This week in Apple: 5G iPhones, 16-inch MacBook Pro, and Q3 earnings report
The big Apple news this week is the company’s earnings report. During the conference call for that report, some new tidbits of info were dropped, including when the Apple Card will be available (very soon), some Mac Pro production goals (made in the U.S.), and more. We also heard some rumors about the 2020 iPhones and which ones will likely have 5G connectivity.
See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest!
The top Apple news stories of the past week:
- Apple won’t listen to Siri conversations anymore: After news broke that Google, Apple, and Amazon all employ humans who listen in on your conversations with each company’s virtual assistants, people got pretty upset. Apple now has stopped the practice and so has Google (at least sort of).
- The 2020 iPhones could all be 5G-ready: According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — who is usually dead-on when it comes to Apple news predictions — the 2020 iPhones will all be 5G-ready. That means even the “budget” model, the iPhone “R” series, would have 5G. Interesting!
- A 16-inch MacBook Pro could drop in September: A new rumor suggests that Apple will cram a 16-inch display into the body of a 15-inch MacBook Pro. This laptop could land in September along with the 2019 iPhones.
- Apple still making insane amounts of money: Apple conducted its quarterly earnings call and informed investors that the company earned a revenue of $53.8 billion and a net quarterly profit of $10.0 billion during the company’s third fiscal quarter (a.k.a. Q2 2019). That’s the best Q3 in the company’s history.
- The Apple Card is coming in August: During the previously-mentioned earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped the news that the Apple Card — the company’s physical credit card — will drop in August.
- Apple hopes to make the Mac Pro at home: Finally, during that earnings call, Cook also mentioned that the company wants to continue making the Mac Pro computer here in the United States. This is likely due to proposed tariffs on Chinese products, proposed by the Trump administration.
- Apple’s smartphone market share drops: It wasn’t all good news for Apple, though. The company saw a significant reduction in its global smartphone market share — as much as 11 percent. Is the iPhone in trouble?
- The AR team is getting some new leadership: Although we last heard that Apple had essentially shelved its plans for an AR/VR wearable headset, it looks like that’s not the case. Instead, it appears a “bug hunter” just got shifted to the team to help get things back on track.
- Remember the iPhone throttling issue? It’s back: A new group of 18 individuals is filing a class-action suit against Apple for the intentional throttling of iPhones. This problem was known as “batterygate” for a while.
Thinking about making the switch?
If you are currently an Apple user thinking about making the switch to Android, we have multiple articles and guides that can help you with that process. Despite how it might seem, moving from iOS to Android is easier than ever, and many of the services and systems on iOS have similar or even the same counterparts on Android.
The best place to start would be our guide on how to switch from iPhone to Android, which goes over all the basics. We also have more specific guides, such as how to transfer your calendar from iPhone to Android. We also have app guides that will give you the best alternatives to iOS staples, such as our list of best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.
If you’re looking for a great Android device to replace your iPhone, consult our list of the best Android smartphones available now.