12-inch MacBook shortage hints at impending refresh

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Don’t pay full price for a 12-inch MacBook.
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A refresh is overdue for Apple’s 12-inch MacBook lineup, and it looks like it could be arriving soon.

Availability of the machine has dwindled at one major retailer, which suggests new models — complete with upgraded internals — will arrive this fall. It could be one of a number of Apple machines that will see improvements before the end of the year.

New AirPods will bring water-resistant design, ‘Hey Siri’ support

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35 million pairs of AIrPods sold in 2018.
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Apple is working on upgraded AirPods with a new wireless chip and “Hey Siri” support, according to a new report.

The refresh will arrive “as early as this year,” according to sources familiar with the matter. A future refresh, pegged for early 2019, will also bring a water-resistant design.

Apple’s biggest wireless keyboard could be set for a refresh

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Apple's extended wireless keyboard is only four months old.
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Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad could be about to get a refresh.

Shipping estimates for the existing model, which launched just four months ago, have slipped to a surprising six to seven weeks. A new model could arrive alongside the exciting iMac Pro this December.

Apple building all-new, modular Mac Pro and external display

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Turn your dusty old Mac into a fat stack of cash.
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Apple today revealed that it is planning to introduce an all-new Mac Pro and a new external display next year.

The company acknowledges that the existing Mac Pro doesn’t fulfill all the needs of its pro customers, but the new model with have a more traditional modular design that will allow Apple to “keep it fresh.”

macOS hints at new MacBook Pros with Kaby Lake chips

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Prepare yourself for Kaby Lake.
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Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pros with Intel Kaby Lake processors have been all but confirmed by references in the latest macOS beta release.

Files point to a trio of new machines that are likely to make their debut in the coming months, succeeding the existing models powered by Skylake CPUs.

Manually Refresh Items And Passes In Passbook [iOS Tips]

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Passbook is cool, and one of the neat features of the service is the automatic refresh of information on your passes, letting you keep track of stuff like your Starbuck’s balance, or airline miles, or other kinds of cool stuff.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work automatically. This can be an issue if they include balances or loyalty points, right? Luckily you can refresh each of the passes in Passbook manually.

Here’s how to do that.

Retina iMacs Coming In October [Rumor]

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The world's most popular all-in-one is expected to get a Retina display this October.
The world's most popular all-in-one is expected to get a Retina display this October.

Based on its less than reliable track record, we always take DigiTimes reports with a hefty helping of salt. We wouldn’t advise you to read too much into this one, then, but it’ll certainly be interesting to those of you who are awaiting the new iMac refresh.

According to sources in Apple’s “upstream supply chain,” the Cupertino company’s new all-in-one desktop will enter production this month, ready for its debut “possibly around October.” Despite recent reports, the sources also claim that there is a “high chance” the machine will follow the new MacBook Pro and ship with a high-resolution Retina display.