Daring Fireball: Apple Updates MacBook Pro Models With TouchBar:
But I think only time will tell whether this is true or not. Maybe, as Apple says, the only problem they sought out to solve was the noise. But, if they also sought out to improve the reliability of the keyboards — to fix the problem where keys get stuck, among other problems — I think they would only admit to fixing the noise problem. Marketing-wise, I don’t think they would admit to a reliability problem in the existing butterfly keyboards (especially since they’re still selling second-generation keyboards in all non-TouchBar models), and legal-wise (given the fact that they’re facing multiple lawsuits regarding keyboard reliability) I don’t think they should admit to it. So whether they’ve attempted to address reliability problems along with the noise or not, I think they’d say the exact same thing today: only that they’ve made the keyboards quieter. I have no inside dope on the this (yet?), but to me the reason for optimism is that they’re calling these keyboards “third-generation”, not just a quieter version of the second-generation butterfly-switch keyboards.
Exactly – Apple for multiple reasons won’t say they have fixed the keyboard issues but it wouldn’t surprise us if they have quietly re-designed and fixed the issue – time will tell.
Jeff Perry writing for Tablet Habit:
So with Workflow, you can use the Share Sheet as a means to run a Workflow and take things like a URL from Safari, your clipboard, and selected text into the workflow to use within it. All three of these examples are used with the Workflow I have created after taking a look at what both Evan and Christopher have done.
Thanks to Jeff for putting this workflow out there.
Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar updated with max 32 GB RAM, ‘improved’ third-generation keyboard, True Tone, and new Intel chips | 9to5Mac:
Apple has today updated the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with a spec bump refresh. The laptops feature Intel’s latest eighth-generation Intel processors, with a six-core option on the 15-inch model. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro can also be specced with up to 32 GB RAM, with a DDR4 configuration.
The new laptops also bring Apple’s True Tone display technology to the Mac lineup for the first time, as well as a third-generation butterfly keyboard. Apple says the new keyboard enables quieter typing, although hopefully there are reliability improvements as well. There are no changes today to the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro.
Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial The new laptops can be configured with up to 32 GB RAM and up to 4 TB SSD. In addition to adding True Tone from iOS, the laptops also bring ‘Hey Siri’ to Mac for the first time. ‘Hey Siri’ is enabled with the Apple T2 chip coprocessor, which also delivers enhanced system security and secure boot — just like the iMac Pro.
Some great new features coming to the MacBook line for the first time like True Tone and Hey Siri and I think we are all glad to see Apple addressing the keyboards in the new versions – we will have to wait and see if this improves the recent keyboard issues.
Sonos speakers now work with AirPlay 2, control Apple Music with Siri | 9to5Mac:
Great news for Sonos customers: AirPlay 2 has arrived. This makes compatible Sonos speakers the first third-party AirPlay 2 speakers to hit the market, and support is being added retroactively through a free software update.
This means you can use Sonos speakers to play audio from iTunes on the Mac and all iPhone and iPad apps including Music, TV, YouTube, and Netflix. Sonos speakers can also be used for multi-room audio playback with HomePod and Apple TV, and Siri can control Apple Music and Podcasts playback from iPhone, iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV.
9to5Mac Happy Hour Sonos customers have long requested AirPlay support for their speakers, but Sonos cited issues with latency and playback interruptions as reasons for not adopting Apple’s wireless streaming protocol. Sonos changed their tune when Apple unveiled AirPlay 2 which reduces latency and accounts for Wi-Fi interruptions.
AirPlay 2 works with the newest Sonos speakers (recognizable by their touch controls instead of hardware buttons) which includes Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbase, Sonos One, and Sonos Play:5.
You’re not totally out of luck if you have other Sonos speakers, but AirPlay 2 is a lot easier to use on newer speakers. Older Sonos speakers can work with AirPlay 2 when paired with compatible speakers (like a Sonos Play:1 paired with a Sonos One as a single stereo speaker). You can also press play on an older Sonos speaker without AirPlay 2 to pick up the audio stream from a compatible Sonos speaker.
Good to see Apple open up 3rd party integration with Sonos for AirPlay 2.
Apple releases iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2 to the public | 9to5Mac:
While not a major update in any way, Apple is today releasing iOS 11.4.1, watchOS 4.3.2, and tvOS 11.4.1 to the public.
iOS 11.4.1 is mainly a bug fix release, with improved reliability of Find My AirPods, and syncing with Mail, Contacts and Notes with Exchange accounts.
As for watchOS, Apple’s release notes are vague, noting that “this update includes improvements and bug fixes.”
HomePod 11.4.1 update with stability and quality improvements now available | 9to5Mac:
pple has released a new software update for HomePod alongside updates for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. HomePod software version 11.4.1 is only the third update for Apple’s smart speaker. The latest HomePod software update includes stability and quality improvements according to Apple.
9to5Mac Happy Hour HomePod was released with its original software in February before receiving its first bug fix update with in March. Apple later added AirPlay 2, stereo pairing, and calendar support in a major 11.4 update in May.
Release notes for today’s 11.4.1 update suggest the latest HomePod software improves on those features: “11.4.1 includes general improvements for stability and quality.”
HomePod can update automatically on its own or you can manually prompt it to update in the Home app. The update downloads and installs directly to the HomePod over the Internet so you can even prompt HomePod to update if you’re not on the same Wi-Fi network.
Apple rebuilding Maps in massive overhaul, first results appearing in next iOS 12 beta | 9to5Mac:
TechCrunch has published a new piece detailing Apple’s massive effort to rebuild Apple Maps from the ground up — specifically the mapping data — with a combination of iPhones and those Apple Maps vans we’ve seen on the road for years.
The results of this effort will show up first in the next iOS 12 beta for new mapping data for San Francisco and the Bay Area before expanding to Northern California later in the year. Ultimately, the end goal for the new Apple Maps is to be based entirely on Apple-collected data and not a combination of external data providers.
Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019 – Bloomberg:
Slated for 2019, the earbuds will likely cost more than the existing $159 pair, and that could push Apple to segment the product line like it does with iPhones, one of the people said. Apple is also working on a wireless charging case that’s compatible with the upcoming AirPower charger.
The company has also internally discussed adding biometric sensors to future AirPods, like a heart-rate monitor, to expand its health-related hardware offerings beyond the Apple Watch, another person said. The current AirPods will be refreshed later this year with a new chip and support for hands-free Siri activation, Bloomberg News reported.
There are over-ear headphones coming from Apple, too. Those will compete with pricey models from Bose Corp. and Sennheiser. They will use Apple branding and be a higher-end alternative to the company’s Beats line.
“Coinciding with the release of the HomePod earlier this year, Apple debuted a trippy 4-minute advertisement for the smart speaker directed by Spike Jonze and starring FKA Twigs. Now, that ad has taken home an award at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Show…”