TF International analysts Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Modified PI (MPI) will replace Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) to become the mainstream antenna technology for the new iPhones in 2019. The Apple analyst has listed serval reasons that the company plan to do, and said it will pave the way for upcoming 5G technology.

According to Kuo, the first reason is that Apple is losing in bargaining for LCP raw material supplies, Secondly, the LCP antenna is really complicated to produce, plus LCP is brittle, which is not ideally for manufacturers to gain yield rate. Furthermore, based on current technical limitations, if you want to improve the LCP production yield, it may reduce antenna performance. Last but not the least, MPI antenna performance is improved by fluoride formulation, and higher frequency performance at 10-15 GHz is much comparable to LCP.

Kuo expects the shipment of LCP antennas for the new iPhone is expected to decline by more than 70% in the second half of 2019. The new iPhones (XS Max, XS and XR) currently uses 6 LCP antennas. In next year, however, Apple is likely to use 4 MPI antennas and 2 LCP antennas for better cellular usage on 2019 iPhones (6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch LCD).

MPI and LCP antennas are expected to coexist in the 5G era, but the market will have high growth expectations for LCP materials. The market is currently confident that LCP antennas demand will grow significantly due to the arrival of the 5G era. During the transition time, it will still consist of MPI and LCP antennas.

Apple teamed up with Amazon to sell Apple products such as iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch on the website in countries like the USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, as well as India, according to a report by CNET. An Amazon spokesperson said that the deal is designed to improve the user experience:

Amazon is constantly working to enhance the customer experience, and one of the ways we do this is by increasing selection of the products we know customers want. We look forward to expanding our assortment of Apple and Beats products globally
The partnership will take into effect rather sooner than later so Amazon will sell newly-released products to the customers, products including iPhone XS, XR, Apple Watch Series 4, the 2018 Mac mini model, and a selection of Beats headphones. It’s understood that these products will be available on Apple-authorized Amazon resellers.

For now, all Apple products lists on Amazon from independent sellers, by the time when Amazon begin selling Apple products, all third-party retailers needs to become Apple authorized resellers, in which they need to apply for it. And they will have to make sure to go on sale at regular prices.

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Apple released the 2018 version of iPad Pros couple weeks ago, it is indeed the first iPad with a USB-C port. After replacing the lightning port, it can bring faster data transfer to the iPad Pro. It can connect an external 4K or 5K display, a camera and other devices, and even enable the ability to charge iPhone. Charging. So how much power can the iPad Pro give the iPhone when charging.

Tests show when charging an iPhone, the voltage and current are 4.9V/1.5A and is 7.5W (iPhone XS comes standard with a 5W charging adapter). When connecting the C-FORCE 3K display, there is no problem in powering the display. At this time, the charging voltage and current are 4.9V/1.3A and the power is 6.8W.

Speaking to charging, Apple has confirmed that the new Apple Pencil does not support Qi wireless charging standard, in which means the vast majority of wireless chargers can't charging the accessories. The Apple Pencil can be magnetically attached to the device for automatic charging and pairing.

As the most appealing iPad in Apple's history, the iPad Pro packed with a variety of new technology additions. The tablet uses a 12.9-inch full-screen, Face D, and built-in A12X chip, the industrial leading ARM processor. This can definitely rival Microsoft's Surface Pro lineup.

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More than a month has passed since the release of iOS 12, there's no news in the jailbreak community. However, It appears now someone is aiming to bring the dream of jailbreak back again, an iOS hacker called SemVoigtländer is developing a mobile browser-based jailbreak tool that allows users to jailbreak iOS 12.0.1 and will support iOS versions from iOS 4.0 to iOS 12.0.1.

Since it's in a JailbreakMe style, SemVoigtländer calls the tool as JailbreakMeUnified, if you interested in this tool, you need to make sure that your device is running iOS 12.0.1, due to the fact that Apple could soon stop signing iOS 12.0.1, as the company already released iOS 12.1 to public users plus they are in the works of iOS 12.1.1, which would be pushed in the near future.

All in all, if you want to jailbreak your device, make it's on iOS 12.0.1 or earlier version, those of you that are rocking iOS 12.1 on your iPhone or iPad is recommend to downgrade it to iOS 12.0.1 by downloading iOS 12.0.1 IPSW for your device and then installing it manually through iTunes. You sure can check the process by visit JailbreakMeUnified official GitHub page.

The iPhone XR doesn't have a pressure-sensitive screen, meaning it lacks 3D Touch, Apple introduced a way to replace 3D Touch to a certain extent, which is Haptic Touch, long press certain action to simulate 3D Touch, such as long press the space bar on the keyboard for the touchpad mode, and long press the flashlight on the lock screen for flash.

However, the Haptic Touch is still very limited, for instance, the Notification Center's Peek and Pop can not able to view richer notification content. Because of that, in the latest iOS 12.1.1 Beta 2, the Haptic Touch seems to have expanded. on iPhone XR, you now just need to long press the notification banner to see more content, which previously requires the user to swipe left and then click View.

The difference between Haptic Touch and the 3D Touch is response time, 3D Touch gestures can be done immediately, while the Haptic Touch requires a long press, which results in a long delay. Nevertheless, the long-press to view Notification feature also not available on iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and the iPod Touch 6.

We should expect iOS 12.1.1 to be released likely end of the month or early of next month

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After a long wait, Apple finally updated the MacBook Air, what secrets are hidden in this laptop? iFixit has completed the detailed teardown of MacBook Air. The New MacBook Air has new mold models of A1932 and 3184. Many of the components in the new MacBook Air are modular in design and easy to replace.

The teardown of the MacBook Air is very simple. Unscrew the back screw and you can see the inside of the chassis. Secure the motherboards are only 6 screws and some connectors. Even though the MacBook Air's motherboard is tiny, there are many chips on it: Intel's i5 processor, Apple's security T2 chip, 128GB flash drive, and Thunderbolt 3 controller.

However, the keyboard is integrated into the case. If it is broken, it needs to be replaced as a whole, and the memory can't be upgraded by itself. The battery, on the other hand, did not use the adhesives, rather just some adhesive tabs, easy to replace! The speaker is not glued to the back case, so once the tabs pulled out, you can replace the speaker straightforward.

MacBook Air's Retina display is quite similar to MacBook Pro, but does not support wide color gamut, while the maximum brightness is only 300 nits, whereas Pro is 500 nits. In general, iFixt give the repair score of 3 out of 10, meaning to repair this machine is not really fun experience after all.

Apple has released several updates on its 4 operating systems and apps, including iOS 12.1.1, macOS 10.14.2, tvOS 12.1.1, watchOS 5.1.2 to developers, as well as its Clips app, GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork apps for both iOS and macOS. We have summarized these update details below:

For newly released iOS 12.1.1, macOS 10.14.2, tvOS 12.1.1, and watchOS 5.1.2 betas 2, just a couple of bug fixes other than iOS 12.1.1 reintroduced Live Photo for FaceTime app, meaning you can take Live Photo when you FaceTime other folks. As always, you can test these betas by downloading it via Apple's official Developer Center.

For the Clips app, it's not simply bug fixes, as it did add some goodies, which includes six new selfie scenes like Rainforest and a scene from Incredibles 2, but also new aged film, watercolor painting, and comic book camera filters, plus new stickers, text labels, and soundtracks. Clips is an Apple app that let create several videos clips and shares it to social medias.

Lastly, Apple updated its GarageBand for iOS app with support for keyboard commands when using a Smart Keyboard for 2018 iPad Pros. The updated Keynote and Numbers app for both macOS and iOS include bug fixes and stability improvements, whereas the new version of Pages allows you to publish books directly to Apple Books, and iMovie now supports iPad Pros' new display.
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