The MacBook Family Will Continue to Evolve

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

2020 13-inch MacBook Pro. Image credit: Apple

The MacBook family will continue to evolve

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

Tim Cook and his team are due to release a major update for the MacBook family in 2021, with a larger 14-inch screen on the MacBook Air and a smaller MacBook Pro, and the first version of a MacBook with an ARM processor prior to Intel.

Based on this, two new keyboard functions are discussed patent analysis.

The first would be to have the entire area under the keyboard receiving 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 enhance the touch input capabilities of the MacBook. (The screen definitely doesn’t go there.)

But expanding the MBA to a 14-inch screen when the 13.3-inch MBP says the same update is confusing. However, this explains why the latest update to the 13.3-inch MBP (in May) hasn’t improved a bit to 14 inches – in the style of its 16-inch older brother. (It was 15.4 inches.) It may be a supply chain problem.

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

Obviously, as author Spence points out, “patents are wonderful, but a patent does not guarantee the appearance of a product”. However, Apple MacBooks compete not only with iPad professionals, but also with competitors from Dell, HP and Microsoft laptops. So we can expect that Apple will always be aggressive on that front.

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Meanwhile, including on the MacBook, the remaining question is when to abandon the prospect of buying an MBA and seriously consider an MBP. See in this sense approximately that of Chris Matyszczyk on ZDNet. ‘Famous actor rages at Apple’s new MacBook Air. ‘

MacBook Air. Image credit: Apple. A light Mac remains.

Unfortunately, if “Clark Gregg, aka Agent Coulson of the Marvel Universe” had chosen an MBP for his graduation, he would still be stuck with a 720p FaceTime camera. This limitation was considered a blatant flaw by Apple, but the story of author Matyszczyk is not entirely clear why 720p was not good enough for the Gregg family. It’s still good to 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 Executive Council and many high school students. As a result, The Verge reports: “Students fail AP tests because the Executive Board cannot manage iPhone photos.

HEIC image management turns out to be the most difficult issue of all

This is really sad. I can’t say that Apple is to blame directly, but it is a serious reminder that you should spend some time learning how the iPhone works and still be aware of the implications of the updates. of Apple’s iOS technology, which generally becomes the default behavior.

IPadOS home screen, designed for iPad

• Finally, Adam Engst reminds us on TidBITS: “Why not get in the habit of closing iOS apps or restarting iOS devices?

When Apple engineers designed iOS, they took the opportunity to reduce the patterns of behavior and usage that were not needed in a modern operating system running tightly controlled hardware. Two of the most obvious ones were closing applications and restarting / shutting down the device.

This is an essential read. Why?

For example, when she heard in a discussion on TidBITS Talk that closing apps tightly was a bad idea, reader Kimberly Andrew found that her iPad lasted four days on a single charge, instead of having to charge every night.

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

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