News round-up: Apple now has 33 employees working on augmented reality projects (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 currently has 33 employees working on augmented reality projects, according to Thinknum. A word-cloud analysis of openings for AR since 2016 shows a clear move from R&D to market research, resale, and retail applications, the article says.

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Apple has updated its WWDC app for iOS devices. It adds a new profile area for managing notifications, virtual queuing for labs, and app icon selection. The app can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

As noted by FOSS Patents, the Federal Trade Commission has won its antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm over the chipmaker's anticompetitive business practices.

Britain’s competition watchdog says that Apple has committed to be “clearer and more upfront” with iPhone users about battery health and performance, after the regulator looked into consumer concerns on the matter.

Last year Apple ranked fifth in China with a 9.1% share of smartphone sales, which fell to 7% in the first quarter. Now ongoing nationalist sentiment could play to Huawei’s favour and hurt Apple’s sales in China, according to some analysts.

Speaking of China, Apple’s earnings would take a 29% hit if China were to retaliate against the U.S. with a ban on sales of the iPhone maker’s products, Goldman Sachs estimates.

The Road to Macstock continues on the latest MacVoices with a visit with Guy Serle, who talks about the MyMac Game Show that has become a regular part of Macstock. Guy talks about how it works, who wins (spoiler: everyone), and why it is always so much fun. He also puts his spin on why Macstock is both important and enjoyable from a community perspective, and some of his favorite parts of the event.

ProMobi Technologies today announced that Scalefusion, its Mobile Device Management solution, now supports the management of macOS devices.