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13 Inch MacBook Could Come as MacBook Air Replacement This Year

By Radu Iorga

It seems that Apple is ready to do away with its MacBook Air and replace it with a full fledged 13 inch MacBook. A recent report from Digitimes confirm that and it seems that the new model is already in the making.

It should come this year, with the contribution of General Interface Solution, who is said to have landed multiple orders for the entry level version of the 13 inch MacBook. Apple debuted a 12 inch MacBook back in 2015 and stuck to that size, as middle ground between the 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air. Time has passed and the device feels old now, particularly since the MacBook Air doesn’t even have a Retina Display.

Rumors are saying that the 13 inch MacBook could be the only new computer that Apple announces this year. Reports claim that there’s no new MacBook Pro upgrades planned for 2018. We could still see a Mac Pro, but nothing is for sure. We could find the new MacBook priced at around $999, the previous starting point of the Macbook Air. Last year Apple bumped its CPU from 1.6 GHz to 1.8 GHz in June, but other than that no upgrades since 2015.

The MacBook Air 11 incher has been fully discontinued, so don’t expect big stuff there. Some say we may even see an OLED screen on the new laptop and Apple is even looking into ARM chipsets for future MacBoooks, after the Spectre and Meltdown troubles with Intel.

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Apple will give users the option to control their own battery’s destiny

By Valentina Palladino

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Apple announced big economic plans yesterday, but CEO Tim Cook also touched upon what the company will do in the future to address the grievances brought by users about its recent iPhone performance-slowing controversy. In an interview with ABC News, Cook said that new software updates will allow users with older iPhones to turn off the power management feature that intentionally slows down device performance.

“We will tell someone we’re reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart,” Cook said. “And if you don’t want it, you can turn it off.”

Cook’s disclaimer is that Apple doesn’t recommend turning off this feature, as the company initially came out with it to stop unexpected shut-downs. At the end of 2017, Apple admitted to intentionally slowing down iPhone performance to prevent shut-downs related to the device’s deteriorating battery health. Users had suspected Apple’s practice for quite some time, and despite Apple’s reasoning, many users were furious and a number of class-action lawsuits have been filed against the company.

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Apple plans to pay $38 billion in US taxes to bring overseas cash home

By Timothy B. Lee

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Apple announced on Wednesday that it would pay $38 billion in taxes to the federal government as it brings cash earned overseas into the United States. The big payment is the result of President Donald Trump’s tax cut bill, passed last month, which created a new, special tax rate for repatriated earnings.

Apple is likely to be the biggest beneficiary of that provision. The American company had around $250 billion in cash and other short-term assets held by overseas affiliates. Under previous tax law, Apple would have had to pay a tax of 35 percent in order to bring overseas cash back to the United States. Under the new law, that rate is cut to 15.5 percent, saving Apple tens of billions of dollars compared to what it would have paid to bring the cash home in 2017.

Apple says it expects to invest $30 billion in the United States over the next five years, though the company didn’t say how much of that represented an increase over previous investment plans. $10 billion of that will be in data centers in the US.

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Source:: Ars Tecnica

These asshats have been avoiding taxe , while also overcharging for everything they make. About time they dumped something into the  coffers of the country that their HQ is in!

Tim


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iPad Pro Gets iPhone X vibes With This iPad X Concept Tablet

By James A.

Many people have been saying that Apple will borrow the Face ID and design of the iPhone X on future devices, including tablets and maybe even MacBooks. One way the next iPad may look like is envisioned by designer Martin Hajek, who came up with the concept tablet below. It’s called the iPad X.

The iPad design language is still present, so this is most likely an iPad Pro, but one that has a TrueDepth set of cameras. The notch is obviously here and there speakers at the bottom and top, as seen in the renders. By the way, I expect the frame to be made of stainless steel and the screen to be a narrow bezel one (also probably an OLED panel). The iPad X has the same form factor as the iPad Pro, being a 12.9 incher on paper, but in reality it has a bigger diagonal.

It looks pretty sleek to me and a part of me thinks that it’s actually a better “experiment” than the iPhone X. Just please Apple, get rid of the godawful way of charging the Apple Pencil by having it stick out of the Lightning port. I see that Martin Hajek has also rendered a new generation of Apple Pencil, by the way, closer to a business pen than anything else.

I’m curious what the accessories of such a device will look like and just how the user will hold the tablet to be properly authenticated. I think we’ll find out in a few months.

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New iPad Pro Ads Are All About Augmented Reality, Productivity (Video)

By Radu Iorga

Apple is at again, with fresh ads for its products, the iPad Pro this time. They’re no longer promoting the productivity this time, but rather the fun you can have with such a device. The iPad Pro is showing as a gaming device, with all of its augmented reality features.

The Cupertino firm is actually the driving force behind AR, after unveiling ARKit last year during WWDC 2017. The first ad shows a kid gaming on the iPad Pro with iOS 11, setting up furniture and other items in real time. The other ad shows the same kid preparing a science paper, by using the tablet and the Apple Pencil, like we did when we were young and used a pad or pencil.

If you look closely, you’ll see the kid dragging a file from the Files app to the document. This is a gesture associated to iOS 11 more than anything. Drawing, typing, dragging and dropping are all part of the experience. iPad sales had a good 2017, since they finally grew after a period of decline. Apple managed to make iPad sales jump 15% year over year in the June quarter and 28% compared to the previous 3 months.

Now let’s see what the 2018 iPads will bring… probably Face ID action and OLED.

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