Apple Planning 10.5″ iPad Pro in 2017, ‘Revolutionary’ OLED iPad as Soon as 2018

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for the future of Apple’s iPad lineup, predicting three new iPads ranging from 9.7 inches to 12.9 inches to be released in 2017.

According to Kuo, Apple is aiming to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a “low-cost” 9.7-inch iPad model. Kuo makes no mention about the fate of the current 7.9-inch iPad mini, although many have assumed that model may be phased out as the recent 5.5-inch iPhone “Plus” models have helped lessen demand for Apple’s smallest tablet.

We expect three new iPads (12.9” iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5” iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7” iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5” model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets. As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5” iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9” iPad Pro 2 and 10.5” iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC (2330 TT, NT$177.5, N) being the sole supplier using 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7” model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.

Looking even further ahead, Kuo predicts “revolutionary” changes for the iPad lineup for 2018 “at the earliest,” with Apple making “radical” changes to the iPad’s design and shifting to an AMOLED display.

Revolutionary iPad model likely to be introduced in 2018F at the earliest, with radical changes in form factor design & user behavior on adoption of flexible AMOLED panel. We believe iPad will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone by adopting AMOLED panel in 2018F at the earliest. If Apple can truly tap the potential of a flexible AMOLED panel, we believe the new iPad model will offer new selling points through radical form factor design and user behavior changes, which could benefit shipments.

Kuo remains conservative in his predictions of iPad shipments, cutting his total 2016 shipment forecast from 45–50 million to 35–40 million due in large part to a lack of new models before the end of the year. Even with updated models in 2017, however, Kuo predicts shipments will continue to decline as part of general trends in the tablet market.

 

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What can Siri do for me?

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When Siri was first introduced as a beta product alongside the launch of 2011’s iPhone 4S, people couldn’t wait to get their hands on Apple’s new virtual personal assistant and give it a try. Then… they actually gave it a try. Siri got off to a rocky start to say the least, with server issues that plagued early users and a limited feature set that often didn’t work as advertised. Despite the “beta” label, it seemed like no one was really prepared for how unreliable Siri was going to be, so many people were turned off and ditched Siri completely.

Of course, launching a half-baked software product and then fixing it over time is par for the course at Apple. What started as a frustrating mess has grown into one of Apple’s most useful software tools, but many people still don’t use Siri because of the bad taste that was left in their mouths the first time around.

Now, it’s time to give Siri another shot.

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In the early days, the biggest problem with Siri was the simple fact that it often didn’t work. Speaking a command would be met with confusion and people had to repeat themselves multiple times before Siri would deliver. A product intended to make people’s lives easier was having the exact opposite effect.

Today, the biggest problem with Siri is remembering all of the great features that are baked in. Apple has put forth a tremendous amount of effort fixing and refining Siri, and it’s a completely different beast now. Siri works very well and it packs more functionality than you could ever remember — which is why Switzerland-based developer Sandro Roth created the site “Hey Siri.”

Hey Siri, which by no mistake is also the command you can speak to your iPhone to wake Siri without having to hold the home button, is a simple website that lists hundreds of voice commands that can be used with Siri on Apple’s iPhones, iPads or Macs running macOS Sierra. The site says it currently holds 489 different commands, and they’re split up into categories to make browsing and discovery easier.

Did you know you can tell Siri to capture a photo with the iPhone’s camera app? Did you know Siri can make your screen brighter or enable Night Mode? Did you know Siri can read your notifications to you or locate a family member using Find My Friends?

There’s plenty more to learn, and you’ll find it all on the Hey Siri site.

Apple Releases Redesigned ‘Apple TV Remote’ App for iPhone

Apple today released an all new Apple TV Remote app for the iPhone, which is used to control the fourth-generation Apple TV along with older Apple TV models. Announced at WWDC, the new Remote app has been available for developers since June and was released to the public this afternoon.

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The new Remote app, which connects to an Apple TV via Bluetooth, mimics the exact layout of the physical Siri Remote for a navigation experience that’s streamlined across different input methods. Its design was inspired by the Siri Remote and is a significant improvement over the previous Apple TV remote app.

When content like movies or music plays, the Remote app features a full “Now Playing” view for control purposes, along with a dedicated Menu button and a Siri button. As with the physical Apple TV Remote, navigation through the iOS app is done using touch gestures.

Entering text, like passwords and usernames, is much easier with the iOS Remote app because any text field automatically brings up a keyboard. Full Siri voice commands are supported, as is dictation. Because it includes the same gyroscope and accelerometer in the Siri Remote, an iPhone can be used as a dedicated game controller for playing games on the Apple TV.

The Apple TV Remote app requires iOS 9.3.2 or later to install and it works with the current version of tvOS, 9.2.2. It can also be used to control Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3 models.

The Apple TV Remote app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Watch Elon Musk unveil Tesla’s giant new factory

Despite his plans to nuke Mars, Elon Musk is definitely not a supervillain. Nope. And the factory he’s building in the desert, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Blofeld’s lair, is not a supervillain lair. Don’t believe me? Well, you can watch Elon’s launch event live tonight, but really, there’s nothing to see.

The Gigafactory is Tesla’s completely legal plan for world economic domination (of the car industry). With Tesla needing to produce half a million electric vehicles by 2018, Tesla needed a giant new factory to handle production, particularly of battery packs. The Gigafactory is the result — a building that will be 10 million square feet when it’s finished, and capable of pumping out millions of batteries a year.

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For the grand unveiling tonight, Musk has flown in the world’s press and a bunch of loyal customers to cut the ribbon. There’s also a decent chance we’ll get a newer look at the Model 3, specs of which are still a little unclear.

The livestream will be up some time this evening on Tesla’s website. Given the Western time zone, it’s a good chance that proceedings won’t get underway until 10 or 11PM EST.

 

Comic-Con trailer roundup

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, and we’re left with sore feet, full pokédexes, and more trailers than one person could ever hope to keep track of. That’s what The Verge is here for. We’ve sifted through the hours of footage shown off at this year’s event to pick out the best trailers and teasers

This year saw reimagined horror classics in Blair Witch and the Exorcist TV series, as well as visits to King Kong’s home on Skull Island, our first look at the long-awaited American Gods, and details of a new Star Trek show. But as usual, the weekend belonged to the kings of comics — Marvel and DC — that unleashed a torrent of trailers on the waiting internet. Marvel’s well into phase three of its cinematic universe, but it feels like DC is just getting up to speed on its own version, showing off single-hero movie Wonder Woman alongside its Justice League ensemble piece. Marvel still takes the prize for sheer quantity, though, with new trailers for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, and the Defenders.

Doctor Strange

He exists in the same universe as angry green mutants, planet-hopping Norse gods, and a talking raccoon, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange still manages to look impressively strange. The latest trailer for Marvel’s next movie opens the doors of perception, opening portals on mountains, journeying into minds, and — in sections potentially inspired by Inception — folding cities together like paper. Still not sold on that goatee, though, Benedict.

Justice League

The real shock in the Justice League trailer wasn’t the on-screen appearance of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, nor the absence of Superman — it was the humor. Ben Affleck’s Batman cracks jokes — multiple jokes — in its short three-minute runtime, indicating that (finally!) we might be getting a DC movie with moments of levity rather than another 120 minutes of pure gloom.

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Benedict Cumberbatch has been a busy boy this year. In addition to stepping into Doctor Strange’s cape for Marvel’s movie, the actor is also reprising his role as Sherlock Holmes for the BBC’s fourth season of Sherlock. The cryptic new trailer pits a pensive Holmes against Moriarty again — or does it? All Sherlock knows is that “something is coming,” and he’ll have to use his preternatural detective skills to figure out just what kind of something it is.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes a trip to the wizarding world 60 years before Harry Potter was born. The movie is set in New York in 1926, and follows magical researcher Newt Scamander — played by Eddie Redmayne — as he tries to curtail an infestation of the titular creatures. We know Hogwarts well, but the trailer shows that American society reacts a little differently to magic, pointing guns at strange men waving sticks in the street.
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Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Launched!

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Two days after releasing the second developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra for testing, Apple today is launching its public beta program for the forthcoming updates, allowing a broader cross section of users to test out the new features and report bugs to Apple (via The Verge and CNET).

Users interested in testing out iOS 10 and macOS Sierra should visit Apple’s Beta Software Program website for more details and to register for the program. There is no charge for participating in the public beta program, but Apple strongly recommends users install the betas on secondary devices as bugs and other issues can cause problems for users during the testing process.

As the public beta marks the first opportunity for many users to try out the new operating systems, make sure to check out MacRumor’s iOS 10 and macOS Sierra roundups for summaries of the changes and new features and discuss with others in our iOS 10 and macOS Sierra forums.

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New Apple TV ‘Remote’ App

At its recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled an all new “Remote” app for iOS devices, which has been entirely overhauled to make it easier than ever to control a fourth-generation Apple TV with an iPhone.

In the video below, we took a look at the Remote app to give MacRumors readers an early glimpse at what’s in store. The new Remote app, which connects to an Apple TV via Bluetooth, mimics the exact layout of the Siri Remote for a navigation experience that’s streamlined across different input methods.

When content like movies or music is playing, the Remote app includes a full “Now Playing” view for control purposes, along with a dedicated Menu button and a Siri button. As with the physical Apple TV Remote, navigation through the iOS app is done via touch gestures.

Entering text, like passwords and usernames, is much easier with the iOS Remote app because any text field automatically brings up a keyboard. Full Siri voice commands are supported, as is dictation. Because it includes the same gyroscope and accelerometer in the Siri Remote, an iPhone can be used as a dedicated game controller for playing games on the Apple TV.

The Apple TV Remote app is currently available to developers and can be downloaded through the Apple Developer website. It’s not clear when the Apple TV Remote app will be released, but it may be released alongside tvOS 10 and iOS 10 this fall. The developer beta of the app only requires iOS 9.3.2 and tvOS 9.2.1, so there’s a possibility it may launch ahead of the new operating systems.

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