Apple’s highly anticipated Mac Pro won’t be released this year

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For years, Apple let its relatively ancient trashcan Mac Pro languish on the sidelines without any updates. Indeed, Apple’s seeming ambivalence with respect to the Mac Pro led many to believe that Apple might axe the product altogether. In turn, a narrative claiming that Apple no longer cared about its demographic of pro users and creative professionals quickly emerged and began to take hold.

In an effort to assure the Mac faithful that Apple hasn’t forgotten about its pro users, Apple last year invited a handful of journalists down to Cupertino where a number of executives — including Phil Schiller — revealed that Apple was working on a brand new Mac Pro design.

“With regards to the Mac Pro,” Schiller explained at the time, “we are in the process of what we call ‘completely rethinking the Mac Pro’. We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.”

The news was music to many people’s ears, though Apple, in typical fashion, didn’t provide us with any sort of timeline as to when this new Mac Pro might see the light of day. Indeed, Schiller added that Apple’s Mac Pro team was instructed to come up with something truly great as opposed to focusing on coming up with a product as soon as possible in order to meet some arbitrary deadline.

Consequently, there’s been a bit of speculation as to when Apple’s new Mac Pro will hit store shelves, with some of the more optimistic users holding out for a launch sometime in 2018. Alas, it turns out that anyone eagerly anticipating a next-gen Mac Pro will have to wait until 2019 to see what Apple has been cooking up in its secretive lab.

Recently, Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch was invited to Apple’s new spaceship campus for an update on Apple’s “renewed pro product strategy.” There, Apple senior director of Mac hardware product marketing Tom Boger said that the highly anticipated machine will, in fact, ship sometime in 2019.

“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product,” Boger told Panzarino. “It’s not something for this year.”

Interestingly enough, we also learn that Apple in recent years created a team focused solely on developing Pro level hardware and software.

Now, it’s a year later and Apple has created a team inside the building that houses its pro products group. It’s called the Pro Workflow Team and they haven’t talked about it publicly before today. The group is under John Ternus and works closely with the engineering organization.

Moreover, the Pro Workflow Team works closely with creative professionals to ensure that the company’s products more adequately suit the needs of the broader professional community.

“We’ve gone from just you know engineering Macs and software to actually engineering a workflow and really understanding from soup to nuts, every single stage of the process, where those bottlenecks are, where we can optimize that,” says Boger.

“We’re getting a much much much deeper understanding of our pro customers and their workflows and really understanding not only where the state of the art is today but where the state of the art is going and all of that is really informing the work that we’re doing on the Mac Pro and we’re working really really hard on it.”

The entire piece is well worth a read and can be viewed over here. Suffice it to say, Apple has certainly not forgotten about developers and creative professionals.

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Apple’s total number of apps in the App Store declined for the first time last year

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The App Store’s total number of apps available decreased in 2017 for the first time in the history of the marketplace, according to analytics company Appfigures. iOS apps in the App Store shrank to 2.1 million over the course of 2017, after beginning the year at 2.2 million.

The decline can be attributed in part to Apple’s decision back in 2016 to remove old apps that were no longer compatible with newer iPhones and apps that didn’t comply with recent review guidelines. Apps that were not built on 64-bit architecture were removed.

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To add to the graveyard of dead mobile software, Apple also removed virus-scanning apps, apps that were clones of other apps, and other low quality apps that were…

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Insanely Powerful Intel i9 Chips Might Boost MacBooks This Year

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Intel is continuing to close the gap between notebook and desktop performance with its latest Core chips — some of which could end up in upcoming Mac devices. On Tuesday, the chipmaker unveiled the eighth generation of Core notebook processors based on the Coffee Lake platform. And with the new lineup of chips, Intel seems dead […]
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Apple and TSMC could start Apple Watch MicroLED display mass production later this year

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Apple’s work on developing MicroLED panels is slowly nearing mass production, according to the report, by partnering with TSMC to manufacture small panels for use in the Apple Watch and the rumored AR wearable device, potentially starting later this year.
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Apple’s MicroLED displays could debut later this year

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Apple is going all-in on MicroLED displays, a new report claims. The company is reportedly gearing up to use the next-gen displays in future Apple Watches, Macs and even an as-yet-unreleased wearable device, which could be Apple’s augmented reality glasses. The first MicroLED displays may arrive sooner than expected, too. According to today’s report, Apple […]

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Let’s Talk iOS 233: Understatement of the year

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Cody and Sebastien talk about Apple’s education event where the company unveiled new software and a little bit of hardware too. They share thoughts about the overall event, what was announced, and of course, the new iPad. Cody can’t help getting excited about the possibility of a new Apple Watch design. Sebastien is all in too…. Read the rest of this post here

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This week’s top stories: Apple’s education event & iOS 11.3, new Apple Watch design this year, a gold iPhone X, more

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Reliance Jio offers Jio Prime membership for existing users for free for another year, here’s how to claim it before 31st March

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Reliance Jio launched Reliance Jio Prime membership at a one-time payment of Rs. 99 for a year back in March last year, which was supposed to end tomorrow, 31st March 2018. Today the company has officially announced that all Jio Prime members who have subscribed to the exclusive membership benefits till 31st March 2018 will get another year of complimentary Prime benefits at no additional fee, which it calls a limited period offer. It also said that it deeply values its loyal Prime members and will continue to deliver additional benefits and superior value to these founding members. Jio also said that it is gearing up to bring new and superior experiences with the Prime program and will ensure that Prime members get substantially better benefits than the counterparts in the industry. For new Jio users, the Jio Prime Membership continues to be available at an annual membership fees of Rs. 99. How can existing prime members claim the free one year complimentary (Joining date on or before 31st March, 2018) Download MyJio Express your interest to get complimentary membership for next 12 months (Should go live tomorrow) Enjoy Jio Prime benefits (This is a limited period offer)NEW JIO PRIME MEMBERS (Joining date on or after …
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57% of CIOs say mobile workers hacked in last year

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57% of CIOs believe mobile workers have had a security incident in last 12 months

More than half of CIOs (57 percent) believe that their mobile workers have either been hacked or have “caused a security incident” in the last 12 months, according to a new report from mobile connectivity company, iPass.

The iPass Mobile Security Report 2018, researched by Vanson Bourne, surveyed CIOs and IT decision makers in 500 organisations from the US, the UK, Germany, and France.

It found that the majority of CIOs (81 percent) said their organisations had experienced Wi-Fi related security incidents in the last 12 months, with cafes and coffee shops (62 percent), airports (60 percent), and hotels (52 percent) being the most common locations for problems.

Putting the why in Wi-Fi

Risks include the use of insecure hotel or cafe networks, hacking attempts, shared data or systems access, divulging login credentials, or the receipt of malware. In some hotels, for example, Wi-Fi users may be able to see other devices on the network and, if those devices have sharing enabled, be able to access private files.

The problem appears to be most acute in the UK, where 81 percent of respondents said workers had experienced security problems using the free Wi-Fi in cafes, in particular. Many cafes require users to register devices or credentials, and access is offered in return for marketing data.

The surveys’ respondents also reported security incidents in other public spaces, such as train stations (30 percent), exhibition centres (26 percent), and on planes in flight (26 percent).

“Mobile professionals are taking matters into their own hands, frequently taking security risks in their pursuit of staying connected,” says the report.

Mobile working is becoming the norm for many enterprises, with industry analysts Strategy Analytics predicting that there will be 1.75 billion mobile workers by 2020 – one quarter of the entire global population.

At the same time, mobile security threats are on the rise too: according to the McAfee Mobile Threat Report Q1 2018, 16 million users were hit with mobile malware in the third quarter of 2017 alone.

BYOD: Bring Your Own Danger?

Despite bring your own device (BYOD) schemes now being a mainstream IT policy, an overwhelming 94 percent of IT decision makers said BYOD had increased mobile security risks, while 92 percent said they were concerned that their growing mobile workforce presented significant security challenges.

“Despite the large number of people working remotely, Gartner says fewer than a quarter (23 percent) have been supplied with a mobile device by their employer,” says the report. “This leaves enterprises open to security risks, as they do not have control over the security settings or capabilities of devices that are being used.

“Enterprises are in a Catch-22 situation when it comes BYOD. Many enterprises realise it can improve not only employee productivity, but also wider job satisfaction. However, there is a trade-off with potential security risks.”

The mobile conundrum

“Given the amount of high-profile security breaches in recent years, it’s not surprising that this issue is on the radar of CIOs,” said Raghu Konka, VP of engineering at iPass.

“The conundrum remains: how can they keep their mobile workers secure while providing them with the flexibility to get connected anywhere using their device of choice?”

One solution is to ban employee use of free hotspots entirely; more than one-quarter (27 percent) of organisations are taking this hardline approach, while 40 percent ban their use sometimes. A further 16 percent plan to introduce a ban on public Wi-Fi in the future.

This suggests that some aspects of the mobile working culture may be on the wane.

However, with many employees working remotely or flexibly via their own devices at least some of the time, such bans may be impossible to enforce or police. This is particularly the case if organisations still expect to see productivity gains from flexible working, and still demand access to their employees while they are travelling or out of the office.

“As most electronic devices only have a Wi-Fi connection, banning mobile workers from accessing free-Wi-Fi connections at coffee shops, hotels, and airports is akin to cutting off your nose to spite your face,” says the report.

Virtual privacy

A better approach is to use virtual private networks (VPNs). In 2016, iPass found that 26 percent of companies were confident that mobile workers were using a VPN every time they went online, and this has jumped to 46 percent in 2018. However, that still means more than half of organisations (54 percent) aren’t confident about mobile VPN usage.

“While putting a blanket ban on accessing public Wi-Fi hotspots could initially appear to stop the security problem at source, the fact of the matter is that mobile workers will stop at nothing to get themselves online. There’s no point in putting roadblocks in their way without also providing a solution,” said Konka.

“With a secure connection through a VPN, enterprises can have confidence that Wi-Fi hotspot usage will have a positive, rather than negative, impact on their business.

“The key for organisations is to educate mobile workers about today’s security threats, and to provide them with the tools to remain productive and secure,” he added.

But is it that simple?

The report adds, “There are several barriers preventing mobile workers from connecting to VPNs, including the fact that mobile workers might not want personal data to run over the corporate network, and connecting to VPNs can take extra time.

“[Therefore] the challenge lies in building employee knowledge of the importance of using VPNs every time they go online, and how to connect to one in a quick manner.”

Internet of Business says

The key with mobile security is not to regard it primarily as a technology problem demanding a technology solution, but to see it first and foremost as a matter of common sense and enforceable policy.

Assume everyone is watching or listening and proceed from that point. After all, hackers – and journalists – are well aware of people’s lack of common sense in public spaces.

Then add technology, and mix to taste.

Read more: GDPR: Consumers demand more data privacy from the IoT

Read more: IoT Security: How to fight attacks on health, energy, and transport

Read more: Reports reveal critical need for IoT cybersecurity upgrade

Read more: IIoT security: How to secure the ‘Internet of Threats’, by IBM


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[Not 2009] Verizon plans to launch a Palm smartphone later this year

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Last August, a TCL executive confirmed that the company was gearing up to launch Palm-branded smartphones in 2018. Speaking to a trusted source, we’ve learned that one such device will be launching on Verizon in the second half of the year; at least, that’s the plan for now. Sadly, we don’t know anything about the phone itself at this time (well, we know it runs Android), but the fact that TCL is working with Verizon is telling.

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