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Apple Prepping New iPad Model Launches for 2018, Towards the Year End

By Radu Iorga

New info about the future iPads has appeared today, indicating the time frame of the devices’ release. We learn that Apple is planning to launch new iPads towards the year end, according to analyst Mark Gurman.

The info pops up in a report that focuses on the Apple chip making segment. It also mentions that Apple is going to introduce the updated laptops and a new desktop computer in 2018. The new iPad is said to be running on a special Apple-designed graphics engine and it’s very likely to have a dedicated AI chip. Last I heard the device was expected to arrive this Spring, with a Face ID/TrueDepth thingie.

That info came from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who talked rather of 3D face recognition, more than a launch date. So, I guess it could come in the fall with the new iPhones. The new iPad is also said to have slimmer bezels and maybe even an OLED panel. iOS 11.3 beta referred to a certain “modern iPad”, which is supposed to confirm the iPhone X. The TrueDepth mechanism also lets you activate the Animoji features.

By the way I learned some interesting facts from the Bloomberg article about Apple’s CPUs, like the fact they have chip testing facilities in Cupertino, Israel and they employ hundreds of people for the task. Apple has been hiring ex Qualcomm people, hinting at the fact they may be making their own connectivity modems. Apple is also considering using MediaTek or Intel chips, as they battle Qualcomm in courts.

There are also the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and iMac Pro, with Apple custom processors, just so you know. Now we know that they’re making at least 3 updated Mac models with custom coprocessors for release this year, laptops included.

This also sounds interesting for the new iPad, which may well include an evolved Apple A11X Bionic CPU. With Apple doing battle with Qualcomm, there may come a time when they become a leader in the chip market, if they’re able to compete with Samsung first.

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Apple Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Xiaomi in the EU

By Radu Iorga

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Apple isn’t only battling Qualcomm in the courtroom these days, but also Xiaomi. The Cupertino firm recently won an EU trademark case against the maker of MIUI. Let’s find out why.

It seems that Apple was against Xiaomi registering the “Mi Pad” name as an EU trademark, as the name was considered too similar to the Apple “iPad”. The legal battle was fought in Europe and it was decided by the EU’s second highest court, the General Court.

It ruled that the Mi Pad shouldn’t be registered as a trademark, as consumers could confuse it with the iPad, especially since the designs of the products are also quite similar. Aside from that, the actual product name is very similar, with just the letter “m” separating the Mi Pad from an iPad.

Phonetically they also sound the same. Xiaomi filed an application back in 2014 with the EU Intellectual Property Office, in order to register Mi Pad as an EU trademark. Apple then made a complaint with the EUIPO in 2016, claiming that the Mi Pad name was a riff on the iPad trademark.

Of course Xiaomi can appeal the decision. We’re also not sure if they will continue the Mi Pad lineup, so they may not care that much. However with the recent expansion to Europe, particularly Spain, this may prove to be a bit of a headache.

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Apple Prepping Most Affordable iPad Ever For Q2 2018 Release

By Radu Iorga

If you thought that this Spring’s iPad release was appealing with its low price of $329, check this one out! Apple is apparently ready to make us an offer we can’t refuse with an even more affordable iPad. The newcomer is now said to be priced at just $259 and it should come in Q2 2018.

We already saw a 9.7 inch cheap iPad this year and now the info about the fresh release comes from Digitimes, a pretty solid source when it comes to connections to the supply chain. The new model would be priced $70 lower than the current affordable Apple slate. However, Apple isn’t the kind of company to just make affordable devices and that’s it. The global tablet market has been in decline for the past years and this may be one way to resurrect it.

Even so, Apple has been doing fine with double digit growth in iPad sales for the past two quarters. It’s also true that they’re coming after a rough period. The new aggressive pricing may also influence rivals, like Samsung, Huawei, Amazon or Lenovo, who may counter with their own affordable products. Well, actually Amazon already has a bunch of cheap slates and also quality ones.

Apple is said to be looking to expand its tablet coverage in areas like the industrial and service sectors. We could also see outsourcing of the new iPad production to Compal Electronics, while Compeq and Unitech could take care of PCBs.

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Apple clarifies what Control Center Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles do in iOS 11.2 beta

By Valentina Palladino

Enlarge / The control center has a new interface for adjusting brightness.

Unbeknownst to many, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in the Control Center in iOS 11 don’t do what you expect. Rather than completely disabling those features, they only partially disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. To clear up any confusion, Apple appears to have added explainer pop-up messages when either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is toggled off, as first detailed in a report by MacRumors. The messages appear in the newest iOS 11.2 beta and they explain that both features will only be temporarily disabled when turned off from their Control Center toggles.

The first time a user turns off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi from the Control Center on their device, they’ll see a pop-up window that will say “disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow” or “disconnecting Bluetooth accessories until tomorrow.” The messages also explain that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are not totally disconnected in this case, however, they will still function to allow some features and devices to work with that iDevice. Bluetooth will still be available for the Apple Watch, Apple Pencil, Personal Hotspot, and Handoff, while Wi-Fi will still be on for AirDrop, Personal Hotspot, and location accuracy.

While the Control Center toggles turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi temporarily, there are a few cases detailed in an Apple support document that will turn both features back on automatically. Wi-Fi will turn back on when you connect to a Wi-Fi network via the Settings app; when you walk or drive to a new location; when it’s 5am local time; or when you restart your device. Bluetooth is similar: the feature will turn back on when you connect to a Bluetooth device via the Settings app; when it’s 5am local time; or when you restart your device. In order to fully disable Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, you’ll have to use the dedicated toggles in the Settings app.

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iOS 11.1.1 is here: It fixes the autocorrect bug and a “Hey Siri” issue

By Samuel Axon

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iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users running iOS 11 have complained of a bug with autocorrect that converts the letter “i” into any number of things that are not in fact “i,” such as the letter A or an exclamation point. A report earlier this week suggested that Apple would soon release an update to address the issue. Today, iOS 11.1.1 became available on supported devices, and it does just that.

The update also reportedly addresses a problem that could sometimes cause the “Hey Siri” command to stop functioning. Apple’s update notes are as follows:

iOS 11.1.1 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad. This update:

  • Fixes an issue with keyboard auto-correct
  • Fixes an issue where Hey Siri stops working

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Nothing in Apple’s support documentation suggests there are any other changes of note; for example, the security documentation says that the security content of iOS 11.1.1 is the same as that of iOS 11.1. iOS 11.1 fixed the serious KRACK Wi-FI vulnerability for some devices. It also introduced new emoji, reintroduced a deprecated touch gesture that users wanted back, and addressed numerous other bugs and issues with Photos, notifications, and more.

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