Quick Takes: Mac Mini Turning 3.5 Years Old, But Unlike Mac Pro, Apple Remains Silent About Future Updates

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In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Thursday, April 5

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Make a quick getaway in ‘PAKO 2,’ the long-awaited arcade racing sequel from Tree Men Games

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Tree Men Games had a runaway hit with their first car chase simulator Pako back in 2014, and after 4 years they are showing no signs of slowing down with their long-awaited sequel PAKO 2. It takes everything you loved about the original and cranks it up to eleven. This means better graphics, larger environments, new gameplay elements, and plenty of cars to collect. If you are a fan of GTA-style getaway driving, you are going to want to check this one out as soon as possible.

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Quick Takes: WebKit Team Teases ‘Cool New Apple Products’ as Rumors Persist About Red iPhones

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In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Monday, April 2

  • WebKit’s verified Twitter account teases “cool new Apple products” in the pipeline: WebKit is the open source web browser engine used by Safari on macOS and iOS, so the tweet from the Apple-owned account could be referring to a wide range of different products.

  • What Apple’s education announcements mean for accessibility: Accessibility expert and former special educator Steven Aquino believes that an iPad is far superior to a Chromebook in many levels of special education. Nevertheless, he feels there is enormous potential for Apple to go further. For example, he says Apple could broaden its new Schoolwork app to incorporate Individualized Education Programs.
  • Red-colored iPhones may still be coming: On March 21, 2017, Apple unveiled a special (PRODUCT)RED edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Rumor has it Apple may do so again this year with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and/or iPhone X at some point this month.

  • macOS 10.13.4 and external displays with DisplayLink software aren’t playing friendly: In the meantime, DisplayLink has released a new version 4.3 driver that will enable clone mode, but not mirror or extended mode displays on macOS 10.13.4. The notice from DisplayLink’s website:

    We have become aware that installing macOS release version 10.13.4 will cause DisplayLink connected displays to go blank after the OS upgrade, with the current DisplayLink driver [4.1] installed. Functionality such as Ethernet and audio, where implemented, is unaffected. We have alerted Apple to this issue and are working hard to find a resolution. These features continue to work as expected in macOS 10.13.3.

  • Chrome Remote Desktop and Hotels.com apps optimized for iPhone X display: The updates are available from the App Store. The wait continues for a handful of other popular apps, including Inbox by Gmail, Google Authenticator, iMovie, and Amazon Alexa.

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A comprehensive list of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0-compatible mobile devices [Update]

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QC 3.0Back in September, Qualcomm announced that devices armed with their new generation of processors – flag-shipped by the Snapdragon 820 – would be capable of even faster and more efficient charging speeds with Quick Charge 3.0. After the announcement, Rita wrote a great summary of the advantages of QC 3.0 over QC 2.0 that you can read if you want specific details about the upgraded charging standard.

Fast forward seven months and the first QC 3.0 Android devices are finally starting to trickle out to consumers.

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A Quick Look At Major iOS 11.3 Features, Improvements, and Bug Fixes

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iOS 11.3 Features

iOS 11.3 has come with several new features like ARKit 1.5 which has the support of more immersive augmented reality experiences and iPhone Battery Health (Beta). The latest iOS version also includes some new Animoji for iPhone X. Considering it’s a major update, you should take a peek at all the iOS 11.3 features, improvements and bug fixes.

Among a number of exciting features that have caught my eyes are “Business Chat” and the all-new music video section in Apple Music. Oh yes, AR has also got a huge boost as well!

iOS 11.3 Features

iOS 11.3 Features, Improvements, and Bug Fixes

iPhone Battery Health (Beta)

It shows information on iPhone maximum battery capacity as well as peak performance capability.

It displays performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns. Moreover, it also recommends if a battery needs to be replaced. (Head over to this post to know more about this power management feature.)

Augmented Reality

  • ARKit 1.5 lets developers put digital objects on vertical surfaces such as doors, walls, and doors in addition to horizontal surfaces.
  • It includes the support for detecting and incorporating images such as movie posters or artwork into AR experiences.
  • It has got the support of higher resolution real-world camera view while using AR experiences.

iPad Charge Management

  • It manages battery health when iPad is connected to power for a longer period of time like when it’s stored in charging carts or used in point of sale systems.

Animoji

  • It has got four new Animoji on iPhone X: lion, bear, dragon, and skull.

Business Chat (Beta) – the US only

  • It allows you to communicate with companies to ask questions, schedule appointments, and make purchases right from the Messages app. Currently, it’s available in the US only.

Health Records (Beta) – the US only

  • You can now access health records, check out lab results, immunizations, and several other important info in a timeline in the Health app.

Apple Music

  • It features an all-new music video experience like updated Music Videos section with video playlists.
  • You can now find friends who have similar tastes with the help of the updated suggestions in Apple Music. For instance, it will help you discover genres people enjoy and mutual friends who follow them.

News

  • Top Stories now show up first in For You.
  • You can now watch Top Videos curated by News editors.

App Store

  • You can now sort customer reviews on product pages by Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, or Most Recent.
  • It has improved Updates tab information with app version and file size.

Safari

  • Safeguards privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field.
  • It has included warnings in the Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non-encrypted web pages.
  • AutoFill for usernames and passwords have become available in web views within apps.
  • The articles that you share to Mail from Safari are now formatted using Reader mode by default.
  • Folders in Favorites now displays icons for the bookmarks contained within.

Accessibility

  • App Store now includes accessibility support for bold and large text for display customization.
  • Smart Invert has now added the support for images on the web and in Mail messages.
  • It has bolstered RTT experience and also included RTT support for T-Mobile.
  • It has improved app switching on iPad for VoiceOver and Switch Control users.
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver incorrectly described Bluetooth status and badge icons.
  • Resolved an issue where end call button might not be presented in the Phone app while using VoiceOver
  • Resolves issue where in-app app rating was not accessible with VoiceOver.

Keyboards

  • It has added two new Shuangpin keyboard layouts.
  • Contains support for connected hardware keyboards using the Turkish F keyboard layout.
  • It has improved Chinese and Japanese keyboards for better reachability on 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices.
  • Allows switching back to the keyboard after dictation with just a single tap.
  • Fixes an issue where auto-correct could incorrectly capitalize some words.
  • Resolves an issue on iPad Pro which prevented the iPad Smart Keyboard from working after connecting to a captive Wi-Fi access point.
  • Resolved an issue that could cause the Thai keyboard to switch to the numeric layout while using landscape mode incorrectly.

Privacy

  • When you allow an Apple feature to use your personal information, an icon will show up along with a link to detailed information explaining how your data will be used and safeguarded.

Some Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • It has come with the support for the AML standard that offers more accurate location data to emergency responders when SOS is activated.
  • It includes the support for software authentication as a new way for developers to create and enable HomeKit compatible accessories.
  • Podcasts now allow you to play episodes with a single tap. You will also tap into Details to get more info about each episode.
  • It has improved search performance for users with long notes in Contacts.
  • It has improved the performance of Handoff and Universal Clipboard when both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent incoming calls from waking the display.
  • Fixes an issue that could delay or prevent playback of Visual Voicemail.
  • Fix an issue that prevented opening a web link in Messages.
  • Gets rid of an issue that could prevent users from returning to Mail after previewing a message attachment.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Mail notifications to reappear on the Lock screen after they had been cleared.
  • Troubleshoots an issue that could cause time and notifications to disappear from the Lock Screen.
  • Addresses an issue that prevented parents from using Face ID to approve Ask to Buy requests.
  • Resolves an issue in Weather where current weather conditions may not have been updated.
  • Troubleshoots issue where contacts may not sync with a car’s phone book when connected over Bluetooth.
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent audio apps from playing in cars when the app was in the background.

That’s all!

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New Chrome OS quick settings menu takes design cues from Android P

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The first developer preview of Android P was released earlier this month, and some of the most noticeable visual changes were to be found in the quick settings panel. Icons are now placed inside circles which are blue if active/on and greyed out if inactive/off. It’s too early to say for sure if these changes will remain the same in the final version, but if Chrome OS 67 is anything to go by, they may be pretty much final.

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Quick Takes: What Wasn’t Announced at Apple Event, CarPlay Vehicles at New York Auto Show, and More

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In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Wednesday, March 28

What Wasn’t Announced at Apple’s Event

Yesterday, we shared a video recap of everything Apple announced at its education-themed event, including a new entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, a new Schoolwork app for classrooms, and other education-related software updates.


Apple’s invite made it very clear that the event would be focused on education announcements, but there were still quite a few hardware and software possibilities that had a slim chance of being—but ultimately weren’t—mentioned:

  • Lower-priced MacBook Air: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a more affordable MacBook Air will launch in the second quarter of 2018. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said the notebook probably wouldn’t be ready for Tuesday’s event, which proved to be the case.

    When to expect it: Apple has refreshed the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro in April or May before, and announced the updates via press releases, so that’s one possibility. Otherwise, the new MacBook Air will likely debut at WWDC 2018 on June 4, near the end of the second quarter.

  • AirPower: A trio of reports claimed Apple’s multi-device charging mat will be available to order by the end of March. However, despite Apple’s online store going down ahead of Tuesday’s event, the AirPower wasn’t anywhere to be found when the site came back online.

    When to expect it: There are still two weekdays remaining in March, so there’s a possibility the AirPower could be added to Apple’s online store within 48 hours. Otherwise, the reports may have been off the mark. Apple has only confirmed that the AirPower will be available at some point in 2018.

  • A second-generation iPhone SE: Apple unveiled the current iPhone SE in March 2016, and given multiple rumors about a so-called iPhone SE 2, the new version could have debuted at the Chicago event. However, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had already cast doubt on the idea.

    When to expect it: A sketchy Chinese report recently claimed that Apple will unveil a new iPhone SE at WWDC 2018 in June. While certainly a possibility, Apple hasn’t introduced a smartphone at the event since the iPhone 4 in 2010. Beyond WWDC, a new iPhone SE could conceivably be announced in September alongside a new iPhone X and iPhone X Plus.

    iPhone X in gold rendered by Michael Flux

  • Gold or (PRODUCT)RED edition iPhones: Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang and Twitter account OnLeaks said Apple may release a (PRODUCT)RED edition of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and/or iPhone X. Ben Geskin and Japanese website Mac Otakara expect a gold iPhone X.

    When to expect it: On March 21, 2017, Apple unveiled a special (PRODUCT)RED edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. If it plans on doing similar this year, then perhaps we’ll see a wave of press releases highlighting availability of the new colors and the AirPower very soon.

  • iOS 11.3: Apple could have used its event to mention when the software update will be publicly released, but it elected not to do so.

    When to expect it: Apple said iOS 11.3 will be available in the spring, which began last week. There has already been six beta versions, and iOS 11.3 was released for the new iPad just hours ago, so it’s very likely the update will be available in a matter of days.

Teacher Reactions to Apple’s Event

Apple’s last education-focused event prior to Tuesday was in January 2012 in New York, where it announced iBooks 2 with interactive textbooks, iBooks Author, and a new version of iTunes U for iPad.


Just over six years later, many teachers and IT directors for school systems were eager to see what Apple had in store for them. And now that the event has concluded, many of those individuals have shared their initial thoughts, which aren’t entirely positive. We’ve rounded up some articles below:

CarPlay Vehicles at New York Auto Show

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Today is press day at the New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public on Friday. Many automakers have unveiled vehicles compatible with CarPlay, including the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and 2019 Lexus UX:

  • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
  • 2019 Toyota RAV4
  • 2019 Lexus UX
  • 2019 Audi A6
  • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback
  • 2019 Acura RDX
  • 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec
  • 2019 Cadillac CT6
  • 2019 Cadillac XT4
  • 2019 Ford Fusion
  • 2019 Subaru Forester
  • 2019 Honda Insight
  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2019 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
  • 2019 Kia K900
  • 2019 Kia Optima
  • 2019 Kia Sedona
  • 2019 Nissan Altima

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Quick Takes: There Will Be iOS 11.4, Apple Watch Trade-Up Program Expands, and More

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In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.


Today’s edition of Quick Takes focuses on tidbits from Apple’s education-themed event at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago today. For bigger news from the event, we’ve put together a roundup of links and a video that recaps everything that Apple announced on stage in under three minutes.

Tuesday, March 27

  • Apple confirms there will be an iOS 11.4 software update: It will be the first point-four version since iOS 8.4 was released with Apple Music in June 2015. iOS 11.3 remains in beta testing, so we’re likely a few months away from the public release of iOS 11.4.

    From the Introducing ClassKit for Education Apps entry in the News and Updates section of Apple’s Developer Program website:

    The ClassKit framework, coming in iOS 11.4, works with a powerful new iPad app called Schoolwork that helps teachers and students keep track of assignments and progress. With ClassKit, you can help teachers easily discover specific learning activities in your app, take students directly to the right activity with a single tap, and securely and privately share progress data to help teachers personalize instruction.

  • Apple Watch’s trade-up program expands: The program is now available online or at Apple Stores in Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and select other countries. Trade-in values for the original Apple Watch, Series 1, and Series 2 models vary.

  • Apple Pencil is now available for $89 with education pricing in the United States: The $10 discount is available to students, educators, and select faculty members. Proof of enrollment or employment at a K-12 or higher-education institution may be required.
  • Apple has further discounted the price of refurbished 2017 iPad models: On the heels of introducing the sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, Apple has lowered the prices of refurbished fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad models, originally released in March 2017.

    In the United States, for example, a Wi-Fi model with 128GB of storage is available for $309, down from $359 previously and 28 percent off the original $429 price for the equivalent brand new model. Just keep in mind that fifth-generation iPads lack Apple Pencil support.

  • iBooks Author is not being retired: Apple’s app for creating iBooks on Mac will remain in development, according to iMore‘s Serenity Caldwell. In a tweet, she said Pages is not a replacement for iBooks Author, despite the app receiving updates related to creating e-books earlier today.

  • Apple shares environmental report for the new sixth-generation iPad

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Quick Takes: Spotify for Apple Watch and StreamKit for watchOS 5 to Debut at WWDC 2018?

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In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Monday, March 26

Highlights

1. Spotify for Apple Watch to debut at WWDC? An anonymous and unverified tipster has informed MacRumors that Spotify will unveil an official Apple Watch app at WWDC 2018 in June, based on personal involvement with the project.

Third-party Spotify app Snowy, which was never released, as its developer Andrew Chang was hired by Spotify to help build their official Apple Watch app

The app will supposedly be a lead example of Apple’s tentatively named StreamKit framework that will enable cellular Apple Watch models to receive push notifications from third-party apps like Facebook and Twitter, completely independent from a paired iPhone, on watchOS 5.

2. Are corporations that use Wikipedia giving back? Wikimedia’s revenue chief Lisa Gruwell expresses some concerns about seemingly one-sided relationships with companies that utilize its information.

“I don’t mean to sound like the Lorax here,” said Gruwell. “If you overuse something and you don’t give back to it, you can harm it. In the case of Alexa and Siri, our content gets intermediated. Wikipedia works because people can contribute to it, people can edit it. Also, once a year, when we ask people can donate. When they get their information not from us — but Wikipedia content through something like Siri or something like Alexa — that opportunity to either contribute back as an editor is broken, and that opportunity to contribute, to donate is also broken.”

Gruwell said Wikimedia’s relationship with Google is by far the best, both in terms of how much they contribute to the organization—more than $1 million in the 2017 fiscal year—and how the companies work together.

By comparison, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft all contributed around $50,000 through their employee donation matching programs, while Amazon wasn’t named on Wikimedia’s list of donors in 2017 whatsoever.

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3. MicroLED is the first new screen tech in a decade. Can it beat OLED? CNET‘s Geoffrey Morrison provides a detailed explanation of the advantages and technology behind microLED displays. Apple is reportedly developing its own microLED displays, but we’re likely at least a few years away from seeing them in an Apple Watch or iPhone.

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Review: Satechi’s 75W charger has USB-C PD, Quick Charge, and extra ports to keep all your gadgets going

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When you travel, you get a good idea of the stuff it takes to keep your lifestyle going. It’s one thing to be surrounded by all the things you need at home, but it’s another to selectively pack them into a limited space with the expectation of maintaining the same standards. For me, the limiting factor has always been power: charging all my stuff means toting a pile of cables and bricks around.

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