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The new iPad Air ditching the Lightning connector is the shape of things to come


That’s right, the new iPad Air might well drop the Lightning port and come with a USB-C connection instead. And one thing’s for certain: there’s gonna be a whole lot more of this sorta news over the next year or two. Anyway, back to the new iPad Air. A report from Japanese tech site Mac Otakara states that the 4th generation of Apple’s tablet will discard the Lightning connector, instead coming with a USB-C connector. The outlet has stated this information comes from a Chinese supplier. The rumor also claims the new iPad Air will take a lot of design influence from…

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Google and Apple launch COVID-19 contact-tracing tech


Google and Apple have launched the first phase of their COVID-19 contact-tracing tech: an Exposure Notification API that public health agencies can use to build their own mobile apps. The software uses Bluetooth to alert people if they’ve been in contact with someone who has the virus. When a user declares that they’ve likely caught COVID-19, the system sends a notification to other Android phones and iPhones that have been in their vicinity. The idea is to both reduce infections and help governments monitor the viruses’ spread. However, it will only be effective if a lot of people use it, a problem that has plagued most existing…

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iOS 13.5 is now rolling out with an easier way to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask


Apple has started rolling out the iOS 13.5 update for iPhones last night. It brings one of the most sought after updates in the time of this pandemic — the ability to easily unlock your phone while wearing a face mask. The iPhone-maker hasn’t developed any technology to make Face ID work when someone’s wearing a face mask. But when the Face ID system detects that you’re wearing a mask, it instantly tasks you to the passcode screen, so you don’t have to wait for the face detection to fail. Thankfully, to use this feature you simply need to update…

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Ding dong, the butterfly keyboard’s dead


This is from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it (and our other great newsletters) here. Today, I’m gonna talk about Apple’s butterfly keyboard. More specifically, its demise — something worthy of both mourning and celebration. “Hold on,” I hear you screech, “what the fuck is the butterfly keyboard?” First off, language. You can find a long-form answer to your question here, but the TL;DR is it’s basically an Apple-designed keyboard mechanism that was meant to deliver a lower typing profile and better tapping experience. Thing is — and this is a vital consideration — it…

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Apple’s virtual Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 22


Apple today revealed the exact date of its virtual 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference. The event, which will be entirely online for the first time in order to accommodate the social distancing protocols necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, will begin on June 22. WWDC will be free this year for all developers through the Developers website and the app of the same name. That makes it somewhat more accessible than previous WWDCs, which required developers to purchase tickets. Apple’s keeping a lid on some of the details — such as “keynote and Platforms State of the Union details, session and lab…

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Apple announces new 13-inch MacBook Pro, killing the butterfly keyboard once and for all


Apple today revealed its new 13-inch MacBook Pro, using the much improved Magic Keyboard the company debuted in November. Though we’re used to seeing a myriad of Apple leaks before new product launches, the company managed to keep the timing of this one a bit of a surprise — we were expecting it later in the year. The keyboard changes echo what we’ve seen on other MacBooks. The old butterfly mechanism was prone to problems and wasn’t all that comfortable to type on with just 0.7mm of travel. The new keyboard bumps that up to 1mm and uses trusted scissor…

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How to turn off Face ID and use a PIN to unlock your iPhone instead


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. There’s no debating that wearing masks is a part of our lives now — at least for a few months. If you’re wearing a mask, you won’t be able to unlock your iPhone through Face ID. At the moment, we don’t know if Apple plans to enhance its Face ID feature to work with a mask. There’s a workaround that lets you register an alternative masked appearance, but it’s kinda hit-or-miss, and so we can’t confidently recommend that. So,…

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Apple’s new $399 iPhone SE couldn’t have come at a worse time


Apple today released its long-awaited iPhone SE, a $399 smartphone with bells and whistles for days, but none of which are likely to force an upgrade. The launch wasn’t the spectacle we’re all used to. Apple quietly dropped the news to a handful of news outlets and then added a new page to the website. There were no black turtlenecks, no talks about a lack of diversity on stage, and no beautiful teasers meant to showcase its quality design. Oh, and one more thing… there was no “one more thing.” In fairness, the release has been in the cards for…

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Apple launches the new iPhone SE with home button


Apple has just released its iPhone SE (2020) — a sequel to the 2016 iPhone SE.  The much-awaited compact phone has a 4.7-inch screen and a starting price tag of $399. The phone was earlier rumored to release in March. However, the coronavirus pandemic pushed likely the launch date. Now it’s finally here, so let’s dive into the specs. The SE 2020 edition looks just like the iPhone 8 with a home button and Touch ID instead of Face ID. It’s powered by the company’s latest A13 processor, meaning it’ll a significantly more punch than it’s predecessor. It has a 12-megapixel…

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Apple Maps will soon direct you to your nearest coronavirus testing center


One of the key directives from the World Health Organization (WHO) to contain the coronavirus spread has been to perform more tests. But it might not be easy for people to know where’s the nearest test center. Apple is hoping to help with that by pinpointing the location of test centers nearest you in its Maps app. As was first spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple introduced a portal for hospitals, labs, and clinics over the weekend to register themselves as COVID-19 testing centers. The company will verify these locations, and show them on Apple Maps. The app will also show if the test…

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