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Midweek news bites – best-selling iPhone, music lab, MGM buyout?

Plenty of Apple, iPhone, and iPad news gets released each week – but we know you’re busy, so we’ve got your back. Here, we’ve picked out some of the most notable things you should know from the past few days and summarized them for easy digestion. You’re welcome.

Lots of news to deal with this week, so let’s take a quickfire look at some of the most interesting recent headlines. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!

iPhone 11 has been the best-selling iPhone since October

It looks like Apple’s choice to lower the price of its mid-range iPhone has been vindicated, with the $699+ iPhone 11 proving more popular than both the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and the cheaper last-generation models.

Apple quarterly sales report beats expectations

The narrative for a while has been that iPhone sales have plateaued, so it’s encouraging to see Apple’s quarterly earnings report signify a comeback of sorts. Beyond iPhone, Apple’s services and accessories have sold remarkably well too – though its guidance for next quarter is pretty vague, as it’s unclear what effect the coronavirus will have on both manufacturing and sales.

1.5 billion active Apple devices out there

Another tidbit from the earnings report revealed that Apple has hit a milestone, with 1.5 billion of its devices currently active. Close to 1 billion of those are iPhones, and 77% of those released in the last four years are running iOS 13. That’s an impressive adoption rate!

Today At Apple’s Music Lab to feature Khalid

Starting today, Apple is running Music Lab: Remix sessions at Apple Stores around the world. These sessions will teach users how to remix songs using Garageband on iPhone and iPad, and will feature music by Khalid and Disclosure – with the former introducing each session with a video speech.

Apple reportedly wants to buy MGM studios

To bolster its exclusive content on Apple TV+, it looks as though Apple is considering buying out a major movie studio. Reports indicate Apple has held preliminary talks with MGM, which owns franchises including James Bond, The Hobbit, and Rocky – as well as an impressive catalog of old classics like The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind, and Ben-Hur.