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When Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps, it ignited a cultural, social and economic phenomenon.

Apple Music has now surpassed Spotify’s US-based subscriber tally — and plans to widen the lead by Christmas. Here’s the latest data.

News

Apple built its first NC data center in 2009, after NC lawmakers passed legislation that amended the corporate income tax, reducing Apple’s tax bill by an estimated $46 million over a decade. Catawba County officials say Apple has delivered on its promises.

On June 11, 2012, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced its first MacBook Pro with a Retina display.

Apple today introduced a beta version of the Siri Shortcuts app that’s been designed for iOS 12, which developers can request access to through the Developer Center.

Rumors

Others

Apple has registered new tablets and Macs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) this week, indicating that refreshes could be on the horizon. The filings, uncovered by French website Consomac, are legally required for any devices with encryption sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

I’m pleased to announce today the launch of a new podcast I’ll be making with my pal Rosemary Orchard. The show is called Automators, and it’s all about, as the name implies, Automation.

Finally

Special guest Matthew Panzarino returns to the show to talk about his exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new maps coming to Apple Maps, Google’s project Duplex, and the MacBook keyboard repair program.

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