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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.

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.

The latest research report that was written by Trendforce seeks to explore the cause of why Apple's market share in laptop dropped by a whopping 24.3% in Q3, which led the company to be secured in the fifth place rather than fourth as they once were. Apple has a 7.9% laptop market share in Q3 2018, in contrast, the share was 10.4% a year ago, and it happens in a time that the overall market demand suppose to be increasing.


Trendforce notes that even though Apple has adopted a much powerful new processor in its high-end MacBook Pro, the performance improvements are not able to draw consumers' attention to this machine but rather was shocked by the high price tags. Indeed, Apple was unable to catch up other laptop makers, behind HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Dell.
Apple and Acer showed similar performances in Q3, shipping 3.36 million and 3.35 million units respectively. Compared with their performances in the same period of last year, however, Apple post significant declines but Acer registered growth. Apple this year adopted a new processor in its high-end MacBook Pro with OLED Bar, but the performance improvements hardly attract more customers due to the series’ high price tags.
Some speculate that perhaps people were waiting for the new MacBook Air, which is already on sale, a number of customers were hoping to hands-on the new Mac mini. In the comment section of many tech blogs, it seems that the price was the big reason that holds the users back, users' blames also goes to the lack of new technologies as well as the issues it had with Butterfly Keyboard. 

Mophie, a well-known accessories manufacturer, has unveiled the new Powerstation USB-C 3XL portable charger, which is designed to provide additional battery life for Apple's MacBook lineups. It is currently the largest charging capacity in the Powerstation family.


The Powerstation USB-C 3XL has a built-in 26,000mAh battery, which Mophie says it can provide an additional 18 hours of battery life for a 12-inch MacBook. The 45W Powerstation USB-C 3XL Charger can also give some battery life for the more power-hungry MacBook Pro models, though the battery life and charging speed will be relatively poor.

In addition, this power bank can also offer fast charging for iPhone 8 and later iPhone through USB-C to lightning cable, it also comes with a USB-A to lightning cable to charge other iOS devices. Mophie stated that the portable charger supports the Priority+ Charging feature, enables you to transfer the rest of power to a connected device, such as a MacBook.

You can purchase the new Powerstation USB-C 3XL on the Mophie website, the Apple.com, or from Apple retail stores starting today. It priced at $199.95, and should be shipped to buyers within 1-2 business days.

Intel has officially released its eighth-generation U-series "Whiskey Lake" and Y-series "Amber Lake" chips for ultra-thin, ultra-light laptops like the MacBook Air and MacBook. Apple rumors to introduce next-generation of MacBook this fall, hopefully, they will use the chip.




The new 15W U Series "Whiskey Lake" chips are the i7-8565U, i5-8265U and i3-8145 chips, which can be used in the new MacBook Air. While new Y-series "Amber Lake" chips are the i7-8500Y, i5-8200Y and m3-8100Y, which are Apple would adopt it on its upcoming 12-inch MacBook model.

Intel's new-generation chips emphasize ""raise the bar for connectivity, performance, entertainment, and productivity." According to the chipmarker, the U and Y series chips are twice as fast as the PCs in five years ago, and have a Gigabit-level WiFi connection. The battery life can be last up to 16 hours.

Would Apple adopting these chips? Well, I guess we have to wait Apple announces MacBook models in October to find out, despite Intel says laptops powered by the new chips will be available starting this fall.

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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According to a DigiTimes report, in September this year, Apple will release the "entry-level" MacBook, which is priced at $1,200 and comes with a 14-nm Kaby Lake processor. At the same time, Quanta Computer will be responsible for the production of the new MacBook, TrendForce's article also stated that Apple to launch MacBook in September or October.


DigiTimes today also discussed the highly-anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat, which will be priced between $160 and $190. At the iPhone X event last year, Apple previewed AirPower, but it has not been officially released because of some heating issues.

Finally, DigiTimes cited supply chain news that Apple will unveil two newly designed iPad Pros in September this year, measured at 11 inches and 12.9 inches. The new iPad Pro features a bezel-less screen that supports the Face ID. In addition, the next generation iPad Pro will support 18W USB-C fast charging, as of now, it uses 12W charger.

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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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As reported by Taiwanese website DigiTimes, Apple plans to release inexpensive notebooks that will be manufactured by Quanta. The report didn’t provide additional information. Yet, both Bloomberg and reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will launch a lower-priced MacBook model.


What we can expect from new entry-level MacBook is that Cupertino most likely to adopt faster processors, though rumors suggested that Intel's seventh-generation of Kaby Lake would be the choice, as Retina display that also seems to come to the budget laptop. Nonetheless, we are not clear if it either to be called MacBook Air or just MacBook 2018.

But Quanta’s shipments are expected to also rise above 10 million units in the fourth quarter thanks to orders for Apple’s new inexpensive notebooks.

As for when the MacBook model comes out, it’s perfectly logical to say that Apple will host an event in October, where they will launch the new iMac, Mac mini, MacBooks, and the new iPad Pro with Face ID and bezel-less screens.

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According to Taiwanese media Economic Daily News, the upcoming MacBook model is likely to be released late than the 2018 iPhones due to that Intel delayed the production of Coffie Lake processors, which means the upcoming MacBooks will continue uses Kaby Lake platform.

The report states that from the beginning, Apple's new MacBook model will be powered by Intel's 10nm process Cannon Lake processor. However, because Intel has not announced the mass production of the 10nm process, and has repeatedly delayed the process, so Apple has decided to use the 14nm++ Kaby Lake chips, so it delayed release date for 13-inch MacBook.


MacBook suppliers also revealed that Apple's new MacBook is affected by the Intel Coffee Lake processors delayed production. This would further affect the enthusiasm for supply chain partners, which is not a good thing for both sides.

This report also says that under the guidance of Apple, the supply chain is also fully coordinated, and the Hon Hai facility has entered the intensive production season in July, make sure the upcoming 2018 iPhones will be launched in time, which includes two OLED versions and one LCD model.

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According to a new investor's note shared by reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that Apple will introduce three new iPhones, new iPad Pro with Face ID feature, an updated version of Mac Mini, new MacBook models.


First of all, Kuo claims that there are three iPhones in the works, two of them are OLED models, and one is the lower-cost LED model that will be available in a 6.1-inch size. All of these will feature Face ID and upgraded A12 processors. However, like iPhone 8, the cheaper version will still ship with a single-rear lens camera.

Secondly, the analyst expects two new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will be introducing this fall, they are equipped with a full-screen design similar to the iPhone X and no Home button and feature Face ID. Since iOS beta 2 was released to developers and beta testers, they have found that iPhone X gestures brought to the iPads.

When it comes to Mac lineups, Kuo says Mac products like Mac mini, MacBook models, and MacBook Pro models will receive a new processor upgrade. He believes that Apple will also likely announce new lower-cost MacBook to replace the existing Air lineups.

Finally, Apple is said to be working on two new Apple Watch models for 2018 release. These models will have bigger displays and enhanced heart rate detection features. Kuo predicts that second-generation of AirPods and AirPower to launch alongside three new iPhones.

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According to a French site Consomac report, Apple seems ready to release the new iPads and Macs in this fall or via press release. In the Eurasian Economic Commission database, Apple registered five new iPads and five new Macs.

However, these devices run on iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, which is very strange because Apple's new products are usually use the latest operating systems, namely iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave. Anyway, The five new Macs that appeared this time are A1931, A1932, A1988, A1989, and A1990; five new iPads are A1876, A2013, A1934, A1979, and A2014.


EEC normally have been very accurate in terms of track record. For instance, in Agust 2016, Apple registered new products such as the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods, which were officially released in September 2016. The name AirPods was also first revealed in the Eurasian Economic Commission database.

Based on rumors from several supply china sources and analysts' predictions, we would see the new MacBook Pro, a new low-cost 13-inch Retina MacBook Air, as well as an iPad Pro that supports the Face ID, much slimmer bezels, and no Home button.

A Geekbench's benchmark test result has shown off in their database in which it appears to reveal an upcoming MacBook Pro model, most likely a 13-inch MacBook Pro. Yet, this can be also fake scores, so it should take with a grain of salt

The new MacBookPro 15, 2 model is powered by an Intel Core i7-8559U Coffee Lake processor. It has a maximum power of 28W and has not appeared in other products, so it is likely to be carried in the future Apple MacBook Pro product line. This quad-core CPU has a base frequency of 2.7GHz and up to 4.5GHz at the highest frequency.


Interestingly, the identifier MacBookPro 15,2 should represent an updated version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro adopts a dual-core Intel processor with a single-core score of 4,600 and a multi-core score of approximately 9,500.

Memory wise, it continues to use LPDDR3, which means that 32GB of memory still won’t happens. Nevertheless, 16GB of memory is definitely higher than last year models’ 8GB of memory. The model will also feature with 8MB L3 cache and Iris Plus integrated graphics.

Do you it's possible that Apple will release new MacBook Pro models in the future?

Apple has just launched a new MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard repair program that will covers a small percentage of users might experience sticky, repeat unexpectedly characters or keys that do not respond in a normal manner. (Via 9to5mac)


Specifically, Apple has announced that the repairs can be done free of charge. The service can cover the replacement of one or more keys or even the entire keyboard. And, if you have already done the repair, you sure can request for refunds.

“Today we launched a keyboard service program for our customers that covers a small percentage of keyboards in certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models which may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors: letters or characters that repeat unexpectedly or don’t appear when pressed or keys that feel “sticky” or aren’t responding in a consistent manner.”

MacBook 2015-2017 models and Macbook Pro 2016-2017 models are eligible for the program. Customers are welcome to visit a local Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider to receive the keyboard repair service for free once it determined the models has been affected.

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

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


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

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

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Despite yesterday’s Bloomberg report that Apple is making a prepared switch from Intel to its own Mac CPUs, but Macs will be using Intel chips for some time yet. And Intel today has introduced a range of new eighth-generation Core processors appropriate for the upcoming MacBook Pro.


While the new chip is the first-ever Core i9 processor for notebooks, which comes with six cores and 12 threads, Intel says the Core i9 is the highest-performance notebook processor it has ever designed. The Core i9 processor offer the maximum turbo frequency of 5.6GHz, compared to 4.1GHz for the maxed out current MacBook Pro.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are based on the Coffee Lake platform and leverage the 14nm++ process technology enabling them to deliver up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay or edit 4K video up to 59 percent faster than the previous generation with same discrete graphics.

Nevertheless, although the Core i9 processor allows for systems with up to 32GB of RAM, it unlikely to apply to the next MacBook Pros, because of the low-power DDR4 RAM is still not supported, and using the RAM instead would draw too much power.

Inter's eighth-generation Core processor lineup also introduced new quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors with base clock speeds between 2.3GHz and 2.7GHz and integrated Iris Plus graphics. Apple could adopt these 28W chips for future 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini models.

Last but not least, also intel also expanded its lineup of eighth-generation Core processors for desktops today after an initial rollout last October, which can be used in future 4K and 5K standard iMac models. What do you think of the new lineups?

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo rolled out a report that Apple's new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad may includes Apple Pencil support in order to differentiate the lower-cost iPads from competing low-cost Android tablets. Kuo believes 9.7-inch iPad shipments will account for more than 70 percent of all iPad shipments in 2018.

There's clearly a speculation that the cheaper iPad to support Apple Pencil, as the Spring education event invitation includes an Apple Pencil sketched company logo. For now, 9.7-inch iPad model, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and both versions of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro devices are capable of supporting Apple Pencil.

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In the meantime, Apple has just confirmed that it will not be live stream for the March 27 education-focused event set to take place at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, according to Events app on the Apple TV, which says that a video will be uploaded later in the day.

Base on recent rumors, the company likely to release a new cheaper iPad for schools, the tablet could priced as low as $249. Apple is also said to launch new low-cost MacBook that costs below $1000, even through Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said on Friday that the laptops are still in the works.

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Other products that might unveil in the event including the AirPower wireless charging mat, AirPods charging case, iPhone X in Blush Gold color, or even an second-generation iPhone SE that brings speed bumps. Software side, the tech-giant will be releasing iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, macOS 10.14.3, as well as tvOS 11.3.

It seems that Apple is expected to launch a handful of new hardware this year, including an iPad Pro to debut at WWDC that featured with Face ID, upcoming 2018 iPhone models, MacBook Air, and HomePod, as reported by Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang along with Taiwan's Economic Daily News.

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First of all, the Chinese report says that there will be a speaker made by Apple forecasted to launch in the second half of 2018 for between $150 and $200 in the United States. As of now, the company's first speaker called HomePod, retail for the price of $349, although is more expensive than the Amazon Echo and Google Home for $99 and $129, but it ships the better sound quality.

Another prediction made by the Taiwan media, is that Apple will launch a more affordable MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018 for $799 - $899, and the price range came from WitsView researcher Yubin Qiu. The current MacBook Air starts at $999.

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Speaking to the iPads, both reports claimed the Cupertino company likely to debut at least one iPad model in second quarter of this year. With EDN saying that Apple is considering to release a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad for $259 in the second quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, Zhang believes revamped iPad Pro to have slimmer bezels and no home button, similar to iPhone X, but to keep 10.5 and 12.9-inch sizes.

Today's report also confirmed a prediction from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which he expects Apple to launch a mid-range ($700-$800) 6.1-inch iPhone, as it will be continue to use 3GB of RAM but featured with a 3D sensing for Face ID and Animoji, and lacking 3D Touch. 

Apple is rumored to unveil new devices later this month, like the AirPower, a new AirPods charging case, or even a second-generation of iPhone SE. We think the date is clocked on March 21st, a days Spring season kicks off. What products are you expecting to see in this year?

Digitimes today reports that Apple currently has no plans to make any major upgrades to its MacBook Pro lineup in 2018. And the company is also said to reallocating MacBook Pro orders from Quanta to Foxconn in order to lower costs and reduce risks.

Apple first launched the modern MacBook Pro design back in 2016, so it's not unusual for the Cupertino firm to retain the same chassis design for several generations. "No major update" still means Apple can update the internals with better specs like adding a 32 GB RAM option alongside new 8th Generation CPUs.


We also have not heard about a major MacBook Pro update in the works from any other of the usual publications. So more of the significant changes like a return to the old keyboard design or addition of I/O other than what is there today (Thunderbolt 3 USB-C) is probably not on the cards for this year.

The sources revealed that Foxconn had been aggressively working to land more MacBook orders from Apple during the past few years by offering attractive quotes. Since Apple has not had a major upgrade to its MacBook product line since the releases of its new MacBook Pro devices at the end of 2016 and has no plan for one in 2018, the US-based vendor is planning to shift orders for models that are already in mass production to Foxconn to save costs and reduce risks.

Foxconn has reportedly been working to boost its chances of notebook orders from Apple by offering attractive quotes. Apple will therefore switch MacBook orders to Foxconn for models that are already in mass production. But Quanta is still expected to remain Apple's biggest supplier going into 2018.

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According to new market research conducted by TrendForce, Apple managed to secure the fourth spot in global shipments of laptops in the third quarter of 2017. As Apple's notebook sales beat the market in quarterly growth; MacBook sales increased 11% whilst the market rose 7% overall.


More specially, the company's laptop sales once again exceed ASUS to rank fourth in global shipments of notebook, which overall saw a "remarkable" quarterly increase of 6.8 percent as well a year-on-year increase of 0.9 percent, reaching 42.69 million units, thanks to the new MacBook Pro models

Apple continued the strong shipments of 12-inch products in the second quarter, and focused on the new models of MacBook Pro in the third quarter, recording the third quarter shipments of 4.43 million units and an increase of 11.3%. It exceeded ASUS to rank the fourth in this third quarter.

HP recorded a new high in its quarterly shipments, which increased by 17.6 percent, reaching a single-season shipment of 11 million units for the first time. Lenovo recovered somewhat from a poor first half of the year, recording 8.58 million units for third quarter shipments and a 6.5 percent quarterly growth.

As for Dell, they have shipped 665 million units in the third quarter with a quarter-on-quarter increase 1.4 percent, maintaining its third place in the rankings. ASUS and Acer ranked fifth and sixth, shipping 3.82 million and 3.31 million units respectively. 


At its earnings call earlier of this month, the Cupertino firm reported the best quarter ever for overall Mac sales with 25 percent revenue growth. Tim Cook said much of the quarterly Mac performance was due to the June MacBook Pro updates and a lively back-to-school period.

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