Xiaomi announced its latest flagship smartphone today, Xiaomi 8. The phone spots several iPhone X-style designs, including the notch, vertical dual-lens camera system, and the system symbols sit either side of the notch. CEO Lei Jun said that since Xiaomi 8 wanted to use a lot of black technology, it could not help but using notch.



Xiaomi 8 adopts a 6.21 inch Samsung AMOLED screen, 18.7:9 screen, the screen ratio surpassed 86.68%. It comes with white, bright blue, champagne gold, black four colors.

Configuration wise, Xiaomi 8 uses the latest Snapdragon 845 chip. It packs a 20-megapixel front-facing camera, with the rear dual-lens that two 12-megapixel cameras. Mi 8 is also the world’s first dual-band GPS smartphone that can achieve ultra-precise location accuracy.

In addition, Xiaomi also unveiled Mi 8 Explorer Edition that equipped with the pressure-sensitive integrated fingerprint scanner and a semi-transparent rear chassis. It added Face ID function as well.



In terms of selling price, Xiaomi 8's 6GB+64GB version starting at ¥2,699; 6GB+128GB version is priced for ¥2,999; 6GB+256GB version costs ¥3,299, and the premium Explorer version sells for ¥3,699.

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According to Bloomberg, who published a new article that says Apple’s forthcoming WWDC Keynote will be focus on its software platforms. The publication also expects that Apple won’t launches any new hardware...



First and foremost, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims that would introduce a series of Digital Health tools that's designed to help users monitor their app usages. A way to prevent the concerns about smartphobe addiction.

Furthermore, Gurman says that iOS 12 will enable users with more control over notifications, the introduction of "ARKit 2.0" that will allow consumers for a multiplayer mode in augmented reality games.

Bloomberg also suggested Apple could reveal its reported plans to allow iOS apps to run on Macs, though it's not entirely clear if they willing to do so. But one thing for sure is that Appe will announce bigger changes later on.

Hardware wise, Gurman touts that even though Apple is working on a refreshed MacBook & MacBook Pro with newer Intel chips, new iPad Pro, redesigned Apple Watch models, and a new low-cost MacBook. However, he doesn't expec those will be unveiled in the keynote.

The five-day WWDC Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off in just four days, and Apple's preparations are well underway: Send invitations, update WWDC apps and Apple Events app, and just recently, they start to decorate the McEnery Convention Center.



From the image that shared by developer Aaron Stephenson, it appears that the convention center decorations feature the same design as the rest of Apple's WWDC 2018 artwork, featuring 3D buttons, toggles, as well as text on a white background.

The WWDC keynote will begin at 10:00 a.m. on June 4th, Pacific Time. Thousands of developers and media personnel from all over the world will gather in the McEnery Conference Center Auditorium to watch Apple unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12, and also launch new hardware products and services.

Are you excited about the forthcoming Apple Special Event? Let us in the comments section below!

Apple pushes iOS beta updates constantly, just when you were still celebrating and experiencing new features of iOS 11.4, Apple went live with a beta version of iOS 11.4.1. You can download it with a beta profile as always.

Enough is said, We did not find any new feature and changes in the update. However, it’s not hard to guess that it’ll definitely be going to fix some hidden bugs, bring speed improvements, and patch security issues.


Well, at least we now know that iOS 11.4 is not the last version of iOS 11. Although next week Apple will usher the new iOS 12. Indeed, the company also released watchOS 4.3.2 and tvOS 11.4.1. But wait...

The Funnier thing is that the beta version of macOS 10.13.6 came before the macOS 10.13.5, which is still in beta testing. So the question is whether you should upgrade to 11.13.5 or just jump to 11.13.6?

Couple news related to HomePod are summed up below:

Apple on Tuesday announced that it will expand HomePod availability to Canada, France, and Germany on Monday, June 18. At present, the speaker can only be purchased in U.S., U.K., and Australia.



The company has also launched new 11.4 software update for HomePod. The update includes features like AirPlay 2 and HomePod stereo pairing. Not only that, it also enables Siri to speak in French, German, and Canadian English. With the three new additional languages support, the HomePod is now available in six languages.

As we reported earlier this month, Apple may be planning to introduce a Beats-branded product that will offer Siri integration similar to the HomePod, makes more affordable to ordinary users. However, according to Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster, the cost of the Beats speaker will be priced for $250.

Thoughts?

Apple has officially released watchOS 4.3.1. The new update can be downloaded through the Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Up. Here are the features discovered in the new update:

In watchOS 4.3.1, Apple introduced a new warning that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS. Coding references in the update also hinting that the wearables soon will support third-party watch faces

Guilherme Rambo has found a new string in the latest system firmware, indicating that an "inspired by the rainbow flag" new watch faces will become available on Monday, June 4 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The new watch face will animate with moving threads of color that shift whenever the display is tapped.

Thoughts?

Apple has officially released the fourth major update to iOS 11- iOS 11.4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today. The update includes several features and couple innovations have been delayed as well as bug fixes and performance improvements.

First of all, the update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings - General - Software Update.


Secondly, the update finally gains support for AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud. With AirPlay 2, it will enable multi-room audio and stereo pairing on HomePods. As for Messages in iCloud, it will allow you to store your messages in the iCloud and freed up with the bulk of older message that eats your storage.

The update also includes several new features such as a new ClassKit framework for educational apps, HomePod gains calendar support, (Product)RED wallpaper for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus users, plus USB Restricted Mode for better security that could prevent tools like GreyKey from unlocking devices.

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iOS 11.4 includes AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, support for HomePod stereo pairs, and Messages in iCloud. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

AirPlay 2

  • Control your home audio system and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers throughout your house
  • Play music at the same time on multiple AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in your house, all in sync
  • Control AirPlay 2-enabled speakers from Control Center, the Lock screen, or AirPlay controls within apps on your iPhone or iPad
  • Use your voice to control AirPlay 2-enabled speakers with Siri from your iPhone or iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV
  • Take a call or play a game on your iPhone or iPad without interrupting playback on your AirPlay 2-enabled speakers

HomePod stereo pair

  • This update supports setting up your HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad
  • HomePod pair automatically senses its location in the room and balances the sound based on the speakers’ locations
  • Advanced beamforming provides wider soundstage than traditional stereo pair
  • HomePod will automatically update to support stereo pairs, unless auto updates are disabled in the Home app

Messages in iCloud
  • Store your messages, photos, and other attachments in iCloud and free up space on your devices
  • All your messages appear when you sign into a new device with the same iMessage account
  • When you delete messages and conversations they are instantly removed from all your devices
  • To turn on Messages in iCloud, enable Messages in iCloud settings (Settings > [your name] > iCloud)
  • Your conversations continue to be end-to-end encrypted

Other improvements and fixes
  • Enables teachers to assign their students reading activities in iBooks using the Schoolwork app
  • Fixes an issue where certain character sequences could cause Messages to crash
  • Addresses a Messages issue that could cause some messages to appear out of order
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent logging in or accessing files on Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail in Safari
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent data syncing in Health
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent users from changing what apps can access Health data
  • Resolves an issue that could cause an app to appear in an incorrect location on the Home screen
  • Fixes an issue where CarPlay audio could become distorted
  • Fixes an issue where selecting music from your iPhone could fail when playing music over Bluetooth or when connected to USB on some vehicles

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT20122

According to the DigiTimes report, Pegatron has secured orders from Apple that will be producing an ARM-based MacBook. In addition, the Taiwan-based website confirmed previous Bloomberg report that the new ARM MacBook has an internal codename of Star and carries the serial number of N84.

Pegatron is likely to land orders from Apple to produce an ARM-based MacBook model, codenamed Star with a series number N84, according to industry sources.


Rumors about Apple's eventual launch of the ARM-based MacBook have been around for a long time, just over this weekend, 9to5Mac has reported that Apple’s so-called "Star" project could be the device. A report from September also claimed that Apple would build its own ARM chips for its laptops.

The primary reason behind this approach is that the development of ARM chips will allow Apple to reduce its dependence on Intel. The ARM processor consumes less power and has fewer transistors, implementing the IC with a smaller size.

Thoughts?

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iPhone X, Apple's first iPhone with an OLED screen, which also marks Apple's shift from LCD to OLED technology. Indeed, multiple reports suggested that Apple will release three iPhones this year, two of them are using OLED screen. And now, a new report says that Apple will complete its transition to OLED in 2019...


The report from Korean ET News stated that Apple plans to adopt OLED technology on all three new iPhones next year. Affected by this rumor, JDI's stock fell 20%, because this company mainly provides LCD screens for Apple.

"Apple recently started planning the iPhone model in 2019 and decided to adopt OLED in all three types," said an official from Apple who said, "The OLED used in the iPhone X (TEN) is a low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) LCD Quality, performance, and so on. "

Another official said, "Apple has decided to put all the OLED on the new iPhone model in 2019." If the new model is more than three kinds, the LCD model may be maintained. However.

Currently, Samsung is the only OLED screen supplier for Apple's iPhones. But the company has invested billions of dollars in LG and hopes LG can become an OLED supplier. and rumors even indicated that the screen maker would be the supplier for this year's "iPhone X Plus."

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Apple is still developing a new hinge design for its laptop products such as the MacBook. Since 2013, Apple has been researching and optimizing the hinge design. And now, the European Patent Office announced a new Apple patent that further explains the new flexible hinge design.




Referred to as "Living Hinge," the design allows the entire MacBook's enclosure to be made from one rigid of material. It sounds similar to the Surface Book's hinge introduced by Microsoft in 2015, which is called "dynamic fulcrum hinge," where you can reverse the notebook into a tablet, you can remove the screen from the hinge as well.

An enclosure for a laptop may be created from a rigid material having a flexible portion defined around approximately a midpoint of the material. The flexible portion may allow the rigid material to be folded in half and thus acts as a laptop clamshell. A top portion may support a display screen and a bottom portion may support a keyboard, track pad, and the like, while an interior defined by sidewalls of the rigid material may house a variety of electronic components in accordance with conventional laptop computing devices.

Not doubt that in addition to increases flexibility, the new hinge design should make the production process easier than ever, as the entire housing can be made from one piece of material. (Via Patently Apple)

Apple's next year iPhones would use post-imposed 3D sensing modules to enables Augmented Reality features. Among them, time-of-flight (ToF) is the main sensing technology. However, according to Deutsche Securities latest report, they believe that Apple will replace ToF technology with the triple-lens rear camera...


Jialin Lu, Deutsche Securities's technology industry analyst said even though market predicts that the iPhone will use the so-called ToF method, but after his visit in Taiwan supply chains, he concluded that Apple will use triple-lens rear camera system instead, which includes two camera lenses that use stereoscopic vision technology and a Tele lens to enhance Zoom.

Interestingly, analysts at the Research Department of Merrill Lynch Taiwan, think that the iPhone 3D sensing module is more likely to use ToF next year, but he does not rule out upgrading to triple-lens as a way to enhance the zoom.

Earlier this year, Yuanda Investment analysts also claimed that next year’s iPhones would be featured a triple-lens rear camera led by a 12-megapixel lens in 2019. Hon Hai and Largan Precision will supply the triple camera lens.

Via Economic Daily News

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In January of this year, Apple has announced that data stored in iCloud accounts in China will be moved from US servers to servers in China, and Chinese servers will be fully represented by local companies in Guizhou. The relocation work begins on February 28.


As of now, all the migrations have been completed. Today, we also learned that the Apple has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the first China data center on Friday, which will be located in Gui'an New Area, Guizhou Province.

It’s expected that the center to offer iCloud services on the mainland China by 2020. The under constructing building will be jointly built by Apple and Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), and it's said to cover about 67 hectares in Guian New Area.

Isabel Ge Mahe, Apple's vice president and managing director for Greater China spoke about the project during China International Big Data Industry Expo 2018 in Guizhou that data stored in iCloud will reduce delays, improve stability, and enhance the iCloud user experience.

According to The Information, Apple will open full access to iPhone's NFC chip for third-party developers in iOS 12. It can not only used for mobile payments, but also be allowing users to securely unlock doors.


Apple started this work by adding the Core NFC framework on iOS 11 but with limited functionality. The intention of Apple is to allow third-party developers to store sensitive information through the iPhone's built-in Secure Enclave instead of Bluetooth, which can significantly increase popularity.

The change to the near-field communication, or NFC, chip, which is expected to be announced next month, could pave the way for people to use iPhones for other security-sensitive interactions, from paying transit fares and opening car doors to verifying their identity in other ways. 

The report also mentioned that Apple has expanded the feature in the Apple Park campus security system developed in cooperation with HID Global, in which Apple employees already use the iPhone to access Apple Park's offices.

Indeed, WWDC 2018 about to kick off on June 4th. As for what changes will be introduced to iOS 12, let's wait and see!

According to a 9to5mac report, Apple is currently developing a brand-new device with the codename "Star" and the model number of N84. This will be the first Mac with an ARM processor, or the first iOS notebook.


Macs have been using Intel’s processors since 2006. However, Apple’s mobile devices have been using Apple’s own custom chips since 2010. But then the recent news did report that Apple plans to use its custom chips for the Mac in 2020.

For months, the site has been tracking the "Star" project. Currently, the project is in the prototype design stage, and product prototypes have been handed over to OEMs. A small number of prototypes have been sent to the Apple headquarters for testing, and the prototype has been in production since January of this year.

The report suggests that this will be a device with a touchscreen, SIM card slot, supports GPS, compass, waterproof, and EFI interface. EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) is used by the Mac to boot systems. It’s believed that the "Star" project may become the first ARM-based Mac product.

This new device is currently classified as a new product lineup that will run the iOS operating system. The device can be used to distinguish between different iOS devices. Since ARM processors already support LTE and GPS, which means that the hybrid device may differ significantly from existing Intel-based Macs.

In order to attract more free iCloud users to pay for storage upgrades, Apple has just launched a promotional campaign, that is, when users select the 50GB, 200GB, and 2TB storage solutions, they will enjoy the first month for free. (Via AppleInsider)


When these users are performing iCloud cloud backup, a window will pop up prompting the user to upgrade, especially for those that do not have enough storage to do so. "You do not have enough space in iCloud to back up your iPhone. A 50 GB plan gives you plenty of space to continue backing up your iPhone. Your first month is free and it’s just $0.99 each month after,” reads the message.

Shortly when the trial ended, all plans will be cost at normal price: $0.99 for 50GB, while the 200GB and 2TB plans cost $2.99 and $9.99, respectively, However, If you are already on a paid iCloud tier, you are not eligible for a free trial even if you choose to upgrade to a bigger storage plan.

Are you going to upgrade your iCloud plan?

Apple confirmed today that there are already more than 400 vehicle models supporting CarPlay, a feature that It allows you to use your iPhone intelligently and safely in your car. It mirrors several iPhone functions onto a vehicle's dashboard display, enables you to navigation more easier, makes phone calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music.


Most auto manufacturers currently only support the wired CarPlay, which means that the iPhone must be connected to the car system via the Lightning cable to work. At present, wireless CarPlay is only available on certain BMW models and Alpine, Pioneer's vehicle models.

Available on select cars, CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just connect your iPhone and go.

The latest model that supports CarPlay is the Subaru 2019 WRX. In previous years, Subaru WRX did not come with CarPlay. In addition to CarPlay, the 2019 WRX also supports Android Auto. Starlink also offers Aha Broadcast, Pandora, AM/FM, Bluetooth Audio, CD Player, and entertainment systems.

Apple brought a newly designed App Store to iOS 11 on WWDC last year, it provided the “Today” tap, which includes App Store staff recommended games and apps. This redesign has played a positive role in the app discovery, the downloads of many games and apps have increased significantly.


Now, according to the latest leak from John Gruber, Apple may plan to redesign the Mac App Store in macOS 10.14 and embrace the iOS 11 App Store style. He declared the new iOS11 App Store is very successful, Apple is likely to copy this routine in macOS.

Since its launch in 2011, the Mac App Store hasn't been valued by Apple and its developer community, and some developers have completely abandoned the Mac App Store platform. Sure, the problem in the Mac App Store is not that the app discovery is difficult, but rather the lack of features and user interest, could the redesign get the users' attention again?

Share your thoughts down below with us.

The NBA 2K18 has available on the iPhone for several months, but its $7.99 price tag has made it inaccessible to many mobile gamers. However, the good news is you can download the free version in the New Zealand App Store as a soft-launch, here is how to download it to your devices regardless the country you are in.

  1. Open Settings app on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID on the top of the panel.
  3. Tap View Apple ID, you may have to enter your password.
  4. Change your country/region to New Zealand.
  5. Must enter a valid address, for example, a KFC andresss.
  6. Back to your Home screen, tap on App Store and search for "NBA 2K Mobile Basketball"
The game has the same intuitive one-touch controls and overall gameplay, and that makes it fun to play on the go. NBA 2K Free version is also featured with stunning graphics, more unique activities, and to participate in special awards or added to the list of all-star players. Due to it's still in development, a few hiccups could happen when playing the game.

Need help? Leave your comments down below, and we will help you to solve it.

A new Apple patent application shows that Siri one day could provide iPhone callers with reasons to why you had to reject the call. It could become a more enjoyable and useful experience for important callers or family members, to suggest why individuals cannot answer the phone.

Named “Intelligent Digital Assistant Denied Calls”, the patent application issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday pointed out that the current call interface is limited and can only provide basic options for answering or rejecting incoming calls.


So the solution is to let Apple's voice assistant collect information about the user and then automatically relay the details to the caller. For instance, Siri can alert the caller about the user's current location, whether the iPhone is in Do Not Disturb modes, tell the caller that user is at gym, or the user enjoying a movie as if he/she activated Theater Mode.

Combining all this data together, the digital assistant can create a message using that information. The generated message can be provided to the user to check that it is fine to send before it is dispatched to the caller. Moreover, the system could be used with CarPlay just in case you can't answer calls while driving.

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In its U.S. and Canadian online stores, Apple has added refurbished iMac Pro models. Currently, there are 8-core, 10-core, and 18-core configurations available, along with various storage, memory, and graphics options. In the U.S., prices are range from $4,249 to $8,159, that is roughly 15% discount on the new iMac Pro. (Via MacRumors)

For the sake of compersion, the base iMac Pro model now costs $4,999, but with a refurbished model, it's only for $4,249. The 8-core iMac Pro featured with a 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, 32GB DDR4 ECC memory, 1TB SSD flash memory, and Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics card.


Apple released the most powerful Mac product in December 2017. Described as a powerful workstation, iMac Pro can meet professional user workflows, including advanced video and photo editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering.

Before Apple-certified refurbished products are put on sale, they will be processed according to a strict renewal process to ensure that the products meet Apple's high-quality standards. Apple also provides a standard one-year limited warranty service.

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In the past few months, Apple has continued testing its self-driving cars. According to a report by The New York Times, the company has already reached an agreement with Volkswagen that will use their T6 Transporter vans to transform itself into self-driving shuttle bus for employees.


The report said that Apple had sought cooperation with BMW and Mercedes to develop fully electric self-driving cars, but the negotiations apparently broke down as the Cupertino tech-giant wanted to control the data and design.

[...] According to five people familiar with the negotiations who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

But on-again, off-again talks with those companies have ended after each rebuffed Apple’s requirements to hand over control of the data and design, some of the people said.

The details of the deal is unclear, but the report explained that the breakdown of the negotiations with Mercedes-Benz and BMW represented Apple’s hard work on the self-driving car development, as the scope of research is also shrinking. However, we do know that its research efforts has changed from vehicle manufacturing to autonomous software.

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Apple has updated its Support page today and officially announced that starting today, they will be offering $50 credit to iPhone customers who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement through January 1, 2017 to December 28, 2017.

The offer comes after Apple's $29 battery replacement program, which is a cheaper battery replacement options to customers potentially affected by performance throttling because of the battery degradation, in which Apple introduced in older iPhones with iOS 10.2.1 update in early 2017 to prevent iPhones from unexpected shutdowns.


According to Apple, eligible customers who received battery replacement from an Apple Store, Apple Repair Center, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider are qualified for the $50 credit. Users should the credit in an electronic funds transfer or a credit on the credit card used to pay for the battery replacement.

From May 23, 2018 to July 27, 2018, the company will contact qualified customers via email and provide instructions on how to obtain credit. If you are not seeing the email, contact Apple by December 31, 2018.

Oh, by the way, In-warranty iPhone battery replacements can't obtain the credit.

Apple launched a new "Data & Privacy" website today, where users can download all data associated with Apple ID. These data including purchase history, app usage history, calendars, reminders, photos, documents stored in iCloud, Apple Music and Game Center data, and AppleCare support history.

Unfortunately, only Apple IDs registered in European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, as well as Switzerland. However, Apple says it will roll out the service worldwide "in the coming months". Additionally, you can request data corrections, deactivate or delete your own account as well.


The new website is designed to response to the new GDPR regulation that goes into effect at the end of the month. Because of Apple’s strong stance on privacy, the data stored in Apple severs shouldn't take plenty of time to download.

Thoughts?

At this year's upcoming fall event, Apple will release three news iPhones that is featured with A12 processor. And now, it's less than four months before the September launch. TSMC, Apple's long-term and sole chip supplier, has already begin manufacturing A12 processor, according to Bloomberg


This chip is likely to be named A12, which will use an more advanced 7nm process, compared to the 10nm chip on the iPhone X. According to report, the 7nm process will be 40% more power-efficient than 10nm, and the performance will increase by 20%. Basically, the chip will be smaller, energy-efficient, and deliver super powerful performance.

The processor, likely to be called the A12 chip, will use a 7-nanometer design that can be smaller, faster and more efficient than the 10-nanometer chips in current Apple devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Apple and TSMC spokeswomen declined to comment.

Finally, Bloomberg reiterated that Apple will release three new iPhones in September, one is the successor of the iPhone X, one is the larger 6.1-inch OLED screen model, and the lower-priced version that featured with LCD display.

On Tuesday, gaming hardware manufacturer Razer officially released a new eGPU external graphics Enclosure product, the Razer Core X (Warcore X). It provides support to all Macs running on macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 or later and with Thunderbolt 3.


As the product in the Razer eGPU family that support Macs, Core X is priced at $299. The significance of the external GPU enclosure is that it allows Macs to have the same performance of a game console, or more precisely, the MacBook graphics performance can even reach the desktop-class level.

Give your thin and light laptop the power of a full gaming rig. Whether you’re hunting down enemies in an apocalypse or designing your own 3D world, the Razer Core X delivers desktop-class graphics to your laptop instantly. Compatible with Thunderbolt 3 Windows 10 or Mac laptops.

The biggest highlight of the Razer Core X supports "plug-and-play", which means you don't need to restart the laptop to connect devices. At the same time, thanks to the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port, the Razer Core X can deliver up to 40 Gbps of speed.

It housing additional heat sink and vents, and does not require tools for mounting the graphics card. Built-in ATX 650 Watt power supply, the maximum graphics card power supply support up to 500 watts, while the power supply goes through the USB-C into the laptop is limited to 100 watts.


Honestly, the Razer Core X is one of the best choices when it comes to selecting Mac's external GPU enclosures. It does cost a lot less than the Razer Core V2. However, You will need to purchase a GPU alongside the Razer Core accessories. Here are Mac-compatible GPU cards:
  • AMD Radeon RX 570
  • AMD Radeon RX580
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  • AMD Vega Frontier Edition Air
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100
At present, The Razer Core X has now officially available for order directly from the Razer Store starting today in Canada, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom for $299.

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Legrand today announced a wireless charging wall plate that's certified by the Qi standard, which is compatible with devices such as the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Even though the charger has a LED light on the base to display the charging status of the smartphone. it is incompatible with the iPhone.

Based on the 3.1A and assuming at least 5V pass through, this should provide up to 15W of power. but iPhone 8/8 Plus and X top out at 7.5W. There's no doubt that the new type of wall plate provides homeowners with a convenient way to recharge iPhones or other Qi certified devices in the kitchen, bedroom or anywhere. The wall plate is available in select retailers like Lowe's for $65-70



Belkin today released a Lightning to 3.5 mm audio cable for the iPhone and has already opened a pre-order on its website. One end of this cable is a Lightning connector and the other is a 3.5 mm audio output, so an iPhone without a headphone jack can be connected to the car speakers through the AUX port.

This cable can also be used to connect the iPhone to other devices with 3.5 mm audio input, such as home speaker systems, headsets, etc. Belkin audio cable passed Apple MFi certification. You can now pre-order the Lightning 3.5mm Audio Cable for $29.99.

Apple has officially send out media invites for the opening keynote of Worldwide Developer Conference. The event will be held in San Jose, California, at the McEnery Convention Center on Monday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.


Apple’s next versions of its four platforms—iOS 12, macOS 10.14, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 will be announced during the keynote. Rumors suggest that we could see some major interface changes, improvements to Siri, cross-platform app supports, and more!

According to reports, Apple is developing an updated iPad Pro that has an iPhone X-style edge-to-edge display with the support of Face ID. Apple could also introduces new MacBook Pros and Mac mini or perhaps MacBook Air. It's possible that the company would use the keynote unveils the long-awaited AirPower.

Thoughts?

Top Apple News Today:

TeenSafe Leaks Thousands of Apple IDs Info: As reported by ZDNet, TeenSafe, an app that allow parents to monitor their teenagers' phone activity has suffered data breach, it leaked tens of thousands of login credentials, including the Apple IDs of children, and at least 10,200 records affected by it.

The data was hosted on Amazon servers as it remained unprotected and accessible without a password. But now, the servers have been temporarily pulled offline, and the company's representative stated that the company has begun to send out additional info to users, and will be provide further details in the future.


Apple Updates Clips App Ahead World Cup: Ahead of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup that will kick off in Russia on June 14th, Apple has updated its Clips app with new soccer graphics that can be added to videos, it includes a new football tag and soccer-related background poster that contains customizable text elements as well.

Apple Shares New Animoji Karaoke Ad: Apple recently shared a brand new Animoji karaoke ad on its Korean YouTube channel, and promoted the iPhone X's Animoji feature with the new single “Citizen Kane”, sung by Hyukoh, an independent band that is very popular in Korea, yet comes ahead of the planned release on May 31.

Apple Loses Netflix Over Obama's Production Deal: The New York Times reported that former US President Barack Obama have signed a production deal with Netflix, which will see two productions of TV shows and movies. On the other hand, Apple has interested in the deal, but apparently, they have lose the chance.

As we getting more and more closer to Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conferences (WWDC), many people are trying to make Siri reveal some hidden messages about the event. And today, we did discovered some of the surprises that Apple planned for this year's most hyped Keynote.

Firstly, when we ask Siri "Tell me about WWDC", the assistant responds "I'm gonna have a shiny new home! Well, not really shiny, more meshy and matte." This could hint a new hardware, as the mention of mesh implies the new home for Siri will be some form of speaker, which is in line with the rumored cheaper Beats HomePod we reported last weekend!


Next up, we asked same question again, this time, Siri claims that it will getting "a lot" smarter, which suggesting it will most likely gain new capabilities. The virtual assistant do need to take a big step to improve its functions, several tests shows that it lags behind Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa when it comes to answering queries.

Finally, Siri leaks that a brand new voice will be added to itself, but, wasn't Apple already introduced a more modern voice last year? Siri has also told us that "so many good things" to be announced during WWDC. 

Thoughts?

Fortune has rolled out its latest Fortune 500 Companies list, and it appears that Apple has fallen one place in the rankings, where it retained its #3 slot last year. However, the tech-giant continue to be the most valuable and profitable company on the list though.

Apple took a small step back, from No. 3 to No. 4, despite a 6% gain in annual sales, but it led the way in profits with more than $48 billion in net income. In short, the Apple juggernaut continues at tremendous scale and despite the overall saturation of smartphones, which make up the vast majority of the company’s sales and profits. In an unusual move, Apple introduced three new phones, the upgraded iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the redesigned iPhone X (pronounced “ten”), powered by facial-recognition technology. Services likes Apple Pay and Apple Music continued to rise too.


In the rankings, Apple ranked the lowest in 2002, with #325 at the time. It entered the top 100 for the first time in 2009 and surpassed the top 10 in 2013, and it has been a leader on the list since then. As of now, the Cupertino firm now holds $851B market value, it's expected that Apple could be the first trillion-dollar company in the upcoming months.

Other technology companies on the list include Amazon made to the top 10 with #8 slot, right after the largest online retailer is the AT&T which ranked #9, Verizon at #16, Alphabet at #22, and Microsoft at #30.

Apple’s iPhone X remained the best-selling smartphone in March and dominated the entire quarter as the world’s best-selling smartphone. The performance of the iPhone 8 Plus in March has improved to become the second best-selling model follows the iPhone X, as noted by Counterpoint Research.

Furthermore, the report states that iPhone X took a 3.5 percent share of the market - well ahead of all its Android rivals, whereas iPhone 8 with a 2.3 percent share. All these data, which again cancel any concern that Apple's flagship was a flop, after all, iPhone X was a hit to the market.


On the other hand, Chinese vendor Xiaomi's Redmi 5A became the best-selling Android phone in March and ranked third in the world's best-selling smartphone brands. Followed by Oppo's A83. Samsung's latest flagship, S9 and S9 Plus are ranked 5 and 6 respectively.

What is your thought?

Sure, some people says the Phone app is the one the app that didn't receive any new features in the past few years, besides from 3D Touch that let you quick dial favorite contacts on the Home screen. Having said that, there's a petty cool function that you won't even be noticed that is there, and with the tips you don't have to routinely enter the last number, here is how!
  1. Open the Phone app on your Home screen
  2. Tap on the Keypad icon at the bottom of the app
  3. Click the Green button once
  4. Now you last dialed number should show in the top, click the call again
  5. And that's it!

You can use Siri or Voice Control by saying “Redial that last number” as well. However, it's worth to note that the trick actually only allows you to quickly redial last number that was physically dialled using the Keypad, rather than a contact that was being called through the Contacts app.

According to Taiwan’s supply chain source (Via Sina), Apple is in talk with MediaTek to launch a cheap version of its HomePod speakers to grab more market share. Statistics show that HomePod sold only 600,000 units in the first quarter of this year, which is a lot worse than Google and Amazon.

The anonymous source claimed that Apple is preparing to announce the cheap version of HomePod. However, it will not be linked to Apple's name. Instead, it will be under the Beats brand. As for price, the low-priced model would cost around $199, which is far cheaper than current HomePod's cost.


The reason behind Google and Amazon smart speakers' well-received sales, in addition to relatively decent technology, but more importantly, these products cost-effective, such as entry-level models Echo Dot, Home Mini are priced for $49, on the contrary, HomePod price up to $349, it is indeed difficult to accept it, so why not make it cheaper?

Would you purchase a HomePod that's priced for only $199?

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Even though the new App Store design has shown sign of greatly improved app downloads, still, a group of more than 130 App Store developers called themselves as Developer Union, today sent an open letter to Apple asking the company to launch free trials for apps and a more reasonable cut of revenues, reports Wired


Its main goal is to ask Apple to implement free trial for iOS and Mac apps by July of this year. The Developers Alliance stated app creators who make great software should be able to rely on these apps to live a normal life. Indeed, the free trial feature allows users to better experience the App and facilitate the final purchase.

We believe that people who create great software should be able to make a living doing it. So we created The Developers Union to advocate for sustainability in the App Store.

Today, we are asking Apple to commit to allowing free trials for all apps in the App Stores by the tenth anniversary of the App Store this July. After that, we'll start advocating for a more reasonable revenue cut and other community-driven, developer-friendly changes.

The Developers Union said that it plans to acquire 20,000 members by early June. Developers have been wanting free trials for Mac and iOS App Store for many years, but Apple has not yet launched. The developer alliance hopes to persuade Apple to provide free trial features to all applications, not just those that provide subscription-based.

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Apple's latest high-end flagship smartphone, iPhone X, featured with 3D face recognition technology called Face ID, since it has been available on the market for six months, and the security and ease of use of it, some says that Apple should ditch the Touch ID completely. However, Apple itself does not seem to think so...


According to a report by Korean media Chosun, Apple is developing in-screen fingerprint reader that sets apart from other companies' sensor. Samsung, Apple, and Qualcomm are researching the "ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor", which is different from Chinese vendors Vivo, Huawei's optical in-screen fingerprint scanner.

To simply put, optical sensor reflected light to read the shape of a fingerprint and match it to the user's fingerprint to complete the recognition; ultrasonic, however, when the waves are emitted, so it catches small details of the skin. Therefore, in terms of security, because the ultrasonic scheme is three-dimensional, the security is higher, compared to the optical's flat surface.

Furthermore, when a user has oil stains and water stains on his hands, ultrasonic solutions can be properly identified, whereas the optical solutions would fail to work. So, in general, companies like Apple and Samsung are more willing to adopt a solution with high security and ease of use, even if it is more challenging.

Thoughts?

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Apparently, Apple's HomePod speaker sales weren't so bad after all, as Strategy Analytics suggest that the company has sold an estimated 600,000 units during the first quarter of 2018. The figure allowed it to capture just 6 percent of the global smart speaker market, ranked in 4th place.

According to the chart, Amazon shipped approximately 4 million Echo smart speakers this quarter, with a market share of 43.6%. Meanwhile, Google shipped around 2.4 million Google Home speaker with a market share of 26.5%. Chinese company Alibaba also leads Apple with 700,000 shipments.


However, it should be pointed out that HomePod was only released on February 9th, and it's only available for purchase three countries, so the data can not fully reflect the specific circumstances in Q1  2018. Plus, it does not break down the average sales price. 

Since the HomePod's price is much higher than its competitors' products, it's believed that Apple is developing a cheap version of HomePod, which expected that it will come later this year. In addition, Apple is also accelerating the pace of expansion - Japan and Germany would also join the list of available countries as soon as possible.

Only three days after it released the fifth beta of iOS 11.4, Apple has just issued the sixth beta of the update, indicating that iOS 11.4 could launch rather sooner than later. Developers are able to download these betas in the Apple Developers Center and receive the profiles in order to update your devices.

The forthcoming software update includes several new features such as a new ClassKit framework for education, HomePod calendar support, (Product)RED wallpaper for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus users, and USB Restricted Mode for better security that could prevent tools like GreyKey from unlocking devices.


On the WWDC last year, Apple unveiled much-needed AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud, but it's already in mid-May, yet the company still hasn't rolled these features to users. And now since there are present in the update, let's hope it can ultimately reach to customers.

The update is likely to release in the next few weeks.

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Samsung has released a new ad encouraging iPhone users to upgrade to the Galaxy S9, in this ad, the Korean smartphone maker poke fun at the performance throttling issue, and continue to mock iPhone X's notch design.

Called "Moving On", the ad campaign shows a woman holds an iPhone 6, and he tries to check her tickets at an AirPort and watch a move on her phone, but instead, the white screen appears on iPhone 6, which suggest the device is lagging badly. The person next to her was able to doing these actions smoothly.


After increasingly frustrated at her iPhone, the woman asked an Apple Store staff if her slow iPhone can be fixed, but the employee advises her that she can turn off Apple's performance management, at the risk of unexpected shutdowns. Surely it make the woman feel helpless, so she decided to switching to Samsung Galaxy S9.

I personally think this is stupidest ad ever made by Samsung, they should be ashamed to compare a 4 year-old iPhone 6 to its latest flagship device. On top of that, the one-minute clip has also a lot of hole on it, even the iPhone model was being throttled; it shouldn't be that slow.


Apple announced in January of this year that it will establish a new company campus in a brand new location, where it will be focusing on technical support for customers. However, Apple has not announced the location of its new headquarters...


Now, according to the Triangle Business Journal, Apple may build the new headquarter at the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Local news site WRAL also believes that Apple is building and transitioning to a 300-acre campus in the southern part of Research Triangle Park.

Apple would initially land in or near Cary, leasing space off Weston Parkway for roughly 1,000 employees, four sources said. The company would build up and transition to 300 acres in the southernmost portion of Research Triangle Park, all on the Wake County side, government sources said.

For those unknown, The Research Park is one of the most prestigious high-tech research and development centers in the United States and is often compared to Silicon Valley in California. It Gathered hundreds of scientific research institutions and R&D centers, including IBM's own R&D building.

OnePlus, the company is well-known for pumping out devices faster than you can buy them, has released yet another flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6, following 6 months after it launched OnePlus 5T, and it didn't forgot to poke fun at Apple's headphone jack removal decision.

From the design viewpoint, it featured iPhone X-liked notch design that OnePlus says it's a frustrating move, because its own technology is still unable to achieve a true full screen, and OnePlus wants to give consumers as much space as possible. However, OnePlus 6 continues to include a headphone jack, so Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder making a joke at Apple's expense for removing headphone jack.


Likewise, OnePlus sported dual vertically positioned rear camera that's 16 + 20 megapixels, a 6.2-inch OLED screen, resolution of 2160x1080, and to support full-screen gestures, navigation bar can also be hidden, and shipping alongside the new $69 OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones.

Configuration wise, OnePlus 6 featured with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, running Android 8.1 operating system, with 6/8G of memory, 3300 mAh battery capacity, and a minimum of 64GB storage. It also supporting facial recognition capabilities, Dual SIM, fast charging, rain resistance, and the long-awaited NFC feature.

As for pricing, In Europe, OnePlus 6 starting price is 519 euros, in the U.S., OnePlus 6 is priced at $529 for 64GB, whereas 128GB cost $569. It offers in several colors, including the Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White.

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New renders made by ChargeLab claims to show the upcoming 18-watt USB-C power adapters for 2018 iPhone models, which included a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, a second-generation of iPhone X, and a low-priced LCD model.


According to ChargeLab, the round-shape power adapter would connect to an iPhone with a Lightning to USB-C cable, and expected to be included in the box. Even though the render appears to depict the European version, asides from different pin ends, surely US variant would look mostly the same.

It is expected to make it more convenient and convenient. Compared to the USB-A port that Apple has been using since 2007, the use of USB-C should deliver much faster charging speeds. Several testings found that by using the 18W wired charger, the device has reached 79% of battery capacity in one hour, while 5W charger only passed 39% of charge.

ChargerLab says these renders based on a source that has the close connection to "inside production line," plus that it also corroborates the previous Weibo report, so it seems pretty trustworthy. Likewise, we assumed that the charger won't be included in the box of iPhone SE 2 because of its low price.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the number of Apple Music users has passed 50 million. However, This figure includes paid subscribers and users in free trials, Cook revealed this exciting news in an interview with Bloomberg TV.


5 weeks ago, Eddy Cue, Apple Service chief, says that Apple Music has 48 million users, including 40 million paid subscribers and 8 million free trials users. Moreover, Cue believes that there are about two billion people in the world who could be subscribers of Apple Music.

At present, Apple Music is still the second largest streaming music service in the world, behind Spotify. As of March 31, 2018, Spotify had 75 million paid users and had a total active user base of at least 170 million. Of course, unlike Apple Music, Spotify offers a free tier, but with ads.

Thoughts?

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As part of the Display Week thar is meant to highlight "high-quality, innovative work that is taking place in the display industry," the Society for Information Display has now named both iPhone X and iPad Pro as the Display of the Year.

The Award gives to the iPad Pro models mainly because of its ProMotion display, which they calls as "the most significant technological advances and/or outstanding features." Yet, due to it is also the first consumer product with 120Hz and able to adapt the screen refresh rate, so that make it easier won the award.


As for iPhone X, its edge-to-edge Super Retina display with no physical buttons, with the first OLED display in an iPhone, and support for HDR and True Tone is what truly impressed by the Society for Information Display.

The iPhone X is the first product in Apple's iPhone series to fulfill the vision of a smartphone that is entirely screen, with no physical elements, keyboards or dedicated function buttons. With iPhone X, the lingering button on the face of the phone is eliminated, and the display becomes the primary element for all interaction, allowing the display to flow and entirely fill the face of the iPhone.

The Display Industry Awards will recognize the honorees, which including the Sharp 70-inch 8K LCD TV, Colorless Polyimide, the Optical In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, and the LG UHD Crystal Sound OLED speaker during a luncheon at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 23.

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Pangu Research Lab has discovered a common type of security exploit during iOS app security audits targeting different customers. After creating the exploit signature, they conducted traceability analysis and similar exploit index on the Janus platform and found that about 10% of iOS apps may be affected by the security flaw.

While auditing iOS Apps from various customers, Pangu Lab noticed a common programming error, which leads to severe consequences such as data overwritten and even code execution in the context of affected Apps. We created a signature for the issue and performed a large-scale search on our App analysis platform Janus. Surprisingly, we found thata round 10% iOS Apps might be affected by the same or similar issue

Once a user downloaded and use these apps in an insecure WiFi environment; an attacker would able to arbitrary code execution in the app. After manual analysis, the research lab confirmed that apps like Weibo, Facebook Moments, Google for iOS, Google Translate, and so on are affected!



The so-called ZipperDown exploit is somewhat related to the affected app features and permissions. In some apps, attackers can only use it to corrupt or overwrite the app's data; however, in some apps, an attacker may able to acquire arbitrary code execution capability in the context of the app. Furthermore, the iOS system's sandbox will also limit the scope of the security flaw.

As of now, Pangu told us that they have tested 168,951 apps, and about 10% of the apps are vulnerable to it. The team also found a similar exploit on the Android platform and have confirmed it has already found on a large number of Android apps! Hopefully, Apple will soon issue a software update to fix the security flaw.

For more information, please visit ZipperDown.org

Top Apple News Today: 

Apple Continues To Expand Its Self-Driving Fleet: Earlier today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (Via macReport) confirmed that Apple currently has 55 self-driving vehicles and 83 drivers who are eligible for testing, a steady increase of 45 self-driving permits that possessed in March of this year.

Over the past year, Apple’s self-driving efforts have been puzzling. Most rumors suggest that Apple will build its own autonomous software/hardware suite and will license other manufacturers instead of making its own branded cars.


Apple SVP Lisa Jackson Won 2018 Environmental Achievement Award: Lisa Jackson, Apple's Vice President of Environment, is being awarded the 2018 Environmental Achievement Award by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) for his long-term appointment at Apple and his US Environmental Agency. Jackson is also responsible for Apple's various policy and social initiatives.

"Lisa has exemplified leadership, innovation, and commitment to sound science and rule of law at each step of her remarkable career. She has been a tireless champion for both sustainability and environmental justice, and has left an enduring mark on both the private sector and the public sector. Her work in greening Apple's supply chain and in reducing the company's carbon and natural resource footprint has been exceptional, reflecting the power and reach of business leadership in advancing environmental performance and stewardship."

Apple Shares New iPhone X Ad: Apple has shared a brand new iPhone X ad, Studio in your Pocket, through the official YouTube channel to promote Self-Portrait photo efficiency, In the ad, a woman pulled out her iPhone X and prepared to take a selfie, suddenly, the scene around her immediately turned into a small studio and her self-portrait became more sensational.

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Accessories maker Spigen has launched a series of new cases that's designed for the iPhone X. Inspired by the design cues of the original iMac and original iPhone, it sure restored Apple's reputation and a throwback to the classic Apple Products.

The Classic C1 cases featured with iMac-style chip and battery designs, just a slightly thicker than an iPhone X fitted with the Apple leather case. The inner shell is paired with a two pieces of outer shell made of translucent plastic that snaps directly into the iPhone. Not only that, it also It provides solid protection when it faces mild drops, scratches, and other damage. 


Compared to C1, the OG cases offer a simple silver and black design, the iPhone X will be much look alike to the first iPhone. Though it's simpler than C1, with only one layer simply constructed design, it will be ideal for those who want a sleek design.

C1 cases are available in colors like Bondi Blue, Ruby, Sage, and Graphite, as for OG style, there is only one color available right now, but Spigen plans to add more colors in the future. At present. both C1 and OG are priced at $35 for Super early bird buckers on their Indiegogo campaign, it's expected that it will be start to shipping around June.

Remember the iPhone 5c brightly-colored versions? Apple could bring back the design for this year's new iPhones, but in an attempt to make an LCD-equipped model more distinct from the versions using an OLED display, according to the investment firm Rosenblatt Securities (via StreetInsider)


Rosenblatt Securities' analyst Jun Zhang worte that Apple likely to launch multiple colors for the LCD iPhone mode this year, with the options of blue, yellow, and pink not only seeks to target the "younger consumer market,"  but also differentiate the designs of the LCD model from the two high-end OLED models

Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang said Apple, in an attempt to target the younger consumer market, could launch multiple colors for the iPhone 8S (LCD model), including blue, yellow, and pink, during the second half of this year […]

"Since Apple start to launch three new models every year, we believe the company needs to differentiate the designs of the LCD model from the two high end OLED models," he comments. "One reasonable choice would be to add different colors.

We are unable to determine how the analyst got the idea from, but it rather to be his own education guess than supply chain based sources. Zhang also echos a report from last month that Apple may launch triple-lens camera iPhone next year.

What is your thoughts?

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One week after released the fourth beta for latest version of its four platforms, Apple has released the fifth beta of iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, watchOS 4.3.1, and tvOS 11.4. Developers are able to download these betas in the Apple Developers Center and receive the profiles in order to update your devices.

iOS 11.4, the fourth major update in iOS 11, has included several features such as a new ClassKit framework for education, HomePod calendar support, (Product)RED wallpaper for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus users, and USB Restricted Mode for better security. Both the AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the beta after was being removed from iOS 11.


macOS 10.13.5, assuming the last update for Macs before WWDC, introduced the Message on iCloud support as it did on iOS 11.4. Asides from that, the update just brings speed improvements and security enhancements. If you found anything, comment down below.

watchOS 4.3.1 for Apple Watches includes a new warnings that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS. Coding references in the update also hinting that the wearables soon will support third-party watch faces. tvOS 11.4 gains AirPlay 2 capacities.

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