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Apple Daily Report: photo app developer says there’s no ‘beautygate’ problem (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.

Sebastiaan de With, the developer behind popular manual photography app Halide, has been putting the iPhone XS camera system through its paces and denies there’s a “beautygate” problem. “Beautygate” involves complaints about excessive smoothing in photos shot with the iPhone XS front-facing camera, which can make images seem fake or even out of focus.

Conducted by PCMag in partnership with Cellular Insights, an evaluation pitted iPhone XS and XS Max against top industry performers. The results claim the iPhone XS LTE speeds beat the iPhone X, but not the Galaxy Note 9 or Pixel 2.

Apple Business Chat, a platform for businesses to provide customer service through iMessage, is now available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Japan, Switzerland, and the UK. It debuted in the U.S. earlier this year. 

Apple has responded to the recent major earthquake and subsequent tsunami that has devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi with a donation of $1 million. In a tweet from Tim Cook, the Apple CEO noted the company’s sympathy for the all of the people affected and shared that it would be donating $1 million to help with relief efforts

According to AppleInsider, Huawei may be the second smartphone producer to use processors made using a 7-nanometer process, following Apple’s use of the A12 chip in the iPhone XS, with the designed-in-house Kirin 980 processor thought to be using the same production process as Apple. 

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.