Apple’s next iPhone display revolution might begin with its mysterious AR glasses

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The iPhone X is Apple’s first handset to sport an OLED screen instead of LCD, but Apple is already planning a new display revolution for its products, not just the iPhone. Apple is working on MicroLED screens, various reports have said, with a new story claiming that the Apple Watch and unreleased first-generation Apple AR glasses will feature MicroLED displays shortly.

Apple is also said to be developing MicroLED screens that are bigger than the iPhone and could be used in larger devices, like MacBooks.

Apple has partnered with TSMC to manufacture small-size MicroLED screens, Digitimes has learned. The two companies are working on silicon-based backplanes for use in the Apple Watch and the mysterious augmented reality device Apple is rumored to be working on.

The Apple Watch’s MicroLED screen would measure 1.3- to 1.4-inches and will supposedly enter mass production as early as the second half of 2018 or in 2019. The AR wearable device would have a 0.7- to 0.8-inch Micro LED screen, but the glasses do not yet have a mass production date, the report notes.

Because MicroLED screens for the Apple Watch are 400-600% more expensive than OLED ones, only the top-of-the-line Apple Watch version will get it at first.

Apple is also working on large size MicroLED screens built on TFT-based backplanes, which could even be used in products much larger than the MacBook, the report notes. The only thing made by Apple that’s bigger than a MacBook is the iMac, for the time being. These panels should hit mass-production in 2019 or even later.

Recent reports did say that Apple plans to reduce the screen-to-body ratio of future Apple Watch models. It’s unclear whether the change is related to the adoption of MicroLED screen technology. However, MicroLED displays should be thinner than alternatives.

Separate reports said that Apple is planning big changes for the MacBook line starting with 2020, when Intel chips should be replaced with Apple’s own processors. It’s unclear whether such a big revamp of Apple’s MacBook and iMac lines would also include the introduction of MicroLED screens.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Revolution: Apple Changing the World’ interview records this morning

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will be taking part in a town hall-style interview later today, which will be recorded for MSNBC’s ‘Revolution: Apple Changing the World’ special at Chicago’s Lane Tech College Prep High School, talking about Apple’s educational efforts and its latest product launches.
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Recode and MSNBC will interview Apple CEO Tim Cook on our latest ‘Revolution’ TV special

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Kara Swisher and Chris Hayes will interview Cook from Chicago.

Recode and MSNBC are teaming up again for the next episode in our “Revolution” series on tech and the future of work. Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes will interview Apple CEO Tim Cook for the special, “Revolution: Apple Changing the World,” in Chicago. The show is scheduled to premiere on Friday, April 6 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on MSNBC.

Will you be in Chicago on Wednesday, March 28? That’s when we are taping this event and you can register here to be in the audience.

Our “Revolution” special will dive into Apple’s plans to innovate in the classroom and beyond. Swisher and Hayes will talk to Cook about technology’s role in powering learning for the next generation of students and workers, including how to teach code across the U.S. and also how it impacts the future of job creation. The event will take place at Chicago’s Lane Tech College Prep High School.

While we’re not livestreaming the interview taping on March 28, you can follow Recode’s Twitter account for live coverage of the show (follow #RevolutionCHI to join the conversation); Instagram for behind-the-scenes interviews with guests; and our website for breaking news stories from the interview.

The “Revolution” series from MSNBC and Recode features townhall-style conversations with the audience examining the impact of technology on many aspects of the world today including business, politics, science, health, jobs, climate, culture, education and more. The series includes one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with a range of thought leaders from corporate executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to journalists, government officials and academics.

Reminder, tune in to MSNBC on Friday, April 6 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT to watch the full interview.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Revolution: Apple Changing the World’ interview airs April 6

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MSNBC will be airing an interview featuring Apple CEO Tim Cook on April 6 as part of a town hall event series, with the interview discussing the impact of technology in education, including the company’s plans to change the way children and adults learn in the future.
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The digital revolution is letting us down. Here’s how we change that

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As you’ve probably heard before, we’re in the middle of a digital revolution. Slowly we’re also beginning to realize that this smart new world is out of control. As the Cambridge Analytica scandal made clear, our privacy is being invaded and we know that many of our jobs are threatened by automation. But there’s no turning back the clock. How do we navigate and secure ourselves for this unsecure future? Andrew Keen is the author of several books criticizing the rise of the internet and digital technology. Among them are, “The internet is not the answer” and “Cult of the…

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Lineage 2: Revolution turns 100 days old, and receives special update in celebration

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Lineage 2: Revolution recently turned 100 days old. That’s not even one candle on a birthday cake – so you might be wondering why developer Netmarble is celebrating. Well, it’s because in that brief ‘hectoday’, Lineage 2: Revolution players have created over 10 million characters and played for over 170 million hours. That suggests the South Korean creators are doing something right. In honour of this, Netmarble has given the MMORPG an update, featuring new events and content.

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‘Lineage 2: Revolution’ gets four valentine’s day events that all begin today

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] is gearing up for Valentine’s Day with four new in game events. Each event will have its own rewards and some will have exclusive rewards. The Guard Captain’s Love event will give players candies on finishing quests. For every 100 candies players earn, they can move on a new map to get special items. This Raw Chocolate of Love map will have exclusive rewards and on finishing it, players can earn a Strengthening Material Box, Grade R Weapon or Armor or Accessory, and a Grade R Attribute Stone.

There will also be an exchange system for using your loyalty points that are earned by buying in game items called the Valentine’s Day Happy Loyalty Event. This will let players exchange 300 loyalty points for a Grade R Attribute Stone. There’s a limit of doing this once a week. These two events are live until February 28th.

The remaining two events go on until February 21st but they begin today as well. The Chocolate Collection Event lets players earn chocolates by beating Named Monsters or Field Bosses. These can be exchanged for exclusive gifts like Valentine’s Gift Boxes. The second event will be a login one that grants players additional Valentine Chocolate Boxes that include chocolates that can be exchanged.

Any chocolates remaining after the event will be usable as buff items or can be sold. Lineage 2: Revolution is available on both iOS and Android devices in many regions worldwide. Make sure you read our detailed review on Lineage 2: Revolution and hang out in the forum thread for it.

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‘Blade and Soul: Revolution’, ‘Fellow: Eternal Clash’, ‘Durango: Wild Land’ and Loads More MMORPG’s Hitting Mobile in 2018

Trends come and go on the App Store, this has always been the case. Some trends have been more enjoyable than others, as they ebb and flow with whatever big title is topping the charts at the time. But it seems a new trend is cooking in 2018: MMORPGs, with the charge being led by South Korea’s biggest names in a big way.

Starting with Netmarble which launched Lineage II: Revolution [Free] in November 2017 in the West, but showing no signs of slowing down, Netmarble now has Blade and Soul: Revolution set to release sometime in 2018 in Korea, as well as Tera M, Icarus M, and Seven Knights II. GoBoogie Games has announced Fellow: Eternal Clash for a western release. Nexon has already launched Durango: Wild Land and Yulgang M in Korea on January 25th with a western release planned for both. Kakao Games has announced Blade II: The Return of Evil, a highly anticipated sequel to the very successful Blade. Perhaps a bit of a dark-horse, Mad World from Jandisoft promises to be the first HTML5 cross-platform MMORPG, which we wrote about last summer.

Gamevil has Royal Blood, set to be the first Korean “global one-build” MMORPG, already available in South Korea with other locale launches planned for March. NCSoft is planning to introduce Aion: Legions of War, a new mobile RPG based on its online RPG Aion, in North America and Europe. Com2us is even turning Summoner’s War [Free] into an MMORPG soon, though few details outside of a trailer are available. Last but certainly not least, Pearl Abyss has Black Desert M, a mobile port of the PC MMORPG Black Desert, with already over 2 million pre-registered players which investment analysts predict will bring in $ 565,000 in daily revenue.

That’s 11 juggernaut mobile MMOs just from South Korea alone. While many of these will see a release in North America, it seems likely some of these just won’t make the cut for the west, as the competition is looking to be fierce. Even if half of these titles launch, that’s still more high-profile MMORPG launches than iOS has seen in any year previous, and that’s just from South Korea.

It’s also probably no coincidence that South Korea just had their first Apple Store open on January 27th 2018, right in Samsung’s backyard, which will undoubtably ignite a turf war between the two tech giants. And with Apple gaining in market share, not only on the hardware side, but now also gaining quite a bit of the South Korean games catalog, we’re in for quite a show from South Korea over the course of this year.

Outside of Korea, the competition is far less fierce, but no less quiet. Jagex is at last bringing the browser based MMO Runescape 3 and Old School Runescape, affectionately known as 2007scape, to mobile in 2018. Maple Story M, available for a short Beta on Android last month is also planning a 2018 iOS launch. Villagers and Heroes, already available for Android is also coming to iOS on February 26th Not to be left out, Albion Online by Sandbox Interactive is already in Beta and looking better by the day.

What appeal all these MMOs will have in the west remains to be seen. The traditional MMORPG hasn’t seen the same World of Warcraft level success in recent years, though there are still plenty of popular PC MMORPGs going strong. If the Korean MMORPG craze catches on here in North America, we’re set to see a whole new era of mobile gaming. Not only do these games promise compelling new styles of gameplay but many of them are built in Unreal Engine 4 and look fantastic, and with devices getting more powerful at a rate that is increasing exponentially every year, it seems all the necessary ingredients are present for an all-out, graphics intensive, battery-draining, memory eating, multi-continent, online slugfest from some of the biggest names in mobile gaming.

As an MMO fan, I couldn’t be more excited. Keep an eye out for updates on all these titles in the coming weeks and months right here on TouchArcade.

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Apple’s 8 years of iPad: a revolution in iOS computing

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Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced iPad, positioned as a new device category between the highly-mobile iPhone and conventional Macs. Some critics were disappointed that it wasn’t a Mac in tablet form; others were upset it wasn’t a telephone, that it wasn’t smaller, that wasn’t larger–or that it effectively was a larger iPod touch. All critics have since agreed that iPad is a disastrous, disappointing problem Apple should feel bad about despite it being the most popular, most profitable, most influential new form factor in personal electronics since iPhone itself.
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