Apple today released the fourth 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 fourth 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 Animojis, 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,

In iOS 12.2 beta 4, however, 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 may hint at Apple’s upcoming magazine subscription service, which is expected to be released in late March.

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.

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Twitter leaker Max Weinbach said recently that AirPower wireless charging mat and AirPods wireless charging case will be available in the coming months. He also mentioned some of the changes that is coming to the AirPods wireless charging case. Nevertheless, as Weinbach doesn't have any track record, we will take it with a grant of salt. (Via EverythingApplePro)

He said that the AirPods will be able to charge from 0% to 100% in a wireless charging case in just 15 minutes. In contrast, the AirPods that's available in a wired charging case that will get you up to 3 hours of battery life in 15 minutes. However,, due to the integration of the Qi coil, the wireless charging case will become thicker and heavier. AirPods 2 is a bit like Apple Pencil 2, with the smooth surface turns into a matte texture.

Finally, Max Weinbach also said that iOS 13 will not introduce the dark mode, instead, the dark mode will come in iOS 13.1, though I personally don't even see them not unveiling this major feature at this year's WWDC Keynote, it might be just getting the same treatment as Group FaceTime.

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Siri Shortcuts is one of the greatest additions in iOS 12. It helped many iPhone users be more productive in everyday tasks, such as setting a timer for your laundry and shopping in the grocery store. But there’s one more thing to add: health and fitness app integration with Shortcuts. It consists of Siri commands to track workouts, add health data, and monitoring vital signs.

Workout Tracking with Siri

To begin with, Siri can make your workouts simpler and better. Performance stats are provided in real time, and fitness training will be easier than ever. For example, you can say, “Hey Siri, let’s run!” to start a run in Nike Run Club. You can also program your own shortcuts every time you hit the gym or to the park. Siri can automate this by playing your favorite workout playlist, starting a run, and everything else you’d like when you’re in the gym.

Most shortcuts can be done in just one wrist raise and saying, “Hey Siri, how’s my run?”. Well, that goes for the Apple Watch users and their iPhones. Users will be able to obtain information and metrics in real time in just one command to Siri. All of the answers you need from Siri will appear on your Apple Watch!

Monitoring Vital Signs with a Tap

Not only Siri Shortcuts can make workouts easier, but checking your vitals are easier than before. For example, Dexcom users can ask Siri, “Hey Siri, how’s my BGs going?” and Siri responds to your command. Siri can tell if your blood sugar is steady, high or low. Siri can also provide a graph of your blood glucose levels in real time.

Other than diabetes management, Siri can check you or a loved one’s blood pressure, heart rate, and many other vital signs. For example, you can say, “Hey Siri, what’s my grandmothers' blood pressure?” and Siri can tell you the results and the data in one page. Apps such as Qardio, Nokia Health Mate, and many more are implementing this feature to their apps.

Thus far, Apple is adding more health integrations to Siri. This would be faster and simpler to check your health metrics without having to open the app too much. Apple is making tasks simpler in iOS 12, from Siri Shortcuts to Health. People will be able to see their vitals and metrics at a glance.

Amid the launch of Galaxy Fold, smartphone giant Samsung has initiated the process of discussion with companies like Apple and Google to supply them with foldable displays, according to Korean media ETNews, who cited sources from the supply chain. It suggests that the displays to be measured at 7.2-inches in size, which is 0.1 inches smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

According to the industry on the 27th, Samsung Display made a set of foldable display and delivered it to Apple. This set, which is actually powered like a smartphone, has a 7.2-inch size foldable panel. 7.2 inches is 0.1 inches smaller than the Samsung Folder 'Galaxy Fold'.
Currently. Samsung manufacturers and provides the OLED screens to Apple. If this report is true, then it implies that the South Korea based tech-giant doesn't intend to keep foldable technology to itself and is instead working to dominate as a supplier for the technology. At this moment, Samsung is said to able to produce 2.4 million units a year and expect to move up to 10 million units at some point.

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In addition to several company-level voting results announcements at Apple's 2019 shareholders meeting, Tim Cook also answered some questions. Chinese media MacX attend the meeting and summarize the Q&As that everyone is interested in, read as follows:

First, when some asked about the scalability of Apple's use of the USB-C port on the iPad. Apple's Crag Federighi personally answered this question, although it is not so deep, he reveals that features such as the ability to access and read and write files are already under development.

Furthermore, some expressed their concern about Apple's lack of innovation, but Tim Cook said that much of the innovative research has not been put on the market. Apple has a large number of new product developments and innovations every year, but only one or two are actually put on the market. Apple's annual innovations are not based on the success of performance in the market.

Lastly, when it comes to Apple's investment in health, Tim Cook says there is a tremendous support in heart research. In health research, only Apple has done an independent medical level backstage. Apple Watch's new heart rate monitoring detects a heart irregularity that can save lives.

During this year's shareholders meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he has never been so optimistic about the company's current situation and future direction. When Cook begins to encourage investors, he said that Apple is planting seeds" and "rolling the dice" on future products that will "blow you away."

In a rather unusual tone, Cook said that said they plan to lower the price of the MacBook Air that it cost $1,200 right now. He also asserted that products related to Apple Watch and AirPods have "a long, great roadmap of fantastic." The CEO reveals that the Apple Watch will include more health feature, he pointed out that Apple acquired 18 companies in 2018 and been looking for more acquisition shots.

In addition to Tim Cook, other Apple executives also spoke at the meeting. Craig Federighi, Apple's software chief, for example, answered questions from shareholders concerning whether the new iPad Pro will be transferring video files over the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, and Craig replied that such functionality is coming.

Other highlights of the meeting included Apple acquired 18 companies last year, 50% of new Apple employees from underrepresented groups, and R&D spending tripled to more than $14 billion. Cook also used the stage to reemphasize Apple's view on privacy, diversity, environment, and so forth.

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According to the Applesfera website, AirPods 2 will be available for sale on March 29, according to a source that's familiar with the plan. Once the AirPods 2 is launched, Apple will discontiune the first generation of AirPods, but we take this report with grant of salt since the site don't have a track record.

Reports have suggested that the upcoming AirPods will receive somewhat major upgrades, it's expected to include wireless charging support and upgraded Bluetooth connectivity. Aside from that. it's believed the update will also bring black color to the AirPods for the first time, and claims the new earbuds could implement "health monitoring" features and a special matte coating for a better grip experience.

We have also heard rumors that Apple will release the AirPower wireless charging mat, AirPods 2 and the new iPads at the end of March. Meanwhile, other reports claiming that Apple to hold a special event at the Jobs Theater on March 25th to launch streaming video and news subscription services. So it's not clear whether which of those are real or fake news, guess we have to wait and see.

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