Waiting for MacBook Pro, replacing passports with iPhones, and looking forward to Apple TV...

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This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor wonder about the no-show Apple October event, and discuss what this means for the new Mac Pro, the new MacBook Pro, and more.

Mac Pro 2019
The Mac Pro will make its year-end deadline, but it's not going to get an October event launch

AppleInsider editor Victor Marks and writer William Gallagher discuss:

  • Victor wonders whether we'll see MacBook Pro, iPad Pro or Mac Pro before the end of the year, given that Apple doesn't appear to be staging an October event.
  • While iOS 13 has been a little rough so far, the fourth betas are here and Victor explains why that's significant
  • Morgan Stanley raises AAPL target stock price so at least somebody thinks Apple is on to a winner with its services including Apple TV+
  • Nobody's happy AT&T as a weeks-long voicemail outage is affecting iOS and Android users across the US
  • Apple Pay now accounts for almost 50% of all mobile payments, which means it has beaten the previous leader, Starbucks
  • Apple is seriously pursuing the idea of using iPhone as a form of identity or passport, and Victor and William disagree about what could possibly go wrong
  • CNN is taking on Apple News+ with its own new service. The plan is to aggregate CNN's news output along with that of some competitors, but it's going to be hard making that work.
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