Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub revealed, offers front-facing ports for current Mac mini desktops

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Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, 03:31
Category: Accessory, Apple, Desktop Mac, Hardware, Mac mini, News, Peripheral, Thunderbolt, USB-C

This could come in handy.

Accessory maker Satechi on Tuesday unveiled its Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub, which brings front-facing ports to the current Mac mini desktop.

One USB-C cable in the back of the stand/hub attaches to the Mac mini to offer six (seven if you count each card reader separately) front-facing ports for easy access that professional users will find valuable along with a sharp design.

Ports include:

  • USB-C data port (5Gbps)
  • 3 x USB-A 3.0 ports (5Gbps)
  • SD and microSD card readers (104Mbps)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Weight: 0.66 lb

This isn’t absolutely ideal, but it finally swings the ports to the front and features integrated air vents to help keep your Mac mini cool even when connected to multiple peripherals.

The Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub for Mac mini is available direct from Satechi for $79.99.

Via 9to5Mac and Satechi

iFixit 16-inch MacBook Pro teardown published, highlights “lid angle sensor” on new notebook

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Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, 03:18
Category: Apple, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

This is pretty nifty.

Within iFixit’s full teardown of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, the company located new features such as a new thermal architecture and a new “lid angle sensor” that presumably monitors the opening and closing of the notebook and the precise position of the lid. 

The report also noted a magnet embedded in the hinge itself, an arrow indicating polarity.

While previous-generation MacBook Pro models have a Hall effect sensor that determines when the lid is closed for sleep/wake purposes, the lid angle sensor in the 16-inch MacBook Pro appears to be more sophisticated. 

Apple’s service document doesn’t provide any specific clues as to why the sensor was redesigned, although iFixit has speculated that this could be a clever way for Apple to track the lid’s position. This could also inform the system as to whether the display or flex cables are frayed and need to be repaired.

Of note, in the event of a display repair, Apple’s service document indicates that technicians must calibrate both the display and the lid angle sensor in order for the repair to be considered complete.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors and iFixit

Apple changes WWDC app name to “Apple Developer,” offers year-round content

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Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019, 03:47
Category: App Store, Apple, Apps, Developer, iOS, iPhone, Mac, News, Software, WWDC

For the developer world, Apple on Monday announced that it’s updating its “WWDC” app, changing its name to “Apple Developer” and announcing year-round updates.

Apple says that the new Apple Developer app will provide “in-depth information from Apple experts all year round,” with the app featuring developer news, videos, WWDC content, and more. 

The app can be used to enroll in the Apple Developer program on iOS devices, although this functionality is currently limited to the United States. Users can also auto-renew their subscriptions to more easily keep their developer accounts active.

The Apple Developer app is available for free and requires iOS 12.4 or later to install and run.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors and the App Store

Apple releases iOS 13.2.3, iPadOS 13.2.3

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Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019, 03:39
Category: Apple, iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPadOS, iPhone, iPhone, News, Software

Because bug fixes are always handy.

Apple on Monday released iOS 13.2.3 alongside iPadOS 13.2.3.

The updates contain an assortment of bug fixes, as listed below:

  • Fixes an issue where system search and search within Mail, Files, and Notes might not work 
  • Addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view 
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background 
  • Resolves issues that may prevent Mail from fetching new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange accounts

As usual, the update can be located, downloaded, and installed, by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

If you’ve had a chance to try iOS 13.2.3 or iPadOS 13.2.3 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer

Apple support document highlights 16-inch MacBook Pro external display support, support for up to two simultaneous external 6K monitors

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Date: Monday, November 18th, 2019, 03:36
Category: 4K, Apple, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

Perhaps the nicest feature about the 16-inch MacBook Pro for programmers, photographers, designers, and video editors is that you can hang some pretty nice, meaty displays off of it, including two simultaneous external 6K monitors.

Per an Apple support document, the notebook can be used with the following external display configurations:

  • Two 6K displays with resolutions of 6016 x 3384 at 60Hz
  • Two 5K displays with resolutions of 5120 x 2880 at 60Hz
  • Four 4K displays with resolutions of 4096 x 2304 at 60Hz
  • One 5K display at 5120 x 2880 at 60Hz and up to three 4K displays at 4096 x 2304 at 60Hz

The 16-inch MacBook Pro can also be used with the following LG Ultrafine Display configurations:

  • Two LG UltraFine 5K displays configured at 5120 x 2880 10bpc at 60Hz
  • Four LG UltraFine 4K displays configured at 4096 x 2304 8bpc at 60Hz
  • One LG UltraFine 5K display connected to one side of your Mac and two LG UltraFine 4K displays connected to ports on the opposite side.

Apple reinforces that, to maximize performance with multiple displays, it is recommended to connect each monitor on different sides of the MacBook Pro, as it features four Thunderbolt 3 ports — two on each side of the machine — and there’s only one driver for each pair.

“Your MacBook Pro has two busses for its four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Each pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports (on the left and right sides of your Mac) are different busses. Whenever possible, connect your displays to different busses to maximize performance. Don’t connect more than two displays to either bus. If you connect a 6K, 5K, or multi-cable 4K display, use a different bus for each of the displays.”

At present, the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro supports only two 5K displays or four 4K displays simultaneously.

This definitely says some decent things about the updated graphics card in the 16-inch MacBook Pro and what it’s capable of, especially in the professional sphere.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac and support.apple.com

iFixit publishes initial teardown of 16-inch MacBook Pro notebook, highlights changes found within keyboard design

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Date: Monday, November 18th, 2019, 03:47
Category: Apple, Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News

The cool cats at iFixit have completed an initial teardown of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and discovered an updated scissor mechanism that seems to be a massive improvement over the prior butterfly mechanism. 

Over the past few years, Apple has taken hits over the butterfly keyboard mechanism found on its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks. The mechanism left the notebooks open to an ingress of debris, and even with the added protection of a silicone membrane around the mechanism, the notebooks received a significant number of complaints.

In the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple made the switch from the butterfly for a scissor-switch style it uses in the Magic Keyboard. Initial analysis of the keyboard on the 16-inch MacBook Pro reveals it has a much larger key travel than in models released in recent years, while at the same time generally being quieter than the mid-2019 keyboard. 

The first phase of iFixit’s customary teardown confirms the shift away from the butterfly mechanism. The version found in the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is said to be “almost identical” to the switches found in the desktop Magic Keyboard, as well as pre-butterfly MacBooks. 

The mechanism is formed from two plastic pieces that are crossed with a central pivot, and it’s noted that this is considered to be more robust than its butterfly equivalent. There’s also apparently 0.5mm more travel in the key to allow it to better handle loose debris. Unlike the later-gun butterfly keyboard, Apple has not included a silicone membrane within the device.

There is further strength in the way the keycaps connect to the switches. While 0.2mm thicker than previous versions, the clips attaching the keycaps to the switches are seemingly reinforced, reducing the chance of damage in heavy-duty usage or for disassembly for repair. 

Apple has also updated its keyboard design to include a physical escape key, as well as altered the arrow keys to form an inverted-T, as well as created more space around the four keys.

Aside from improving the mechanism, Apple also updated the design to include a physical escape key, and altered the arrow keys to form an inverted-T, creating more space around the four keys. 

iFix has stated that it anticipates releasing a full teardown of the 16-inch MacBook Pro on Monday.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider and iFixit

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts next-gen iPad Pro with rear 3D sensing feature, iPhone SE 2 to launch in first half of 2020

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Date: Friday, November 15th, 2019, 03:54
Category: Apple, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPhone SE, News, Processors, retail

Per fabled analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next-gen iPad Pro models will be released in the first half of 2020 and feature a rear 3D sensing feature.

In a research note with TF International Securities, Kuo said the iPad Pro models will gain 3D sensing through the rear-facing camera system. Apple is expected to use a time-of-flight system, which measures the time that it takes for light to bounce off of objects in a room to generate a 3D map. 

This measure up with previous reports, including Mark Gurman’s report for Bloomberg that stated that the next-gen iPad Pro would feature dual rear cameras along with a new augmented reality sensor.

Kuo’s report also reiterated Apple’s plans to release an ‘iPhone SE 2″ device in the first half of 2020. He previously noted that the device will offer similar features as the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display and Touch ID, but with a faster A13 chip and 3GB of RAM. 

The low-cost iPhone will likely start around $399 with 64GB of storage, and come in Space Gray, Silver, and Red, according to Kuo. 

Given that Apple typically holds a media event in March, it’s not impossible to see these products being unveiled around then.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors and Bloomberg

Apple pushes first AirPods Pro firmware update

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Date: Friday, November 15th, 2019, 03:42
Category: AirPods Pro, Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software

Was that the world’s first over–the–ear update?

Apple on Thursday released the first OTA update for the just-released AirPods Pro – from firmware version 2B584 to 2B588. However, it’s unclear what’s included in the update because there’s no notification, icon badge, or release notes.

In fact, the update process is completely invisible and you may already have it. While the process will seem weird if you’re used the iOS and Mac App Stores, it’s completely normal for electronic gadgets. They usually need an update to the factory-installed firmware immediately after being unboxed.

If you’re curious, here’s how to check if your AirPods Pro have the factory firmware (2B584) or the update (2B588)…

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Apple’s Phil Schiller discusses 16-inch MacBook Pro Magic Keyboard changes, improvements, says Butterfly Keyboard will continue to be a purchase option

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Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2019, 03:59
Category: Apple, Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar, Touch ID

Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marketing on Wednesday highlighted the Magic Keyboard found in the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Schiller stated that the new keyboard has been in development for some years.

“[The Butterfly keyboard] had some things it did really well,” said Schiller, “like creating a much more stable key platform. It felt more flat and firm under your finger – some people really like that, but other people weren’t really happy with that.”

“We got sort of a mixed reaction,” he continued. “We had some quality issues we had to work on. Over the years, we’ve been refining that keyboard… and a lot of people are much happier.”

In spite of using the word “notebooks,” Schiller would not specify whether the new keyboard would be en route to any other Mac other than the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

“I can’t say today,” he said. “We are continuing both keyboard designs.”

Schiller also went on to state that the entire keyboard had been rethought and worked over.

“Nothing got away without some scrutiny and discussion and debate,” he said. “That includes the Touch Bar. There is a fairly large number of customers who use the Touch Bar and see great benefit in some of its features, but there were also some complaints. If I were to rank the complaints, No. 1 was customers who like a physical Escape key. It was just a hard adaptation for a lot of people.”

“We decided that rather than just remove the Touch Bar and lose the benefits some people get,” he continued, “we could instead add the Escape key.”

The Escape key has once again resurfaced as a physical key instead of as part of the Touch Bar display. There is also a larger gap between the Touch Bar and the rest of the keyboard.

“Since the X and Y of the MacBook Pro is a teeny bit larger —up 2 percent —we wanted to use some of that little bit of extra space between the top of the number of keys and the bottom of the Touch Bar,” says Schiller, “because there was a minor complaint, I wouldn’t say major, that some people accidentally would touch the Touch Bar when they meant to hit the number keys.”

The new Magic Keyboard has emerged after three years of complaints regarding the butterfly keyboard, which was first seen in the MacBook and migrated to the MacBook Pro in 2016. User issues ranged from an unpleasant typing experience, to issues with reliability.

The 2016 MacBook Pro feature the worst failure rates in the line, with Apple implementing incremental changes in successive generations as well as offering a repair extension program that offered free repairs for impacted keyboards to four years past the first purchase of the device.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is available to order now and retails from $2,399. It will appear in stores starting on November 15th.

Via AppleInsider and CNET

Apple to ship the 2019 Mac Pro sometime in December

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Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2019, 03:34
Category: Apple, Desktop Mac, Hardware, Mac Desktop, Mac Pro, News, Processors, WWDC

The 2019 Mac Pro will arrive in December.

Per Apple’s announcement today, the upcoming desktop will ship next month, albeit Apple didn’t give an exact day as to when it would head out the door.

The updated desktop was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference this past June, and will replace the cylindrical model that was first introduced in 2013.

Apple has made two new changes to the Mac Pro:

  • The maximum storage available has increased from 4TB SSD to 8TB SSD.
  • Apple now says the Mac Pro can support playback of up to six streams of 8K ProRes RAW video. That’s an increase over the three streams the company promised at WWDC 2019.

In addition, the Pro Display XDR that wasdesigned to complement the new Mac Pro will also be available in December. The standard glass model is $4,999, while the nano-texture glass model is $5,999. These don’t include a Pro Stand or a VESA mount adapter, which are sold separately.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld