Apple Daily Report for March 5, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

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Apple has released the fourth developer betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. Look for public betas to arrive soon.

Finisar, an Apple supplier, plans to make its new 700,000 square foot facility in Sherman, Texas, the “VCSEL capital of the world,” the firm's vice president and general manager said. This is part of tour of its under-construction production lines that will eventually supply the laser-based components used in the iPhone X as well as other industries. 

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline arrives at dealerships nationwide beginning tomorrow with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $29,990 (excluding $975 destination and handling). If you can afford it, you’ll get a cabin with an array of standard and available features and technologies such as an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay integration, LED headlights (low beam), 3-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, and ambient interior lighting.  

China’s Xiaomi Corp. could sell smartphones in the U.S. as early as this year, extending its Western expansion as it plans an initial public offering.

Dialog Semiconductor expects Apple, its top customer, to use its chips for a significant proportion of its devices in 2019 and 2020, Chief Executive Jalal Bagherli told a German newspaper. Dialog’s stock has lost more than half of its value over the past year on investor concerns that Apple is working on its own battery-saving chips for iPhones.

A week after Forbes reported on the claim of Israeli U.S. government manufacturer Cellebrite that it could unlock the latest iPhones, another service has emerged promising the same. Except this time it comes from an unkown entity, an obscure American startup named Grayshift, which appears to be run by long-time U.S. intelligence agency contractors and an ex-Apple security engineer.

A plan to boost the movie subscription service MoviePass’s bottom line is to glean income from all of the data the service collects from subscribers. knows subscribers’ addresses and can glean demographic information based on where they live. The company also can track subs via the app and a phone GPS.

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