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Report: Apple actively seeking to phase out Lightning connector on future iPhones

Apple is actively working to remove the Lightning connector from future iPhone models, and in fact considered removing it from the iPhone X, according to a follow-up from MacRumors on today’s report on AirPower development. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman noted in the original report that “Apple weighed removing the wired charging system entirely” during the development of the iPhone X — which Gurman confirmed to MacRumors would have meant removing the Lightning connector entirely — but opted not to do so due to the lower speed of wireless charging and the added cost of including a wireless charging accessory in the box. That said, reports have circulated for the past few years that Apple is looking to remove most of the external ports and even buttons on the iPhone — a process that began with the controversial elimination of the headphone jack in 2017 — so it seems reasonable that as the cost and performance of wireless charging reaches an acceptable level, the Lightning port will be phased out entirely, and this also makes it seem unlikely that Apple is seriously pondering a switch to a native USB-C port. That said, the removal of the Lightning port is likely still a few years away, although with an increased focus on wireless headphones and wireless sync — compared to a few years ago, relatively few users tether their iPhone to a computer anymore — it definitely seems like something that is possible. It would also eliminate one of the most significant security vulnerabilities in the iPhone by preventing any direct connections at all — something Apple has already been working to tighten up in iOS 12.

Apple part of consortium working on Digital Car Key spec

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization dedicated to creating ubiquitous connectivity solutions between vehicles and mobile devices, has announced the Digital Key Release 1.0 Specification, which defines a standard that would allow drivers to download and store a digital key on their smartphones. Apple is part of the CCC, alongside car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, General Motors, and Hyundai, and Volkswagen, as well as other technology companies including LG, Panasonic, Samsung, NXP, and Qualcomm. The digital key spec defines way to securely transfer a vehicle key onto a smart device such as an iPhone, which can then be used via NFC to lock or unlock a car or star the engine. Keys can also be easily securely shared with other smartphone users. The application of the spec would go beyond personal consumer vehicles with uses in car sharing and car rental services as well. While some of these already implement their own server-based keyless entry systems, the new spec would allow for direct communication between a mobile device and the vehicle security system, rather than needing a request to be sent to a central provide and communicated back to the vehicle over a cellular data network. [via MacRumors]

AirPower to run stripped down version of iOS, now expected to arrive in September

Apple’s AirPower has gotten another more specific release date, this time from a slightly more reliable source, with Bloomberg reporting that the wireless charging mat is now on track for a September release. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also provides some insight into why the release has taken longer than expected — although Apple only said “2018” when AirPower was announced last year, many anticipated the device would be available earlier in 2018, with some reports suggesting March. Gurman notes that although Apple has been quiet about AIrPower, saying basically nothing since the initial announcement, the company has been actively working on the accessory behind the scenes, dealing with challenges such as making sure the charger doesn’t overheat and addressing the complexity of the circuitry. Unlike traditional Qi chargers, the AirPower is designed to charge up to three devices simultaneously, support the Apple Watch, and allow users to place any of their devices anywhere on the charging mat rather than having to aim for a specific spot.

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Apple developing kids’ programming in partnership with Sesame Workshop

Apple is expanding its video content ambitions to include children’s programming through a new deal with Sesame Workshop, Variety reports. The deal includes a multi-series order and is expected to feature entirely original content including both live-action and animated shows, as well as a puppet series. Sesame Workshop is a non-profit educational organization best known for “Sesame Street” and has won more Daytime Emmys over the course of its 50-year history than any other children’s production company.

Apple Pay goes live in Norway, Poland; may be coming soon to Czech Republic

Apple has rolled out Apple Pay in both Poland and Norway this week, 9to5Mac reports, with the mobile payment service landing on eight Polish banks on Monday, followed by a subsequent launch on three banks in Norway on Tuesday. The service also launched in Ukraine last month, following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent promise that the service would be rolling out to those three countries. Now, a new report from SmartMania (via 9to5Mac) suggests that Apple Pay will also be landing at Moneta Money Bank in the Czech Republic sometime in August. Meanwhile, Apple Pay also continues to expand in the U.S., with over 30 more new banks recently added.

Kristen Wiig departs upcoming Apple comedy amidst scheduling conflicts

Kristen Wiig has had to bow out of an upcoming Apple comedy series due to scheduling conflicts, Variety reports. Wiig was originally slated to star in an Apple adaptation of Curtis Sittenfield’s upcoming collection of short stories, “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” but will be unable to as a result of shooting conflicts with her role as Cheetah in “Wonder Woman 1984.” The ten-episode series was Apple’s first scripted comedy order, and would have represented Wiig’s first return to television since she turned her attention to feature films after her stint on SNL ended in 2012. Sources have told Variety that Apple is still continuing with its plans for the series despite Wiig’s exit, however, and Wiig will remain on as an executive producer alongside Reese Witherspoon, Colleen McGuinness, and Lauren Neustadter.

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Apple releases second developers betas for iOS 12, tvOS 12

Apple has released a second set of betas to registered developers for iOS 12 and tvOS 12, following the initial developer preview releases following WWDC at the beginning of the month. iOS 12 beta 2 features a build number of 16A5308e and according to the release notes resolves a number of issues from the first beta, including compatibility with certain third-party apps, accessibility issues, problems confirming Apple Pay payments in some cases, CarPlay alarms, Personal Hotspot, and issues with Phone, FaceTime and Screen Time features. The release introduces new problems as well, including the Weather widget, AirPods, CarPlay compatibility with certain vehicles, FaceTime, Screen Time, and Siri shortcuts. The second beta of tvOS 12 features a build number of 16J5303e and includes a smaller list of resolved and new issues. Both versions are available as over-the-air updates or via direct download from Apple’s developer pages. Public betas for iOS 12 and tvOS 12 aren’t expected to materialize until July, and will likely come following the third developer beta release.

Review: Focal Listen Wireless Chic On-Ear Headphones

A few years ago, renowned speaker maker Focal shook up the headphone world with a line of exceptional headphones — the Utopia, Elear and, later, the Clear — featuring new driver technology and big price tags. More recently, Focal has released the Listen and Listen Wireless, portable headphones with more of a consumer focus. This week we're trying out the new "Chic" variant of Focal's Listen Wireless, a special edition available in three new colors. We think the Listen Wireless sounds very good, though its blocky design might not be for everyone.

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