Today in Apple history: New Power Mac is faster and more expandable

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Power Macintosh 9500
This was the iMac Pro of its day.
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June 19: Today in Apple history: Apple launches Power Macintosh 9500, which is faster and more expandable than previous models June 19, 1995: Apple releases the Power Macintosh 9500, a high-end Mac that boasts a second-generation PowerPC chip that’s much faster than its predecessor.

The Power Mac 9500 is also significant for coming with six Peripheral Component Interconnect, or PCI, slots. They allow owners to attach hardware using the Intel-developed industry standard connection. Along with seven bays for internal drives and a swappable daughterboard, this makes the 9500 the most expandable Power Mac ever produced.

Apple wants to cut down on manufacturing in China

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Larry Kudlow
Tim Cook meets one of the people working on the iPhone factory line.
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Apple has reportedly asked its main suppliers to evaluate the cost of shifting 15% to 30% of their production from China to Southeast Asia.

This is a response to the burgeoning China and U.S. trade war, which has already impacted Apple’s share price. If new tariffs go into effect, it could drive up the cost of Apple devices considerably.

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Unbroken Soul1
Coming to iOS at the end of June. By way of 1991.
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Tim Cook has staggering 92% approval rate from Apple employees

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Tim Cook still hid a few surprises up his sleeve for the iPhone X event.
With these kind of approval rates, Cook should run for politics.
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Tim Cook is one of America’s top CEOs based on financial performance. But he’s also a CEO picked out as one of Glassdoor’s “employee’s choices” of chief exec.

Glassdoor, for those unfamiliar with it, is a website which allows employees to anonymously review companies and their management.

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iPhone App Store
The Apple App Store brings in much more revenue than its Android rival.
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Guardian Firewall is the first true privacy-protecting firewall for iOS

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A partial visual pun for a firewall.
A partial visual pun for a firewall.
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Guardian Firewall claims to be the first proper firewall app for iOS. It works by routing all the network connections from your iPhone or iPad through a VPN, and then filtering out privacy-invading trackers on Guardian’s own servers.

The idea is that all the heavy lifting is done on those servers, so you don’t have to worry about battery drain, or on the iOS security features that prevent an app from futzing with your internet connection.

Sounds good, but should you trust Guardian Firewall?