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Two New iPads Get Certified by Eurasian Regulatory Authorities

By Radu Iorga

We wrote a few days ago that Apple’s collection of gadgets for the Fall has been leaked, but now it seems that more proof has surfaced. The Eurasian Economic Commission (ECC) has authorized two models for sale in Russia and other markets in the area, plus updates to other models with iOS 12 instead of iOS 11.

The filing with the ECC alludes to the tablet models A1895 and A1980, listed with iOS 11. These are supposed to be iPads, not iPhones, in case there was any confusion. I’m expecting one to be the new 12.9 inch iPad and the other a 11 inch slate to replace the 10.5 inch model. Filings for 11 other model numbers appeared back in April, but that filing has changed. Their references to iOS 11 have been changed to iOS 12. These devices have the codenames A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2014, A2015, and A2016.

None of these codenames have appeared associated with iPhone or iPad products till now, so we’re dealing with novelty here. The listing doesn’t include model names, but these are clearly iOS devices according to descriptions. Since there are so many devices, we could see an iPhone SE 2 and the trio of iPhones so rumored. These filings were done for the nations of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

We can’t tell much from the documents, except for the fact that the products will be launching within a few months. We’re pretty certain we’re going to see an iPad with a notch and Face ID, plus a new 11 inch version to replace the 10.5 inch one. Expect new CPUs, cameras, extra RAM and no more Home button. The Face ID mechanism will be reserved for the higher end iPads or iPad Pro models.

Expect more leaks in August, as we get closer to the September event.

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Apple Ready to Bring Full Photoshop to the iPads in 2019

By James A.

We already played with Photoshop on the iPads for years now, even scoring a bit of evolution points thanks to the Apple Pencil, but Adobe wants to take things further. Now they’re talking about bringing full Photoshop to the iPads from 2019.

iOS 11 was all about making the iPad a sort of fully fledged PC, but some core apps just weren’t there yet. Full version Photoshop was among them, but even that one is ready to make the transition. A fresh report from Bloomberg says that Apple and Adobe will announce a full Photoshop for the iPad in October and launch it in 2019. Scott Belsky, chief product officer for Creative Cloud confirmed the arrival, but not the timeline.

Adobe offered until now solutions like the simple Photoshop Express, but it didn’t reach the same level of quality as a PC or Mac app, to be frank. That allowed rivals like Affinity Photo to make a dent in Adobe’s market share. People are using the iPad more and more for a variety of tasks, so why not make fully fledged photo editing one of them?

A big strategy shift happened back in October 2017, when Adobe introduced Lightroom CC and last month they did the same for video with Project Rush. We mentioned Rush, because that’s supposed to be the inspiration for the stripped down Photoshop ready for introduction next year. It’ll work and sync across devices, have the Sense AI tech and offer more options than ever.

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Apple Unveils Back to School Deals, Including Free Beats Headset With iPad Pro Purchase

By James A.

I know it’s odd to start talking about the Back to School time frame already, since there’s a long way to go till September or October, but Apple is making those preparations. The Cupertino firm has unveiled its Back to School deals, which include a free Beats headset with an iPad Pro purchase.

In order to qualify, the customer must prove he/she is enrolled in a college, or they’re the parents of such a person. Teachers and faculty members can also get the offer, but they have to prove that teaching is their job. The iPad Pro is sold for $629 for the 10.5 inch model or $779 for the 12.9 inch unit. As far as the bundled gift goes, it’s a pair of free Beats Power3 Wireless earphones.

Another promo gives you the Apple Pencil for $89. Of course you can also apply a pre-paid Apple Store Gift Card for this offer as well and even trade gadgets. If you go to Apple’s Back to School website, you’ll have to type in your info about the phone, tablet, computer, watch you want to surrender in order to get cash for a purchase.

Apple may give you up to $290 for a smartphone, $250 per tablet and $1000 tops for a computer. Another Back to School bundle has the Pro Apps together for $199.99. Those are Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4 and MainStage 3.

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Apple Prepping 11 inch iPad Pro, New Macs, MacBooks and More for Fall 2018

By Radu Iorga

After yesterday’s release of new MacBook Pro models, the leak floodgates are open and reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo unveiled a real stampede of novelty onto us. No longer with KGI Securities, the analyst remains as prolific and visionary as ever over at TF International Securities. Let’s see the Fall 2018 roadmap he predicted.

We’re not going to focus on iPhones, Apple Watches or others, just tablets and PCs. So, the main thing that interests us is the iPad Pro model with Face ID and no Home button. Is have an updated 12.9 inch screen probably with a notch and also there’s a brand new 11 inch iPad. I imagine there will be more RAM inside, the latest Apple Axx CPUs and some camera bumps. It’s supposed to replace the 10.5 inch model.

The quantity of Apple Pencil patents this year and the fact Samsung is bringing a new S-Pen may also mean we’re about to see an Apple Pencil 2.0. Kuo predicts new Macs too, with improved CPUs, plus new MacBook models, an iMac with a seriously bumped up screen and a surprising product: a low price notebook. It’s not going to be a MacBook Air, but it could be “Air-ish”.

Apple is also scheduled to go full scale with AirPower and updated AirPods production. If all of these are real, we’re looking at a very wide gamut of tablets to pick from: 7.9 inch, 9.7 inch, 11 inch and 12.9 inch iPads, not to forget the 10.5 inch one. In spite of diagonal hikes, the bodies are expected to be compact and bezels narrow. Ming-Chi Kuo is usually spot on with rumors and we expect him to be right again.

I should highlight that the new Apple Pencil is my own prediction and not Kuo’s.

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MacBook Pro 2018 Debuts, With New CPU, True Tone Screen, Silent Keyboard

By James A.

Without an announcement, without hype or teasing, Apple announced today the MacBook Pro 2018, in two versions: 13 inch and 15 inch. The updated MacBook Pro comes with a new CPU, more memory, True Tone displays and changes brought to the keyboard. We detailed them below.

The 13 inch version of the device is supposed to be two times faster than the previous gen model, while the 15 inch MacBook Pro 2018 is 70% faster. If you pick the smaller unit, you can get it with a quad core Core i5 or Core i7, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of SSD storage. Graphics are supplied by Intel Iris Plus 655 with 128 MB of eDRAM.

The 15 inch MacBook Pro is more powerful, with up to 8th gen Core i7 or Core i9 CPUs, plus up to 32 GB of RAM. Up to 4 TB of SSD storage are here, with Radeon Pro graphics with 4 GB of memory in the mix. As we mentioned above, there’s True Tone tech here, both for the screen and Touch Bar. This was inaugurated by the iPad and iPhone and it finally reached the laptops.

 

Apple promises 500 nits of brightness and P3 wide color gamut for the new screens. Security is also paramount here, courtesy of the Apple T2 chip, which saw the light of day on the iMac Pro. Secure boot and on the fly encryption is here too. “Hey Siri” is thus available. A major change has to do with the third gen keyboard with “quieter typing” according to Apple.

This means that the keyboard has been softened and the butterfly key mechanism has been tweaked. Apple did run into some problems with keyboards on MacBook Pro models, with a bunch of unhappy owners. Connectivity includes Thunderbolt 3 via USB Type-C, offering support for up to two 5K displays or up to four external GPUs. The design is a sleek aluminum unibody one, as expected and the color choice is Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and Black.

As far as the prices go, you pay $1799 for the 13 incher and $2399 for the 15 incher.

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