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Android’s competitor during week of May 17, 2019

The invitation sent out to members of the press for the 2019 Apple WWDC event. MacRumors

Welcome to a new series on Android Authority which gives a rundown of the latest news related to Android’s primary competitor, Apple. This is an easy way for Android fans to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in mobile outside the Android world.

This week in Apple news we saw invitations sent out for the 2019 iteration of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) where the company will surely debut new software updates such as iOS 13. We also heard about some behind-the-scenes news such as Toshiba buying back its memory division shares from Apple and a rumor that Apple once offered to buy Tesla. Finally, we got a look at the new model numbers for the 2019 iPhone lineup.

See the roundup below for all the latest!


The top Apple news stories of the past week:

  • WWDC 2019 invitations arrive: This week, developers and media reps started to receive invites to WWDC 2019, which will take place on June 3 (it’s like Google I/O, but for Apple). At this annual event, Apple launches updates to software, which means we will almost certainly see iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.
  • The 2019 iPhone model numbers appear: The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has listed eleven new iPhone models, assumed to be the new listings for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R.
  • The second beta of iOS 12.4 arrives: Speaking of software updates, the second beta of iOS 12.4 rolled out this week to developers. The private beta then turned to a public beta a short time later. However, there didn’t appear to be too many feature updates with the beta.
  • Behind-the-scenes stuff: Last year, Toshiba restructured its memory chip division by selling it to a consortium of four companies, one of which was Apple. Toshiba is now reportedly buying back those shares which will likely earn Apple a nice profit (as if it needs it). Also, a new rumor points to Apple once offering to buy Tesla for about $240 per share. Tesla is now worth about $205 per share. Whoops?
  • HomePod moves to “other” category: The smart speaker market is dominated by two names: Google and Amazon. Apple’s smart speaker — the HomePod — is doing poorly enough that Canalys moved it into the “other” category, meaning its market share is essentially insignificant in comparison.
  • Apple pledges to be clearer about battery life: Following action by the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Apple has pledged to be more upfront with consumers about iPhone battery life. This relates to the 2017 “batterygate” debacle.

Thinking about making the switch?

If you are currently an Apple user thinking about making the switch to Android, we have multiple articles and guides that can help you with that process. Despite how it might seem, moving from iOS to Android is easier than ever, and many of the services and systems on iOS have similar or even the same counterparts on Android.

The best place to start would be our guide on how to switch from iPhone to Android, which goes over all the basics. We also have more specific guides, such as how to transfer your calendar from iPhone to Android. We also have app guides that will give you the best alternatives to iOS staples, such as our list of best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.

If you’re looking for a great Android device to replace your iPhone, consult our list of the best Android smartphones available now.

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