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With a new week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week's Apple Loop features new iPhone features in boring design, some colorful options, 5G modem issues, impact by ZombieLoad on MacOS, iOS 12.3 details, App Store offense continues, and a look at the Apple card.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have occurred around Apple during those last seven days ( and you can read my weekly digestion of Android news here on Forbes ).
New iPhone features packed in tired and boring design
Android users will notice that many of the new features of the 2019 iPhones, such as reverse wireless charging and a wide-angle lens, have already been established in Android phones with flagships, and Apple can come in specs, but in the fast moving market for fashionable phones, new iPho The nose will remain old and outdated, thanks to retaining all the features of the 2017 iPhone X design. Forbes Gordon Kelly :
Bad News? Bloomberg confirms that all three iPhone models will actually look like the two-year-old designs of their predecessors, except for their new bulbous square hump that will house the rear cameras (yes, even on the dual lens iPhone XR2). Apple also makes "about half a millimeter thicker" but optimists will hope it means bigger batteries.
Read more here on Forbes .
But there are more colors! 19659001] When you have a design, you are not sure, the best way to handle it is a little color. As more manufacturers realize that fashion is as important as features, the new iPhones for 2019 can return to the classic color choices of 5C and iPod. Gordon Kelly reports :
On the flip side of Gurman says Apple will introduce two new colors to the iPhone XR line-up: lavender purple and green. They replace the current blue and coral finishes, but while this is subjective, mock-ups suggest that the decision is split at best.
Apple's 5G iPhone Problems
Apple may have downloaded QualG's 5G modems – presumably for the 2020 iPhone phones – but 5G will cause problems for Tim Cook's team for many years to come , reports Aaron Tilley at The Information . To move all-in with Intel and having to return to Qualcomm, Apple has left and given a vendor a key part of financial influence, that I mentioned earlier this week :
A slice of humble cake case Apple comes back from its legal battle with Qualcomm earlier this spring and negotiates a deal for 5G modems. Even with Qualcomm's strength, it is unlikely that the iPhone family will see a 5G device announced until the end of 2020, and it may be that significant volumes will not be available until well into 2021.
In the short and medium term, Apple is related to Qualcomm over the next few years, and Tim Cook's team has virtually no influence over 5G modem technology (Apple is unlikely to pick up Huawei's offer of 5G modems). While there is internal work to design a modem (in a similar approach to the system on chip design for the Axx chips), these are not chosen to bear any fruit until 2025.
MacBook users Face Up To ZombieLoad
Apple has addressed the " zombie load " error found in Intel's chips for macOS. The recommendation is to disable & # 39; hyper threading & # 39;, but this leads to a significant success factor. Roland Moore-Colyer has more .
The recent prevalent Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) utilization found in Intel's Core processors dating back to 2008 must cause Apple, like Google, to recommend customers disable CPU & # 39; s Hyperthreading feature.
But when Apple put this to the test using public benchmarks and tests on multi-threaded workloads – think video encoding, for example – it found that a significant drop in processor performance could occur.  Apple was Apple not saying which type of Mac would suffer such a performance drop, but we would guess and say it's probably one of the company's machines with a powerful multi-core processor instead of dual-core chip 
iOS 12.3 Available with key features Updated
The recently released version of iOS 12.3 may have the common bug fixes and security changes, but there are a number of new and improved features. & nbsp; Adam Mills has the highlights including the Apple TV modifications:
The UI changes include sections for content for children, movies, TV shows, sports and children. You will also notice a new bottom line for library, search, and Now see.
You still have the classic "Watch Now" and the "Up Next" section, but Apple included a brand new learning-based recommendation engine that suggests content you might like based on your preferences and display history.
There is also a brand new "Channels" feature in the TV app. Channels are subscription-based services you can sign up for and watch the TV app without having to open another program.
App Store Legal Case Continues
The Anti-Trust case against Apple's App Store has passed an important obstacle when the US Supreme Court announced that customers purchased applications directly from Apple using the App Store, and therefore they have standing to get an anti-trust case (although the value of their claim was not commented). Adi Robertson reports :
Apple had claimed that iOS users were technically buying apps from developers, while developers themselves were Apple's App Store customers. According to a previous legal doctrine, known as Illinois Brick, "indirect buyers" of a product are not standing to receive antitrust cases. But in today's decision, the Supreme Court ruled that this logic does not apply to Apple.
The court is cautious noting that this is an "early stage" of the case, so there is no decision whether Apple actually has an illegal monopoly in the App Store. But the decision could have more impact on customers who want to sue any app selling for antitrust violations, and it sets the stage for a big blow between Apple and some angry customers.
More at The Verge .
And finally …
The Apple card goes through testing, which means that a number of employees have received the credit card, presumably that real world trials will be performed.