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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.

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.

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.
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