Apple Daily Report: Former Apple engineer named CTO of Rokt (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. 

Rokt, which specializes in e-commerce marketing technology, announced that James Wilson has joined the executive team as chief technology officer. He has over 20 years experience in software and network engineering, most recently working in the U.S. in senior engineering roles at both Apple and Amazon.

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It’s back yet again. The discontinued iPhone SE is back in the Apple online store’s Clearance section. It’s obviously popular, so, c’mon Apple, just give us the iPhone SE 2.

Various online reports say that Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, is rolling out to users in Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic.

According to analysts from Rosenblatt Securities in an investor note seen by AppleInsider, Apple's attempts to boost its iPhone sales in China via price cuts offered only a temporary effect, according to Rosenblatt Securities, with post Chinese New Year sales reportedly seeing little in the way of improvement in a depressed smartphone market. 

As part of its efforts to rebuild Apple Maps, Apple has been collecting street-level data with LiDAR-equipped vehicles for over three years, with at least 45 states across the U.S. partially surveyed to date, according to MacRumors

Apple has released the third developer betas of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, and tvOS 12.2. Registered developers can download the betas via Apple’s developer portal. Or they can be downloaded over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. 

Apple's software update to get around an alleged Qualcomm patent violation undermines its case against a ban on U.S. iPhone imports, the chipmaker says.