Apple Daily Report: analyst predicts AirPods with minor upgrades within six months (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. 

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. 

In  a weekend note to clients — as noted by MacRumors—Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo updated his predictions for Apple’s AirPods, with a relatively minor upgrade expected in the next six months, and a more pronounced revision with design changes launching before the end of 2020.

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Apple shares jumped Monday after the U.S. and China reached a trade cease-fire, just as concern was ratcheting up that the iPhone maker would be next to be entangled in the trade dispute.

Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed white supremacists and “dangerous conspiracy theorists” today, reiterating that hateful content will not have a home on Apple platforms. He received the first “Courage Against Hate” award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and used his time onstage to talk about the company’s commitment to preventing hate speech from spreading, per The Verge.

Back to school specials, normally reserved for the summertime ritual in January, has taken a new twist in the lead up to Christmas. Experimac, home to a range of fully certified pre-owned, quality Apple products and devices, is offering its own "Back to School" version with specials on a limited time inventory.

A sheet of paper featuring the handwriting of Steve Jobs is headed to auction, with the document consisting of a specification sheet for the Apple I expected to fetch up to $60,000 when it goes on sale on Wednesday, according to AppleInsider

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the jury trial in Qualcomm’s wide-ranging legal war with Apple has been set to begin April 15 in San Diego federal court, with a settlement looking unlikely at this point.

Apple has published an article about “Optimizing Siri on HomePod in Far-Field Settings” on its Machine Learning web page.

Apple Music for Android is finally adding support for tablets, according to 9to5Mac.