Phil Schiller: Nope, Apple still isn’t planning to make a touchscreen Mac

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Phil Schiller: Nope, Apple still isn’t planning to make a touchscreen Mac
Don't even think about swiping that screen!
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Apple isn’t going to release a touchscreen Mac any time soon, says Phil Schiller, SVP of Marketing.

In a new interview, Schiller chimed in on the question on whether Apple might consider merging its mobile and desktop operating systems. The answer might disappoint fans of the Microsoft Surface.

How a Magic Keyboard made it into the new 16-inch MacBook Pro

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Phil Schiller explains how a Magic Keyboard made it into MacBook Pro
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Apple’s newly unveiled 16-inch MacBook Pro ditches the controversial butterfly keyboard and brings back the scissor switch Magic Keyboard.

In a new interview, Apple marketing SVP Phil Schiller talked about redesigning Apple’s notebook keyboard. And whether or not the non-butterfly keyboard will make it to other Apple laptops anytime soon.

iPhone sales drive Apple’s biggest supplier to big profits

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iPhone sales drive Apple’s biggest supplier to big profits
Apple accounts for an estimated half of all Foxconn revenue.
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Apple contract supplier Foxconn has announced better-than-expected quarterly profits, rising 23%. Apple accounts for an estimated half of all Foxconn revenue, thanks largely to the iPhone.

Foxconn’s earnings offer another data point about rebounding iPhone sales. At worst, they should pacify any investors concerned about weak global demand for Apple’s smartphones.

Today in Apple history: Apple demands big damages from Samsung

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The never-ending battle between Apple and Samsung takes another turn.
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November 13: Today in Apple history: Apple demands big damages from Samsung for copying iPhone November 13, 2013: Apple and Samsung head back to court to determine how much the Korean company must pay for copying the iPhone.

Cupertino asks Samsung for $379 million in damages for ripping off key iPhone technical and design features. Apple arrives at that number based on lost profits, royalty rates and the $3.5 billion worth of copyright-infringing devices Samsung sold during the period in question.

Tim Cook and President Trump could tour Apple’s Mac Pro factory in Texas

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Tim Cook and President Trump could tour Apple's Mac Pro factory in Texas
Trump and Cook have had a complex relationship since 2016.
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Tim Cook and President Donald Trump will reportedly tour facilities in Austin, Texas where its Mac Pro desktops are made.

The trip would be part of Trump’s ongoing efforts to highlight U.S. manufacturing. Last month, Trump toured the Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado, Texas.

Apple Watch’s next Activity challenge will have you exercising on Thanksgiving

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Apple Watch's next Activity challenge will have exercising on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is coming.
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Thanksgiving is a great time to sit around with family and chow down on delicious food. But you should still remember to get your exercise in during the holiday. To give a bit of added incentive, Apple is offering a special Thanksgiving Apple Watch Activity challenge.

Here’s how you can earn it.

Before the MacBook’s fall: The greatest laptops Apple ever built

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Before the fall of MacBook: The greatest laptops Apple ever built
What's your favorite MacBook of all time?
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The current MacBook Pro is the worst thing since unsliced bread — at least if you believe my colleague Charlie “glass is half empty” Sorrel. But while people might be happy to dump on Cupertino’s current laptop selection, Apple brought us some amazing laptops in its 40-plus year history.

Here are the inarguable top five Apple laptops of all time.

Why ‘sexist’ Apple Card is Cupertino’s worst nightmare

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Sexist Apple Card accusations are tech's latest example of biased algorithms
Apple Card was meant to be the solution, not part of the problem.
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Cupertino pitched Apple Card as the greatest credit card in history. Instead, the card generated negative PR based on accusations that the algorithm used to decide credit limits is discriminatory.

Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak complained about the supposedly sexist algorithm. Woz said he received 10 times more credit than his wife, despite sharing bank accounts and assets. Here’s how Apple became the latest tech giant to be accused of algorithmic bias — and what that means.

Take a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Lisa documentary

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Take a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Lisa documentary
The Lisa was a crucial machine in Apple's history.
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A forthcoming documentary will tell the story of the Apple Lisa, quite possibly the most important “flop” in the company’s history.

Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa is planned for release in early 2020. With that date approaching, computer historian and director David Greelish shared some early scenes and the poster with Cult of Mac. Check them out below.

Today in Apple history: Cupertino salivates over the restaurant biz

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Apple Cafes were set to sweep the world. They didn't.
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November 12: Today in Apple history: Apple wants to get into the restaurant business with Apple Cafes November 12, 1996: Apple lays out a wild plan to get into the restaurant business, saying it will open a chain of Apple Cafes.

A bit like Apple Stores without the computers and iPhones for sale, the restaurants would open in cities around the world. The first, Apple says, will be a 15,000-square-foot restaurant in Los Angeles, opening in late 1997.

Spoiler alert: None of this winds up happening.