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Undeniable, iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad ever. The third-generation iPad Pro is also considerably closer to being a MacBook than an iPad. Knowing this, Apple published new ads that show off the iPad Pro’s powerful productivity capabilities.

On Friday, Apple published a series of iPad Pro ads that highlight the tablet as a productivity powerhouse. The advertisements prove that Apple isn’t just positioning the iPad Pro has either a tablet or laptop, instead, as a tool that allows you to do things differently.

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The ads, five in total, highlight how to start a podcast, create a presentation, go paperless, use AR to design a space, and how to record notes on iPad Pro.

Following the third-generation iPad Pro announcement during Apple’s “There’s more in the making” event, it has been continuously praised for being “faster than most PC laptops.” The performance is thanks to the A12X Bionic chip that is “the smartest, most powerful chip, ever,” according to Apple.

The performance of the new iPad Pro is further highlighted within each of the advertisements Apple has published to date, including the new ones.

Mircosoft has announced that the support for Windows 10 Mobile device will stop on December 10, 2019, and the software giant is now recommending that current Windows 10 users choose either Android or iOS devices, Microsoft provides this advice in the Windows 10 Support document. At the same time, it will stop providing security updates and patches to Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft ended Windows Phone support in July 2017 and closed Windows 10 Mobile active development in October of the same year, which directly led to the death of the platform. Due to the lack of app developers, the number of Windows 10 Mobile apps is small and the basic user base cannot be established.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also announcing that its AI assistant Cortana will no longer be a competitor of Google Assistant and Amazon Alxea. Instead, CEO Satya Nadella says that he seeks Cortana could integrate with the popular platforms rather than fight against them, and it has already partnered with Amazon to bring the integration to Alexa users, while it continues to negotiate Google on the matter.

It's very clear that Microsoft began to focus on app development on other mobile platforms: it launched several apps for iOS and Android, such as Microsoft Edge, Translator, Azure, OneDrive, and so on.

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Apple has officially made the HomePod smart speakers available to users in China and Hong Kong today, users can go to or Apple Store App to place an order, and can be delivered within one working day. The speaker is available in two colors, white and space gray, for 2,799 yuan. The company's marketing chief Phil Schiller said in a statement about the launch:

We're excited to bring HomePod to our customers in mainland China and Hong Kong markets. We can't wait for them to experience how great it sounds in their home, we think they are going to love it.
Like the mainstream smart speakers on the market, HomePod has an always-on voice assistant and the ability to connect to other devices for smart home controls, but Apple is also concentrating on its differences from other smart speakers. Sound quality is a differentiating factor in HomePod: can create a rich, full and delicate experience for those music lovers.

HomePod matches with Apple Music perfectly, although it don't music streaming service like the QQ Music or Spotify, you can still play songs from third-party apps via AirPlay. Additionally, users can ask Siri to do tasks such as send a text message, control HomeKit devices, or even make a phone call with it, and Apple specifically added the "play bedtime story" command only to the Chinese market.

According to the Nikkei, major Apple suppliers from Asia have already lowered their revenue forecast for 2019, and some attributed it to an “extraordinary" decline in demand from China. This news comes after Apple adjusted its revenue estimate for 4Q 2018, from the previous $89 billion to $84 billion.

Among them, TSMC, the core supplier of Apple's A-series chips, dropped its revenue forecast for the first quarter of 2019 at the latest earnings conference, which is expected to fall by 22%. The company said that high-end smartphones have seen a "sudden drop in demand" and blamed the slump in revenue to the US-China trade war and economic uncertainty.

Nidec, another Apple supplier that supplies the iPhone's vibration motor, has a similar situation. The company cut its 2019 full-year revenue outlook ""We have faced extraordinary changes," Nidec Chairman Shigenobu Nagamori told reporters at a Thursday news conference as the company reversed a previous forecast of a record profit"

Multiple reports suggest that Apple asked its suppliers to cut iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max production by 10 percent for the next three months, mainly due to the impact of iPhone sales in Greater China. For this reason, Apple has taken a number of measures to awake the Chinese market.

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New iPads:

Apple will release at least two new iOS devices in the first half of this year, according to sources from the supply chain via Digitimes, and suppliers are preparing to produce two new iPads, both new iPads are "entry-level" versions, including the much anticipated iPad mini 5 and the new iPad.

However, the DigiTimes report does not mention the features of the new iPad, but several reports have indicated that Apple will launch the new iPad in 2019. Ming-Chi Kuo, for example, predicted that the new iPad mini would use a cheaper display panel and a faster processor. On the other hand, a report from China said the new iPad will replace the current 9.7-inch iPad with a 10-inch display.

iPhone XR 2 With Better LTE Performance

According to the latest research report from Barclays, the next-generation iPhone XR will use a 4x4 MIMO antenna design. 4x4 MIMO refers to Multiple-Input Multiple-Output, which means that the next iPhone XR will be featured with 4 antennas to improving faster data speed. The current iPhone XS and XS Max uses the 4x4 MIMO antenna design, whereas the current iPhone XR uses 2x2 MIMO.

A few months ago, PC Magazine reported that the LTE performance of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max was "significantly better" than the iPhone XR, it show that this difference is especially noticeable under weak signal conditions. Of course, no matter how many antennas the iPhone has, the speed will be affected by factors such as network congestion, distance from the tower, physical obstacles, etc.

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 series, which is on schedule to be announced on February 20th in the Unpacked event, will see a major overhaul when it comes to design. as it's said to feature the so-called hole-punch display, a front-panel cutout that’s literally just the camera, similar to the Notch on the iPhone XS.

However, an early benchmark suggests that the Galaxy S10 + cannot keep up Apple's 2018 flagship, the iPhone XS in terms of performance, yet, it even worse than the previous year's iPhone X. (Via Slashleaks)

Slashleaks shared allegedly Galaxy S10 Geekbench screenshots, shows that the device configured with Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB memory, has a single-core score of 3,413 and a multi-core score of 10,256. In contrast, iPhone XS has a single-core score of 4,797, multi-score of 11,584. Somewhat surprisingly, even the iPhone X outperforms the S10, with a single-core score of 4243, and a multi-core score of 10,433. 

This is the advantage of Apple's self-developed chips and operating systems, even though the clock speed is lower than Snapdragon 855, fewer cores, and less memory, but the performance is far better than its competitors. Bear in mind, though, benchmarks don't represent the real world usage, just because it has higher scores, it does not mean that it open apps slower than iPhone XS or iPhone X.

A new Bloomberg piece out today alleges that Apple plans to reduce the number of hiring in some divisions in the context of declining iPhone sales and lower-than-expected revenues during the holiday season. Meanwhile, emphasizing the decline in iPhone sales is also an opportunity for new innovations.

After Tim Cook issued a letter to shareholders earlier this month, he held an all-hands meeting with employees, where the CEO was asked whether the company would take a freeze on hiring in response. Cook said at the time that he did not think the move was an ideal solution. However, Cook said that some departments should "cut back on hiring",

Cook said he hasn't completely decided which divisions will cut back on hiring, but he said that core units like the Apple AI team will still greet newcomers at a faster pace. He also emphasized that the rate of hiring does not measure the importance of the sector to Apple's future. Moreover, the cut on hiring will not affect Apple's new Campus in Austin, Texas, or the expansion of the California area.

Apple has been actively hiring new staff for the past decade, but the growth in the number of employees has slowed in recent years. Apple added a total of 9,000 employees in the last fiscal year to a total of 132,000 employees. and added about 7,000 employees in the previous year. 

After Apple released the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case yesterday, owners of iPhone X have wondered that if the case will also works for their devices, even though Apple only specifically mentioned that the case is compatible with the XS, iMore's Rene Ritchie, however, claims that iPhone X is compatible with the case.

Ritchie explains that when he putting Smart Battery Case on the iPhone X running iOS 12.1.2, he received an error suggesting it was not compatible with the case, but when he updating his iPhone X to iOS 12.1.3, he was able to charging the handset with the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case. And when an incompatibility pop up, just dismiss it, and will still charge your phone, though the fit is imprecise.

Apple touts that the new Smart Battery case for the iPhone models adds 30+ hours of talk time, 20+ hours of internet use and video playback thanks to its larger battery capacity than previous one. It is now available for order at with the price of $129 and comes in black or white color.

Apple's long-awaited wireless charging mat, AirPower, which was rumored in production, mentioned in the product description of the new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS Apple Malaysia website, however, the description in the United States and other countries only mentions compatibility with Qi-certified chargers.

In the description, Apple says: "the Smart Battery Case is compatible with AirPower Wireless Charging Mat and other Qi‑certified chargers". So it's clear that Apple was originally plan to launch the accessory alongside the Smart Battery Case, but was unable to release because of some technical challenges.

A report from last weekend, however, suggested that Apple was ready for the AirPower to begin mass production. The report especially says that Apple suppliers Luxshare Precision Pegatron has begun the production of AirPower wireless charging mat. And, If AirPower is finally coming, then the AirPods wireless charging case should also be available soon.

We expect Apple to announce the launch of AirPower and AirPods wireless charging case in a press release within a month from now.

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According to a report from Axios, a new name has appeared on the list of Intel's candidate CEOs, Johny Srouji. Intel has spent half a year looking for a new CEO, and Johny Srouji has worked with Intel for many years. Currently, Johny Srouji is Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies at Apple.

From 1990 to 2005, Johny Srouji worked in the Intel Israel department for 15 years, and IBM for 3 years. he later joined Apple in 2008 and has led the development of Apple's first self-designed chip, the A4. Srouji also oversees custom silicon and hardware technologies including batteries, application processors, storage controllers, sensors silicon, and other chipsets across Apple's entire product line.

It will have a pretty big impact on Apple if Intel appoint him as the new CEO, as Srouji and his team responsible in the development of Apple's A-Series chip, which led mobile industry in terms of performance, also the plans for an ARM-based Mac may not become a reality, plus Apple is rumored working on its own cellular moderns.

Intel's former CEO, Brian Krzanich, resigned last summer, and Intel's board of directors later appointed Robert Swan, then chief financial officer, as the company's interim CEO. As of now, Intel declined to comment on Apple’s vice president Johny Srouji report on the candidate CEO’s list.

Apple today released the Smart Battery Case for 2018 iPhones. Each case comes in black or white and is priced at $129, cases are similar in design to the past battery case option Apple offered for the iPhone 7, with a bump at the back to house a battery pack, perhaps more importantly. it supports Qi charging.

The Smart Battery Case is compatible with Qi-certified chargers. You can charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 33 hours, Internet use up to 21 hours, and even longer audio and video playback.* With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Center, so you know exactly how much charge you have left.
Apple touts that the new Smart Battery case for the iPhone models adds 30+ hours of talk time, 20+ hours of internet use and video playback. However, the newly-released Smart Battery Case doesn't compatible with the iPhone X, as the camera bump on the iPhone XS being slightly taller because of the larger camera sensor compared to the iPhone X.

You can order the Smart Battery Case for iPhone XSXS Max, and XR right now, with estimated delivery date next week or so.

Ar the end of 2017, Apple adjusted the iPhone battery replacement price to $29, down from previous $79 price. From the beginning of the end of 2017, to December 31, 2018, Apple replaced a total of 11 million iPhone batteries, and that means it earned nearly $319 million during the period.

According to Daring Fireball, Tim Cook shared this data in the all-hands meeting with Apple employees. If Apple didn't adjust the price of iPhone battery replacement, then the company could only replace 1-2 million batteries, suggesting that Apple replaced approximately 9 to 10 million more batteries than average.

Cook believes that battery replacement program is one of the reasons 2019 Q1 fiscal quarter revenue below expectations, meaning that users choose to replace the iPhone battery, instead of buying a new iPhone. Although Apple knows the battery replacement program may affect iPhone sales, it was until the iPhone XS, XS Max received fewer upgrades, Apple wasn't aware the seriousness of the problem.

The discounted replacement program comes after Apple was found to throttle performance of iPhones when the battery become degraded, so they introduced the so-called Power Management feature to smooth out the high power draw peaks that can result in shutdowns and prevent devices to "deliver the best experience". Apple then apologized for its wrong doings and announced the program.

According to a report from the Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple is possible in the work for an updated iPod touch, however, the report is unable to provide further details as for release date of the devices. The report also claims that like the 2018 iPad Pros, 2019 iPhones “might” make the switch to USB-C.

Apple last time updated the iPod touch is in 2015, where it upgrade the processor from A5 to A8, and the camera got somewhat upgrades as well, which added an 8-megapixel rear camera instead of the 5-megapixel sensor. The iPod touch is indeed the last members of the iPod family, ever since Apple discontinued the iPod shuffle and iPod nano in 2017.

As for the switch to the USB-C on 2019 iPhones, though the site cited the rumor from "those who are working on it", it has not reached a design reference step, which means that Apple is deciding whether or not to make the switch to USB-C over Lightning this year. This is already the third times we learned that Apple plans to introduce a USB-C port for the iPhone rather than Lightning ports.

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Lately, it seems like the sales of Apple's iPhone have encountered some obstacles in China, and at the same time, the company's performance in the Indian market is also very unpleasant to look at. According to a new report from market research firm Counterpoint Research, the Cupertino giant’s iPhone sales in India fell by 50% year-on-year and only had 1.20% of market share last year.

Counterpoint says that Apple just sold 1.7 million units in the year 2018. In comparison, iPhone shipments in 2017 were 3.2 million units. The sharp drop in iPhone shipments in the Indian market can be attributed to Apple's high pricing and fierce competition from its competitors.

From 2014 to 2017, the size of Apple's Indian business actually doubled from 1.5 million year-over-year to 3.2 million. Sadly, Apple's iPhone sales in India last year suddenly fell back to three years ago, Counterpoint suggests that it is likely due to the rise of OnePlus that offers similar features at a cheaper cost.

Hopefully, the launch of some low-priced iPhone models may attract local consumers to buy products from Apple, such as the second generation of iPhone SE, which we aren't even sure if it really exists.

If your Apple Music subscription is not the Family plan, you won't be able to play different music on your HomePod and iPhone. Previously, individual Apple Music account could able to play different music on HomePod and iPhone, however, Apple says it was a bug in the first place that has been fixed until recently.

Otherwise, if you want to continue playing different music on your HomePod and iPhone, you need to upgrade your Apple Music subscription to the family membership. "An Individual Apple Music membership allows you to stream on a single device at a time; a Family membership allows you or your Family members to stream on up to six devices at a time", according to Apple Music's policy.

Speaking to HomePod, the Siri-enabled smart speaker is finally coming to China and Hong Kong on January 18th, which will be available in white and space gray, and is priced at 2,799 Yuan. Though, Amazon's Echo speakers aren't available for purchase in China, HomePod will still face competitions from various AI speakers from Chinese brands like Xiaomi and LingLong.

“We’re excited to bring HomePod to our customers in mainland China and Hong Kong markets. We can’t wait for them to experience how great it sounds in their home, we think they are going to love it," says Phil Schiller, Apple's marketing chief.

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The Siri Shortcuts have enabled a lot of possibilities of what we can do on iOS. Yes, we realize that Apple doesn't offer a way to schedule text messages, however, you can now schedule text messages thanks to the Siri Shortcuts so you will be able to draft text message in advance and schedule it to be sent out on a later date. Here is how to do add it to your iOS 12 devices:

  1. Download the Shortcuts by clicking this link
  2. Whenever you want to schedule a text, just tap on it
  3. Select someone in your Contacts
  4. In the Enter Text filed, enter the message you want to schedule
  5. Then select Date and Time to when should this be sent
  6. And that's it
Here are a couple of things to bear in mind though: first, you need to turn on the Background App Refresh in order for this to work; further, you can't run any other Shortcuts during the time, lastly, you can't close the app; otherwise, there is no restriction whatsoever. Hopefully, this Shortcuts would come in handy when you are busy doing other stuff.

Apple's wireless charging mat AirPower, an accessory that the Cupertino tech-giant promised to release in 2018, which it didn't, likewise it officially missed the deadline; and has not been released for more than a year after its release. However, the wait is likely to be over pretty soon, as the AirPower is said to have already started mass production and will be available purchase shortly.

The news comes from the Twitter account ChargerLab, who have learned from the credible sources of the supply chain that Apple supplier Luxshare Precision has begun the production of AirPower wireless charging mat. It is worth stating that Luxshare is also responsible for the manufacturing of AirPods and USB-C cables.
Breaking: AirPower is finally coming. We just learned from credible source in supply chain that the manufacture Luxshare Precision has already started producing Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. Luxshare Precision is also the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables.
If AirPower is finally coming, the next-generation AirPods wireless charging should also be available soon. We expect Apple to announce the launch of AirPower and AirPods wireless charging case in a press release, as the company is questionable to host an event just for these two products.

In addition to WSJ, Barclays also released a new report on the prediction of iPhone 11 today, in which mentions that the 2019 iPhones to support the latest generation of WiFi technology, specifically WiFi 6 (802.11ax), it will be featured with improved Face ID sensor and new antenna technology.

In November of last year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that the 2019 iPhone to welcome the improved Face ID. To enhance the Face ID user experience, Apple will upgrade the VC illuminator's VCS to reduce the ambient invisible light. influences. Similarly, Kuo added that the 2019 iPhones will feature the new Modified PI (MPI) antenna technology for better yields and higher performance.

Speaking to 2019 iPhones, Barclays believes that these models will not support the 5G technology, yet, Apple considered want Samsung and MediaTek (and existing supplier Intel) supply 5G modems for this year's iPhones, as it continues fighting against Qualcomm on the patent disputes. Unfortunately, he did not mention whether Apple has made a decision on the 5G moderns supplier, so Apple is expected to hold off 5G for at least another year.

The 2019 iPhone is rumored to look alike to the 2018 iPhone lineup: an LCD model with Dual-lens rear camera, two OLED models, and the larger one is likely to be featured with the triple-lens camera, alongside A13 chip, USB-C port, improved Face ID, etc. Though all models are expected to drop 3D Touch support.

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In 2018, IKEA announced they had plans to introduce a line of smart blinds, now, they have officially gone on sale in Germany. IKEA then announced they will bring their ‘Fyrtur’ HomeKit-enabled blinds to the United States starting on April 1st, 2019. Here’s what we know so far.

In 2017, the Swedish home furnishing giant, IKEA, introduced their TRÅDFRI line of smart lighting to pave the way for future smart-enabled offerings. In September 2018, IKEA announced plans to enter the smart blind market by offering affordable, quality, blinds that will be smart-enabled.

According to Fast Company, an IKEA spokeswoman reached out via email to inform them “Fyrtur will be available in all of IKEA’s United States stores starting April 1.” IKEA has already begun selling the ‘Frytur’ and ‘Kadrilj’ smart blinds in Germany, but only the blackout Frytur model will be sold in the United States.

According to IKEA Germany’s product page, “With the included remote control or the IKEA TRÅDFRI app in the smartphone, the blinds can be set without you having to get up from bed. The darkening special fabric does not let light through – perfect for the bedroom.” IKEA also added, “Complete for control via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Home with TRÅDFRI Gateway and TRÅDFRI App.”

In order for ‘Frytur’ to communicate with HomeKit, you will need to purchase the TRÅDFRI Gateway and app. The Gateway will set you back US $29.99. The system is powered by a USB-rechargeable battery pack and will work with the VIDGA curtain rail system, and the VIDGA Single Track set costing US $18.00.

When Frytur goes on sale April 1st in the United States, it will cost around US $130-135. Compared to offerings for similar smart-blind systems, this is extremely affordable.

Apple will release three new iPhones in 2019, including two models with OLEDs and one LCD model, reports the Wall Street Journal. The high-end version of the iPhone 11, or the iPhone 11 Max will use the rear triple-lens camera system. The next generation of iPhone XR will continue to use LCD screens, but the camera system will be upgraded to dual-lens.

The report claims that Apple could replace the 3D Touch on the all three models, which it did on the iPhone XR already. iPhone XS successor, however, looks like will feature the dual-lens setup as well, but with much better OLED display. A dual-lens for the low-cost iPhone XR would increase the price well above the $750 range, unless Apple decided to use a new pricing strategy.

Last weekend, there were already alleged renders for the new iPhone 11 surfaced on the web, and the renders were based on the iPhone 11 prototype, and the design is rather quite hideous. The Wall Street Journal said that the new camera system will be one of the main selling point of the upcoming iPhone. Even though it is now called the iPhone 11, the final naming is not yet certain.

Last but not least, the report mentioned that Apple may completely abandon the LCD display in 2020 and upgrade the entire iPhone product lineup to the OLED screen, meaning this year will be the last year that Apple used the LCD on its smartphones.

According to Gartner's latest evaluation of PC shipments, Apple's Mac shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018 fell 3.8% year-on-year, with a total of 4.9 million Macs shipped, compared to 5.1 million of a year ago. However, the market share of the Mac has grown, from 7.1% in the third quarter to 7.2%.

In terms of rankings, Apple still stands fourth, behind Lenovo, HP, and Dell. Apple's Mac sales were affected by the overall decline in the global PC market. Global PC shipments in the fourth quarter fell 4.3% from the previous year, of 71.7 million to 68.6 million. The report further estimates that Apple's sales of Mac in 2018 too declined, from 19 million in 2018 to 18 million, a drop of about 5%.

Sales of Asus, HP, Acer were also unsightly, with HP shipments fell by 4.4%, while Asus and Acer declined even more, as well as its market share. Garner explains that "political and economic uncertainties in some countries" as a result of dampened PC demand. Though, Levono and Dell saw substantial growth, with each account over 20% of PC market share.

It should be regarded that these figures are only estimates of the company since Apple has announced that it will not release specific iPhone, iPad and Mac sales data in the future. Looking into this year, a refresh to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro is most likely to happen.

According to Yahoo Finance, Apple has told its Chinese channel partners to cut the price of iPhone XR, XS and XS Max yesterday. This comes after the news of poor iPhone sales from analysts and media outlets, in which Apple will boost sales through a series of measures, such as adjusting the price through carriers or third-party resellers, and restarting the production of discontinued iPhone X.

The iPhone XR is the one that got the biggest price cut, which is said to receive a discount of 600 yuan ($88), and that has reduced the iPhone XR price to 5380 yuan ($773). In general, the price of most iPhones has dropped by around 400 yuan. It is uncommon for the Apple to cut iPhone prices soon after it is released. The most recent one happened after the release of the iPhone in early 2007.
Apple cut the price of the iPhone XR for channel partners in China on Tuesday by about $100, Yahoo Finance has learned.

A tier 1 Apple partner, which buys directly from Apple and sells to distributors and end-retailers, dropped the iPhone XR’s price from 5980 yuan ($881) on Monday to 5380 yuan ($793) with a 150 yuan ($22) coupon. Yahoo Finance confirmed that the partner received a notice from Apple on Tuesday to cut prices to boost sales. Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.
It's unclear if the company plan to do in other countries as well, though I don't think so, as Tim Cook believes that China is the main concern that it lowered the Q1 19 revenue guidance, while didn't mentioning any other markets, therefore, Apple will only focus the market that it didn't performed well as it expected, and fix it right way.

Satechi has released two new USB-C fast chargers at the CES 2019 technology trade show, 30W and 75W travel chargers respectively. The 75W fast charger offer two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports, which charges multiple Apple devices such as MacBook, iPad Pro and iPhone simultaneously, while the 30W wall charger features one USB-C PD ports and one USB-A ports.

The 75W Dual Type-C Travel Charger integrates two powerful USB-C ports, ideal for the 2018 iPad Pro and fast-charging the iPhone XS Max/XS/XR, and two USB-A ports for additional charging capabilities. Alternatively, the 30W Dual-Port Wall Charger features one USB-C PD port and an additional USB-A port to simultaneously charge another USB device.
Meanwhile, Scosche has announced their modular charging and organization system called BaseLynx that supports simultaneous charging of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Users can add or subtract modules as needed for simultaneous charging of multiple devices. This system has a charger designed specifically for Apple Watch, as well as an iPhone Qi standard charging pad, and finally a USB-C and USD-A port for charging devices such as iPads.

Price wise, Satechi's 75 Dual Type-C Travel Charger is priced available now for $70, and 30W Dual-Port Charger available for $30, you can purchase these chargers via Satechi's official website. As for Scosche's modular charging and organization system, the company hasn't announced its pricing, even though it will be available this spring.

The latest data from the research company Mixpanel reveals that the iPhone XR has seen a larger user base than the iPhone XS, suggest that users preferred iPhone XR over the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, despite it was available one month earlier than the low-cost model.

Though, the most expensive iPhone XS Max still sustains a sizable lead. From the Mixpanel adoption chart, the iPhone XR has been catching up with the iPhone XS for a few weeks, but in the past few days, the iPhone XR is still placed in the second spot. At the current rate of growth, iPhone XR Usage would surpass iPhone XS Max adoption by the next month.

As of yesterday, the iPhone XS usage share was 2.89%, while the iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max shares were 3.02% and 3.65%, respectively. Last year’s iPhone X has the highest percentage, reaching 11.71%. From December 24, 2018, to January 8, 2019, the share of iPhone XS increased from 2.53% to 2.89%, a growth of 0.36%. At the same time, the iPhone XR rose from 2.24% to 3.02%, an increase of 0.78%.

However, Apple's model launched in 2018 has only had a small impact on the overall market share of the iPhone, and iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still account for 30% of active devices. In fact, since the iPhone XS series was launched in September last year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus usage share has been climbing.

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iTunes, a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster application developed by Apple, when it's announced on January 9th, 2001, has forever changed the entire music industry, it sets a new stage where people could pay for songs online; it prevents those music artists from losing profits as more and more fans begin to think that music should be free. Yes, the iTunes has officially turned 18 today!

iTunes was developed from SoundJam MP by Mac software firm Casady & Greene. Apple bought the copyright for SoundJam MP and hired three programmers who created SoundJam, Bill Kinkade, Jeff Robin, and Dave Heller. The first release of iTunes is quite alike to SoundJam MP, adding CD burning capabilities and a better user interface. Apple later added a number of major features to subsequent versions of iTunes.

The music player has evolved over time: from the ability to view iTunes music library to the ability to play video in various formats, from the introduction of iTunes store to the addition of Podcast, as well as the launch of iTunes on other operating systems and the release of Apple Music, it has truly revolutionized the way people listening to music and entertaining the digital goods.

Today, iTunes enables users to manage media content, create playlists, synchronize media content with iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad, streaming Internet radio, purchase music, films, television shows, audiobooks and applications via the iTunes Store. Voices from many people, however, suggests that iTunes should be replaced by other Service, as AirPlay 2 already available on third-party devices.

According to a report from the Japanese media Nikkei, Apple has asked its suppliers to cut production of the 2018 iPhone by 10% in the next three months. It is understood that Apple requested suppliers at the end of last month to reduce their iPhone production in the January-March quarter.

This is already the second time Apple has to cut iPhone production. The report pointed out that Apple made this decision before it announced last week that it would cut its revenue forecast for the first quarter of FY 2019. iPhone models that cut production include the latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Various factors such as weak iPhone sales in the Chinese market, economic slowdown the ongoing trade war, and cheap battery replacement, Apple just recently lowered its revenue forecast for the first quarter of 2019 from US$89 billion in November last year to US$84 billion. With the cut in iPhone production, Apple's revenue in this year may also be affected.

Nevertheless, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Wednesday that the report that the iPhone XR is a failed product and suffered from poor sales is not accurate, touting the device is the best-selling model every day since the launch. It's unclear who is telling the truth, though I would lean to Tim Cook, considering Nikkei is not as often as reliable.

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According to CNBC, Tim Cook will appear on the "Mad Money" show later of the day, when he will sit in an Apple store directly with Jim Cramer to talk about Apple. Before the interview, CNBC shared some of what they discussed. The topic of the conversation revolves around Apple's recent adjustments to the 2019Q1 revenue forecast, iPhone and wearable sales, etc.

Firstly, Cook said that Apple's ecosystem and services may be "underappreciated" by the critics, and he has heard it too many times over the years. Though, Cook also said he was not surprised by the decline in Apple's share price following he sent the investor letter, because the market is "quite emotional in the short term," and that they are only focused on longer-term culmination.
"I'm not defensive on it. This is America and you can say what you want," Cook continued. "But ... my honest opinion is that there is a culture of innovation in Apple and that culture of innovation combined with these incredible, loyal customers, happy customers, this ecosystem, this virtuous ecosystem, is something that is probably underappreciated."
The Apple CEO also reveals that the iPhone XR has been the best-selling model ever since it released, but he would like to sell more than that and is in the process of working on it. Meantime, Cook touting that revenue from Apple’s wearables business has "already more than 50% more than iPod was at its peak."

Apple blog 9to5mac reported that a user named White shared photos on Twitter that are said to be an unreleased iPad mini, which looks different from any previous generation iPad. In recent months, the user has shared a number of photos that look like early prototypes and parts of the Apple product.

The photos show a rose gold iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 4, the noticeable change is the antenna design, though the iPad mini 4 also has a similar antenna design, but the inside the antenna is filled with plastic. Apple later improved the antenna design, starting with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which uses a smaller antenna design, so it indicates that the iPad mini in the photo may be a new model under development.

Asides from that, the iPad mini in the photo looks exactly the same as the iPad mini 4, with a headphone jack, volume buttons, Lightning port, two speakers on the bottom, and there is no flash next to the tablet's rear camera, which is consistent with every previous iPad mini. But, it will be powered by the A9 chip (the same chip as it can be found on iPhone 6s) instead of the latest A12 chip.

In summary, the iPad mini shown in the photo could possibly be an older prototype that may never be released. Apple is known for design a variety of device prototypes internally, but these prototypes are not necessarily coming to market. However, if a new iPad mini is coming soon, the time is likely to be March, as March is the most common release month for iPads lately.

A few days ago, Apple unexpectedly announced that Smart TVs from brands like Samsung, LG, Vizio and Sony to support, AirPlay 2, Siri, and HomeKit, and these features will be coming to Smart TVs via a software update. And now, Apple has listed AirPlay 2–enabled TVs announced to date:

  • LG OLED (2019)Announced
  • LG NanoCell SM9X series (2019)Announced
  • LG NanoCell SM8X series (2019)Announced
  • LG UHD UM7X series (2019)Announced
  • Samsung QLED Series (2019 and 2018)Announced
  • Samsung 8 Series (2019 and 2018)Announced
  • Samsung 7 Series (2019 and 2018)Announced
  • Samsung 6 Series (2019 and 2018)Announced
  • Samsung 5 Series (2019 and 2018)Announced
  • Samsung 4 Series (2019 and 2018)Announced
  • Sony Z9G Series (2019)Announced
  • Sony A9G Series (2019)Announced
  • Sony X950G Series (2019)Announced
  • Sony X850G Series (2019 85", 75", 65" and 55" models)Announced
  • Vizio P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018)Announced
  • Vizio P-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)Announced
  • Vizio M-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)Announced
  • Vizio E-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)Announced
  • Vizio D-series (2019, 2018 and 2017)Announced
With the support of AirPlay 2, users can stream the content via their Apple devices. You can now easily play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust the volume on your TV as well, and even ask Siri to send a video to your devices thanks to the HomeKit, which also means that you can control the TV using the Home app on the iPhone.

And all these is the sign that Apple to launch an streaming service very soon, since there are well over two dozen of tv shows or movies that it is working on.

While Samsung has announced that their TV products will support Apple AirPlay 2. At today's CES 2019, LG and Vizio also announced that its 2019 Smart TVs will come with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features, and you can enable all these via future software updates later this year.

Once it is activated, iOS users can stream their content to their Smart TV without the Apple TV. You can now easily play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust the volume on your TV as well, and even ask Siri to send a video to your devices. HomeKit support means that users can control the TV using the Home app on the iPhone.

Apple yesterday updated its website to reflect the change that AirPlay 2, iTunes, and HomeKit will be implemented on smart TVs from leading TV manufacturers, "so now you can effortlessly share or mirror almost anything from your iOS device or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV. You can even play music on the TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2–compatible speakers anywhere in your home."

Apple has released the third beta of iOS 12.1.3, tvOS 12.1.2, and watchOS 5.1.3 today, nearly a half of month after it seeded beta 2, you can download the new iOS 12.1.3 beta either from Apple's Developer Center or Apple's Beta Software Program, and update your device once a proper profile has installed.

As in the past, the main goals of each iOS betas are to fix bugs and improve the stability of the device version, and so on; no major features are being discovered. Previously, Apple rushed out the release of iOS 12.1.2 before tweaking the software to include some emergency bug fixes and the App Switcher animation changes in China, so in theory, iOS 12.1.2 included some iOS 12.1.3 content.

Meanwhile, the Cupertino tech-giant also issued the third beta of upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14.3 update to developers and public beta testers. Like other software updates, to use the beta, you need to enroll in the developer or public beta program, then go to the Software Update setting in the System Preferences.

The annual CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, NV, where more than 4,500 exhibiting companies showcases their latest consumer technology hardwares, content, and more. Popular Apple accessory maker Mophie has just unveiled its battery case designed for the iPhone XS and XR models, ahead of Apple's official Smart Battery Case, which was planned to be released last December.

Mophie's Juice Pack Access Battery Case claims to offer up to 25 hours of battery life for iPhone XS, while deliver up to 31 hours of battery life for iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. And for the time, the juice pack access enabling users to plug in wired headphone via the iPhone Lightning port, and the ability to charge the iPhone via the Lightning input.

As for the battery case itself, which equipped with a built-in wireless receiver and transmitter, meaning you can conveniently charge the case with any Qi-enabled wireless chargers, however, it will charge the iPhone first, then the case. The case features an impact-resistant polycarbonate exterior with a soft-touch finish, while the case looks thicker, there is no worry about scratching and cracking the display.

The mophie juice pack access will be available this Spring on for $119.95 and comes in a variety of colors, including black, stone, gold, and dark red for the iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XS/X, and black, blue, and red for the iPhone XR in the United States.

Apple has surprisingly announced that Samsung's Smart TVs to support iTunes video content, AirPlay 2, Siri, and more. It's understood that feature will be coming to 2018-2019 Samsung Smart TVs through a software update, as Apple claims that AirPlay 2 will be available to other TV manufacturers.

Leading TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs, so now you can effortlessly share or mirror almost anything from your iOS device or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV. You can even play music on the TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2–compatible speakers anywhere in your home.
Once the feature is enabled, users can view, buy and rent the entire iTunes movies and TV shows. At the same time, iOS users can stream their content to their Smart TV without the Apple TV. You can now easily play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust the volume on your TV as well, and even ask Siri to send a video to your devices.

While 2019 barely get started, news about this year’s iPhone models have already surfaced on the web, and you may think that it’s too early to know the basic design, however, Onleaks, who partnered with has made the render of the 2019 iPhone prototypes that based on EVT (engineering validation test) hardware.

The render, though only offered the rear panel design of the device, it did show that Apple to include the triple-lens setup on the iPhone. The arrangement is rather wired, it’s sort of like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera setup. Personally, I would rather prefer the Mate 20 Pro’s design.

The design is terrible that I will take hugs grant of salt on it, plus the flash is not aligned with the lens, it's just not satisfying to look at, perhaps it may also impact how the light goes through all three lenses together—might not be balanced. And if Apple to make the device thinner, a larger camera bump is unavoidable, which or led into a wide range discussion.

Triple-lens will definitely take better photos, and allowing it to collect more light and color information. Moreover, It’s been long-rumored that triple-lens could advancing augmented reality uses. Adopting the triple-lens setup is nothing new in the smartphone field, companies like Huawei and Samsung already shipped their devices with a triple-lens camera.

Last month, consumers complained on the social media that there was a slight bend in the use of 2018 iPad Pro. Apple has confirmed the problem with the technology media The Verge and said that the cause of the bending is the cooling process involving metal and plastic parts in the production and it is not a defect.

Apple just released a new support document that explored the way the iPad Pro was made. It pointed out in the doc that because the iPad Pro uses a new straight edges design, slight bending may be more visible to the naked eye, and reiterates that the 2018 iPad Pro's flatness tolerances are as high as 400 microns, and that any product outside this range should be eligible for a one-year warranty/replacement.

Furthermore, Apple for the first time adopted a new manufacturing method called “co-molding” on the 2018 iPad Pro. Specifically, on the cellular version of the iPad Pro, the plastic antenna bands on both sides of the iPad are bonded to the metal by injecting plastic into the enclosure, thereby to deliver a seamless combination of plastic and aluminum to form a single, strong enclosure.

In normal use, the 400-micron flatness change should be undetectable. However, Apple said that anyone who thinks their iPad Pro has a tolerances level of more than 400 microns can contact Apple Support. The company confirms that its warranty coverage "will cover damage if it has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship."

According to Jean Baptiste Su, vice president and principal analyst at the consulting firm Atherton Research, there is at least one 2019 iPhone that will support the USB-C port, will be featured with smaller Notch, and the to include Touch ID under the display. (Via Forbes)

Su's credibility is considerably low, in recent years, his many speculations that have not become a reality, so how likely is Su's speculation to become a reality? Well, the Touch ID under the display resembles to be tough to become a reality, after all, Apple has massively promoted that Face ID is far more secure than the fingerprint recognition tech, plus this year's iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR all support Face ID.

Move into the support for USB-C port, for many years, people think that Apple iOS devices will not switch to the USB-C port, but the iPad Pro released in 2018 certainly indicate that they are wrong, with the Mac and iPad Pro product lineup has fully embraced the USB-C, it is only matters of time before Apple adding the feature to the iPhone, which could most likely happen on this year's iPhones.

As for smaller Notch, rumors did suggest that Apple plans to make the notch smaller somehow, or even hidden under the screen, not by the power of wallpaper, a patent application reveals. Moreover, reducing the size of the notch has become the most demanding feature among Apple users. Therefore, it is possible that a smaller notch could be introduced on 2019 iPhone models.

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After Qualcomm announced the issuance of 1.34 billion euros of security bonds to implement Germany's preliminary injunction on Apple's iPhones, Apple has then stopped selling iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Germany, as the company found to be infringing Qualcomm patents related to power savings technology in smartphones.

Currently, these four iPhones are no longer available for purchase via the Apple online store in Germany, and all 15 Apple retail stores in Germany have stopped selling it. The latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR models are not affected by the verdict and can still be purchased at Apple.

However, if Apple successfully appeals, Qualcomm's equivalent of $1.5 billion in security bonds will be used to cover sales losses. Qualcomm said Apple was also ordered to recall infringing iPhones from third-party resellers in Germany, but some German resellers are still selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

Apple and Qualcomm are launching a major legal battle across multiple countries. The dispute between the two companies began in early 2017, when Apple sued Qualcomm, claiming that Qualcomm detained the $1 billion worth of patent royalties that it had promised to return. Qualcomm defends itself by saying that it collects royalties is untrue. Qualcomm also accused Apple of issuing misleading statements, sharing its trade secrets with Intel, and many other violations.

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Despite the fact that Apple lowered its 1Q 2019 revenue forecasts and announced that they saw "fewer iPhone upgrades" than anticipated, the company said in a press release today that new worldwide App Store spending records have been set over the holidays, with the customers spent $1.22 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and $322 million on New Year’s Day 2019 alone, setting a new single-day record.

"The App Store had a record-breaking holiday week and New Year's Day. The holiday week was our biggest week ever with more than $1.22 billion spent on apps and games, and New Year's Day set a new single-day record at more than $322 million," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Thanks to the inspiring work of our talented developers and the support of our incredible customers around the world, the App Store finished off an outstanding 2018 and kicked off 2019 with a bang."
Breaking down, Apple claims that gaming and self-care were the most popular app downloads and purchases during the holidays. Battle Royale games such as Fortnite and PUBG were some of the most downloaded games over the period, accompanying with Brawl Stars, Asphalt 9, and Monster Strike. Its own services like Apple Music, Cloud Services, Apple Pay, and the search ad business also setting new records.

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After yesterday’s Apple stock fiasco, it has left many investors, and consumers alike, claiming that the end of Apple is near if they don’t change up their business model. Some actually believe Apple is doomed, here’s why I don’t think that’s the case.

Yesterday proved to be one of the most difficult days for Apple and Tim Cook, even having CNBC calling it “a dark day for Apple.” Shares of AAPL stock plunged 7%, or about $10 per share, during after-hours trading. This led Apple CEO Timothy D. Cook to issue a letter to investors.

In the letter, Tim Cook said that he projects Apple to lose an estimated $9 billion dollars in revenue from its initial projected outlook.

Apple published this initial guidance for the fiscal 2019 quarter in November:

Then, yesterday, Apple published revised guidance for the fiscal 2019 quarter:

I want to make this crystal clear, some believe that Apple is doomed for the fact that they are on track to lose $9 billion dollars. But, Apple’s current market cap, despite the stock fiasco, sits at $750.91 billion as of this writing, higher than the entire GDP and Nominal GDP of Switzerland—which sits at $678.57 billion—and the Nominal GDP of Saudi Arabia, which is $683.82 billion.

Furthermore, in the letter to investors, Tim Cook highlighted the fact that “Our installed base of active devices hit a new all-time high—growing by more than 100 million units in 12 months. There are more Apple devices being used than ever before, and it’s a testament to the ongoing loyalty, satisfaction, and engagement of our customers.”

If a company was “doomed” it would not be able to maintain a growing active user base like Apple has.

Despite all of this, Apple still maintains the highest customer loyalty of almost any other company. I believe that the stock fiasco from yesterday will allow Apple to re-evaluate itself, and hopefully, lower the price of future iPhone models to ensure it will sell better. Of course, Apple will need more than just a lower price, they will need to innovate again, something they have been lacking in recent years.

There’s one specific thing I believe about Apple and the iPhone: iPhone is, and always will be, the core of Apple, and without it, Apple will fail.

To learn more about what I expect from Apple in 2019, you can read that article here.

Apple issued a statement yesterday to announce the revision of its 2019 Q1 earnings report, which lowered the 1Q 2019 revenue estimate, from $93 billion to only $84 billion. According to Bloomberg News, Apple will hold an all-hands meeting with employees today, the focus of the meeting is related to the revision of the financial report, Apple executives will likely answer questions from employees.

Cook said Apple's revenue for the first quarter of FY19 is expected to fall by $9 billion, entirely due to the few upgrades of iPhone, however, revenues from other product categories are expected to set a record, including the Mac App Store and iCloud. Services, as well as wearables such as Apple Watch and AirPods.

Although the lower-than-expected iPhone revenue (mainly in Greater China) is the central reason that they cut the overall revenue. But at the same time, Cook also said that during the Christmas period, the US and Canada's iPhone activation has also set a new record. The CEO also stated that the worldwide installed base of active devices hit a new all-time high as well.

Still, at the time of writing, Apple stock suffered from -9.02% of loss in stock share, it's on pace to pass its worst day of trading since January 2013, about 6 years ago. Ever since Apple announced that it will no longer disclose iPhone, iPad, and Mac unit sales in its last earnings report, AAPL was down over 35 percent since closing at $222.22 on November 1.

Apple stock suddenly stopped trading before the stock market closed today, and Apple shared an open letter from CEO Tim Cook to the company's investors through the Newsroom page, announcing that it will lower its 2019 Q1 (fourth quarter of 2018) revenue forecast due to a number of factors.

Cook explains that the different times the iPhone launches will affect the year-to-year comparison, and they were unable to keep up with demand for Apple Watch Series 4, iPad Pro, MacBook Air, as well as AirPods. Perhaps most importantly, the company saw "fewer iPhone upgrades" than anticipated which as a result of lower its expected revenue estimates, also China's struggle on economic due to the trade war. The CEO also cited other factors like the battery replacement program and economic weakness in emerging markets.

Apple now expects 2019 Q1 revenue to be:

Revenue of approximately $84 billion
- Gross margin of approximately 38 percent
- Operating expenses of approximately $8.7 billion
- Other income/(expense) of approximately $550 million
- Tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent before discrete items

In contrast, Apple's revenue forecast in early November was:

- Revenue between $89 billion and $93 billion
- Gross margin between 38 percent and 38.5 percent
- Operating expenses between $8.7 billion and $8.8 billion
- Other income/(expense) of $300 million
- Tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent before discrete items

However, there also many positive results, like increased revenue in areas that include services and wearables, all-time revenue records in several developed countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Korea, and more. In the end, Cook says Apple is still “confident and excited” about its product pipeline.

Click here for the full letter

According to Apple's App Store support page for developers, iOS 12, its latest mobile operating system now powers 78% of devices that introduced last four years, while 75% of all devices have updated to iOS 12, and 17% of devices continue running iOS 11 in both charts, the rest of it is earlier iOS versions.

The last time that Apple updated it is on December 4th of 2018, where iOS 12 has an installation rate of 70 percent on all devices and 72 percent on recent devices, this is almost identical to iOS 10's adoption rate, with the OS installed on 76 percent of active devices by January 5, 2017. Meanwhile, iOS 11 was suffered from much lower popularity, it was installed on just 65% of devices on January 25, 2018.

Most people are updating to iOS 12 is due to the fact that it brings huge speed improvements, especially on older devices like iPhone 5s or iPhone 6. Also, there are fewer bugs than iOS 11 once had, though it did have a couple of bugs, like poor cellular performance, other than that, no major issues whatsoever.

When it comes to Android distribution rate, the latest Android Pie was nowhere to be found, though it should be noted that the data hasn't been updated since October 26, 2018, most were running Marshmallow, Nougat, and Oreo by then.

Technology developers at the Japan Semiconductor Energy Laboratory have successfully developed 8.3-inch and 13.3-inch 8K resolution OLED displays, the new panels could be used on future iPad Pros and MacBook Pros to deliver ultra-high PPI with more than 1,000 pixel-per-inch. (Via Anandtech)

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, a technology developer from Japan, has developed the industry’s first 8.3 and 13.3-inch OLED displays featuring an 8K resolution. The monitors use crystalline oxide semiconductor technology and they are likely preliminary designs for future product commercialization. The company also recently showcased a bendable 8.6-inch OLED panel, potentially for a foldable tablet or smartphone
Both sizes of 8K OLED display resolution are 7680 x 4320, the 8.3-inch version has a refresh rate of 60Hz, while the 13.3-inch panel has a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The PPI for the 8.3-inch monitor is 1062, whereas the PPI for the 13.3-inch version is 663. For comparison, the retina display for iPhone XS and XS Max has a PPI of 458, the iPad Pro has a PPI of 264, and the MacBook Pro has a PPI of 227.

The method of producing ultra-high resolution OLED panels is to use crystalline oxide semiconductor technology, especially color filters using CAAC-IGZO materials. This new technology is still not realistic this year, so more research and development works are needed in the future to make this new panel appear and adapted in consumer products.
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