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AppleInsider Podcast talks iPhone rumors, committing to USB-C, and EU proposals to regulate app stores

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor is joined by Sonya Mann to talk about the latest news in iPhone LCD and SE2, the difficulty with going all-in on USB-C, and EU proposed regulation of app stores.

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AppleInsider editor Victor Marks and special guest Sonya Mann discuss:

  • The rumored LCD iPhone could be $200 cheaper than OLED counterparts - Victor thinks this could makes sense, if Apple's replacing the "last-year's model-as-reduced-price-model when the new iPhones launch - which seems strange unless the iPhone 8 and 8 plus are to be short lived rather than hang around and be sold as a discount when new phones are announced.
  • That same LCD iPhone may skip 3D Touch in favor of better glass - Sonya and Victor both think this is weird: When does Apple just drop features from one model and retain them for the rest of the line?
  • Going all-in on USB-C with Apple's ecosystem? That's impossible — for now - Neil Hughes tries to go all-in, and we discuss why it's so difficult.
  • a purported 'iPhone SE 2' with glass back & headphone jack shows up in pictures from Weibo on a Czech site - If this thing is real, and there's no evidence that it is, SE lovers should rejoice: it looks like the same form factor
  • Apple is said to be negotiating with Samsung to lower OLED costs for 2018 iPhones - this seems plausible. It doesn't mean that we'd see a lower cost of the 2018 iPhone at retail.
  • The TrueDepth component supplier is taking a 14% hit on their stock after issuing lowered earnings guidance - Sonya and Victor don't know quite what to make of this. Apple should be securing orders for parts if they're going to go into production in a timely way. This is half the business of this specific component supplier, and they're hit hard not having the orders. Is there another supplier that's currently unknown?
  • Apple's 'A12' chip reportedly in production using 7nm process from TSMC - We talk a little about the performance gains from a smaller process, and Apple's history of redoing older chips on the smaller process for older chips they're still using.
  • Proposed EU rules could require Apple to explain App Store rankings, defend take from subscriptions - Sonya talks a little about subscription fatigue, and Victor thinks through all the inconsistent ways that subscriptions are handled currently.
  • Apple acquires the rights to distribute the Ed Sheeran documentary, "Songwriter" - Sonya comments on Apple's media play, as well as the notion that Apple is going to give this a theatrical release.


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