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.

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…

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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.

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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.

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