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An Oral History of Apple’s Infinite Loop Campus

Steven Levy has compiled an oral history of Apple’s Infinite Loop campus, getting an insider look at some of Apple’s most consequential events.

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Apple Expected to Announce New iPhones and Apple Watch on September 12th

In an announcement that surprised no one, Apple has scheduled a special event for 12 September 2018. At it, we expect the company to throw back the curtains on new iPhone and Apple Watch hardware and give a release date for iOS 12.

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Travel Back in Time with Stephen Hackett’s Aqua Screenshot Library

Ever wonder how much the Mac’s user interface has changed over time? Thanks to Stephen Hackett’s extensive collection of screenshots in each of the 15 versions of the Mac operating system, we can all trace the transition from Pin Stripes to Brushed Metal and relive the skeuomorphic excess of Rich Corinthian Leather.

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Apple’s Arizona Sapphire Plant Becomes a Datacenter

Apple’s failed Arizona Sapphire plant is now having a second life as a solar-powered data center.

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Apple Is Pushing Developers Toward Subscriptions

The App Store drove the price of apps to nearly zero, but it took Apple nearly a decade to respond to the problem by enabling in-app subscriptions. Kif Leswing at Business Insider shares the story.

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Ship or Slip: Apple Delays Group FaceTime until “Later This Fall”

A developer has noticed that Group FaceTime, one of the marquee features of iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave, won’t make the initial release of those operating systems. Missed ship dates are starting to become a habit for Apple.

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Apple’s Termination of App Store Affiliate Payments Is Unnecessary, Mean-Spirited, and Harmful

As of 1 October 2018, Apple will stop paying affiliate fees on apps purchased through recommendation links. It’s a small-minded, unpleasant move that can’t benefit Apple in any significant way but will hurt many small publishers, although TidBITS won’t be affected.

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Apple’s Q3 2018 Results Break Records Again

Apple has posted yet another record-breaking third quarter, thanks in large part to the iPhone X’s high price tag and the company’s ever-increasing Services revenue.

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Apple Expands Business Chat

Apple has brought more companies to its Business Chat service, which enables users to get customer support from participating firms right in Messages.

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Pondering the Impact of the App Store at 10

The iOS App Store is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Apple has posted a self-congratulatory article that gives the App Store credit for everything short of curing cancer. Adam Engst acknowledges the App Store’s success while pointing out that it hasn't been an unalloyed hit.

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Tim Cook on Joining Apple, Running for President, and More

Financier David Rubenstein interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook, and now the entire 24-minute conversation is available at Bloomberg. Or, if you’re short on time, you can read the highlights at 9to5Mac.

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Bloomberg Praises Apple for Being Boring

In a time when Silicon Valley’s ideas seem ever sillier and more outlandish, Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky praises Tim Cook for running Apple like a traditional company.

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Apple’s Q2 2018 Financials Prove iPhone X Doubters Wrong

Apple marked its sixth consecutive quarter of accelerating revenue growth, saw the iPhone X boost the average selling price of iPhones to new heights, and further expanded its services and wearables businesses.

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Apple Introduces New iPhone Disassembly Robot and Recycling Program

Apple is showing off Daisy, a new robotic iPhone disassembly system that works with several different models and can break down up to 200 iPhones per hour.

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Apple Warns Employees against Leaking… in a Memo That Leaked

Apple recently warned employees against leaking information to the media, but the memo itself was leaked. What does this say about the company?