Apple iPad mini hands-on (2019): A love letter to old fans


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I’ve always been really fond of Apple’s iPad mini; I bought the first one as a Mother’s Day gift, and the iPad mini 4 was one of the first big reviews I ever wrote for Engadget. Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t shown its smallest tablet nearly as much affection — as I write this, it’s been over three years since the company gave the mini a refresh. In that time, we’ve seen Apple launch and redesign a line of pro-grade tablets and build a stunningly competent entry-level model. Frankly, I had nearly given up on the mini entirely — that is, until Apple announced a refreshed model earlier this week.

Apple iPad Air hands-on (2019): Just ‘Pro’ enough


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It used to be that, if you wanted to buy the best possible iPad, you splurged on an iPad Air. It wasn’t just sleek — it was terribly powerful, too. (Well, for the time, anyway.) In 2015, though, the company launched the iPad Pro, and before long, the iPad Air line was discontinued and left to the annals of Apple history. Until now, that is.

Apple dropped the price on several expensive Mac upgrades


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Apple’s iMac updates weren’t the only changes the company made today. With less fanfare, it also lowered the cost of SSD upgrades for the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. It lowered the cost to upgrade the 2013 Mac Pro RAM, too. These changes were first spotted by MacRumors. While they make the priciest SSD upgrades less expensive, the more reasonable upgrades — the ones most people might actually buy — haven’t changed.

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The iPad Air seems boring, but I want one anyway


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When Apple released the impressive and wildly expensive iPad Pro last fall, I started thinking that the company could use an iPad XR. I imagined a tablet that takes the high tech found in the new iPad Pro, but cuts some corners to make it more approachable to the masses. The new iPad Air isn’t that. Instead, it’s like the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017, except with a price cut and a few spec bumps. That’s not very exciting. What’s more, the iPad Air doesn’t have the flashy bezel-less display, Face ID sensor and support for the new Apple Pencil like the existing iPad Pro.

But compared to the basic $329 iPad, the new iPad Air has worthwhile improvements: a bigger, better screen, a much newer processor, more storage and support for Apple’s Smart Keyboard accessory. It’s a logical step up from the base iPad, and it Continue reading “The iPad Air seems boring, but I want one anyway”

Apple’s 2019 iMac gets some fresh chips, including an eight-core CPU


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It’s shaping up to be a busy week for Apple. Yesterday the company unveiled two updated iPads, and today it announced the iMac is getting a minor refresh. Going forward, the 21.5-inch model will be offered with an eighth-gen six-core Intel Core i5 CPU at the high end, plus 4GB AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics. That top-tier sku will also include an eighth-gen six-core Core i7 processor as a configure-to-order option. At the entry-level, the 21.5-inch model starts with a dual-core seventh-generation Core i5 processor, and then moves up to configurations with eighth-gen quad-core chips.

The 27-inch model, meanwhile, will be offered with a minimum of six cores (Core i5). Upgrade options include an eighth-generation Core i7 chip and a ninth-gen eight-core Core i9 upgrade option — a first for this product line. The 27-incher also steps up to an 8GB Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU, Continue reading “Apple’s 2019 iMac gets some fresh chips, including an eight-core CPU”

Apple quietly announces 10.5-inch iPad Air and refreshed iPad mini


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Apple’s online store went dark earlier this morning, and now it’s clear why: The company decided to quietly roll out not one, but two new iPads ahead of its big event next week. The new, larger, 10.5-inch iPad Air will arrive with a 70 percent performance boost compared to its predecessor, thanks to the company’s A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine. That’ll be useful alongside the now 20-percent larger display — which is compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil too.

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Looks like iCloud is having problems (updated)


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Apple is having a bad day. A litany of iCloud services are down or experiencing service disruptions, including sign-in, backup, reminders, Mail, Calendar and Find my iPhone features. On DownDetector, reports started spiking around 11AM ET, and the most common issues appear to be email connectivity and what the website deems “total blackout.”

Source: Apple System Status

Apple will finally unveil its streaming video service on March 25th


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It turns out rumors of an Apple spring event were true: the company’s next event will happen on March 25th at the Steve Jobs theater on Apple’s Cupertino campus. And judging by the event invite, we’ll finally hear about Apple’s long-rumored video service. The rumblings had pointed to a Spring event that would see the launch of Apple’s news and video services, but the invite doesn’t quite make it clear whether we’ll actually get any info on that news product. There’s also a chance we’ll see new iPads, as Apple has refreshed its lineup in March for several years now, but one thing is for sure: we’ll be there bringing you the news live as it happens.

Google discloses ‘high severity’ Mac security flaw ahead of patch


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Google’s Project Zero security disclosure program is once again proving to be a double-edged sword. The company has detailed a “high severity” macOS kernel flaw that lets people modify a user-mounted file system image without the virtual management subsystem being any the wiser, theoretically letting an attacker go unnoticed by users. Apple is working on a patch, but the disclosure ahead of the fix could leave Mac users vulnerable until it’s ready.

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Apple’s iOS-to-Mac efforts will reportedly start this June


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Google isn’t the only one with a sweet tooth for cross-platform apps. Apple’s own gestating app merger — code-named “Marzipan” — is set to launch at WWDC in June, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. Apple will reportedly start by giving devs the ability to port iPad apps to Mac. It will apparently expand the software to include iPhone apps next year. And by 2021, Apple’s grand plan to let developers merge Phone, iPad, and Mac applications into one app will be complete — meaning they’ll no longer have to re-write the underlying code for their software, nor will they have to submit their work to different Apple App Stores.

Source: Bloomberg

Apple may unveil a 16-inch iMac and 31-inch 6K monitor this year


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If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad or virtually any other Apple product, gather ’round for Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo‘s freshest rumors. To start, he told 9 to 5 Mac that Apple will release a 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019 that would be the largest-screen MacBook since 2012. That makes some sense, as we know that LG or another manufacturer is building such displays for Origin and others. Kuo adds that a 13-inch MacBook Pro might appear with up to 32GB of RAM, an amount that can only be found on 15-inch models right now.

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Did you buy the most recent MacBook Air? Tell us what you think.


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When Apple unveiled a new Macbook Air last October, we wasted no time in putting the long-awaited refresh through its paces. While the new machine includes an upgraded “butterfly” keyboard, a Touch ID sensor and a Retina display with thinner bezels, it has markedly less inputs than the previous generation: just two USB-C and a headphone jack (no SD card reader in sight, sigh). Although the dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD were more than enough for most day-to-day tasks, we were careful not to make a one-size-fits-all recommendation. After all, the new Air is about the same price as the entry-level MacBook Pro, which packs more power, albeit no fingerprint sensor.

MagSafe makes a full comeback for your USB-C MacBooks


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One feature that seasoned MacBook users may miss is the good ol’ MagSafe connector, because no one wants to accidentally drag a pricey laptop off the table. Alas, ever since Apple made the jump to USB-C, it decided to retire its handy magnetic invention — it even stopped short at releasing a MagSafe-to-USB-C adapter. There have since been a few third-party alternatives, with the earlier ones handling just power delivery (like Griffin’s BreakSafe cable), followed by the more advanced data transmitting types with mixed reviews — they tend to be bulky, nor did they support Thunderbolt 3’s full bandwidth, apparently.

This is where ThunderMag comes in. Developed by Innerexile over the past three years, this little gadget is claimed to be the world’s first truly Thunderbolt 3-compatible magnetic adapter. In other words, ThunderMag can pass through data at up to 40 Gbps (or video at up to 5K) while also Continue reading “MagSafe makes a full comeback for your USB-C MacBooks”

To Facebook, your privacy is worth a $20 gift card


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Another day, another Facebook controversy. The latest backlash follows a TechCrunch report that the company was secretly paying teenagers to access their data and basically monitor their every move on the web. Facebook was asking people to install a VPN app called “Facebook Research,” which gave it full access to a user’s phone and internet activity. That, according to security expert Will Strafach (who helped TechCrunch with the investigation), gave the company the ability to continuously collect “private messages in social media apps, chats from in instant messaging apps (including photos/videos sent to others), emails, web searches, web browsing activity and even ongoing location information.”

Apple’s services help anchor a company rocked by slow iPhone sales


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This time of year is usually when Apple posts its crazy holiday sales figures, but things are a little different now. Last November, Apple CFO Luca Silvestri confirmed that the company would no longer break out sales for individual devices because they weren’t “necessarily representative” of the strength of Apple’s business. And then, at the beginning of this year, CEO Tim Cook made a rare statement revising the company’s revenue guidance down thanks to lower-than-expected iPhone sales. Apple seemed intent on preparing Wall Street for the worst, but its recently released Q1 2019 financials painted a picture that, while not rosy, wasn’t as bad as some had expected.

Microsoft Office is finally available on Apple’s Mac App Store


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Just as Apple promised back at WWDC last year, Microsoft’s Office 365 suite is finally available on the Mac App Store today. It’s pretty much what you’d expect: the entire collection of apps, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive, all purchasable within a few clicks on the store. You can also subscribe to Office 365 from within the apps, as you’d expect. Notably, it’s the first time Apple has offered a bundle of software on the Mac App Store — a surprisingly late addition for the company that helped popularize the concept of centralized software downloads.

Source: Mac App Store

Apple fixes a host of bugs for iOS, Apple Watch and HomePod


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Don’t look now, but you’ll have a lot of updating to do if you live deep in the Apple ecosystem. Apple has released updates that tackle a host of issues for iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and HomePod. For iPhone and iPad users, iOS 12.1.3 mostly addresses specific but annoying bugs. It’ll prevent photos from displaying artifacts when you send them from a share sheet, prevent some CarPlay systems from disconnecting from newer iPhones and solve audio distortion if you use external audio input devices with the latest iPad Pro. It likewise addresses a problem scrolling through images in Messages while looking at the Details view.

Via: CNET

Greetings from CES 2019!


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It feels like CES only just ended, but we’re back in Las Vegas for the 2019 edition and we couldn’t be more excited. Just like always, there will be plenty of cars, TVs and smart appliances. But, we’re here to separate the wheat from the chaff and bring you only the best (or at least the most interesting) tech from CES 2019. The show floor hasn’t even opened yet and already several companies have made a splashincluding Apple, which continues to skip the event in any official capacity. But that hasn’t stopped it from grabbing some attention.

Of course, you don’t want to miss out on all our liveblogs, our three epic days of live stage shows which all culminates with the official Best of CES awards on Thursday at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.