Information from the supply chain is starting to flow as we get closer to new Apple devices going into production. There was a bit more today from a couple of usual suspects covering a couple of different iPads and the Mac.
Mac users everywhere rejoiced when Apple dumped their butterfly keyboard design for a tried and true scissor switch mechanism last year. Now the keyboards on newer Macs, as well as the Magic Keyboard for the iPads Pro and Air, have the latest and greatest design and Apple fans have made it very clear that they’re in favor of the switch.
While I’m not eager to see Apple fooling around with their key mechanisms again anytime soon, I am intrigued by the possibilities that may be in store for the keys themselves based on a patent they were awarded today.
There are rumors of a couple of new features that are coming to the iPad over the next two years. One of them is a software feature I’ve wanted for a few years. The other is a hardware feature that could be a new step forward for Apple’s tablets.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, Microsoft is finally getting into the custom silicon business. It looks like they are starting down this road primarily to aid their cloud and server business, but it’s hard to believe they wouldn’t have future plans to bring these new ARM-based chips to their Surface Pro X and other future models, replacing Qualcomm’s SQ1 and 2 processors.
There is evidence that Apple will be releasing some kind of new hardware at 5:30 AM Pacific today. This weekend I predicted that Apple’s rumored AirTags or a possible Apple TV would be the most likely candidates. This was just a hunch, based on various reports from the previous months. AirTags were supposedly done and ready, while an Apple TV is in development and the AirPods Studio ran into some delay. Continue reading →
If you follow the Apple News cycle on Twitter, then you are probably aware of well-known leaker @L0vetodream. He’s famous not only for his accuracy, but also his cryptic and often poetic rumor delivery. While the flurry of Apple leaks and rumors that he and several others were a part of from summer to fall has subsided, he left us with an interesting parting nugget a few weeks ago that may set him apart from the rest of the crowd.
Before I get into the reason I am bringing this subject up, I want to say that not all of my interactions with Apple Support have been bad. In fact, almost all of them have been quite positive. Any time I have called about a device, I’ve gotten the help I needed. When I recently contacted Apple about Apple Care+ charges from a device that had been returned, they refunded the money even faster than the timeframe they quoted. Even when Apple botched my recent Apple Watch order, the people I talked to in support really tried to help and gave me a free Sport Loop band for the trouble.
Two fall Apple events are behind us and it looks very much like there’s one still left to go. We have two Apple Watches, an iPad, a new iPad Air, four new iPhones, a HomePod Mini and several new MagSafe accessories, but it still looks very much like Apple isn’t done for 2020. So what’s left to go?
Say what you will about the thrill of the the hunt. Apple leakers have taken almost all of the fun out of the company’s events. It’s gotten to the point that anything we don’t know about ahead of time sticks out like a sore thumb. Add to this the difficulties of shipping new features posed by COVID in 2020 and you have today’s slick and polished, but fairly mundane and predictable Apple iPhone event.
All that said, there were a few new and interesting details that emerged from today’s streamed announcement.