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Midweek news bites – the biggest stories of the week

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.

So please dig into this week’s Apple news bites, freshly sourced from all around the web. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!

iPhone 11 Pro collecting unwanted location data

One journalists’ investigation into the privacy concerns of location data in iOS has discovered that, in some circumstances, his iPhone 11 Pro seems to be checking its GPS module on certain apps, even when he’s specifically set the location permissions to “never.” There may be a simple explanation for this, or it could be a bug, but it certainly doesn’t look good.

Google’s parent company Alphabet has a new CEO

Alphabet, the company responsible for Google and all its side projects, has a new CEO. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have stepped aside from the role to allow Sundar Pichai to add to his existing position as CEO of Google to take charge of Alphabet as a whole. He’s now the executive “responsible and accountable” for both companies. Page and Brin will remain on Alphabet’s board.

2019 MacBook Pro suffering from random shutdowns

It looks like there’s a problem with the base model of this year’s 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple has acknowledged the issue, in which the entire machine will randomly shut down for no reason, and provided suggestions for fixing it on its support website. If you have this model, it might be worth speaking with Apple Support directly, too.

Apple shares suffer biggest one-day drop since August

The trade war between the United States and China is to blame for a 3% drop in Apple shares during trading this week. President Trump has said he’s willing to wait another year to secure a deal if necessary, which would mean a great many Apple products would continue to be hit by large tariffs in the meantime, starting December 15th.