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Apple Daily Report: Tom’s Guide tests the battery life of new iPhones (and more news)

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.

Tom’s Guide has published the results of a battery comparison test pitting the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max against other smartphones. Surprisingly, he finds that, despite Apple’s claims, the 2017 iPhone X beats the new iPhones in battery test life.

Apple has reportedly shifted more of its orders for the iPhone XR to Foxconn Electronics from Pegatron, as the latter has seen its production slowing down due to capacity constraints and delayed shipments of some key components, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

In a new support document, Apple notes that macOS Mojave requires a graphics card that supports Metal, an Apple technology that lets the system and apps efficiently tap into the capabilities of today’s graphics processors (GPUs). The graphics cards offered by Apple in Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012) don’t have GPUs that support Metal, so these systems require upgraded graphics cards in order to install macOS Mojave, as Apple notes in a support document.

Qualcomm claims Apple stole “vast swaths” of its confidential information and trade secrets for the purpose of improving the performance of chip sets provided by Qualcomm competitor Intel, according to a filing with the Superior Court of California.

FileMaker, Inc., says its FileMaker Go app for iPad and iPhone has reached four million downloads from the iTunes App Store.

Apple will pledge its support for federal privacy regulations during a Senate hearing this week, according to an executive’s prepared testimony obtained by Axios. Expect Apple’s Bud Tribble to underscore the difference between the hardware maker, which doesn’t need to make money from user data, with companies like Google, which have built their business model on it.

TechInsights says that the iPhone Xs Max with 256 GB of storage capacity contains about $443 in parts and assembly costs, compared with $395.44 for the 64GB version of last year’s iPhone X.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.