Thinks The PlayStation 4 Is Entering The Final Phase Of Its Life" Forbes 7:56 AM
  • "Scientists Are Using AI to Painstakingly Assemble Single Atoms" Wired 7:51 AM
  • "Congress Is About to Learn Just How Little Science Knows About Tech Addiction" Wired 7:51 AM
  • "Facebook's controversial 'revenge porn' pilot program is coming to the US, UK" CNNMoney 2:59 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's worldwide apology tour for Facebook hits a snag in the EU: Turns out 'sorry' doesn't seem to work as much for the social network's chief anymore." CNET 7:57 AM
  • "Facebook now requires your Social Security number to buy political ads" CNNMoney 7:52 AM
  • "Facebook wants your naked photos to stop revenge porn" BBC 7:48 AM
  • "Mobile payment firms struggle to dethrone cash in Southeast Asia" Reuters 7:43 AM
  • "Twitter Insanity, Apple's AI Showdown, FBI Exaggeration, Apple's HQ Hunt -ACM 463" The Mac Observer 3:59 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 080: May 23, 2018" 9to5Mac 3:49 PM
  • "WWDC and Hardware Expectations, Apple Music for Other Platforms -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-23" The Mac Observer 1:03 PM
  • "Philip Hodgetts: Auto Assemble Interviews From Transcripts With Lumberjack Builder" 10:49 AM
  • "Back to the Mac 009: How to use a Synology NAS for Time Machine backups [Video] 9to5Mac 10:47 AM
  • "Inside Consumer Reports: Controversies surrounding the MacBook Pro and HomePod"  AppleInsider 10:47 AM
  • "Next Generation iPhone Chips Go Into Production"  Bloomberg 8:05 AM
  • "Apple's 7-nanometer A12 processors for 2018 iPhones reportedly start production" The Verge 8:08 AM
  • "TSMC Starts Mass Production of A12 Processor for Next Generation iPhones [Report] iClarified 8:12 AM
  • "Apple's A12 Is in the Works, But What About That Intel Modem? New iPhones are coming this fall, and it looks like Apple is preparing its new A12 processor. But we're not sure it will be able to ditch Qualcomm modems." PC Magazine 10:46 AM
  • "Apple Supplier Building Chips for New iPhones" Investopedia 10:06 AM
  • "Apple launches new privacy portal, users can download a copy of everything Apple knows about them" 9to5Mac 8:08 AM
  • "Apple is changing the process of downloading a copy of everything it knows about you" The Loop 8:40 AM
  • "Is Apple Coming Out with a Cheaper Version of HomePod?" Market Realist 2:58 PM
  • "Apple AirPlay 2: Everything we know so far/Yep, AirPlay can finally party." CNET 1:02 PM
  • "iOS 12 concept reimagines Notifications, with an emphasis on app-based grouping" 9to5Mac 1:02 PM
  • "Apple Offers $50 Refund for iPhone Batteries Replaced in 2017: Apple is offering a $50 credit to customers who replaced a battery in an iPhone 6 or older model between Jan. 1 and Dec. 28, 2017" [Paid Membership Required] 2:35 PM
  • "Apple offers a $50 credit for some out-of-warranty iPhone battery purchases" TechCrunch 1:02 PM
  • "Apple To Refund $50 Against Full-Price iPhone Battery Replacements Made In 2017" Redmond Pie 8:35 PM
  • "Growing number of iPhone X users report easily cracking camera lens" 9to5Mac 9:29 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM

  • "Razer Core X eGPU review" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "eGFX is a no-frills eGPU for use with (some) Macs running macOS High Sierra 10.13.4" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
  • "Review: Case-Mate's convertible 9W Qi Power Pad lets you easily use iPhone while wirelessly charging" 9to5Mac 2:35 PM
  • "Review: Lumos is a Clever Smart Bike Helmet With Apple Watch-Enabled Turn Signals" MacRumors 2:05 PM
  • "Review: Snap's Spectacles 2.0" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:52 AM
  • "Motiv Ring review: a stylish fitness tracker wrapped around your finger" Macworld 7:52 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iPhone X's Face ID reviewed, six months later" AppleInsider 6:24 PM
  • "You'll Soon Be Able to Download All the Data Apple Has on You — Here's How to Get It & How It Works" Gadget Hacks 7:26 PM
  • "Beginner's How To: Change the Audio Source on a Phone Call on Your iPhone" MacTrast 7:24 PM
  • "Apple Watch: How to turn off Nightstand mode" 9to5Mac 6:27 PM
  • "How to use the Photos app on Apple TV" iMore 2:04 PM
  • "Elevated Heart Rate notifications on Apple Watch and how to use them" iDownload Blog 1:01 PM
  • "How to Keep Track of All the iOS Apps You Might Want to Download Later" Lifehacker 12:54 PM
  • "How to use Apple's new online privacy tools" Apple Must 10:24 AM
  • "How to Delete or Deactivate Your Apple ID Account and Data" MacRumors 9:39 AM
  • "How to dock, undock, split, and merge your iPad keyboard" iDownload Blog 8:40 AM
  • "How to Request a Copy of Your Apple ID Account Data" MacRumors 8:31 AM
  • "iOS 12 mockups illustrate what a revamped Apple Music app and Notifications system would look like" BGR 8:24 PM
  • "iPhone SE 2 concept will make you want to ditch your iPhone X" TechnoBuffalo 2:05 PM
  • "Your Smartphone Is the Best Computer You Own: What's keeping your phone from tackling more PC tasks? Just a keyboard, mouse and big screen" [Paid Membership Required] 9:45 AM
  • "Steve Jobs attributed his success to intuition — here's how to use yours" CNBC 9:33 AM
  • "No MacBook Air Updates Would Be WWDC's Biggest Gamble"  Forbes 8:49 AM
  • "Big news about Apple, GDPR, and your privacy" iMore 8:43 AM
  • "I still don't think Apple will build a full-fledged 'Apple Car,' but...." Apple World Today 8:40 AM
  • "FBI Repeatedly Overstated Encryption Threat Figures to Congress, Public" Daring Fireball 1:02 PM
  • "FBI accidentally inflated number of phones it can't unlock" Six Colors 8:40 AM
  • "Some Troubling Information About Consumer Reports' Product Testing" The Tech Night Owl 8:31 AM
  • "The pros and cons of Apple v. Amazon approaches to new campus locations" 9to5Mac 8:08 AM
  • "Feature Request: Handoff for music between iOS devices, Macs and HomePods" 9to5Mac 8:08 AM
  • "iOS 12: Geeky features iOS needs" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "Why tech titans should disrupt sleep next" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 AM
  • "What to Know About the New Intel CPUs: Coffee Lake & Cannon Lake" The Mac Observer 6:25 PM
  • "The Foreshadowing of Sony's Pivot" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1:02 PM
  • "So Long, Glassholes: Wearables Aren't Science Projects Anymore" Wired 9:33 AM
  • "Here's why Google thinks doubters will love YouTube Music" Memeburn 8:40 AM
  • "The bad password habits we just can't break" BetaNews 8:40 AM
  • "Good News, Humans: AI Still Needs Us (for Now)/Companies developing AI and machine learning systems need to acknowledge that they're not infallible and remain 'teachable' via human intervention." PC Magazine 8:38 AM
  • "'Christ, this guy has the fate of European democracy in his hands': Lawmakers are worried Mark Zuckerberg still doesn't understand Facebook's massive power" Business Insider 8:50 AM
  • "Should Mark Zuckerberg be fired? Security professionals have their say" ZDNet 7:42 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Square brings its Stand for iPad tablets to the UK" TechCrunch 6:33 PM
  • "iTunes Offers All 10 Original Star Trek Movies in HD for $29.99" MacTrast 6:33 PM
  • "Facebook streamlines two-factor setup, adds support for home services to Marketplace" 9to5Mac 6:28 PM
  • "This alligator skin iPhone X will destroy your bank account" Cult of Mac 2:31 PM
  • "Freefly Movi Brings Hollywood-Style Stabilization to Phones" Digital Trends 2:15 PM
  • "Doppler Music Player is an Alternative Music App for iOS" The Mac Observer 1:54 PM
  • "The best puzzle games for iPhone and iPad" 148Apps 8:31 AM
  • "Google Maps can change the navigation arrow to car icons on iOS" Canadian Reviewer 8:31 AM
  • "Know Before You Go: An Insider's Guide to Photoshop World 2018" Layers Magazine 8:12 AM
  • "First-ever CMD-D|Down-Home Scripting Boot Camp Comes to Atlanta in Oct." prMac 8:06 AM
  • "Popular Note Taking App Agenda Comes to iOS" prMac 8:06 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Exclusive: IBM bringing 1,800 AI jobs to France" Axios 8:42 AM
  • "IBM announces new hiring in France as CEOs meet Macron" Reuters 7:43 AM
  • "IBM plans to hire 1,800 people in France for blockchain and AI" TechCrunch 8:08 AM
  • "IBM to add 1,800 new jobs in France in next two years" MarketWatch 8:04 AM
  • "IBM gives jobs boost to Emmanuel Macron's pitch to tech groups" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:42 PM
  • "IBM's Verifier inspects (and verifies) diamonds, pills and materials at the micron level" TechCrunch 8:08 AM
  • "IBM built a handheld counterfeit goods detector" Engadget 8:50 AM
  • "IBM combines AI and blockchain to turn your phone into a counterfeit detector" The Next Web 1:03 PM
  • "IBM: Hiking The Dividend Will Not Help" Seeking Alpha 3:40 PM
  • "Microsoft's AI bot writes poetry, hosts a TV show and can converse like a human in Mandarin" South China Morning Post 9:36 AM
  • "More evidence for Microsoft's foldable device found in the latest SDK" Neowin 9:35 AM
  • "New Windows 10 code may hint at upcoming Surface Phone" TechRadar UK 9:36 AM
  • "Microsoft Claims Battery Life Edge, Again" Thurrott 6:48 PM
  • "HP Enterprise Still Faces Big Questions About Its Long-Term Growth" RealMoney 3:42 PM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise Stumbles Despite Decent Earnings Beat" 24/7 Wall St. 8:42 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Performance in Fiscal Q2 2018" Market Realist 10:20 AM
  • "HP's Long Game & The Cities Of The Future" Forbes 10:28 AM
  • "Why HP Enterprise's Stock Plunged After It Beat Earnings: The IT giant's latest results don't look quite as stellar after taking some short-term factors into account. And it still faces major long-term growth challenges." TheStreet 3:42 PM
  • "Intel, Google & Microsoft Discover New Low-Risk Chip Flaws" Zacks 10:47 AM
  • "Intel Accelerates Graphics Driver Releases As Its Discrete GPU Ambitions Grow" HotHardware 10:01 AM
  • "Intel's first AI ASIC chips will arrive in 2019" The Register 3:48 PM
  • "Intel reveals another security flaw in its chips" IANS 10:02 AM
  • "C3 IoT, Intel partner to offer software and hardware optimized for AI" ZDNet 6:23 PM
  • "AMD Gains 46% CPU Market Share, 3 Out Of 5 Most Popular CPUs From AMD" SegmentNext 10:04 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2 vs. Intel Coffee Lake: What's the Best CPU Platform?" Tom's Hardware 10:02 AM
  • "AMD: Ready For Server Outperformance?" Seeking Alpha 10:54 AM
  • "Cisco's Talos unit warns of potential cyber attack on Ukraine: Talos warns that at least 500,000 devices in 54 countries are infected with malware with code used in previous Ukraine attacks" MarketWatch 9:41 AM
  • "Cisco unit Talos warns of cyberattack on a half-million devices in 54 countries" MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "Micron: The $10 Billion Shot Heard 'Round The World" Seeking Alpha 8:35 AM
  • "Graphene could be used to speed up data transmission" V3 8:38 AM
  • "'Sophisticated' malware could cut internet access for thousands, US warns" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10:28 AM
  • "Acer's svelte new Chromebooks are built for business" Neowin 6:23 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "President Trump Unexpectedly Made Tech Stocks Great Again" InvestorPlace 8:51 AM
  • "3 Things That Could Push Apple Stock to $200 and Beyond" The Motley Fool 9:32 AM
  • "Why Apple Investors Should Stop Obsessing Over iPhone Sales Rumors" The Motley Fool 3:41 PM
  • "Apple Is Slipping Further Away From This 5-Year-Old Prediction" The Motley Fool 2:04 PM
Industry News
  • "Stock market stages rebound after Fed minutes hint at gradual rate hikes" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Higher After Release of Fed Minutes: Stocks reversed course and closed slightly higher on Wednesday." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Banks lead midday declines for US stocks" Associated Press 12:47 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise After Fed Minutes: Fed officials signal they plan to remain on gradual path in raising interest rates" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Nikkei leads Asian-market losses as investors' geopolitical worries grow: Nikkei, Hang Seng fall more than 1%; Santos shares plunge in Australia" MarketWatch 8:56 AM
  • "European stocks fall from 4-month high after weak PMI numbers: Euro slides after PMIs raise concerns that recovery is slowing" MarketWatch 8:56 AM

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