AppleCare+ terms quietly updated, now include coverage two accidental damage incidents, on-site repairs for desktop Macs

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 17:04
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

AppleCare+ just got a bit more lenient.

Following Apple’s quiet expansion of AppleCare+’s warranty period from two to three years a while back, as well as covering accidental damage to the company’s desktop and MacBook product families, Apple has brought the AppleCare+ package in line with services provided for its mobile devices.

The new coverage allows for repairs for up to two accidents, with each subject to a service fee of $99 for damage to the screen or the external enclosure, plus tax, while other types of damage will cost $299 per incident.

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Apple announces High Sierra, points out forthcoming changes

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 16:02
Category: Developer, High Sierra, macOS, News, Software, WWDC

macOS High Sierra is coming.

macOS 10.13, also known as macOS 10.13 High Sierra, was announced today at WWDC, complete with Apple executive Craig Federighi highlighting the following changes:

Safari: Apple benchmarked a new version of Safari, which offered 80 percent better performance on modern JavaScript, blocking of auto-play videos and Intelligent Tracking Prevention using machine learning to identify trackers and segregate cross-site traffic monitors.

Mail: The new Mail application includes a new composition screen, and 35 percent less space to store mail boxes.

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Apple unveils iOS 11 at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 15:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software, WWDC

iOS 11 is around the corner and it looks like Apple is planning some pretty meaty changes along with it.

Over at WWDC, the company announced the following changes to the mobile operating system, which will also include an augmented reality kit as well as CoreML, which gives developers access to on-device machine learning capabilities.

Apple offered the following list of forthcoming changes:

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Apple announces HomePod speaker at WWDC, will ship device in December

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 14:34
Category: Hardware, News, Siri, WWDC

Apple’s much-rumored speaker is en route.

Apple today announced its speaker, the HomePod a wireless speaker powered by Apple’s A8 chip with Siri integration that’s just under 7 inches tall.

Phil Schiller, the company’s VP of Worldwide Marketing, offered the following comment:

“HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.”

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Apple announces updated MacBooks, offers improved processors, GPUs, SSDs

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:14
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Touch Bar

The new MacBooks are en route.

And they offer some spiffy new updates.

Apple has incorporated seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake processors in all upgraded 12-inch MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The 12-inch MacBook now supports up to 1.4 GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz, and can be purchased with up to 16GB of RAM.

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Apple announces updated 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch iPad Pro models

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:16
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors, WWDC

If you’re hankering for a new iPad Pro, the new one was just announced today.

Apple announced an updated version of its 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The new unit still weighs one pound but includes thinner bezels as well as a new screen equipped with ProMotion technology, which allows for faster refresh rates with smoother scrolling, and more responsiveness with Apple Pencil and touch input with just 20ms latency.

The refresh rate will dynamically adjust for both quality and power savings. Fast moving content updates quickly, but slower refresh rates (such as when viewing still images) can save battery life.

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Apple unveils iMac Pro, offers specs up to 18 processor cores, 128GB of RAM for new machine

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:54
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, Thunderbolt

Apple has apparently gone bananas with their highest-end iMac.

The company, which promised a pro-grade iMac, unveiled the unit at the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation on Monday. The iMac Pro will sport Intel Xeon processors, and Apple says it’s the most powerful computer they’ve ever made.

The iMac will sport Intel Xeon processors alongside 128GB of RAM.

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Apple announces new 2017 iMacs, offers improved screens, Kaby Lake processors, USB-C ports on board

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:05
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, retail, USB-C, WWDC

The new iMac was just announced at WWDC and it includes some interesting upgrades.

Apple has, according to CEO Tim Cook, included the “best Mac displays ever,” upping the brightness to 500 nits to make them 43 percent brighter while bringing support for a billion colors. The new units also feature faster Intel Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz, higher memory capacity, super-fast storage, and next-generation graphics, as well as a pair of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, which have yet to arrive on any other Mac.

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WWDC: Stay Tuned for Coverage, Catch the Keynote Live Stream

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Announcement, Developer, iOS, News, Software, WWDC

Ladies and gents, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today in San Jose on Monday.

The keynote will begin on Monday at 2 PM PST and we’ll provide full coverage of the highly-anticipated announcements as they become available.

Stick around, the news shall be forthcoming and you can catch the livestream here from the moment it begins.

Apple releases details about Swift Playgrounds 1.5, points to hardware that will be controllable via the update

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Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software, Swift, WWDC

This could lead to something pretty neat.

Apple released an update on Thursday in which it provided a detailed update as to Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control robots, drone, and musical instruments.

The announcement reads as follows:

Apple® today announced that Swift Playgrounds™, its educational coding app for iPad®, will offer an exciting new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. Swift Playgrounds is perfect for students and beginners learning to code with Swift™, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language for building world-class apps.

Apple says Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control Bluetooth-connected bots including “LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more.”

In the announcement, Craig Federighi says Swift Playgrounds already has over 1 million users around the world. Apple specifically details compatibility between Swift Playgrounds 1.5 and these products:

— LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 are incredibly popular in schools around the world and give students the power to explore coding through real-life problem solving as they create and command their own robotic LEGO creatures, vehicles, machines and inventions. With Swift Playgrounds kids can code and interact with their creations’ motors and sensors.

— Sphero SPRK+, a popular robotic ball, rolls, turns, accelerates and changes colors. Sensors provide feedback when Sphero hits an obstacle, and all of it can be controlled with Swift code.

— Parrot’s Mambo, Airborne and Rolling Spider drones can take off, land, turn and perform aerial figures like flips, all under the control of code users create.

— UBTECH’s Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit lets kids program their buildable robot to walk, wave and dance.

— Dash by Wonder Workshop is an exciting, hands-on learning robot for students, designed to teach the fundamentals of coding, creative problem solving and computational thinking.

— Skoog is a tactile cube that enables children of all abilities to have fun exploring, creating and playing music with Swift code.

Cool stuff, albeit this begs the question: Where was anything this nifty when I was a kid?

Apple says the new version of Swift Playgrounds will be available starting Monday, June 5. Swift Playgrounds is available for free for the iPad and requires iOS 10.0 or later to install and run.

Via 9to5Mac and the App Store