Top Stories: Try the 5.4-Inch iPhone 12 Display Size, Blockbuster Earnings, Tim Cook at Antitrust Hearing

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Another busy week of Apple news and rumors has wrapped up, with a lot of focus on Tim Cook's appearance at a Congressional antitrust hearing and a blockbuster earnings report.


We continued to hear rumors about the upcoming iPhone 12 lineup, including a rare admission from Apple that the lineup will launch "a few weeks later" than usual. We also put together some scaled images that will let you see how small the new 5.4-inch screen size will seem for those considering Apple's upcoming compact flagship iPhone option.

Read on below and check out our video above for details on these stories and more from the past week!

Just How Small Will the 5.4-Inch iPhone 12 Screen Be? Try It Out for Yourself

Apple's iPhone 12 lineup coming later this year is strongly rumored to include a new smaller model with a 5.4-inch display that will result in the most compact overall device size in many years.


But for users on any of Apple's more recent flagship phones, will that screen size be too tiny to consider? We decided to find out and created scaled images of what the iPhone home screen will look like on the smaller screen so you can try it out for yourself using your current phone!

In other iPhone 12 news and rumors this week, we saw leaked photos of the alleged 5.4-inch displays and the RAM portion of the main A14 chip that will power the iPhone 12 models.

Finally, Apple has confirmed that the new lineup of iPhones will launch "a few weeks later" than usual, likely pushing their debut into October.

Apple Reports 3Q 2020 Results: $11.25B Profit on $59.7B Revenue, 4-for-1 Stock Split Announced

Despite the global health crisis, Apple this week reported strong earnings in the most recent quarter, setting June quarter records for revenue and earnings per share. Mac and iPad sales were very strong thanks partly to the shift to work-from-home environments, while iPhone sales came in stronger than expected due to the popularity of the new iPhone SE.


Apple also announced a four-for-one stock split that will take place at the end of the month, bringing the company's share price down to around $100 after it broke through the $400 mark following the earnings report.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Testifies in U.S. Antitrust Hearing

Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in a five-and-a-half hour Congressional hearing this week focused mainly on antitrust and competition issues, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also participating.


While Cook was spared some of the grilling focused on the other executives, he still faced a number of questions about Apple's policies and actions while documents released as part of the hearing revealed additional tidbits.

During the hearing, Cook argued that Apple treats App Store developers fairly and that there is an abundance of options in a "street fight for market share in the smartphone business." He was also questioned about parental control apps and Apple's Screen Time feature, as well as the recent "Hey" email app controversy.

In other documents shared by the committee, it was revealed that Apple back in 2011 considered increasing its commission on some subscription apps to 40% from the usual 30%, while in 2016 Apple considered halving its commission for Amazon in order to get an Amazon Prime Video app on the App Store.

Battery Likely for Upcoming MacBook Air Spotted in Certification Listings

We're expecting the MacBook Air to be one of the first Macs to make the transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon later this year, and regulatory certifications for a new battery that looks to be for the MacBook Air have recently appeared online.


We don't know the timing of a release for the MacBook Air, but the Apple Silicon version is expected before the end of the year. Meanwhile, leaker Jon Prosser says an updated iMac should launch in August, attempting to tamp down some rumors from last weekend that a debut was imminent.

Apple Patent Suggests Two iPads Could Be Connected Together for Notebook-Style Computing

A pair of patents revealed this week shed some light on some interesting work Apple is doing, but it's hard to say whether any of the technology will make its way into future products. The first patent covers a dock accessory that would let two tablet devices like iPads be connected together to operate similarly to a notebook computer.


The second involves headphones that use a hybrid audio system that combines traditional air-based audio transmission with bone conduction, avoiding some of the drawbacks of regular bone conduction audio implementations.

VMware Engineer Confirms macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Bug Causes Crashes with Virtualization

macOS Catalina 10.15.6 appears to have a significant bug affecting virtualization software like VMware and VirtualBox. The bug results in repeated crashes when trying to run virtual machines and it looks like it will require a fix from Apple to address it.


In the meantime, users are urged to avoid upgrading to 10.15.6, or at least shut down virtual machines when not in use and reboot frequently to try to avoid the crashes.

Mac OS 8 Emulator Available as a Downloadable App

Old-school Mac fans may be interested to learn that Mac OS 8 is now available as an app for macOS, Windows, and Linux.


Slack developer Felix Rieseberg transformed an entire 1991 Macintosh Quadra with Mac OS 8.1 into a single Electron app, including several apps and games from a 1997 demo CD.

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My 8 Plus 5.5" has about the same width as the 11 Pro Max 6.5" model, imo it's the minimum width to use it in landscape orientation.

The 12 5.4" is too small for landscape.
 

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Assuming this new 5.4” phone has all the Pro features, I can’t wait for it. I’ve got used to the larger phones, but am really not a big fan as I have other devices for when i want to get stuff done on the move or watch video etc. Can’t wait for it.

There’s bound to be something in that dual-iPad patent given the direction of the market and the limitations of using an iPad Pro (or any tablet) with the Magic Keyboard (with all the weight in the screen part), but I’m just not entirely sure what it is!
 

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Nice render, but I’d never buy a device like that.
I remember modeling & rendering a mock-up of a Microsoft Courier-like config of a dual ipad just like this and posting it on this site when the ipad first came out. The entire idea was to move away from the typewriter keyboard to apps having their own programmable control surfaces on the horizontal half. Imagine it, a keyboard when you needed one for text, but the rest of the time, well organized, clearly arranged, contextual controls for the variables on the command you’re performing. Nope, it horrified almost everyone. People like memorizing a million “command+option+shift+f4“ hotkey combos on their typewriter interfaces.
 
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How big will the 5.4 seem for those coming from the 4.7”?
I was wondering about this too; seems smaller than the iPhone 6/7/8/SE 2020 models which is alright by me! Exactly the size I’ve been waiting for from an olds iPhone.

would be nice if Apple offers it full fledge features beyond the cpu. RAM I hope is 4-6GB and I don’t need 3 cameras to be honest since I’m no shutterbug nor understand iso ratings. I want excellent night mode and blur free pics and videos fast and ready when I need it.

also I do NOT want this strange slow-mode that happens on my iPhone 8: I took a few videos during Raptors NBA Finals celebrations in the streets and 10seconds in everything goes super slow mode?? Argh! I can’t get rid of it and I never set slow mode on.

October gives me a perfect time frame to upgrade and I’ll stick with the 256GB amount unless a 128GB has a significant ($125CAN price reduction; I’ll consider).
 
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I was wondering about this too; seems smaller than the iPhone 6/7/8/SE 2020 models which is alright by me! Exactly the size I’ve been waiting for from an olds iPhone.

would be nice if Apple offers it full fledge features beyond the cpu. RAM I hope is 4-6GB and I don’t need 3 cameras to be honest since I’m no shutterbug nor understand iso ratings. I want excellent night mode and blur free pics and videos fast and ready when I need it.

also I do NOT want this strange slow-mode that happens on my iPhone 8: I took a few videos during Raptors NBA Finals celebrations in the streets and 10seconds in everything goes super slow mode?? Argh! I can’t get rid of it and I never set slow mode on.

October gives me a perfect time frame to upgrade and I’ll stick with the 256GB amount unless a 128GB has a significant ($125CAN price reduction; I’ll consider).
When you take a video, don't swipe twice because then you'll end up in Slow-mo mode. Just swipe once to get to the Video mode, and there you won't have slow-mo.

If you keep taking videos the same way, you'll keep taking slow-mo videos with your new and shiny iPhone 12.
 
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I haven't not cared about an update more than this (iPhone 12) for a long time. I am running the iOS 14 Beta and do not understand how this iterative lameness is anything that can be reported on. Even the tone of the MacRumors video reporting cannot hide the utter ennui of it. It was like a eulogy.

macOS High Sierra interface changes are far, far more appealing. I just think people need to get off of the iPhone morphine drip because these updates are nothing special. It's setting a low bar for Apple having fanboys (fanpersons?) rush out in a Charles Manson haze to grab the new barely-a-product product. This serves little else but to puff up earnings calls and send investors into euphoria while we're all left with the same products and many of us stuck in financing contracts for the privilege. I'm waiting for the day that an iPhone release is met with the huge meh it frequently deserves—such as iPhone 7, 8, and X all being rushed to market virtually simultaneously—but I swear to God, you could add a speck of dust into the back of the phone, and droves would stampede to purchase the new Dust Edition. The iPhone is the new Tamagotchi pet, the new Pogs.

I will be enjoying the iPhone X for years to come (hurray for a product actually worthy of a release!) I used to be someone who was obsessed—just below/above the level of camping out—with being at the forefront of their product line. Watching them shift from square to rounded back to square to colors to not colors is just dizzying. I feel bad for them that they can't see how utterly inconsistent and bumbling it looks to consumers. I just want to go up to some of them and be like, "Honey, are you confused? There are resources out there for you."

Just at a time where they begin to harmonize/unify their hardware design, I'm sure they'll be introducing something to wrench the whole sense of finality/maturity that has come from the latest iPad/iPhone 12 look. They need a hardware moratorium at this point and to desperately give up the piss poor motive of pitching their former technology as the latest thing. You want to sell your re-dipped refuse in "emerging markets" (the latest corporate euphemism for "third world countries"?) Cool. But don't try and introduce five-year-ago technology as "new" so that you can create an artificial rift between the "new new" and the "old new" and charge 30% more for the "new new." That wool doesn't fit over my eyes. What began as genuine innovation is now a dreadful breadcrumbing through infinitesimal iterations… again, like a morphine drip… just to keep you high enough to want the next barely detectable dose. That only works if you're already hooked up to the IV pining to get back to the initial effect by any means necessary. That's absolutely what a $2,000 phone rings of. We seriously need to exhume and resurrect the mummy of Steve on the double if we want any sense of actual progression in technology.

Of course this all probably means I'll be buying the iPhone 12 within a month of release.
 
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When you take a video, don't swipe twice because then you'll end up in Slow-mo mode. Just swipe once to get to the Video mode, and there you won't have slow-mo.

If you keep taking videos the same way, you'll keep taking slow-mo videos with your new and shiny iPhone 12.
min on iPhone 8, I don’t swipe I tape video since it’s the next listing to the left of photo.

this is what I have in Settings > Camera. Doesn’t seem to allow fully disabling slow mode within this listing.
 

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Apple Patent Suggests Two iPads Could Be Connected Together for Notebook-Style Computing

A pair of patents revealed this week shed some light on some interesting work Apple is doing, but it's hard to say whether any of the technology will make its way into future products. The first patent covers a dock accessory that would let two tablet devices like iPads be connected together to operate similarly to a notebook computer.

Perfect if you love the uselessness of the touch bar and the horrible feel of banging your fingers on hard glass.
 
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Imagine it, a keyboard when you needed one for text, but the rest of the time, well organized, clearly arranged, contextual controls for the variables on the command you’re performing. Nope, it horrified almost everyone. People like memorizing a million “command+option+shift+f4“ hotkey combos on their typewriter interfaces.
No, people like tangible, physical keys. See also: the butterfly keyboard.
 
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I'd definitely consider that size. This 11 Pro Max is my first of this size, and it's just too much phone. It has its uses, of course, but I came from smaller and don't think it's made a profound change in my habits.
 

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The 5.4 sounds like an ideal size, but it will be difficult to give up a 2x zoom lens after having it for two years.
 

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I'd definitely consider that size. This 11 Pro Max is my first of this size, and it's just too much phone. It has its uses, of course, but I came from smaller and don't think it's made a profound change in my habits.
I think the 5.4” is going to win over a lot of plus size phone people. And a lot of those converted will soon realize what they have been missing lo these many years.
 
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No, people like tangible, physical keys. See also: the butterfly keyboard.
Yeah, well the butterfly was flat but had none of the utility of a touchpad nor the sensory interaction of a physical keyboard. it was the worst of both worlds. The touch bar is a bit close to that line as well. I too often find the touchscreen an annoyance on hardware that is most efficiently used while your eyes are looking in one place and your hands are working elsewhere. Machine & crane controls, tv remotes, automobiles, etc. I want my eyes on what the machine is doing so I dont have to take my eyes off the work, + predictable physical controls I can feel my way around, so I can make real-time adjustments to the machines movements. The touchbar also fails in this way. To use the volume control, you have to stop looking at your work to look down at the keyboard, & tap it to turn it on to see the volume slider icon, then tap the volume slider icon to get it to give you the slider, then be looking at the slider to know where to our your finger, etc. Its less efficient than the usual physical button you reliably knew where it would always be & can operate in the dark or in a pocket. So yeah, in a lot of cases, I get not wanting a touchscreen either.
 
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Nice render, but I’d never buy a device like that.
Thanks!

Yeah, I'd never be like, "Oh, Apple's selling a super expensive hinge dock thing for their ~$1,000 iPads? Better rush out to buy one, an iPad, and yet another iPad!"

But depending on what devices they end up being compatible with, it might be pretty cool if you already had an iPad to drop some money on the hinge, and then used it sometimes with a roommate or partner's device. :)
 

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I've said it before and will say it again. Apple is declining due to Cook's incompetent style. Hope someone new comes in soon to replace him, as Apple has turned from a good company to a company of greed and corporate imperialism. I am in no way for anything leftist, just noting the obvious about Apple's direction under Cook and it seems it will not be a bright one given these lawsuits.
 

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I've said it before and will say it again. Apple is declining due to Cook's incompetent style. Hope someone new comes in soon to replace him, as Apple has turned from a good company to a company of greed and corporate imperialism. I am in no way for anything leftist, just noting the obvious about Apple's direction under Cook and it seems it will not be a bright one given these lawsuits.
Apple has definitely not been doing well at all over the last decade or so, not even a little bit.
 

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I'd buy the hinge thingy, sure. Why not try something different once in awhile? Why not learn something new?

And believe me, I can probably find about a half-million uses for another iPad around the house. I say go for it!
 
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