Apple today introduced the second-generation of AirPods, the company's latest ultra-popular wireless headphones. The new AirPods is powered by Apple's H1 Chip that enables "Hey Siri" functionality, while also added up to 50% more of talk time. Perhaps more importantly, it comes in a standard charging case or a wireless charging case for the first time.

“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”
Furthermore, Apple claims that new AirPods creatures a better audio experience and improved synchronization, so switching between devices while listening to music on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad is more seamless than ever with two times faster connect times. As for wireless charging, the case itself holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time, even better, it includes an LED indicator that shows the charging status.

In terms of pricing, the new AirPods are now available to order for $159 with a standard charging case and for $199 with a wireless charging case and will be available at Apple Stores and select resellers starting next week. However, Apple is offering the wireless charging case for $79, where you can use it with the original AirPods.

Following the launch of the new iPad mini and iPad Air yesterday, Apple has continued to update its products through its website today. The second batch of new product release in the spring of 2019 is the iMacs, including the 21.5-inch and the 27-inch Retina retina display models, with no change in design, mainly towards core component upgrades.

The refreshes are essentially on CPU, graphics card and memory. After this update, the 21.5-inch iMac comes with an eighth-generation quad-core processor or a six-core processor (3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 or 3.0GHz six-core Intel Core i5), delivering up to 60% performance gains; On the GPU side, the Radeon Pro Vega 555X or 560X is theoretically capable of up to 80% faster graphics processing.

As for the 27-inch iMac, it comes with a ninth-generation six-core or eight-core processor, the 3.0GHz or 3.1GHz eighth-generation six-core i5, or the ninth-generation 3.6GHz Intel i5. The new processor theoretically has a performance boost of 2.4 times, while the GPU is the Radeon Pro Vega 570X, 575, 580X, and so forth

Both iMacs arrive with standard 8GB 2666MHz DDR4, however, 21.5-inch models have 16GB or 32GB RAM, whereas 27-inch models include four slots, which users can expand on their own or factory options. The hard drive comes standard with a 1TB SSD hard drive, and users can choose a faster pure SSD solid state drive.

In addition, Apple also updated its ultra-choice machine - iMac Pro, you can now decide to whether or not go towards the 256GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 ECC memory option, which will cost you a $5,200, more than the $4,999 price of the base iMac Pro itself. At the same time, you can also take the Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics for $700. Both are configure-to-order options.

This morning, Apple's Apple Store entered maintenance mode. Everyone speculated that there would be new products to be released soon. Sure enough, after the maintenance, two new iPad models were debuted: the 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini.

The overall design of the new iPad Air and iPad mini has not changed from the previous generation, but the performance has been improved. Both models are now updated to the A12 Bionic processor, with the iPad Air featuring a 10.5-inch retina display with True Tone display technology, 264 ppi 2224 x 1668 resolution, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

However, the new iPad Air still retains the Touch ID and 3.5mm headphone jacks, with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 7-megapixel front camera for up to 10 hours of battery life The Air model is available in three colors: silver, gold, and space gray. The price ranges from 64GB to $499 and 256GB to $649.

On the other hand, the new iPad mini is also upgraded to A12 Bionic, which is 3 times faster than the iPad mini 4. The new iPad mini adds Apple Pencil support, a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution, 326 ppi retina display with True Tone display technology.

Furthermore, both iPad Air and iPad Air saw the same Wi-Fi performance and Gigabit‑class LTE that's built into the latest iPad Pro models.
"iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device, from playing games in augmented reality to note-taking and drawing with Apple Pencil, from streaming HD movies and editing 4K films to learning to develop apps with Swift Playgrounds," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Today the iPad family takes two big leaps forward with an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Air that brings high-end size, features and performance at a breakthrough price, and a major upgrade to the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which also brings Apple Pencil, Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip to the many customers that love its compact size."
Unfortunately, the AirPods and AirPower that everyone is looking for are not on the stores in this update, and may not be released until later this year.

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After more than eight months and 400,000 registered participants, Stanford has announced the results of the heart study developed with Apple. According to Apple, their partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine was the “largest study ever of its kind.”

The Apple Heart Study was announced as a joint study between the Stanford University School of Medicine and Apple. It originally launched alongside the Series 3 Apple Watch and was open to American users, over the age of 22, with a Series 1 Apple Watch or later and an iPhone 5s or later.

According to the press release, “Apple and Stanford created the study to evaluate Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notification, which occasionally checks the heart’s rhythm in the background and sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm appears to be suggestive of atrial fibrillation (AFib). As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm was identified, participants received a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring.”

According to the study, of the 419,093 participants, only 0.5% of them received irregular heart notifications and only fifty-seven percent of them sought-out medical attention. While only a small portion of participants received irregular heart notifications, it highlights the feature’s ability to provide users information related to their health at any time.

Apple COO Jeff Williams commented on the announcement: “We are proud to work with Stanford Medicine as they conduct this important research and look forward to learning more about the impact of Apple Watch alongside the medical community.” Williams also added, “We hope consumers will continue to gain useful and actionable information about their heart health through Apple Watch.”

Yesterday, a highly suspected benchmark was posted on Slashleaks, which is alleged to be the result of Apple's desktop-class (10-core and 12-core) A-series processors based on the ARM architecture. It could potentially mean that Apple to release Mac with ARM processors as early as this year.

The leak comes from an anonymous source, claiming that the 10-core version has a clock speed of 3.4GHz, while the screenshot shows that the 12-core version (APWL2@HmP) has a clock speed of 3.19GHz. The single-core scores of the two processors are 7,335 and 6,912, respectively, and the multi-core scores are 20,580 and 24,240, respectively.

It is unclear what the device that is equipped with the ARM chip, but judging from the performance, it should be desktop-level hardware. Both processors outperformed the single-core scores of 2017 27-inch of the Retina 5K iMac with 4.2GHz Intel Core i7-7700 processor, while the 12-core processor's multi-core scores exceeded 2018 15-inch with 2.9GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK MacBook Pro's scores.

It is not yet possible to verify the authenticity of the benchmark, however, it should be noted that the screenshot was uploaded on Friday and has no record in the past. Also, the "APWL2" device name is inconsistent with Apple's recent A-series processor naming scheme. For example, the existing A12 bionics are APL1W81, while the A11 bionics are APL1W72.

According to a report by Counterpoint Research, the sales of Apple's AirPods wireless headphone may surpass 35 million in 2018, accounting 75% of the entire segment last year, this further makes Apple the most popular brands in the true wireless headphone market.

Apple AirPods’ sales were estimated at around 35 million units accounting almost three-fourths of this emerging segment last year, according to our research. Samsung, Bose, Jabra, Huawei, Bragi, LG all are prevalent and will grow from a smaller base from last year.
In a survey of 200 people, 19% prefer AirPods. The wireless headphones mentioned here are not limited to listening to songs. Some products may include health tracking and AI assistant, such as Bragi Dash Pro. There were rumors suggesting that the second generation of AirPods will also support health monitoring and "Hey Siri".

In terms of most preferred hearable brand, Apple's Beats brand took the fifth spot, with 6% of users in favor of it, while Sony (17%) claimed the number 2 place, Samsung (16%) and Bose (10%), however, comes in at third and fourth place. Although Bose beats AirPods in the sound quality category, it did reveal that people choosing AirPods, not because of its sound quality, but rather the ease of use, comfort & fit, and portability, as the key reasons.

In January of this year, OnLeaks predicted that this year's high-end iPhone models would feature triple-lens rear cameras with a square bump design. And now, the Japanese blog Macotakara has confirmed the rumor and quoted the source is from a Chinese supplier.

The design of the new iPhone camera system is similar to that of the Huawei Mate 20, and is limited to the high-capacity version, which usually indicates it will be a high-end version. The Wall Street Journal also mentioned that only the high-end version of the iPhone 11 will adopt the triple-lens camera system, and they believe it will be the next generation of the iPhone XS Max.

Apple rumors predicted by Macotakara are considered to be relatively accurate, but, this report predicts that the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 may also support this form of design, so it's unclear whether if Macotakara true and WSJ wrong. One thing is for certain, that this rumor has backed up by many other analysts and leaks, notably Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

According to the site, the accessory for the next generation iPhone is already under development and it will include a hole on the back. Meanwhile, iPhone XR successor is believed to have a dual-lens design like this year's iPhone XS and XS Max models

Apple announced today that the 30th Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will kick off on Monday, June 3, this year, and last until Friday, June 7. Like last year, this year's WWDC will also be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in California.
"WWDC is Apple's biggest event of the year. It brings thousands of the most creative and dedicated developers from around the world together with over a thousand Apple engineers to learn about our latest platform innovations and to connect as a community," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Our developers are incredibly passionate about creating the next generation of mind-blowing experiences for the world through apps. We can't wait to get together with them and share what's next."
Developers can now sign up for WWDC. As in previous years, Apple will select developers with the help of the lottery system. The WWDC ticket price is $1,599, and only developers selected by Apple can purchase tickets and participate in WWDC. Meanwhile, the company is offering up to 350 WWDC Student Scholarships, where winners will receive a free WWDC ticket, free lodging, and one-year membership for the Apple Developer Program.

On the first day of WWDC, Apple will hold a Keynote, where they expected to unveil new operating systems, and sometimes new hardware products. On this year's WWDC, we will be welcoming iOS 13, macOS 10.15, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6. In addition, the new modular Mac Pro is also likely to be debuted at this year's WWDC. The keynote, however, will be live streamed.

According to internal sources from Apple's Asian supply chain, at least two component manufacturers are accelerating production of Apple's next-generation iPad and AirPods products, which are expected to be released in the coming weeks, reports Taiwanese media company DigiTimes.

We expect Apple's next-gen entry-level iPad to be based on the 2018 model. Currently, there are two versions of the iPad that Apple could release. One is a 9.7-inch model that only updates the processor, but retains Touch ID fingerprint recognition and headphone jack. The other one is to extend the screen to 10.2 inches, upgrade the internal parts while continuing the same design.

As for For AirPods 2, rumors suggest that Apple will launch it in black and white colors while maintaining the price at $199, it will include a new coating to enhance the grip, as well as introducing support "Hey Siri" The headphone will also adopt the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standard to improve the sound quality and offer AirPods wireless charging box case support for Qi wireless charging in the box.

Having said that, it is still not possible to determine the specific release time of the new iPad and the second generation of AirPods. However, it's very likely that the new iPad will be unveiled at the special event on the morning of March 25, though AirPods 2 may have to wait for a while.

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In the iOS 12.2 beta, Apple enhanced the quality of iMessage audio messages thanks to the adoption of the new Opus encoding technology with a sampling rate of 24000 Hz. Previously, audio messages used AMR encoding technology with a rate of 8000 Hz.

You can feel the improvement of voice quality in the video below. The first half is the voice impression of iOS 12.1.4, and the second half is the voice impression of iOS 12.2 beta 5. At the same time, Apple once used the .AMR format to save audio messages, which now has been changed to .CAF in the latest beta.

On iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.4 systems, .CAF files sound crisper, clearer, and louder. Of course, better results mean that the file size of the audio will also become larger. Right now, you can only experience the upgraded voice quality after your device updated to iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.4, which is currently in beta testing, but we expect the updates will be available following the March 25th event.

According to Twitter leaker CoinX, who have claimed that Apple plans to release a 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad and a new 10.5-inch iPad without Pro branding. However, the tablets won't be released at the same time, suggesting Apple could launch one in the spring and one in the fall. While a new iPad mini 5 case that has surfaced on the web indicates it has few design changes.

When it comes into Apple rumors, CoinX has a pretty accurate track record, the leaker has revealed the name of 2018 iPhones ahead of anyone else. Previously reports did suggest that the iPad 7 to have a slightly bigger display. If true, the 10.2-inch iPad will be priced in between the 9.7-inch model and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro model, perhaps more screen area and fewer bezels.

Meanwhile, the upcoming iPad mini 5 is said to look identical to the iPad mini 4, and the case seems to support that claim, with two speakers and a Lightning port along the bottom, retains a headphone jack, and single-lens camera design, this is in line with OnLeaks and Mac Otakara's reports that the iPad mini 5 will receive almost no change in design, but rather boost its performance.

Apple will hold a special event on March 25th to launch a wide range of services, we may also usher the arrival of new iPad mini, next-generation AirPods and other products.

We have heard rumors that Apple is actively preparing for the new Apple News subscription service, and users can subscribe wide range of news publishers and magazines on a monthly basis. Now, Developer Steve T-S shared a few screenshots via Twitter earlier today, showing the new subscription service in the latest beta version of macOS Mojave 10.14.4.

It shows the notifications from the Apple News subscription service that alert users when a new version of the magazine they subscribe to is released, suggesting it will be available on macOS as well. Similar Notifications have appeared in the iOS 12.2 beta, and Apple has named the service "Apple News Magazines."

A media invite from Apple has been sent, and a special event will be held at the Steve Jobs Theatre at 10 pm on March 25th on Apple Park campus.  Rumors indicate that the event will introduce two new services, one is the new magazine news subscription service we just mentioned, and the other is the the TV streaming video service.

According to UK news firm DailyMail, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations conducted a petition over radiation exposure on AirPods. Over 250 scientists signed the petition back when the AirPods released in 2016. The people involved in the study informed that AirPods can emit radio frequency radiation.

In the article from DailyMail, it states that,
AirPods in particular are concerning because they sit deeply enough within the ear canal to emit expose these fragile parts of the ear to dangerous among of radiation, some experts warn.

The scientific jury is still out on the whether or not the particular devices an cause cancer, but animal studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they emit has suggested a link to cancer.
For this, I can infer that AirPods may be possible to cause brain cancer due to strong radio waves emitting from the AirPod in the ear.  The W1 chip and antenna are in the top area of the AirPod so this may be the huge concern on why the AirPod emits these strong radio frequency waves. Apple’s innovative earbuds are great to wear, but there may be something harmful that’s going with the music in your ears.

Usual radio frequency levels are lower than set by the federal guidelines, but the 250 folks in the study believes it is over that range. The chips are the factors that cause these harmful radio waves to emit, and we have to do something to prevent this. I believe Apple needs to update its Bluetooth antennas and improve the W chip on the next AirPods this March 25th. They should not let the AirPods emit too much radiation.

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Leander Kahney, who wrote the biography "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products" for Apple's chief design officer, Jony Ive, is coming out a new book, this time he is written for Apple's CEO Tim Cook. The novel is called "Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level", it explores how Cook leading the company into a successful company. The biography is summarized as follows:

The death of Steve Jobs left a gaping void at one of the most innovative companies of all time. Jobs wasn't merely Apple's iconic founder and CEO; he was the living embodiment of a global megabrand. It was hard to imagine that anyone could fill his shoes--especially not Tim Cook, the intensely private executive who many thought of as Apple's "operations drone."

But seven years later, as journalist Leander Kahney reveals in this definitive book, things at Apple couldn't be better. Its stock has nearly tripled, making it the world's first trillion dollar company. Under Cook's principled leadership, Apple is pushing hard into renewable energy, labor and environmentally-friendly supply chains, user privacy, and highly-recyclable products. From the massive growth of the iPhone to lesser-known victories like the Apple Watch, Cook is leading Apple to a new era of success.

Drawing on access with several Apple insiders, Kahney tells the inspiring story of how one man attempted to replace someone irreplacable, and--through strong, humane leadership, supply chain savvy, and a commitment to his values--succeeded more than anyone had thought possible.
The book will be available on and the Apple Books platform on April 16, you can now pre-order it at the price of $13.99 for Digital copy and $17.70 for hardcover.

Apple today seeded the fifth developer beta of iOS 12.2, two weeks after it seeds the third developer beta of iOS 12.2, at the same time, it also made fifth developer beta of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 available for testing.

iOS 12.2 introduced Apple News to Canadian users and added several new Animoji characters, including giraffe, shark, owl, and boar. Also in iOS 12.2, Apple tweaked the Wallet app with a new interface for Apple Pay Cash, added more security options to Safari, as well as display warnings when visiting a http website,

Furthermore, Apple redesigned the icon of Apple News, which now includes the white background, and the middle is an abstract letter "N", modifying the app icon indicates the upcoming arrival of Apple’s news magazine subscription service, which is likely to announced at the March 25th event that will be held at Apple Park, where the company is also set to unveil its TV streaming service.

Apple also fine-tuned the Control Center interface, with the icon for the Remote Control now resembles Apple TV Siri Remote logo. The UI inside the control has been tweaked as well, and the TV and microphone buttons have been interchanged: the button that fast forwards and rewinds for 10 seconds during playback returns to the bottom corner of the touch area.

Otherwise, watchOS 5.2 introduces a new watchface for the Apple Watch Hermès models; tvOS 12.2 now let you ask Siri to play specific media on an Apple TV from an iOS device; macOS 10.14.4 includes Safari Autofill feature and automatic dark mode.

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Apple has just sent out media invites for its first 2019 event set to be held in at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park on Monday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time or 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, the company officially announced the event with the tagline "It's show time", suggesting the launch of new Services.

We expect Apple to debut its magazine subscription service called "Apple News Magazine", which you pay $10 a month to read a large number of magazines and newspapers. As the tagline hints, the March 25th event will be focused on the upcoming TV streaming service, and that Hollywood stars including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon have been invited to attend the March event.

As far as Hardware products concerned, rumors suggested the event will only be focused on the media subscription, meaning we are unlikely to see Apple unveils the new-generation of iPad mini and iPad, AirPods 2, and AirPower wireless charging mat, so they may launch these products via a press release.

Following the event, new updates will be made available to users, including iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, watchOS 5.2, and tvOS 12.2.

Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin shared an schematic allegedly the 7th generation iPod Touch recently, which shows the front, back, side, and bottom of the device. If true, the new iPod Touch will use a iPhone XR-like design element, but there is no "notch", meaning Face ID won't be coming to the iOS device, the screen is measured at 4.9 inches, slightly larger than the iPhone 8.

The back, however, featured with a single-lens camera and retains the antenna cutout; surprisingly, Apple removed the headphone jack, though the bottom includes a microphone and speaker, while the Lightning port continues to be used. Nevertheless, Geskin himself also gave a disclaimer, indicating that this design is most likely fake, don't put too much hope in it,
Received this alleged #iPodTouch 7th generation schematics 3 days ago.

May pop on the web as a leak, but most likely it is fake.
Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if this is real, considers the schematic somewhat matches the design of the iPad Pro glyph that 9to5Mac leaked last October, if you look more closely. What do you think of it?

From now through March 14th, you can add 10% more for free if you add funds to your Apple ID. This offer is only valid with funds ranging from $1.00 to $200. This bonus credit is added when you add funds to your Apple ID with a credit or debit card. For example, $10 of funds can have a bonus amount of an extra dollar, and $200 in funds can have $20 in bonus credit.

This discount can be obtained in two different ways. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of the homepage of the App Store or by tapping your profile picture, then tap on “Add Funds to Apple ID.” From there you can add funds by tapping on the amount you need. The amount must be in the range of $1.00 to $200.

Alternatively, you can go on to the Settings app on your iPhone, then tap on your name. Scroll to the iTunes and App Store button, then tap on “Add Funds to Apple ID”.

The promotion will be available from March 10th to 14th in the US, but not in the UK or Canada as of writing. In addition, different countries have different preferential rates. For example, In Germany, the company is offering an additional fund of 15%.

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According to Japanese website MacOtakara, news from the supply chain said that Apple's upcoming 2019 iPad will still retain the 3.5mm headphone jack and continue to use the touch ID as a biometric unlock method.

Continue to retain the headphone jack and Touch ID means that the new iPad will not feature the full-screen design like the high-end iPad Pro, so the design is almost the same as the previous generation.

It has been previously reported that due to the fact of the less bezels, the screen of the new 9.7-inch iPad may be expanded to 10 inches. However, today's report said that there is a contradiction in the source of information, and is said to remain unchanged at 9.7 inches.

The report did not give Apple's specific release time, only mentioning that the supplier is "preparing" for the launch of the device. Furthermore, the report also mentioned that Apple may release the new iPad and iPad mini 5 at the same time.

If you are not interested in Apple Watch but still want health detection, the future MacBook may help you on that part. Apple's latest patent application discloses an integrated sensor for the laptop's holder, allowing users to perform health checks while typing on the keyboard. Even though this biosensor can be applied to various types of devices, Apple's focus is mainly on the MacBook's keyboard, as it shows below.

When the user begins to type, the wrist is naturally placed on the palm rest. At this time, the health check can be carried out, which is very convenient. It can detect users' multiple states, which could include breathing, blood pressure or heart rate, and more. Similar to the features on Apple Watch.

Apple said, "...In some embodiments, the bio-sensor is configured to produce a light emission that is transmitted through the micro-perforations defined in the opaque layer. In an example mode of operation, the bio-sensor may be used to determine a health metric or a physiological condition by detecting the light that is reflected off the body part of a user (e.g., the palm of a user's hand). In another example mode of operation, the bio-sensor may be used to detect a proximity of the user's hand with respect to the device. In response to the user's hand being detected as proximate to the bio-sensor, the device may be configured to change operation of the bio-sensor, alter the operational state of the device, or perform some other function. "

Furthermore, Apple even hopes that the sensor can detect the presence of the user, then automatically light the keyboard or not let the device go to sleep. However, keep in mind though, it is only a patent application, so it not may never reach into consumers' hand.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new research report today that claims Apple's first head-mounted augmented reality device could come out as soon as next year. Kuo mentions that the AR glasses will be an iPhone accessory, with the iPhone to be responsible for computings, networking, indoor positioning and outdoor positioning, and the AR device plays the display role. (Via Economic Daily News)

Kuo expects Apple's first-generation head-mounted AR device will be mass-produced in the fourth quarter of this year to the second quarter of next year. And, because it's an iPhone accessory, which means Apple will not pack all the technology into one piece, therefore, it allows them manages to keep the handset lightweight and slim.

Furthermore, the analyst believes that Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the key businesses for Apple's future growth, and will become a leader in the field of augmented reality, mainly due to it is capable of doing a huge investment, have the software and hardware integration capabilities and design innovative human-computer interaction capabilities.

Reports from Bloomberg and many patents applications have indicated that Apple is indeed working on a such product, with Bloomberg saying that the AR glasses could run on operating system called rOS. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent shareholders meeting that they are working on a future product that will blow you away, perhaps this is the one that they are talking about?

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According to Chongdiantou, Shenzhen manufacturers are developing USB-C to Lightning adapter that has attracted great attention. At present, the product has entered the trial production stage. However, it is still a semi-finished product, consisting only of a USB-C female adapter base and the Lightning male adapter base, which is very compact.

The product is measured to be capable of charge the iPhone XS Max. The voltage is 9.11V, the current is 1.78A, and the power out is 16.28W. What's better is that it supports the USB PD fast-charging feature. Manufacturers have already filed patent applications for the adapter and is applying for Apple's MFi (Made for iPhone) program.

Basically, it functions like USB-C to Lightning cable, therefore, you will need a USB-C cable to charge or transfer files to your iPhone or iPad devices. The latest iPad Pro models include the USB-C port for the first time, however, we are unclear when will Apple implement this feature to the iPhone family, so if you want to perceive the similar experience, then wait for the adapter come out.

Tim Cook is well-known figure among Americans. However, at the Workforce Policy Advisory Board, President Donald Trump unequivocally called Tim Cook "Tim Apple". Trump's mistake quickly turned into an internet meme, today, Tim Cook joined the fun by changing his Twitter username to "Tim ".

"We're going to be opening up the labor forces because we have to. We have so many companies coming in. People like Tim - you're expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to do from the beginning. You used to say, 'Tim, you gotta start doing it here,' and you have really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple."
Trump does that very often. What's interesting is that he usually changes his name to a more persuasive name. He even changed the name of Lockheed Martin's CEO to Marillyn Lockheed. It's unclear if he's link people to the companies they associated with or just purposely doing that just for fun.

Nevertheless, you will need an Apple device to see the Apple character, as other operating system like Android don't use the same character set.

Recently, most of the Fall 2018 Apple Watch bands sold on the Apple website are out of stock. This signals that the next Apple special event is coming up. The bands that are sold out for this spring consists of the Sport Bands in several colors (Mellow Yellow, Blue Horizon, Hisbiscus and Pacific Green),  the Nike Sport Band (Olive Flak and Smoky Mauve), Sport Loops (Cape Cod Blue and Nectarine), and the 40mm Smoky Mauve Nike Sport Loop. On the contrary, many leather bands for the Apple Watch are out of stock as well. They include the Forest Green Leather Loop, 2 Double Tours (Two-tone designs), and most of the Modern Buckle colors.

Apple accessories sold on their online store usually gets sold out every March, June and September for their routine changes. Once it’s March 25th, new colors will be released and some of the bands will be discontinued. Apple could introduce the new Apple Watch bands in a Newsroom article 4 days prior to the event, then release them on the 25th. We’re only a few weeks away from the event, which is most likely that Apple is releasing new bands soon.

It’s a trend that Apple adds brighter colors for spring and summer accessories, but in the spring, the bands aren’t as vibrant as the summer colors are. Last summer’s Apple Watch Sport Band colors consist of Lemonade, Raspberry, Denim Blue, Soft Pink, and many more. We hope that this time, Apple should release more bands with more vibrant colors and designs.

Apple shares its latest Supplier Responsibility Progress Report

Apple today released the its latest Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. In 2018, all assembly plants have received UL Zero Waste To Landfill certification, saving billions of gallons of water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company also ensured that employees receive full workforce rights, and people comes first before everything else. Click here to view the report (PDF) in-depth.
"We are constantly raising the bar for ourselves and our suppliers because we are committed to the people who make our products possible as well as the planet we all share. This year, we're proud to give more people an opportunity to advance their education. Working alongside our suppliers, we're challenging ourselves to find new ways to keep our planet healthy for future generations. Our goal has always been not just to drive progress in our supply chain, but to drive meaningful change across the industry."

Apple to 1,200 new jobs in San Diego

Apple will add 1,200 new jobs in San Diego at an upcoming engineering hub, the Cupertino firm plans to make the hometown of chipmaker Qualcomm, into a "principle engineering hub" with software and hardware positions "distributed across a number of specialty engineering fields." As for whether where would this new campus be located at, some says Apple is eyeing a building southwest of Qualcomm's main campus.
Apple has been a part of San Diego for nearly 20 years through our retail presence and small, fast-growing teams - and with this new investment we are proud to play an even greater part in the city's future. You don't have to try too hard to convince people that San Diego is a great place to live, work and do business, and we're confident our employees will have a great home among the community there."

Apple launched "iPhone can do what" website

Apple launch a new website today that's dedicated to break down iPhone features, titled "iPhone can do what" This page is divided into different areas of the grid, detail features like, Group FaceTime, Photo search, Face ID, Do Not Disturb, Find My iPhone, Apple Pay, iMessage effects and so forth. It can come in handy for those users that switched to the iPhone lately

Back in late 2015 to 2016, countless iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus users experienced the worst nightmares ever that inhibit the functionality of the iPhone. This issue involves the logic board and the Multi-Touch display. Its name is “Touch Disease”, which affected many iPhone users. This is a sophistically complicated iPhone problem to solve.

Touch Disease causes the iPhone to become partially or fully unresponsive on its screen, and/or present a flickering white bar on the top of the screen. This is caused by the severity of the impact affecting the iPhone’s internals. When the impact induces to the iPhone, the 2 Touch IC chips incur loads of stress into themselves, letting these signs to happen.

The only repair for this complicated iPhone issue is the replacement of these Touch IC chips. This requires loads of special, expensive equipment for replacing the chips on the logic board. They consist of the 2 tiny chips, a large microscope, heat guns, and the soldering paste. Another thing is that the technician has to go through lots of rigorous steps from opening up the iPhone to examining the logic board for the faulty chips. That’s why the cost of this repair is a bit overpriced for repairing 2 small chips like this.

Apple has their own program regarding about this iPhone issue since 2016, but this major iPhone issue costs $149 to get serviced at Apple. This is true because Apple Stores don’t have adequate equipment to service iPhones affected by Touch Disease. Instead, the Genius will mail your iPhone to an Apple Repair Center for further evaluation and service.

In conclusion, Touch Disease is one of the major disorders of the iPhone 6/6s Plus screen and the logic board. It’s caused by intense stress to the Touch IC chips and a hard impact on the iPhone. If your iPhone is plagued by Touch Disease, go to Apple’s repair program for more information regarding this issue.

We know that the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pros is a touch screen, when you press a keyboard key on it, there is no feedback from the Touch Bar, it makes you feel like typing on a flat table top, and it's especially annoying that you need to check every once and while to ensure that there's no typo. Today, we are going to introduce an app that will fix all these issues in an instant.

It is called Haptic Touch Bar, which allows the Touch Bar to have sound and vibration feedback when clicked, what's better is that the volume and vibration intensity are adjustable. It simulates the keyboard very well, that said, you wouldn't even notice the Touch Bar is there, but rather just a normal keyboard, and it supports all Touch Bar modes, including the F1-12 keys and app controls.

Haptic Touch Bar is designed for all pro users, from app developers, text editors, to Windows virtual machine users. The app offers free 14-day free trial, after the period, you can decide whether to keep use it or not, the software will then charge $4,99. Download the Haptic Touch Bar by click here.

Apple wearables, which are overshadowed by Apple Watch and AirPods, are growing more prevalent, but Apple has never disclosed the specific sales of this category. However, today, IDC released the global wearables sales report for the last quarter (the fourth quarter of 2018), that includes Apple Watch.

According to the report, Apple continues to lead the wearable device market, with the company shipped 16.2 million wearable devices in the last quarter, of which 10.4 million were Apple Watch, and the remaining 5.8 million were mainly composed of AirPods and Beats. Overall, the wearables market grew by 31.4% in the previous quarter, with shipments reaching a record of 59.3 million units.
Growth in the market was driven by new wearables launching during the months leading up to the holiday season as well as new smartphone launches as many were bundled with wearables from leading brands. Shipments for the entire year of 2018 grew by 27.5% with 172.2 million wearables shipped.
IDC mentioned that AW's sales will continue to grow this quarter as they expecting that more and more healthcare organizations and individuals begin to consider Apple Watch.

According to French publication iGeneration report, Apple Stores' Genius Bar and Apple Authorized Service (AASP) providers can now provide battery repair services for iPhones that have been replaced with third-party batteries, prior to that, they can't provide any type of service to an iPhone with a third-party battery, regardless of the situation.

However, according to Apple's internal document, if the iPhone repair is not related to the battery, Genius Bar and AASP will ignore third-party battery, but will still repair parts like screen, motherboard, microphone, etc., and charge normal fees. And if you do have the issue with the battery, employees are now instructed to replace the battery with the official one for the standard fee.

It should noted, though, the eligibility of repair iPhones with third -party batteries doesn't mean Apple will offer service for iPhones with third-party logic boards, enclosures, microphones, Lightning connectors, headphone jacks, side buttons,, camera modules, and so on. This change went into effect last Thursday and should apply on a worldwide case.

This may also bring potential safe concerns, as it may inflate or short circuit and grid the motherboard, which could cause accidents, another concerns is that it will unable to determine whose fault will it be.

About 6 months we will usher the release of the next-generation iPhone, Tianfeng International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will launch three iPhone models this year, including the 5.8-inch iPhone XI, the 6.4-inch iPhone XI Max, and the 6.1-inch iPhone XR ( 2019).

As for whether all three iPhones will support OLED, various rumors have not been agreed upon on it, and whether the Lightning port will be replaced with USB-C, there is no clear word either. Kuo only said that iPhone XI and XI Max will support ToF cameras and bring more AR features to users.

Now, according to Twitter leaker Max Weinbach, the new iPhone may support a new waterproof mode that allows the iPhone to work properly while it's surrounded by the water. In other words, the iPhone can also recognize the sensitive of touch even in the water, so that users can use the iPhone normally in rainy days, or take a picture underwater, or type messages in the shower.

So far, rumors have provided us with a plenty of information on the 2019 iPhones; Bloomberg reports that iPhones to be released this year will include Triple-lens camera setup; Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple analyst, says that the company likely to introduce 4 MPI and 2 LCP Antennas on 2019 iPhones to improve cellular performance; while others believe it could comes with a green color and weighs lighter.

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Apple today released the fourth developer beta of iOS 12.2, two weeks after it seeds the third developer beta of iOS 12.2, at the same time, it also made fourth developer beta of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 available for testing.

iOS 12.2 introduced Apple News to Canadian users and added several new Animojis, including giraffe, shark, owl, and boar. Also in iOS 12.2, Apple tweaked the Wallet app with a new interface for Apple Pay Cash, added more security options to Safari, as well as display warnings when visiting a http website,

In iOS 12.2 beta 4, however, Apple redesigned the icon of Apple News, which now includes the white background, and the middle is an abstract letter "N". Modifying the app icon may hint at Apple’s upcoming magazine subscription service, which is expected to be released in late March.

Apple also fine-tuned the Control Center interface, with the icon for the Remote Control now resembles Apple TV Siri Remote logo. The UI inside the control has been tweaked as well, and the TV and microphone buttons have been interchanged: the button that fast forwards and rewinds for 10 seconds during playback returns to the bottom corner of the touch area.

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Twitter leaker Max Weinbach said recently that AirPower wireless charging mat and AirPods wireless charging case will be available in the coming months. He also mentioned some of the changes that is coming to the AirPods wireless charging case. Nevertheless, as Weinbach doesn't have any track record, we will take it with a grant of salt. (Via EverythingApplePro)

He said that the AirPods will be able to charge from 0% to 100% in a wireless charging case in just 15 minutes. In contrast, the AirPods that's available in a wired charging case that will get you up to 3 hours of battery life in 15 minutes. However,, due to the integration of the Qi coil, the wireless charging case will become thicker and heavier. AirPods 2 is a bit like Apple Pencil 2, with the smooth surface turns into a matte texture.

Finally, Max Weinbach also said that iOS 13 will not introduce the dark mode, instead, the dark mode will come in iOS 13.1, though I personally don't even see them not unveiling this major feature at this year's WWDC Keynote, it might be just getting the same treatment as Group FaceTime.

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Siri Shortcuts is one of the greatest additions in iOS 12. It helped many iPhone users be more productive in everyday tasks, such as setting a timer for your laundry and shopping in the grocery store. But there’s one more thing to add: health and fitness app integration with Shortcuts. It consists of Siri commands to track workouts, add health data, and monitoring vital signs.

Workout Tracking with Siri

To begin with, Siri can make your workouts simpler and better. Performance stats are provided in real time, and fitness training will be easier than ever. For example, you can say, “Hey Siri, let’s run!” to start a run in Nike Run Club. You can also program your own shortcuts every time you hit the gym or to the park. Siri can automate this by playing your favorite workout playlist, starting a run, and everything else you’d like when you’re in the gym.

Most shortcuts can be done in just one wrist raise and saying, “Hey Siri, how’s my run?”. Well, that goes for the Apple Watch users and their iPhones. Users will be able to obtain information and metrics in real time in just one command to Siri. All of the answers you need from Siri will appear on your Apple Watch!

Monitoring Vital Signs with a Tap

Not only Siri Shortcuts can make workouts easier, but checking your vitals are easier than before. For example, Dexcom users can ask Siri, “Hey Siri, how’s my BGs going?” and Siri responds to your command. Siri can tell if your blood sugar is steady, high or low. Siri can also provide a graph of your blood glucose levels in real time.

Other than diabetes management, Siri can check you or a loved one’s blood pressure, heart rate, and many other vital signs. For example, you can say, “Hey Siri, what’s my grandmothers' blood pressure?” and Siri can tell you the results and the data in one page. Apps such as Qardio, Nokia Health Mate, and many more are implementing this feature to their apps.

Thus far, Apple is adding more health integrations to Siri. This would be faster and simpler to check your health metrics without having to open the app too much. Apple is making tasks simpler in iOS 12, from Siri Shortcuts to Health. People will be able to see their vitals and metrics at a glance.

Amid the launch of Galaxy Fold, smartphone giant Samsung has initiated the process of discussion with companies like Apple and Google to supply them with foldable displays, according to Korean media ETNews, who cited sources from the supply chain. It suggests that the displays to be measured at 7.2-inches in size, which is 0.1 inches smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

According to the industry on the 27th, Samsung Display made a set of foldable display and delivered it to Apple. This set, which is actually powered like a smartphone, has a 7.2-inch size foldable panel. 7.2 inches is 0.1 inches smaller than the Samsung Folder 'Galaxy Fold'.
Currently. Samsung manufacturers and provides the OLED screens to Apple. If this report is true, then it implies that the South Korea based tech-giant doesn't intend to keep foldable technology to itself and is instead working to dominate as a supplier for the technology. At this moment, Samsung is said to able to produce 2.4 million units a year and expect to move up to 10 million units at some point.

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In addition to several company-level voting results announcements at Apple's 2019 shareholders meeting, Tim Cook also answered some questions. Chinese media MacX attend the meeting and summarize the Q&As that everyone is interested in, read as follows:

First, when some asked about the scalability of Apple's use of the USB-C port on the iPad. Apple's Crag Federighi personally answered this question, although it is not so deep, he reveals that features such as the ability to access and read and write files are already under development.

Furthermore, some expressed their concern about Apple's lack of innovation, but Tim Cook said that much of the innovative research has not been put on the market. Apple has a large number of new product developments and innovations every year, but only one or two are actually put on the market. Apple's annual innovations are not based on the success of performance in the market.

Lastly, when it comes to Apple's investment in health, Tim Cook says there is a tremendous support in heart research. In health research, only Apple has done an independent medical level backstage. Apple Watch's new heart rate monitoring detects a heart irregularity that can save lives.

During this year's shareholders meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he has never been so optimistic about the company's current situation and future direction. When Cook begins to encourage investors, he said that Apple is planting seeds" and "rolling the dice" on future products that will "blow you away."

In a rather unusual tone, Cook said that said they plan to lower the price of the MacBook Air that it cost $1,200 right now. He also asserted that products related to Apple Watch and AirPods have "a long, great roadmap of fantastic." The CEO reveals that the Apple Watch will include more health feature, he pointed out that Apple acquired 18 companies in 2018 and been looking for more acquisition shots.

In addition to Tim Cook, other Apple executives also spoke at the meeting. Craig Federighi, Apple's software chief, for example, answered questions from shareholders concerning whether the new iPad Pro will be transferring video files over the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, and Craig replied that such functionality is coming.

Other highlights of the meeting included Apple acquired 18 companies last year, 50% of new Apple employees from underrepresented groups, and R&D spending tripled to more than $14 billion. Cook also used the stage to reemphasize Apple's view on privacy, diversity, environment, and so forth.

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According to the Applesfera website, AirPods 2 will be available for sale on March 29, according to a source that's familiar with the plan. Once the AirPods 2 is launched, Apple will discontiune the first generation of AirPods, but we take this report with grant of salt since the site don't have a track record.

Reports have suggested that the upcoming AirPods will receive somewhat major upgrades, it's expected to include wireless charging support and upgraded Bluetooth connectivity. Aside from that. it's believed the update will also bring black color to the AirPods for the first time, and claims the new earbuds could implement "health monitoring" features and a special matte coating for a better grip experience.

We have also heard rumors that Apple will release the AirPower wireless charging mat, AirPods 2 and the new iPads at the end of March. Meanwhile, other reports claiming that Apple to hold a special event at the Jobs Theater on March 25th to launch streaming video and news subscription services. So it's not clear whether which of those are real or fake news, guess we have to wait and see.

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Apple nominated 10 winners for their Shot on iPhone contest. Many iPhone users from around the world took pictures of landscapes, buildings, and objects. These winners came from the countries of Singapore, Belarus, Israel and the United States. All of these pictures are taken from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone XS Max, alongside with its capabilities to a great shot.

The winners of this year’s shot on iPhone contest include Alex Jiang, Blake Marvin, Darren Soh, Nikita Yarosh, Dina Alfasi, Elizabeth Scarrott, and Andrew Griswold. In addition, Bernard Antolin, LieAdi Darmawan, and Robert Glaser took amazing landscapes with their iPhones. All of these pictures taken by these beautiful iPhones will be featured on the billboards, Apple Store video displays and on the Apple website.

Apple’s panel of judges critiqued every iPhone shot on their Newsroom article. They all liked these pictures from these iPhone users. These judges included a variety of iPhone photographers and Apple employees. Apple’s judges consists of Pete Souza, Chen Man, Austin Mann, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis.

You can read the Newsroom post from Apple by clicking here.

We had keep hearing rumors about Apple is making a foldable iPhone that could be launched in 2020 or 2021, and we have many patent associated with foldable devices, so some may wonder if Apple will follow up Samsung and Huawei's step to make such product. Now, yet another foldable patent filed by the company suggest that they are admittedly working on it and to make it better.

This patent is entitled "Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays", describes how Apple may prevent the display from damage when it's in winter. It reads that foldable smartphone displays are susceptible to damage at low temperature, however, Apple noted various heating methods that are described to alleviate this issue.

For example, Apple said that it can be heated by lighting the pixels in the folding area of the screen, or a "heating element or other heating structure" can be used, but Apple does not specify. This patent also mentions that a foldable device can also employ a magnetic latch system to prevent the device from folding or opening under pretty low-temperature conditions to avoid damage to the screen.

Perhaps Apple is secretly developing another form of foldable smartphone that differs from Samsung and Huawei's, only to wait until the timing or market is more mature. It Korea that Apple was working with LG to develop a foldable iPhone.

To celebrate International Women's Day, Apple has a variety of activities throughout March, including a new partnership with Girls Who Code, the Apple Stores' dedicated Today at Apple session, and the Apple Watch Challenge, the company announced in a press release today.

Apple is celebrating International Women’s Day throughout March by highlighting the stories and work of female developers, musicians, artists, photographers and entrepreneurs. Apple is also building on its commitment to education with a new partnership with Girls Who Code to expand learning opportunities for young women.
Apple will work with Girls Who Code to support programming opportunities for girls and young women in the United States, they will have the opportunity to learn the Apple programming language Swift. While every App of the day that will be featured on the App Store is either designed or founded by woman. In additon Apple is doing an Apple Watch Activity challenge where users can earn Award and stickers.

According to the latest report from MySmartPrice, Apple has registered two unreleased iPads with the Indian Bureau of Standards, models A2124 and A2133. The two models may represent the upcoming iPad mini and the new entry-level iPad mentioned in the recent rumors.

At the end of January this year, Apple registered six unreleased iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission's database: A2123, A2124, A2153, A2154, A2133 and A2152, so Apple's Indian filings suggest that the release of the two iPads are getting closer and closer.

Apple will likely to update its 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini lineup in the coming weeks. It is rumored that Apple to upgrade the internals of the two tablets, including faster processors. The next-generation entry-level iPad is also expected to be featured with a larger 10.2-inch display. Meanswhile, the iPad mini 5 will be the first upgrade of the iPad mini series since September 2015.

MySmartPrice said that the two new iPad Pros are also expected to be available in late 2019 or early 2020, but details are not yet clear. In addition, according to previous reports, Apple is expected to host its first special event in 2019 on March 25th, however, it is said that the event will be service-focused and there may not be hardware launches.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with NPR this week that Apple is a company that people can trust when it comes to sensitive information. Cook testified that Apple has always avoided selling user data, which is what he and other executives in the company have been echoing.

In an interview with NPR, Cook says acquiring user data to sell ads is something his company has avoided. "People will look at this and feel that they can trust Apple," he says. "That's a key part of anyone that you're working with on your health."
Apple executives have long emphasized that the Users are not the "Products", and that's a significant difference between Apple and other companies like Facebook and Google, which rely specifically on user data for the purpose of marketing and monetization.

UCSD Health's chief information officer said that Apple's focus on privacy has made hospital officials feel more comfortable, as the patients' health and privacy are crucial. UCSD Health is convinced that all recorded data is stored locally and not uploaded to the cloud, which can help protect patients.

NPR's report also pointed out that some Health apps, such as period tracker or heart rate monitor, share data with Facebook to obtain targeted advertising, but Apple said that those apps will of course not be connected to Health Records. This is an advanced protection and limitation feature designed by Apple. Access to Health apps is usually only possible if the user explicitly authorizes them.

A new survey conducted by investment firm Baird shows that the iPhone users' intention to upgrade is still higher than in the past few years in the context of a slowdown in overall smartphone sales. As Barron's Weekly pointed out, Baird analyst William Power reiterated his optimism about Apple because of the company's service business and iPhone upgrade intentions.

Of the 1,500 US shoppers, 15% said they plan to buy a new smartphone in the next two months, 67% of which said they that the iPhone will be the one to purchase. In addition, most respondents indicated that they have been using the iPhone for more than two years, which suggests that the upgrade market has not yet been developed, and the potential demand for iPhone is still pretty high.

Services wise, Baird's survey also asked consumers about their interest in Apple's streaming services. 18% of respondents voted that they are “some interest” to subscribe to such services. The analyst also mentioned the growing interest in Apple Watch and the entire Apple ecosystem, and that iPhone user owns an average of 2.6 Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

In general, Baird says that the intentions to purchase smartphones is slowing, but the bright side is that the iPhone still owns a large market share. Plus the increasing demand in Apple Watch, AirPods, and Apple Music, underscores the ecosystem opportunity.

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Rumors have suggested that Apple is developing an AR headset or a pair of smart glasses, which are said to be released around 2020 or 2021. No one really knows what is it gonna look like, but Apple’s newly granted patent application should give you a general impression, as it describes a "method for representing points of interest in a view of a real environment on a mobile device." (Via AppleInsider)

Although the word "Apple Glasses" is not explicitly mentioned, the patent does describe a "head-mounted display." Similar to other AR products, it overlays computer-generated virtual information onto a real-world view. More specifically, the headset will be implemented with a camera that can identify and annotate points of interest and other objects.

One of the patented illustrations shows the head-mounted screen showing some buildings, each with a superimposed label, and the fingers can interact with it. In another example, the iPhone gives details of a point of interest.

The "Apple Glasses" device in the illustration is like the ski goggle, but whether Apple is developing smart glasses like Google Glass or a HoloLens-like headset is not known. Bloomberg previously reported that Apple's device will use a customized iOS-based "rOS" system, which is said to be able to communicate wirelessly with the iPhone.

Apple released the highly-popular programming language Swift in 2014, which has evolved to Swift 4.0, and Swift 5 will be unveiled at the WWDC 2019 Developer Conference. So what are the highlights will this version bring. Well, the project lead, Ted Kremenek, recently sat down for an interview with John Sundell in his latest episode of Swift by Sundell podcast to discuss such subject.

In the podcasts, Kremenek did discuss a few topics about the Swift programming language, including how Apple designed new features for Swift and brainstorm ideas for future releases. Further, Ted says Swift 5 will be focusing on ABI stability, meaning it will enable binary compatibility for apps and libraries. In other words, apps built with one version of the Swift compiler can now be able to interface with a library built with another version.
Ted Kremenek, manager of the Languages and Runtimes team at Apple, joins John to talk about Swift 5 — focusing on ABI stability and what it means for the future of the language, how the underpinnings of String have been improved in this release, how Apple is using Swift internally, and much more.
For those who are using the Swift to develop apps, the podcast could offer some valuable information regarding to changes and features being made in Swift 5, I would says that it's worth to check it out.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is actively developing sleep-tracking feature for Apple Watch. At the moment, it's not clear whether the sleep tracking-feature requires new hardware support or is implemented directly through the watchOS software update.

The report said that in the past few months, Apple employees have been testing it. The company plans to launch the functionality for Apple Watch next year. Apple acquired Beddit, a sleep-tracking hardware startup, in 2017, and Beddit's products are still sold through the App Store. After Beddit was acquired, rumors have suggested that Apple will integrate sleep-tracking capabilities for Apple Watch.

Currently, Apple does not provide the sleep-tracking feature on the Apple Watch, but some third-party applications, such as AutoSleep, offers the feature and sync sleep data to iPhone Health app. Competitors of Apple Watch, such as Fitbit Versa, have supported sleep-tracking for many years.

It's unclear how Apple solves the battery problem. Currently, Apple recommends charging Apple Watch every night. If the wearable device supports sleep tracking, users can't charge it while they sleep. Therefore, future Apple Watches may integrate larger batteries to solve this issue, or Apple Watch adds a sleep mode that saves power while tracking sleep.

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According to the latest data from Apple's App Store Support page, iOS 12 is now installed 83% of all devices shipped by Apple in the past four years. Meanwhile, 80% of all devices are using iOS 12. In addition, 12% of devices continue to be powered by iOS 11, and 5 to 8% of devices are running older versions.

In January this year, the data shows that iOS 12 installed on 78% of devices that are introduced last four years, which means that in the past more than a month, this figure has increased by 5 percentage points, suggesting users' acceptance of iOS 12 is significantly better than iOS 11 due to the better performance. For the sake of comparison, the installation rate of iOS 11 was only 76% in April last year.

In the next four months, Apple should preview the next-generation iPhone operating system iOS 12 at the WWDC Keynote, and the formal release will be around September. But for now, the company is beta testing iOS 12.2, which brings Apple News to users in Canada, new Animojis, Safari tweaks, few changes in the Wallet app, and much more.
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