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I’m beginning to think they’re greatly exaggerated
Still Mac Otakara is reporting that the next iPad Air could be ditching Lightning for USB-C
Seems more likely with the iPad than iPhone since the Pros are already using USB-C
It’s believed the updated Air would be coming in the second half of the year
Ming-Chi Kuo has mentioned a 10.8-inch iPad model but did not say specifically iPad Air.
There have been crazy rumors about mini-LED displays and under screen TouchID, but I don’t buy it.
I think an Air refresh will probably keep the existing design, swap the port for USB-C, update the processors and call it a day.
There have also been hints of an updated iPad mini possibly with an 8.5 to 9-inch display. But it would keep the Lightning port and is not expected to arrive until 2021.
Also expected in 2021 would be new iPad Pro models, these likely would have mini-LED displays if things go as Apple plans
They’re also expected to adopt new A14 chips and 5G connectivity on the cellular models.
It’s believed Apple will use the same Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem it’s believed they’ll use for this years iPhone 12
It features support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave technologies.
iPhone 2021 mock-up fakety fake
Mac Otakara posted an image of a 2021 5.5-inch mock-up based on data from, wait for it… Alibaba
The mock-up shows a USB-C port and a notchless display
5.5-inches would line up with an “entry” level iPhone 12 which is expected to come in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch display sizes.
It’s hard to tell, but to me the mock-p looks like it has a “punch hole” for the earpiece and what I presume would be an under display True Depth camera system which seems unlikely.
It also shows a 3 or 4 camera lens set up. This year’s iPhone 12 is only expected to have a dual lens set-up.
Bloomberg is reporting that the iPhone 12 release could be delayed until the 4th quarter
The info comes from statements made the CEO of Broadcom, one of Apple suppliers
It seems to support other reports that Apple will probably launch the iPhone 12’s in October, rather than September this year.
There’s also the possibility of a staggered release like we’ve seen Apple do in the past.
The bundle is coming.
The bundle is coming. Maybe.
If code found in the latest iOS 13.5.5 beta and 9to5Mac are to be believed.
iOS 13.5.5 internal files include references to a “bundle offer” and “bundle subscription”
There are not any details on what the bundle would be, but thoughts are Apple wants to bundle Apple Music, Apple News+, and Apple TV+ together.
Right now a if you bought the Family Sharing plan versions individually you’d be paying $30 USD /mo.
I think at $25/mo that would be a great value.
It’d be nice if the rolled in Apple Arcade too and some options for iCloud storage.
What would your perfect bundle and price be?
No word on when we’d actually see the bundle offered, but due to content licensing deals, especially with music publishers and publications, it could take a while.
Also spotted by 9to5 Mac in the code are signs that Apple might be adding new shortcuts to the iPad Magic Keyboards
The beta has references to keyboard shortcuts that replace some function keys.
Specifically there’s code that suggest keyboard shortcuts to control the screen brightness and backlit keyboard brightness.
I’d also like to see ones for media playback controls.
Apple’s open source ‘Password Manager Resources'
Apple is launching an open source project aimed at developers of password managers
They say they’re doing it to make it easier for developers to “create strong passwords that are compatible with popular websites.
The Password Manager Resources open source project allows you to integrate website-specific requirements used by the iCloud Keychain password manager to generate strong, unique passwords.
The project is available to anyone via a GitHub repository.
Not the ‘green’ iPhone you want
Some owners of iPhone 11s, iPhone 11 Pros, and iPhone 11 Pro Maxes are seeing green
On their displays, and that’s obviously not a good thing.
Luckily it happens only briefly while unlocking the device
The screen gets a green tint that does go away.
Seems to persist for a “couple seconds” after the phone unlocks.
Theories are cropping up as to the cause
Some say it only happens if your device is on the lowest brightness setting
Others think that having Dark Mode and Night Shift are both switched on is the trouble. (I don’t use either)
It’s likely just a software bug as it seems to have popped up after the iOS 13.5 update.
I suspect Apple will have a fix out in the next release.
The upcoming iPhone 12s are also suffering a potential display issue that could have a direct impact on their launch
Chinese display maker BOE reportedly failed to deliver the first shipment of OLED panels for the iPhone 12 according to a Korean news outlet
The issue was an inability to pass OLED quality control tests.
BOE currently supplies LCD panels for Apple and has been working to enter the OLED market
It’s not clear yet if this will have a direct impact on the realse of this years iPhone 12 as Samsung is still expected to provide about 80 percent of the OLED displays for the iPhone 12s
Could WWDC bring ARM?
Even though it’s “virtual” this year it’s looking WWDC 2020 could have one of Apple’s bigger reveals
According to Bloomberg Apple might announce their transition to ARM based Mac at this years conference
It would make sense given that rumors indicate Apple will have their first ARM based Macs coming in 2021.
Developers would need to start getting ready now.
Mark gurman claims that Apple is developing at least three Mac processors and the first one is based on the A14 chip design that’s expected to be used in this years iPhone 12 models.
It’s expected that TSMC would be producing the 5nm Apple designed Mac chips.
The design is believed to be featuring 12 cores. 8 high performance cores and four energy efficient ones
The report notes that internal testing already shows graphics and AI performance gains along with better power efficiency
The move will also get Apple off it’s reliance on Intel and their often delayed CPU release cycles.
Obviously this leaves us with a lot of questions
Which Mac will Apple transition first
How will older Apps work? Will there be emulation like we saw in the PPC to Intel transition?
What about developer transition kits
Some devs think Apple could use iPad Pro’s with Magic Keyboards (xCode for iOS?)
John Gruber points out the 6GB RAM issue as to why this is not likely
Virtual WWDC is starting on June 22nd and is free for all developers.
It’s starting with a Special Event Keynote on Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m. PT
It will be streaming from Apple Park and available to watch via Apple’s website, the Apple Developer app, the Apple TV app, and YouTube.
Could it also bring new iMacs?
If Apple leaker Sonny Dickson is to be believed, yes.
The iMac line up is over due for an update, but WWDC is not typically about hardware announcements.
But then again, this year is in no way “typical”
The big news here is a refreshed design adopting a reduced bezel look, like Apple’s Pro Display XDR
So a much smaller or no chin?
Also, FINALLY, no more spinning drives. Buh bye Fusion, don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.
Apple’s T2 security chips.
He also mentions the use of new Navi GPUs from AMD
We also did have a rumor of a lower-priced 23-inch iMac coming in the second half of this year.
There was also a new desktop mac model submitted to the Eurasian Economic Commission database
This was along with nine new iPhone model identifier expected to be associated with this years iPhone 12 lineup.
We expect 5 different iPhone 12 models, but the 9 listings are probably several different variations of the same model with different wireless capabilities.
Couple this with a rumor from Bloomberg that Apple will launch a new “in-store” Mac trade-in program in the US and Canada this month
Customers can exchange a Mac for credit toward a new computer or apply the trade-in value to an Apple gift card.
Apple is also expected to soon announce that Apple Card users can finance Mac and iPad purchases with 0% interest for 12 months
iBooks Author discontinued
MacRumors reports that Apple has decided to discontinue iBooks Author
As of July 1, 2020 it will not longer be available from the App Store
iBooks Author was announced at Apple’s education event in 2012 where it was touting it’s eTextbook initiative
That never quite worked out, but honestly iBooks Author was an amazing tool
It made it easy for anyone to create and publish eBooks with advanced interactive features supported by the Books app.
Apple says users should move to Pages
Apple in recent years has added more and more eBook publishing support to Pages, but really it’s not quite the same as iBooks author
There are rumors that Pages will get an update soon to be able to import iBooks Author files.
Apple notified iBooks Author users via an email of their plans to sunset the app.
In addition Apple will be discontinuing it’s iTunes U service at the end of 2021
Apple says that iTunes U tools have been replaced with next-generation apps for teachers and students, which include Classroom and Schoolwork, plus the Apple School Manager tool
iBooks Author will still be available, as long as the owner has already installed the app.
More iPads may support Magic Keyboard
L0vetodream is a newer Apple leaker on Twitter, but has proven to be somewhat reliable
The leaker is claiming Magic Keyboards could be available in the near future for iPads beyond the Pro models
While the leaker didn’t say which models, it’s thought it could be a new accessory for the rumored updated 11-inch iPad Air.
It would make sense for Apple to continue to offer an iPad keyboard solution with a trackpad now that iPad OS supports the new interface.
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Last time I mentioned that there is a gesture for selecting multiple items in the list views in some apps. Tap and drag down with two fingers (Works in Mail and Messages)
Steve wrote in and said this trick also works in the Files app
But he also provided a bonus Files tip.
You can scan documents from your iPhone directly into a folder in Files
Open the Files app and navigate to the folder
Once your in the folder you want to scan to swipe down to get the sorting and view options (slides from under the search bar)
Tap the “…” icon and tap “Scan Documents”
Then you can make your scans and when you tap Done your scans will be in that folder.
Who needs a Lightning connector?
I brought up the rumor about Apple looking to eventually remove the Lightning connector from the iPhone all together and said I thought it might be a viable option. I hard connect my iPhone to a cable anymore.
AirPods Pro and wireless charging.
Many of you wrote in and the number one reason for Apple NOT being able to ditch the Lightning connector… CarPlay
Hundreds of car models with CarPlay and MOST apparently need to be hard wired.
Wireless CarPlay is a thing, but apparently not many cars support it yet.
Another us case. Connecting to the Mac to do backups or transfer content to the device.
Now you can turn on connect via Wi-Fi, but you need to connect using a cable to enable it.
Connect your device to your Mac using a USB or USB-C cable.
In the Finder on your Mac, select the device in the Finder sidebar.
Select General in the button bar.
Select the checkbox for “Show this [device] when on Wi-Fi.”
Click Apply and your device appears via Wi-Fi in the Finder sidebar.
I enabled it and had an issue where my iPhone wouldn’t show up even when connected to wi-fi
Had to reset the network settings
Settings > General > Reset Network Settings
You’ll have to re-connect to any wi-fi networks after the iPhone reboots.
Help with Airport Airplay issues
Play comment from Justin
Activity Monitor, sort by "Preventing Sleep" and then quit "AirPlayUIAgent" manually from there.
I too have had issues with drives randomly disconnecting with my MacBook Pro 2015, but not related to AirPlay
In my case it helped to switch around how the USB drives were connected to my hub
I would normally agree with Apple, but you say this issue happens on ALL three of your Macs?
I don’t know how this could be the case with all three Machines, but for odd hardware and sleep issues a generally good tip is to try resetting the SMC