Apple Supplier Reportedly Gearing Up For Production Of New MacBooks

According to the rumors, Apple is expected to launch an updated MacBook Air later this year. Given how long it has been since Apple refreshed its MacBook Air, we suppose this makes sense. Now in a report from DigiTimes (via Cult of Mac), it seems that those rumors are slowly coming true.

This Is How Much Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Could Cost

Apple’s products have never been known to be cheap/affordable, and neither are their official accessories. This is why when we heard the rumors that the AirPower wireless charging mat could be priced at $200, we can’t say that we were surprised. However according to a new report from Chongdiantou (via Cult of Mac), it could be cheaper than that.

Apple’s Group FaceTime Feature’s Launch Has Been Delayed

One of the new features that Apple announced in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave is Group FaceTime calls. In case the name wasn’t already obvious, basically this allows users to make FaceTime calls together in a group, whereas in the past it was limited to just one-on-one voice and video calls.

iOS 12 Beta 7 Pulled Over Reports Of Sluggish Performance

If you were thinking of checking out iOS 12’s beta 7 release, you might want to take note that the beta has since been pulled. This is following reports from users who have been complaining about sluggish performance in the latest version of the beta, whereas previous beta releases seemed to be fine.


New iPhone 9, X Plus Dummy Units Reviewed On Video

Just last week dummy units of 2018’s iPhone X, 9 and X Plus models surfaced. Now thanks to new dummy units obtained by Sonny Dickson and reviewed by DetroitBORG on YouTube, we have a pretty good idea of what we can expect, and come Apple’s September iPhone event, it’s safe to say that probably won’t be any surprises.

Apple Starts Giving Instant Credit For Online Trade-Ins

Apple GiveBack is what the company now calls its rebranded reuse and recycling trade-in program. It has updated that program to offer customers trading-in old devices with instant credit which they can immediately use to offset the cost of a new product that they’re purchasing online. It’s a departure from the earlier practice which had customers shipping their device first.

Apple Toying With The Idea Of Using iPhones For Identification

Our smartphones are highly personal devices and in some instances, they can already be used for personal identification, such as storing driver’s licenses. However it seems that Apple is taking things one step further and suggesting that perhaps our iPhones could even be used as passports.

New Bug Lets Hackers Compromise Macs During The Setup Process

It is generally thought that a computer fresh from the factory is pretty much as secure as it gets, before software is installed and it is connected to the internet. However that might not be the case with Apple’s Mac computer as security researchers have discovered a bug that could allow Macs to be hacked even before the user logs in for the first time.

Apple Pay Reportedly Has 253 Million Users Around The World

Apple Pay’s roll out around the world has been a tad slow, however given that this involves financial transactions, we reckon that there’s probably a lot of regulatory hurdles that needs to be cleared for each country, as well as review of security protocols, and also deals that need to be struck up with local retailers.

An Increase In Face ID Components Are Reportedly Being Ordered

Last year Apple introduced Face ID to the iPhone X. They also ditched Touch ID in the process, and for those who still prefer Touch ID, it seems that there is some bad news because according to reports, there is now mounting evidence that Apple could ditch the feature for this year’s iPhones as well.

iOS 12 Seemingly Offers Up Improvements To ‘Portrait Mode’

One of the features Apple introduced back in 2016 with the iPhone 7 Plus was portrait mode. For those unfamiliar, portrait mode is basically where the phone’s camera will attempt to mimic the bokeh effects that you would expect from a DSLR or mirrorless camera. While at a glance it was impressive, upon closer inspection it was clear that more work needed to be done.

Hands-On Video Of 2018 Dummy iPhone Units

If the rumors are to be believed, Apple could launch three new iPhones this year. In terms of design, we’ve seen some dummy units make their way onto the internet, but a new video uploaded by YouTuber Marques Brownlee provides us with more details as he has managed to get his hands on some dummy units.

Some 2018 MacBook Pros Users Are Reporting Crackling Speakers

Apple’s new MacBook Pros with the Touch Bar aren’t cheap, although for the price that you pay, some level of quality is expected, right? Unfortunately for some 2018 MacBook Pro owners, it doesn’t seem that  way because there are a few reports of these owners experiencing crackling speakers.

Sonnet Unveils Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Dock For The MacBook Pro

It is understandable why Apple would swap out the USB 3.0 ports on the MacBooks for USB-C. This is because USB-C is expected to be the new standard in the future and Apple is preparing for that. However as to why Apple did away with the other ports, such as an SD card reader is anyone’s guess.