In this week’s top stories: Exclusive details on the 2018 iPad Pro refresh, Apple releases iOS 12.0.1, top Apple Watch series 4 feature, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top Apple news below.
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On Monday, we exclusively reported additional details on the 2018 iPad Pro refresh. According to sources familiar with the product’s development, the 2018 iPad Pro models will feature support for landscape and vertical Face ID, an A12X processor, and more. Read our full report, which offers details on a new Apple Pencil as well, right here.
Meanwhile, Apple this week released iOS 12.0.1 to the public. The update brings fixes for charging issues experienced by some users, keyboard changes for the iPad, and more.
In addition to the release of iOS 12.0.1, Apple this week also stopped signing iOS 11.4.1, a change that prevents downgrades to iOS 11. Further, the company release the third betas of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1.
A filmmaker this week compared the iPhone XS camera to a $10k cinema camera. The creator ended up being ‘shocked’ at how good the iPhone XS camera was at shooting video. Check out the comparison footage for yourself right here.
Last but not least, it was revealed this week that Apple secretly acquired photo cutout startup Spektral. The deal is said to have been completed in December of 2017 for over $30 million. Apple this week also committed $600 million to licensing power management from Dialog, and hired 300 engineers to develop more custom iPhone chips.
These and the rest of this week’s top Apple news stories below…
iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |
- Apple releasing iOS 12.0.1 with iPhone XS charging and iPad ‘.?123’ key position fix today
- Third iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1 developer betas now available
- Halide Camera updated with new ‘Smart RAW’ feature for iPhone XS, more
- Apple stops signing iOS 11.4.1, preventing downgrades from iOS 12 to iOS 11
- Apple officially says iOS 12 is now in use on 50% of all iPhones and iPads
- Filmmaker compares iPhone XS camera to $10k cinema camera, says results ‘mindblowing’ [Video]
- Portrait mode selfie fools both Pixel and iPhone fans
- Report details Apple’s struggles to tackle iPhone repair fraud in China, which cost Apple billions of dollars a year
- Kuo: iPhone XR demand stronger than iPhone 8 cycle in China, as domestic manufacturers falter
iPad & Mac |
- Exclusive: iPad Pro Face ID details, 4K HDR video over USB-C, AirPod-like Apple Pencil 2 pairing, more [Update: A12X processor]
- iPad Pro and Apple Pencil updates appear imminent as four new models hit MIIT database
- Luna Display turns your iPad into a second Mac display, now available after Kickstarter campaign
Apple Watch |
- Some Apple Watch Series 4 models repeatedly crashing and rebooting due to daylight saving time bug
- Customizing the Infograph face on Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch can help break iPhone addiction without going offline
- Paramedic agrees Apple Watch Series 4 will save lives, false positives not a problem
Tech Industry |
- Ubiquiti releases new AmpliFi Instant Mesh Wi-Fi System, sets up in under 2 minutes
- Beats expanding Studio 3 Wireless headphones lineup with gold-accented Skyline Collection
- Kanye West pitches Trump on ‘iPlane’ built by Apple, delivers table-top Apple store ‘keynote’
- Sonos Mac app upgraded – but mostly downgraded – as company prioritizes iOS app
- Waze Carpool launches for all US users, looks to reduce traffic and commute costs
Top Apple news, retail |
- Apple Covent Garden reopening on iPhone XR launch day following renovations
- Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS motion displays decorate London department store windows
Top Apple news, company |
- Apple secretly bought photo cutout startup Spektral, for fairly obvious reasons
- One of Bloomberg’s sources told them Chinese spy chip story “didn’t make sense”
- Comment: Four more reasons it’s now inconceivable Apple lied about Chinese spy chips
- Netflix’s content chief says the company has no idea what to expect from Apple’s streaming TV service
- Apple licenses Dialog power management tech, and hires 300 engineers, to develop more custom iPhone chips
- Tim Cook looks to help ‘disappointing’ iPhone XS sales in China with PR trip this week, report says
- Apple to offer some of its original content for free via TV app on iOS & Apple TV, report says
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This week’s top videos |
- iPhone XS/XR: How to force restart iPhone XS, enter DFU mode, recovery mode, and more
- Mastering stacks in macOS Mojave [Video]
- Top Apple Watch Series 4 features [Video]
9to5Mac Daily |
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Happy Hour Podcast #194 |
This week Benjamin and Zac discuss a range of topics including Apple Watch and DST challenges, new Apple Watch Series 4 improvements, iOS 12.0.1 fixes and iOS 12 adoption rate, new Apple Music and Apple Pay updates, the latest round of smart ‘speakers’ from Facebook, Google, and Amazon, the mysterious China security story and an interesting fraud scheme, Apple’s original content strategy, new iPad Pro rumors, and more.
Making The Grade |
Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.
- Making The Grade: What do you do with old laptops and iPads?
- Making The Grade: It’s hypocritical for Apple to promote privacy while not offering a G-Suite alternative
- Making The Grade: Is Apple’s K-12 device management strategy wrong?
- Making The Grade: Passive notifications on Apple Watch make it ideal for teachers
- Making The Grade: iOS 12 and macOS Mojave update strategy for IT
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