Ron Howard to Take Over As Director for Han Solo Movie

Charlie Hall writing for Polygon:

Howard is swooping in on short notice and with less than a month left in the schedule.

He has the hopes of an entire fandom weighing on his shoulders. May the Force be with him.

Chris Lattner Leaves Tesla

Chris Lattner on Twitter:

Turns out that Tesla isn’t a good fit for me after all. I’m interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader!

That was fast. He’s only been there five months.

Internal Apple Presentation on Leaks Gets Leaked

Dani Deahl writing for The Verge:

The Outline recently obtained an hour-long audio recording from an internal briefing at Apple titled “Stopping Leakers – Keeping Confidential at Apple.”

Ironic.

Apple Showing Off It’s Editorial Chops

Jason Snell writing for Six Colors:

No, this isn’t independent journalism—it’s curation and marketing. But it’s a sign that Apple sees the value in telling the stories of the apps it’s seen fit to highlight.

When I read the sample content that Apple posted in the App Store as a part of the developer release of iOS 11, I was impressed with the level of detail. These aren’t a few sentences of dashed-off app hype; the Monument Valley piece in the App Store is a full-on feature story, well written and complete with quotes from the developers themselves.

I agree with Jason here, the sample content is compelling. Assuming Apple can keep it up when the change goes live, this could be very good for independent developers.

Apple Adds Annual Plan for Apple Music

Romain Dillet writing for TechCrunch:

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, chances are that you’re paying $9.99 every month, $14.99 for a family plan, or $4.99 per month if you’re a student. But Apple quietly added another option as Tehnot spotted. You can now pay $99 for a 12-month subscription.

This setting is quite buried as Apple doesn’t want you to know that you can pay less than what you’re actually paying.

Looks like it’s only for individual plans, so I can’t take advantage of this with my family plan. Nevertheless, good to see Apple expanding options.

Spicer Reminds Deputy Attorney General That He Works for Trump

Alayna Treene writing for Axios:

There has been a lot of discussion over the independence (or lack thereof) of Mueller’s investigation. Rosenstein recently assured the Senate Intelligence committee that he would only fire Mueller if there was “good cause”, regardless of Trump’s orders. But Spicer is insinuating that the president can still determine the special counsel’s fate.

Essentially, if you like your job, do as Trump says.

Apple’s Most Bonkers Supercomputer Ever

David Pierce writing for Wired:

Today, Apple showed that it does still care about PCs. It launched the new iMac Pro, a ridiculously powerful, 5K, space gray all-in-one that Apple seems to have made almost as a statement. That statement: if you need a supercomputer, Apple’s still the place to go. The iMac Pro can have processors up to 22 teraflops, memory up to 128 gigs, and as much as 4 terabytes of storage. There’s a new thermal cooling system with two fans that seems like it has its work cut out for it. It even has a new keyboard and trackpad to match.

I have no need for this thing whatsoever, but damn is it sexy and I want it so bad. If you want to see how utterly dope this thing looks, see Apple’s official announcement page.

Dictator-in-Chief

Josh Dawsey writing for Politico:

The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers’ oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump.

At meetings with top officials for various government departments this spring, Uttam Dhillon, a White House lawyer, told agencies not to cooperate with such requests from Democrats, according to Republican sources inside and outside the administration.

Installing loyalist lackeys at all levels of the executive branch, making up facts, spreading misinformation, and consolidating power by slowly cutting information to anyone in government not in “the party”. I’m sure this is all fine. Nothing to worry about at all.

Voldemort Fan-Film Moves Forward with Warner Bros. Approval

Julia Alexander writing for Polygon:

With the legal battle out of the way, Pezzato said they could focus on the story they wanted to tell. The director told Polygon the concept came from re-reading the sixth novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which spurred a number of questions they hadn’t thought about the first time around.

I saw the trailer to this a couple of days ago. It definitely looks interesting to have an interesting premise. It’s good to see a big studio allowing fan art like this to exist and I will definitely be checking it out when it’s released.

MacBook Pro delivery times slip until after WWDC

There have been rumors floating around of a MacBook Pro refresh at WWDC, so this could be evidence of Apple cutting supplies before it updates the current models. Or it could be nothing.