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Apple Recalls older 15inch MacBook Pros

Apple announced on June 20th that they are now doing a voluntary recall of older generation 15inch MacBook Pros. These MacBooks were sold between September 2015 and  November 2017.  These Macs may contain a battery unit that may overheat and pose a fire risk.  The units at risk can be identified by their serial number.   Apple won’t release the exact number of laptops that were affected and bought.  But they claim that only a small number were purchased during that time frame. It is a serious issue and should not be ignored so if you or a friend has an older laptop definitely look into the recall in more detail.

If your MacBook Pro fits these credentials you can check your serial number and see if you are eligible for a replacement battery.  Just visit apple.com/support/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall .

Apple is asking that if your laptop is one of the affected units to stop using the MacBook until you get it fixed. Even though Apple is providing free replacements of the battery free of charge, to get it fixed you will need to send it to one of Apple’s repair centers. This will mean you won’t have a laptop for 1 to 2 weeks since that is the amount of time Apple claims it will take to fix.  Also, Apple will not extend the warranty of your laptop either.

This is a serious issue though so you shouldn’t allow the fact that you might not have a laptop for a few weeks prevent you from looking into if your laptop contains one of these affected batteries.

This recall does not affect any other MacBook Pro units or Mac notebooks.

 

iPhone-Charging

iOS 13 Feature May Save Battery Life

Apple’s new iPhone software will include a feature called “optimized battery charging” and may save longterm battery life. This is important because many people are keeping their phones for 3 or 4 years. People are keeping them much longer than the 2 years that was normal when smartphones first came out.

Batteries, however, start to lose their ability to hold a charge as they age making the battery life get worse. The new iOS 13 now has a feature to combat this problem and will be launched to the public in the Fall.

It is already available for developer testing ahead of a public preview launch next month. It can be found under the battery in settings on the iPhone. The feature is already turned on by default, which means you may not even need to turn it on when the software is available this fall.

Apple explains what it does on the iOS 13 update website:

“A new option helps slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iPhone uses on-device machine learning to understand your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use it.”

The lithium battery that Apple uses in their phones quickly charges the first 80% of the battery and then uses a “trickle charge” that charges the last 20%. So when your phone is plugged in, the trickle charge continues to run trying to maintain that 100% battery charge. This wears out your battery. If you want to read more about Apple’s batteries you can check out their battery website.

The new feature will prevent the battery from charging to 100% until it thinks you are going to need it. It will analyze when you typically pull your phone from the charger. Then it’ll finish charging the phone just before you typically pull it from the charger so that it isn’t maintaining the trickle charge which wears out the battery.

This feature is supposed to decrease battery aging by reducing the stress on the battery. It will allow iPhone users to keep their phones at peak performance for longer. Which is great for people that want a phone for multiple years.

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iPhone 11 Design LEAKED

The Anonymous Industry insider ‘Mr. White’ has leaked the new iPhone designs yet again this year. He has for a long time leaked the next generation of iPhones in advance of them being released by Apple. Apple is thought to release the iPhone 11 in Fall 2019.

However, many people have not been happy with the way that the new generation of iPhones will look. It appears as if the new iPhones will ignore style and focus solely on function. It will have some huge sensory upgrades so that the iPhone’s function will be able to compete with other top smartphone models. Because of this, the new iPhone features a huge camera hump on the back of the phone.

The iPhone will be getting a big battery upgrade with much longer battery life. Many people will be happy with this upgrade. But a major loss will be the 3D touch display since the new iPhone will no longer have it. As well as the notch at the top of the screen will remain even though many competitors have already gotten rid of theirs.

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New features coming to iOS 13

Apple previewed some of the new features that will be contained in iOS 13  which will be released for iPhones in the fall.

“iOS 13 brings new capabilities to the apps you use every day, with rich updates to Photos and Maps, and privacy-protecting features like Sign In with Apple, all while delivering faster performance” – Craig Federighi,  Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

iOS 13 will also not be affecting iPads anymore because Apple split off and made the iPad have its own update called iPad OS.

 

Dark Mode

The iPhone will now offer dark mode which offers a new dark color scheme that allows for easier viewing of your screen in low light environments.  Dark mode inverts the usual white background and black text and replaces it with a black background and white text.  This will work system-wide and will automatically be integrated into native apps.

 

New features in the Photo app


The photo app now has new organization features.

  • Automatically organizes photos by year, month and date so that its easier to find photos
  • Live photos and videos play as you scroll
  • Built to highlight the best photos by hiding clutter and similar photos

 

 

 

 

Portrait Lighting will have customization while taking photos.

You will be able to move the light closer to sharpen eyes or smooth skin or you can move the light farther away to create a subtle look. This will be able to be done all simultaneously while taking photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video and Photo editing tools

Editing will now be applied to videos right in the photo editing app. This includes rotating a video as well as the normal visual editing seen in photos.

Photo editing also will get a redesign with the addition of editing a picture by just tapping and dragging with your finger.

 

 

Quick Path

This feature has already been available on Android phones for a while now. Apple with the new update is bringing the idea of swiping instead of typing to iPhones. You will now be able to trace a word as you spell it out instead of typing at a keyboard. It is hypothetically faster than typing.

Sign in with Apple 

Apple will now offer a way to “sign in to apps and websites quickly and easily using the Apple ID you already have. No filling out forms or creating new passwords. Just tap Sign In with Apple, use Face ID or Touch ID, and you’re all set.”

You will also be given the option whether you want to show your email or not to the app.


Apple Maps Improvements

  • new 3D mode
  • more detailed views because of broader road coverage
  • adding Collections to easily share favorite restaurants and more
  • adding Favorites for places you frequently visit

Other important new features

  • Customization for Memoji will now include more options like piercings and will be able to be stickers on messages.
  • New Siri voice that will make it sound more natural as well as understand you better.
  • Find my Friends and Find my Phone will now combine into Find My