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Apple Must Fix This One Massive MacBook Pro Problem


Would you buy a new MacBook Pro today? 

I suspect most people would be happy to buy the 16-Inch Macbook Pro, but would avoid the other models. For all of the advances in performance, battery capacity, and new screen technology, the 16-inch MacBook Pro had one key feature that every reviewer was careful to note. A working keyboard.

When will Tim Cook’s Apple offer a similar breakthrough feature to the rest of Apple’s laptop range?

For many people the MacBook Pro, and particularly the applications and services that run on their MacOS powered laptop, are ‘mission critical’ parts of their personal or business life. They can’t move to another platform. There may be other factors contributing to this lock-in as well, including Apple’s own add-on services such as Apple Music and Apple TV+ as well as the tight integration of the iPhone and iPad.

In short, switching away from the MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air is simply not an option.

Which means that the ongoing issues with the butterfly keyboard and its high failure rate continue to frustrate users. Although Apple has acknowledged the issue and offers a service program with a free repair or replacement keyboard (and an uncertain time estimate for repairs), Apple continues to sell new MacBook machines with the troublesome keyboard. As late as July 2019, Apple updated the popular 13-Inch MacBook Pro but retained the butterfly keyboard.

This approach started to change at the end of last year, as the new 16-Inch MacBook Pro arrived, and features a return to the scissor switch style keyboard used before 2015 – albeit labeled the ‘Magic Keyboard’.

Yet those who purchased the 13-inch MacBook Pro still have no option but to buy a laptop with a booby-trapped keyboard. With a new model expected at some point this year – WWDC 2020 in June is a likely but not guaranteed date – those looking for a replacement laptop are faced with spending top dollar on an inferior product. 

A small thought experiment. Imagine if the iPhone had similar systemic issues issue with the touchscreen digitizer (e.g. that incorrectly calibrated inputs, fail to register inputs, or assuming there were double inputs). Imagine if this had started with the iPhone 6S and that Apple had tried a number of fixes and the best answer it could give you was ‘we’ll replace your screen for free if it breaks’?

Do you think Apple would be happy to put its customers through that?

Then why is it acceptable for customers of the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro to be put through that?

It’s traditional for companies to wait for new features and marketable technology to be added to a product before launching an updated product. It’s also traditional to offer customers the best experience possible. Apple has known of the keyboard issue for some time, and now has a solution. When the 16-inch MacBook Pro belatedly solved the problem, that was the moment or Apple to release an updated keyboard on the 13-Inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

It has been three months since the working keyboard debuted on the more expensive 16-Inch MacBook Pro. It’s well past the time for Apple to be offering that keyboard across the full MacBook range.

Now read how Steve Jobs’ vision of the MacBook is no more…


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Apple’s latest iPhone may arrive as quickly as subsequent month


Apple’s subsequent iPhone might arrive as quickly as subsequent month.

A brand new report out of Germany this week claims that the Cupertino, Calif.-based firm is planning on internet hosting an occasion March 31 the place it’s anticipated to unveil the successor to the lower-priced iPhone SE.

The brand new telephone is anticipated to have a physique just like that of the iPhone 8, however with the processing energy of the iPhone 11, and will promote for as little as $399 in keeping with highly-regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The German weblog iPhone-Ticker cites sources near Apple. The March date would line up with comparable March occasions that Apple has held lately.

Apple is anticipated to launch the brand new iPhone — which could possibly be referred to as the iPhone SE2 or iPhone 9 — in addition to an up to date model of its well-liked iPad Professional. The tech big can also introduce a brand new product, dubbed AirTag, on the occasion.

AirTag can be a quarter-sized, wallet-friendly gadget for monitoring possessions. The trackers would assist customers discover misplaced objects because of the sign they beam to the person’s telephone. They could possibly be slipped right into a pockets, pocket of a bag or hooked up to any merchandise that is likely to be frequently misplaced.

Kuo stated in a current analysis observe that he expects Apple will produce tens of thousands and thousands of AirTags this yr.

Additionally this week, Bloomberg reported that Apple is contemplating opening its famously restrictive ecosystem to third-party apps. The corporate is having inner discussions about whether or not it ought to enable customers to set non-Apple e-mail and net searching apps as their default.

Apple has been criticized by opponents and lawmakers for potential antitrust violations as a consequence of its behavior of not permitting customers to choose out of utilizing pre-installed Apple apps because the default.


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Apple’s Lack Of Innovation Is Hurting The MacBook Pro


Last week’s update to MacOS Catalina was… underwhelming. Although the requisite line about big fixes and security was present, Apple’s two changes related directly to media production (improved gamma handling on a specific external monitor, and 4K multi-stream editing performance.

Compare this thin release to the iOS release in the same timeframe. iOS 13.3 brought new features to Apple News, additional controls in Screen Time, and improvements to the Stocks app, tweaks to Gmail, Photos, Exchange, text input, messages, voice memos, dark mode, wireless charging… as well as the bug fixes. Last week’s point update 13.3.1 improved the security in screen time and added in numerous options and configurations to protect your location.

Once more the MacOS platform is picking up little more than maintenance releases since it became publicly available in September 2019, while iOS continues to get the lions share of focus and attention on its issues as it continues to expand. 

It’s not as if the MacOS Catalina does not have it problems, with stories of instability, upgrade problems, and application support still being discussed. But MacOS feels like Apple is ‘finished’ with it in a way that is not perceived with iOS.

Some enterprising developers have taken a closer look at latest MacOS Catalina and have found hints of new features in the code, including a ‘ProMode’ which will allow for a wider thermal window to access more performance for lower battery life, and some hooks that suggest Apple is looking at AMD as an option alongside Intel. So there is some work going on at the hardware level, but in terms of the core software and Apple’s own apps, if they are not subservient to iOS and Apple’s software and services business, they are going to very far down the list of priorities.

What does this mean for Apple’s laptops in 2020? I suspect the answer is not much. Apple is expected to have a launch event in March for the iPhone 9 (the spiritual successor to the iPhone SE). The tweaked hardware is expected to show up in a 13-inch MacBook Pro, which could make an appearance, but I think it more likely Match will be the iPhone 9 with perhaps a dash of iPad for the education marketplace. WWDC is a more likely launch platform for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

And at WWDC the next version of MacOS is likely to be announced, a new round of developer betas will be released, and MacOS 10.16 will be available for upgrades in October. While there may be a maintenance release for Catalina over the summer, that will be it for software improvements for most of 2020.

In terms of genuinely new hardware and ongoing support, 2020 is looking to be a dead rubber from Apple in regard to laptops. What you have now is what you have for the rest of the year. While the hoped for upgrade to the keyboard to the older design will be welcome, fixing previous hardware flaws should not be the only update of note in 2020.

It’s also worth noting what this says to potential customers about Apple’s ongoing support for the MacBook family. Has Tim Cook decided that this is as far as the evolution of the MacBook will go? Now that the media producers have a machine that has enough extra capacity in terms of storage and memory, is that it? Will Apple now lean in even heavier on the iPad and iPad Pro to deliver a laptop experience to the public? Or will Apple carry on trying to tie the Mac closer and closer to Cupertino?

I personally hope not. The iPad platform is only as flexible as Apple allows it to be, unlike the Mac platform which can still happily run outside of Apple’s garden.

Now read more about Apple’s plans for the iMac…


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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ update brings front camera improvement and October 2018 security patch

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ update brings front camera improvement and October 2018 security patch

Samsung has pushed out an update with camera improvements for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ today. The company released a similar update for the Galaxy Note 9 late last month, but for the Galaxy S9, the improvements come for the front camera. The changelog notes that the brightness of faces in environments with backlighting has been improved. The update also brings the October 2018 security patch


Exclusive: iPhone app makers questioned in U.S. antitrust probe of Apple – sources


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has reached out to app developers as part of its investigation into Apple Inc (AAPL.O), one of the four big tech companies being probed for alleged anti-competitive behavior, according one of the developers and another person familiar with the investigation.

FILE PHOTO: An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City, July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

The chief executive of developer Mobicip, Suren Ramasubbu, told Reuters he was interviewed in November by a U.S. investigator who asked about the company’s interactions with Apple. The app, which has nearly a million users worldwide, allows parents to control what their children see on their iPhones.

Ramasubbu said the Mobicip app was temporarily removed from the iPhone app store last year for a failure to meet requirements imposed by Apple.

A source familiar with the Justice Department’s investigation said a handful of app developers had been contacted in what is the first indication of what officials are pursuing involving Apple since the investigation was revealed by Reuters in June.

U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized Apple’s Silicon Valley neighbors for other reasons, calling for closer scrutiny of social media companies and Google and accusing them of suppressing conservative voices online, without presenting any evidence.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in December that he hoped to have the Justice Department investigations into the big tech platforms – Facebook Inc (FB.O), Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Apple – wrapped up this year.

Apple declined comment, but pointed to a statement on its website that says its app store was designed to hold apps “to a high standard for privacy, security and content.”

“Since 2016, we have removed over 1.4 million apps from the App Store because they have not been updated or don’t work on our most current operating systems,” the site says.

Apple’s ability to do just that has been a point of contention in the courtroom. The company was accused in lawsuits last year of abusing its clout in the app market. In one case, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead last May to an antitrust lawsuit that accused Apple of forcing consumers to overpay for iPhone software applications.


Apple introduced its Screen Time app, which includes parental controls, in June 2018. At the start of 2019, Ramasubbu told Reuters, his company was contacted by Apple and warned that Mobicip’s app violated the iPhone-maker’s rules relating to technical elements that had previously been acceptable.

The app was removed from the app store for about six months, during which time it was updated to be compliant with Apple rules, Ramasubbu said. It was reinstated in October 2019, but he estimates his company’s business has shrunk by half.

Six executives of parental control app companies interviewed by Reuters said they had a comfortable relationship with Apple until mid-2018. That is when Apple introduced its own, similar software giving parents oversight of their children’s phone screen time and searches.

Apple has said that it had been concerned about parental control apps using technology which gave developers access to sensitive data, and that they declined to approve apps that used the technology if they did not also commit to not sharing data on children.

As the arbiter of who is allowed to sell in the app store, Apple says it has the power to ensure that only the highest quality apps are sold there.

But some developers say it also allows Apple to push out apps that compete with its own products, thus strengthening its profits at a time with its device sales have stagnated and it is seeking new sources of revenue.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Chris Sanders and Edward Tobin

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