MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar with TouchID

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Apple has announced its newest line of MacBook Pro notebooks, and true to the leaks, it comes with an OLED strip instead of function keys. As the company’s Phil Schiller notes, function keys are a decades-old technology that shouldn’t really have a place in a laptop from 2016. In its place, the company is adding a retina display touchscreen (with multitouch) that it’s calling the Touch Bar. As well as contextual menus that change depending on what app you’re in, the power button on the far right now doubles as a TouchID sensor.

These contextual menus will change depending on what software you’re using, so when you’re inside Mail, you’ll get dedicated send buttons in the strip. In photo editing, you’ll be offered rotation sliders for making minor adjustments. Final Cut Pro, for instance, will let you scrub through your editing timeline and even push clips around.

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You’ll also get quick type suggestions, much like iOS’ predictive text keyboard and, should you require the function keys, you just have to hold down the Fn key to get ’em back. In the demo so far, it looks as if the Escape key will remain a permanent fixture on the top left, so you don’t have to mourn its passing just yet. It also reminds us of Art Lebedev’s old Optimus keyboards that came with customizable OLED keys all the way back in 2008.

Users will also be able to customize their Touch Bar with specific shortcut keys that relate to specific features. For instance, if you wanted to have a screenshot button right in the keyboard, you can click and drag to add that icon to the bar. In many ways, the Touch Bar’s buttons crib from iOS, showing you similar buttons for answering FaceTime calls that you’ll have found on the iPhone.

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Tesla shocks Wall St. with huge earnings !!

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Tesla just a few minutes ago posted its earnings report for the quarter gone by and investors will have a lot to cheer about. While analysts on Wall St. were expecting Tesla to post a loss, Tesla during its September quarter actually posted a profit, and an impressive profit at that. When the dust settled, Tesla posted a quarterly profit of $22 million and EPS of $0.71. Revenue for the quarter checked in at $2.3 billion.

Illustrating how impressive Tesla’s performance was this past quarter, Wall St. was anticipating Tesla to post a loss amid $1.9 billion in revenue for the quarter.

Tesla said its total revenue for the quarter was $2.3 billion. The company shipped 24,821 vehicles, over 300 more than it estimated it would deliver earlier this month. Tesla shipped 16,047 Model S sedans and 8,774 Model X SUVs. In addition, 5,065 vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of the quarter and will be received in the weeks to come.

As far as deliveries are concerned, Tesla during the quarter boasted that it achieved record vehicle production, deliveries and revenue. More importantly, Tesla reaffirmed via a shareholder letter that the Model 3 is still on track for a late 2017 release.

“At the same time, we continue to lay the foundation for future growth,” the shareholder letter reads in part. “Gigafactory construction and Model 3 development both remain on plan to support volume Model 3 production and deliveries in the second half of 2017. Meanwhile, our efforts to transform the solar industry will be demonstrated at our joint product introduction with SolarCity on October 28th.

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“Last week, we announced that all newly produced Tesla vehicles have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability,” the letter continues. “This same capability will also be built into every Model 3.”

As to manufacturing progress on Tesla’s highly anticipated $35,000 EV, the company notes that production line layouts are completed that body welding and final assembly lines will soon be installed. Addressing any concerns about suppliers not being able to handle what is already immense demand for the Model 3, Tesla notes that they have “established a world class team of suppliers for Model 3 production equipment and components and critical long lead time
equipment and components have been sourced.”

Additionally, Tesla says that testing on the Model 3’s “chassis, the high voltage drive system,
and low voltage subsystems such as vehicle controllers, HVAC, infotainment and lighting” has already begun.

Not surprisingly, shares of Tesla are nearly up 5% in after hours trading.

Apple AirPod NOT coming in October 2016

Apple’s wireless future has been delayed.

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The iPhone-maker revealed today that it is still not ready to start shipping AirPods, even though customers were told they would launch by the end of October.

“The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Apple didn’t specify if its a hardware or software issue that is holding back the AirPods. The new buds are supposed to be a complimentary accessory for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both new phones don’t have a headphone jack, requiring owners to use a dongle to charge and listen to wired headphones at the same time.

The new wireless earbuds were announced at the iPhone 7 event last month. To boost audio quality, Apple created its own W1 Bluetooth chip that is extremely energy efficient. AirPods are supposed to link seamlessly with iPhone and come with a built-in microphone so wearers can give Siri commands.

Early reviews for AirPods were fairly positive in terms of performance and battery life. Apple did not give a date for when fans can finally expect to buy a pair.

Microsoft Announces Surface Book i7, Desktop PC ‘Surface Studio,’ and Windows 10 Creators Update

At its media event today in New York City, Microsoft announced a new update coming to Windows 10 devices that’s focused on creativity and productivity tools, as well as two major new pieces of hardware: the Surface Book i7 and Surface Studio. The Surface Book is the second generation of last year’s original model, while the Surface Studio is the company’s all new, all-in-one desktop PC that’s aimed at the high-end, enterprise market with a starting price of $2,999.

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Surface Book i7

The first piece of hardware that Microsoft announced today was the Surface Book i7, which has doubled performance from last year’s model and an improved 16 hours of battery life, 30 percent more than the first generation. The laptop’s name comes from its included Intel Core i7 Processor, and Microsoft said the top-of-the-line version outperforms the high-end MacBook Pro three times over.

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Surface Studio

As a companion to Surface Book i7, Microsoft also announced an all-in-one PC called Surface Studio that has the “thinnest LCD monitor ever built” and a 12.5mm thin touch screen. The 28-inch PixelSense Display has 13.5 million pixels and a feature called “TrueColor” that displays colors as close to they are in real life. The company said that there’s “no monitor like this on the planet.”

The PC can also fold down and lay at an angle, enhancing the “studio” aspect of the title and aimed at artists and drawing programs. The computer can be pushed down to a 20 degree angle using a “zero gravity hinge,” making it easy to adjust the viewing angle of the Surface Studio with just one hand. To help with adding new creation tools, Microsoft also introduced the “Surface Dial,” which can work off the Studio’s screen with various scrolling and adjustment controls.

When placed on the screen, the Surface Studio recognizes Surface Dial’s location dynamically and offers up new prompts, buttons, and toolsets for artists in apps like Photoshop. This allows users to “more seamlessly move through their workflow,” according to Microsoft, without having to fiddle with other toolbar options or programs while they’re working.

The Surface Studio’s processing unit is housed in the small silver box at its base. The cheapest model of Surface Studio includes an Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB SSD, 8GB RAM, and a 2GB GPU for $2,999. That jumps up to $3,499 for an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM, with the top-of-the-line model running for $4,199 with a 2TB SSD, i7 processor, 32GB RAM, and 4GB GPU. Pre-orders are up now, but the Surface Studio ships slightly later in the year, on December 15.

Images of New MacBook Pro With Magic Toolbar Leaked in macOS Sierra 10.12.1

SOURCE: MacRumors

macOS Sierra 10.12.1, released yesterday, includes hidden Apple Pay images that depict the brand new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel that’s set to be announced by Apple on Thursday, October 27. In addition to confirming that such a product is in the works, the images give us our first full look at the redesigned MacBook Pro ahead of its launch. An OLED touch panel is located on top of the keyboard, where the function keys would normally be placed, and it very clearly supports Touch ID, as it is seen used with Apple Pay.

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As has been rumored, the touch panel, which may be called the “Magic Toolbar,” appears to be contextual, changing based on what’s on the screen. In the images, Apple Pay dialog is depicted, asking a customer to confirm a purchase with a finger on the panel. It appears Touch ID is built into a nearly-invisible power button located next to the display.

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Aside from the OLED touch panel, the new MacBook Pro looks similar in design to the existing models. It looks like the 13-inch MacBook Pro is used in the images, suggesting the machine will gain speakers located at the side of the keyboard.

Thickness can’t be determined from the orientation of the MacBook Pro in the images, but rumors suggest the new machine is thinner and lighter weight than existing models. A redesigned hinge can be seen in the images, suggesting it is indeed quite a bit thinner. Also visible are much flatter keys, similar in design to the keys of the Retina MacBook, which use a new butterfly mechanism.

Ports are not visible, but based on past part leaks, we’re expecting four USB-C ports and a headphone jack, with the HDMI port, MagSafe port, and SD card slot being eliminated.

Apple will announce the new MacBook Pro on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. A new MacBook Air model is also expected, and new iMacs are a possibility. MacRumors will provide live coverage of the event both on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

Happy 15th Birthday iPod !!

On Sunday, Apple’s original iPod celebrated the 15th anniversary of its launch on October 23, 2001. The reveal of the iPod by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2001 was preceded by the usual breadcrumb trail of mystery, rumors, and leaks, with most reports pointing to a new “breakthrough digital device” coming from the company later in the month. Apple even hinted itself that “it’s not a Mac.”

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Some speculation went against rumors that the device would be an MP3 player, even suggesting it could be “something more sophisticated such as a component for a home digital stereo system.” Still, most reports pointed toward the impending launch of the “iPod,” a device that would allow customers to ditch their cumbersome CD players and listen to thousands of songs from one device in their pocket.


The first alternative iPod lineup, dubbed the iPod mini, debuted in 2004, followed by the iPod nano and iPod shuffle in 2005. The iPod touch was eventually introduced as a non-cellular counterpart to the company’s iPhone, and became one of the longest-lasting iPod lines to date (six generations), tied with the classic line, but behind the iPod nano (seven generations).

In 2016, Apple still manufactures and sells the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle, but the three devices have long been removed from the main toolbar navigation on its website, and are now located under “Music.” The three current iPods on sale bear little resemblance to the original device’s famous click wheel interface, which was mechanical in the first generation and touch-sensitive in subsequent lines. The last iPod with a click wheel, the iPod Classic, was discontinued by Apple in 2014 and marked the sixth generation of the device.

The iPod began Apple’s quest to make music a mainstay in its customers’ lives by finding a seamless and effortless way for songs to be carried around, in opposition to the size of CD players and the general confusion at the time over how other MP3 players worked. Today, music is a bigger part of Apple than ever, with Apple Music slowly growing in subscribers and the iPhone now essentially the modern version of the original 5GB iPod from fifteen years ago.

This week at a Mac-focused event, it’s also expected that the company will debut the wireless “AirPods.” The Bluetooth device will be the newest implementation of its ubiquitous headphone line, which began alongside the iPod in 2001.

Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus and fixes for other devices

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Apple has just released the official build of iOS 10.1 to the general public which includes the new Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus. After being available to developers and public beta testers for the past few weeks, iOS 10.1 is now available to users on compatible iOS devices. iOS 10.1 also includes a few other changes for all iOS devices.

Developers and public beta testers on iOS 10.1 running builds 14B72 and 14B72c will be happy to know that they are running the latest and officially released iOS 10.1 builds and any further updates won’t be necessary.

For the impressive new Portrait mode in Camera, we went hands on with the new feature using the beta in our initial walkthrough. Zac also wrote about the new feature here and took some example images here. Check out Jeff Benjamin’s video demonstration below:

How to update to iOS 10.1

To update to iOS 10.1, visit Software Update in Settings. Connect your iPhone or iPad to a power source and tap Install Now. Firstly, the OS must download the OTA file in order to begin setup. After the download has finished, the device will then begin the update process and eventually reboot into iOS 10.1.

If you don’t have the time right now to update, you can let iOS automatically install it at a later date (it will intelligently choose a time when you are likely to be asleep).

iOS 10.1 runs on:

iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7 inch and iPad Pro 12.9 inch
iPod touch 6th generation.