MacBook sales might blow up in 2018


MacBook sales rising
An analyst predicts increasing demand for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
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The number of MacBooks shipping in 2018 will grow by double digits, if a reliable analyst’s prediction proves correct. That would give Apple’s laptops stronger annual growth than iPhone or iPad.

T-Mobile and Verizon boast fastest 4G speeds


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T-Mobile and Verizon are battling it out to see which will offer the best 4G.
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A quick and reliable LTE connection is a necessity for any iPhone. Verizon and T-Mobile offer the best 4G performance, with AT&T and Sprint not able to keep up.

All four of the national carriers’ networks show improvement over 2017, but some haven’t yet recovered from the deluge of usage that came when they began offering unlimited data plans several years ago.

Google Lens lets iPhones identify books, flowers, more


Google Lens in action
Google Lens can pull the contact information out of a business card.
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The image-identification technology in Google Photos is now in the iOS version of this software. Google Lens can find objects and text in pictures and then provide more information. For example, by examining a photo of a business card, the artificial intelligence can pull out all the contact information.

GrayKey iPhone unlocker could be a black market goldmine


GrayKey can bypass iPhone security
GrayKey can bypass iPhone security. It’s supposed to be only for police but...
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More details have come to light about the GrayKey iPhone unlocker, and it turns out it’s even more likely to fall into the wrong hands than first thought.

This tool is very expensive, and is intended for use only by law enforcement, but stolen units could someday be available on the black market where they would be a goldmine for identity thieves.

iPhone could double as driver’s license


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One state is testing replacing drivers licenses with a mDL app.
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iPhones already replace credit cards, and a pilot program is exploring the next logical step: a digital drivers licence.

Delaware just began testing a mobile driver license (mDL) with some state residents, checking if a smartphone application can be kept secure while offering real advantages over plastic cards.

6 awesome videos show off iMac Pro’s impressive power


iMac Pro demo video
Erin Sarofsky created this video on an iMac Pro.
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Apple asked six filmmakers to create short videos that highlight the cababilities of the recently-released iMac Pro. The results debuted today: trippy, abstract films that are mesmerizing to watch.

All are quite short (under 30 seconds) and include a quick plug for the computer, and so could be turned into advertisements, either online on TV.

Apple might give Siri a total makeover


Siri Problems
Developers reportedly can’t decide how Siri should help us.
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Siri is in trouble. Apple’s AI assistant is way behind the competition, and a new report indicates that Cupertino’s coders can’t agree on how to fix Siri — or even if it should be fixed.

Anonymous sources, supposedly from inside the Apple development team, say there’s no strong vision of what Siri should be.

There’s already strong demand for next iPhone


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Many Apple smartphones users are looking ahead to the next iPhone.
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Nearly a quarter of current iPhone users already plan to buy Apple’s next smartphone — even before they know what new features it will bring. That’s the most surprising finding from a new poll, which also shows demand for iPhone upgrades has stabilized at a high level.

Heavy demand for an unannounced product shows trust in Apple. That’s welcome, as the company’s reputation has slipped a bit.