In today's report, we reveal Apple's latest patent application, which reveals new details about Touch ID 2.0, and could come to the next generation of iPhones. We also break down all the major changes to the new MacBook Pros, including what the company does with the keyboard. And if that wasn't enough, Apple also sent out WWDC invites this week and possibly revealed some clues about what it announces at the developer's conference.
Apple could bring Touch ID back to the next iPhone
There has been much rumor about athat goes back to pre-Face ID days. But Apple's latest patent all but confirms the company's plans to regain Touch ID in the future. Just maybe not so soon.
The latest patent, published in Patently Apple, shows how the company plans to post pinhole cameras behind the screen of the phone, which will be able to create a 3D map of fingerprints wherever you place your finger.
Apple probably wouldn't replace Face ID anytime soon, but the new on-screen display could be used as an additional form of biometric identification to make the iPhone even more secure.
What is exciting about this patent is that it shows images of a working prototype, which means Apple is quite far in the development process. The bad news is that it would probably not be ready to enter the mass production until the 2020 cycle. The iPhone 11 is rumored to have very few design changes, except for a three-camera array at the back. What a pity. An on-screen fingerprint scanner may have helped lure users to upgrade with the next iPhone release.
Apple's New MacBook Pros Gain Power Gain
Apple announced itsthis week with key but virtually inhuman upgrades. Outside, they could easily be mistaken for the models last year, but now run by Intel's ninth-generation Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs, in both six-core and eight-core versions, making them the first MacBooks with an eight processor, the most powerful ever.
As for the keyboard of the new machines, they still have the traditional butterfly switch mechanism that has caused so many keyboard problems for Apple in previous models, but this time it uses a new material, Apple says, will help Solve its sticky key problem.
Apple's plan to fix the keyboard problem for good
The new material was not Apple's only attempt to fix keyboard problems. The same day, the company launched the new MacBook Pros, it also announcedto replace all MacBook's wrong keyboards from 2015 onwards, and that the repair program would be prompted to have Users back up and run faster.
In 2015, Apple switched from the traditional scissor mechanism to a butterfly switch keyboard. This new solution debuted on the 12-inch Retina Macbook and allowed Apple to build a thinner machine. Shortly after, users began to complain about non-responding or sticky keys and letters or characters that would repeat unexpectedly when they wrote or would just flat-out refuse to write.
After many years of brushing the problem aside, Apple last June recognized last year that "a very small percentage of keyboards" experienced problems and offered free repairs.
But the repair only covered first-generation and second-generation keyboards, and repairs can take over a week. The news now extends the repair program to all models, including third-generation keyboards, as well as those in the latest MacBooks. And those who have already paid for repairs can contact Apple for a refund.
Apple sends out official WWDC 2019 invitations
We have known the dates of Apple's next developer conference for a while now: the first week of June, just like every other year. But this week, the company sent out the official invitations to the opening key, which will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose on June 3 at. 10.00 PT.
This is where the company announces its new software updates for iOS MacOS, WatchOS and TVOS, and this year will be no exception. But the details of each update are still vague, and therefore the invitation is important. Apple often likes to hide clues as easter eggs that suggest what it will advertise in the invitation. And if you like teasers, CNET editor Patrick Holland explains what about the next iOS and MacOS in this article.
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