News items you should check out: April 7

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, occasionally we’ll direct your attention to articles from various other sources worth your time.

° MacRumors notes that technicians in China have reportedly succeeded in upgrading the memory and storage of the M1 chip, suggesting that Apple’s integrated custom silicon for the Mac may be more flexible than previously thought.

° iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s first-quarter revenue jumped 44% on robust demand for Apple’s new 5G devices and other gadgets that help consumers stay connected at home during the pandemic, reports Bloomberg.

° Per AppleInsider: the Colorado House Business Affairs & Labor committee in March shot down a so-called “right to repair” bill that would have forced companies like Apple to allow users to fix their own devices without voiding warranty.

° In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty raised her services-related revenue forecast for Apple through the 2022 fiscal year. She said stronger licensing revenue is the primary driver of the raised estimates, including an acceleration in the search traffic-related payments Apple receives from Google.

° Apple supplier TSMC is set to begin mass shipments of Apple’s upcoming A15 chip for the iPhone 13 ahead of schedule at the end of May, according to DigiTimes.

° On the new episode of MacVoices Live! the panel of David Ginsburg, Jeff Gamet, Mark Fuccio, Guy Serle, Jim Rea, Kelly Guimont, and Andrew Orr join host Chucker to discuss what chat apps they’re using and why it’s so difficult to get others to switch to secure options. Open source vs. platform specific, the risks of giving a chat app access to your contacts, and more spark a lively debate. 

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.