Apple makes Comcast and Charter sell iPads, other devices as part of mobile deal

The deal helps Apple sell more iPads, a chief area of concern for Apple when the device maker first struck the agreement with Comcast two years ago. Charter has a different agreement with Apple because the second-largest U.S. cable company allows its customers to use Apple TVs as replacement set-top devices for Charter’s legacy boxes. Charter sells Apple TVs at $7.50 per month for 24 months — or $180, the retail cost of an Apple TV. In other words, Charter offers an Apple TV at the same price a


The deal helps Apple sell more iPads, a chief area of concern for Apple when the device maker first struck the agreement with Comcast two years ago. Charter has a different agreement with Apple because the second-largest U.S. cable company allows its customers to use Apple TVs as replacement set-top devices for Charter’s legacy boxes. Charter sells Apple TVs at $7.50 per month for 24 months — or $180, the retail cost of an Apple TV. In other words, Charter offers an Apple TV at the same price a
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Apple makes Comcast and Charter sell iPads, other devices as part of mobile deal

Comcast and Charter have learned a hard lesson as they build out their mobile offerings: this is Apple’s world, and they’re just living in it.

As part of their deal to carry the iPhone with their fledgling mobile plans, Apple has compelled the two largest U.S. cable companies to sell large numbers of other Apple devices as well, according to people familiar with the matter. (Comcast owns NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC.)

Both Charter and Comcast offer wireless service as part of a joint mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Verizon, originally agreed to in 2012. Comcast, which started its sevice in 2017, has about 1.5 million Xfinity mobile subscribers, and Charter, which started last September, had more than 300,000 as of March 31.

The cable providers decided they could not offer a viable mobile service to compete with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile without carrying the iPhone, giving Apple ample leverage in negotiations, said the people. Extracting the best deal from partners is standard business, but it’s a reminder of Apple’s significant strength over the broader telecommunications ecosystem as federal regulators lay the groundwork for potential antitrust cases against the largest technology companies.

While the exact details of Comcast and Charter’s agreement are private, Comcast has to sell a certain number of iPads, in the thousands, at a subsidized cost — with Comcast paying for the difference between the discounted price and the retail price, the people said. The deal helps Apple sell more iPads, a chief area of concern for Apple when the device maker first struck the agreement with Comcast two years ago.

Comcast sells the 6th generation 32 GB 9.7-inch cellular iPad for $422.99. Apple and Charter retail the same device for $459.

Charter has a different agreement with Apple because the second-largest U.S. cable company allows its customers to use Apple TVs as replacement set-top devices for Charter’s legacy boxes. Comcast doesn’t allow Apple TVs to replace its Xfinity X1 boxes. As a result, Charter doesn’t have the same subsidized sales requirement for iPads that Comcast does.

Charter sells Apple TVs at $7.50 per month for 24 months — or $180, the retail cost of an Apple TV. Alternatively, a customer can lease a Charter set-top box for $7.50 per month. In other words, Charter offers an Apple TV at the same price as a Charter set-top box, but a customer ends up owning the Apple TV and returning the Charter box.

Charter has become the largest third-party seller of Apple TVs because of the agreement, two of the people said.

The mobile providers gain some benefits from the agreement with Apple. Mobile devices such as iPads and Apple Watches, which Comcast has also recently begun selling, enhance the value of Comcast’s wireless service. And customers may prefer navigating through an Apple TV than a clunkier, older Charter user interface.

Apple has long-running relationships with more established carriers in the U.S. and around the world, and it’s common for companies like AT&T and Verizon to sell a variety of Apple products in addition to the iPhone. Apple’s products are designed to work together in an ecosystem, so it’s logical that an iPhone buyer might want to buy other Apple products in the same transaction.

Apple has more than 45 percent market share for U.S. smartphones, according to Kantar research. Apple’s iPad revenue growth began to slow in 2016 and declined on an annualized basis during the first two quarters of 2017, prompting Apple to push the large iPad selling requirement on Comcast, one of the people said.

Apple declined to comment.

Disclosure: Comcast owns NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC.

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Apple’s new iPhone software has a hidden feature so your battery won’t wear out so fast

Apple’s new iPhone software, iOS 13, includes a feature that will help extend the life of your battery. People are keeping their phones longer, often for three or four years, instead of upgrading every two years as was common when smartphones were new and improved more dramatically with every release. But batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge as effectively when the phones age, which means that your battery life starts to get worse. Since then, it added an option that allows use


Apple’s new iPhone software, iOS 13, includes a feature that will help extend the life of your battery. People are keeping their phones longer, often for three or four years, instead of upgrading every two years as was common when smartphones were new and improved more dramatically with every release. But batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge as effectively when the phones age, which means that your battery life starts to get worse. Since then, it added an option that allows use
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Apple's new iPhone software has a hidden feature so your battery won't wear out so fast

Apple’s new iPhone software, iOS 13, includes a feature that will help extend the life of your battery.

This is important.

People are keeping their phones longer, often for three or four years, instead of upgrading every two years as was common when smartphones were new and improved more dramatically with every release.

But batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge as effectively when the phones age, which means that your battery life starts to get worse.

Apple launched a battery replacement program in 2018 after it was criticized for slowing down older iPhones to maintain performance. Since then, it added an option that allows users to see if their battery is running at maximum capacity. If it isn’t, users can take in their phone to get the battery replaced by Apple.

The new iOS 13 builds on this even further with a built-in feature to help your battery last longer in the first place.


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Here’s a first look at ‘dark mode’ on the iPhone

Earlier this week during its WWDC 19 opening keynote, Apple announced a new dark mode that will come to the iPhone and iPad this fall with the iOS 13 software update. Dark mode, which is already available on Android, changes the typical bright theme to a darker one, which can be easier on the eyes, particularly at night. Developers will be able to add dark mode to their apps using Apple’s new tools, but Apple’s preinstalled apps such as Notes, News, TV, Music, Reminders, Mail and more already ha


Earlier this week during its WWDC 19 opening keynote, Apple announced a new dark mode that will come to the iPhone and iPad this fall with the iOS 13 software update. Dark mode, which is already available on Android, changes the typical bright theme to a darker one, which can be easier on the eyes, particularly at night. Developers will be able to add dark mode to their apps using Apple’s new tools, but Apple’s preinstalled apps such as Notes, News, TV, Music, Reminders, Mail and more already ha
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Here's a first look at 'dark mode' on the iPhone

Earlier this week during its WWDC 19 opening keynote, Apple announced a new dark mode that will come to the iPhone and iPad this fall with the iOS 13 software update.

It’s currently available in the developer beta, which I installed to take a peek at what the new feature looks like.

Dark mode, which is already available on Android, changes the typical bright theme to a darker one, which can be easier on the eyes, particularly at night. Some people just think it looks better, and I agree. Developers will be able to add dark mode to their apps using Apple’s new tools, but Apple’s preinstalled apps such as Notes, News, TV, Music, Reminders, Mail and more already have it in the beta.

In the beta, you turn it on by swiping down from the top right of a newer iPhone (or from the bottom on models without Face ID). Then, tap and hold the display brightness bar and change appearance from light to dark. If you go to Settings > Display & Brightness you can also set dark mode to turn on and off automatically at certain times, or at sunset and sunrise.

Here’s a quick look at what it’s like:


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Tim Cook says Apple is not a monopoly as the government begins its antitrust probe

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 03, 2019 in San Jose, California. Apple lagged Samsung and Huawei in terms of worldwide market share for smartphones as of the first quarter of 2019, according to the International Data Corporation. Given Apple’s relatively small market share in that space, Cook said, “we are not a monopoly.” The renewed scrutiny of Apple is part of a larger focus


Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 03, 2019 in San Jose, California. Apple lagged Samsung and Huawei in terms of worldwide market share for smartphones as of the first quarter of 2019, according to the International Data Corporation. Given Apple’s relatively small market share in that space, Cook said, “we are not a monopoly.” The renewed scrutiny of Apple is part of a larger focus
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Tim Cook says Apple is not a monopoly as the government begins its antitrust probe

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 03, 2019 in San Jose, California.

As Apple reportedly faces the potential for a Justice Department investigation into anti-competitive behavior, CEO Tim Cook says the company’s inferior position in the global smartphone market could be its saving grace.

“I think we should be scrutinized. But if you look at our — any kind of measure about is Apple a monopoly or not, I don’t think anybody reasonable is going to come to the conclusion that Apple’s a monopoly,” Cook said in an interview Monday with CBS News. “Our share is much more modest. We don’t have a dominant position in any market.”

Apple lagged Samsung and Huawei in terms of worldwide market share for smartphones as of the first quarter of 2019, according to the International Data Corporation. While the iPhone appears to be ubiquitous in the U.S., other brands are more prevalent internationally.

Given Apple’s relatively small market share in that space, Cook said, “we are not a monopoly.”

But the antitrust argument against Apple does not hinge on its iPhone sales. Advocates of breaking up Big Tech including Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts argue that companies like Apple should not be able to run marketplaces and sell their own products on them.

App developers like Spotify have complained Apple uses its App Store to unfairly limit rivals to its own services. And recently, the Supreme Court ruled against Apple, saying consumers could bring a lawsuit that argues the company inflates the price of iPhone software by taking a 30% commission on app sales.

Cook told CBS he “strongly” disagrees with Warren’s push to break up parts of Apple’s business.

“I think some people would argue, if you are selling a good, then you can’t have a product that competes with that good,” Cook said. But that argument “takes you down the path that, Walmart shouldn’t be stocking alternative or house brand. … And so this is decades of U.S. law here.”

The renewed scrutiny of Apple is part of a larger focus on Big Tech among the U.S.’ top antitrust authorities. Shares of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet tumbled Monday following reports that the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission were dividing responsibilities for probing those companies over antitrust concerns.

According to the reports from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, the DOJ will take oversight of Apple and Alphabet, while the FTC will focus on Amazon and Facebook. The FTC is already mulling consequences for Facebook related to its investigation into whether it violated a 2011 consent decree over handling user data. Facebook told investors it believes the fine could be as high as $5 billion.

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Here’s everything Apple just announced: iOS 13, Mac Pro and more

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday where it unveiled its new software for Mac, iPhone and iPad as well as a new $6,000 Mac Pro. Apple also announced its new macOS that will make iOS apps available to 100 million Mac users. Beyond that, Apple TV and the Apple Watch also have new software updates. Here’s everything Apple announced Monday:MacApple announced a new Mac Pro at Monday’s event, which it said is its most powerful ever. Instead, Apple is splitting iTunes


Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday where it unveiled its new software for Mac, iPhone and iPad as well as a new $6,000 Mac Pro. Apple also announced its new macOS that will make iOS apps available to 100 million Mac users. Beyond that, Apple TV and the Apple Watch also have new software updates. Here’s everything Apple announced Monday:MacApple announced a new Mac Pro at Monday’s event, which it said is its most powerful ever. Instead, Apple is splitting iTunes
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Here's everything Apple just announced: iOS 13, Mac Pro and more

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday where it unveiled its new software for Mac, iPhone and iPad as well as a new $6,000 Mac Pro. WWDC is when Apple typically pulls back the curtains on where its software is heading. The company has announced a new version of its iOS at WWDC every year since 2009. At Monday’s event it unveiled version 13, which comes with a new dark mode and updated apps. Apple also announced its new macOS that will make iOS apps available to 100 million Mac users. The announcement fits into Apple’s new focus on selling services to existing device users as the smartphone market has slowed down. Beyond that, Apple TV and the Apple Watch also have new software updates. All of the software updates announced Monday will be immediately available for developers. Everyone else will receive them for free in the fall. Here’s everything Apple announced Monday:

Mac

Apple announced a new Mac Pro at Monday’s event, which it said is its most powerful ever. The new system offers robust features for professionals dealing with large files like videos. Apple built a new card called Afterburner that can process 6 billion pixels per second to achieve more efficient video editing. The Mac Pro has 1.5 terabytes of system memory and a 1.4 kW power supply. The Mac Pro will start at $5,999 and be available this fall. Apple also introduced a new 32-inch display called the Pro Display XDR. It has what Apple calls extreme dynamic range, which produces more accurate colors. The Pro Display XDR will start at $4,999 and also be available in the fall. It does not include the stand, which costs another $999. Apple introduced its new macOS Catalina. The big news: iTunes is no more. Instead, Apple is splitting iTunes into three separate apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. Users no longer need iTunes to sync their phones to a computer.

With a new feature called Sidecar, users can make their iPad into a second display for their Mac. The new Voice Control for both iOS and macOS lets users control their devices with their voices using the latest Siri voice recognition technology. It’s a feature designed for people with disabilities. Apple is expanding Find My iPhone through an app called Find My that will also be available for the Mac. Even when the Mac is offline or sleeping, it will send off a Bluetooth signal that can be detected, so users can locate their devices. Apple’s new Activation Lock makes it so that a thief would not be able to access a stolen Mac. Apple is making it easier to create apps that work on macOS and iOS with Project Catalyst, which will be available to developers in the new macOS on Monday. The update means developers can easily bring their iPhone and iPad over to the Mac. It also gives Apple the opportunity to sell even more apps on the 100 million Macs being used today. Developers had been watching for signs of whether Apple’s iOS will eventually replace its operating system for Mac, or at least become the primary platform. At last year’s event, Apple said that it was not merging iOS with MacOS. But as Apple has shifted its focus into selling services to existing iPhone users as smartphone sales slim down, the mobile operating system has become increasingly more important.

iPad

Apple made some of its biggest changes to the iPad’s software on Monday. It now runs a new operating system called iPad OS, which is based on iOS for iPhones. It features several new features that make the iPad act more like a traditional desktop computer. iPad OS will make it easier to multitask. Users can switch between apps more smoothly or even view two windows next to each other. That means an iPad user can put two documents or notes side by side. Typing and scrolling is designed to be easier to use as well. The keyboard can be shrunken down to make it easier to type with one hand on the screen. The new system will make it easier to share files through new folder sharing through iCloud drive. Users can also plug a thumb drive, SD card reader or digital camera directly into the iPad to upload files, videos or photos. Safari on iPad will serve viewers the desktop version of apps, rather than the mobile version to make for a smoother browsing experience. The browser will get new keyboard shortcuts and a download manager.

iOS

Apple unveiled its latest version of its iPhone operating system, iOS 13. With the new system, unlocking with FaceID will be 30% faster. App launch speed will be up to twice as fast on the new system. The operating system got a big redesign with the introduction of dark mode, which gives system menus and apps a dark background. The keyboard will allow users to swipe across letters to type, rather than need to tap individual letters.

Apple added new features to some of its popular iOS apps built into the iPhone. Safari will let users more easily change text size, Mail will now support rich fonts and Notes will have a gallery view. The Reminders app got the biggest rewrite, adding options to easily add photos and locations with a quick type bar. If a user tags a person in a reminder, they will get a notification about it next time they enter a message with that person. Apple has been working to revamp its Maps with more granularity and a street view mode similar to the one in Google Maps. It expects to roll out the new version of the app to the entire U.S. by the end of 2019. On the privacy front, Apple announced a new “Sign in with Apple” feature that gives users greater control over the data they share with apps. Developers will be able to include the sign-in for their apps as an alternative to a sign-in option with Facebook or Google, which Apple criticized on stage for gathering too much personal data about users. With Sign in with Apple, if an app asks a user to share their email address, the user can choose to share their real address or have Apple share an automatically generated address that forwards to their actual account. Apple also announced HomeKit Secure Video, which will analyze home security footage in the home before encrypting it and sending it to the cloud to provide better privacy. Siri is getting some new updates as well, including a more natural voice. Siri can announce messages through Apple’s messaging app or a third-party messaging app. It will also work with third-party apps like Pandora and Waze on CarPlay. Apple is making it smoother to transition audio experiences between devices, so that users can transfer music or podcasts playing through their Airpods to their HomePod once they get home. Users can also share audio with friends through their devices.

Watch

Apple Watch updates at the 2019 Apple WWDC In San Francisco. Source: Apple

Apple is bringing more apps to the watch, including voice memos, audiobooks and the calculator. The new WatchOS makes the watch more independent from the iPhone. Users will be able to update their watch software on the device directly, rather than through the iPhone. The OS will support independent apps that don’t require a companion app on the iPhone. It will also let users search the full App Store from the watch directly and live stream audio. Apple is also expanding its health features on the new watch operating system. It will give users more insights into their “activity trends” over longer periods of time. It also adds an app that will alert users when they are being exposed to dangerously loud noise levels. The company announced a new cycle tracking app for tracking fertility and menstrual cycles. The app will be available both on the watch and to nonwatch users on the iPhone through the Health app.

TV

Tim Cook introduces tvOS at the 2019 Apple WWDC in San Francisco. Source: Apple


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Apple took several swipes at Google and Facebook at its biggest software event of the year

Apple has been rhetorically attacking Google and Facebook for years over how those companies handle user privacy. A new service called Sign In with Apple will allow users to sign onto their various online services with their Apple ID, keeping them from having to use Facebook or Google credentials so frequently. Apple said that on the iPhone it was “shutting the door” to the practice, which Facebook admitted to using in December. “Shots at Google and Facebook are found everywhere in this keynote,


Apple has been rhetorically attacking Google and Facebook for years over how those companies handle user privacy. A new service called Sign In with Apple will allow users to sign onto their various online services with their Apple ID, keeping them from having to use Facebook or Google credentials so frequently. Apple said that on the iPhone it was “shutting the door” to the practice, which Facebook admitted to using in December. “Shots at Google and Facebook are found everywhere in this keynote,
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Apple took several swipes at Google and Facebook at its biggest software event of the year

Apple has been rhetorically attacking Google and Facebook for years over how those companies handle user privacy. At its annual developer’s conference on Monday, the iPhone maker brought the rivalry to the product level.

A new service called Sign In with Apple will allow users to sign onto their various online services with their Apple ID, keeping them from having to use Facebook or Google credentials so frequently. The selling point for Apple is that it claims to protect privacy better than Google or Facebook, which use data from sign-in services to sell ads around the internet.

The launch underscores Apple’s multi-year effort to organize its marketing and engineering efforts around user privacy as it pushes beyond the iPhone into software and subscription services, where it’s taking on companies that have different business models and have, in many case, had much longer periods of time to build their products.

One of Apple’s slides on Monday showed the logos of Google and Facebook with a list of personal information those two companies collect, like friends, hometown and gender. Separately at the event, Craig Federighi, an Apple senior vice president, called it “abuse” when developers use WiFi and Bluetooth signals to determine a user’s location without access to GPS. Apple said that on the iPhone it was “shutting the door” to the practice, which Facebook admitted to using in December.

“Shots at Google and Facebook are found everywhere in this keynote,” Neil Cybart, an analyst, tweeted during the event.

Apple didn’t have a comment beyond its keynote presentation. Representatives from Google and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.


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Here are the biggest improvements coming to your iPhone this fall

Now, Apple is introducing “Sign in with Apple” that Apple says removes all the tracking. Apple also said it won’t let apps track you with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In Photos, Apple is removing advanced machine learning to remove duplicates, screen shots and stuff that Apple doesn’t think matters to you the most. A new Photos app has an option called Days to create layouts of the best shots you took on each day, including live photos and video clips. For HomePod, Hand-off will now let you walk into th


Now, Apple is introducing “Sign in with Apple” that Apple says removes all the tracking. Apple also said it won’t let apps track you with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In Photos, Apple is removing advanced machine learning to remove duplicates, screen shots and stuff that Apple doesn’t think matters to you the most. A new Photos app has an option called Days to create layouts of the best shots you took on each day, including live photos and video clips. For HomePod, Hand-off will now let you walk into th
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Here are the biggest improvements coming to your iPhone this fall

At its annual developer event on Monday, Apple announced many new features that will begin to roll out to iPhones this fall with the iOS 13 software update. Here’s a quick rundown:

Privacy updates include ‘Sign in with Apple’

If you use Google sign-in or Facebook sign-in to log in to apps, your personal data can be shared beyond those networks. Now, Apple is introducing “Sign in with Apple” that Apple says removes all the tracking. It authenticates with Face ID, logs in with a new account and doesn’t reveal new personal information, Apple said. You can choose to share your email or even hide it, and if you choose to hide it, Apple will create a random address that forwards to your real one. Apple also said it’s building in new protections for location controls, so you can share your location with an app just once and force it to ask you again next time it wants to use your location. Currently, you can give it an option to never use your location or only when the app is open. Apple also said it won’t let apps track you with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Performance

Like last year, Apple put a big focus on improving performance in iOS so that everything is faster. Apple’s Craig Federighi said Apple “worked top to bottom making things faster.” Downloads and updates to apps from the App Store will be 50% smaller, apps will launch up to 2x faster and Face ID is now 30% faster, Federighi said.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2019. Jeff Chiu | AP

Dark Mode

IOS 13 supports Dark Mode, which makes all the bright areas in the user interface darker. So, instead of a white background in an app such as news, the background is black. Same goes for apps such as the calendar, Apple Notes and Messages. Dark Mode is easier on the eyes, especially at night, since your screen isn’t blaring white right into your eyes.

Swipe to type

Android and third-party keyboards have long allowed people to swipe from one letter to another to write a word, but Apple’s native keyboard has still required you to touch type. Now, you’ll be able to slide from letter to letter to type. Some people can write messages much faster this way, but it definitely takes some getting used to over time.

Apps

Apple revamped some of its apps but said its biggest changes were made to apps such as Reminders, which hasn’t been very good in the past. Now, you can type what you want, and it’ll remember where and when to remind you. Or you can tap a location to get a reminder when you get there. It also includes smart lists, which Apple says will put the most important items on your list up top. (It’s still unclear how it knows which items are most important, though.)

Maps

Apple has been using cars to get more accurate information for its Maps app, a project it’s been working on for several years. Apple said the new Maps are much more deeply detailed and that it plans to roll it out to the entire U.S. by the end of this year. There’s a new binoculars icon, Look Around, that works like Google Street View, providing a high-def 3D view of the area where you are. If you turn your phone sideways, you can move down the street, too, again just like Street View. But, with AR support, you can tap on stores to learn more about them.

Home

Apple is adding a new feature to its Home app called HomeKit Secure Video that makes the live camera feeds that are fed into your home app much more secure. You get up to 10 days of clips in your existing iCloud accounts from smart cameras that support the system, such as Logitech and Eufy.

Messages

Apple made some changes to iMessage in iOS 13. Apple said it added new features to Memoji so they look a lot more like you. You’ll be able to add things like braces, jewelry, new hair styles and colors, hats, earrings, AirPods, different glasses styles and more.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP

Camera and Photos

Apple is adding a new portrait lighting feature called “High Key Mono” and will let you control how far away the simulated lights are in a portrait photo so that the pictures look more professional. Editing photos will be easier and features more effects, too, and Apple will also let you edit videos with those effects for the first time. So, you can rotate a video, for example, or change the white balance, filters, brightness, shadows and more. In Photos, Apple is removing advanced machine learning to remove duplicates, screen shots and stuff that Apple doesn’t think matters to you the most. A new Photos app has an option called Days to create layouts of the best shots you took on each day, including live photos and video clips. Similarly, Months shows the biggest events of the month, like a trip or a birthday. Years does the same, but will highlight what happened on the day from previous years.

Siri

Siri is being improved for use on AirPods, iPhone, CarPlay and HomePod. On AirPods, Siri will read messages right to you when they come in, and you can reply, without ever touching the side of the AirPods. For HomePod, Hand-off will now let you walk into the home and tap your iPhone to transfer whatever is playing on your iPhone to HomePod. Siri will also support more than 100,000 live radio stations from places such as iHeartRadio that you can ask Siri to play. And, Siri will recognize who is talking so it can personalize a response — such as the music you want, your reminders and your notes. Apple said this year it will launch the biggest update yet to CarPlay. You can see your whole calendar, open your garage door as you approach the house, use Siri to talk to Pandora and Waze and more. Apple said it has improved how Siri sounds across all of its products. It didn’t always sound natural. With Machine Learning, Apple says Siri is now entirely generated by software and has more natural cadence and better emphasis, especially in longer or more complex sentences.

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Apple is having its big annual event where it lays out plans for the coming year — here’s what to expect

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during Apple WWDC on June 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The company has launched a new version of its iPhone software at WWDC every year since 2009, and analysts and reports don’t expect this year to be any different. At WWDC in 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook framed Apple as a company with four main platforms: iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. It will also be a good place to look for clues whether the Mac platform might become secondary to iOS going


Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during Apple WWDC on June 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The company has launched a new version of its iPhone software at WWDC every year since 2009, and analysts and reports don’t expect this year to be any different. At WWDC in 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook framed Apple as a company with four main platforms: iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. It will also be a good place to look for clues whether the Mac platform might become secondary to iOS going
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Apple is having its big annual event where it lays out plans for the coming year — here's what to expect

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during Apple WWDC on June 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Getty Images

Apple is expected to launch the latest version of iOS, its software for the iPhone and iPad, on Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC. The company has launched a new version of its iPhone software at WWDC every year since 2009, and analysts and reports don’t expect this year to be any different. The announcement of the new software, likely called iOS 13, will show how Apple is evolving its most important product, the iPhone, in the face of a contracting smartphone market. The company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, also is an opportunity for Apple to highlight its growing services business, which revolves around selling online subscriptions to iPhone users, including an announced video service this called Apple TV+. The next version of iOS will have to support this service. “This year WWDC will have a different feel as Apple needs to prove with its next iOS, currently codenamed Yukon, that this platform has the speed, scalability, and feature functionality to smoothly support and lay the groundwork for the company’s flagship video streaming service slated for the fall,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives wrote in a note on Friday. WWDC kicks off on Monday in San Jose, California. The company’s new product announcements will be revealed in a livestreamed keynote address starting at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

One platform to rule them all?

WWDC is Apple’s main event to communicate how it sees its various software platforms developing. At WWDC in 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook framed Apple as a company with four main platforms: iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. “This is a huge moment for us – four great platforms that become even more capable with working with all of you,” Cook said in 2016. But in 2019, Apple doesn’t seem to have a four-legged stool anymore. Apple is increasingly emphasizing its ability to sell add-on software and subscription services to iPhone owners as smartphone sales shrink. With that business goal front an center, Apple’s iPhone is being positioned the center of Apple’s software development universe, and its iOS App Store distribution platform as one of the company’s crown jewels. For example, Apple’s TV strategy has moved away from a becoming its own separate platform for apps. Instead, Apple’s main video product is itself an app that aggregates paid video feeds from outside providers — which are “channels,” not apps. The Apple TV app is increasingly available on television sets from competitors like Samsung, and Apple said in the spring that its streaming service, Apple TV+, will go on sale this fall. It will also be a good place to look for clues whether the Mac platform might become secondary to iOS going forward. Last year, the company previewed a new set of developer tools that would enable iPhone apps to run on Mac computers with minimal effort. Apple uses the technology for some of its own apps that have jumped from the iPhone to the Mac, such as News or Memos. Developers are worried that if the two platforms become more closely linked, that software will be primarily developed for iPhone and then ported to Mac, potentially robbing the desktop version of power-user features. “Are you merging iOS and MacOS? No,” read a bold-faced slide at last year’s WWDC. Developers will be watching closely to see if that’s still true. The one platform that might be gaining in stature is watchOS, which runs on the Apple Watch. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple may introduce a new app store for Apple Watch, providing a new way to for developers to make money from watch apps.

iOS 13

iOS 13 will reportedly have a slew of new features for users, including a dark mode, improved one-handed keyboard, and improvements to apps like Mail, Health, and iMessage, according to reports from Bloomberg and 9to5Mac. If past years are any guide, the new software will be available for beta-testers later this summer, and will launch for everyone alongside new iPhones in the fall. Many of the reported system-wide improvements are subtle, including improved performance and a new feature in Screen Time. Apple is expected to redesign the “share sheet” that enables people to send photos and information from inside of apps. iPads are expected to get particular attention, including a new feature that lets Mac users use the iPad as a second monitor, and a better multi-tasking tinerface. Apple’s own apps are expected to get a lot of attention this year. The Health, Reminders, Books, and Find My Friends apps are all expected to get a redesign, according to Bloomberg.

No new iPhones, but maybe a new Mac

Don’t expect a lot of new hardware at WWDC. No new hardware was released at WWDC last year, but 2017’s conference included the introduction of the HomePod smart speaker and the iMac Pro desktop. “History suggests investor disappointment will follow the event given the likely absence of any material hardware product announcements,” Loup Ventures cofounder and longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster wrote on Friday. “This reaction misses the point of WWDC: give developers the tools to build world-class software and services.” There is chance that Apple discusses a high-end Mac desktop computer, which would fit in with the conference’s programming focus. In 2017, Apple said it would release a high-end professional-oriented Mac computer, but didn’t specify a time frame.

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A growing number of Chinese consumers are switching from Apple’s iPhone, paper says

Customers look at products in an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018. Huawei is winning over more and more Apple fans in China as the escalated trade tensions have stoked “nationalist sentiment,” according to the South China Morning Post. China’s consumers are increasingly favoring their domestic brands after the U.S. stepped up its action against Huawei, the paper said. The article cited a few anecdotes where people switched to Huawei smartphones from their beloved iPhones to show their


Customers look at products in an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018. Huawei is winning over more and more Apple fans in China as the escalated trade tensions have stoked “nationalist sentiment,” according to the South China Morning Post. China’s consumers are increasingly favoring their domestic brands after the U.S. stepped up its action against Huawei, the paper said. The article cited a few anecdotes where people switched to Huawei smartphones from their beloved iPhones to show their
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A growing number of Chinese consumers are switching from Apple's iPhone, paper says

Customers look at products in an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018.

Huawei is winning over more and more Apple fans in China as the escalated trade tensions have stoked “nationalist sentiment,” according to the South China Morning Post.

China’s consumers are increasingly favoring their domestic brands after the U.S. stepped up its action against Huawei, the paper said. The article cited a few anecdotes where people switched to Huawei smartphones from their beloved iPhones to show their support for the country and Chinese brands.


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UBS cuts Apple price target, citing smartphone slowdown and ongoing trade war

Slowing iPhone demand, trade war headwinds and possible ripple effects from a Huawei battle don’t bode well for Apple, according to a UBS analyst. The Swiss bank cut its 12-month price target on the iPhone maker to $225 — down from a previous $235. “We believe a slightly lower multiple is prudent given soft smartphone market and ongoing US/China trade issues,” Arcuri said. Apple shares have taken a beating in May as Washington and Beijing remain locked in a stalemate on trade. WATCH: As the US p


Slowing iPhone demand, trade war headwinds and possible ripple effects from a Huawei battle don’t bode well for Apple, according to a UBS analyst. The Swiss bank cut its 12-month price target on the iPhone maker to $225 — down from a previous $235. “We believe a slightly lower multiple is prudent given soft smartphone market and ongoing US/China trade issues,” Arcuri said. Apple shares have taken a beating in May as Washington and Beijing remain locked in a stalemate on trade. WATCH: As the US p
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UBS cuts Apple price target, citing smartphone slowdown and ongoing trade war

Slowing iPhone demand, trade war headwinds and possible ripple effects from a Huawei battle don’t bode well for Apple, according to a UBS analyst.

The Swiss bank cut its 12-month price target on the iPhone maker to $225 — down from a previous $235. Apple closed at $186 Thursday.

UBS still has a “buy” rating on the stock but cited evidence from a survey of 8,000 people across six countries that suggests consumers are in no rush to upgrade their phones. For iPhones specifically, “purchase intention” looked to be stabilizing at a low level in all regions except China, UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri said in a note to clients Wednesday.

“We believe a slightly lower multiple is prudent given soft smartphone market and ongoing US/China trade issues,” Arcuri said.

Apple shares have taken a beating in May as Washington and Beijing remain locked in a stalemate on trade. Shares are down 7% for the month, as of Tuesday’s close. The U.S. raised tariffs to 25% on $200 billions worth of Chinese goods earlier in May, and China retaliated by upping levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports.

Most of Apple’s supply chain is in mainland China, including the iPhone’s final assembly by Foxconn. Apple’s China business accounted for more than $10 billion — more than 17% of sales — in its fiscal second quarter.

Arcuri also said the “Huawei situation” could indirectly impact Apple. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that a microchip company backed by Microsoft and Dell accused Chinese tech giant Huawei and one of its executives of stealing trade secrets. Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce added the company to Entity List — meaning American companies would need a license to work with Huawei.

“Apple is not directly impacted, but relaxation of some sort is possible,” Arcuri said. “Negotiations between US/China are ongoing and an extension has been granted for some critical items, but we do think a nationalistic movement – similar to the one we saw at the time of the arrest of Huawei’s CFO in November – seems quite probable and would impact iPhone sales.”

UBS isn’t the only one cautious on Apple. Earlier on Thursday, Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall said in a note to clients that Apple earnings could drop 29% if the company’s products were banned in mainland China.

To be sure, Arcuri said Apple would likely rebound in the event those headwinds ease.

“After a year that is impacted by China demand slowdown and elongating replacement cycles, we think iPhones can grow as these headwinds abate,” Arcuri said.

— CNBC’s Fred Imbert contributed reporting.

WATCH: As the US plays hardball with China, Stephen Roach warns odds of a trade deal are ‘rapidly receding’


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