News round-up: iFixIt offers a teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro (and more)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, we’ll frequently offer a wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

Apple has issued a refresh for its base model 13” MacBook Pro—but this time, function keys on the Pro are gone for good. The gang at iFixIt sees if it makes a difference in the two-Thunderbolt-port 2019 MacBook Pro 13” teardown.


Tesla and Apple Inc. both suspect they were betrayed by driverless technology engineers who defected to the same Chinese startup. Tesla is now asking for Apple’s help in a lawsuit in which the electric carmaker accused an engineer who worked on its Autopilot program of taking thousands of highly confidential files when he went to work for, the U.S. research arm of Guangzhou-based Xpeng, reports Bloomberg.
Japan Display says that a group led by Chinese investment firm Harvest Group had formally secured additional funding for a previously announced 80 billion yen ($738 million) bailout plan for the screen maker. Apple may be involved.

Apple is now accepting Powerbeats Pro orders in over 20 additional countries, including several in Europe. 

Apple has restored a software application dubbed OurPact to its App Store that let parents control their children’s iPhone usage after removing it in February.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple spend $15 million per episode for the“See” drama for its upcoming AppleTV+ streaming service.

Bryan Chaffin is back on the latest episode of MacVoices to provide his thoughts on the evolution of Apple that is represented by the departures of Jony Ive and Angela Ahrendts. Will design now take a back seat in the production process? How will the retail and service experiences change in the Apple Store? Bryan holds forth on those questions, then turns his attention to Facebook’s plan to get into the cryptocurrency game. The implications for both users of such a service, and for Facebook itself, are far-reaching; Bryan explains why.