iOS 12.1 references ‘iPad2018Fall’, all but confirming new iPad Pro debut next month

iOS 12.1 references ‘iPad2018Fall’, all but confirming new iPad Pro debut next month | 9to5Mac:

Digging into assets used by the Setup app, which is the app that runs when you set up a new device, we found a new identifier for a “2018 fall” iPad. The previous version of the app only included identifiers for the 2018 iPhones. This means the app is being updated to teach users how to use the new gestures on a new model of iPad to be released this fall.

Earlier today, we reported on new evidence that landscape support for Face ID is coming. This, combined with the icon found by us earlier and the new Memoji sync feature, already served as good indication of new iPads coming soon. Now, this new identifier found in iOS 12.1 basically confirms new iPads for this year. If Apple follows their usual schedule, it means we’ll see have another event in October.

Several reports have suggested that Apple has new iPad Pro models in the works for this year. Most recently, Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the new 2018 iPad Pros will feature USB-C connectivity instead of Lightning. While some had anticipated Apple would unveil the new iPad models at its September event, that turned out not to be the case. It now seems likely that Apple will hold another event in October for new iPads and Macs.

How to stream Apple’s iPhone Xs event on iPhone, Mac, Windows, more

How to stream Apple’s iPhone Xs event on iPhone, Mac, Windows, more | 9to5Mac:

Today’s the day that Apple will officially unleash its iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Apple Watch Series 4, and much more. Apple’s ‘Gather round’ event is slated for just a few hours from now, and the company is making it easier than ever to stream.

Head below for instructions on how to stream Apple’s iPhone Xs event on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and more.

Apple promoting new features coming in iOS 12 to all iPhone and iPad users with Tips notifications

Apple promoting new features coming in iOS 12 to all iPhone and iPad users with Tips notifications | 9to5Mac:

We expect iOS 12 will be released to all users about a week after the September 12 event, as the operating system will come preinstalled on the new iPhones that are almost certainly launching on the 21st.

Today, Apple has started advertising to iOS 11 devices ahead of the release, with the Tips app sending alerts that highlight some of the changes.

The exact tips displayed vary depending on region and device type.

iOS 12 may not ship with Group FaceTime at launch

iOS 12 may not ship with Group FaceTime at launch | 9to5Mac:

This is a disappointing development: Group FaceTime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac appears to be delayed and won’t be ready in time for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave launch next month. Group FaceTime expands video calling from one-on-one calls to up to 32 participants, but customers will have to wait a little longer to use it this fall.

FaceTime’s delay echoes AirPlay’s release with iOS 11 — originally announced as part of iOS 11, the released nearly a year later in iOS 11.4 — but hopefully Group FaceTime doesn’t come with such an extended delay.

Shame. Hopefully it won’t be delayed as long as iMessages in the Cloud was as well as AirPlay 2.

Apple rebuilding Maps in massive overhaul, first results appearing in next iOS 12 beta

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.