Top Stories: Try 5.4-inch iPhone 12 screen size, hit wins, Tim Cook at antitrust hearing


Another busy week of Apple news and rumors has ended, with much attention to Tim Cook’s appearance at a congressional antitrust hearing and a successful results report.
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We continued to hear rumors about the upcoming iPhone 12 line, including a rare admission from Apple that the line will launch “a few weeks later” than usual. We’ve also put together some scaled images that will let you see just how small the new 5.4-inch screen size will look for those considering Apple’s next compact flagship iPhone option.
Read below and watch our video above for more details on these stories and more from the past week!

What will be the screen size of the 5.4 inch iPhone 12? Try it yourself

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup coming later this year is rumored to feature a new, smaller model with a 5.4-inch display that will result in the overall size of the most compact device in many years. years.

But for users of one of Apple’s newer flagship phones, will that screen size be too small to account for? We decided to find out and create scale images of what the iPhone home screen will look like on the small screen so that you can try it out for yourself using your current phone!
In other iPhone 12 news and rumors this week, we saw leaked photos of the purported 5.4-inch screens and the RAM portion of the A14 main chip that will power the iPhone 12 models.Finally, Apple has confirmed that the new iPhone line will launch “a few weeks later” than usual, likely pushing their debut into October.

Apple releases Q3 2020 results: $ 11.25 billion in profit on $ 59.7 billion in revenue, 4-to-1 stock split announced

Despite the global health crisis, Apple this week reported strong earnings in the last quarter, setting record sales and earnings per share for the June quarter. Mac and iPad sales were very strong thanks in part to the shift to work-from-home environments, while iPhone sales were stronger than expected due to the popularity of the new iPhone SE.

Apple also announced a four-for-one stock split that will take place at the end of the month, bringing the company’s stock price down to around $ 100 after breaking through the $ 400 mark following the earnings report. .

Apple CEO Tim Cook testifies at US antitrust hearing

Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in a five-and-a-half-hour congressional hearing this week, mainly devoted to antitrust and competition issues, with the participation of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, CEO of Alphabet / Google Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Although Cook was spared some of the other executive-focused grilling, he still faced a number of questions about Apple’s policies and actions as documents released in the hearing revealed information. additional.

During the hearing, Cook argued that Apple was treating App Store developers fairly and that there was an abundance of options in a “street fight for market share in the smartphone industry.” “. He was also asked about parental control apps and Apple’s Screen Time feature, as well as the recent controversy over the “Hey” email app.

In other documents shared by the committee, it was revealed that in 2011 Apple had considered increasing its commission on certain subscription apps to 40% from the usual 30%, while in 2016 Apple was considering halve his commission for Amazon in order to get an Amazon Prime Video Application on the App Store.

Battery likely for next MacBook Air spotted in certification lists

We expect the MacBook Air to be one of the first Macs to transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon later this year, and regulatory certifications for a new battery that appears to be for the MacBook Air recently emerged in line.

We don’t know when the MacBook Air will release, but the Apple Silicon version is expected before the end of the year. Meanwhile, Jon Prosser has said that an updated iMac is set to launch in August, attempting to quell some rumors from last weekend that a debut was imminent.

Apple patent suggests two iPads could be connected together for laptop-like computing

A pair of patents revealed this week have shed light on some interesting work from Apple, but it’s hard to say if any of the technologies will make their way into future products. The first patent covers a docking station accessory that would allow two tablets, like iPads, to be connected together to function much like a laptop.

The second relates to headphones that use a hybrid audio system that combines traditional air-based audio transmission with bone conduction, avoiding some of the drawbacks of regular bone conduction audio implementations.

VMware engineer confirms macOS Catalina 10.15.6 bug causes crashes with virtualization

macOS Catalina 10.15.6 appears to have a significant bug affecting virtualization software such as VMware and VirtualBox. The bug causes repeated crashes when trying to run virtual machines and it looks like it will take a patch from Apple to fix it.

In the meantime, users are advised to avoid upgrading to version 10.15.6, or at least shutting down virtual machines when not in use, and restarting frequently to avoid crashes.

Mac OS 8 emulator available as a downloadable application

Fans of the old-school Mac may be interested to learn that Mac OS 8 is now available as an app for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

Slack developer Felix Rieseberg turned a 1991 Macintosh Quadra complete with Mac OS 8.1 into a single Electron app, including multiple apps and games from a 1997 demo CD.

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