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AppleInsider podcast discusses iPhone 8 production, FM radios, and Apple acquiring a health company

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about iPhone 8 production numbers being cut, anticipation for iPhone X, the FCC's useless call for FM radios on iPhones, and Apple buying a healthcare company, and much more.

In our latest episode, AppleInsider editors Neil Hughes and Victor Marks discuss:

  • Rumors suggest that Apple is cutting production orders for iPhone 8, 8 Plus by as much as 50%. This seems very early. Is everyone waiting for the X model?
  • NAB joins the FCC in calling on Apple to enable an FM radio that Apple says isn't even in iPhone 7 and 8
  • A video purports to show Apple's Project Titan self-driving car camera and LIDAR array. We've been following this one since the beginning.
  • Microsoft releases Surface Book 2 and teases an ARM based SurfaceBook with multi-day battery life
  • which totally makes sense to us, because we still think there's a place for a MacBook running an A-series ARM chip.
  • Apple looked into acquiring a healthcare company. Neil thinks Apple is hesitant about FDA approval processes, Victor thinks they were two years ago, but have gotten a streamlined pre-cert process for software going at the FDA, and are probably prepared to handle the expense of FDA medical devices in ways they weren't a few years ago.
  • The Wi-Fi KRACK vulnerability is already patched in developer betas for every Apple OS. Since this crack affects 802.11r, Apple's AirPort routers are unaffected.
  • Neil follows up on last week's story about Movies Anywhere, by using VUDU to convert his physical discs into VUDU, which then appear on all the partner services Movies Anywhere works with. Net result: all his discs (from participating movie studios) now show up in iTunes on AppleTV.
  • Senator Al Franken previously wrote to Apple inquiring about security and Apple's new FaceID facial recognition. This week, he's satisfied with Apple's response and applauds them for addressing consumer security and privacy concerns.
  • Destiny 2 on iPad... via an app called R-Play, that allows iPad to receive game streams from your PS4, remotely. This is kind of a neat trick, since the app works with MFi game controllers, like the SteelSeries Nimbus.

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