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Apple updates Macbook Pros
They also have again tweaked the butterfly keyboard design with new tweaks to reduce issues some users have experienced with stuck or unresponsive keys.
The new updates are spec bumps, specifically to using the latest 8th and 9th generation Core processors from Intel
The 15-inch model has new i7 and i9 6-core and 8-core options with the 13-inch gets new i5 and i7 processor options.
The displays, ports, and storage options, as well as the base pricing appear to have remained the same.
For the keyboard, Apple said they changed the material in the butterfly mechanism and that should substantially reduce problems that some users have seen.
They also expanded its Keyboard Service Program to cover the 2018 "3rd generation" MacBook Pro and MacBook Air keyboards and says they have shortened repair times, which were taking up to a week.
They will also be reportedly replacing 3rd gen membrane keyboards with the new keyboards (though they don't replace 1st and 2nd gen ones with new designs).
The keyboards are covered for up to four years after the original purchase
Apple also quietly announced a new "Backlight Service Program" for the flex cable issues experienced on "very small percentage" of 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros
These are 2016 13-inch machines sold between October 2016 and February 2018
Apple cellular modems are far off
The Information detailed a lot of info about Apple and their struggles with Intel as a cellular modem provider.
Apple turned to Intel when they had a falling out with Qualcomm over licensing fees
But the switch to Intel was rocky and Intel struggled to deliver and missed deadline all starting all the way back in 2017.
They mess that was Intel's cellular modem business ultimately forced Apple to have to settle with Qualcomm and Intel shut it's modem business days after that.
We've know Apple has been building it's own team and until this report it seemed like Apple might have their own design and chips ready for device by 2021 or 2022.
This report says that in interviews Apple has been telling prospective engineers that they expect to have their own designs ready by 2025.
Apple iPhone base see minimal growth
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has new data on iPhone growth for the fist quarter of 2019
It shows the installed base of US iPhone owner growing 2 percent over the last quarter from 189 million to 193 million.
That's about a 12 percent increase year over year.
Still it's growing at about half the rate it was last year.
Lady Gaga at Apple Park
As we mentioned last week Apple held a party to commemorate the formal opening of their new campus Apple Park.
We mentioned the custom Apple Stage, with an original Apple rainbow colors design being erected in the center of the campus.
This week Lady Gaga performed for 15,000 Apple employees celebrating the campus opening and also as a tribute to Steve Job.
During the concert Lady Gaga asked Apple to create a "Be Kind" emoji, held a moment of silence for Steve, dedicated a performance of the song "Million Reasons" to Jobs.
She also thanked Zane Lowe for his support on Apple Music
LG Monitors are back.
Last week we discussed the LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays disappearing from Apple's retail and online stores
One of the theories was that Apple had been clearing out for the pending future launch of their own Pro 6K display.
Well, now thanks to Tidbits, looks like they were maybe just updating the version of the LG display
Some Apple Retail stores are now carrying a new $700 USD 23.7-inch UltraFine LG Display
At a resolution of 3840x2160, it's actually less than the 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K display it replaced, at 4096x2304, but still inline with Ultra HD resolution 4K displays on the market.
Just like the previous model it also has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and three regular USB-C ports
Apple Pay in Hungary and Luxembourg
Apple continues to expand Apple Pay into more countries
They launched in Hungary and Luxembourg this past week with support for credit and debit cards from MasterCard, Visa and regional banks.
Apple Pay in Hungry supports MasterCard and OTP Bank and in Luxembourg you can use MasterCard credit and debit cards, Visa, and Visa's V Pay with cards from BGL BNP Paribas
ING has already teased support for a future Apple Pay launch in the Netherlands, so that launch is likely next.
Project Titan is alive
A financial analyst Roth Capital Partners claims Apple is building "multiple very large drive rooms in California" to continue to work on battery technology to support their continued car efforts.
He specifically says that. "Project Titan is absolutely not dead."
He also said that back in 2013 Apple made a serious bid to buy Tesla. It's unclear how far those efforts went, but apparently Apple was looking to pony up some serious cash.
We do know Apple has used some Lexus SUV models in CA as a testbed for their autonomous vehicle systems.
There have also been rumors of a Palo Alto to Infinite Loop (PAIL) autonomous shuttle system for Apple employees.
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Managing Mac Storage
Phil wrote in with a common question, "What the heck happened to all my storage"?
He has a 2013 13" Retina Macbook Pro with a 250GB SSD and about 40GB free.
Running Omni Disksweeper just ended up making things more confusing because it only accounted for 136GB of stuff.
He had already disabled Time Machine local snapshots and removed them.
I found [an post at TMO](
) where Dave Hamilton noticed mixed results with Omni Disk Sweeper
Basically it doesn't have the permissions needed to see "all" the files in macOS, so it ignores them.
It also didn't seem to see data in the "Mail" folders, which can be huge.
My favorite tool, Daisy Disk, has the ability to be added to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Full Disk Access.
It was able to look into the 120GB of "Hidden Space" and give me more details.
My suspicion is that is where your missing data is Phil.
[Clean My Mac](
) also has a great Large & Old Files tool.
Still there is a lot of great info built right into your Mac
Apple Menu > About My Mac.
Click on the Storage tab and wait for it to build up your graph.
Hover over the sections to get a rough idea of what kinds of files are taking up your space.
Click the "Manage…" button.
Now you can go category by category and get more details.
Has columns to sort by size and "Last Accessed"
In the "Documents" tab you can also see, "Large Files", Downloads, and a File Browser.
There is a "Delete…" button, but I'd be careful with this. Consider using the "Show in Finder" button first and make sure you know what and where you're deleting items from.
Also, Backup, backup, backup.
Often a BIG storage hog can be iOS Files (old iOS backups)
Also, Mail (old attachments) and Messages, if you get a lot of media.
Disable iOS autocorrect on hardware keyboards
Saw this posted by Andrew Orr over at TMO form a tip he found on [OSXDaily](
With a hardware keyboard connected…
1. Open the Settings app on iPad
2. Go to “General” and then to “Keyboards”
3. Choose “Hardware Keyboards”
4. Adjust the setting toggle for “Auto-Correction” to the OFF position to disable autocorrect with iPad hardware keyboards
5. Optionally, make other hardware specific iPad keyboard settings adjustments as desired
6. Exit Settings.
Some Apple Watch tips
These are from a [Macworld](
Here are some I didn't know:
If you don't like the app grid you can change to a list view. Force touch the grid and choose "list view"
You can disable the cover to mute, not sure why.
Open the Watch App
Go to Sound & Haptics on the My Watch tab.
Toggle the "Cover to Mute" option
Send calls straight to voice mail
When you have an incoming call… double tap the side button (not the digital crown)
Answer the call on your iPhone.
instead of hitting the hitting the hang up or answer buttons swipe up and tapping "Answer on iPhone"
Fast app switcher
Double tap the digital crown to switch between your current app and the watch face
Stop calling your phone. Ping it.
this one I knew, but I often forget.
Swipe up to access the control center
Tap the ping iPhone Button
What I didn't know is if you tap and hold the ping button it will also flash the LED when it pings.
Thing of the moment: Wicked Cushions
So my podcast headphones are these great over the ear ones from [Audio Technica ATH-M40x](
I've had them for years, I love them and they're reasonably priced for Studio monitoring headphones at around $100 bucks. But that's NOT my pick.
I've had them so long that my earpads were literally disintegrating.
I didn't really need new headphones, just new ear pads.
Found these awesome ones from [Wicked Cushions](
They were around $20 bucks on Amazon and they are sooo comfortable.
Memory foam and a soft leather material. A lot thicker too.
They were super easy to install.
I should have replaced the "stock" pads years ago.
They offer pads for other headphone models too. Beats, Bose, Sony, V-Moda, etc.
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