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Living with the New iPad Pros- First Impressions

For whatever reason I can’t catch a break when it comes to my job and Apple events and device releases lining up. I got both the 12.9″ and 11″ iPad Pros and the new Apple Pencil yesterday, but all I had time to do was record an unboxing video. I set both devices up, restored them from backups and tested them for just a few minutes, but unfortunately, that’s all I had time for. I ended up working until the wee hours, so I didn’t have a chance to share any first impressions of Apple’s latest and greatest

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Lots of New Leaks of the Coming iPad Pros

Photo Source: Slashleaks

Several new leaked images of the coming iPad Pros have showed up over the past 24 hours courtesy of Slashleaks and mysmartprice. Not only do they look really good, but they also look dead-on similar to each other and to other recent leaks. The closer we get to an announcement, the more credible these leaks become, so I have very high confidence that these images are the real deal.

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Leaks Showing a New Port on the Back of the iPad Pro are Starting to Add Up

Photo Source: Slashleaks

Just shy of a month ago, I dismissed rumors that Apple would release an iPad Pro with Face ID locked to portrait orientation, as it currently is on the iPhone X. That same report from Japanese site Macotakara also said that, because of Face ID being locked to portrait, Apple would be moving the Smart Connector to a new location just above the Lightning Port. I was completely unconvinced, as none of this made any sense.

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New iPad Pro With Face ID All But Confirmed in Latest iOS 12 Beta

Photo Source: Steve Troughton-Smith

There have been rumors of a new redesigned iPad Pro with TrueDepth Camera and Face ID, no Home Button, and reduced bezels since the end of last year. Now, courtesy of noted Apple developer Steve Troughton-Smith, we have some real evidence that this device is more than just a rumor.

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Education Aside, Expect the New iPad to Sell Very Well

While the new 6th Generation iPad was framed almost exclusively in terms of its usefulness and capabilities for the education market at Apple’s release event this week, the reality of its appeal promises to be FAR broader. Between the current focus on education and the robust features and specs of the iPad Pros, it is easy to forget about the iPad’s more general reach. However, it was the release of the new iPad’s predecessor and its new focus on delivering solid features at a more competitive price that finally reversed the fortunes of Apple’s tablets last year.

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Analyst Predicts the Fall 2018 iPhone Lineup Price Points

While several reputable Apple prognosticators, including both Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, have predicted that we will see three new iPhone models in the Fall, now we have a price prediction that I think makes a lot of sense to go with them. Amit Daryanani, an analyst with RBC Capital, has made an interesting prediction about the new price points for the three devices that will replace the current iPhone X.

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Are the Leaked iPhone SE 2 and the Coming LCD iPhone X Variation the Same Device?

Photo Source: Concept Creations

Japanese leaks and rumors site Macokatara is at it again. Today, the people who gave us the first indication that the headphone jack was being removed from the iPhone 7 posted a video of an iPhone they refer to as the iPhone SE 2. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of a coming refresh of the SE, as Ming-Chi Kuo reported on this over a month ago. However, the phone in this video is nothing like what Kuo predicted.

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Are You Ready for Some New Apple Hardware?

Despite the fact that we just got brand new hardware from Apple just yesterday in the HomePod, let’s be honest. It isn’t for everyone. However, thanks to Apple’s wide ranging product lineup, there’s always something else coming just around the corner. In this case, it may be sooner than you think. According to a few different reports over the last week or so, we have a pretty good idea about as many as eight new Apple products that will be released over the course of this year.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: The Year of Face ID

2013 saw the introduction of TouchID, but as popular and highly reviewed as it was, it was the next year when the technology truly arrived and came into its own. It showed up on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 3 in the Fall of that year, and it was improved across the board. Not only did it make it across the entire mobile product line, but its speed and accuracy also improved noticeably.

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Tips and Tricks: Forcing Face ID

If you’ve had an iPhone X for a week or more, you have probably learned to adjust a little bit to the way Face ID works. Thanks to its machine learning capabilities, it is also doing the same and adjusting over time to what it learns from failed attempts that are followed by either successful ones or a passcode unlock. Despite this, there are situations and angles, such as looking downward at your phone sitting on a flat surface, that FaceID struggles with.

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PSA: Family Members May Be Able to Train Their Way Into Your iPhone X via Face ID

You might want to consider changing your iPhone X passcode to something unique if you want to insure complete control over your new phone around your family. As evidenced by several reports of siblings, half-siblings and other close family members being able to “trick” Face ID, this is the best way to lessen the odds of it happening. Why do you ask? Because knowing the correct passcode to unlock the phone is the key to training Face ID. The X’s neural network that governs Face ID only acknowledges facial input for machine learning upon a failed unlock attempt after a subsequent successful passcode unlock. It also learns any changes to your face over time after successful unlocks. If you are letting someone else you are related to unlock your phone via passcode, there is a possibility that they will be able to train their way into unlocking your X via Face ID if you look enough alike.

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