Last year we wrote about the Luna Display, a way to turn an iPad into a touchscreen for the MacBook. It got crowdfunded with a lot of success and now it’s taking things further. Originally it was a dongle thingie and it keeps the idea, but takes it further.
Luna Display wants to offer you a wireless second display technology used to turn the iPad into a Mac Mini display. The makers of the device call this “like having a whole new Apple product”. The dongle works with any Mac that runs at least macOS 10.11 El Capitan and you can’t go with a model older than 2012. The product is compatible with any modern iPad that runs at least iOS 9.1.
Even the iPad 2 makes the cut plus the iPad Mini or the iPad Pros. A combo of Mac Mini and iPad of the sort means you can take your hardcore working tasks on the go, even without a bulky package. It’ll be easy to carry in airports, at hotels, on the go, in a troller or suitcase. The iPad even shows the Mac’s UI when using the Luna. It goes back to its own OS once you close the Luna app.
Touch input is also part of the package and there’s also support for a mouse and keyboard. The team over at Luna tested the whole gizmo with the new 12.9 inch iPad Pro and it worked like a charm. There’s also an instructional guide on how to do the setup here. The Luna Display Dongle is priced at $79.99.
Compatibility has been confirmed with the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Apple Pencil 2. You need a reliable WiFi for all of this to work.
We’ve been writing about the large number of magnets in the new iPad Pro (2018) for a while now, but today we have two new developments. People have started playing with this feature, taking it to a whole new level. There are two instances below.
No less than 102 small magnets are inside and their purpose is to let you hook up accessories, like the Apple Pencil or stick the tablet to the Smart Keyboard Folio. People have been playing with the device and had it adhere to the fridge door. People may also be wondering how the magnets are distributed inside the Apple next gen tablet. Well, Marques Brownlee used a special magnet paper and found out (video below).
I see that the bulk of them are placed closer to the sides and to the corners. This magnetic field viewing paper is able to show like a sort of X Ray the placement of the magnets inside. You can visualize their magnetic fields using micro encapsulated film, which is also called field paper. It also can cause some confusion, sometimes showing speakers as magnets.
Most of them are gathered in the four corners of the iPad Pro. There’s a whole new meme and challenge, with people trying to stick the iPad Pro (2018) to as many things as possible. There’s always some risk of damage and I have to admit this is the world’s most powerful PC that’s also magnetized. I can’t help but wonder how storage is affected by that.
This one comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and covers his initial unboxing and First Look Review of the new 2018 MacBook Air.
This is a refresh of the MacBook Air and folks have been eagerly awaiting it and it isn’t a bad notebook. However it has the usual Apple formula, take away ports, remove some feature and then kick the price upstairs!
This one is powered by a dual-core i5 processor and runs fairly cool It isn’t upgradeable so make sure to order the version that will get you through the next few years.
As usual this is a super well produced video so make sure to visit Andrew’s channel on Youtube and subscribe if you like this type of content.
It’s time to talk about the iPad Pro (2018) again, this time with some details about the innards of the devices. iFixit is on the case, having down a teardown of the device to see what’s inside. Spoiler: there’s a lot of glue.
They handled the 11 inch iPad Pro and took it apart, as the pics shown here reveal. It all started by removing the display from the tablet and the first thing that came up was the set of audio components from the iPad Pro: four woofers and four tweeters. The speakers and logic board cover stopped access to the iPad Pro A12X Bionic CPU, but in the end iFixit was able to access the full logic board.
On that board they found the Apple A12X Bionic CPU, 64 GB of flash storage made by Toshiba and also 4 GB of RAM (Micron made). There’s also an NFC controller, the Apple WiFi/Bluetooth module and two Broadcom touchscreen controllers. There’s also good news as the new iPad’s battery is easier to fix and replace compared to the previous gen slates.
The reason is that Apple is using those stretch-release battery tabs again, with a total of 6 U-shaped strips. The problem is that iFixit also found a lot of adhesive on the left side of the battery. The Face ID components are similar to the iPhone X ones, but only with some form factor changes. All in all the device scored a 3 out of 10 for ease of repairability, definitely not a flattering grade.
Bonus points were scored for the lack of physical Home button and the modular USB Type-C port. Of course the teardown revealed an impressive number of magnets as well. iFixit also took apart the Apple Pencil, discovering a wireless charging coil, battery, alignment magnets and Broadcom touch controller. A potential capacitive grid was also found, which may be a sign that more gestures are coming.
If you’ve had problems with the touch responsiveness of your iPhone X’s display, you may be in luck. According to a support document, Apple identified a problem with some iPhone X devices that may cause a component of the display module to fail. The company has now launched a program to replace affected screens for free.
Apple claims that failed display components have caused touch response issues on some iPhone X devices. Parts, or all of, affected displays may not respond to touch input, or in some cases, they may only respond intermittently. In other instances, displays react to touch even when they have not been touched.
Under the repair program, users can go to Apple or to an authorized service provider to get an iPhone X examined. If they verify that the device is eligible for the repair, the display module will be replaced free of charge.