Apple Daily Report: Apple’s interested in Sony’s 3D sensors for smartphones (and more news)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

Sony, the biggest maker of camera chips used in smartphones, is boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after getting interest from customers including Apple, reports Bloomberg.  The chips will power front- and rear-facing 3D cameras of models from several smartphone makers in 2019, the article adds.

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NPR’s new Remote Audio Data system (RAD) lets podcasters know whether people are listening to their shows and the ads embedded within them. That knowledge could be a boon for the growing, ad-supported industry, but RAD’s success relies on Apple — agreeing to join, notes The Verge.

Apple has posted a new “prison break” ad dubbed “Color Flood” that promotes its iPhone Xr on the company’s YouTube channel.  

The value of Apple's buybacks is $9 billion less than when Apple purchased the stock, The Wall Street Journal reports. The tech giant spent nearly $63 billion on share buybacks in 2018 ( not including the fourth quarter). Some of those purchases were at the stock price of $222, but now it is trading at $156 per share.

Investors should buy Apple stock on the big dip, according to D.A. Davidson. The firm’s analyst Tom Forte reaffirmed his Buy rating and $280 price target for smartphone maker’s shares, citing its inexpensive valuation, as noted by Barron’s.

Netflix is no longer allowing new or resubscribing members to sign up for a Netflix subscription using an in-app purchase via the App Store, according to VentureBeat