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It's that time again; time for Apple's yearly update to its MacBook Pro family of notebooks. The company has just rolled out its 2019 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops which come with up to the latest 9th generation mobile Intel Core processors (at least for the latter model). As the red-headed stepchild of the MacBook Pro family, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is getting faster 8th generation Core processors. In the base system, you'll find a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i5 processor (4.1GHz boost), which is up slightly from last year's model. You can optionally select a quad-core Core i7 processor that boosts up to 4.7GHz ($300 option). The 15-inch MacBook Pro, however, gets the... Read more...
Earlier this month, links to the Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev Channels for macOS leaked early. The spread of the Chromium-based Edge browser to macOS came months after the browser was first released for Windows 10. However, that early leak for macOS wasn't officially supported by Microsoft... until now. Microsoft today officially announced the public availability of Edge for macOS vis the Canary Channel. For those that are not up-to-date on Chromium channels, Canary builds are pushed daily and will likely be full of bugs. The Dev Channel is updated weekly and is generally more stable. Then there's the Beta Channel, which offers the most stable experience for early testers. "Microsoft... Read more...
Will Kyrie Irving re-sign with the Boston Celtics? Is there a chance Rob Gronkowski comes out of retirement and helps the New England Patriots win another Super Bowl? Will Valve's Steam Link app return to Apple's App Store? Those are all pressing questions, especially for any geek who might reside or have been raised in the Boston area, and the answer to at least one of them is a resounding Yes! I am, of course, referring to the Steam Link app, though I'd be tickled pink if all three came to fruition. As it pertains to the Steam Link app, Valve initially released an official version for iOS devices last year, only for Apple to block it due to "business conflicts with app guidelines." Valve appealed... Read more...
There's no question that Apple is working on its own in-house modem that will be used in future iPhones and iPads (and potentially MacBooks). The company has been hiring scores of engineers and expanding its presence in San Diego, which just so happens to be where Qualcomm HQ is located. With this in mind, it may still be quite a few years before we see Apple's own homegrown chips ship in production iPhones; that's according to a new report from The Information. Sources within Apple that spoke with the publication alleged that Apple’s 5G modem won't be ready until 2025 at the earliest. Previously, it had been thought that Apple could field its own 5G modem in 2021. If this... Read more...
The Apple App Store is regarded as being more a lot more secure than Google Play, but it's not perfect. An app was discovered last month that had bypassed Apple's security and was spying on users. Now, cybersecurity experts are worried that more unsecure apps might be sold to Apple customers after a Supreme Court ruling this week that will allow iPhone users to proceed with a class-action suit against Apple. The class-action alleges Apple's monopoly on the downloading of apps from the App Store drove prices up. While the Supreme Court approved the suit, the actual suit does have to go back and work its way through the lower courts. The case has the potential to force Apple to open its walled... Read more...
Apple has been on a mission to deliver iOS 12.3 to consumers in preparation for the release of its Apple TV+ subscription service, and now the official release has been pushed out to customers. While Apple TV+ isn't quite ready for its public release yet -- that will have wait until for a few more months -- the building block are in place with iOS 12.3. iOS 12.3 includes a brand-new TV app, which gives users access to Apple TV Channels. With this new Apple TV Channels interface, users will be able to directly add their paid streaming services directly into the Apple-design UI, including fan favorites like Showtime and Starz. Apple even gives you the ability to share these subscriptions with... Read more...
TSMC has been a long-time partner for Apple in producing its A-Series SoCs that go in everything from the iPhone to the iPad to the HomePod smart speaker. A new report claims that Apple's next-generation SoC, the A13, is currently under production, with TSMC once again leading the charge. 2019 iPhone XS Max Mockup Early test chips reportedly entered production in April according to Bloomberg, while full-scale mass production is expected to kick off in June. Production will ramp quickly from there to ensure the Apple has enough supply to fuel a likely late September launch for the 2019 lineup of iPhones and new iPad Pro models. At this point, it's likely that TSMC will still be using a 7-nanometer... Read more...
The launch of the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones this week was no surprise. The devices had been leaked and rumored for months ahead of becoming official. The devices launched starting at $399 for the 3a and $479 for the Pixel 3a XL. Google wants to woo iPhone users to the Android side with these new smartphones, and is offering some trade-in deals on that could put some cash back in their pocket if they switch. It's hard to imagine owners of high-end devices like the iPhone XS Max moving to a mid-range device, but stranger things have happened. The trade deal for the iPhone XS Max is worth $610 if your device is in good shape. Traders with that deal could get a Pixel 3a XL... Read more...
Are you rocking an older iPhone model? If so, there is a chance that Apple will cut off support for your handset when it releases iOS 13, which is expected to debut next month. Nothing is set in stone at this moment, or more precisely, this information has not been confirmed. But if the latest rumor is true, iPhone 6 and older generation handsets will be left in the dust. That is the word from a French-language website that covers Apple-related news. Citing a "developer friend" (Google translation), iPhonesoft.fr says iOS 13 will support every iPhone handset dating back to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but not the regular iPhone 6 and earlier versions. That means the following devices will... Read more...
Apple has in the past charged iPhone 7 users to repair a microphone defect that appeared to many to be a design flaw in the phone. The charge to fix that mic defect was $300, not too far off from the cost of replacing the phone. Apple was offering users a refurbished replacement device for $329 to $349. The microphone in some iPhone 7 devices continued to fail even after updating to iOS 12.1.1. The microphone problem was linked to the failure of a logic board inside the smartphone and was dubbed "loop disease." Initially, Apple was repairing the devices for free but reversed that policy. It later began charging $300 if users had no AppleCare+ warranty or if the device wasn't still covered... Read more...
Apple and other smartphone makers have been struggling with smartphone sales globally as consumers hold onto devices longer. However, Apple is of course still pressing on with new iPhone models for this year, which aren't expected to support 5G technology. A new rumor claims that the next iPhone models will have a new antenna that might improve performance and hold users over until a 5G iPhone does launch in late 2020. The new rumor comes from notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and he says that Apple plans to use modified-Pi (MPI) material for most antennas in 2019 iPhone models. The current material used for antennas by Apple is liquid crystal polymer (LCP). Kuo says that the LCP material limits... Read more...
The waning weeks of spring as summer comes into view is one of the best times of the year in mobile. It's not the weather, though that is certainly a perk, especially if you live in a part of the country that has been batting cold fronts, snow, and rain. Beyond the upgraded weather that awaits, Google has its upcoming Google I/O 2019 event, and Apple is prepping for this year's WWDC. We already reported on the former earlier today. So, what's on tap for the latter? Arguably the most interesting thing to look for is an update to watchOS 6. That may not seem like a big deal on the surface, though what has our attention is Apple is embedding its App Store directly onto the Apple Watch with watchOS... Read more...
Spotify, the largest streaming music player in the world with 100 million premium paid subscribers, is beefing with Apple, which has aspirations of taking the throne. If Spotify is to be unseated, however, it will not be without a fight. Spotify is very much being proactive in its battle with Apple, and has lodged a complaint with the European Union over Apple's business practices. The EU has decided to investigate. The complaint has to do with Apple's App Store policies, with Spotify alleging that Apple is unfairly and illegally "tilting the playing field to disadvantage competitors." Spotify's main issue is that Apple charges digital content providers a 30 percent royalty for using its payment... Read more...
A Taiwanese man, Ben Hsu, fell asleep wearing a set of AirPods wireless earphones from Apple. Somehow he allegedly managed to swallow one AirPod in his sleep. When he woke up and tried to find the missing earphone, the man says he used his iPhone tracking feature to look for it. That's when things got weird... Hsu claims that he first thought the beeping sound was coming from his bed and he moved the sheets all around, looking for the missing device. He says that he later realized the beeping was coming from his body somewhere. He then decided to head to Kaohsiung Municipal United Hospital where doctors did confirm he actually swallowed the AirPod The medical team gave the man a laxative... Read more...
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