In another universe, it could have been WWDC week in San Jose, but with the conference converting to an online event on June 22, we still have a few weeks left.
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This week’s news in general was dominated by unrest after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis, with prominent leaders and companies, including Tim Cook of Apple, sharing their thoughts on the events and what that they could mean for the future.
Otherwise, we’ve seen a mix of news and rumors, ranging from the release of the first beta version of iOS 13.5.5 and similar updates to other Apple platforms, rumors of future models. iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro, and a price increase for RAM upgrades in the just-released 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Read on below and watch our video above for more details on these stories and more from last week.
- Apple CEO Tim Cook on George Floyd’s death: we must aim much higher than a “normal” future
- Apple launches the first beta version of iOS and iPadOS 13.5.5 to developers and public beta testers
- Apple doubles the price of upgrading RAM on the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro
- The next iPad Air could have a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port
- 8 Mac tips and tricks you may not know
- iPad Pro with A14X, 5G chip and mini LED screen expected in the first half of 2021
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Apple CEO Tim Cook on George Floyd’s death: we must aim much higher than a “normal” future
The world is in shock this week after the death of George Floyd. Many world leaders, corporate executives, professional athletes and others have weighed in on the issue, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who in an open letter described “senseless murder” as “shocking evidence and tragic that we must aim for much more than a “normal” future. ”
Cook said Apple remains committed to advancing inclusion and diversity, bringing essential resources and technology to underserved school systems, and tackling environmental injustices such as climate change, which disproportionately affects black communities and other communities of color. Apple is also donating to organizations that challenge racial injustice and mass incarceration, including the Equal Justice initiative.
A number of Apple stores are temporarily closed in the United States, with protests continuing in many regions.
Apple launches the first beta version of iOS and iPadOS 13.5.5 to developers and public beta testers
Apple released iOS and iPadOS 13.5.1 this week, as well as similar updates for macOS, watchOS and tvOS, to address the vulnerability exploited in the recent “unc0ver” jailbreak. And shortly after, Apple launched the first beta version of an upcoming iOS 13.5.5 update.
We haven’t seen a lot of visible changes in iOS 13.5.5 yet, but there have been buried changes revealing Apple’s work on Apple News + audio content and a package of services that is rumored to include several Apple services like Apple TV + and Apple Music for a monthly subscription.
Apple doubles the price of upgrading RAM on the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro
Apple doubled the price of the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro RAM upgrade this past weekend. In the United States, for example, customers are now charged $ 200 to go from 8 GB to 16 GB compared to the previous upgrade price of $ 100.
In a statement, Apple said the change is a “price correction” that puts the $ 200 RAM upgrade on par with similar upgrades for other Macs like the iMac and MacBook Air.
The next iPad Air could have a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port
Following in the footsteps of the 2018 and newer iPad Pro, the fourth-generation iPad Air could include a USB-C port, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara.
Several reports have indicated that Apple plans to launch a new 11-inch iPad Air in the second half of 2020, a rumor suggesting that the device will have an edge-to-edge and notch-less mini-LED with a version of Press ID integrated under it screen instead of Face ID.
The same blog shared a dummy model of a potential 2021 iPhone with a notchless screen and a USB-C port, although it is widely believed that Apple will stay with its Lightning connector until it is ready to release its first port. fewer iPhones, which could arrive in 2021.
8 Mac tips and tricks you may not know
There are tons of hidden features and shortcuts for the Mac, ranging from shortcuts to keyboard commands to other little hacks. In one of our latest YouTube videos, we highlighted several of these tips and tricks, and some of them may be new to you.
We also shared our monthly summary of Mac apps to discover.
iPad Pro with A14X, 5G chip and mini LED screen expected in the first half of 2021
While previous rumors indicated that the iPad Pro would be refreshed in late 2020, it seems increasingly likely that the device will not be updated until next year.
Specifically, a proven leak this week claimed that Apple plans to launch new iPad Pro models with an A14X chip, 5G connectivity and a mini-LED display in the first or second quarter of 2021.
A spring 2021 update to the iPad Pro would make sense given that Apple just refreshed the device in March, although this is a relatively minor update. New features include an A12Z Bionic chip which is very similar to the A12X chip, an ultra wide camera that allows 0.5x zoom, a LiDAR scanner for enhanced augmented reality and better microphones.
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