Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts First Apple Silicon Macs

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple Silicon slide from WWDC 2020 keynote

The first wave of Apple Silicon Macs are set to include a 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Those will be released this year, With 14.1-inch and 16-inch, MacBook Pro Models coming in 2021. That’s according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a note reported on by MacRumors.

In a research note with TF International Securities today, seen by MacRumors, Kuo said he expects the ‌Apple Silicon‌ 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ to go into mass production in the fourth quarter of this year, but he also now predicts we will see an Arm-based MacBook Air either in the same quarter or in the first quarter of next year. Kuo still believes that Apple intends to launch a mini-LED 16-inch ‌‌MacBook Pro‌‌ and a 14.1-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌, also with a mini-LED display, but these will likely arrive in the second or third quarter of 2021, and intriguingly, both will have an “all-new form factor design.” Previous rumors suggested an updated 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ could arrive this year in October or November.

Setapp (the Netflix of Mac Apps) Just Keeps Getting Better

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac has been a fan of Setapp (the Netflix of Mac apps) since it was introduced and thinks it’s a fantastic value, allowing you to use any or all of its 180+ high-quality apps for just $9.99 a month.

Kinkoo Mini Portable Air Conditioner: $59.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Kinkoo Mini Portable Air Conditioner

We have a deal on the Kinkoo Mini Portable Air Conditioner that cools, humidifies, and cleans the dust particles from the air. Fill the viewable water tank, and the device uses evaporation to cool you down—the company says it works best in a hot and dry climate. It’s $59.99 through our deal.

Happy 12th Birthday iOS App Store

· Charlotte Henry · News

App Store logo

The iOS App Store has turned 12-years-old. It first went live on 10 July 2008 and has since created a whole economy.

Apple EU Tax Case Appeal Ruling Due Next Week

· Charlotte Henry · News

European Union flag

The result of Apple and Ireland’s appeal against an EU tax ruling is expected next week but is likely to be appealed further.

'Little Voice' on Apple TV+ Aims to Improve Autism Representation

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Little Voice arrived on Apple TV+  on Friday. It features an autistic character Louie King, who was played by an actor who is on the autism spectrum, Kevin Valdez. The actor joined the show’s co-creator, Jessie Nelson, to explain why this was so important.

“He’s really similar to me,” Valdez says. “It’s almost like this role was made with me in mind”… Apple’s service has a show, See, that features a large cast of actors who are blind or low vision.  “I was so pleased with how far we’ve come that Apple was so supportive of finding an autistic actor to play this role,” Nelson says. “This is a very different moment in history.” Increasingly, autistic actors are playing characters on the autism spectrum. And those characters are moving beyond the male autistic savant stereotype, says Arianna Esposito, director of lifespan services at Autism Speaks. Having a person with autism playing a role like Louie “really brings an authenticity to the character,” Esposito says.

Tom Hanks Tells The Story Behind 'Greyhound'

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In a new video, Tom Hanks, the writer, and star of Greyhound tells the story behind the film. It revolves around the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II and the perilous journeys convoys had to make across the ocean. It will be available on Apple TV+ from Friday.

The Magic of Mac’s Option Key

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

This week Dr. Mac raves about useful shortcuts with the Mac’s Option key.

Tekjoy Shiatsu Kneading Massage Pillow with Extended Velcro Strap: $44.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Tekjoy Shiatsu Kneading Massage Pillow with Extended Velcro Strap

Our friends at Stack Commerce have a fun deal for us today on the Tekjoy Shiatsu Kneading Massage Pillow. It’s a massager that comes with an extended strap that allows you to put pressure where you want it. This device is $44.99 through our deal.

Nokia Collaborates With Apple on Data Center Networking Tools

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Imagining an Apple Data Center

Nokia launched a set of tools for data center networking in collaboration with Apple on Thursday. Reuters reported that the aim is to help firms manage increased traffic as 5G networks are rolled out.

As the usage of 5G networks expands, vast quantities of data will be generated as more household appliances and other machines are linked up with sensors and artificial intelligence tools, creating the so-called “internet-of-things”. Nokia, which competes against China’s Huawei and Sweden’s Ericsson to build 5G networks, has been broadening its portfolio by adding open interfaces to its 5G equipment and launching new networking products. “We worked very closely with (Apple) over the last two plus years to understand their requirements,” said Steve Vogelsang, Nokia’s chief technology officer for IP and optical business.

Quibi Loses 90 Percent of Users After Free Trial

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Quibi logo on purple background

Quibi lost 90 percent of early users after their free trials expired. That’s according to data from Sensor Tower, reported on by The Verge. 

According to the firm’s new report on Quibi’s early growth, the short-form video platform signed up about 910,000 users in its first few days back in April. Of those users, only about 72,000 stuck around after the three-month free trial, indicating the app had about an 8 percent conversion rate. That’s not too bad. But compare it to the streaming video industry’s most successful debut of the last few years, Disney Plus, and the resulting picture is a grim one for Quibi.

How to Look Up Your Apple Warranty Status

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

Apple Warranty

There’s an easy way to look up your Apple warranty status for any product you own. And then proceed if you need assistance.