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Axios is out with a new report today and cited multiple sources suggests Apple will transition to custom ARM-based chips next year, with even Intel officials are expecting Apple begin to use the ARM-based chips in 2020, as an effort to make Macs, iPhones, and iPads able to run the universal apps.

The transition already started, as Apple has released four iOS apps for the Mac: Voice Memos, News, Home, and Stocks. A report from Bloomberg yesterday suggested developers will soon be able to create a single app that can run on iPhones, iPads, and Macs simultaneously, while also increasing the number of macOS apps available on the Mac App Store.

Hardware wise, Apple has a series of thriving experiences on the iPhone/iPad, it is already the most powerful chip in the field of the smartphone, in fact, at the October event last year, the company touted out that A12X Bionic chip outperforms 92% of processors on the market. Even though it would take a few years before it becomes reality, they at least had some knowledge on it.

On the software side, this could be a smooth transition because Apple can develop both the Intel version and the ARM version of macOS. However, the company also needs to make future versions of macOS compatible with Intel chips, as many users will still use older Macs.

According to MySmartPrice, Apple developing a touch-screen Mac with Face ID support, the site said in a report that was primary focused on AirPods 2 and AirPower. However, but the site doesn't specify any other details, and said users shouldn't expect to see the Mac on the market anytime soon.

In addition to the new AirPods 2, Apple is currently testing Macs with Face ID as well as touchscreen displays. However, you shouldn’t expect a new Mac with Face ID to launch anytime soon. The current prototypes with Face ID and touchscreen are only meant for internal testing.
In addition to adding a more secure authentication method, the introduction of Face ID does not have a big impact on the Mac product lineup. Currently, the MacBook family already have a Touch ID feature that can be used as a security verification measure for alternative passwords.

Apple has a long history of refusing to add touch screen to Mac products, perhaps to distinguish its own computer from the iOS-based tablet. In fact, Apple has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to merge iOS and macOS in the near future. However, since the iPhone maker is testing the touch-screen Mac internally, indicating that they are at least considering this configuration as an option in the future.

It gets annoyed sometimes that when you want to make your Mac run faster but you have to close apps one by one, so If you are too troublesome to quit apps one by one, you can actually let the machine kill apps you don't need automatically, Of course, macOS itself does not have this feature, hence you have to download a software called Quitter for Mac created by developer Marco Arment.

In Quitter for Mac, you can set a number of apps that don't need to be in the background. after you haven't done any work on the app for a certain period you set, Quitter will automatically quit or hide it for you. According to Marco, it's also particularly helpful in "minimizing distraction from social apps like Twitter and Slack, news readers, or even your email app."

This handy Mac app is now available for free to download, however, you can't find the app on the Mac App Store due to the inability to be sandboxed, and other reasons.

It has been 35 years since Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh to the world, on January 24, 1984, at the annual shareholder meeting held at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Jobs took out the Macintosh from a bag. In celebration of the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted the following words:

35 years ago, Macintosh said hello. It changed the way we think about computers and went on to change the world. We love the Mac, and today we’re proud that more people than ever are using it to follow their passions and create the future.
The original Macintosh computer was priced at $2,495 in the US, which is equivalent to more than $6,000 today. The technical specifications of this device include an 8HMz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB of RAM, a 400 KB floppy disk drive, and a 9-inch black-and-white monitor with a 512×342 pixel resolution.

More importantly, the original Macintosh is also the first mass-market personal computer that featured a graphical user interface, built-in screen and mouse, System Software was the original Macintosh default operating system, however, was later officially renamed Mac OS ever since System 7.5.1.

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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.

Intel has announced Sunny Cove, the company's next-generation processor microarchitecture, created to further improve performance and energy efficiency. The Sunny Cove microarchitecture is built on a 10nm process and will be the foundation for Intel's next-generation Core and Xeon processors.

Intel introduced Sunny Cove, Intel’s next-generation CPU microarchitecture designed to increase performance per clock and power efficiency for general purpose computing tasks, and includes new features to accelerate special purpose computing tasks like AI and cryptography. 
It could mean that the Sunny Cove will appear on Apple machines like MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac mini in 2019. At the same time, the chipmaker also released a new Gen11 integrated graphics card, twice the performance of Skylake architecture processor Gen 9 integrated graphics, and capable of 4K video playback and 8K content creating thanks to Adaptive Sync Technology.

Sunny Cove is a new microarchitecture, thus the processor that comes with the Sunny Cove and Gen 11 should be called Ice Lake, the successor of Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Amber Lake, and Cannon Lake. Meanwhile, Intel also reconfirmed plans to launch discrete graphics in 2020, to compete along with providers like AMD and Nvidia, give Apple users more choices.

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Apple confirmed that its T2 security chip may block some third-party repairs for Mac users. according to The Verge. As mentioned in the documentation, any Mac equipped with a T2 security chip, the AST 2 system configuration software must be running to complete the entire repair process, if the step skipped, the macOS will not be power on and the repair will not be completed.

Simply put, the new generation of T2 chip Macs need to run a diagnostic, including motherboards and Touch ID sensors. However, Apple did not announce which components required software diagnostic. The devices with T2 chip includes MacBook, iMac Pro, Mac mini, and the new MacBook Air.
For Macs with the Apple T2 chip, the repair process is not complete for certain parts replacements until the AST 2 System Configuration suite has been run. Failure to perform this step will result in an inoperative system and an incomplete repair.
Apple T2 security chip, mainly focus own security, it not only protects the information of the Touch ID, but also ensures that the software loaded during the boot process will not be tampered with. At the same time, the chip is also featured with a solid state drive controller that supports real-time data encryption to secure everything you store on a solid state drive.

Windows PCs have supported eye-tracking technology for some time. It seems that Apple is likely to consider introducing this technology as well. According to a patent called "Gaze detection in a 3D mapping environment," in the future, users will no longer need the mouse, using the Mac in a radically different way.

The patent was filed in September 2017 and described how the technology will recognize a user's gaze, performs segmentation to extract the target, and then determines the gaze to an action on the screen. The patent also explains that a possible tracking system can capture the movement of other parts of the user's body, including the head and hand, then input it into a device to help the user select an operation, and wants the feature to differentiate itself from the current user interface:
Many different types of user interface devices and methods are currently available. Common tactile interface devices include a computer keyboard, a mouse, and a joystick. Touchscreens detect the presence and location of a touch by a finger or other object within the display area. Infrared remote controls are widely used, and wearable hardware devices have been deployed,
Any Mac that integrates the tracking feature will be very popular without any question. Apple's latest devices tend to integrate more internal adjustments rather than revolutionary breakthroughs. As always, these patents may not be a reality, nice to know it's there though.

Apple's "There's more in the making" media event is coming soon, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman wrote some "last minute leaks" about Apple's forthcoming iPad Pro and the new Macs. Anonymous sources told Gurman that Apple will bring iPad Pro with Face ID; an entry-level laptop designed to replace the MacBook Air; and a Mac mini towards professional users.

The new iPad Pro is the most significant update since the lineup was introduced in 2015, it will get the full-screen design, slim-bezels, no Home button and no fingerprint reader, a USB-C port to charge and transfer data, to adopt an LCD screen rather than OLED, Face D support with new TrueDepth camera, A12X bionic chip, a custom Apple graphics chip - first time in iPad history, and finally a new updated Apple Pencil.

This is the first time since June 2017, the Macs have been extensively being updated. Sources said the following products may be released next week: A new entry-level notebook replaces the MacBook Air with a higher resolution screen and ultra-thin bezel design; Mac mini with new processors and features for professional users; updated iMacs may also on the table.

On October 30th, Apple will use the stage in Brooklyn, New York, to unveil new Mac and iPads. The theme of the event is "making," and it will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, to marks the future outcome of Apple's tablets and computers.

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According to the French website Consomac, Apple has registered a number of tablets and Mac models at EEC, which means that at the 30th press event, we are likely to see the new Macs and the new iPads without any questions whatsoever.

The new registered Mac models include: A1347, A1418, A1419, A1481, A1862, A1993, A2115, A2116, A1466, A1534, A1708, A1932, A1989, A1990. Though some of these models already exist, it were updated in the database to match the new macOS Mojave, and indicates that they comes with the operating system designed for Macs.

The Eurasian database file describes the new desktop Macs as an "Apple Personal Computer" running the latest macOS 10.14 system with model identifiers A1993, A2115 and A2116, which have not been appeared on the Apple lineup before.

Apple will hold a press event in New York on the 30th of this month and launch a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook that may replace the MacBook Air. Other Macs to receive update are Mac mini, which has not been updated for more than 1400 days, and the new iMac, which has not been updated in 505 days. Finally, new iPad Pros with redesign and Face ID.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest investor report claiming that we could see Apple to launch new iPad Mini on next week’s event alongside two updated iPad Pros, as he shares details on the AirPower wireless charging mat, AirPower, and Macs.

Firstly, Kuo says Apple is prepared to debut new iPad Pro with new design and improved display, USB-C support for charging instead of Lightning port, redesigned Apple Pencil, as well as upgraded processors. However, we can expect the tablet would feature Face ID, edge-edge screen, no Home button and no headphone jack.

Furthermore, the analyst believes that Apple could launch new iPad mini version, where he expect it to have faster processors and better display. It’s worth to note that, Kuo, however, if Apple will announce it next week or early of 2019.

Other things he said that Apple will debut are a new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and iMac with internal upgrades and brings speed bump. Lastly, he noted that new AirPods and AirPower would arrive either next week or earlier of next year. Apple will host the October event on October 30th in New York City.

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According to Apple's internal memo to its retail stores and Atutozied Providers, the iMac Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pro must pass Apple's diagnostics to complete certain repairs due to the existence of the Apple T2 chip. However, iFixit said the new policy isn't taking effect yet, which means that at least it is still possible to replace the parts by other repair shops.

The leaked document shows that in the case of the 2018 MacBook Pro, this involves repairing the screen, the logic board, the Touch ID, and the top case (including the keyboard, battery, trackpad, and speakers). For the iMac Pro, only the logic board and flash memory repair are involved in the upcoming policy.

Apple's diagnostic tool suite is available only to the retail stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers and is part of the Apple Service Toolkit. Therefore, third-party independent service without Apple certification may not be able to repair the above components of these devices.

To validate Apple's new policy, iFixit purchased a brand new 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro and replaced the screen, there was no problem after the repair was completed whatsoever. They swapped logic boards between the MacBook Pros and saw the same results.

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According to the US Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) 2018 Household Appliances and Electronics Report, Apple's Mac and iPad still have the highest customer satisfaction scores among PC and tablet manufacturers, including Amazon, Samsung, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, etc.

ACSI points out that Apple's devices are rated the best in almost every aspect of the customer experience, whether it's in device design, functionality, or ease of operations. Although most of Apple's Mac and iPad products have not been updated in 2018, the Cupertino firm still got the highest score, which is 83 points, same as last year.

As the report suggests, Amazon is approaching Apple with an ASCI score of 82 points. Samsung and Amazon tied for 82 points. Samsung has also succeed well response in terms of customer experience, but it can't be compared with Apple in terms of functions, including the operating system, pre-installed apps and data storage.

To create a scoring system and compile device scores, ACSI surveys approximately 250,000 customer visits per year to analyze customer satisfaction for more than 380 companies in 46 industries. However, ASCI interviewed 6,062 customers for this study.

Adware Doctor, the top-selling paid Utilities app on the Mac App Store in the United States has been found to steal the browser history of anyone who downloads it. Now, Apple has removed the app from Mac App Store, reports TechCrunch, who quoted security researcher Patrick Wardle's discovery on this.

Wardle says that Adware Doctor withdraws sensitive user data, and made password-protected archive called, then upload these data to a server in China. Though the researcher has contacted Apple on the matter, the company simply explains that they will investigate it. Until earlier today, Apple hasn't yet removed it.

Wardle found that the downloaded app jumped through hoops to bypass Apple’s Mac sandboxing features, which prevents apps from grabbing data on the hard drive, and upload a user’s browser history on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers. [...]

Once the data is collected, it’s zipped into an archive file and sent to a domain based in China.

Apple itself claims that the Mac App Store as "the safest place to download apps for your Mac," the greatest concern is why Apple has left the malware in the Mac App Store a month after he noticed the company to his findings. And now, they has not only removed Adware Doctor, but also the developer's other app "AdBlock Master."

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Back to My Mac, a feature that rarely been used will drop support for Macs that are running macOS Mojave when Apple pushed the update this fall. Instead, the company recommends users to use iCloud Drive, screen sharing, and Apple Remote Desktop.

For those who aren't familiar about the feature, Back to My Mac let Mac owners connect one Mac from another Mac for file transfers and screen sharing purposes, as well as set up a network of Mac machines with two or more Macs, However, it's too complicated when using, so Apple decided to shut down this service in the long run.

As it outlined on its Support page, Apple advises you choose alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access. For instance, options like iCloud Drive, Apple Remote Desktop (though it cost you an $80), and third-party services like TeamViewer.

This is not only one feature that will drop support in macOS Mojave, all of the 32-bit apps will also no longer available at the Mac App Store.

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According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is working on several new products for its Mac lineup, including a new low-cost MacBook Air and a Pro-focused Mac mini that with higher price-tag, meaning higher specs, they are expected to be unveiled later this year.

Multiple reports seem to agree that the upcoming low-cost MacBook Air will be similar in design to the current MacBook Air but to feature a Retina display. However, Gurman thinks the screen will likely to have slimmer bezels, otherwise, a speed bump is also on the tap.

The new laptop will look similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen. The display, which will remain about 13-inches, will be a higher-resolution “Retina” version that Apple uses on other products, the people said.

Bloomberg, on the other hand, claiming that Apple to release a Mac mini model that's targeted at pro users, with higher storage options, higher RAMs, and newer Intel processors. It's believed that it could cost more than $500, which is the current Mac mini model priced at.

Apple is also planning the first upgrade to the Mac mini in about four years. It’s a Mac desktop that doesn’t include a screen, keyboard, or mouse in the box and costs $500. The computer has been favored because of its lower price, and it’s popular with app developers, those running home media centers, and server farm managers. For this year’s model, Apple is focusing primarily on these pro users, and new storage and processor options are likely to make it more expensive than previous versions, the people said.

Lastly, the publication also points out Apple to launch new Macs in October rather than next month, it also confirms that iPad Pros with Face ID to announced in September.

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Apple for the first time introduced 10Gbps Ethernet port in the iMac Pro. However, if you want to experience the massive speeds, we suggest you purchase the Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter by OWC, which allows users to connect their Mac products to 10 Gigabit networks.

The accessories not only let you connect to the 10G Base-T networks but also supports lower-speed 5G, 2.5G, Gigabit and 1000Base-T networks. One end of the device is an Ethernet port with an indicator light that changes color (from green to yellow) and a 19.6-inch long Thunderbolt 3 cable at the other end to power it and transmit data at the same time.

The box is measured at 4.5 inches long, 3.1 inches wide, 1.1 inches thick and weighs about 230 grams. It supports Macs running macOS 10.3.4 and later, as well as Windows computers running Windows 10 64-bit systems without the need to install drivers.

It worth to note here that the adapter comes at a cost, it’ll set you back $187.99. You can buy it at OWC’s own, however, it will not be shipping right way. Now you can enjoy faster internet speed without the need of buying iMac Pro.

Today, ARM presented a new Laptop Computer-level R&D roadmap, the first thing to note is that ARM will boost performance by 15% every year. However, with the power consumption of only 5W, and the 7nm and 5nm process that will be adopted in 2020, Apple might consider a switch to ARM processors.

ARM's 7nm Deimos Core and the 5nm Herculues Core will catch up the processing power of the Intel i5 processor in 2019 and are expected to surpass the i5 processor by 2020. Still, don't get too exciting yet, you have to take grains of salt concerning manufacturer claims.

If this is true, follows ARM's current momentum, maybe ARM-powered Mac could actually come true. If ARM processor performance is massive improved, then Apple's A-series processors, which is relatively self-developed, will be so powerful, which means the computing performance of the iPhones and iPads will also benefit from it.

This will definitely be a beneficial thing for users who only work on iPhones and iPads, once developers created a cross-platform app, it should works on both an iPhone and a Mac. The move also provides a reliable schedule of annual upgrades of Macs, not like that Intel keep delaying its processors.

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According to TrendForce, Apple may update its MacBook Air in September or October, but we expect that it will not be a particularly big update, just a simple speed bump, and Retina display design. Rumors suggested the new entry-level MacBook model cost around $999.

TrendForce also estimates that Apple accounted for 6.5 percent of notebook shipments worldwide in the second quarter, a considerable decline over its predicted 10 percent market share in the year-ago quarter. Furthermore, it also saw a decline where Apple shares dropped from 7.7% of share in 1Q 2018 compared to 6.5% in 2Q 2018.

The declines can be blamed to the outdated Mac machines, for instance, Apple hasn't updated both MacBook Air and Mac mini for over three years now. Worse, Mac Pro didn't receive an update since 2013, though Cupertino says that they plan to introduce a new generation of Mac Pro next year.

Hopefully, by the time when Apple refreshes several Macs, including Mac mini, iMac, and MacBook either in September or October, to rose the shares quickly. As for next month, Apple likely to announce new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 3, and perhaps iPad Pros.

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According to Wired, security researchers have found that there is a way to hack a new Mac even before it's turned on. Researchers say attackers would hack enterprise Macs using Apple’s Device Enrollment Program and its Mobile Device Management platform, and allow to remotely put malware on the Macs.

The bug, which discovered by Jesse Endahl and Max Bélanger, a Chief Security Officer at Fleetsmith and a staff engineer at Dropbox to demo the security flaw today at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. Fortunately, Apple has already fixed the flaw in its latest macOS 10.13.6, still, that leaves older Macs vulnerable.

"We found a bug that allows us to compromise the device and install malicious software before the user is ever even logged in for the very first time," Endahl says. "By the time they’re logging in, by the time they see the desktop, the computer is already compromised."

Endahl and Bélanger noticed that when an enterprise Mac uses MDM to view apps that are installed from the Mac App Store, there is no certificate pinning to verify the authenticity of the manifest. Therefore, hackers are able to use middlemen to install the malicious app to access data. Worse, this flaw can be used to attack Mac across the company.

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