Apple continues to plan new devices and components, even as the COVID-19 outbreak shows little sign of slowing down.
The tech giant still intends to release a new high-end iPhone this year, according to reports this week, but there’s debate over whether it will ship when most expect it to.
Meanwhile, Apple is considering changing the processor that it uses in its Macs, and a leaked memo says the company is considering opening its retail stores in April. Oh, and don’t bend the new iPad Pro.
Here are this week’s Apple news highlightsApple’s $1 trillion market cap
Apple’s market capitalization, a measure of the value of the company’s value, slipped below $1 trillion this week. After reaching an all-time high of $327.85 in February, the company’s shares have declined 25%. Those shares rebounded 9% from Monday and Wednesday, closing at $247.74 on Friday, at a market value of $1.08 trillion.Apple’s new COVID-19 app
Apple partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force on a new COVID-19 website and app. The tools will let users answer the app’s questions about their risk factors for contracting COVID-19, as well as the symptoms they are experiencing. Apple will also share relevant information about COVID-19 and guidance about how users can protect their health. The free app is available to Mac, iPhone, and iPad users. People who are Windows or Android can access the information through an Apple website.An iPhone debate
Will Apple’s next high-end iPhone, believed to be called the iPhone 12, actually be available in September, as expected? It’s unlikely, a Nikkei report said this week. The Japanese news outlet’s sources said that Apple may delay the iPhone 12 to October or November over fears consumer demand will still be sluggish in September, when the company typically releases new high-end phone. However, a report by Digitimes this week said the company still plans a September release. As always, only Apple knows the truth—and it’s not saying anything.Aiming for a move to ARM
Apple plans to replace Intel processors in its Mac with chips designed by processor-architecture company ARM, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors this week. Kuo expects Apple to start shifting to the new chip