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Based on previous rumors, Apple has already prepared tons of new products and services for users this year, the question is when will the company release them? However, according to a report from the Greek website today, the next generation of AirPods, AirPower charging mat, and the new entry-level iPad will be available for in-store purchases and shipping on March 29.

It should be noted that although the website quoted a supply chain source given a specific date, it did not have an accurate track record of Apple's upcoming products in the past, it only said that Apple's product launch event will be held in late March and that pre-order will begin on March 22nd. Nevertheless, OnLeaks claims that AirPods 2 may not launch until this fall, even though he's not 100% sure.

It is widely regarded that the new AirPods will enable support for Hey Siri, launches alongside the AirPods wireless charging case, and the release of AirPower wireless charging mat. The new generation of iPad models, including the iPad and iPad mini, will likely to be debuted in the March event as well.

We have also learned that Apple is planning a number of media services, including the Apple News Magazine subscription and its original content TV packages. On the other hand, Some analysts expect Apple to push all these services into one large all-in-one bundle subscription.

According to the Japanese website Macotakara, the iPhone 11 released in 2019 will not only continue to use the Lightning connector but will continue to offer a 5W power adapter and a USB-A to Lightning cable. If the user wants to use a fast charge, they must purchase an additional power adapter. While the site also predicts that iPad mini 5 with no design change likely to be released this spring.

Macotakara said that 2019 iPhones will stick to the Lightning port for cost considerations, as Apple will spend extra on an accessory so that Apple can make a huge profit from it. Because of this, this year's iPhones will be continued to bundle EarPods, Lightning to USB-A, and 5W power adapters.

The report also claims that the new iPad mini is still aimed at the low-end market and continues to retain the Lightning connector, Touch ID and 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is no change in the bezels and overall size. However, the rear microphone will shift to the middle. As for processors, the report stated that the device will be updated to the A10 chip, it is not clear whether it is the A10X or just the A10.

The current iPad mini 4 was released in 2015, nearly four years ago. The model that is still being sold at $399 for the 128 GB version, with an A8 processor.

Apple announced during the earnings call this week that it generated $6.7 billion from iPad, however, since Apple no longer disclose iPad unit sales, we don't know how much of units the company sold. A report from research firm Strategy Analytics, on the other hand, suggested Apple shipped an estimated 14.5 million iPads in the fourth quarter of 2018.

To put that in perspective, Apple reported sales of 13.2 million iPads in 1Q FY18, therefore, the data suggests that iPad unit sales have grown nearly 10 percent on a year-over-year basis. Keep in mind, though, the average selling price of iPad has increased: the average selling price was $463 last year, while the average selling price of iPads was $445 in 2017.

Regardless, Apple continued to dominate the tablet market, surpassing Samsung's estimated 7.5 million tablet shipments in the quarter. Meanwhile, Amazon, Huawei, and Lenovo claimed the #3, #4, and #5 spot with an estimated 5.5 million, 4.6 million, and 2.3 million units shipped in the holiday quarter respectively.

This year, Apple is expected to launch iPad mini 4 and seven-generation of iPad with support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, both features were limited to iPad Pro models previously.

According to the Indian blog MySmartPrice, Apple registered six new unreleased iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database this week, including A2123, A2124, A2153, A2154, A2133 and A2152. These models may represent the upcoming new iPad mini and 10-inch iPad, as multiple sources have claimed Apple plans to launch it to replace existing Mini 4 and 9.7-inch model.

Often, fillings that appears in the Eurasian Economic Commission database can accurately predict new Apple products will be available very soon, which means that the new iPads are likely to be released in March of this year, considering it‘s the common month for both Apple's first event of the year and iPad refreshes, like March of Last Year, it introduced the low-cost iPad model with Apple Pencil support.

In October of last year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple is developing a new version of the iPad mini. The new version of the mini will feature with a better processor, and the device will be released in early 2019. The last iPad mini update was in September 2015, while they lowered the price of the iPad mini in March 2017, so that the 128GB version is priced at $399.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

A report from last week claims that Apple will update the iPad mini family early next year, however. the iPad mini 5 will not receive major upgrades, it most likely to have a speed bump, as the screen will be replaced by a lower cost display, and is designed to stimulate the overall sales of the iPad lineup.

According to Chinese website ITHome, it appears that a so-called iPad mini 5 case has surfaced on the web, although we can not see the specific shape of this model, just from the back, the rear camera setup looks like got vast improvements, but it will not be dual-lens. From the case, it seems like the iPad mini 5 may add stereo speakers support, and the 3.5mm headphone jack will still be retained.

In October this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple is in the work for a new version of the iPad mini, and the device may be released March 2019. Based on the timeframe and past track records, we expected that Apple will hold a Spring Event in March of next year, probably launch other Apple accessories such as AirPods and AirPower as well.

According to sources in the Apple supply chain cited by the China Times, Apple is preparing to release the fifth-generation of iPad mini in the first half of 2019. The goal of the iPad mini is to save the falling iPad sales, and the device will enter mass production by the end of this month.

In October this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple is developing a new version of the iPad mini. The new version of the mini will feature with a better processor, and the device may be released in 2018 or early 2019. The last iPad mini update was in September 2015, while Apple lowered the price of the iPad mini in March 2017, so that the 128GB version is priced at $399.

In addition, today's report also suggests that Apple is preparing to launch a new 10-inch iPad to replace the current 9.7-inch iPad. Compared to the iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad is thicker and heavier yet supports Apple Pencil at a price of only $329. In order to boost iPad sales, the company plans to release two versions of the low-cost iPad.

Finally, today's report says that the two iPads will use Korea-made LCD displays instead of Japan's LCD procurement in order to reduce production cost. As for release time, it's likely that Apple will held a Spring Event in March 2019, possibly alongside other Apple accessories such as AirPods.

IDC analysts said in a research report that Apple continues to lead the global tablet market, although iPad sales fell in the latest quarterly earnings, and compared to the overall market's 8.6% decline in the third quarter, the iPad didn't lose too much market share.

Apple announced in its quarterly earnings report on Friday that it sold 9.7 million iPads in the third quarter, a decrease from the 10.3 million units in the third quarter of 2017. Despite a drop of about 6% in sales, it is still much higher than other competitors on the market. IDC believes that because of the iPad introduced back in March, it help drive sales of the tablets.
The refreshed $329 iPad with Pencil support that launched in late March continued to drive volume although it was unable to maintain the same momentum from the third quarter of 2017 as that was the first time in a while that Apple had released a lower cost iPad. iPad Pro saw year-on-year declines in anticipation of a refresh at the beginning of the fourth quarter, which bodes well for Apple through the end of the year.
Apple's share in tablet market was 26.6%, up from 25.9% in the same period last year. The increase in Apple's market share was attributed to the decline of other rivals in the market. On the IDC list, Apple is still far ahead of its primary rival Samsung, which has sold 5.3 million tablet in the third quarter of 2018, with a market share of 14.6%.

Last weekend, Steve Troughton-Smith, an app developer who like dig and leak new Apple products via iOS system, found out some tidbits of second generation of Apple Pencil. The first generation Apple Pencil was released in September 2015, and is currently compatible 1st-gen iPad Pro and above, iPad 2018, expect it will support the existing models as well.

According to Steve Troughton-Smith, the Apple Pencil 2 has a model number of B332 and has buttons on the side that can be used when the user clicks a button, double-clicks a button, or slides over buttons to change the brush size or pen. The button on Apple Pencil 2 can be thought of as a "right-click menu activator": you will be able to perform some gestures.

The way I figure, the new Pencil will have a button of some sort on the side that when you hold down you can perform gestures with the Pencil — tap, double tap, or swipe. A solid state button sounds very Apple-y. Devs could perhaps use for radial contextual menus

The company will hold a press event tomorrow to launch redesigned iPad Pros, second-generation Apple Pencil, as well as new Mac computers. The media event will kick off at 10:00 AM Eastern Time, which will be in 7:00 AM in Pacific Time, watch the time!

Update: According to the leaker Benjamin Geskin, the second-generation Apple Pencil will adopt a more minimalist design, remove the silver ring at the top, and will also support a new charging method, as well as magnetic that will be sticks to the iPad and the support of gestures thanks to the newly-added side button

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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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We are just under a week before the Google held their hardware events, the latest leaks say that Google will at least launch a new Pixelbook successor. Today, Android Police editor David Ruddock posted a tweet saying that Google Pixel Slate is the name of Google's first Chrome OS tablet since it was already been discussed multiple times and from a trusted source.

Google Pixel Slate is the name of Google's first Chrome OS tablet. This name has been offered up so many times as a possibility I don't even think it's worthy of a story, but this is from a source I trust.

Although Pixel Slate is not the first Chrome OS tablet, however, it's the first tablet launched by Google. According to the 9to5Google report, the 'Pixel Slate' name has appeared on the accessory manufacturer Brydge website, reporting that the manufacturer is producing a new keyboard for the new Google Pixel device, indicating that the device should be a tablet.

Alongside Pixel Slate, which will be directly competing with Apple's iPad lineup (which happens to be refreshed in this next month), Google will also unveil Pixel 3 and Pixel XL that said to be featured with a notch, and a Pixel Watch. The event will hold in October 3rd in New York City.

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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.

Apple's retail store in Amsterdam has evacuated consumers in the Store and temporarily shut down due to the explosion of the iPad battery and the release of potentially harmful substances into the air, reports iCulture. At 3:00 pm, it was told the store has reopened.

Apple staff safely preserved the iPad after it exploded and pierced the battery in a sand container. Luckily, the accident didn't cause fire or smoke, and there were no major injuries. However, three employees with difficulty breathing were treated by emergency personnel.

Ever since Apple started the iPhone battery replacement program, we have seen several similar incidents in the past few months. Apple stores in Switzerland and Spain have evacuated due to overheating of iPhone batteries, fortunately, only a few employees of Apple suffered a minor burn.

We don't know how did it occur, and whether it caused by an official battery pack or a third-party replacement. Anyway, we recommend that don't try to replace a swollen battery on your iPhone or iPad. The best way to do this is to go to a local Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider as soon as possible.

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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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The Eurasian Economic Commission database has become one of the best tools for predicting future upcoming Apple products. Earlier this month, new MacBook models appeared in the database, and Apple has released 2018 MacBook Pro models yesterday. However, now they revealed the model numbers of the upcoming 2018 iPhones and iPads.

Apple has registered a number of iPhones running iOS 12 in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, which means these iPhones are clearly new products. The iPhone models that appeared at this time include A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105 and A2106.

Even though we are unclear which models these models correspond to, rumors suggest Apple will release three new iPhones this year, including the second-generation of iPhone X, the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. It can be speculated that A19, A20, and A21 match to these three iPhones.

Finally, they also showed two iPad models running the iOS 11 system. Earlier this month, there were also five iPad models that registered in the database, so there are currently 7 unreleased iPad models.

Steven Troughton-Smith, who leaked several accurate features of the iPhone X, is now back with new evidence that the new iPad will come with Face ID. 

This evidence comes from Apple's AvatarKit development framework that is available on the iPad since iOS 12 was available for beta testers, which is the basis for Apple's Animoji and Memoji. Previously, only the iPhone X firmware had the AvartarKit framework, because the True-Depth camera system still required to do face tracking.

As shown in the figure, the integration of the framework in the iOS 12 beta is another example of the upcoming iPad with Face ID support. The previous evidence is that after the user upgraded iPad to iOS 12, gestures have changed some, much similar to the iPhone X's, such as launching control center's gesture trigger point to the upper right corner.

iPad Pro with Face ID support is nothing new, analysts like Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo who believed that Apple will schedule to release in this fall, most likely around September. The new iPad is expected to have design elements of iPhone X, such as thin bezels, no Home button, support for Face ID, and more. 

Top Apple News Today:

iPhone 7 Users May Experience Mic Failure After Upgrading To iOS 11.3: Apple has touted out that customers may experience a grayed-out speaker button during phone calls, which may also prevent affected customers from being heard during phone calls or FaceTime video chats, they could face the failure after updating their phones to iOS 11.3. 

To troubleshoot the issue, Apple recommends disconnecting any Bluetooth or other audio accessories and running audio diagnostics. If the warranty period has expired, its service providers can request an exception for this particular issue, and perhaps repair them free of charge. (via MacRumors

iPad To Receive Major Upgrades With iOS 13: Apple is working several major iPad upgrades for iOS 13 next year. Codenamed "Yukon", the update featured a revamped Files app, in-app tabs similar to the one in macOS apps, support for using the same app side-by-side in Split View multitasking mode, an unknown Apple Pencil feature, as well as a home screen redesign that made for the tablet, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Apple Shares Gets New Record Of Intraday Trading; As reported by CNBC, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm brought 75 million Apple shares last quarter; he now holds 240.3 million shares worth $42.5 billion. Thanks to the news, Apple stock price gone up to $183.83 per share, making the record-high intraday trading. (via 9to5mac)

Other news including Apple to shut down Texture app for Windows in end of the June after its acquisition, and begins to inking deals with publishers in Apple News for exclusive video series on the platform.

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