The MacBook Family Will Continue to Evolve

Apple recently delivered really nice and updated MacBook Airs and Pros. But this is not the end of their story. The MacBook family will continue to evolve.

MacBook Pro 13 inch 2020. Image credit: Apple

The MacBook family will continue to evolve

To start, at Forbes, Ewan Spence writes:New Apple documents confirm ambitious plans for MacBook Pro.

Tim Cook and team are expected to launch a major MacBook family update in 2021 with a larger 14-inch screen in MacBook Air and a smaller MacBook Pro, and the first version of a MacBook powered by a rather ARM processor than Intel.

Two new keyboard features are discussed based on patent analysis.

The first would be to allow the entire area under the keyboard to receive touch input.

The second would be to add tactile sensitivity to each of the keys.

Given the (healthy) competition between the iPad Pro and the MacBook family, it makes perfect sense to improve the touch input capabilities of the MacBook. (The display is definitely not going to go there.)

But expanding the MBA to a 14-inch screen when the 13.3-inch MBP claims the same upgrade is confusing. That does explain, however, why the latest update to the 13.3-inch MBP (in May) hasn’t been slightly improved to 14 inches – in the style of its 16-inch big brother. (It was 15.4 inches.) Maybe it’s a supply chain problem.

A “smaller MacBook Pro” is also confusing. I completely dismiss this as a misinterpretation of a rumor. But it may be one of the ARM-based models. Otherwise, I am lost. A 12 inch MBP is not a “pro” machine.

Of course, as author Spence points out, “patents are all delicious, but a patent does not guarantee an appearance on a product”. However, Apple MacBooks do not only compete with iPad Pros, but also with competitors from Dell, HP and Microsoft laptops. We can therefore expect that Apple will always be aggressive on this front.

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• Meanwhile, also on the MacBook front, there is the lingering question of when to give up the prospect of buying an MBA and seriously consider an MBP instead. Roughly in this sense, see that of Chris Matyszczyk at ZDNet. “Famous actor rages on Apple’s new MacBook Air. “

MacBook Air 2018

Macbook Air. Image credit: Apple. There remains a light Mac.

Unfortunately, if “Clark Gregg, aka Agent Coulson of Marvel Universe” had selected an MBP for his graduate, he would still have been stuck with a FaceTime 720p camera. This limitation was considered a notable error by Apple, but the story of author Matyszczyk is not entirely clear why the 720p was not good enough for the Gregg family. Yet a fun read.

• One of my most popular articles of all time was: “How to Convert iPhone Photos to JPG Format”. But he escaped the advice of the College Board and many high school students. As a result, The Verge reports: “Students fail the AP tests because the College Board cannot manage photos from the iPhone.

How to manage HEIC images turns out to be the most difficult question of all

It’s truly sad. I can’t say that Apple Apple is directly to blame, but it’s a sobering reminder that you have to spend a little time learning how the iPhone works and still be aware of the implications of updates. of Apple’s iOS technology that often become the default behavior.

IPadOS home screen,

IPadOS home screen, designed for iPad

• Finally, at TidBITS, Adam Engst reminds us: “Why not get into the habit of forcing to close iOS apps or restart iOS devices.

When Apple engineers designed iOS, they took the opportunity to reduce the behaviors and patterns of use that were not necessary in a modern operating system running on tightly controlled hardware. Two of the most obvious were closing apps and restarting / shutting down the device.

This is essential reading. Why?

For example, once she learned in a TidBITS Talk discussion that forcefully closing apps was a bad idea, reader Kimberly Andrew found that her iPad lasted 4 days on a single charge instead of requiring a nightly recharge .

This is another of these “the more you know” articles.

Particle Debris is typically a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a week’s standout event or article, followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make headlines, debris from TMO technical news. The column is published most often every Friday, with the exception of vacation weeks.

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