Key sales executives have left Apple’s operations in India, following lacklustre sales of iPhones in the region. Bloomberg’s reporting on the issue paints a grim picture for Apple’s sales strategy in a market that seems more attracted to the cheapest devices possible and not necessarily what’s “best”. Selling devices a few generations old in an attempt to hit key price points was always going to be a bit of a bet, but it’s possible that this will turn out to be more of a stumble than a stall.
According to Bloomberg, Adobe will soon be launching Photoshop for iPad. It’ll be shown off at a preview event in October, slated for general availability sometime in 2019. The move represents a different approach to mobile device strategy for the company that has thus far seen fit to mostly ignore the iPad, as smaller apps fill the gap left by the industry-standard image editing application, but I guess better late than never.
A surprise spec bump of Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup sees the inclusion of 8th-generation Intel Core processors, and higher specs across the board, if you want (and are willing to pay for) them. Both the 13 and 15-inch models can be customised to have up to 2TB or 4TB of SSD storage, respectively, while both models get a True Tone display for the first time on a Mac, an Apple-designed T2 chip for better security and “Hey Siri” on the Mac, and what Apple says are quieter keyboards.
The US FBI has charged a former Apple employee with theft of trade secrets relating to Apple’s autonomous car project. Xiaolang Zhang designed and tested circuit boards to analyse sensor data for Project Titan, where he had “broad access to secure and confidential internal databases” due to his position. Zhang then announced he was leaving Apple to move to China to work at an autonomous car startup, at which point Apple became suspicious, and, following an investigation of the issue, revealed he had downloaded confidential and sensitive information. There’s a few other details in the MacRumors report, which give us some insight into Apple’s security protocols for new and upcoming projects.
The latest addition to Apple’s leadership team is John Giannandrea, who joined Apple earlier this year after leaving his position at Google where he led the company’s Machine Intelligence, Research, and Search teams. At Apple, Giannandrea will see the Core ML and Siri teams reporting into him from their respective attachments across the organisation, with the rest of the company structure remaining intact given the pervasiveness of machine learning and Siri at Apple.
Wired tells us about all the ways iOS 12 will make your iPhone more secure. That’s not saying there aren’t security benefits for iPads, but that there’s at least one of them that’s applicable to the iPhone, where you’re more likely to get two-factor authentication codes via SMS. Less ad tracking, stronger password suggestions, encrypted group video chat, and USB Restricted Mode make up the rest of the list of iOS 12 security features.
Apple is rumoured to be moving away from Intel modems in future iPhones. For reasons unknown, the company won’t use Intel modems for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth starting in 2020, even though the company currently uses cellular modems from Intel alongside ones from Qualcomm as it has done in the past. Speculation claims Apple could either move to another supplier of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips, or come up with its own in-house design, just like it has for mobile CPUs.
Apple’s newsroom tells us about the upcoming 10th anniversary of the App Store. Their post highlights the milestones and testimonials about how the App Store has forever changed how apps are distributed, opening up new avenues for mobile-first businesses, allowing developers to reach new audiences, and how the success of developers can inspire a whole new generation of coders.
There’s new developer betas for all of Apple’s upcoming software releases, with the third beta of iOS 12, tvOS 12, watchOS 5, and macOS Mojave all seeing the light of day this morning. It seems as though AppleInsider’s post originally suggested a macOS Mojave beta was available, but the article was since updated to say that wasn’t the case, despite a third macOS Mojave beta being available according to several sources.
GeekBench results for what’s purported to be one of this year’s iPhones give us some idea about the hardware specs of the device. The benchmarks say that at least one iPhone will have an A12 processor with 4GB of RAM, with modest performance boosts over the current crop of iPhones, including the iPhone X, likely due to minor processor architecture changes.