Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa is born


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Jobs had a rocky relationship with his daughter.
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June 17 Today in Apple historyJune 17, 1978: Steve Jobs’ first child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, is born.

The child of 23-year-old Jobs and his high school girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan, Lisa’s parents are no longer a couple when she is born. What follows are several shameful years in which Jobs denies paternity of his daughter, before they eventually reconcile.

Today in Apple history: iPhone 4 preorders set an impressive record


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The iPhone 4 wound up selling 1.7 million units in its first weekend.
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June 16: Today in Apple history: Apple receives record preorders for iPhone 4 June 16, 2010: Apple reports a massive surge of interest in its upcoming iPhone 4, with 600,000 sales on the first day of preorders.

The company calls the number “far higher” than expected. At the time, it’s the largest number of iPhone preorders Apple has ever taken in a single day. AT&T suffers server problems thanks to the demand — with 10 times the usual traffic on its website. It’s proof positive that Apple is onto a winner!

Apple could be about to enter movie business with animated feature


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A shot from Cartoon Saloon's "The Breadwinner."
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Apple is reportedly negotiating with Cartoon Saloon, an Irish Oscar-nominated animation studio, for the distribution rights for what would be Apple’s first animated feature film.

A deal is supposedly close to being reached, although there are scant details beyond this. Cartoon Saloon has previously produced three Academy Award-nominated animations including Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner and Song of the Sea. Its preschool series, Puffin Rock can be found on Netflix, and is also popular in China.

Intel cranks out speedy new modems for 2018 iPhones


Intel will take the majority of orders from Apple.
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Intel has reportedly started production of the new faster XMM 7560 modem chips for Apple’s 2018 iPhones, marking the first time Intel has manufactured modem chips in-house for Apple.

While Intel has supplied Apple with modem chips for the past couple of years, previously it has outsourced production to TSMC.

Today in Apple history: iPad 2 leak lands insiders in prison


The iPad Pro.
Leaking pre-release images could land you behind bars.
Photo: Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac

June 15: Today in Apple history: iPad 2 leak lands insiders in prison June 15, 2011: Three people get sentenced to prison in China for leaking information about the iPad 2 prior to its release.

The Foxconn R&D employees receive sentences ranging from one year to 18 months. They also must pay fines ranging from $4,500 to $23,000. If you ever wonder why more Apple products don’t leak prior to release, this might help explain why!

Spike Jonze’s brilliant HomePod ad wins major advertising award


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Spike Jonze created one of Apple's all-time great ads.
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Apple’s brilliantly creative HomePod ad, directed by Being John Malkovich helmer Spike Jonze, has won a top prize at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The awards were handed out on Thursday night. Apple shared the “Advertising Excellence/Single Commercial category” top spot with the absolutely hilarious “It’s a Tide Ad” Super Bowl series of ads for Tide. If you haven’t seen Apple’s excellent HomePod ad before, you can check it out below.

‘Behind the Mac’ ads tell the stories of real Apple users


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Legally blind photographer Bruce Hall is one of the many people who use Macs.
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Apple’s latest ad campaign focuses on how the Mac can be used by regular people to create music, make art, develop apps and more.

Like classic Apple campaigns such as the “Switch” ads of the early 2000s, or the long-running “Shot on iPhone” ads, the “Behind the Mac” ads focus on real Apple users — thereby making them feel more authentic. They also embrace Apple’s accessibility push, demonstrated through stories like legally blind photographer Bruce Hall, who uses Apple devices.

Check them out below.

Here’s how the Queen uses her royal iPad


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The Queen, shown using her iPad.
Photo: The Royal Family

As the maker of premium tech products, Apple attracts some pretty famous users. One of them? Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in history, Queen Elizabeth II.

In a recent episode of the BBC show Countryfile, it was revealed how the Queen uses her royal iOS devices for carrying out an activity very close to her heart. And, no, it’s not competitive Fortnite playing!