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Apple is making big changes to MacBook Pro line — Bloomberg

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It looks like Apple fans won’t have to wait until next year for a MacBook Pro refresh. And there’s a pretty good chance the upgrade will be well worth it. A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple is making big changes to its line of pro laptops — the first major overhaul in four years. There have been similar reports in May, when KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo said the 2016 MacBook Pros would have an “OLED display touch bar.”

It has been more than 440 days since the American tech juggernaut released the current Retina MacBook Pro. Frankly, we were beginning to worry; the iPad Pro isn’t a laptop replacement. Don’t be silly.

The next MacBook Pros will be thinner and will have a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad, plus the option to cram in a powerful graphics processor that can run more demanding games smoothly. They are also said to have smaller footprints and straighter edges.

A Touch ID fingerprint reader and a Type-C port that supports charging, data transfer, and video output are likewise included in the assembly. However, the most intriguing addition we’ve heard yet is the secondary OLED display right above the keyboard. Users can assign keyboard shortcuts to the panel; that way, media playback controls will be accessible while iTunes or Spotify is running.

The new MacBook Pros could come in gray, gold, and silver colors, like the iPhone and iPad. But don’t expect to see them at the next Apple event rumored for September 7th. Which is okay. A quiet release is better than no release at all.

Despite significant declines in the global PC and tablet markets, Mac sales have fared better than expected. In fact, business was up 6 percent to $25.5 billion during the previous fiscal year, whereas iPad numbers were down 23 percent to $23.2 billion.

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Source: Bloomberg
Image credit: Martin Hajek

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There’s more in the making: Apple’s next event is on October 30

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Never in recent memory have we had this many tech events scheduled back-to-back-to-back as this October 2018. We’re only half way through and we’ve been to four so far — launches for the LG V40, Google Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, and Huawei Mate 20. Sadly, we missed Microsoft’s Surface event.

Techtober, as some journalists call it, is one of the busiest months and it seems Apple wants to end it with a bang as it sends out invites to an October 30 event in Brooklyn, New York. The announcement comes a little over one month after the company unveiled its next generation of iPhones, and only a few days after the more affordable iPhone XR rolls out to over 50 countries and territories.

Thinner bezels will be a running theme throughout the event, as Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.

 

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Intel 9th-Gen Core processors feature ‘world’s best gaming processor’

Headlined by the Core i9-9900K

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Intel’s latest lineup of desktop processors, dubbed the 9th generation, were unveiled earlier today in an event in New York. They’re headlined by the Core i9-9900K, which Intel calls the “world’s best gaming processor.”

It’s definitely a powerful chip, owning eight cores and 16 threads with a single-core turbo frequency of 5GHz and base speed of 3.6GHz. It offers all sorts of speed boosts compared to the previous generation, but you’ll need a Z390-based motherboard to reach its full potential.

Included in the lineup are the Core i7-9700K and i5-9600K, which are equipped with eight and six cores, respectively — no extra threads here. All three chips, unfortunately, are still based on the 14nm process introduced years ago, with Intel releasing an updated 10nm process only in 2019.

Pricing is as follows: US$ 488 for the Core i9-9900K, US$ 374 for the Core i7-9700K, and US$ 262 for the Core i5-9600K. Pre-orders begin today with a rollout happening later in October.

In addition, Intel announced seven new Intel Core X-series processors, which include the Core i9-9980XE (US$ 1,979), i9-9960X (US$ 1,684), i9-9940X (US$ 1,387), i9-9920X (US$ 1,189), i9-9900X (US$ 989), i9-9820X (US$ 898), and i7-9800X (US$ 589). All will become available by November.

Built on Intel’s Mesh Architecture, the top-of-the-line model holds 18 cores with 36 threads to handle the most demanding tasks needed by professionals. Even wilder is the upcoming Intel Xeon W-3175X and its 28 core and 56 thread count, but it has no price yet —  only a release date of December 2018.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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The sixth major update for Microsoft’s popular operating system is here. During their event, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

The latest version of Windows 10 comes with a bunch of new features that Microsoft has been testing for a while, including a new snipping software, a dark theme for File Explorer, a cloud-enabled clipboard, and a new sign-in option.

Microsoft now focuses on Android phones since Windows 10 Mobile is practically dead. The new built-in Your Phone app lets users seamlessly connect and use Android phones with their PC. Additionally, using the Microsoft Launcher, users can also access their Timeline on mobile. On iOS, Your Phone is able to send the web pages being viewed in Edge on the PC.

The Search tool is also getting an upgrade. Users will now automatically get a preview of all results in search, including documents, emails, and files.

SwiftKey, a Microsoft-owned keyboard app, is finally available in the touch keyboard.

There are improvements coming to Edge too, like an offline dictionary and grammar tools. Windows Mixed Reality and Office get updated features as well.

Windows 10 October 2018 is available for direct download today. The automatic rollout will start next week.

To know more about the new update, you may head over to the Windows Blog.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft refreshes product lineup with Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2

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