News round-up: Apple suppliers gearing up for updated iPads, AirPods (and more)

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.

Apple’s suppliers are"gearing up for mass production" of updated iPad and AirPods models, according to DigiTimes

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As noted by MacRumors.com, Apple's online refurbished store is now offering discounted versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Radeon Pro Vega graphics, allowing the higher-end machines to be purchased at a discount. 

Qualcomm told a California federal jury Wednesday that Apple sold tens of millions of iPhones that infringed its smartphone chip patents, while Apple countered it owes Qualcomm nothing for “old technology that [Apple] does not use” at the end of a bitterly fought trial that featured explosive allegations that a key Apple witness was tampered with.

Online meetings have become much more common, both for business and for personal pursuits, but not everyone thinks about what it takes to be an effective and respected attendee. On the new MacVoices, Chuck Joiner provides five tips based on his observations of behaviors on both audio and video that haven’t worked out so well.

Variety reports that Spotify CEO and cofounder Daniel Ek doubled down on his company’s criticism of Apple for what it says are “anticompetitive” practices on its app store during a speech Thursday at the International Conference on Competition in Berlin.

Along the same lines, The European Union’s competition watchdog is considering opening a probe of Apple over allegations that it uses its app store to gain an advantage on its own services over rivals’, the authority’s chief said

A new report notes that, starting today, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to additional platforms. Specifically, the company is releasing an SDK (software development kit) that will enable Android and iOS developers to take advantage of the Xbox Live community.