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361: The big problem with iPad Pro

Chris C.

  Photo:  Instagram/michaelcanning

Photo: Instagram/michaelcanning

This Week!

We love the new iPad Pro, but it has one glaring problem Apple needs to fix! We discuss. Plus: what the reviewers are saying about the new MacBook Air; the totally ridiculous iPad accessory we kind of really want; and two weeks with iPhone XR—we’ll tell you how it’s better and worse than iPhone XS and Tennis Match.


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2018 iPad Pro review roundup: The best tablet money can buy

  • Everyone is drooling all over the new iPad Pro

Verge

  • “Nothing is ever slow, and it always feels like there’s more headroom to work with. We were able to import several minutes of 4K footage into Adobe Premiere Rush, edit them, and export without breaking a sweat.”

Pocket lint

  • The new iPad Pro is “pretty much a laptop in terms of performance thanks to the new 7nm processor,” “Side-by-side with an iPad Pro 10.5 we have noticed a considerable difference in app loading times, certainly on processor intense apps like iMovie, Affinity Photo, Procreate, and games like Fortnite or Asphalt 9: Legends.”

Wired

  • “No apps or games I’ve used have been able to make the Pro break a sweat at all and benchmark numbers have been impressive,” adds Jeffrey van Camp of Wired. “By every measure I can think of, these are the best, most powerful, most capable iPads I’ve ever used.
  • “It would be a total waste of $999 (or more) to use the iPad Pro 12.9 just for bingeing Netflix, but damn does this screen look good,”
  • Wired also noted the new Liquid Retina screens are “gorgeous and packed with pixels.” “Color is vibrant and precise enough for Photoshopping and minute color tweaking if needed.”

Verge

  • Nilay Patel on lack of storage support: Like everything about the new iPad Pro, that USB-C connector is both remarkably powerful and incredibly frustrating,” writes Patel. “With one huge exception, most normal stuff you’d plug into a USB-C port works without fuss, and a bunch of other things work if you have an app that supports it … But one extremely important category of devices will definitely not work: iOS does not support external storage

iOS 12 now the iPad's limiting feature.

First USB-C hub for iPad Pro boasts ports for video, headphones, more

  • Just when I thought I’d seen it all, there is now a USB C hub that plugs right into the bottom of the iPad Pro
  • Accessory-maker Hyper just unveiled a six-port USB-C hub for the new iPad Pro.
  • 4K HDMI Port
  • USB A Port
  • SD and Micro SD card readers
  • And an additional USB-C port so you can plug in an charge other USB C accessories

2018 MacBook Air review roundup: A beautifully big improvement

Verge

  • “This laptop feels a lot nicer than the old MacBook Air,” “It fits the same size screen in a smaller body, but it’s not as thin or as light as the thinnest and lightest of laptops you can get today. When the first Air came out, it amazed everybody. This one, though very well-built, does not stand out from the pack when it comes to size or weight.”
  • “This new MacBook Air is faster than the old MacBook Air, but not by the kind of margin you’d expect after three years,”

TechCrunch

  • “I once bought and returned the smaller MacBook, because it comes with a less powerful processor that slugged when I had too many browser tabs and apps open. The MacBook Air doesn’t have that issue,” says Haselton.

CNBC

  • “I appreciate the speed, but I wish Apple included its Face ID technology above the screen instead,” says Haselton. “I’m used to it on my iPhone XS Max, and there seems to be plenty of room above the display to fit the cameras required. Touch ID feels outdated

  • There’s one big thing reviewers don’t like about the MacBook Air’s new look, though, and that’s the lack of connectivity. Just like the MacBook and MacBook Pro, the new Air does away with MagSafe, USB-A ports, and an SD card reader and replaces them with just two USB-C ports

  • Battery life on the new Air is 9.5 hours, about an hour less than the old MacBook Air.
  • Confusing
    • MacBook Air is slightly more powerful than the MacBook, but $100 less.
    • MacBook is three quarters of a pound lighter than the MacBook Air.
    • Both the MacBook and Air both get about 9.5 hours of battery life.
    • The MacBook is thinner than the Air at it’s thickest point.

Everything you can plug in to the new iPad Pro

360: Our More in the Making hardware reactions!

Chris C.

  Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

Apple’s More in the Making hardware keynote was an action-packed ride stuffed with one hardware update after another! We’ll tell you what we like (and what we don’t) about Apple’s newest product updates. Plus: Apple quietly offers a big screw you to 2018 MacBook Pro owners… prepare for a rant.


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Everything you need to know about Apple’s Q4 2018 earnings call

USB-C for iPad Pro: Everything you need to know

All the ways the 2018 iPad Pro blows away its predecessors

iPad Pro

  • Super sexy new design.
  • Already sold out for 1-2 weeks!
  • Thinner, and even smaller. 12.9” now the size of a sheet of paper.
  • No headphone jack...
  • Big performance increases, big price increases. Start price is now about 20% higher.
    • 11-inch models start at $799 (Wi-Fi) and $949 (Wi-Fi + Cellular), while * 12.9-inch models start at $999
  • iPad Pro comes with Apple's next-generation Neural Engine for advanced machine learning
  • This is the first gadget besides iPhone that will include FaceID.
  • Powered by the new A12X Bionic chip
    • A12X Bionic has eight cores (four performance cores and four efficiency cores) and per Apple provide up to 35 percent faster single-core performance.
  • Seven-core GPU to deliver up to twice the graphics performance. They say it’s now as powerful as an Xbox One S console.
  • USB-C connector is replacing the Lightning connector,
    • Allows iPad to charge your iphone
    • What can connect to the iPad? USB Hubs? Hard Drives? Printers? Even Apple said they weren’t sure when The Verge asked them.
    • Connect to external displays up to 5K… but why?
    • Still no file system. No mouse support.
    • Apple is trying to position this as a laptop, but it’s not a laptop.
  • Apple Pencil 2 gets magnetic connection and charging, better iOS integration, and a 30% higher price tag (now $130)
  • BTW: Previous 10.5” iPad is still available, and still for the same 64GB base price of $649. 256 and 512 models are also still available.

Macbook Air - a confusing product

  • Newest gen Amberlake 8th gen dual core CPU
  • Complete overhaul
  • Retina Display
  • New 3rd get butterly keyboard
  • TouchID
  • Larger Force Touch track pad
  • Made from 100% garbage
  • Also gets a 20% increase in price for the base model with 128GB, now $1200.
  • Previous model is still available for the same $1000 price tag.
  • Maxed out model with 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB - $2600
  • MacBook is now more expensive than the Air, starting at $1,299 and it has a slower processor, a smaller screen and it has fewer upgrade options.
  • MBA now just $100 than the 13” MacBook Pro with faster processor and Intel Iris graphics.

Mac Mini

  • Full overhaul
  • Space Gray finish
  • HDMI 2.0
  • two USB 3 ports
  • four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • a headphone jack
  • and — for an extra $100 — a 10-gigabit ethernet port. With the Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • A new cooling system doubles the airflow, allowing the machine to run at a maximum sustained power that is 70 percent higher than before
  • According to Geekbench 4 scores, the base 4-core CPU has close to the same performance of the base 2017 5K iMac.
  • $799 base model comes with 128GB of SSD, a quad core 8th gen coffeecake i3 CPU with no turbo boost or hyper threading, and 8GB of ram.
  • The maxed out with 64GB of RAM, 2TB SSD, and 6-core i7 CPU is a mere $4200.
  • But the huge omission here is the Intel UHD Graphics 630. There is no option to upgrade.

MacBook Pro

New MacBook Pros with updated graphics are coming next month

  • Apple has screwed us, their loyal pro users.
  • Just about 3 months ago, on July 12, 2018, Apple introduced refreshed MacBook Pro models aimed at professional users, with the long awaited 6-core Coffee lake processors, up to 32GB of RAM, and slightly better GPUs. Apple positioned these as video editing dream machines.
  • It had been years since a compeling MBP update, so people were excited and scooped them up when they went on sale.
  • But the graphics cards on these new MBPs were only minor spec bumps. The 560X was just a spec bumped 560, which was itself only a spec bump’d 460.
  • Fast forward to this week, Apple has announced they will be offering a massive upgrade option to the Radeon Pro Vega GPUs, the same ones offered in the iMac Pro. These new graphics options offer up to 60 perfect faster graphics performance in video editing, 3D design, and rendering workloads… you know, the exact things people are BUYING THIS FCKING MBP FOR.
  • Clearly, Apple knew they were going to offer this upgrade, but they didn’t tell us.
  • Why? Because they knew many of us might wait to buy, and they wanted our money.

5 things we didn’t get at Apple’s ‘More in the Making’ event

359: 10 reasons iPhone XR is the one to buy!

Chris C.

  Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

With iPhone XR finally here, we’ll tell you 10 reasons why it’s the best iPhone you can get. Plus: how iOS 12.1 solves beautygate; new Macs leak ahead of Apple’s big October hardware event; Ming Chi Kuo says new iPad Minis, AirPods, and the AirPower mat are on the way; and we wrap up with our favorite new gadgets in an all-new Under Review 💪🏼


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iOS 12.1 will improve selfies on iPhone XS and XR

  • You may remember that people were complaining that the iPhone XS/MAX cam were making them look too good. Ugly people everywhere were very offended and prefer to remain ugly in their photos.
  • Issue was causing people to have “unnaturally” smooth skin times and reduces blemishes. Sometimes it did look unatural, but that’s always what HDR has done.
  • Nilay Patel spoke to Apple about the problem and here’s what they told him the issue was actually a bug
    • “iOS 12.1 will fix a bug in its Smart HDR camera system that resulted in smoother-looking photos taken by the front camera on the iPhone XS and XR,”
    • What causes the Beautygate issue, Patel explains, is the Smart HDR system choosing the wrong base frame for HDR processing when a selfie is snapped. Rather than choosing a frame with a short shutter speed to preserve detail, it is choosing a frame with a longer shutter speed. “This should all be fixed in iOS 12.1, which will pick the sharpest base frame for the HDR merge when taking selfies,”

New Macs spill in online database

  • The Eurasian Economic Competition database may have just confirmed more than one Mac will be unveiled at Apple’s upcoming more in the making hardware event
  • The online database has been updated with three new filings for desktop computers running macOS 10.14. These most likely refer to rumored upgrades of the iMac, Mac mini, and the new lower cost MacBook Air replacement Ming Chi Kuo has been talking about for the last 6 months.

[The iPad mini might not be dead after all}(https://www.cultofmac.com/584918/the-ipad-mini-might-not-be-dead-after-all/)

  • The iPad mini hasn’t been updated since March 2017, but TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors today that an iPad Mini is in the works, though he doesn’t think it’ll launch on Oct. 30th.
  • He thinks AirPods could get updated during Q4 this year or during Q1 of next year, and claim AirPower could finally come out during the same period.

Standing in line now the only option to get an iPhone XR on Friday

  • If you haven’t already pre-ordered an iPhone XR, the only way to get one on its release date is to head to a nearby Apple Store and hope they have one in stock.
  • Pre-orders are now shipping around Nov 7th.


Under Review

CalDigit TS3+ Thunderbolt 3 Dock

AERZ - AIRPODS & APPLE EARBUDS SKINS

THE VEIL XT - IPHONE XS MAX Case

THE SHEATH - IPHONE XS MAX Case

358: Our "More In The Making” hardware event predictions 👳🏻‍♂️🔮

Chris C.

  Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

New AirPods? AirPower Mat? Don’t you dare miss our “More in the Making” hardware event predictions. Then: 17 reasons the iPhone XR should be your next phone; the world’s largest Mac collection could be yours for free; and we pitch your our favorite games, shows, and scooters in an all-new What We’re Into!


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Apple sets ‘More in the Making’ event for Oct. 30

  • The second Apple event everyone has been expecting just became official. Looks like new tablets, laptops, and desktops could be unveiled October 30.
  • What makes this unusual is it won’t be at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, but at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  • Keynote is at 10am EASTERN 😩

YouTubers get early access to iPhone XR, and it looks positively delicious

Time to pre-order your iPhone XR

  • Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo thinks the iPhone XR is going to be such a huge hit, he’s increased his esimtate for XR shipments in the fourth quarter by 10 perfect.
  • Pre-orders start Friday the 19th at 12:01am, so tonight! Will begin shipping on the 26th
  • XR features all the same powerful internals as the XS series.
  • The same faster FaceID and Truth depth camera system
  • The same A12 Bionic chip
  • Same 8-core neural engine
  • It features True Tone and a wide color gamut
  • It has dual sim
  • Same 25% louder speakers
  • Same wide angle rear camera with Smart HDR capabilities!
  • Computational portrait mode with wide angle lens
  • Battery life that is up to 25% longer than the XS. It even bests or matches the XS Max in battery performance. 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 plus.
  • Starts at just $749
  • 64GB ($749), 128GB ($799), 256GB ($899)

World’s largest Mac collection goes up for sale

  • Roland Borsky has one of the largest and most comprehensive Mac collections in the world, but the costs of storing the collection is forcing him to sell it.
  • Borsky began repairing Apple computers back in the 1980s, and collecting them at the same time, to the point where his collection has grown to over thousand items. And there’s also printers, monitors, and more.
  • Most of the Macs are in a warehouse where Borsky owes €20,000 to €30,000 ($23,000-35,000) in back rent. He’s hoping someone will take the collection in exchange for paying off what he owes.
  • He warns that if he can’t find a buyer all the computers are going to be “shredded".

What we’re INTO

Super Nintendo Classic

Barry HBO Show / Bill Hader / Henry Winkler

Super Mario Odyssey

San Francisco electric scooter rentals (No links cause it’s a scooter rental)