1. Apple’s App Store turned 10 years-old this week. The huge apple store now, which once launched with just 500 apps, now has more than 2 million. And although it started as a way to bring more features to the iPhone, it’s now a major revenue-maker for Apple’s Services division. Suffice it to say, Apple’s App Store has been critical to the company’s success over the last several years and competing with the android.
2. Apple is upgrading the Maps application in iOS 12, the company confirmed. Apple is now collecting its own mapping information instead of getting it from third-parties. According to the company, the move should mean more accurate information and quicker updates about road changes. Apple is also promising 3D mapping features, including a 3D view of what a location looks like from within the app. Apple’s new Maps will debut with iOS 12 this fall.
3. The biggest Apple news of the week centered on the company’s new MacBooks Pros. Apple announced its latest MacBooks on Thursday, saying that the 13- and 15-inch MacBooks Pros now ship with eighth-generation Intel Core processors that will substantially improve performance over the previous models from last year. Apple also said that the new MacBooks Pros come with a fourth-generation keyboard that will be “quieter” than the previous option. They’re available now.
4. A security researcher of Fortune this week investigated the code inside Apple’s iOS to determine why, when iPhones are set to Chinese location settings, the Taiwan flag emoji cannot be accessed. The researcher ultimately determined that Apple is deliberately stopping the Taiwan flag emoji from being used when a device is in China. Exactly why is unexplained, but the researcher argues that the company may be appeasing the Chinese government, which does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country. Appple never responded about the report to the fortune who investigated this.
5. Apple plans to kill its Photo Print Products service at the end of September. The service, which debuted in 2002, let you order photo albums, pointers and albums containing pictures you took on your iPhone. The service was lost amid the countless rivals from other companies. And now, it’s going away.
6. Apple’s App Store turned 10 years-old this week. The store, which was launched with just 500 apps, now has more than 2 million. And although it started as a way to bring more features to the iPhone, it’s now a major revenue-maker for Apple’s Services division. Suffice it to say, Apple’s App Store has been critical to the company’s success over the last several years.