Apple explores dual-screen MacBook with tactile keyboard

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Apple wants to give MacBooks a second display with a tactile keyboard, ditching the built-in one.
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Apple is considering a MacBook with two displays, with the second screen acting as a keyboard. By necessity, iPads already employ on-screen keyboards but these lack tactile feedback. Apple is looking for ways to make these virtual keys move when they’re typed on.

The company has been pursuing this project for years, as demonstrated by a patent it just received.

Apple should sue Xiaomi for its blatant copying — but it won’t

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Xiaomi Mimoji look very familiar.
Mimoji is one of many products Xiaomi has ripped from Apple.
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Xiaomi has a history of shamelessly ripping off bigger brands, and nine times out of ten, its chosen target is Apple.

The Chinese company has previously cloned the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and more — without a single shred of fear that it might one day feel the wrath of Apple’s legal department.

Xiaomi’s latest ripoff is its own version of Memoji, and it brazenly stole Apple’s own commercials to promote it on a number of retail channels this week.

Here’s how Xiaomi gets away with it.

Apple may be gearing up to replace controversial MacBook keyboard

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The butterfly keyboard design hasn't been one of Apple's most popular innovations.
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Many fans hated the controversial butterfly switch keyboard that Apple introduced in 2015. While it’s since worked to improve it, the MacBook keyboards’ low-travel design has caused plenty of handwringing among the Mac faithful.

They might not be around for too much longer, however. According to a new research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is set to replace them with a whole new keyboard switch mechanism. This will debut with the 2019 MacBook Air.

Apple moves Mac Pro production to China

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No longer made in the USA.
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The only Apple device that is produced in the U.S. is about to have its manufacturing operations moved overseas.

Apple reportedly plans to make its expensive new Mac Pro in China according to a new report that claims an assembly partner has already been lined up. The previous “trash can” Mac Pro was made at an Apple facility in Austin, Texas where the company also has a software engineering hub.

Sell your old Mac and bag a bargain upgrade today

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We've rounded up four top-shelf productivity apps for Mac, each discounted by more than half.
With big discounts on new Macs, it’s a great time to upgrade.
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There are some incredible discounts to be had on some of the best Apple machines right now, like $780 off the 27-inch iMac, $400 off the 21.5-inch iMac, and $100 off the newest MacBook Air.

And yours could be even cheaper when you raise some upgrade cash with Cult of Mac.

We’ll pay real money for your old Mac, and we make the whole process quick and easy. What’s more, we typically cough up more than other buyback services. Get a quote today to find out how much your old Mac is really worth.

Only a small number of Macs will support Sidecar in macOS Catalina

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Luna Display easily converts an iPad into a second screen for your MacBook Pro.
Third-party solutions are far from dead.
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Not many Apple computers will be left out in the cold when its big macOS Catalina upgrade rolls out this fall. But even if your Mac is compatible, it might not be able to take advantage of every feature.

Sidecar, which lets you use an iPad as a second screen, will only support a limited number of machines. If your Mac is getting a little long in the tooth, you’re probably going to be out of luck.

These Mac models won‘t get macOS Catalina

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There are some older Macs that can’t upgrade to macOS Catalina.
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Apple is hard at work on the replacement for macOS Mojave. The next version will include new features focused on privacy, accessibility and performance. But that‘s a bit hollow for notebooks and desktops that can’t install the upgrade.

Fortunately, Apple extended support for macOS Catalina to as many devices as possible.

iPhone chip manufacturing on its way to Indonesia

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Pegatron will team up with an Indonesian manufacturer..
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Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron plans to invest up to $1 billion in a new iPhone chip plant in Indonesia.

The Taiwanese company outlined its plans in a letter of intent to the Indonesian government, according to a new report. Pegatron plans to work alongside local company PT San Nusapersada.