How a Fortune photog won an argument with a raging Steve Jobs

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Jobs photos made for a bestselling cover.
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Standing up to Steve Jobs wasn’t easy. Alternately a charmer and a tyrant, he was accustomed to winning arguments on just about everything.

But when photographer Doug Menuez found himself on the receiving end of a Jobs tirade, he stood his ground. And the result was not only the best-selling cover of Fortune magazine that year, but a newfound level of respect from Apple’s famous co-founder.

iPhone 12 lens-maker denies reports of camera problems

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The iPhone 12's had 99 problems. But camera lens may not be one.
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Yujingguang, a.k.a Genius Electronic Optical, has denied that there are problems with the iPhone 12 camera lenses.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously suggested that some of the coatings for the wide-angle lens produced by the company had cracked during a high-pressure, high-humidity stress test by Apple.

However, Genius maintains that its production is running without issues. It also said that demand from its “brand handset clients” (which reportedly include Apple) remain normal.

Circulous is the mind-twisting puzzle game from one of Apple’s favorite teen devs [Updated]

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Puzzle game is available for pre-order today.
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Update: Circulous launched in the App Store today, priced $4.99.

Like point-and-click adventures? Enjoy escape room puzzles? Then you’ll love Circulous — or so its 16-year-old creator Brayden Gogis hopes.

If your response to a teen creating an iOS game is “how good could it really be?” the answer is pretty darn great. Gogis has been developing games for iOS for several years, and his previous titles won kudos from Cupertino itself. Apple even referred to him as the “high school puzzle master.” Circulous is the title he’s most proud of. Check out a trailer below.

Today in Apple history: Power Mac G4 gets a mirrored redesign

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This was the ultimate Mac power setup in 2002.
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August 13: Today in Apple history: Power Mac G4 gets a Mirrored Drive Doors redesign August 13, 2002: Apple introduces the final design of its Power Mac G4, the so-called “Mirrored Drive Doors” model.

The distinctive computer borrows visually from the previous “QuickSilver” G4, released a year earlier. However, it adds a different front panel, with a mirrorlike finish for the media drive doors. It’s the last visual redesign of Apple’s Power Mac G4.

Step up your home security with a Ring Video Doorbell Pro for just $119.99

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Keep an eye on your home from anywhere.
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You might not be getting a lot of visitors right now, but they’ll be back … one day. Maybe. And wouldn’t it be great if you could see who’s outside your home without even being there? Pick up a Ring Video Doorbell Pro for $40 less.

Amazon is now offering certified refurbished units that look and work as good as new for just $119.99 — down from $159.99. The sale is good for a limited time only, so enjoy it while you can!

Apple defies the odds with record iPhone shipments in Q2

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iPhone SE was a big hit during the quarter.
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The overall smartphone market in the United States declined 5% year-on-year in Q2, but Apple nonetheless set a new U.S. record by shipping 15 million iPhones domestically, a new Canalys report claims.

“With the launch of the iPhone SE, Apple’s quarterly market share ballooned to 47%,” the report reads. Between Apple and fellow smartphone market leader Samsung, seven out of the 10 smartphones made were manufactured by one of the two companies.

Brazil’s Supreme Court will decide whether Apple gets to keep using iPhone name

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The case has been raging on for years.
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The Brazilian Supreme Court will hear a case determining whether or not Apple can use the iPhone trademark in Brazil. The trademark was already owned by telecommunications firm IGB Eletronica.

The battle between the two companies has been going on for years. Even worse, in 2012 the Brazilian company created a lineup of Android smartphones called “iPhone.”

We might know exactly when iPhone 12 will arrive

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If you want an iPhone 12 Pro, you might be waiting longer than you'd like.
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Apple will hold an iPhone 12 event the week of October 12, with the device shipping a week later, according to up-and-coming leaker Jon Prosser. The iPhone 12 Pro would land the following month, he said.

Without citing a source (obviously), he tweeted his “new, adjusted Apple dates” Wednesday afternoon.