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Apple Cancels AirPower Product, Citing Inability to Meet Its High Standards for Hardware

Headlines

Apple has canceled the AirPower product completely, citing difficulty meeting its own standards. “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project.

Apple’s third-generation butterfly keyboard was supposed to fix all the previous defects but buyers are still having problems

Apple today announced Apple Card, a new kind of credit card created by Apple and designed to help customers lead a healthier financial life.

Apple today announced Apple News+, a new subscription service that brings together over 300 popular magazines, newspapers and digital publishers.

News

Apple became a tech colossus by pioneering a mobile phone that transformed technology, but can no longer count on it for growth. That’s why CEO Tim Cook is making a dramatic pivot to services—an area filled with risks and competition. On Monday, it will announce revamped video- and news-subscription services.

Qualcomm Inc. has fired multiple legal shots at Apple Inc. aiming to use patents to get an import ban on the iPhone. In separate rulings Tuesday, one hit and one missed.

Gerard Williams III, who led the design of every Apple chip core from the A7 to the A12X, departed the company last month, CNET has learned.

Reviews

One of the most buzzy announcements on Apple’s stage this week was Apple Card, its in-house credit card powered by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard. Consumers, tech press, financial press and Wall Street were all intrigued for various reasons.

I have some reservations about the international rollout of Apple News+, and it remains to be seen how Apple’s on-device intelligence will scale to magazine suggestions over time, but, as a user, I’m positively impressed by what’s been launched today.

We may have a while yet to wait for Apple TV+, but the rest of Apple’s TV announcements are coming to fruition sooner. Among those is a redesigned TV app that’s launching this May on iOS, Apple TV, and even some third-party devices.

The whole TV Plus segment felt like a presentation from another company, like Google or Amazon, not Apple.

Others

A leaked internal document obtained by Motherboard outlines a program that looks almost exactly like the requirements of right to repair legislation that has been proposed in 20 states.

Finally

The ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4, a direct-to-consumer product, enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist.

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