We know that the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pros is a touch screen, when you press a keyboard key on it, there is no feedback from the Touch Bar, it makes you feel like typing on a flat table top, and it's especially annoying that you need to check every once and while to ensure that there's no typo. Today, we are going to introduce an app that will fix all these issues in an instant.

It is called Haptic Touch Bar, which allows the Touch Bar to have sound and vibration feedback when clicked, what's better is that the volume and vibration intensity are adjustable. It simulates the keyboard very well, that said, you wouldn't even notice the Touch Bar is there, but rather just a normal keyboard, and it supports all Touch Bar modes, including the F1-12 keys and app controls.

Haptic Touch Bar is designed for all pro users, from app developers, text editors, to Windows virtual machine users. The app offers free 14-day free trial, after the period, you can decide whether to keep use it or not, the software will then charge $4,99. Download the Haptic Touch Bar by click here.

Apple wearables, which are overshadowed by Apple Watch and AirPods, are growing more prevalent, but Apple has never disclosed the specific sales of this category. However, today, IDC released the global wearables sales report for the last quarter (the fourth quarter of 2018), that includes Apple Watch.

According to the report, Apple continues to lead the wearable device market, with the company shipped 16.2 million wearable devices in the last quarter, of which 10.4 million were Apple Watch, and the remaining 5.8 million were mainly composed of AirPods and Beats. Overall, the wearables market grew by 31.4% in the previous quarter, with shipments reaching a record of 59.3 million units.
Growth in the market was driven by new wearables launching during the months leading up to the holiday season as well as new smartphone launches as many were bundled with wearables from leading brands. Shipments for the entire year of 2018 grew by 27.5% with 172.2 million wearables shipped.
IDC mentioned that AW's sales will continue to grow this quarter as they expecting that more and more healthcare organizations and individuals begin to consider Apple Watch.

According to French publication iGeneration report, Apple Stores' Genius Bar and Apple Authorized Service (AASP) providers can now provide battery repair services for iPhones that have been replaced with third-party batteries, prior to that, they can't provide any type of service to an iPhone with a third-party battery, regardless of the situation.

However, according to Apple's internal document, if the iPhone repair is not related to the battery, Genius Bar and AASP will ignore third-party battery, but will still repair parts like screen, motherboard, microphone, etc., and charge normal fees. And if you do have the issue with the battery, employees are now instructed to replace the battery with the official one for the standard fee.

It should noted, though, the eligibility of repair iPhones with third -party batteries doesn't mean Apple will offer service for iPhones with third-party logic boards, enclosures, microphones, Lightning connectors, headphone jacks, side buttons,, camera modules, and so on. This change went into effect last Thursday and should apply on a worldwide case.

This may also bring potential safe concerns, as it may inflate or short circuit and grid the motherboard, which could cause accidents, another concerns is that it will unable to determine whose fault will it be.

About 6 months we will usher the release of the next-generation iPhone, Tianfeng International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will launch three iPhone models this year, including the 5.8-inch iPhone XI, the 6.4-inch iPhone XI Max, and the 6.1-inch iPhone XR ( 2019).

As for whether all three iPhones will support OLED, various rumors have not been agreed upon on it, and whether the Lightning port will be replaced with USB-C, there is no clear word either. Kuo only said that iPhone XI and XI Max will support ToF cameras and bring more AR features to users.

Now, according to Twitter leaker Max Weinbach, the new iPhone may support a new waterproof mode that allows the iPhone to work properly while it's surrounded by the water. In other words, the iPhone can also recognize the sensitive of touch even in the water, so that users can use the iPhone normally in rainy days, or take a picture underwater, or type messages in the shower.

So far, rumors have provided us with a plenty of information on the 2019 iPhones; Bloomberg reports that iPhones to be released this year will include Triple-lens camera setup; Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple analyst, says that the company likely to introduce 4 MPI and 2 LCP Antennas on 2019 iPhones to improve cellular performance; while others believe it could comes with a green color and weighs lighter.

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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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Apple nominated 10 winners for their Shot on iPhone contest. Many iPhone users from around the world took pictures of landscapes, buildings, and objects. These winners came from the countries of Singapore, Belarus, Israel and the United States. All of these pictures are taken from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone XS Max, alongside with its capabilities to a great shot.

The winners of this year’s shot on iPhone contest include Alex Jiang, Blake Marvin, Darren Soh, Nikita Yarosh, Dina Alfasi, Elizabeth Scarrott, and Andrew Griswold. In addition, Bernard Antolin, LieAdi Darmawan, and Robert Glaser took amazing landscapes with their iPhones. All of these pictures taken by these beautiful iPhones will be featured on the billboards, Apple Store video displays and on the Apple website.

Apple’s panel of judges critiqued every iPhone shot on their Newsroom article. They all liked these pictures from these iPhone users. These judges included a variety of iPhone photographers and Apple employees. Apple’s judges consists of Pete Souza, Chen Man, Austin Mann, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis.

You can read the Newsroom post from Apple by clicking here.

We had keep hearing rumors about Apple is making a foldable iPhone that could be launched in 2020 or 2021, and we have many patent associated with foldable devices, so some may wonder if Apple will follow up Samsung and Huawei's step to make such product. Now, yet another foldable patent filed by the company suggest that they are admittedly working on it and to make it better.

This patent is entitled "Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays", describes how Apple may prevent the display from damage when it's in winter. It reads that foldable smartphone displays are susceptible to damage at low temperature, however, Apple noted various heating methods that are described to alleviate this issue.

For example, Apple said that it can be heated by lighting the pixels in the folding area of the screen, or a "heating element or other heating structure" can be used, but Apple does not specify. This patent also mentions that a foldable device can also employ a magnetic latch system to prevent the device from folding or opening under pretty low-temperature conditions to avoid damage to the screen.

Perhaps Apple is secretly developing another form of foldable smartphone that differs from Samsung and Huawei's, only to wait until the timing or market is more mature. It Korea that Apple was working with LG to develop a foldable iPhone.

To celebrate International Women's Day, Apple has a variety of activities throughout March, including a new partnership with Girls Who Code, the Apple Stores' dedicated Today at Apple session, and the Apple Watch Challenge, the company announced in a press release today.

Apple is celebrating International Women’s Day throughout March by highlighting the stories and work of female developers, musicians, artists, photographers and entrepreneurs. Apple is also building on its commitment to education with a new partnership with Girls Who Code to expand learning opportunities for young women.
Apple will work with Girls Who Code to support programming opportunities for girls and young women in the United States, they will have the opportunity to learn the Apple programming language Swift. While every App of the day that will be featured on the App Store is either designed or founded by woman. In additon Apple is doing an Apple Watch Activity challenge where users can earn Award and stickers.

According to the latest report from MySmartPrice, Apple has registered two unreleased iPads with the Indian Bureau of Standards, models A2124 and A2133. The two models may represent the upcoming iPad mini and the new entry-level iPad mentioned in the recent rumors.

At the end of January this year, Apple registered six unreleased iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission's database: A2123, A2124, A2153, A2154, A2133 and A2152, so Apple's Indian filings suggest that the release of the two iPads are getting closer and closer.

Apple will likely to update its 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini lineup in the coming weeks. It is rumored that Apple to upgrade the internals of the two tablets, including faster processors. The next-generation entry-level iPad is also expected to be featured with a larger 10.2-inch display. Meanswhile, the iPad mini 5 will be the first upgrade of the iPad mini series since September 2015.

MySmartPrice said that the two new iPad Pros are also expected to be available in late 2019 or early 2020, but details are not yet clear. In addition, according to previous reports, Apple is expected to host its first special event in 2019 on March 25th, however, it is said that the event will be service-focused and there may not be hardware launches.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with NPR this week that Apple is a company that people can trust when it comes to sensitive information. Cook testified that Apple has always avoided selling user data, which is what he and other executives in the company have been echoing.

In an interview with NPR, Cook says acquiring user data to sell ads is something his company has avoided. "People will look at this and feel that they can trust Apple," he says. "That's a key part of anyone that you're working with on your health."
Apple executives have long emphasized that the Users are not the "Products", and that's a significant difference between Apple and other companies like Facebook and Google, which rely specifically on user data for the purpose of marketing and monetization.

UCSD Health's chief information officer said that Apple's focus on privacy has made hospital officials feel more comfortable, as the patients' health and privacy are crucial. UCSD Health is convinced that all recorded data is stored locally and not uploaded to the cloud, which can help protect patients.

NPR's report also pointed out that some Health apps, such as period tracker or heart rate monitor, share data with Facebook to obtain targeted advertising, but Apple said that those apps will of course not be connected to Health Records. This is an advanced protection and limitation feature designed by Apple. Access to Health apps is usually only possible if the user explicitly authorizes them.

A new survey conducted by investment firm Baird shows that the iPhone users' intention to upgrade is still higher than in the past few years in the context of a slowdown in overall smartphone sales. As Barron's Weekly pointed out, Baird analyst William Power reiterated his optimism about Apple because of the company's service business and iPhone upgrade intentions.

Of the 1,500 US shoppers, 15% said they plan to buy a new smartphone in the next two months, 67% of which said they that the iPhone will be the one to purchase. In addition, most respondents indicated that they have been using the iPhone for more than two years, which suggests that the upgrade market has not yet been developed, and the potential demand for iPhone is still pretty high.

Services wise, Baird's survey also asked consumers about their interest in Apple's streaming services. 18% of respondents voted that they are “some interest” to subscribe to such services. The analyst also mentioned the growing interest in Apple Watch and the entire Apple ecosystem, and that iPhone user owns an average of 2.6 Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

In general, Baird says that the intentions to purchase smartphones is slowing, but the bright side is that the iPhone still owns a large market share. Plus the increasing demand in Apple Watch, AirPods, and Apple Music, underscores the ecosystem opportunity.

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Rumors have suggested that Apple is developing an AR headset or a pair of smart glasses, which are said to be released around 2020 or 2021. No one really knows what is it gonna look like, but Apple’s newly granted patent application should give you a general impression, as it describes a "method for representing points of interest in a view of a real environment on a mobile device." (Via AppleInsider)

Although the word "Apple Glasses" is not explicitly mentioned, the patent does describe a "head-mounted display." Similar to other AR products, it overlays computer-generated virtual information onto a real-world view. More specifically, the headset will be implemented with a camera that can identify and annotate points of interest and other objects.

One of the patented illustrations shows the head-mounted screen showing some buildings, each with a superimposed label, and the fingers can interact with it. In another example, the iPhone gives details of a point of interest.

The "Apple Glasses" device in the illustration is like the ski goggle, but whether Apple is developing smart glasses like Google Glass or a HoloLens-like headset is not known. Bloomberg previously reported that Apple's device will use a customized iOS-based "rOS" system, which is said to be able to communicate wirelessly with the iPhone.

Apple released the highly-popular programming language Swift in 2014, which has evolved to Swift 4.0, and Swift 5 will be unveiled at the WWDC 2019 Developer Conference. So what are the highlights will this version bring. Well, the project lead, Ted Kremenek, recently sat down for an interview with John Sundell in his latest episode of Swift by Sundell podcast to discuss such subject.

In the podcasts, Kremenek did discuss a few topics about the Swift programming language, including how Apple designed new features for Swift and brainstorm ideas for future releases. Further, Ted says Swift 5 will be focusing on ABI stability, meaning it will enable binary compatibility for apps and libraries. In other words, apps built with one version of the Swift compiler can now be able to interface with a library built with another version.
Ted Kremenek, manager of the Languages and Runtimes team at Apple, joins John to talk about Swift 5 — focusing on ABI stability and what it means for the future of the language, how the underpinnings of String have been improved in this release, how Apple is using Swift internally, and much more.
For those who are using the Swift to develop apps, the podcast could offer some valuable information regarding to changes and features being made in Swift 5, I would says that it's worth to check it out.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is actively developing sleep-tracking feature for Apple Watch. At the moment, it's not clear whether the sleep tracking-feature requires new hardware support or is implemented directly through the watchOS software update.

The report said that in the past few months, Apple employees have been testing it. The company plans to launch the functionality for Apple Watch next year. Apple acquired Beddit, a sleep-tracking hardware startup, in 2017, and Beddit's products are still sold through the App Store. After Beddit was acquired, rumors have suggested that Apple will integrate sleep-tracking capabilities for Apple Watch.

Currently, Apple does not provide the sleep-tracking feature on the Apple Watch, but some third-party applications, such as AutoSleep, offers the feature and sync sleep data to iPhone Health app. Competitors of Apple Watch, such as Fitbit Versa, have supported sleep-tracking for many years.

It's unclear how Apple solves the battery problem. Currently, Apple recommends charging Apple Watch every night. If the wearable device supports sleep tracking, users can't charge it while they sleep. Therefore, future Apple Watches may integrate larger batteries to solve this issue, or Apple Watch adds a sleep mode that saves power while tracking sleep.

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