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Tim Cook Sets Straight the Rumors About the iPad/MacBook Hybrid

By Radu Iorga

We’ve been hearing for a few years now that Apple was getting ready to come up with a hybrid between an iPad and MacBook, or maybe some hybrid of iOS and macOS. Things got so ramped up that even Tim Cook felt the need to react to that. Let’s see what he said.

Google and Microsoft also working towards mergers of their mobile and desktop platforms, so it would be odd for Apple to be left out. Anyway, Tim Cook was in a classroom in Chicago recently to discuss with educators the new iPad 9.7 and its appeal. He mentioned that a full specced and accessorized iPad of the sort, with Apple Pencil and keyboard would be great at below $600 for students.

Of course some folks would maybe require a Macbook for more hardcore tasks like Adobe sound, photo and video editing. And now as far as the Tim Cook response goes, he responded to the statements of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Wells. The Apple CEO claims that making a hybrid of iOS-Mac (which I see as him also saying iPad/MacBook hybrid) wold water down both products.

Both are great, claims Tim Cook and Apple would actually have it easier by making a hybrid. However, a merger means that tradeoffs are made and also sacrifices. That would harm the customer in the end. If you ask me, the hybrid is inevitable, even if it comes in the form of just a MacBook with touch keyboard, or two screens in lieu of just one. It’ll happen, no matter what Cook says!

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The LG G7 arrives May 2; official-looking render leaks

By Ron Amadeo

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LG has finally picked a time for its next flagship smartphone launch. The company issued a press release today saying the LG G7 will launch May 2 in New York City.

This year the LG flagship isn’t just called the “LG G7.” LG is slapping its “artificial intelligence” sub-brand onto the end and calling it the “LG G7 ThinQ.” (Technically it’s styled in the press release with superscript, as “LG G7 ThinQ.”)

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Chromebooks May Go 4K Pretty Soon, Leak Shows

By Radu Iorga

The definition of Chromebooks has changed quite a bit over the past year or so, as we’ve seen them getting new features. We’ve seen them get Google Play Store support, Android apps and also Chromebooks have been bumped up to higher specs and CPUs. Now they’re going 4K, it seems.

The Google Pixelbook already seemed to have plenty of pixels, at 2400 x 1600 pixels in resolution. Well, you can always do better and it seems that we’re about to see a 4K Chromebook. The info is revealed by the Chromium OS source code, which is the on that Chrome OS is based on. It just got updated with a reference to a machine that’s codenamed “Atlas” and comes with a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution screen.

XDA Developers has the scoop on it. The file that mentions the 4K stuff is called “boards/yaml” and also lists different hardware configs for Chromium OS supports. The Google Pixelbook appears there as “eve”, while Samsung’s Chromebook Plus is “kevin”. The Atlas doesn’t seem to have an SD card slot and other than that and the resolution specs are unknown. The code mentions a keyboard, touchpad and touchscreen, too.

A 4K Chromebook means two things: video editing and gaming, which is something that the Chromebooks haven’t tackled till now. Interestingly the 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution means a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is wider than the Pixelbook 3:2 display. Sounds like full screen Netflix and split screen multitasking to me. We’ll learn more at I/O next month.

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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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Alleged Galaxy S9 box features variable aperture camera

By Ron Amadeo

Enlarge / The Samsung Galaxy S8+. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

The latest in the never-ending line of Samsung Galaxy S9 leaks has to do with the box. Reddit user minhvn shared an image of what appears to be a Galaxy S9 box, and it looks pretty legit to us. With the expectation that the Galaxy S9 will look a lot like the Galaxy S8, the box shows all the specs you would expect: a 5.8-inch 1440p OLED display, an iris scanner, 64GB of memory, 4GB of RAM, and wireless charging.

The main new addition in the spec list is a 12MP rear camera that lists two camera apertures: f/1.5 and f/2.4. This sounds like the Galaxy S9 will ship with the same variable aperture camera that Samsung has already shipped in the W2018 flip phone. In non-ideal lighting conditions, the W2018 uses the f/1.5 aperture to collect as much light as possible, but in brighter lighting, it switches to f/2.4 for a wider depth of field. Samsung’s $1,500 ($1,500? $1,500!) flip phone doesn’t have a wide distribution, but the gif of this camera working is pretty incredible—just like a DSLR, a set of miniaturized aperture blades open and close with the changing light levels.

Another feature revealed by the spec list is a set of stereo speakers. Again, with the understanding that the Galaxy S9 will look a lot like the Galaxy S8, this most likely means that the earpiece now doubles as a second speaker, and will play along with the usual bottom-firing speaker.

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