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Headlines

VP Greg Joswiak also tells CNET that the company will donate $1 for every Apple Pay purchase at Apple next week in honor of World AIDS Day.

ECG functionality will be enabled on the Apple Watch Series 4 in the publicly released version of watchOS 5.1.2, which is currently in beta testing.

News

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared open to letting a lawsuit proceed against Apple Inc that accused it of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and causing consumers to overpay.

Amazon and Apple will make the streaming service available to current Apple Music subscribers or potential customers starting the week of Dec. 17.

Apple today unveiled new resources designed to bring coding education through the Everyone Can Code program to even more people.

Apple today quietly released new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max silicone cases, as well as Apple Watch Sport Bands, in three new colors: Hibiscus, Mellow Yellow, and Pacific Green. In addition, Apple has begun selling the new Nike Sport Loop and Sport Band options that debuted on nike.com earlier this month in Celestial Teal, Olive Flak, and Smokey Mauve.

Reviews

I’ve been pestering Apple for years publicly and privately about the manipulation and outright scams going on in the App Store. Apple has made some progress here and there, but overall Apple’s strictness in some areas and hands off approach in others has disproportionately rewarded bad actors while stifling conscientious developers.

I bought the cheapest MacBook Air and tried to replace my laptop. It was… fine.

Others

If it’s true that iPhone XR sales are slower than Apple expected — a big “if” at this point, given that only Apple has hard data — I think some part of it could be explained by Apple underestimating, even if only to a relatively small degree, how many iPhone owners are turned off by the unfamiliarity of the X-class iPhone experience.

Just a few years ago, Microsoft was seen as a lumbering has-been. Now it’s a contender for the title of the world’s most valuable company.

Finally

Yesterday the Supreme Court held a hearing in the case Apple Inc. v. Pepper. “Pepper” is Robert Pepper, an Apple customer who, along with three other plaintiffs, filed a class action lawsuit alleging that App Store customers have been overcharged for iOS apps, thanks to Apple’s 30% commission that Pepper alleges derives from Apple’s monopolistic control of the App Store.

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