Top Stories: Try the 5.4-Inch iPhone 12 Display Size, Blockbuster Earnings, Tim Cook at Antitrust Hearing

Another busy week of Apple news and rumors has wrapped up, with a lot of focus on Tim Cook's appearance at a Congressional antitrust hearing and a blockbuster earnings report.


We continued to hear rumors about the upcoming iPhone 12 lineup, including a rare admission from Apple that the lineup will launch "a few weeks later" than usual. We also put together some scaled images that will let you see how small the new 5.4-inch screen size will seem for those considering Apple's upcoming compact flagship iPhone option.

Read on below and check out our video above for details on these stories and more from the past week!

Just How Small Will the 5.4-Inch iPhone 12 Screen Be? Try It Out for Yourself

Apple's iPhone 12 lineup coming later this year is strongly rumored to include a new smaller model with a 5.4-inch display that will result in the most compact overall device size in many years.

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But for users on any of Apple's more recent flagship phones, will that screen size be too tiny to consider? We decided to find out and created scaled images of what the iPhone home screen will look like on the smaller screen so you can try it out for yourself using your current phone!

In other iPhone 12 news and rumors this week, we saw leaked photos of the alleged 5.4-inch displays and the RAM portion of the main A14 chip that will power the iPhone 12 models.

Finally, Apple has confirmed that the new lineup of iPhones will launch "a few weeks later" than usual, likely pushing their debut into October.

Apple Reports 3Q 2020 Results: $11.25B Profit on $59.7B Revenue, 4-for-1 Stock Split Announced

Despite the global health crisis, Apple this week reported strong earnings in the most recent quarter, setting June quarter records for revenue and earnings per share. Mac and iPad sales were very strong thanks partly to the shift to work-from-home environments, while iPhone sales came in stronger than expected due to the popularity of the new iPhone SE.

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Apple also announced a four-for-one stock split that will take place at the end of the month, bringing the company's share price down to around $100 after it broke through the $400 mark following the earnings report.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Testifies in U.S. Antitrust Hearing

Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in a five-and-a-half hour Congressional hearing this week focused mainly on antitrust and competition issues, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also participating.

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While Cook was spared some of the grilling focused on the other executives, he still faced a number of questions about Apple's policies and actions while documents released as part of the hearing revealed additional tidbits.

During the hearing, Cook argued that Apple treats App Store developers fairly and that there is an abundance of options in a "street fight for market share in the smartphone business." He was also questioned about parental control apps and Apple's Screen Time feature, as well as the recent "Hey" email app controversy.

In other documents shared by the committee, it was revealed that Apple back in 2011 considered increasing its commission on some subscription apps to 40% from the usual 30%, while in 2016 Apple considered halving its commission for Amazon in order to get an Amazon Prime Video app on the App Store.

Battery Likely for Upcoming MacBook Air Spotted in Certification Listings

We're expecting the MacBook Air to be one of the first Macs to make the transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon later this year, and regulatory certifications for a new battery that looks to be for the MacBook Air have recently appeared online.

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We don't know the timing of a release for the MacBook Air, but the Apple Silicon version is expected before the end of the year. Meanwhile, leaker Jon Prosser says an updated iMac should launch in August, attempting to tamp down some rumors from last weekend that a debut was imminent.

Apple Patent Suggests Two iPads Could Be Connected Together for Notebook-Style Computing

A pair of patents revealed this week shed some light on some interesting work Apple is doing, but it's hard to say whether any of the technology will make its way into future products. The first patent covers a dock accessory that would let two tablet devices like iPads be connected together to operate similarly to a notebook computer.

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The second involves headphones that use a hybrid audio system that combines traditional air-based audio transmission with bone conduction, avoiding some of the drawbacks of regular bone conduction audio implementations.

VMware Engineer Confirms macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Bug Causes Crashes with Virtualization

macOS Catalina 10.15.6 appears to have a significant bug affecting virtualization software like VMware and VirtualBox. The bug results in repeated crashes when trying to run virtual machines and it looks like it will require a fix from Apple to address it.

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In the meantime, users are urged to avoid upgrading to 10.15.6, or at least shut down virtual machines when not in use and reboot frequently to try to avoid the crashes.

Mac OS 8 Emulator Available as a Downloadable App

Old-school Mac fans may be interested to learn that Mac OS 8 is now available as an app for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

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Slack developer Felix Rieseberg transformed an entire 1991 Macintosh Quadra with Mac OS 8.1 into a single Electron app, including several apps and games from a 1997 demo CD.

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Top Rated Comments

ilikewhey Avatar
9 months ago
that screen size is perfect, i'm tired of my brick size iphone 11 that i can barely hold in one hand.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Populus Avatar
9 months ago
Nice render, but I’d never buy a device like that.

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Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C DM Avatar
9 months ago

I've said it before and will say it again. Apple is declining due to Cook's incompetent style. Hope someone new comes in soon to replace him, as Apple has turned from a good company to a company of greed and corporate imperialism. I am in no way for anything leftist, just noting the obvious about Apple's direction under Cook and it seems it will not be a bright one given these lawsuits.
Apple has definitely not been doing well at all over the last decade or so, not even a little bit.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Populus Avatar
9 months ago

How big will the 5.4 seem for those coming from the 4.7”?
Just slightly smaller, enough to fit in most people’s hands. Maybe a couple of millimeters narrower and around 5mm shorter.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
9 months ago

I'd definitely consider that size. This 11 Pro Max is my first of this size, and it's just too much phone. It has its uses, of course, but I came from smaller and don't think it's made a profound change in my habits.
I think the 5.4” is going to win over a lot of plus size phone people. And a lot of those converted will soon realize what they have been missing lo these many years.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
9 months ago

No, people like tangible, physical keys. See also: the butterfly keyboard.
Yeah, well the butterfly was flat but had none of the utility of a touchpad nor the sensory interaction of a physical keyboard. it was the worst of both worlds. The touch bar is a bit close to that line as well. I too often find the touchscreen an annoyance on hardware that is most efficiently used while your eyes are looking in one place and your hands are working elsewhere. Machine & crane controls, tv remotes, automobiles, etc. I want my eyes on what the machine is doing so I dont have to take my eyes off the work, + predictable physical controls I can feel my way around, so I can make real-time adjustments to the machines movements. The touchbar also fails in this way. To use the volume control, you have to stop looking at your work to look down at the keyboard, & tap it to turn it on to see the volume slider icon, then tap the volume slider icon to get it to give you the slider, then be looking at the slider to know where to our your finger, etc. Its less efficient than the usual physical button you reliably knew where it would always be & can operate in the dark or in a pocket. So yeah, in a lot of cases, I get not wanting a touchscreen either.
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