Apple continues to rethink supply chain to get around US-China tensions

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Tim Cook speaking with a person on the iPhone production line.
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Apple’s division of its supply chain into one part aimed at the China market and the other aimed at the rest of the world continues apace. The goal? Helping Apple get around rumbling trade tensions between the United States and China.

According to a Friday report from Digitimes, Apple is giving more orders to Chinese firms Luxshare Precision and BYD for the Apple Watch Series 6 and Wi-Fi iPad series, respectively.

Today in Apple history: iOS 7’s major redesign divides fans

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Here's how iOS 7 (right) compared to iOS 6.
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September 18: Today in Apple history: iOS 7 major redesign divides fans September 18, 2013: iOS 7 makes its public debut with a radical redesign that divides the tech world.

The biggest overhaul Apple’s mobile operating system has seen in years, iOS 7 ditches the skeuomorphic objects, dials and textures of previous iterations. Instead, it boasts stark patches of white space, simpler icons and more abstract controls for settings. The Jony Ive era of software design is truly underway.

Apple TV+ series See resumes production next month

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See was one of the first Apple TV+ shows.
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The Jason Mamoa-starring Apple TV+ post-apocalyptic drama series See will resume shooting its second season next month, according to a report from Deadline.

Season two of the show will reportedly resume filing on October 14 in Toronto. Filming will continue (unless there’s another COVID-prompted shutdown) through March 2021.

PSA: Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Up debuts on Apple TV+

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‘Long Way Up’ premiers on Apple TV+ on September 18
Long Way Up is just a couple of guys out for a 13,000 mile ride.
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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman travel across South and Central America on electric Harley-Davidson motorcycles in new Apple TV+ series Long Way Up.

Apple debuted the first three episodes of the road-tripping series Friday, with subsequent episodes being released every Friday.

Apple Watch SE and Series 6 first impressions: Time for an upgrade?

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Solid upgrades to an already great smartwatch.
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Ahead of the new Apple Watch units finding their way onto users’ wrists, the initial “first impressions” reviews have hit the internet. While they’re not deep dives into the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE (users got to try them out for 24 hours), they still provide a sense of how they’re being received.

So what do the lucky individuals Apple sent an early review unit to have to say about them? Read on to find out.

Users won’t have to wait for Apple Watch Series 6’s blood oxygen sensor

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The Apple Watch Series 6 Blood Oxygen app lets you measure oxygen saturation in just 15 seconds.
The blood oxygen sensor on the new Apple Watch is big news.
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Buyers won’t need to wait to use Apple Watch Series 6’s marquee feature: a blood oxygen sensor. The Blood Oxygen app should be available from day one in the United States and many other countries, according to Apple’s list of watchOS 7 features.

That stands in stark contrast to the delay for Apple Watch Series 4’s big health-related feature. People who bought it had to wait quite a few months before the smartwatch’s new ECG feature went live. It switched on in the United States three months after the device shipped, and users elsewhere had to wait even longer.

Apple One subscription isn’t fazed by different Apple IDs for Apple Music and iCloud

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Apple One is the Amazon Prime-style bundle for all your services in one.
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The Apple One subscription bundle service promises to make your monthly Apple subs easier by rolling them into a simple, one-off payment. But what if your existing subscriptions, such as Apple Music and iCloud accounts, are tied to different Apple IDs?

Fortunately, Apple’s longest-serving employee, Chris Espinosa, says that poses no problem. “It manages that,” he wrote in response to a question on Twitter. “I just double-checked.”

Today in Apple history: Apple stock smashes through $700 barrier

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September 17: Today in Apple history: Apple stock smashes through $700 a share September 17, 2012: On the back of record iPhone 5 preorders of 2 million in 24 hours, Apple’s stock price hits a new all-time high. For the first time in history, AAPL breaks the $700 mark in after-hours trading. Passing the milestone cements Cupertino’s place as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.

Amazingly, the new record is $270 a share higher than Apple at the start of the year. The stock rose 65% in just nine months.

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t interested in AR glasses that are like ‘an Apple Watch on your face’

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Zuck's comments sound like a shot at Apple's plans.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a low-key shot at Apple’s AR plans in a new interview with The Verge, saying that he’s not enthusiastic about “putting an Apple Watch on [his] face.”

While Zuck was talking more broadly about augmented reality glasses, the fact that he called out Apple Watch (and the fact that Apple is the highest profile company reportedly working on AR glasses) makes it pretty clear which direction he’s throwing his shade.