In today's summary, we examine Apple's latest patent application, which revealed new details of Touch ID 2.0 and could lead to the next generation of iPhones. We also highlight the key changes to the new MacBook Pros, including the company's keyboard-related activities. And in case that was not enough, Apple also sent WWDC invitations this week, possibly revealing some clues as to what will be announced at the developer conference.
Apple could bring Touch ID back to the next iPhone
There were many rumors about afrom before face recognition. Apple's latest patent, however, confirms the company's plans to bring Touch ID back in the future. Maybe not soon.
The latest patent released in Patently Apple shows how the company wants to embed pinhole cameras behind the screen of the phone, allowing you to create a 3D map of your fingerprint no matter where you are.
Apple would probably not replace Face ID soon, but this new touchscreen ID could be used as an additional form of biometric identification to make your iPhone even more secure.
The exciting thing about this patent is that it shows images of a working prototype, which means that Apple is well advanced in the development process. The bad news is that it probably will not go into production until the 2020 cycle. This is also the year in which Apple allegedlyafter reaching an agreement with Qualcomm on the use of 5G chips. And 2020 can not come soon enough.
According to rumors, the iPhone 11 this year has undergone few major changes, except for an array with three cameras on the back and the reverse wireless charging. A built-in fingerprint scanner could have helped users to upgrade to the next iPhone version.
Apple's New MacBook Pros Increase Performance
Apple announced this week itswith important, but virtually imperceptible improvements. Externally, they could easily be confused with last year's models, but they are now powered by Intel's Core i7 and Core i9 ninth-generation CPUs in the six and eight-core versions, making them the first eight-core MacBooks Core processor, the most powerful ever.
The keyboard of the new computer still features the traditional butterfly shift mechanism, which has led to numerous keyboard problems at Apple in previous models. This time, however, a new material is used, according to Apple to help solve the sticky button problem.
Apple's plan to finally fix the keyboard issue
The new material was not Apple's only attempt to fix the keyboard issues. On the same day that the company launched the new MacBook Pros, it announced that it would expandto replace all of MacBook's faulty keyboards from 2015 onwards, and to speed up the repair program to secure users and run faster.
In 2015, Apple switched from the traditional scissors mechanism to a butterfly keyboard. This new solution debuted on the 12-inch Retina Macbook and allowed Apple to build a thinner machine. Soon after, users began to complain about unresponsive or sticky keys and letters or characters that unexpectedly repeated typing or simply refused to enter.
After putting the problem aside for years, Apple realized in June of last year that "a very small percentage of keyboards" had problems and offered free repairs.
However, the update covered only first- and second-generation keyboards, and repairs could take over a week. The news now extends the repair program to all models, including third-generation keyboards and the latest MacBooks. And those who have already paid for repairs can contact Apple for a refund.
Apple sends official invitations to WWDC 2019
The dates for Apple's next developer conference have been known to us for some time: the first week of June, just like every other year. However, this week, the company sent out official invitations to its inaugural address, scheduled for June 3 at 10:00 am at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
Here, the company usually announces its new software updates for iOS MacOS, WatchOS, and TVOS, and this year will be no exception. However, the details of each update are still vague, which is why the invitation is important. Apple often likes to hide hints as Easter eggs, which indicate what is announced in the invitation. And if you like teasers, CNET editor Patrick Holland discusses what Apple's WWDC 2019 invites in this article to the next iOS and MacOS.
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