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Bloomberg Unveils Details About Apple’s 2018 Fall Lineup: New iPad Pros With Gesture Control, 3 iPhones and More

By Radu Iorga

Bloomberg has it on good authority that Apple will unveil a lot of hardware products during the next month event. Last we heard it was taking place on September 12th and it was about to bring us 3 new iPhones. At least two tablets and a watch now pop up. We have details below.

As you probably know already, Apple is preparing 3 new iPhones: the iPhone Xs with a 5.8 inch OLED screen, the iPhone Xs Plus with a 6.5 inch OLED screen and the iPhone 9 or even the iPhone SE 2 as it’s been called lately, with a 6.1 inch LCD display. We could also see a new Apple Watch with a larger screen and the same body, but what we’re really interested in are tablets.

The theory about notch iPads is back. This time we should get an 11 inch iPad Pro and a 12.9 inch model, both ready for debut. The 11 incher replaces the 10.5 inch model, with a smaller bezel screen in the same footprint. Bezels are cut on both versions, by the way. There’s no more Home button or fingerprint scanner either and we’re using Face ID, courtesy of a special face unlock mechanism tucked within the notch.

An interesting new leak says that the slates will be controlled with gestures, much like the iPhone X and you’ll use those gestures to navigate the tablets and Face ID to unlock them. I don’t see anyone mentioning an Apple Pencil 2, but I have a feeling it’ll also come up. Lately we’ve also been seeing a strange cutout of the back of the new iPad’s case, so something new is also ready for its back side.

What could it be?

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Apple recently registered new iPads and MacBooks in Eurasia region

By Radu Iorga

Apple seems to be preparing more gadgets than expected this year and aside from the iPhone trio happening in the fall, they also have a few MacBooks and iPads coming. Turns out that the Cupertino firm registered new such products with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).

These filings usually come just a few weeks ahead of new product announcements, but that’s not a general rule. Apple is supposed to introduce a new iPad Pro with Face ID this year. It should also have slim bezels, no Home button and the latest Apple A series CPU, according to leaks. MacBooks are also overdue for the next months. The latest Apple filings in the Eurasian database cover 5 new iPads and 5 Mac models.

Keeping a track record of things, 9to5Mac writes that back in august 2016 Apple filed a trademark for the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 1 and AirPods. all of the products came to life just weeks later. Ahead of WWDC 2017 the filings also revealed the Magic Keyboard, new MacBooks and iPads. This means that the filings are a pretty sure and consistent source when it comes to such info.

Oddly enough it failed this year, when Apple filed almost a dozen new iPhone model identifiers and launched zilch. They may also be trying to confuse speculants of stock info and other such people. We’re still seeing September as the ideal time frame for the release, with the macOS Mojave and iOS 12 on board. I’m also curious about a brand new Apple Pencil and new desktops.

Also, Apple better fix the keyboard on the MacBooks…

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New Affordable 9.7 inch iPad to Receive Apple Pencil Support

By Radu Iorga

The Apple Pencil is about to get bigger and more accessible to iPad users, as it seems that Apple is ready to make it available on the cheaper iPads. On March 27th Apple is going to have an event scheduled and it’s supposed to be a “field trip”. Some say they may launch a new iPad there and now there’s a theory that it’ll be a cheap model working with the Apple Pencil.

As you probably know already, the Apple Pencil support has been limited to the iPad Pro since its 2015 debut. The pressure sensitive stylus increases the creative capacity of the device, letting us write, draw and paint straight on the screen. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo recently told investors that the new 9.7 inch iPad will get Apple Pencil support, plus it’ll also gain a keyboard accessory.

Kuo also claims that the Cupertino firm is going to abandon the iPad Mini series, as big screen smartphones have cannibalized it. The new low priced iPad is going to be mass produced since Q2 2018 and it’ll probably support the Apple Pencil. The price being thrown around by rumors and leaks is $259 and the product is expected to improve on the features of last year’s model.

Better RAM, CPU and storage, I imagine. Apple’s Field Trip event will probably bring us new education apps and new iPad accessories too. We’ll learn more on the 27th.

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Apple Confirms March 27th Event, New iPads Potentially Incoming

By Radu Iorga

Turns out that Apple has indeed planned an event for this Spring. They’ve started sending invites to a March 27th happening, held in Chicago and word trough the grapevine talks about the unveiling of new iPads.

The event takes place at the Lane Tech College Prep High School and it’ll be focused on education first and foremost. Apple claim that it wants to hear the latest creative ideas for teachers and students. We could see something new related to the educational aspect of iTunes, maybe some type of new classes or some cool AR/VR initiative. However, there have been too many rumors about new iPads, so something’s got to give.

Affordably priced iPads could happen, a new Apple Pencil is overdue and especially judging by the strokes above we may see some Apple Pencil input in the mix. Apple also promotes this as a “field trip”, so once again VR may be a thing. But then again, how about the OLED iPad, with or without notch? Imagine the juicy Apple A11 Bionic put inside a tablet and harnessed on a big diagonal screen…

By the way, the other big Apple event up next is WWDC 2017, taking place on June 4th. We’ll meet iOS 12 there and perhaps new hardware.

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Alexa’s Calling and Messaging Features Now Available on Tablets

By Radu Iorga

Alexa is not just your one stop place for vocal commands, reminders, recipes and so forth. It also has a voice and video calling functionality, which was recently unlocked on tablets. It was already available on the Echo and now it reached slates.

Amazon announced over the past 24 hours that it’s activating the support for calling and messaging features on iPads, Android tablets and Fire OS tablets. On Amazon Fire HD 10 for example, Alexa calling and voice messaging works via hands free, so you basically just ask Alexa to take some action. Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 or older generation slates will let you press the Home button to place a call or send a message.

It’s that easy, it seems. They also support Drop In, which is a feature that lets you use Alexa devices as intercoms. Basically you can connect with other devices around the home or in friends and families homes, if you enable that dedicated feature. In order to use the calling and messaging features, you need the latest version of the Alexa app and also to verify the phone number, then import contacts.

The expanded support for voice calls and messaging shows that Alexa is more than just a regular virtual assistant and hub for smart home features. Voice integration has been promised since January, so in the future you’ll speak to Alexa in a dedicated app, not just through Alexa devices. We see this as a way to matter more in the world of mobiles, where Amazon already failed with Fire Phone.

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