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Apple releases public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina

Dark mode, new UI, period tracking, and better security

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Earlier this month during the company’s annual developer conference, Apple introduced a number of updates for its mobile, tablet, and laptop operating systems. While developers and risk takers already have access to these yet-to-be-finalized updates, the general public is yet to try them out.

Today, those who would like to experience the new iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina can now download the public beta. Like always, nothing is final; but, these public betas are close to what Apple will formally launch in the coming months.

For users to be able to download these updates ahead of anyone else, they have to sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program. After installing the first public betas of the said software versions, users will keep receiving follow-up beta builds until the final release, which should come in Q4 2019.

iOS 13 in dark mode | Image credit: Apple

With the release of the public betas, Apple aims to catch more bugs and make sure the software works great before it’s rolled out to a broad audience. Beware of the small errors the public betas might have, but they should be just minimal.

For iOS 13, Apple is making a pretty big leap. The updated version of its mobile operating system features a much-awaited dark mode, Sign In with Apple, swipeable keyboard, and cooler Memoji avatars. It also has an updated Maps app and photo tools in the gallery. Siri is promised to be better as well.

iPadOS | Image credit: Apple

The new iPadOS is probably the best update we saw for the iPads. It’s still based on iOS, but it finally lets Apple’s tablets to fully utilize the home screen with visible widgets and delivers desktop-like experience.

The MacBook’s macOS Catalina will bring new apps that’ll replace iTunes and it’ll let Mac users download and run iPad apps from the Mac App Store. Also, the iPad can now be used as a second screen.

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Apple might bring back SD card slot to the MacBook Pro

Coming in 2021 or 2022

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Does anyone believe in the dream of a completely port-less device? For years, smartphones have slowly eradicated some of the formerly long-standing ports such as audio jacks and memory card slots. However, if a new rumor is true, those same phone makers might have made a rash decision. According to renowned Apple analyst Mark Gurman, Apple is bringing back the SD card slot to the MacBook Pro.

According to the Bloomberg report, the upcoming MacBook Pro with the SD card slot will launch sometime this year or next year. For years, the premium-tier notebook has not had a SD card slot after a 2016 redesign.

This isn’t the first MacBook Pro leak, though. A few weeks ago, another renowned Apple analyst, Ming-chi Kuo also revealed details about an upcoming redesign. In that leak, the series will reportedly come in two sizes: 14-inch and 16-inch.

Who can blame Apple for bringing back the SD card slot? Though the company eradicated the feature years ago, an SD card is still a major essential for both smartphone and notebook users. Even with Apple’s insistence, the memory card isn’t going anywhere.

In addition to this new slate of leaks, the MacBook recently got a major revolution last year, caused by Apple’s latest in-house processors. If the new leaks are true, Apple has a lot more up its sleeve.

SEE ALSO: Report says MacBook Pro 2021 won’t have the Touch Bar

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Samsung is making the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens

Coming to a notebook near you

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Smartphone screens are getting better every year. However, though a significant chunk of commuters can now watch their favorite shows in buttery smooth 120Hz on the train, laptop users care still stuck with the same old screens. It’s time to show some love to laptops. Samsung is already moving towards this new direction, promising the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens.

According to a statement from CEO Joo Sun Choi, Samsung Display will start mass manufacturing the new laptop displays in March. The 14-inch, 90Hz OLED screens will eventually make their way to laptops can notebooks soon. The company will help laptop makers around the world reach a new standard this year.

Besides the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens, Samsung Display is also working one of the world’s first under-display cameras for a laptop. The upcoming device, currently called the Blade Bezel, features a brilliant edge-to-edge display and a disappearing camera.

With the world slowly acclimating to perpetually working from home, laptop display technology is taking drastic steps forward to keep everyone online and up to speed. In fact, last year saw a dramatic jump in laptop and PC sales in preparation for a telecommuting lifestyle. As the world waits for their turn on the vaccine waitlist, telecommuting won’t go away just yet.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases laptop with under-display camera debut

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Report says MacBook Pro 2021 won’t have the Touch Bar

But MagSafe will make a comeback!

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Apple could be planning a major revamp of the MacBook Pro lineup, and it’s expected to go official in the third quarter of 2021. Interestingly, the redesign will include removing the Touch Bar and the return of the MagSafe charging port.

According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, this will be the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since 2016. Furthermore, it’ll have square-off sides like the iPhone 12, flatter top and bottom panels, and brighter screens.

It’ll be available in two sizes — 14-inch and 16-inch. And yes, they’ll feature Apple’s in-house processors that leverage Arm architecture. There will not be an Intel option, and Apple’s next-generation chipsets will power it. They’re expected to feature more cores and enhanced graphics.

At the end of November 2020, a MacBook Pro 16-inch with 12-core Apple M1X processor was tipped to be even more powerful than the M1 processor. Earlier that month, a MacBook Pro 14-ich model with Apple’s M1 processor was also tipped.

A report by TechRadar suggested that the 16-inch MacBook Pro model looks a bit slimmer. This could be due to the processor’s efficiency since it doesn’t need aggressive cooling like Intel-powered options.

Most importantly, though, Apple is going old-school and bringing some of the features we’ve always loved. The pill-shaped MagSafe charging connector could make a comeback, and physical function keys could replace the digital Touch Bar. Kuo has also hinted that Apple could provide ports generously to reduce dependence on dongles.

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