Apple hints Touch ID is here to stay

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But don't worry — Apple still has plans for Touch ID.
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Apple doesn’t plan to completely kill Touch ID anytime soon, according to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of product marketing.

In a recent interview discussing the progress of Face ID, Joswiak championed Touch ID on the iPhone 5s as the first mainstream biometric security system. Even though Face ID is being added to more devices, Joswiak hinted Touch ID will still be hanging around for a while.

Enjoy huge Labor Day savings on iPad [Deals & Steals]

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Get a cheap iPad upgrade while you can!
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Amazon’s big discounts on the latest 9.7-inch iPad are back for Labor Day. You can enjoy up to $100 off the usual list prices for a limited time, with prices starting at just $249. You can also save a whopping $400 on the 2018 iPad Pro lineup.

You will also find 40% off official Apple Lightning cables, and 20% off all Caterjett bands for Apple Watch in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Plus, you can pick up Anker’s excellent wireless charging pad for iPhone for under $13.50.

Confirmed! Catch our Sept. 10th event hardware predictions, this week on The CultCast

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New Apple hardware, incoming!

This week on The CultCast: Apple’s September 10th has just been announced—don’t miss our hardware and software predictions! Plus: comparing Disney’s new streaming service to Apple TV Plus; Steve Jobs is spotted in Egypt; and one of Earth’s greatest Steve Jobs artifacts hits the auction block.

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Qantas Airways bans MacBooks from passengers’ checked luggage

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Probably best not to take this on your travels.
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Qantas Airways, Australia’s largest airline by fleet size, has joined Virgin Australia in banning certain MacBooks from checked luggage.

Virgin announced its decision yesterday, citing fears that the laptop batteries could catch fire. Other airlines to also ban the laptop include Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration also reminded laptop owners not to bring on board products with recalled batteries, including Apple’s. Now Qantas is following suit.

2019 iPhone to bring tougher glass, even better Face ID

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These iPhone 11 dummies should be a lot like the real thing.
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This year’s iPhone refresh will introduce new “shatter-resistance technology” and even better Face ID, according to a new report.

It is claimed users will be able to unlock Apple’s next-generation handsets from multiple angles — like when they’re lying flat on a table — thanks to a new Face ID sensor with a wider field of view.

How to stop your MacBook from powering up when you open it

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AutoBoot joke.
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Mac laptops made in the last few years have an annoying/convenient feature. Open one up, and it powers on. MacBooks have woken from sleep when you open the lid for years, but now they boot from cold, too. Want to clean the keyboard without turning the thing on? Tough.

Or is it? If you want to stop this behavior, it’s easy. Here’s how.

16-inch MacBook Pro will pack more screen into the same space

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The new MacBook could squeeze a 16-inch display into a 15-inch form factor.
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The rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will take a page out of the iPhone X’s playbook. According to a new report, it will slim down its bezels to include a larger LCD display in the “same body” as the current 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple has reportedly asked Quanta to make the next-gen laptop, which will ship in September.