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Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown

Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown

Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley. The encryption challenge, which the government calls “going dark,” was the focus of a National Security Council meeting Wednesday morning that included the No. 2 officials from several key agencies, according to three people familiar with the matter. Senior officials debated whether to ask Congress to effectively outlaw end-to-end encryption, which scrambles data so that only its sender and recipient can read it, these people told POLITICO.
Apple Hires Key Chip Designer From ARM as Own Efforts Ramp Up

Apple Hires Key Chip Designer From ARM as Own Efforts Ramp Up

Apple Inc. hired one of ARM Holdings Inc.’s top chip engineers as the iPhone maker looks to expand its own chip development to more powerful devices, including the Mac, and new categories like a headset. The company hired Mike Filippo in May for a chip architect position, according to his LinkedIn profile. At ARM, Filippo was a lead engineer behind chip designs that power the vast majority of the world’s smartphones and tablets and was leading a new push into parts for computers. ARM, owned by SoftBank Group Corp., designs microprocessors and licenses technology that is fundamental to the chip development efforts of Apple, Samsung Electronics Co., Qualcomm Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co.
Jony Ive, iPhone designer, announces Apple departure

Jony Ive, iPhone designer, announces Apple departure

Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service.  Jony Ive is leaving Apple after more than two decades in which his iconic designs for the Mac, iPod and iPhone turned one of Silicon Valley’s faded giants into the world’s most valuable company and defined a generation of consumer products.  Sir Jonathan is setting up his own new venture, a creative business called LoveFrom, with Apple as its first client.
Apple reportedly owes Samsung $170M+ in penalties for selling too few iPhones

Apple reportedly owes Samsung $170M+ in penalties for selling too few iPhones

Apple reportedly owes Samsung ‘hundreds of billions of won’ for selling too few iPhones … ZDNet explains: According to ETNews, an outlet with a good track record when it comes to insider Apple news, Apple reportedly may owe Samsung Display “hundreds of billions of won” in penalties for not buying OLED displays at the agreed level […] The penalty goes back to Apple’s insistence that Samsung Display build a facility to exclusively manufacture OLED displays for the iPhone. Apple had told Samsung Display it would need 100 million OLED iPhone displays a year. But a slump in iPhone sales had a knock-on effect for Samsung Display, which saw its operating profits halve in a year, falling from 5.7 trillion won in 2017 to 2.62 trillion won in 2018.
IOS 13 HANDS-ON: DARK MODE, APPLE MAPS, REMINDERS, AND MORE

IOS 13 HANDS-ON: DARK MODE, APPLE MAPS, REMINDERS, AND MORE

Apple’s iOS 13 is here — or rather, the public beta for iOS 13 has arrived, giving the masses their first chance to take Apple’s latest operating system for a spin. This year, Apple is splitting off its mobile software into two parts: iOS, for the iPhone (and the iPod touch if you still have one), and a new version called iPadOS, for the iPad, which you can check out first impressions of here. Now, anyone can install this beta starting today, but if you don’t want to risk your phone, here are some first impressions of all the top new features. Dark mode! It’s here! It makes things dark! Or rather, it makes the overall OS and Apple’s preinstalled apps dark since third-party apps aren’t getting updated yet with the new Dark Mode API that will let them flip, too. In addition to apps getting proper black backgrounds (which should help OLED battery life a bit, at least in theory), the dark theme applies to the glass textures for the dock and notifications, too.
Beats fills chief marketing officer vacancy with former Electronic Arts VP

Beats fills chief marketing officer vacancy with former Electronic Arts VP

After a few notable marketing leadership departures, Beats has announced its new CMO pick: Chris Thorne. The new top marketer at Beats joins the Apple-owned headphones company with experience from EA, The Honest Company, and Forward. The company highlights that the new CMO joins after the major launch of its new Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones. Beats says Thorne, who reports directly to Beats President Luke Wood, will start in his new role at the company immediately. Since 2017, Chris Thorne lead growth for a firm called Forward that connects doctors with advanced medical technology to improve patient healthcare. He spent two years prior at Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company after five years at Electronic Arts.
Foxconn’s Billionaire Founder Urges Apple to Invest in Taiwan

Foxconn’s Billionaire Founder Urges Apple to Invest in Taiwan

The billionaire founder of Apple Inc.’s largest supplier asked the U.S. company to move from China to neighboring Taiwan. "Speaking from the perspective of the Republic of China, I will plead to Apple to come to Taiwan," said Terry Gou, who remains the largest shareholder in Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., answering a question about whether Apple will shift production away from China. He was referring to Taiwan by its formal moniker. “I believe it is possible," he said without elaborating. Louis Woo, a special assistant to Gou, later said that the executive and Taiwan presidential hopeful was urging Apple to "invest" in Taiwan, not to move plants from China.
Apple weighs 15%-30% capacity shift out of China amid trade war

Apple weighs 15%-30% capacity shift out of China amid trade war

TAIPEI -- Apple has asked its major suppliers to evaluate the cost implications of shifting 15% to 30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a fundamental restructuring of its supply chain, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned. The California-based tech giant's request was triggered by the protracted trade tensions between Washington and Beijing, but multiple sources say that even if the spat is resolved there will be no turning back. Apple has decided the risks of relying so heavily on manufacturing in China, as it has done for decades, are too great and even rising, several people told Nikkei.
Apple's China problem isn't going away, JPMorgan and Credit Suisse warn in a pair of cautious reports (AAPL)

Apple's China problem isn't going away, JPMorgan and Credit Suisse warn in a pair of cautious reports (AAPL)

Apple's challenges in China have eaten into the technology giant's business for months — and they're not going away, a pair of prominent Wall Street firms said on Monday. Analysts at JPMorgan and Credit Suisse addressed China's posture in the critical market amid declining iPhone sales and trade tensions with the US, updating their clients on this quarter's trends. JPMorgan's analysts, for their part, slightly lowered their price target and iPhone shipments outlook, while Credit Suisse said trade uncertainty and "deeper structural issues" would render Apple's stock price rangebound.
Kuo on 2020 iPhones: 5.4-Inch and 6.7-Inch Models With 5G, 6.1-Inch Model With LTE, All With OLED Displays

Kuo on 2020 iPhones: 5.4-Inch and 6.7-Inch Models With 5G, 6.1-Inch Model With LTE, All With OLED Displays

Apple plans to release three new iPhones in the second half of 2020, including high-end 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models with OLED displays and a lower-end 6.1-inch model with an OLED display, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Those display sizes line up with aDigiTimes report from a few months ago.  In a research note obtained by MacRumors today, Kuo said the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models will support 5G, while the 6.1-inch model will support up to LTE. Qualcomm is still expected to be Apple's primary supplier of 5G modems, with RF power amplifiers supplied by Broadcom as part of an agreement with Apple. 
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