Rumored details on the upcoming iPad pro

The rumors surrounding the next Apple iPad pro are coming in thick, with people speculating that this will be one of its thinnest devices yet, measuring in at just 5.9mm thick (possibly 5.86mm?), with no headphone jack.

 

 

This device would be the smaller of the two 2018 iPad Pro models expected, with the smaller iPad Pro hitting 7 inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7 inches tall, while the larger model will be 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall.

 

Other purported updates include slimmer bezels all the way around with no Home button, the top bezel housing a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID, as well as a smart connector on the back of the tablets,  a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port, a faster A12X chip, and support for a second-generation Apple Pencil.

 

Invites should be going out soon to media for the Special Event, which is expected to be at the end of this month.

Apple to donate 1000 Apple Watches

Apple is donating 1,000 Apple Watches to a study conducted by The University of North Carolina’s medical school which aims to track biological changes in people with eating disorders.

 

The new study is called BEGIN (AKA Binge Eating Genetics Initiative), and the goal is to better understand overeating disorders. The study will engage 1,000 participants of ages 18 or older who have experience with either binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa.

 

Each participant will get a free Apple Watch which will collect data that the researchers will use to monitor their heart rate to see if there are any spikes prior to binge eating episodes.

 

Participants will receive tests to analyze their genetics and bodily bacteria and also have access to a mobile app called Recovery Record, which they can use to log their thoughts and feelings, which would be shared with a healthcare professional.

 

From the Sauce, Cynthia Bulik, founding director of the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and author of Binge Control: A Compact Recovery Guide:

 

“We need to collect data from a whole lot of people to see what it looks like,” said . “We want to know if it has a biological and behavioral signature.”

 

Researchers hope the collected data will help them to predict binge eating episodes before they happen. If this was to happen, a follow up study could be put in place whereby participants received some kind of alert when they were at risk of binge eating.

 

Apple discontinues Lightening to 30-pin adaptor

Apple has discontinued its Lightning to 30-pin Adapter and has removed it from its website. The adaptor, previously listed for $29, was first released in 2012 after Apple debuted the lightening connector for all future iPads and iPhones.

 

There was some controversy that came with the lightening connectors, with people understandably concerned that they had to pay for another new Apple product for no good reason – but, as folk who work with charging new and old iPhones and iPads every day – that reason was a really good one. The Lightning connectors are significantly thinner and more compact than 30-pin, and way easier to use, and additionally the switch let Apple save space for other components in their mobile devices.

 

Apple’s iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, and first-generation iPad mini were some of the first devices to use the new Lightning connector, which has been present in all mobile devices since 2012.

 

Revamped TV App coming

Good news kids!

 

Apparently in the next-to-near future, Apple will provide Apple-owned and created content for FREE to customers who own devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, right from the TV App. This new service will also include subscription channels where you can sign in to access content from other companies like HBO and Starz.

 

 

If you didn’t already know, you can currently watch Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series for free within the App, and with more than a dozen new original shows in the works, (and reportedly about $1 Billion being spent) there seems like there’ll be a whole lot more entertainment coming to your phone.

 

Apple is said to be launching an improved TV app early next year, so we should hear more about this and their original content then!

New iPad Pro to be announced

An updated iPad Pro with Face ID, as well as a new version of the Apple Pencil with an AirPods-like proximity pairing process is expected to be coming this month.

 

It’s unclear whether the current model of Apple Pencil will work with the new iPad or if the new Apple Pencil will be compatible with previous iPad Pro models or the sixth-generation iPad.

 

The new iPad Pro will purportedly have an edge-to-edge display without a home button, with Face ID instead, working in both portrait and landscape orientations.

 

There are also rumors that the new iPad Pro will have a rear-facing Magnetic Connector for accessories, such as a new Smart Keyboard, as well as a USB-C port, enabling 4K HDR video output to external displays.

 

There has no official date set for the upcoming Apple Media Event where these new releases are expected to be announced, however it is believed to be at the end of the month. We should additionally see updates to the MacBook and/or MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac mini.

 

We would expect to see invites to the media go out in the next couple of days, most likely Monday.

 

Uber to offer free rides to polling places

Here’s what’s up – you can vote in the Mid-term elections on November 6th. It’s a big day guys, and if you can, you should get out there and exercise your right to vote!

 

The good news?  Uber’s making it easier to do just that. The company is joining up with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide FREE rides to polling places.

 

Anyone with an Uber account can find their local polling place and book a ride to get there for free (in markets where Uber is available). The promotion will be available to all users, and will launch automatically when you open the app.

 

From the Sauce, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi;

 

“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button. We’re also partnering with nonprofit organizations to register voters before state deadlines and provide free rides to the polls on November 6.”

 

To help get people registered before their state’s deadline, Uber is already featuring in-app tools for customers to use to go through the process.

 

So, Uber –> Vote –> Celebrate!

 

 

New FaceBook security issue that affected nearly 50 million accounts

It’s not been a great year for FaceBook.

 

This morning, the company announced that on Tuesday it’s engineering team discovered that hackers had exploited a vulnerability in its code, allowing them to steal Facebook access tokens for almost 50 million accounts.

 

Apparently, hackers took advantage of security flaws in its “View As” code, the feature which lets people see what their profile looks like to someone else. The Facebook access tokens that were stolen are digital keys that allow people to stay logged in to Facebook.

 

From the Sauce:

 

“This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted “View As.”

 

At this time, Facebook does not know who executed the attacks.

 

But, the good news? According to Facebook, the vulnerability has been patched at this time, authorities have been informed, and FaceBook has reset the access tokens of the accounts that were affected along with another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a “View As” lookup in the last year.

 

If you have been logged out of your app, you may have been affected and will receive a message about what happened once they log back in.

 

No one needs to change their passwords, but those who are worried about the attack can visit the “Security and Login” section in settings to log out of all devices at once.

 

Multiple arrests made for Apple Store thefts

Eight suspects have been arrested for the spate of Apple store robberies that have occurred across California recently, with arrest warrants issued for 9 more suspects who are yet to be located.

 

The group stole more than $1 million in property across 19 counties and have been charged for conspiracy to commit grand theft.

 

The thefts always happened very quickly, on surveillance camera, and with those involved wearing hooded sweatshirts. They allegedly entered Apple Stores, grabbed several display items and fled.

 

From the Sauce, Oakland police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick:

 

“The successful collaborative efforts of law enforcement has resulted in dismantling a large criminal ring”

 

 

Group FaceTime around the corner?

After pulling the feature from earlier iOS 12 Beta releases, Apple today seeded the first beta of the iOS 12.1 update  – featuring none other than Group FaceTime – to its public beta testing group, which means it will likely be included in the upcoming public release of iOS 12.1.

 

Group FaceTime has long been both anticipated by those who want it, and slightly derided by those who have yet to understand the wonder and the possibility of group FaceTime.

 

We, if you couldn’t tell, are solidly in the latter camp. The feature will let you FaceTime (audio or video) with up to 32 people at the same time on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Calls can also be answered – audio only – on a HomePod or Apple Watch.

 

Party with multiple friends and family who live all over the world? Yes please!

 

Anyone who has signed up for Apple’s beta testing program can receive the update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.

 

Want to be one of these guys? Sign up on Apple’s beta testing website, which will give you access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.

 

 

 

 

 

But when will we get a new iPad?

There were some who were a little disappointed last week during the Apple Special Media Event, and that’s in large part because there was some expectation of a new iPad model being announced.

 

It was not.

 

So will we be getting a new iPad any time soon?

 

Well folks, looks like the answer is yes. 

 

It appears as though the release of iOS 12.1 has given some small hints that lead us to the release of a new 2018 Fall iPad, one with a TrueDepth camera which means that you could sync your Memoji between your iPhone and your iPad – a feature that is now possible thanks to iOS 12.1.

 

 

The good guys over at 9To5Mac additionally noticed that when looking at the Setup app, which is the app that runs when you set up a new device, there was a new identifier for a “2018 fall” iPad. The previous version of the app only included identifiers for the 2018 iPhones.

 

So, looks like we’ll be seeing a new iPad at an October Apple Event, as well as possibly some new Macs. Rumors suggest the new iPads will most likely be iPad Pros that will feature USB-C connectivity instead of Lightning.