ITy Bytes 26 May – in this edition

  • Teardown MacBook Pro 2019 with touch bar (Intel Core i9);
  • Apple’s next iPhones;
  • More Huawei clarity;
  • Microsoft pushes privacy debate;
  • US Senate prohibits Robocalls – Will Australia follow suit?;
  • JBL PartyBox 300, boom, boom, shake the room;

ITy Bytes 26 May

Teardown MacBook Pro 2019 with touch bar (Intel Core i9)

iFixit says Apple has enhanced the troubled MacBook keyboard design – tweaked in subtle ways, V4.0 may ‘minimise thosse peskkyy doubble inputts and missd ky prsses’.

GadgetGuy has information on the new keyboard repair program here.

The teardown reveals that the 15.4-inch screen is 2880 x 1800, well short of the 4K (3840 x 2180 – Lenovo, ASUS and HP) and 3K (3000x 2000 seen on Surface and Huawei MateBook Pro X). The P3 Wide Colour Gamut screen is more a marketing term that useful. It is a little more saturated than sRGB but unless you have P3 content it renders – flattens – it as sRGB. If you are buying it for colour accuracy, check your camera and software support P3. Images you encode as P3 will look different viewed on 99.9% of the other colour monitors that support sRGB or Adobe RGB.

ITy Bytes 26 May iFixit

iFixit points out that there are zero modular components scoring it a 1 out of 10 for repairability. Unless you need Mac, there are far more highly specified, lower-priced options in the Windows world.

Apple’s next iPhones

The 2019 iPhones have just appeared in the Eurasian Economic Commission regulatory database –  model numbers A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, and A2223.

These have been trademarked variously as Apple iPhone 11, 11 Max and XR2.

ITy Bytes 26 May Apple
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They will feature the A13 Bionic chip and are back to using Qualcomm technology for 4G modems etc. The 11 Max will have a tri-camera and the others a dual camera. The Max is tipped to have reverse charging so that may mean it will be 15 to 18W charge capable unless the reverse charging is capped to paltry 2.5W as the Huawei P30 Pro does.

There is no hint of a 5G iPhone in the 2019 line-up. Apple, perhaps wisely, is totally unmoved by the hype. Read GadgetGuys un-hyped 5G guide here.

Apple may drop iOS support for older iPhones, including the popular smaller SE model, e.g. iOS 13, will need iPhone 6 or later. Now that is not evil – as phones get older, they become incapable of running newer operating systems and Apple is entitled to draw a line in the sand. The SE will still work sans new iOS updates.

More Huawei clarity

Following GadgetGuys article on Clarity for Huawei Users, Google has clarified it will send security updates to Huawei until 19 August. It is then up to Huawei to distribute these over the air to its current phone users. After that – nothing unless the Executive order is varied.

Under the US Presidential Executive Order, Google and every other US-affiliated supplier to Huawei cannot supply goods, service, components or IP from the date of the order (May 20).

Given President Trump’s latest statement, things don’t look good, “Huawei is something that’s very dangerous. You look at what they’ve done from a security standpoint, from a military standpoint, it’s very dangerous.”

ITy Bytes 26 May Huawei

US Senate (with full bi-partisan support) will provide up to $700 million in a “Supply Chain Trust fund’ to wireless carriers with existing gear from Huawei (or other Chinese vendors) to help them replace the equipment.

Also, a bi-partisan bill – The Secure 5G and Beyond Act – will protect US consumers from potential threats and foreign political influence. It will also encourage US companies to step up to provide sensitive equipment.